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 $5,995

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

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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Overview

Peaceful Devon, academic Oxford, and cosmopolitan London have all served as settings for stories of murder and mayhem and are the focus of this popular one-of-a-kind British mystery tour. Join our Smithsonian Journeys Expert who provides a fascinating insight into the lives and settings of famous detective novelists, both historic and contemporary.

Highlights Include

  • Devon: Travel through the spectacular Devon countryside and discover Greenway, Agatha Christie’s private holiday home. 
  • Exclusive Access: Delve into the world of famous detective novelists as you explore the settings so richly described in the works of Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Dorothy Sayers, P.D. James, and others. Plus, enjoy insider's meetings with mystery writers who offer a glimpse into their work and lives!
  • London: Explore the sites and sounds of London and see why this cosmopolitan city was a favorite backdrop for the stories of James and Sayers. 
  • Oxford: Stop in literary Oxford and walk among its ancient towers and hidden quads which have produced an abundance of crime writers. 

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.

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 — Depart the U.S., Arrive London

Depart the U.S. for London. Upon arrival the next day, take a group transfer to Torquay, along the Devon coast. Gather for a welcome reception and dinner at your hotel, famous as the location where Agatha Christie spent her honeymoon in 1914. (R,D)

Day 3 — Torquay

Today delve further into the world of Agatha Christie as you view some of her photographs, letters, manuscripts and memorabilia at the Torquay Museum. Then visit St Mary’s Church, where Agatha Christie regularly attended mass and enjoy lunch at a local pub. During a driving tour, experience the landscape so richly described in Christie’s books and visit Greenway, her beloved home and setting for three of her novels. Meet this evening for a lecture by your Smithsonian expert. (B,L)

Day 4 — The Devon Coast

This morning board the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Valley Railway for a journey known to Hercule Poirot, Christie’s Belgian detective. Your journey follows the spectacular Devon coast, past picturesque stations featured in the “ABC Murders”. Take time to explore the cobbled, winding streets of historic Dartmouth, then embark on a cruise up the River Dart, catching another glimpse of Christie’s Greenway. Then set off for mysterious Dartmoor, the ancient moorland known for its enormous granite tors, wild ponies, mist, and rain. Here, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle set his great story “The Hound of the Baskervilles”. Return to Torquay for dinner and the evening at leisure. (B)

Day 5 — Cotswolds

Depart Devon and journey to the Cotswolds, celebrated for golden stone villages, lovely cottages, and rolling hills dotted with sheep. En route, meet one of England’s new “classic” authors, Andrew Taylor, winner of the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger for An Unpardonable Crime, for an exclusive question and answer session. Continue through the Forest of Dean, the setting for many crime and historical novels. Arrive in Chipping Campden and check into your historic hotel. (B,L)

Day 6 — Cotswolds

Step into a Dick Francis mystery during a morning focused on horseracing. View fine racehorses up close at the stable and witness their strength and discipline during the morning ‘gallops.’ In the afternoon take a walking tour of Chipping Campden, linking aspects of village life to the world of Miss Marple and D.L. Sayer’s books. This evening gather for a group dinner at the hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Oxford

A mystery lover’s paradise, Oxford has produced an abundance of crime writers, including Dorothy L. Sayers and P.D. James. Its academic ambiance, ancient towers, and hidden quads set the scene for an extensive list of mysteries, including works by Sayers and Colin Dexter. Enjoy a coffee break upon arrival before embarking on a guided walking tour of Oxford. As you tour its colleges, chapels, and city haunts this morning, including the iconic Christ Church College, it’s easy to imagine Lord Peter Wimsey, Harriet Vane, and Inspector Morse walking alongside. Continue to London this afternoon, where virtually all mystery writers have orchestrated a murder. During a coach tour, seek out some of the sleuthing spots of haunts of Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Sir Conan Doyle. (B)

Day 8 — London

Begin the day exploring legal London, a favorite backdrop for Sayers and James. Discover the Inns of Court, the center of London’s law profession, which is featured in James’s “A Certain Justice”. Visit Lincoln Inn before taking tea and a tour at Middle Temple Hall. This evening, gather for a farewell reception and dinner, featuring a presentation by a special mystery writer guest.  Perhaps it will be one of London’s “Killer Women,” but for now… it’s a mystery. (B,R,D)

Day 9 — Depart for the U.S.

Depart London for the U.S. on individual flights. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)