Isle of Wight & the Southern Coast

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    Isle of Wight & the Southern Coast

Tour length

3 days

From

689.00$689.00

Departs on Saturdays from London 

April 2 to October 29, 2022

Queen Victoria loved her holidays.  She travelled to Scotland, France, and Italy and stayed at lavish palaces and princely courts.  But there’s nowhere she loved more than the Isle of Wight, a diamond-shaped pearl in the English Channel.  It’s not far from London and boasts beautiful beaches, epic white sea-cliffs, a warm climate, and remnants from the Romans, Normans, and two World Wars.  She inspired travellers from all around the world to visit this island; and after more than one-hundred years of holidays here, we think the place just gets better and better.

On this tour, you visit Queen Victoria’s Italian-inspired holiday home, Osborne House. You venture to the sea-shores and see gorgeous cliffs, barren bunkers and stunning white rock structures. And on the mainland, you even get a chance to celebrate your journey with a drink at the home of Bombay Sapphire Gin.  Join this trip, follow in the footsteps of royalty, and let your guide lead you through England’s favourite holiday island.

DEPARTURE FROM LONDON: Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, SW1W 9SH. If coming on foot access is through the building at 4 Fountain Square, 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SH.
The tour departs at 9:15am and returns at approx. 7:15pm on Day 3.

Itinerary


Day

1

Portsmouth & Quarr Abbey

Saturday

Get your sunglasses and sun cream ready, you’re departing London and heading to the sunny, southern Isle of Wight.

First, you head to the ancient port-city of Portsmouth. This bustling spot blends modern marvels with centuries of seafaring stories. Head to the top of the 170- metrehigh Spinnaker Tower for the best views of the City, the Isle of Wight and the South Coast. Follow the historic harbour trails or visit the remains of King Henry the VIII’s tragic warship Mary Rose before joining your guide for your ferry at Gunwharf Terminal. 

Even if you’re not a sea-loving, fishcatching, ocean-dweller, you’ll still find this ferry enjoyable. It takes less than an hour and there’s plenty of onboard refreshments. Your first stop on the Isle of Wight is the important religious site of Quarr Abbey. The building here is beautiful and combines French, Byzantine, and Moorish designs. From here we follow the North East coast of the Island passing through timeless villages and never more than a stone’s throw from the sea.

In the evening, you arrive at the unforgettably quaint village of Shanklin in time for an early dinner. Perhaps it’s time to try the seafood?

Overnight—Shanklin

 


Day

2

Isle of Wight Highlights

Sunday

Today, you’re going to discover the unmissable highlights of the Isle of Wight.

After breakfast, we venture to the Yarborough Monument. This is the tallest monument on the island and celebrates the life of a wealthy earl from the 19th century.

You continue to a photo-stop at the beautiful views of endless green fields at Brading Downs and then head to Osbourne House. Queen Victoria said, “it is impossible to imagine a prettier spot”. And we agree. Osbourne house was Queen Victoria’s holiday home and as you explore the Italian-style building, you discover pristine green gardens, ornate golden rooms, and historically fascinating artefacts.

And after that magnificent man-made marvel, it’s time to see the Isle of Wight’s most beautiful natural wonder, the Needles. These sharp white stacks that stick out of the ocean are beautiful to behold. You can hop on a boat to get close to them and venture to an old defensive battery that’s nearby.

Your last stop today is at the cliffs of St. Catherine’s Down. As the sun starts to set, these epic cliffs and green valleys look stunning.

You travel back to Shanklin in time for dinner.

Overnight—Shanklin
 


Day

3

Winchester

Monday

It’s the final day. But cheer up, because we’ve saved some of the best sights for today. In the morning, you say goodbye to Shanklin and head on the ferry back to Portsmouth. Now that you’ve reacquainted yourself with the mainland, we take you to one of England’s most history-soaked cities, Winchester.

Visiting Winchester isn’t easy, because there’s almost too much to do. There’s a glorious cathedral, an ancient mill, cute cafes, and more than enough museums. After you’ve studied up on the history of England, it’s time to go have some fun. That’s right, we’re going to visit the home of one of the world’s most popular gins, Bombay Sapphire. But it’s not just the booze that’s brilliant at the Laverstoke Mill, the exhibition and Victorian architecture are as interesting as they are beautiful. Once you’ve had enough of the tipple, it’s time to head back to London with a stop in Runnymede enroute.

Return to London at 19:30


Availability

Room Type Single B&BTwin B&BSingle HotelTwin Hotel
Apr 3-May 31$835.00$835.00$689.00$689.00$1029.00$1029.00$849.00$849.00
Jun 1-Sep 30$889.00$889.00$749.00$749.00$1079.00$1079.00$899.00$899.00
Oct 30$835.00$835.00$689.00$689.00$1029.00$1029.00$849.00$849.00

Exclusions: Lunch, dinner & refreshments. Entrances to all visitor attractions paid locally
Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars
Child rates available for 5-11 years sharing with 2 adults.  Please call for rates.‚Äč

Luggage is restricted to one suitcase with a maximum weight of 14kg (31lbs.) and one small hand/day bag to go on the coach with you. Unfortunately, Rabbie’s are unable to store excess luggage.

Tour Highlights

  • Quarr Abbey
  • Yarbourough Monument
  • Osborne House
  • The Needles
  • Winchester
  • Laverstoke Distillery
  • Runnymede

Tour Inclusions

  • Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour
  • Services of a professional local driver/guide
  • 2 nights ensuite accommodations
  • Full English breakfast daily

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