Mark’s Magical Isle of Wight

Wednesday 10th - Sunday 14th May 2017

£399pp

5 days, 4 night(s)

Deposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £23pp
Single supplement: £90

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Overview

Allow our ‘resident’ Isle of Wight expert, Mark, to introduce you his favourite Island, which is one of the prettiest the UK has to offer. Just 23 miles long by 13 miles wide and known as “The Garden Isle” because of its stunning beauty and fertile soils, the Isle of Wight is a timeless holiday destination. Mark will share his love and knowledge of the Island and show you its pretty villages and beautiful coastline.

Your Holiday Hotel

The cliff top Nightingale Hotel in Shanklin is a three-star hotel that prides itself on providing a warm welcome and attentive service. All the bedrooms have flat screen television, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. There is a lift to each floor although there are still stairs to some rooms.

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Location (Isle of Wight)

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Itinerary

(DAY 1) Wednesday 10th May

We head to Portsmouth for a mid-morning ferry over the Solent, and visit Quarr Abbey, a working Benedictine monastery set in peaceful surroundings. We reach our Hotel in Shanklin mid-afternoon, allowing time for a pre-dinner stroll.

(DAY 2) Thursday 11th May

On a tour of the Island we will follow ‘The Churchill Trail’. In 1873 the famous wartime Prime Minister’s parents met on a boat off the Isle of Wight and became engaged in Cowes. The young Winston enjoyed family holidays in Ventnor and visited Mottistone Manor and Dimbola Lodge, both of which are included today.

(DAY 3) Friday 12th May

A morning excursion to the award-winning Isle of Wight Steam Railway. We will take a ride behind one of the vintage steam engines to enjoy a unique view of some of the Island’s countryside. This afternoon explore Shanklin and perhaps walk through Shanklin Chine, the Island’s oldest visitor attraction.

(DAY 4) Saturday 13th May

Mark will take you through villages like Chale, Brighstone and Shorwell, on the way to visit Calbourne Mill. Set in 35 acres of rural landscape, it is one of the oldest working water mills in the country, dating back to the Domesday Book. We return via Godshill, with its pretty church, thatched cottages, tearooms and gift shops.

(DAY 5) Sunday 14th May

Before leaving the Island we will visit what is probably its best known attraction, Osborne House. At the former home of Queen Victoria you can enjoy the extensive grounds that stretch to the Solent, and explore the ornate rooms where Victoria entertained Heads of State and ruled the British Empire.