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Discover the scenic charms of the Isle of Wight, filled with royal heritage, scenic landscapes, and a nostalgic steam railway.

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2024 Tour code: 24IWS

About the tour

Experience a wonderful five-day holiday to the lovely Isle of Wight. With half of the island designated an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', this tour takes in the best of its scenic charms. From the iconic Needles to the historic Carisbrooke Castle, discover the diverse beauty on offer. Stay in the seaside town of Sandown, discover the regal Osborne House, and step back in time aboard the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, admiring the picturesque countryside.

Unforgettable Experiences

Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Journey on the historic Isle of Wight Steam Railway, travelling through the scenic heart of the island.
Osborne House and Gardens
Osborne House and Gardens
Visit Osborne House and Gardens, Queen Victoria’s former holiday home, for an insight into royal Victorian life.
'needles' and lighthouse
'needles' and lighthouse
See the iconic ‘needles’ and lighthouse, a wonderful spot to admire the coastal scenery.
Carisbrooke Castle
Carisbrooke Castle
Discover a fascinating piece of history as you explore Carisbrooke Castle.
Godshill
Godshill
Visit the lovely village of Godshill and the harbour town of Yarmouth.

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 – Sailing to the golden coast of Sandown

This afternoon, you meet your Tour Manager and the rest of your group in Portsmouth. Beginning your adventure, you board the catamaran for the short journey to Ryde on the Isle of Wight. From here, you join the rail service down the scenic east coast to Sandown. This delightful Victorian seaside resort has lovely sandy beaches and great views over the English Channel. After checking into your hotel, there's time to freshen up before dinner this evening.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 – A royal experience at Osborne House

Your first visit today is to St Mildred's Church in Whippingham, an ornate church with close links to the royal family. After time to look around, your group continues to Osborne House, Queen Victoria's family holiday home. The house was designed by Prince Albert himself to mirror an Italian palazzo and was a favourite retreat for Queen Victoria. Explore the exquisite state rooms and private royal apartments at leisure. As you wander the rooms, you'll notice a difference between the opulent rooms in the wing known as 'the Pavilion' and the more comfortable and homely setting of the apartments. Outside, you can stroll through the manicured gardens and make your way to the pretty beach that's now open to the public. For lunch, you could dine in the elegant Terrace Restaurant and Orangery or enjoy soup and snacks at the café in the Petty Officers' Quarters.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 – Discovering the Isle of Wight’s greatest treasures

Today, you experience a panoramic island tour, taking in some of the Isle of Wight's best attractions. Beginning 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. Your group then heads 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, the coach takes you to 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 the day at picturesque Godshill, a quintessentially English village with historic architecture. There's time at leisure to discover its thatched buildings, Medieval church and even its own model village, with scale models of Shanklin and Godshill villages as they were in the 1920s.

Please Note - For departure 12/08/2024 you will visit the Ventnor Botanical Gardens in the morning due to a large event happening at the Carisbrooke Castle.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 – The delightful Isle of Wight Steam Railway

After breakfast this morning, you discover the Isle of Wight's heritage railway. After travelling by rail to Smallbrook Junction, your group boards 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 the heart of the island past scenic woodland, lush meadows, and picture-book towns. This is a wonderful way to explore the Isle of Wight; the train takes you back to the 'Golden Age' of rail as it journeys through rolling countryside, pulled by a charming steam locomotive. Along the way, there's a stop at Havenstreet where you can visit the interesting Carriage and Wagon Workshop.

Returning to your hotel, the afternoon is at leisure. The Revetment is a seawall walk from Sandown to Shanklin and a great way to admire the vistas of the bay. Alternatively, you could stroll along Sandown Pier taking in the traditional seaside atmosphere or find a peaceful spot along the miles of golden sand and spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach. You rejoin your group at the hotel for your last dinner together.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 – Homeward bound

It's time to begin the journey home this morning. Leaving Sandown behind, your group travels by rail to Ryde, where you catch the catamaran back to Portsmouth. Once you've said goodbye to your fellow travellers, you can make your way home, or continue exploring on your own.

Includes
  • 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.

Hotel

Trouville Hotel, Sandown

Trouville Hotel, Sandown

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Isle of Wight Steam Railway

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Reviews

4.2 stars4.2 / 5 · 89 reviews

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Alan Sheppard

2 stars

Submitted 16/Jul

We had a nice seaview room. However that was the only recommendation for the hotel. Sometimes the staff were quite rude at speaking and dealing with people. The food was definitely 2 tar. We were advised that no transport was included to the train station on two occasions and we would have to pay for that, but commonsense prevailed and we did not have to pay. It may only be a 20min walk but uphill and most guests could not walk that.. The return ferry was changed at the last minute. The leader was very good and very helpful. Would not go back to the Isle of Wight again.

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Lynne Kear

5 stars

Submitted 14/Jul

Very good holiday and rep.

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Madeleine Cooper

3 stars

Submitted 14/Jul

Unfortunately the weather wasn’t brilliant. The hotel only had one lift and people were always queuing for the lift. The food was ok but could have been better.

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JY

2 stars

Submitted 14/Jul

A good itinerary, spoilt by poor information, a hotel not up to modern standards and reminiscent of the regimentation of the 1950s, and somewhat ad hoc organisation of travel arrangements. Despite the lovely sea view, the area is spoiled by numerous long derelict hotel buildings. Not up to usual Rail Discovery standards.

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Helen

4 stars

Submitted 15/Jun

Loved the Isle of Wight

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Alan Hood

3 stars

Submitted 14/Jun

The Isle is very pretty and full of historical interest. However, Sandown, where the hotel was, was rather run down. The hotel facilities and staff were excellent. The young coach driver (Jack) was first class, and gave us a lot of information while driving through some very difficult routes. All in all, my wife and I enjoyed the holiday.

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