The Isle of Man from tip to toe

Monday 25th September - Sunday 1st October 2017

PASSPORT REQUIRED
£629pp

7 days

Deposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £26.50pp
Single supplement: £79

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Overview

Every two or three years we include a visit to The Isle of Man, famous for its stunning coastline, spectacular scenery and gentle pace of life. This charming Island has a rich heritage and history, and also boasts one of the most impressive vintage railway systems in Britain.

Your Holiday Hotel

The three-star Ascot Hotel overlooks Douglas Bay in the Island’s capital. It is a small family-run hotel that prides itself on offering guests a warm welcome and friendly and attentive service. Your stay includes dinner, bed and full Manx breakfast. Due to the age and layout of the building not all bedrooms have level access from the lift as there are small steps along the corridors. Coaches cannot access the front of the Hotel, so passengers are dropped off on the Promenade, from where it is a short uphill walk. There are 6 steps into the reception area and 6 steps into the restaurant. There is free Wi-Fi in all rooms. Complimentary tea/coffee is available throughout the day.

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Location: Isle of Man

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Itinerary

(DAY 1) Monday 25th September

Taxi pick-up from your home to the coach and drive through the Midlands to the pretty canalside town of Stonein Staffordshire for a late lunch break. Our overnight hotel is the comfortable Salmesbury Hotelin the Ribble Valley. Dinner and breakfast included.

(DAY 2) Tuesday 26th September

This morning we visit Lancaster, with time to explore and find an early lunch before continuing to nearby Heysham for the afternoon ferry (crossing time approximately 3.5 hours) to Douglas. Our hotel is just a few minutes from the port so we will soon be checked in and enjoying dinner at our Hotel.

(DAY 3) Wednesday 27th September

A morning visit to the Manx Museum provides an introduction to the Island’s 10,000 year history, with exhibitions and a short film. Next we will take a journey on the Manx Electric Railway from Douglas along the coast to Laxey. One of our oldest narrow gauge railways, it still uses the original Victorian and Edwardian rolling stock. At Laxey we will visit the world’s largest working waterwheel, the Lady Isabella. The wheel stands at 72 feet high and has been one of the Island’s most popular attractions for well over 150 years. Later we will board another electric train to climb to the summit of Snaefell. From the top of the Island’s only mountain, at 2,036 feet, you may be able to see some or all of the Seven Kingdoms.

(DAY 4) Thursday 28th September

Travelling via St. Johns, site of Tynwald Hill which was the original assembly place for the Isle of Man Parliament, we visit Milntown Housenear Ramsey. Set in 15 acres of beautifully maintained gardens, this impressive historic house is the former home of the Christian family. After time for lunch in the café we will continue to the Point of Ayre, the northern most point on the Isle of Man. The return route to Douglas will take us over the Mountain Road which forms part of the famous TT Motorcycle Course.

(DAY 5) Friday 29th September

Another nostalgic train ride today, as we travel on the Steam Railwayto Port Erin, through some of the Island’s loveliest countryside. There will be time to explore the attractive seaside town before rejoining the coach to continue to The Sound of Man, at the very southern tip of the Island. The Visitor Centre contains a wealth of information about the history of the area, and there is a café built into the headland from where there are panoramic views of the Sound and the Calf of Man, a small island directly opposite.

(DAY 6) Saturday 30th September

There is no excursion today, allowing you to stroll in Douglas, perhaps take a ride on one of the historic horse trams along the Promenade, or venture further afield using the excellent local buses which serve all parts of the Island. Don’t forget to get some delicious vacuum packed Manx kippers to take home.

(DAY 7) Sunday 1st October

The Hotel will provide an early breakfast so that we can take the morning sailing to Heysham, arriving there at midday. We travel home via the motorways and reach the waiting taxis in Sussex mid-evening.