The Isle of Wight offers a small slice of England in an area which measures just 27 miles by 13. With chalky white towering stacks stretching out into the English Channel, secluded sandy beaches lapped with clear water and looked over from timeless villages, the Isle of Wight is postcard perfect. Sheltered in a beautiful bay, Sandown is famed for its golden sand beach, traditional seafront and the amusement filled Sandown Pier.
Saturday We travel to the Isle of Wight.
Sunday Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Sandown. Sandown sits on the Southern coast of the Isle of Wight, sheltered in a beautiful bay, and is famed for its long stretches of golden sandy beach and the traditional British seafront and pier. Sandown also has a great selection of attractions, including a Zoo housed in an old fort and a purpose built interactive Dinosaur Museum.
Monday Following breakfast, we include an excursion to Osborne House. No trip to the island would be complete without a visit to the royal seaside palace where Queen Victoria lived. Osborne House gives you a unique glimpse into the cherished home and private lives of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their nine children. Wander down to the once private beach, see the charming Swiss Cottage, built for the royal children, and discover the terrace gardens and historic grounds.
Tuesday Enjoy a day at leisure or we may offer an optional excursion (charge applicable). Your driver will provide you with further information. In the towns you’ll find a great range of shops including local boutique stores and familiar high street brands. If you’re indulging in some serious retail therapy, stop off in one the coffee shops or cafés and refuel with some delicious coffee and homemade cake. Potter through the villages and discover the picture postcard side of the Island. Be sure to stop off at one of the designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are some great places to visit on the Isle of Wight, each with their very own unique character and heritage. Look out for some of the famous historic monuments such as St Catherine’s Oratory, Tennyson’s Monument and the Mottistone Longstone, all set on stunning rolling hills.
Wednesday Today we enjoy a scenic tour of the island. Situated just off England’s South coast the Isle of Wight measures 23 miles by 13 miles and is littered with picturesque villages, bustling towns, historic delights and natural delights. Discover picturesque villages, spectacular cliffs, sandy beaches, rich farmlands and a rich diversity of wildlife, flora and fauna. More than half the Island is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with 500 miles of award-winning public footpaths and bridleways, while almost 30 miles of its seashore is Heritage Coast. Boasting award winning beaches, unspoilt and spectacular scenery and a rich historical heritage, there are attractions, activities and adventures to suit visitors of all ages.
Thursday Following breakfast, we include a journey on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Step back to a bygone era when steam power was the order of the day, as the railway will charm, engage and captivate, leaving you with some lasting memories. Settle back in beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages and discover an idyllic view of the Island’s unspoilt countryside. Keep an eye out for a red squirrel or deer darting away from the train as you pass through ancient woodland – and watch for a solitary kestrel perched on a fence post looking for prey as the train ambles through open farmland and sweeping downland.
Friday We depart after breakfast and return home.
Situated centrally on Sandown’s seafront, the Trouville Hotel enjoys panoramic views over the sweep of Sandown and Shanklin Bay. All double and twin rooms enjoy a sea view, single rooms are non-sea view. All rooms are en-suite with television, telephone, hair dryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Additional facilities include a restaurant, lounge bar and ballroom. Lift to all floors. Free WIFI available in hotel lounges.