Trip Add-On’s

EVENTS FOCUSED ON COMPANIONSHIP

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SHARED GROUP EXPERIENCES – BOOKING SEATS NOW

Replacing isolation with companionship

SENIOR CITIZEN & UNDER 60’S WELLNESS BREAKS

Brief Overview

A much needed service for many senior citizens and under 60’s, is the need to introduce fun events that enhance companionship and encourage friendships.

Unlike many other branded coach operators, our service is more about social companionship between all passengers, rather than making arrangements for a solo / couple journey experience.
OUR REGISTRATION PROCESS ALLOWS US TO SEND OUT OFFERS OF INTEREST.

Can I make my own way… The answer is YES

We accept that many will prefer using their own vehicles when wanting to join our various social activities. For this, we offer a reduced cost of £35.00pp plus the cost of any entrance fees or attraction charges as outlined.

WAIT LIST – SEATS CONFIRMED ON A FIRST COME BASIS

Seat configuration
53 Seater Luxury Coaches | Seat configuration may vary on vehicle types used.

 

Premium £60.00 pp (Front – Mid Section) & Regular at £54.00 pp (Mid Section to Rear).
All excursion costs shown below are chargeable extra costs. We can not accept any seat bookings within the four week travel window. Seat allocations is based on a first come basis.

KEEP IT SMALL – KEEP IT SHORT – KEEP IT LOCAL

ALWAYS BE SAFE ONLINE
NO BANKING INFO REQUESTED ONLINE

  • GROUP PROGRAMS
    Perfect wellness breaks & staycations across Devon.
    Also various Euro vacations.

    So many get away options
    when you register


    Registering allows us propose events via a newsletter that match individual activities and interests.

SUBJECT TO SIZE, STORAGE AREA FOR DISABILITY AIDS IS AVAILABLE ON OUR COACHES
SEATS MUST BE PAID IN FULL PRIOR TO THE DEPARTURE DATE

Feel free to call on 01404 811 849

SHARED EVENTS FEEL GOOD

THE FOLLOWING CHOICES ARE (ADD-ON) OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
GROUP WELLNESS RETREAT EVENTS THAT BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER

The value behind companionship is priceless

Trips Planned From
21 June

Full payment needed
6 Weeks Prior Departure

MYSTERY ROUND TRIP ACROSS DEVON

EVENT DATE

Sent to registered individuals

DESCRIPTION

MYSTERY ROUND TRIPS ACROSS DEVON

Using COVID protocols, we have designed a safe way for the under 60 and senior citizens to enjoy secenic views across Devon

ADDITIONAL COST

£0.00 per person

CAN I JUST EXPLORE THE AREA

Only on comfort breaks

OUTLINE

Mystery 120 mile round trip that offers passengers a unique opportunity of sight-seeing through hidden towns and villages across Devon.

An oportunity to soak in some amazing landscapes across Devon. Regular comfort breaks are provided to all passengers at key selected locations. The main purpose is being able to offer passengers the opportunity of being able to mix with fellow passengers on board safely whilst maintaining COVID protocols.

FACILITIES

We do provide a SNACK BOX for trips on our mystery tours, we also do provide bottles of water and regular comfort breaks offered on any long journey times.

HERITAGE RAILWAY EXPERIENCE

EVENT DATE

Sent to registered individuals

BROCHURE

DESCRIPTION

HERITAGE RAIL EXPERIENCE  HOT TICKETS

Return train excursions from two points lasting at least 3 hour journey time. Although no food & beverage is normally supplied, Our office has provided Snack Boxes for our guests to enjoy on board.

ADDITIONAL COST

£18.00 per person

CAN I JUST EXPLORE THE AREA

YES

OUTLINE

Our heritage rail experience starts with a memorable travel surprise which takes passengers to South Devon Railway Station at Buckfastleigh where the nostaligic theme continues. Our passengers are allocated pre-reserved seating within the train carriage. Face-masks WILL need to be worn on every mode of transport. The train with our passengers will then continue to run for seven miles through the hidden valley of the River Dart, between Buckfastleigh and Totnes Riverside Stations. The beauty of our passengers being inside both a coach to start and then a waiting train carriage means that, the majority of time, you’ll be protected against any unforeseen weather changes. SPOILER ALERT ! We won’t be sharing all our surprises here on-line, but know that every passenger gets to enjoy an amazing nostalgic day out.

Your journey starts in Exeter. The heritage rail journey starts at Buckfastleigh. Our purpose of starting the rail journey at Buckfastleigh is due to it being able to offer ample vehicle and coach parking. Buckfastleigh also provides step-free access to the platform.

