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Home from home charm on a unique island

6 days From £599 per person
Flexible Booking

Book your 2022 holiday between 8th December 2021 and up to and including 31st January 2022 and you can transfer your holiday for free - no questions asked. T&C's apply

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2022 Tour code: 22MXS

About the tour

From your base in seaside Douglas, visit the Isle of Man's traditional towns, pretty fishing ports and breathtakingly picturesque coastline as you travel on historic railways and soak up the unique culture of the island.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Heysham and Douglas

Arrive in Heysham, Lancashire, ahead of your early afternoon ferry journey to the Isle of Man. You arrive in the coastal resort town of Douglas, the island's capital, and transfer to your hotel close to the seafront. An island reminiscent of a bygone age, the Isle of Man is bursting with unique culture and heritage, and charming Douglas is the perfect spot from which to experience the best of it.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Isle of Man Steam Railway

Enjoy a horse-drawn tram ride along the promenade before a nostalgic journey on the Isle of Man Steam Railway, the island's oldest rail system. Sit back in the restored carriages as you take in countryside views on your way to Port Erin. A scenic drive takes you to the headland, overlooking the Calf of Man, where you can keep watch for seals and nesting birds. Later, travel to Castletown, the island's former capital. Castle Rushen dominates the town and the Nautical Museum and Old House of Keys are all worth a visit. Entrance to all three sites is included with your Heritage Explorer Pass. Return to Douglas, travelling over the Fairy Bridge where locals traditionally greet the fairies as they cross.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Peel

Travel to the fishing port of Peel, stopping at Tynwald Hill, the meeting place of the Manx parliamentary assembly. In Peel you have free time. Its thriving fishing industry and smokehouses have made it famous for its kippers, which you can buy from a number of local shops. You could also visit Peel Castle, located on St Patrick's Isle, or the House of Manannan, which explores the island's Celtic, Viking and Maritime heritage. Later, drive along a section of the famous TT racing circuit on the way to Ramsey, where you journey on the Manx Electric Railway back to Douglas, travelling through glorious countryside, across gorse-topped hills, and along the stunning coast.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - The Snaefell Mountain Railway

Begin the day aboard the Manx Electric Railway, travelling to the fishing village of Laxey. Here, join the Snaefell Mountain Railway - the only electric mountain railway in the British Isles - for a scenic journey that takes you up to the peak of Snaefell. Snaefell is the highest mountain on the Isle of Man, and the views from the summit are stunning. On a clear day, it's possible to see England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Return to Laxey where you have free time. Make sure you pay a visit to Laxey Wheel, the world's largest working waterwheel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Douglas

Today is free for you to discover the island using your included Explorer Pass for travel on local transport, and your Heritage Pass for entrance to Manx National Heritage Sites. You could visit the Victorian Gaiety Theatre on Douglas promenade, which has undergone careful restoration to ensure it retains its historical charms. Or, step back in time at the Grove Museum of Victorian Life, a beautifully preserved Victorian house with authentic period rooms, original furnishings and a costume room.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Heysham & home

Leave Douglas on the morning ferry, arriving back into Heysham just after midday. On arrival, you're free to make your way home.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

We depart from Heysham to the Isle of Man at approximately 2:15pm on the first day of your holiday. On the return trip, our ferry docks in Heysham at around 12:15pm.

However, we will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotel

Ascot Hotel, Douglas

Ascot Hotel, Douglas

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Trains

Isle of Man Steam Railway
Manx Electric Railway
Snaefell Mountain Railway

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Philip Dyson-Hurrell

5 stars

Submitted 25 Oct 2021

A fantastic 0la

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Florence Farman

5 stars

Submitted 24 Oct 2021

Extremely good value for money. Very comfortable, clean and friendly hotel; good wholesome food and nothing too much trouble for the staff! Will definitely return and have recommended it to several friends. Ivan, out tour guide, was very knowledgeable and helpful without being too intrusive.

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R Bilson

5 stars

Submitted 24 Oct 2021

Very interesting and well prepared With Terry in charge very Lovely lady and very helpful.

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Barbara Sparling

5 stars

Submitted 24 Oct 2021

The only thing that let this holiday down a notch was the poor weather on the Tuesday when we went up Snaefell..... but otherwise it was well managed, Ivan was a good communicator and the hotel was excellent. Dave, our coach driver was very knowledgeable, and friendly as well.

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Colin Hancox

5 stars

Submitted 23 Oct 2021

Very enjoyable week well organised

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Clare and Pam Brydon

4 stars

Submitted 23 Oct 2021

Liked the isle of man

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