Set like a diamond off the South Coast of mainland Britain, the Isle of Wight glitters with great days out and places to visit. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert established their, ‘Palace by the Sea’, at Osborne House, which boasts grand displays of opulent extravagance. Having a Royal Residence attracted many fashionable Victorians and their influences can be seen on a circular coach tour that travels the Isle’s sixty-mile circumference, a journey that overspills with unspoilt scenery.
Day 1. Solent crossing by ferry to the Isle of Wight and on to The Channel View Hotel *** Shanklin, our home for the next five nights.
Day 2. Osborne House is on todays itinerary as we travel to the holiday home of Queen Victoria a grand display of opulent extravagance, from the Swiss Cottage with its child-sized furniture to the dazzling display of Indian décor of the Durban room. Built in the style of the Italian Renaissance, Prince Albert designed the house himself and also played an important role in mapping out fantastic vistas of the waterside.
Day 3. Relax in comfort and SwanTour in style as we enjoy a spectacular tour around the Isles circumference, absorbing the famous heritage scenery and coastline. A camel might not pass through the eye of the needle, but if you keep a sharp lookout, you might see some boats that do!
Day 4. An award-winning experience is on the track as we ride through miles of unspoilt scenery on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.
Beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages glide behind steam locomotives, evoking the sights and sounds from the heyday of the railway.
Youll be following in the footsteps of royalty, as the Queen made this part of her visit to the island in 2004.
Day 5. Take the Cliff Lift down to the beach for a walk on the promenade or stroll barefooted on the sand with waves licking your toes.
Nothing is far from reach on this small island and the day is yours to relax and explore the surroundings.
Day 6. The sea spreads before and the Northern Island (as the locals like to call it) beckons as we travel by ferry back to the mainland for a homebound journey to the West Country and surrounding area.
Return ferry crossings.
Entrance to Osborne House.
Ride on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.
Day at leisure in Shanklin.
Excursions as detailed.
5 nights hotel stay on half board.
The Channel View Hotel is in a unique location occupying an elevated cliff-top position overlooking Shanklin Bay.
This hotel offers superb service and a warm, friendly welcome.
Facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool and sauna whilst all guest rooms are designed to ensure your stay is comfortable.
Due to the nature of the building there are steps throughout the hotel. The hotel has a lift
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