 

For anyone not wanting to participate within group activities onboard the train, will be able to enjoy the RHS award-winning gardens, a shop and a riverside picnic area, some amazing historic locomotives and rolling stock, workshops where all the maintenance and repair is carried out and also a museum that contains Tiny, the only surviving loco from Brunel’s broad gauge and that was built in 1868.

 

Our midway station, Staverton, is a typical small country station that has changed little in 140 years. The half way arrival point prior to our journey home is at Totnes Riverside.

 

All our passengers get to experience a return journey. For passengers not wanting to participate in the add-on excursion, there is, of course, plenty to see at Buckfastleigh station for a leisurely visit of an hour or more.

 

FACILITIES

We do provide a SNACK BOX for trips on our rail tour, we also do provide bottles of water and regular comfort breaks offered on any long journey times.

DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN USE YOUR OWN VEHICLE

Want to join our group event, but would rather use your own vehicle? We say No Problem.

The individual cost for self drive participation is pre-set at £35.00 PLUS £18.00 per person. This price permits us to allow individuals to join our excursions using their own vehicles. Meeting point information will be dispatched by email to all registered individuals.

We ensure that there is enough parking space at the selected location also for private vehicles.

WINE AND CHEESE TASTINGS

EVENT DATE

Sent to registered individuals

DESCRIPTION

WINE & CHEESE TASTINGS

Return coach travel option provided to all passengers looking to experience a group wine tasting events within Devon.

ADDITIONAL COST

£15.00 EXTRA

CAN I JUST EXPLORE THE AREA

YES

OUTLINE

We offer passengers the chance to enjoy some casual group tastings. The event includes a self guided vineyard walk within Devon.. Our central pick-up point is Exeter. Details are sent to registered individuals.

 

FACILITIES

We do not provide any SNACK BOXES for this trip, however, we do provide bottles of water and regular comfort breaks offered on any long journey times.

DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN USE YOUR OWN VEHICLE

Want to join our group event, but would rather use your own vehicle? We say No Problem.

The individual cost for self drive participation is pre-set at £35.00 PLUS £15.00 per person. This price permits us to allow individuals to join our excursions using their own vehicles. Meeting point information will be dispatched by email to all registered individuals.

We ensure that there is enough parking space at the selected location also for private vehicles.

VARIOUS FACTORY EXPERIENCES

EVENT DATE

Sent to registered individuals

DESCRIPTION

VARIOUS FACTORY EXPERIENCES

Return coach travel option provided to all passengers visiting selected factory experience.

ADDITIONAL COST

£TBA

CAN I JUST EXPLORE THE AREA

YES

OUTLINE

We offer passengers the chance to enjoy a day visit discovering what makes any factory experience memorable and fun. You will get to visit the inner workings and have the opportunity at times to buy Souvenirs through visitor gift shops. A perfect day retreat that combines an opportunity to socialise whilst understanding how various products are made. Details are sent to registered individuals.

Examples of experiences: Dartington Crystal Factory Tour | Bombay Sapphire Factory Tour | Motor Vehicle Factory Tours | & more

 

FACILITIES

We do not provide a SNACK BOX for trips to Darlington Crystal, but we do provide bottles of water and regular comfort breaks offered on any long journey times.

DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN USE YOUR OWN VEHICLE

Want to join our group event, but would rather use your own vehicle? We say No Problem.

The individual cost for self drive participation is pre-set at £35.00 PLUS Discounted Entrance Fee Payable per person £TBA. This price permits us to allow individuals to join our excursions using their own vehicles. Meeting point information will be dispatched by email to all registered individuals.

We ensure that there is enough parking space at the selected location also for private vehicles.

VISITING AUCTION HOUSES

EVENT DATE

Sent to registered individuals

DESCRIPTION

VISITING AUCTION HOUSES

Return coach travel option provided to all passengers looking to visit auction houses to find that hidden treasure or just a day out.

ADDITIONAL COST

£0.00 EXTRA

CAN I JUST EXPLORE THE AREA

YES

OUTLINE

We offer passengers the chance to action houses across Devon and Somerset. Our central pick-up point is Exeter. Details are sent to registered individuals.

 

FACILITIES

We do not provide any SNACK BOXES for trips to auction houses, however, we do provide bottles of water and regular comfort breaks offered on any long journey times.

USE OF PERSONAL VEHICLE NOT PERMITTED FOR THIS EVENT

VISITING OUTLET VILLAGES

EVENT DATE

Sent to registered individuals

DESCRIPTION

VISITING OUTLET VILLAGES ACROSS DEVON

Return coach travel option provided to all passengers looking to visit various outlet villages within Devon..

