Isle of Wight Steam Railway
St Peter Port & Castle Cornet
A Wight Royal Island More than half the Isle of Wight is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and with award winning beaches, spectacular scenery and a rich royal heritage, the island has plenty to offer groups. SUGGESTED ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival We make our way to Portsmouth this morning for our ferry crossing to Fishbourne from where we continue to our hotel. Day 2 Osborne House This morning, we make our way to what was once Queen Victoria’s much-loved palatial seaside home, Osborne House. We visit the private apartments and state rooms as well as the gardens and Queen Victoria’s beach, where there is a bathing machine in which the Queen used to get undressed! Tying in with Queen Victoria and the 2017 film “Victoria and Abdul”, a trail has been specially created, Victoria’s Island Trail, to celebrate the island’s royal connections, with Osborne House being a key location on the trail. Day 3 Circular Island Tour Today, we board our coach for a circular tour of the island, which boasts 60 miles of spectacular coastline and stunning scenery. We start our day in the port town of Yarmouth which is home to the oldest architecture on the island, including a 16th century castle, and a grade 2 listed pier. We continue on to the Needles Park which boasts fabulous sea views and is home to the iconic chairlift, which operates from the cliff-top at Alum Bay to the beach below where we can see the Needles Rocks and coloured sands. We continue on to St Catherine’s Lighthouse - the Isle of Wight’s most famous landmark. Day 4 Isle of Wight Steam Railway This morning, we enjoy a journey on the award winning Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Settling back on our leisurely 5 mile journey, we travel on two stretches of line, starting at Havenstreet Station from where we travel to Smallbrook Junction. From here, we enjoy a return trip to Havenstreet, where we embark on the next stage of our journey to Wootton, before returning again to Havenstreet. In the afternoon, we spend time at leisure in Sandown or Ryde, with time to explore all that these traditional seaside resorts have to offer including more key locations on Victoria’s Island Trail. Day 5 Departure After breakfast, we make our way home.
Guernsey – A Scented Isle Our packaged tour explores the channel island of Guernsey, home to stunning cliffs, sandy beaches, historic sites, magnificent sunsets and the prettiest of harbour ports, St Peter Port. We enjoy a tour around the island and also visit Castle Cornet and the unique island of Sark. PACKAGED ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival This morning, we make our way to Poole ferry terminal and take the fast ferry to Guernsey, where we transfer by coach to our hotel. Day 2 Scenic Sark After breakfast this morning, we take the ferry to the second smallest of the Channel Islands, Sark. With no cars on Sark, we will be met at the harbour by a horse drawn carriage that will take us on a 1 hour tour of the island before we return to Guernsey to spend the rest of the day at leisure. Day 3 Guernsey Island Tour This morning, we board our coach and enjoy a half day guided tour of the island. Our journey includes a visit to The Little Chapel, possibly the smallest chapel in the world, modelled in 1914 on the famous grotto and basilica at Lourdes, decorated with seashells, pebbles and broken china! We also visit the German built naval observation tower of Pleinmont Point and the fragrant Guernsey Freesia Centre. Mid tour, we enjoy a visit to Guernsey Pearl. Our tour ends in St Peter Port, where we spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure, before returning to our hotel using the local bus service. Day 4 Castle Cornet Today we enjoy a guided tour of Castle Cornet and its museums . Whilst learning about its history, enjoy the spectacular panoramic views back towards St Peter Port. We then have the choice of returning to our hotel by coach or remaining in St Peter Port where we can enjoy strolling around the beautiful Candie Gardens and Guernsey Museum before returning to our hotel using the local bus service. Day 5 Departure After breakfast, we make our way home.
Peninsula Hotel Guernsey, Channel Islands Plus
Royal Esplanade Hotel Ryde, Isle of Wight Plus
With a good reputation for welcoming groups, this modern hotel enjoys a lovely position overlooking the sea, with a beach and the bay within easy walking distance. Each of the 99 bedrooms is well equipped and all are accessible by lift, with plenty of rooms situated on the ground floor. The open-plan bar and lobby are decorated in a bright modern style and lead into the more traditional restaurant which overlooks the outdoor heated pool (seasonal opening only).
The traditional, Victorian Royal Esplanade hotel is located in a superb seaside location, close to the promenade in the heart of the lively resort of Ryde, and just a short walk to the centre of town. The 69 bedrooms are well decorated and offer a mix of styles with excellent bathrooms. The restaurant and bar offer attractive decor and comfortable seating areas and there is a large entertainment lounge and a small rear outdoor terrace. • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Coach parking is off-site & chargeable 4 Nights Half Board Twin from £264pp No Single Supplement (max 10 incl driver)
Inclusions • Return ferry crossing Poole – Guernsey • Return transfer from port to hotel • Choice of menu • Transfers & ferry to Sark • 1 hour horse drawn carriage tour of Sark • Half day guided coach tour of Guernsey • Transfers & guided tour of Castle Cornet & museums
Inclusions • Return ferry crossing Portsmouth - Fishbourne • Porterage • Welcome tea/coffee • Choice of menu • Tea/coffee after dinner • Live entertainment on 2 nights
• Ground floor rooms • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Leisure facilities 4 Nights Half Board Prices to follow
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