Isle of Wight
No Solo Supplement*
Experience a wonderful 5-day holiday to the striking Isle of Wight. With half the island designated an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', this tour takes in the very best of its scenic charms.
Meet in Portsmouth and board the catamaran for the short journey to Ryde on the Isle of Wight. Join the rail service down the scenic east coast to Sandown and transfer to the Trouville Hotel for a four-night stay.
Your first visit today is to St Mildred's Church in Whippingham, which has close links to the royal family. Continue to fascinating Osborne House, Queen Victoria's family holiday home. You are at leisure to explore the exquisite state rooms and private royal apartments, gaining a glimpse into Victorian life for the most privileged members of society. Discover its vast manicured gardens or make your way down to the private beach, recently opened to the public.
Enjoy a panoramic tour around the island today, taking in some of the Isle of Wight's best and most beloved attractions. Begin at the stunning cliffs of Needles Park, where you can admire the lighthouse and ocean vistas. Then, continue to Yarmouth to admire the views from its charming harbour. Later visit historic Carisbrooke Castle and its award-winning Edwardian garden before ending the day at the picturesque village of Godshill.
Discover the Isle of Wight's heritage railway this morning. Take the island's public train from Sandown to Smallbrook Junction, where you board the Isle of Wight Steam Railway for a return journey to Wootton. This beautiful line dates back to 1862, and today promises an immersive and nostalgic experience, as you wind through the unspoilt countryside of the Isle of Wight, traversing through the heart of the island past scenic woodland, lush meadows, and picturesque towns. Along the way, stop at Havenstreet for a visit to the Carriage and Wagon Workshop.
Take the train to Ryde and board the catamaran back to Portsmouth. Here you are free to depart at your leisure.
Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.
On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.
Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
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Hotel was fine but it was located in a run down area
Overall the holiday was very good - one problem was the room was too hot.
All as advertised, good hotel service especially waiting staff
Our tour manager was on the job throughout the tour. Interesting sites planned and adequate free time.
I enjoyed the holiday. My disappointment was with the island itself. The Needles are "just" rocks and that area turned into a theme park. For me 10mins would have sufficed! There might have been an opportunity to stop at Alfred Lord Tennyson's house? There might have been an opportunity to visit more English Heritage sites? The above might have come at the expense of not stopping at Godshill.
Good programme & value formoney
A very enjoyable holiday. Hotel was very good made all the better by the nice weather,
Good holiday, excellent manager
We enjoyed our holiday, it was just what we expected
Everything was well organised. The tour manager was efficient, the hotel very good and the excursions well chosen. Completed by pleasant fellow travellers.
Stunning coastlines and the erstwhile home of Queen Victoria