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Home-from-home charm on a unique and magnificent island

6 days From £599 per person
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Book your 2021 holiday before 31st October and you can transfer your holiday for free - no questions asked. T&C's apply

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No Solo Supplement

No Solo Supplement subject to availability on selected departures. 

2021 Tour code: 21MXS

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 explore the island.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Heysham and Douglas

Arrive in Heysham, Lancashire, ahead of your early afternoon ferry to the Isle of Man. Heysham is easily accessible from all over the UK, with the train from Lancaster arriving straight into the ferry terminal. The Irish Sea crossing takes three and a half hours and you arrive in Douglas, transferring to your seafront hotel.

Includes
  • Dinner
Douglas
Day 2 - Isle of Man Steam Railway

Enjoy a horse-drawn tram ride along the promenade this morning before a nostalgic journey on the Isle of Man Steam Railway, the island's oldest rail system. This steam-hauled journey takes place in restored carriages, allowing you to enjoy countryside views on your way to Port Erin, a town set within a beautiful bay on the south-west side of the island. A scenic drive then takes you to the headland, overlooking the stunning Calf of Man. There's free time here. Soak up the uninterrupted panoramas at the Sound Cafe and keep watch for seals and a wide variety of nesting birds.

Later, travel to Castletown, the island's former capital. Castle Rushen, a medieval fortress, 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. Afterwards, return to Douglas by coach, travelling over the legendary Fairy Bridge where locals traditionally greet the fairies as they cross.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Isle of Man Steam Railway
Day 3 - Peel

Travel to the fishing port of Peel today, stopping on the way at Tynwald Hill, the historic meeting place of the Manx parliamentary assembly. The Tynwald claims to be over 1,000 years old, with the earliest records dating back to 1422. Its museum charts the history of political business over the centuries.

In Peel you have free time. Its thriving fishing industry and smokehouses have made Peel 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 fascinating House of Manannan, which explores the island's Celtic, Viking, and Maritime heritage with interactive displays.

Later, drive along a section of the famous TT motorcycle road racing circuit on the way to Ramsey, where you enjoy a journey on the Manx Electric Railway back to Douglas. The railway is recognised as the longest narrow-gauge vintage railway in the British Isles and takes you on a 17-mile journey through glorious countryside, across gorsetopped hills, and along the stunning east coast. Relax on board the oldest working tramcars in the world, many of which are original Victorian and Edwardian era rolling stock.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
The Manx Electric Railway
Days 4-5 - 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 to the peak of Snaefell. Snaefell is the highest mountain on the Isle of Man, rising at 2,034 feet above sea level. On a clear day, you can see England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

Return to Laxey where you have time to explore. Make sure you pay a visit to Laxey Wheel, the world's largest working waterwheel.

Day 5 is free for you to discover the island using your 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
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
Snaefell Mountain Railway
Day 6 - Heysham and home

Leave Douglas on this morning's ferry, arriving back into Heysham just after midday. On arrival, make your way home.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Douglas Lighthouse

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, Isle of Man

Ascot Hotel, Isle of Man

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Trains

Isle of Man Steam Railway
Manx Electric Railway
Snaefell Mountain Railway

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Mr A Lawrence

Submitted 22/10/2019

Good supervision and organisation

Anonymous

Submitted 22/10/2019

Generally enjoyable holiday

Anonymous

Submitted 10/10/2019

Well planned excursions to visit the highlights of the IOM with free time at various stops

Michael Day

Submitted 21/09/2019

It was my first visit to the island, Caroline our guide was very pleasant, very knowledgeable and helpful. The Ascot Hotel was comfortable, well furnished, and the staff were very friendly.

Anonymous

Submitted 08/09/2019

Excellent and enjoyable experience

Mrs P Stephenson

Submitted 27/08/2019

A lovely holiday in everyway

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