VICTORIA’S DIAMOND ISLE
You could be forgiven for thinking that the very spirit of old England has been distilled into a diamond shaped island set in a sparkling sea. We’ve been taking groups to the Isle of Wight on day trips for more than a decade -
This five day SleepOver includes executive coach travel and ferry crossings for up to 53 people, four nights dinner, bed and breakfast at a hotel facing Sandown’s golden beach with evening entertainment on offer and a stimulating and varied programme of sightseeing including two days out with a top notch Blue Badge Guide.
Day One: After a midday ferry crossing enjoy a three hour visit to Queen Victoria’s beloved summer home Osborne House furnished with money raised by selling off the Royal Pavilion at Brighton. Arrive at the hotel by 5.00pm and check in with complimentary tea and coffee. Each night a three-
Day Two: 10.00am to 4.30pm Blue Badge Guided Tour with an exhilarating Island panorama taking in downlands and soaring cliffs, fishing villages, long beaches and farms fringed by woodland. Visits to Mottistone -
Day Three: Free day. Enjoy the beach or take the train to Ryde, Shanklin or Brading.
Day Four: Blue Badge Guide 10.00am to 4.30pm On today’s itinerary we explore more of the varied Island landscapes in the company of a true Island expert with visits to Ventnor Botanic Garden and Carisbrooke Castle and we go fossil hunting with an expert on the Dinosaur Island.
Day Five: After breakfast we check out and take a ride on the Steam Railway at Haven Street before the late lunch time ferry crossing and drive home.
• Carisbrooke Castle • Ventnor Botanic Garden
* Based on groups travelling up to 200 miles
to Southampton or Portsmouth.
This itinerary can be tailored to your own specifications
3* Trouville Hotel, Esplanade, Sandown
Most of the 88 cosy and functional rooms have sea views and all are accessed by lift. Excellent housekeeping, service and food. 4 lanes of short mat bowls. Music and dancing in the hotel’s stylish ballroom -
“I didn’t have a single complaint about the hotel!”
Jan Merrick, Mercury Travel Club
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Based on minimum 25 people