This one-of-a-kind mystery tour explores the landscape of British mysteries from Devon and Dartmoor to Oxford and London!

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Classic Mystery Lover's England

Featuring Devon, Oxford, and London

9 days from $6,645

This one-of-a-kind mystery tour explores the landscape of British mysteries from Devon and Dartmoor to Oxford and London!

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

TOUR BROCHURE

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This is my second mystery tour, and it was absolutely amazing. I came away with new favorite authors, wonderful memories and new friends who share my mystery addiction! 

- Lourdes F.

The tour was excellent, and the trio of ladies who led us are also excellent. Actually seeing where authors have located their stories makes reading the mysteries more enjoyable, adds another dimension to the story. 

- Kathy C.

You can't see it all on one or even two trips so having knowledgeable leaders and an overall theme provided focus and made the selection of sights and cultural experiences relevant. We saw sights and gained insights that you just don't get on the average sightseeing tour. There was not a single "ok, that's nice" moment. 

- Wayne B.

If you like to learn and have fun at the same time, take a Smithsonian tour. 

- Irma C.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Accommodations

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The Imperial Hotel Torquay

Torquay, Devon, United Kingdom

The Imperial Hotel is an elegant Victorian hotel set on a cliff top with sweeping panoramic views of the South Devon coastline. The hotel features elegant décor and period furnishings that will take you back to the period of Agatha Christie's books. In fact, this hotel was the inspiration for the “Majestic Hotel,” featured in Agatha Christie's novels The Body in the Library and Peril at End House. Bedrooms are bright and spacious, and furnished in traditional style. The hotel has both outdoor and heated indoor swimming pool, spa and sauna, and lovely gardens surrounding the building.

Number of nights: 2

The Minster Mill Hotel

Whitchurch on Thames, United Kingdom

The Minster Mill Hotel Hotel is a historic hotel located in the picturesque town of Minster Lovell. Refurbished in 2019, the hotel has been updated and stylishly decorated, while still recalling it’s historic mid-century roots. Bedrooms vary in size and offer either twin beds or a double bed. Rooms amenities include Dyson hair dryers and Nespresso tea and coffee-making service.

Number of nights: 3

Amba Hotel Charing Cross

London, United Kingdom

Just steps from Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden, the Amba Hotel Charing Cross is the perfect base to explore London. The historic property combines modern convenience with timeless beauty and is walking distance from transit, restaurants, and many of London’s most popular attractions. Spacious rooms feature a sitting area, free WiFi, and complimentary mini-bars. The hotel also provides access to a bar, business center, and gym.

Number of nights: 2

Activity Level

Activity Level 2: Moderate


Expectations: Longer tour with mostly full-day excursions by motor coach, with three hotel stays. Full-day excursions entail daily activity of up to six hours and walking up to four miles. Travelers will spend much of their days on their feet, walking and standing during walking tours, museum visits, and indoor/outdoor sites and activities. Walking may entail uneven terrain, cobblestones, city hills, stairs (some without handrails), and absence of elevators; some longer walks to get to city centers or venues where coaches are prohibited. This tour features a train ride aboard a historic steam train and a river cruise, which require good balance to navigate and possibly climbing steep steps to board the train. 

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).

Testimonials

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This is my second mystery tour, and it was absolutely amazing. I came away with new favorite authors, wonderful memories and new friends who share my mystery addiction! 

- Lourdes F.

The tour was excellent, and the trio of ladies who led us are also excellent. Actually seeing where authors have located their stories makes reading the mysteries more enjoyable, adds another dimension to the story. 

- Kathy C.

You can't see it all on one or even two trips so having knowledgeable leaders and an overall theme provided focus and made the selection of sights and cultural experiences relevant. We saw sights and gained insights that you just don't get on the average sightseeing tour. There was not a single "ok, that's nice" moment. 

- Wayne B.

If you like to learn and have fun at the same time, take a Smithsonian tour. 

- Irma C.
Reading List

Highly Recommended

An Unpardonable Crime
By: Andrew Taylor
England 1819. Two enigmatic Americans arrive in London and soon after a bank collapses. A man is found dead on a building site; another goes missing in the teeming stews of the city's notorious Seven Dials district. A deathbed vigil ends in an act of theft, and a beautiful heiress flirts with her inferiors. A strange destiny connects each of these events to an American boy, Edgar Allan Poe, who was brought to England by his foster father and sent to the leafy village of Stoke Newington to be educated.An Unpardonable Crime is a twenty-first-century novel with a nineteenth-century voice. It is both a multilayered literary murder mystery and a love story, its setting ranging from the coal-scented fogs of late-Regency London to the stark winter landscapes of Gloucestershire. And at its center is the boy who does not really belong anywhere, an actor who never learns the significance of his part.
The Rough Guide to Devon & Cornwall (Rough Guides)
By: Robert Andrews
The Rough Guide to Devon and Cornwall is the perfect companion to your trip to this captivating peninsula, introducing you to the charms of gentle, pastoral Devon and wild, craggy Cornwall. Both counties will tempt you outside to enjoy their mild climate, with everything from hikes over Dartmoor and surfing off Newquay to puffin-spotting on Lundy Island. But it's not all about the great outdoors, with awe-inspiring cathedrals, innovative galleries and a well-established local food scene to explore (not to mention an even longer-established cider-drinking tradition).The Rough Guide to Devon and Cornwall includes honest reviews from our expert author of what to do and where to eat, drink and sleep in the region, alongside detailed full-colour maps and inspiring photography.Whether you want to visit a rock-hewn theatre or a witchcraft museum, a stately home or a vegan café, The Rough Guide to Devon and Cornwall will help you make the most of your time in these beautiful counties.
Original Sin
By: P. D. James
Adam Dalgliesh takes on a baffling murder in the rarefied world of London book publishing in this masterful mystery from one of our finest novelists. Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team are confronted with a puzzle of impenetrable complexity. A murder has taken place in the offices of the Peverell Press, a venerable London publishing house located in a dramatic mock-Venetian palace on the Thames. The victim is Gerard Etienne, the brilliant but ruthless new managing director, who had vowed to restore the firm's fortunes. Etienne was clearly a man with enemies—a discarded mistress, a rejected and humiliated author, and rebellious colleagues, one of who apparently killed herself a short time earlier. Yet Etienne's death, which occurred under bizarre circumstances, is for Dalgliesh only the beginning of the mystery, as he desperately pursues the search for a killer prepared to strike and strike again.
In Search Of England
By: H. V. Morton, Jan Morris
Currently in its 40th printing with its original publisher in the UK, this is the book that one British newspaper has called "travel writing at its best. Bill Bryson must weep when he reads it." Whether describing ruined gothic arches at Glastonbury or hilarious encounters with the inhabitants of Norfolk, Morton recalls a way of life far from gone even at the beginning of a new century.
Fodor's London 25 Best 2020 (Full-color Travel Guide)
By: Fodor's Travel Guides

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Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now--As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It, and Long for It
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Oxford Through the Lens
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