Silversea Luxury Cruises To Dartmouth

Dartmouth

Situated on the south-west coast of England, it seems that Dartmouth is a town that time forgot. Pretty pastel painted houses dating from the medieval times flank the idyllic port, while the enchanting jumble of streets only add to the quiet authenticity of this, very English, seaside town. The surrounding 120 miles of stunning coastline and acres of rural countryside are any adventurer’s dream, so if your enjoy beach combing, hiking or simply just admiring the view,this sleepy little Devonshire village will not disappoint. View more

Known for its cream teams (an absolute must), ice cream, as well as the obligatory fish’n’chips, Dartmouth’s local speciality is fresh Devon crab. Best served with a pint of local beer and a bowl of home-made mayonnaise, this local speciality is simply delicious.

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London (Tower Bridge) To Reykjavik
  • Northern Europe & British Isles
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Departure
    Sep 18, 2018
  • Duration
    11 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Wind

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Excursions in Dartmouth

Greenway House and Gardens

Explore the life, home and career of renowned crime novelist and playwright Agatha Christie during this scenic, half-day riverboat excursion to her Devon holiday home.


Scenic River-Boat Ride

Depart the pier via river-boat for the leisurely, approximately 40-minute cruise up the River Dart. Along the way, pass through deep countryside surrounded by green hills. The light-green fields and patches of red plough-land stand out in striking contrast to the dark tones of the trees that line the banks for much of the way. Marvel at the rich, diverse bird, mammal and plant life, as well as the literary and historical connections, as you slowly cruise along this scenic river.


Devon and Greenway House

Nestled on the banks of the River Dart, Greenway is the former Devon holiday home of Agatha Christie, renowned crime novelist and playwright, and the best-selling author of all-time. Agatha Christie loved nothing better than escaping with her family to Greenway, which she described as the loveliest place in the world. Her family gave Greenway to the National Trust in 2000; following major restoration work, the house opened to the public in 2009. After disembarking the river-boat, begin your guided tour of Greenway. This beloved family home takes you on a 1950s holiday, and paints an intimate portrait of Agatha Christie not only as a writer, but as a mother, wife and hostess.


Greenway House and Gardens Tour

During your visit, view the many personal collections and mementoes of this famous mystery writer and her family. Greenway's garden is exceptionally beautiful, with an atmosphere of romantic wilderness and mystery. The pleasant rambling paths scattered with primroses, bluebells and ferns are contrasted by formal gardens lined with herbaceous borders, tender shrubs, ferns, camellias, and vinery. Renowned for its rare, half-hardy plants and drifts of wildflowers, the garden's wonderful layout commands breath-taking views. At the conclusion of your visit, embark the river-boat and commence the approximately 40-minute ride back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven surfaces, steep hills and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the boat. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Warm, layered clothing, a waterproof jacket or coat, sturdy, closed-toe hiking shoes, an umbrella, and sun protection are recommended. Backpacks and/or oversized bags are not permitted in the house. Storage lockers are located next to the reception area, in the courtyard and opposite house, and free-of-charge. The ferry is not exclusive to Silversea guests. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Countryside Steam Train and the English Riviera

Embrace the stunning natural splendour of the English Riviera and countryside during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Scenic River Dart River-Boat Ride

Depart the pier via river-boat for the leisurely, approximately 1.5-hour cruise up the River Dart. Along the way, pass through deep countryside surrounded by green hills. The light-green fields and patches of red plough-land stand out in striking contrast to the dark tones of the trees that line the banks for much of the way. Marvel at the rich, diverse bird, mammal and plant life, as well as the literary and historical connections, as you slowly cruise along this scenic river.


Totnes, Paignton, Steam Train-Ride, Seascapes, and Rocky Cliffs

Totnes is an ancient market town and river port situated at the heart of the beautiful Dart Valley. Upon arrival, some free time is made available for you to browse the charming shops and explore the old buildings lining Totnes' long main street, which slopes away from the river. Following your visit, board a coach for the drive to Paignton, another crown jewel of the English Riviera. Upon arrival, some free time is also made available in Paignton to browse the shops and explore your surrounds. Afterward, board the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway for a panoramic, approximately 30-minute ride through magnificent scenery, which ranges from seascapes with fine golden beaches to rocky cliffs rising dramatically from the waters of the English Channel.