ADDITIONAL COST

£0.00 EXTRA

CAN I JUST EXPLORE THE AREA

YES

OUTLINE

These are NOT social enhancing events, but just travel options for anyone wanting to visit an outlet village for shopping purposes. Our central pick-up point is Exeter. Details of selected outlet village with travel dates are sent to registered individuals.

 

FACILITIES

We do not provide any SNACK BOXES for trips to outlets villages, however the registration charge will cover  bottles of water and regular comfort breaks that are offered on any long journeys.

USE OF PERSONAL VEHICLE NOT PERMITTED FOR THIS EVENT

VISITING GARDEN CENTRES IN DEVON

EVENT DATE

Sent to registered individuals

DESCRIPTION

VISITING GARDEN CENTRES ACROSS DEVON

Return coach travel option provided to all passengers looking to visit various gaeden centres across Devon..

ADDITIONAL COST

£0.00 EXTRA

CAN I JUST EXPLORE THE AREA

YES

OUTLINE

These are NOT social enhancing events, but just travel options for anyone wanting to a group visiting garden centres acoss Devon. Our central pick-up point is Exeter. Details of selected garden centres with travel dates are sent to registered individuals.

 

FACILITIES

We Do Not provide any SNACK BOXES for trips to garden centres, however the registration charge will cover  bottles of water and regular comfort breaks that are offered on any long journeys.

USE OF PERSONAL VEHICLE NOT PERMITTED FOR THIS EVENT

BESPOKE MEET & GREET SOCIAL EVENTS

Our office will often arrange bespoke social events within a local areas to help our members socialise amongst one another. Activities vary from workshops to sporting events like archery or even bowls. We also have various planned days for simply afternoon tea, golf and spa days for smaller groups.

Just another reason to have been registered on Devon Coach Trips.

DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN USE YOUR OWN VEHICLE

Want to join our group event, but would rather use your own vehicle? We say No Problem.

The individual cost for self drive participation is pre-set at £35.00 PLUS Discounted Entrance Fee Payable per person £TBA. This price permits us to allow individuals to join our events using their own vehicles. Meeting point information will be dispatched by email to all registered individuals.

We ensure that there is enough parking space at the selected location also for private vehicles.

UK STAYCATIONS

EUROPEAN TRAVEL

SENIOR CITIZEN & UNDER 60’S EUROPEAN EXCURSIONS FOR 2022

CREATING GROUPS FROM INDEPENDENT TRAVELLERS WITH LIKE MINDED INTERESTS

All European group programs including excursions with active events are sent to those that have pre-registered. Individuals are sent offers to join set groups by email on all proposed global travel programs. Our travel dept (Ottery Travel) will package the group flights, accommodation and transfers which will all be covered under an ATOL licence. Our ground team on location will take care of all proposed group fun activities. These may include, cookery lessons, treasure hunts, wine to gastronomy events. SEE EXAMPLE FOR CRETE BELOW

SMALL GROUPS ARE BETTER: Our group will consist of 20 to 30 people MAX. Anyone interested should inform our office if they want to be added to the list or add their interest when registering through our Devon Coach Trips program.

We cover over 37 countries around the globe. The most favoured currently are Greece, Italy, Spain, Croatia,

All our trips have English speaking hosts and guides.

1 - CRETE – GREECE APRIL 2022

This program does not include flight costings. These are handled by our travel dept separately

Location: Crete GREECE
Proposed Date: April 2022

Minimum 20 pax – ALL INCLUSIVE (NOT INCLUDING ADDITIONAL BEVERAGES)

3* Marin Dream Hotel , with a view to the marina and the fortress 

Just a stroll away from Heraklion port, Marin Dream Hotel offers a rooftop restaurant with panoramic views of the Venetian Fortress. Its rooms have a balcony, while free WiFi is available throughout.Marin Dream offers stylishly furnished rooms with wooden floors. Each room is air conditioned and equipped with a satellite TV, safety box and mini-bar. Some rooms enjoy views to the Cretan Sea from their balcony.Gazebo Restaurant serves traditional Cretan cuisine made with fresh ingredients. The hotel’s café offers coffees, aromatic teas and local desserts in an elegant lounge area.Within 328 feet, guests can reach a bus station connecting to the rest of the city. Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport is 2.5 mi from Marin Dream Hotel.

