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Isle of Wight

(24 reviews)

Stunning coastlines and the erstwhile home of Queen Victoria

5 days From £499 per person
No Solo Supplement

No Solo Supplement subject to availability on selected departures. 

2020 Tour code: 20IWS

About the tour

Experience a wonderful 5-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. Join the rail service down the scenic east coast to Sandown and transfer to the Trouville Hotel for a four-night stay.

  • Dinner
View to Sandown
Day 2 - Osborne House

Your first visit today is to St Mildred's Church in Whippingham, which has close links to the royal family. Continue to fascinating Osborne House, Queen Victoria's family holiday home. You are at leisure to explore the exquisite state rooms and private royal apartments, gaining a glimpse into Victorian life for the most privileged members of society. Discover its vast manicured gardens or make your way down to the private beach, recently opened to the public.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Osborne House
Day 3 - Tour of the Island

Enjoy a panoramic tour around the island today, taking in some of the Isle of Wight's best and most beloved attractions. Begin at the stunning cliffs of Needles Park, where you can admire the lighthouse and ocean vistas. Then, continue to Yarmouth to admire the views from its charming harbour. Later visit historic Carisbrooke Castle and its award-winning Edwardian garden before ending the day at the picturesque village of Godshill.

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

Discover the Isle of Wight's heritage railway this morning. Take 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 today promises an immersive and nostalgic experience, as you wind through the unspoilt countryside of the Isle of Wight, traversing through the heart of the island past scenic woodland, lush meadows, and picturesque towns. Along the way, stop at Havenstreet for a visit to the Carriage and Wagon Workshop.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
The Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Day 5 - Portsmouth and homeward bound

Take the train to Ryde and board the catamaran back to Portsmouth. Here you are free to depart at your leisure.

  • Breakfast
Ryde Harbour

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.


Trouville Hotel, Isle of Wight

Trouville Hotel, Isle of Wight

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92% of travellers would recommend this tour

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Submitted 22/08/2019

The holiday let us see much of the island and its highlights, the hotel and food were pleasant, we enjoyed our stay


Submitted 21/08/2019

Hotel was fine but it was located in a run down area

Ms C Breach

Submitted 21/08/2019

Overall the holiday was very good - one problem was the room was too hot.


Submitted 17/10/2018

All as advertised, good hotel service especially waiting staff

Mrs N Fifield

Submitted 17/09/2018

Our tour manager was on the job throughout the tour. Interesting sites planned and adequate free time.


Submitted 11/07/2018

I enjoyed the holiday. My disappointment was with the island itself. The Needles are "just" rocks and that area turned into a theme park. For me 10mins would have sufficed! There might have been an opportunity to stop at Alfred Lord Tennyson's house? There might have been an opportunity to visit more English Heritage sites? The above might have come at the expense of not stopping at Godshill.

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Isle of Wight

Stunning coastlines and the erstwhile home of Queen Victoria


Helen Laverack
Lynne Broadley
Luke Simpson