Isle of Wight Short Break
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Anchored off the south coast, the tiny, chalky gem that is the Isle of Wight boasts 25 miles of sweeping shoreline, spectacular rugged cliffs, traditional English villages, and a host of coastal eateries specialising in fresh-from-the-net seafood. We introduce you to Queen Victorias seaside palace, Italianate Osborne House; the famous lighthouse at the Needles, which perches on the islands most westerly tip; and, set in the heart of the island, dramatic Carisbrooke Castle.
Day 1 Portsmouth – Ventnor
Titans VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to Portsmouth. Here, youll meet your tour manager and continue your journey by ferry to Fishbourne and Ventnor.
Day 2 Carisbrooke Castle – Sandown – Shanklin
Today we enjoy an excursion to Carisbrooke Castle, set dramatically on a sweeping ridge at the heart of the island. Although best known for being where King Charles I was imprisoned, the museums fascinating artefacts and interactive exhibits trace its entire 800-year history. We then head to Sandown and Shanklin on the eastern shore. The ever-popular seaside town of Sandown boasts a magnificent sandy beach that stretches through to the resort of Shanklin, with its picturesque thatched cottages dotted around the Old Village. Later, we proceed to Godshill, a quintessentially English village of traditional tearooms and thatched cottages, before returning to our hotel.
Day 3 Osborne House – Alum Bay – Yarmouth
We head off on a full-day excursion of the island, starting at Osborne House. Built as an Italian-style grand villa and designed by Prince Albert, the house offers a faithful and intimate insight into its royal history. A trip to the island would not be complete without sight of the dramatic Needles rocks and lighthouse, first lit in 1786, which extend from the islands most westerly tip. Lastly, we make a viewing stop close to Alum Bay, where the spectacular coloured sand cliffs can be viewed from the beach, providing a dramatic conclusion to our day.
Day 4 Ventnor
Today youre free to explore Ventnor and the island at your leisure. Ventnor is built on a series of terraces that zig-zag down to the seafront and a part-sand, part-shingle beach. From here, the spectacular Cascade, a feature of the sub-tropical gardens, bubbles down the steep rock face before plunging out to sea.
Day 5 Ventnor – Portsmouth
Our coach departs for the return ferry crossing to Portsmouth, where your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.