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4.1 stars(38 reviews)

The scenic charms of the Isle of Wight

5 days From £509 per person

2022 Tour code: 22IWS

About the tour

Experience a wonderful five-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.


What’s included


Day 1 - Sandown

Meet in Portsmouth and board the catamaran for the short journey to Ryde on the Isle of Wight. From here, join the rail service down the scenic east coast to Sandown. This delightful Victorian seaside resort boasts sandy beaches and views over the English Channel. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for a four-night stay.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Osborne House

Visit St Mildred's Church in Whippingham, an ornate church that has close links to the royal family. Continue to Osborne House, Queen Victoria's family holiday home. The house was designed by Prince Albert himself to mirror an Italian palazzo. The house was a favourite retreat for Queen Victoria and it's here that she died in 1901. You're free to explore the exquisite state rooms and private royal apartments. It's particularly interesting to note the difference between the opulent rooms in the wing known as 'the Pavilion' and the more comfortable and homely setting of the apartments. Outside, explore the manicured gardens or perhaps make your way to the private beach.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Tour of the island

Enjoy a panoramic island tour, taking in some of the Isle of Wight's best attractions. Begin at the cliffs overlooking the area's white 'needles'. These striking formations are an iconic sight of the Isle of Wight, with distinctive stacks of chalk rising out of the sea. Continue to Yarmouth to admire the views from its charming harbour. Bursting with history, explore the cobbled streets lined with quaint shops and cafés, and the main square, overlooked by the town's church. Later, visit historic Carisbrooke Castle. This English Heritage site is famous for serving as a royal prison to Charles I during the civil war, and today it's the location of the Edwardian-style Princess Beatrice Garden. You end at Godshill, a quintessentially English village.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Discover the Isle of Wight's heritage railway. Begin by taking 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 winds through unspoilt countryside, traversing through the heart of the island past scenic woodland, lush meadows, and picturesque towns. This truly is a wonderful way to explore the Isle of Wight; the train takes you back in time to the 'Golden Age' of rail as it journeys the delightful rolling countryside, pulled by a charming steam locomotive Along the way, stop at Havenstreet for a visit to the interesting Carriage and Wagon Workshop.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Portsmouth & home

Take the train to Ryde and board the catamaran back to Portsmouth. Here you're free to depart.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.

Departure times

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.

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.


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4.1 stars4.1 / 5 · 38 reviews

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Ms Patricia Ransford

4 stars

Submitted 8/Feb

Well organised enjoyable tour of beautiful island

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Adrian McCarthy

5 stars

Submitted 03 Nov 2021

As I said in the review I did last week, it was an excellent holiday, well run and good value.

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S Varley

3 stars

Submitted 16 Oct 2021

The train from Ryde to Sandown hasn’t run for years, this is in your brochure and itinerary as the first train ride. We had to walk with our luggage along a very long pier and my husband is not a good Walker.One of the other trains wasn’t running from where you told us either! We felt rather conned as this is what the holiday is about.

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O Sanders

1 stars

Submitted 13 Oct 2021

Island very tired. Needs revamping. Trains not running. Places not open early enough. Generally a very disappointing trip.

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5 stars

Submitted 13 Oct 2021

Excellent trip as an introduction to the Isle of Wight

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D Adeney

3 stars

Submitted 12 Oct 2021

Pleasant holiday, excellent courier and steam train but disappointingly no island trains. Hotel fair but under numbers and covid pressure.

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Isle of Wight

The scenic charms of the Isle of Wight


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