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Enjoy an Agatha Christie-themed tour of Torquay, with visits to several locations with fascinating links to the Queen of Crime

Torquay is a destination that brings to mind images of seaside promenades, palm trees, beautiful beaches, and grand Italianate villas on the hills overlooking Tor Bay.

However, there's more to this resort town than meets the eye… this is where the most famous mystery writer in literary history, the incomparable Agatha Christie, was born and raised. The town and its many landmarks and historic buildings provided inspiration for some of Christie's best-loved books.

This tailor-made tour will immerse you in the life and times of the Queen of crime fiction. You'll be joined by historian and writer Lucy Worsley at Burgh Island, which inspired the settings for both And Then There Were None and the Poirot mystery Evil Under the Sun. Here Lucy will give a talk and Q&A and sign copies of her new book, "Agatha Christie: A Very Elusive Woman"

You'll trace the literary heroine's steps as you visit several locations along the "Agatha Christie Mile" including Princess Pier, where Agatha loved roller-skating with her friends, Princess Gardens, which features in her novel The ABC Murders, and Torquay Museum, where you'll be able to visit the UK's only dedicated Agatha Christie gallery.

You'll even get a chance to participate in a Murder Mystery dinner, so you can play detective yourself!

Even your hotel is a significant location in the life of Agatha Christie. You'll be based at the Grand Hotel in Torquay, where she stayed on her wedding night with her husband Archie. Here you can enjoy the striking Victorian architecture, elegant interiors and fantastic seafront location with views across the English Riviera.

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Lucy Worsley OBE
Historian, author, TV presenter and curator

With a first-class honours degree in Ancient and Modern History from Oxford University and PhD in Art History from the University of Sussex, Lucy Worsley OBE is one of Britain's leading historians. Worsley currently acts as chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces and is well known for presenting historical BBC Television series, including A Very British Romance (2015), Lucy Worsley: Mozart's London Odyssey (2016) and British History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley (2017) - which debunked historical views of the Wars of the Roses, the Glorious Revolution and the British occupation of India. Lucy has also written a number of books, including a children's novel, teen history book and a biography of Jane Austen.

Price includes

  • Three nights at The Grand Hotel in Torquay, three breakfasts at the hotel, services of an expert guide
  • Free copy of Lucy Worsley's new book**, A welcome drink, dinner with wine and talk from guide and host, Jane Tapley
  • A fascinating talk, Q&A and book signing with Lucy Worsley
  • Lunch at the Moorland Hotel where Agatha wrote her first book, the Mysterious Affair at Styles
  • A thrilling murder mystery dinner
  • An scenic afternoon steam train ride from Paignton to Kingswear
  • Visits to Princess Pier, Princess Gardens and Torre Abbey and discover their links to the Queen of Crime
  • Lunch on Burgh Island
  • Visits to several locations with links to Agatha Christie

Availability

From
Fri, Fri, Nov 25, 2022
To
Mon, Mon, Nov 28, 2022
Duration
4 Days
Price per person
£999*

* Please note, this price is for Telegraph subscribers only. Price is per person, based on two people sharing a double room. Single supplement available from £111.

Prices shown are subject to availability and change. For full deposit terms and conditions, go to: tstours.co.uk/assets/tandc.pdf. Always check the FCDO travel advice, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health.

In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events and the overall itinerary may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated.

**Free book offer for Telegraph subscribers only.

From
Fri, Fri, Nov 25, 2022
To
Mon, Mon, Nov 28, 2022
Duration
4 Days
Price per person
£1,049*

* Please note, this price is for all other readers. Price is per person, based on two people sharing a double room. Single supplement available from £111.

Prices shown are subject to availability and change. For full deposit terms and conditions, go to: tstours.co.uk/assets/tandc.pdf. Always check the FCDO travel advice, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health.

In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events and the overall itinerary may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated.

**Free book offer for Telegraph subscribers only.

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Arrive in Torquay
    Torquay, United Kingdom

    You'll arrive at The Grand Hotel in Torquay from 3pm. In the evening you will have a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and a talk on Agatha Christie from your expert guide and host, Jane Tapley.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Torquay and Murder Mystery evening
    Torquay, United Kingdom

    This morning you'll have a guided tour of Torquay with Jane, who will show you some of the sights on the "Agatha Christie Mile" including your hotel, where Agatha spent her honeymoon night with Archie Christie on Christmas Eve 1914.

    You'll also see Torre Abbey and Princess Gardens, the Princess Pier and finally the Torquay Museum, where you can visit the UK's only dedicated Agatha Christie gallery.

    This evening, you'll experience a Murder Mystery dinner, "Murder on the Riviera," hosted by Moonstone Theatre Company. Here ace sleuth Jane Rutherford, with your help, will attempt to solve the mystery of the death of Sir Michael Crispin.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Greenway and steam train from Paignton to Kingswear
    Kingswear, United Kingdom

    Today you'll visit Greenway, Agatha's country holiday home, which she called "the loveliest place in the world" and see the intriguing memorabilia which fills the house. Later this afternoon you will take a scenic steam train ride from Paignton to Kingswear before spending the evening at leisure.

    Meals - Breakfast
  4. Day
    4
    Burgh Island Hotel
    Burgh Island,

    Today you'll head to the iconic Burgh Island Hotel, a former haunt of Agatha Christie, Noel Coward and other renowned writers of the 1930s. Built in 1929 and now restored to its 1930s Art Deco glamour, Burgh Island is reached by sea tractor at high tide, or by landrover or on foot when the tide is out.

    Here you will enjoy a talk and Q&A from historian Lucy Worsely. Lucy is an expert in all things Agatha, having just published a book all about the writer, which she will be happy to sign.

    You'll have spare time to explore the island and stroll along its lovely footpaths. You might choose to have a drink in its delightful pub, the Pilchard Inn. Lunch will be served in the Burgh Island Hotel dining room, with wine included.

    You'll return to your hotel in Torquay in the late afternoon.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation

The Grand Hotel

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Torquay, United Kingdom

On the seafront just above Corbyn beach, this iconic hotel is an elegant landmark in Torquay.

Where Agatha Christie spent her honeymoon night, The Grand Hotel has been a Torquay landmark for more than a century and has superb bay sea views overlooking The UNESCO English Riviera. Aptly named, the hotel exudes period character and has a bar, restaurant and comfortable, classic bedrooms with modern amenities.

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Availability

From
Fri, Fri, Nov 25, 2022
To
Mon, Mon, Nov 28, 2022
Duration
4 Days
Price per person
£999*

* Please note, this price is for Telegraph subscribers only. Price is per person, based on two people sharing a double room. Single supplement available from £111.

Prices shown are subject to availability and change. For full deposit terms and conditions, go to: tstours.co.uk/assets/tandc.pdf. Always check the FCDO travel advice, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health.

In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events and the overall itinerary may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated.

**Free book offer for Telegraph subscribers only.

From
Fri, Fri, Nov 25, 2022
To
Mon, Mon, Nov 28, 2022
Duration
4 Days
Price per person
£1,049*

* Please note, this price is for all other readers. Price is per person, based on two people sharing a double room. Single supplement available from £111.

Prices shown are subject to availability and change. For full deposit terms and conditions, go to: tstours.co.uk/assets/tandc.pdf. Always check the FCDO travel advice, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health.

In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events and the overall itinerary may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated.

**Free book offer for Telegraph subscribers only.

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