5 days

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 - now we enjoy taking groups to enjoy a whole week of wonders on Victoria’s Diamond Isle.

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-course, three-choice dinner with coffee is served and there is optional entertainment in the ballroom.

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 - an enchanting garden set in a secluded valley and Dimbola Lodge, the home of Julia Margaret Cameron, a pioneer Victorian photographer. Free time for lunch at Yarmouth with an afternoon at leisure or join an optional two hour walk with the guide across Tennyson Down to Freshwater Bay.

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 - the largest on the island. Guests enjoy complimentary tea & coffee on arrival. Always five rooms for singles without supplement, increased to up ten rooms for larger groups.

“I didn’t have a single complaint about the hotel!”

Jan Merrick, Mercury Travel Club

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Based on minimum 25 people

Home Call 0208 692 1133 for more information about this SleepOver