The Isle of Man

from Tip to Toe

Wednesday 24th - Tuesday 30th July 2019

£655pp

7 days

Deposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £27.50pp
Single supplement: £89

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Overview

The Isle of Man is not all about motorcycle racing and favourable tax rates. Join us to discover this tiny island’s varied landscape, Victorian engineering marvels and enchanting heritage railways and trams. It is just 33 miles long and 13.5 miles long, so we can explore most of the Island in just a few days – from tip to toe.

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.

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Itinerary

(DAY 1) Wednesday 24th July

Taxi pick-up from your home to the coach and drive through the Midlands, Cheshire and Lancashire. Our overnight hotel is the comfortable Samlesbury Hotel in the Ribble Valley. Dinner and breakfast included.

(DAY 2) Thursday 25th July

This morning we visit the city of Lancaster, with time to explore and find lunch before continuing to 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. The coach will drop-off on the Promenade, from where it is a short uphill walk to the Hotel entrance. Luggage will be transferred by the porters. Please see note below about access.

(DAY 3) Friday 26th July

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) Saturday 27th July

We drive via St. Johns, site of Tynwald Hill which was the original assembly place for the Isle of Man Parliament. One of the Island’s newest attractions is its Motor Museum at Jurby. Enjoy the collection of over 400 cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles from around the world. Among the historic vehicles on show is a 1953 Humber Super Snipe Tourer built for and used by HM The Queen and Prince Phillip on their Coronation tour of the Commonwealth.   Later we will continue to the Point of Ayre, the northernmost point on the Isle of Man. The return route to Douglas takes us over the Mountain Road which forms part of the famous TT Motorcycle Course.

(DAY 5) Sunday 28th July

A nostalgic steam train journey through some of the Island’s loveliest countryside to Port Erin. There will be time to explore the seaside town before we continue to The Sound of Man at the 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) Monday 29th July

There is no excursion today, allowing you to stroll in Douglas, take a ride on one of the historic trams pulled by heavy Shire horses, or venture further afield by local bus. Don’t forget to get some tasty vacuum-packed Manx kippers to take home.

(DAY 7) Tuesday 30th July

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.