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Torquay Gourmet Safari

Tour Level


There are no physical aspects to this tour. Conveniences are available at each location.

There will be elements of activity from around 1 – 2km walk with some steps involved or hilly terrain. Trainers or boat shoes will be appropriate.

There are elements of uneven ground, walks up to 5km over hilly terrain and possible ascending of ladders to pontoons. Good footwear is advisable

There is a physical demand on the participant where they will need to have sturdy footwear and be prepared to be away from the vehicle for long periods. Toilets are more remote and available at points within the journey.

Tour Type

Guided Tour

No. of Places


Full Day Tour

£149 per person

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Your chance to

  • Cruise over the estuaries.
  • Discover this area of outstanding beauty.
  • Relax in good company.
  • Taste historical Oyster recipes.
  • Taste local fine wine and produce.

At a glance

  • A unique tour of the South Hams.
  • Private Dart Charter with Luxury hamper.
  • Meet like-minded people.
  • Vineyard tour with tasting.
  • Tour in an executive vehicle.

What's Included?

  • Travel arrangements and all costs.
  • All food locally produced or line caught.
  • Refreshments served throughout the day.
  • All of your tasting experiences.

What’s not included?

  • Travel insurance.
  • Accommodation.
  • Clothing and footwear.
  • Anyone under 18 unless arranged.

What you need to bring

  • Warm layers for the boat trips.
  • Suitable clothing for boating and walking.
  • Reasonable footwear – deck shoes etc.
  • Medical information we need to know.

What to do next

  • Choose your departure location?
  • Select your accommodation.
  • Contact us with any allergy information.
  • Book your tour?

The Torquay Gourmet Safari departs from the Grand Hotel Torbay Rd, Seafront, Torquay TQ2 6NT


Torquay Gourmet Safari

Want a day-trip with a difference? With an all-inclusive Totnes Gourmet Safari, you’ve got it! But there’s no hacking your way through the undergrowth – it’s luxury all the way. And it starts with a bubbly reception the evening before where you get to meet your fellow travellers as you plan the finer details and tailor-make your day together tracking down delicious local and sustainable food in a series of tasting experiences at renowned watering holes throughout the area. We take in its finest foods, wines, and juices produced by artisan craftsmen; hear their stories and learn about the history that made the South Hams what it is, winding through the countryside on little-used routes by executive vehicle and by boat along the estuaries.

Working best for 8-12 people we also deliver bespoke tours for corporate Away-Days, “ladies-that-lunch” or guests who wish to wine and dine in a different way. So, let us take care of your day. Join us for a food adventure of a lifetime..

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Torquay Gourmet Safari

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Galmpton Warborough

Strategically situated between the sea and the Dart estuary, it provided an excellent defensive position for Saxon farmers against Viking raids. It was the focal point to repel any Spanish Landing, a depot for the American army. The windmill was built during the Napoleonic Wars due to the increased need for flour. It is Torbay's greatest remaining open area of historical antiquity.


Dartmouth is steeped in history, although it's not old enough for the Domesday Book. It was once one of the richest towns in Britain and saw many a pirate and privateer including John Hauley former mayor and MP who fell in and out of favour with the king. He built Dartmouth Castle and led the victorious battle of Blackpool, although he also created it. Dartmouth also hosted the armies of the second and third Crusades.

Blackpool Sands

A simply stunning and almost hidden beach and one of the most breathtaking in South Devon. It could be mistaken for the Mediterranean for the tropical plants that grow here. We stop at the Venus Restaurant for brunch, a stroll on the beach and the incredible story of The Battle of Blackpool Sands.

Start Bay

Known for its importance in the D- Day landings, however previously in 1831 it was a favourite with sporting and hunting enthusiasts and nearly became one of Britain's Safari Resorts. Slapton Lee was formed over 3000 years ago and It is home to some of the rarest and largest collections of biodiversity in England.

The Stokeley Farm Shop

Here we collect the products for our hamper on the River Dart Cruise. It's also a great opportunity to purchase some local products which we can keep fresh in the Gourmet Cool Box. We stop for a tasting from a selection of local cheeses and Mikes Smokehouse meats, real ale from the South Hams Brewery and Luscombe Drinks.

The Seafood Shack

Beesands is best known as a tourist destination but is an age old fishing village that concentrates mainly on crab and lobster. Which is the driving force behind our visit, we meet the fishermen of Britannia and hear about a communities connection to the land and sea and taste their freshly caught produce at the shack on the beach.

East Portlemouth

Sits on the opposite banks of the Salcombe estuary and hosts the sun-kissed beaches of Sunny Cove and Mill Bay. It has remarkable views out to the Mouth across to Salcombe and up to Kingsbridge, perfect for our first boat trip. It is an age-old parish that was once a thriving community of shipbuilders, fishermen and farmers.


is now one of the most expensive places to buy into in England with its exceptional marine views, fresh sea air, and turquoise waters. It is home to a rare population of Sea Horses due to its unique estuary that is not fed by a river system, which creates its own unique biodiversity.

South Sands Beach

Is one of the most unspoilt beaches in South Devon, it is actually part of a cove so you’re sheltered from the sea winds, and it provides a neat little sun trap if you just want to soak up the rays. We arrive by Sea Tractor, allowing us to take in the stunningly clear waters of the mouth of the estuary and a close up of Fort Charles..

The Oyster Shack

Is an atmospheric restaurant that is cut off daily by a tidal road that can catch out the unwary. The restaurant is hidden in the landscape and celebrates age old oyster recipes. An oyster farm with a history that serves day-boat caught fish and Fruits de Mer. We meet the chef as they talk us through the recipes and the food.

The Sharpham Vineyard

This thousand year old farm consists of five hundred acres owned by the Sharpham Trust. The house, designed in 1770 by Sir Robert Taylor, overlooks the beautiful rolling hills surrounding the lower meandering Dart. The setting of the vineyard is spectacular and made even more special by the Sharpham Sparkling Reserve. An elegant dry traditionally made wine with a rich depth of fruit.

Private River Dart Cruise

This concludes our adventure with a private charter on the River Dart, taking in the hamlets and villages as we pass by. From the walk down to the quay to the views from the river itself are memories you will keep forever. We compliment the cruise with blankets for comfort in the late evening, local produce, and wine are served from the Gourmet Guides luxury hamper.

We look forward to meeting you and your participation in our guided tours.

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Seasonal Information

Our Spring tours run from April through to May, They start and finish earlier due to the changes in light hours. They are a marvel of forest floors covered in Bluebells and Wild Garlic. With low early sunsets, we return during the early hours of the evening. Spring tours would suit those who like an earlier night.Andrews_Wood_blue bells
Our Summer tours run from June to August and take in the later summer nights. We leave later and utilise the long evenings to enjoy our tasting opportunities. Our summer tours suit those who like to enjoy their evenings and want to take full advantage of the “Golden and Happy Hours”.Kingswear-at-Dusk-NS
Our Autumnal tours run from September to October and return to our early starts, we take in the beautiful colour changes of lush greens to autumnal oranges and reds.

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