Breakfast in Marin Dream hotel will be buffet

Welcome drink , traditional raki will be offered upon group’s arrival

Free wifi internet will be offered in all guest rooms

Minimum participation of 20 guests

 

Great Value For Money

Net per person in single occupancy :€992 / €165pp pd

Net per person in double occupancy :€869 / €144.83pp pd

Above rates include

All legal taxes

Transfer In & Out by private Deluxe Bus & licensed English speaking driver

Private tours by private Deluxe Bus & licensed English speaking driver

Accommodation at 3* Boutique Hotel in Heraklion Town ‘’ Marin Dream ‘’

Accommodation for 5 overnights on Bed & Breakfast  basis

Dinner on daily basis at local taverns (excluding drinks)

All tours are operated by our official licensed English speaking guide (as per above indication)

Private English speaking escort will be offered for Transfers , Dinners & at Cooking lesson in Cretan Village  

Above also includes the following tours

Entrance fees Zeus Cave & Knossos Palace :INCLUDED

Lunch during the tours at local taverns : 3 course menu INCLUDED (Intro drinks inceluded. All additional beverage requests will need to be paid sepparately)

In addition…:

Accomodation Municipality tax 3 euro per room/per night-paid directly on the spot at the hotel

 

But exclude anything not advised above

 

 

THE ITINERARY


Daily Programme

Day 01

Group arrival Heraklion Airport and transfers arranged to Hotel

Dinner at a Mediterranean Urban Kitchen restaurant next to historical museum or somethnig similar

For dinner, the group will walk with the escort to the estaurant in the Heraklion Town

Group will be met at the airport by an English speaking guide that will accompany everyone through their duration and will also assist individuals with their hotel check-in/out.

 

 

Day 02 (3-4hours)

Knossos Minoan Palace-Wine tasting at Skalani winery

Group will be accompanied by our Licensed official English speaking guide

Optional lunch at a small Traditional village Archanes

Dinner in Heraklion| at local Cretan Tavern with village menu‘’ Erganos’’ or similar (escorted)

 

Knossos Palace -Wine Tour

A visit at the Minoan Palace at Knossos, symbol of the Minoan civilization, which is widely acknowledged as one of the founding cornerstones of European civilisation, is an absolute must. The site was discovered in 1878 by Minos Kalokairinos. The excavations in Knossos began in AD 1900 by the English archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans (1851–1941) and his team, and they continued for 35 years. The palace was excavated and partially restored under the direction of Arthur Evans in the earliest years of the 20th century. Its size far exceeded his original expectations, as did the discovery of two ancient scripts, which he termed Linear A and Linear B, to distinguish their writing from the pictographs also present. From the layering of the palace Evans developed de novo an archaeological concept of the civilization that used it, which he called Minoan, following the pre-existing custom of labelling all objects from the location Minoan. The age-old practice of viniculture is still an integral part of Cretan life: we cordially invite you to continue your journey through fertile vineyards to the local winery. Think of a spectacular multimedia show where Cretan history comes to life; A stately wine cellar with superb wines maturing in oak barrels; A guest hall where wines are enjoyed next to delicious plates of the local, yet renowned Mediterranean cuisine. And then, imagine all these inside a magnificent estate vineyard. This is the Boutari Winery in Crete, worthy of the island’s history and a landmark for the vinicultural future of Greece.The Fantaxometoho Estate lies just outside the village of Skalani, on the road towards the village of Myrtia, birthplace of the famous Cretan author Nikos Kazantzakis. It is situated within the Arhanes vine-growing region, a district producing “Appellation d’ origine de Qualité Supérieure” wines.

For dinner group  will be escorted in a local,  walking distance restaurant in the town of Heraklion 

Overnight in Heraklion Town , 3* Hotel Marin Dream

 

Day 03 (5-6hours)

Lassithi Plateau -Olive oil tour & visit of a  Cretan Pottery

Group will be accompanied by our Licensed official English speaking guide

Optional lunch on road in Lassithi region

Seafood dinner in Heraklion | overlooking sea &the Venetian Fortress  (escorted)

 

Lassithi-Olive oil tour -Pottery

Today our excursion starts with a visit to Diktaion Cave the birthplace of Zeus full of fantastic stalagmites and stalactites. According to Hesiod, Theogony 477, Rhea gave birth to Zeus in a cave of Mount Aegaeon, near Lyttos; since the late nineteenth century the cave above the modern village of Psychro has been identified with this sanctuary. Myths and legends come alive through the narration of our official guide. Our program continues driving up to the Dikti Mountain and de fertile plateau of Lassithi. During our visit at Lassithi Mountains , we have the chance to visit a local representative Cretan Pottery. Pottery is one of the oldest arts developed in Crete from 3000 BC first Minoan times and is associated with the creation of products based on the four elements of the nature: earth, water, air and fire. Before we go back to our hotel , we stop at a local Olive Oil Factory to taste the famous Cretan Virgin Olive oil .Olive oil is a staple part of the Cretan or Mediterranean diet.Long before the rest of the world discovered its healthy benefits, the long-living Cretans were among olive oil’s heaviest consumers.Olive oil is used for dressing salads and daily cooking needs. It is also consumed on its own, on warm toasted bread sprinkled with fresh oregano.

