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Glittering Isle of Wight

Glittering Isle of Wight

Set like a diamond off the South Coast of mainland Britain, the Isle of Wight glitters with great days out and places to visit. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert established their, ‘Palace by the Sea’, at Osborne House, which boasts grand displays of opulent extravagance. Having a Royal Residence attracted many fashionable Victorians and their influences can be seen on a circular coach tour that travels the Isle’s sixty-mile circumference, a journey that overspills with unspoilt scenery.

Glittering Isle of Wight


Day 1.

Solent crossing by ferry to the Isle of Wight

and on to The Channel View Hotel *** Shanklin,

our home for the next five nights.


Day 2.

Osborne House is on today’s itinerary

 as we travel to the holiday home of Queen Victoria

a grand display of opulent extravagance, from the Swiss Cottage

with its child-sized furniture to the dazzling display

of Indian décor of the Durban room.

Built in the style of the Italian Renaissance, Prince Albert designed the house himself

 and also played an important role in mapping out fantastic vistas of the waterside.



Day 3.

Relax in comfort and SwanTour in style as we enjoy

 a spectacular tour around the Isle’s circumference,

absorbing the famous heritage scenery and coastline.

 A camel might not pass through the eye of the needle,

 but if you keep a sharp lookout, you might see some boats that do!



Day 4.

Take the Cliff Lift down to the beach for a walk on the promenade

 or stroll barefooted on the sand with waves licking your toes.

Nothing is far from reach on this small island

and the day is yours to relax and explore the surroundings.



Day 5.


 An award-winning experience is on the track

as we ride through miles of unspoilt scenery on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

Beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages glide behind steam locomotives,

evoking the sights and sounds from the heyday of the railway.

You’ll be following in the footsteps of royalty,

as the Queen made this part of her visit to the island in 2004.


Day 6.

The sea spreads before and the Northern Island (as the locals like to call it)

beckons as we travel by ferry back to the mainland

 for a homebound journey to the West Country and surrounding area.  




What’s included in this Diamond Tour…


• Return ferry crossings.

• Entrance to Osborne House.

• Ride on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

• Day at leisure in Shanklin.

• Excursions as detailed.

• 5 nights hotel stay on half board.

• Door-to-door travel.



The Channel View Hotel

Shanklin ***


The Channel View Hotel is in a unique location

occupying an elevated cliff-top position overlooking Shanklin Bay.

This hotel offers superb service and a warm, friendly welcome.

Facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool and sauna

whilst all guest rooms are designed to ensure your stay is comfortable.

Due to the nature of the building there are steps throughout the hotel.

The hotel has a lift



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