LOOKING to indulge your inner Agatha Christie? Then here’s a new initiative that’s worth investigating.
Guiding company ToursByLocals has come up with an English Riviera classic car caper.
You jump into an open-top vintage Beauford Tourer and hit the road from Torquay or Newton Abbot with an expert local guide who acts as your personal driver.
The tour can be tailored to your requirements, taking in a top local tourist attraction along the way.
These include Kents Cavern – one of Europe’s best Stone Age caves – Babbacombe Model Village and several others.
You can savour a Devonshire cream tea at Cockington Village, dip your toes in the sea at award-winning beaches or simply bask in the glorious winter sunshine and hear tales of local life.
Then, after waving goodbye to your guide, you can enjoy a romantic fine dining experience for two at the iconic Grand Hotel, Torquay, with shimmering ocean views.
The hotel famously hosted whodunnit writer Agatha Christie, who loved to return to The English Riviera where she was born and often took holidays with her loved ones.
In fact, she loved it so much that she eventually bought a holiday home at Greenway, which is now in the care of the National Trust, overlooking the River Dart.
And one of the Queen of Crime’s favourite haunts was The Grand Hotel, where she chose to spend her honeymoon in 1914. There’s a suite named after her.
ToursByLocals offers the six-and-a-half hour vintage car sightseeing package for £1,038 for two people, including guiding services, private transportation and admission tickets. See www.toursbylocals.com.
The company, founded in 2008, connects discerning travellers in search of customised, private tours with handpicked tour guides, and works with more than 4,500 guides in destinations worldwide.
You can learn more about the Grand Hotel’s remarkable history, and make reservations at www.grandtorquay.co.uk or by calling 0800 005 2244.