For dinner group  will be escorted in a local,  walking distance restaurant in the town of Heraklion by the venetian port

Overnight in Heraklion Town , 3* Hotel Marin Dream

 

Day 04 (6-7hours)

Rethymno old Venetian Town walking tour – Cretan Soap workshop demostration

Group will be accompanied by our Licensed official English speaking guide

Optional lunch  in Rethymno town 

Dinner in Heraklion: at the Traditional Open-Air Market area  similar (escorted)

 

Rethymno Old Town city tour-Cretan Soap workshop

Today we visit the picturesque Venetian City of Rethymno.Rethymno was originally built during the Minoan civilization (ancient Rhithymna and Arsinoe). The city was prominent enough to mint its own coins and maintain urban growth. One of these coins is today depicted as the crest of the town: two dolphins in a circle. This region as a whole is rich with ancient history, most notably through the Minoan civilisation centred at Kydonia east of Rethymno. Rethymno itself began a period of growth when the Venetian conquerors of the island decided to put an intermediate commercial station between Heraklion and Chania, acquiring its own bishop and nobility in the process. Today’s old town (palia poli) is almost entirely built by the Republic of Venice. It is one of the best-preserved old towns in Crete. From circa 1250 the city was the see of the Latin Diocese of Retimo, which was renamed Retimo–Ario after the absorption in 1551 of the Diocese of Ario and as suppressed only after the Turkish conquest. The town still maintains its old aristocraticappearance, with its buildings dating from the 16th century, arched doorways, stone staircases, Byzantine and Hellenic-Roman remains, the small Venetian harbour and narrow streets. The Venetian Loggia houses the information office of the Ministry of Culture and Sports. Crete has many olive oil mills, many wineries , breweries and bee -keepers, but only one visitable Cosmetics factory. Per use the selection of handcrafted, natural skin products at Fisika, a family business founded by three Cretan women. Sniff the vegetarian skin creams and gentle vegan soaps, made from scratch and never animal-tested. Experience the secret of Greek beauty on your free tour through the workshop and test products on site.

For dinner group  will be escorted in a local,  walking distance restaurant in the Open Air Market of Heraklion  

Overnight in Heraklion Town , 3* Hotel Marin Dream

 

Day 05 (4-5hours)

Bread kneading at Traditional Village & visit of the Folklore museum

Group will be accompanied by our English speaking escort

Optional lunch at Village’s tavern, traditional menu 

Dinner in Heraklion :at a Family Tavern  of Dimokratias Avenue or similar (escorted)

 

Activity ‘’ Kneading bread’’

It was at the beginning of the 80’s, that an intelligent, creative, diligent dreamer decided to launch a work of a lifetime. His intention was to offer something to Crete, his motherland.Although he had nothing to do with hoteliers or entrepreneurs, he decided to establish a place where all memories of his childhood could revive and continue to stay alive.Like an itinerant junkman, Mr. Saloustros went from house to house and from village to village to gather items that were dumped, or just “unwanted”.Those included stones from demolished houses, mountain rocks etc. and were handpicked to ornate the buildings of the complex.Upon arrival in the village , all of the guests can admire the small houses in the complex and the Folklore museum .After this short visit guests will participate in a bread-kneading activity..

Kneading bread and baking in the Traditional wood oven

  1. Kneading Bread (three recipes) & Museum Tour
  • This program has the following steps
  1. According to the instructions of the baker, the visitors knead their own bread which is finally baked in the traditional oven
  2. W e get to visit the Museum
  3. We watch a slide presentation related to the production of the wheat and the olive oil
  4. Break at the coffee shop with a representative treatment and

e)      Delivery of the fresh baked bread and taste cheese, olives and olive oil

Ø  The group is accompanied by an English speaking member of village’s personnel dressed in traditional uniform.

Ø Duration: 2hrs (1hr & 30 min activity &30 min museum visit)

For dinner group  will be escorted in a local,  walking distance at the Family restaurant in Dimokratias Avenue

Overnight in Heraklion Town , 3* Hotel Marin Dream

 

Day 6 – Departure

Transfer out to Heraklion Airport after hotel’s checkout.

Group will be accompanied by our English speaking escort