River Dart, South Devon, Torbay, Kingswear Ferry, and Dartmouth

From here, travel alongside the tranquil River Dart as it passes through rolling wooded valleys, glorious South Devon scenery bordering the coast around Torbay, across the wooded hills and down into the Dart Valley as it nears the sea through an ever-widening estuary. Upon arrival at the riverside town of Kingswear, where the houses rise on the steep hill-side, de-board the train for the short walk to the ferry. Embark the ferry and cross the River Dart, then disembark the ferry at Dartmouth. Following a short, guided stroll along the riverside promenade in this historic naval town, tender back to the ship.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, steep hills and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, board/de-board the train and embark/disembark the river-boat. Walking in Paignton and Totnes is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Warm, layered clothing, a waterproof jacket or coat, sturdy, closed-toe hiking shoes, an umbrella, and sun protection are recommended. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled. The ferry is not exclusive to Silversea guests. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Slapton Sands and Devonshire Cream Tea

Experience the bucolic Devon countryside, historic Dartmouth, World War II memorials and English cream tea during this memorable, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Devon Countryside Drive

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive east to Dartmouth. En route, pass through the fertile Devon countryside, and by rolling farmland and wooded hillsides. See trees, hedgerows and flora at the entrance to small farming and agricultural communities, which are home to clusters of centuries-old houses and buildings. Devon's most famous export, clotted cream, is one of the delicious products of the rich pastures that stretch in broad sweeps throughout the area.


Free Time in Dartmouth

Next, proceed for a visit to Dartmouth. A sailing point for the Crusades in the 12th century, Dartmouth is steeped in history. Dartmouth Castle looms over the entrance to the port, 17th-century half-timbered houses line the waterfront, and the narrow streets recall a much-earlier time. Upon arrival, some free time is made available to explore the city. You can browse the shops independently, or perhaps stop for succulent seafood or traditional pub fare with a pint of ale at your own expense.


Slapton Sands, Blackawton and Cream Tea

After re-boarding your coach, follow the coast to Slapton Sands. It was here in 1944 that Allied forces held a secret dress rehearsal for D-Day. Unfortunately, speedy German E-boats interrupted the exercise and hundreds of U.S. soldiers died. A photo stop is made at the war memorials here and in Torcross, where a Sherman tank was raised from the seabed years after the war ended. Leaving Sharpton Sands, re-board your coach and head to the village of Blackawton via Kingsbridge. Upon arrival in Blackawton, a stop is made for a cup of quintessentially English cream tea before commencing the short drive back to Plymouth.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Walking during photo stops and in Dartmouth is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests who utilise a wheelchair must have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on-and-off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Warm, layered clothing, a waterproof jacket or coat, sturdy, closed-toe hiking shoes, an umbrella, and sun protection are recommended. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled.

Dartmoor and Buckfast Abbey

Embrace the scenic splendour and legacy of Dartmoor and Buckfast Abbey during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Devon Countryside Drive

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 75-minute drive south to Widecombe in the Moor. Pass through the fertile Devon countryside, and by rolling farmland and wooded hillsides. See trees, hedgerows and flora at the entrance to small farming and agricultural communities, which are home to clusters of centuries-old houses and buildings. Devon's most famous export, clotted cream, is one of the delicious products of the rich pastures that stretch in broad sweeps throughout the area.


Dartmoor National Park and Ponies, and Widecombe in the Moor

Continue on to Dartmoor National Park and proceed across the centre of Dartmoor, where the landscape is dotted with prehistoric remains forever preserved in granite. After a photo stop here, another photo stop (time- and traffic-permitting) is made to observe the 'Dartmoor Ponies'. These small, tough ponies have lived wild on the moor since the 10th century. Upon reaching Bovey Tracey, turn onto a picturesque local road that passes near Haytor before arriving at the beautiful village of Widecombe in the Moor, made famous by the song Widecombe Fair by Uncle Tom Cobley. Some free time is made available to explore the village at your leisure. Notable historic sites here include the 14th-century Widecombe Church; known as the 'Cathedral of the Moor', it is among the finest towers in Devon.


Free Time in Buckfast Abbey

Next, re-board your coach, drive along the main road and skirt by Dartmoor en route to Buckfast Abbey, originally founded in Saxon times. Here, some free time is made available to browse the well-stocked gift shop, stroll around the complex, take in excellent views of the Abbey, or just relax and take in the serenity of Buckfast. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Walking in Widecombe in the Moor and Buckfast Abbey is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Warm, layered clothing, a waterproof jacket or coat, sturdy, closed-toe hiking shoes, an umbrella, and sun protection are recommended. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled.