Welcome to the Isle of Wight
As you depart the UK’s south coast and cruise across the Solent, the stunning coastline of the Isle of Wight comes gradually into view. Golden sandy beaches are complemented by dramatic white rock cliffs, the most spectacular of these being the Needles where vast shards of rock stick out into the ocean. It won’t take long before you agree with Queen Victoria that ‘it would be impossible to imagine a prettier spot.’ From her marital home, Osborne House, the Isle of Wight became Victoria and Albert’s favourite retreat. We shall get hands on and explore its stately rooms and extensive grounds. The island is not short of culinary treats too, with its temperate climate allowing the interior to house garlic farms and vineyards, where we shall enjoy tastings. Our tour will finish in Portsmouth’s historic dockyard aboard the HMS Victory looking back towards the island and Britain’s rich maritime past.
- Discover the Needles, vast jagged white rocks jutting out into Alum Bay
- Relax in Ryde, a quaint and charming seaside retreat
- Sample some of the island’s finest produce in a local vineyard and garlic farm
- Explore Queen Victoria’s favourite abode, Osborne House
- Step back in time aboard HMS Victory in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Dates & Prices
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August 31 - September 4, 2018 (5 days)
Standard Blind Price: £629 Contact us for availability
Discounted Sighted Price: £379 Contact us for availability
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- Return ferry transfer from Portsmouth to Ryde
- 4 nights accommodation at Dorset House Hotel in Ryde
- All breakfasts & one dinner
- Specified excursions
- Services of local guides
- Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
- Osborne House & Gardens Tour
- The Needles Tour
- Vineyard Tasting
- Garlic Farm Tour & Tasting
- Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Tour
Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.
Friday 31st August
This afternoon we will meet at the Ferry Port in Portsmouth Harbour inside Portsmouth Harbour Train Station. The meeting time is 1.30PM. As we sail toward the island’s stunning coast, the harbour of Ryde comes into view. An excellent spring board to explore the island, Ryde is the largest town and hosts boutique shops, restaurants and museums. The town however maintains the feel of a quaint seaside resort with golden sandy beaches, a promenade and pier. We will relax in Ryde this evening before beginning our exploration of the Isle of Wight.
Overnight in Ryde.
Saturday 1st September
Today we will visit Osborne House, the favourite of Queen Victoria’s many palatial homes. We will explore the life that her and Prince Albert built here as they raised their children in the stunning stately home and extensive gardens. We will visit the traditional state rooms, as well as the Swiss Cottage where the Prince and Princesses frolicked and grew up.
We will spend the afternoon at leisure in the delightful harbour town of Cowes. We will wander the glitzy marina, with bobbing yachts moored providing a nod to the world-renowned yacht regatta that takes place here.
This evening we shall visit a local vineyard. The island’s more temperate climate allows for the growing of grape vines and delicious fine wines. We will explore the property and discover the time-honoured traditions and love that go into making their fine produce.
Breakfast included. Overnight in Ryde.
Sunday 2nd September
Today is a day at leisure to explore the island at your own pace. One option is to take the train from Ryde down the East Coast. The delightful towns of Brading, Sandown, Lake, and Shanklin await. Each one possesses a beautiful beach and quintessentially British coastal charm. A walk between Ventnor and Shanklin provides exceptional views, and great spots to stop and breathe in the sea air. The walk would finish in the Shanklin’s delightful old town.
Alternatively, why not venture inland and take a ride on the island’s steam railway. With carriages in authentic Victorian and Edwardian décor and guards in traditional outfits it is an experience which takes you back in time.
Breakfast included. Overnight in Ryde.
Monday 3rd September
On our final full day on the island we will venture to the more untamed far west of the island. We will head to The Needles where three vast jagged white rocks stick out into the sea with an isolated lighthouse perched on the far end of the formation. The Needles are a piece of exceptional natural beauty but also a serious feat of human engineering. The best vantage point for The Needles is the Old and New Battery that stand on top of the cliffs. Here we’ll find ourselves transported back to war time and the strategic defensive position the island played during the Second World War.
We can then descend to Alum Bay, one of the island’s most picturesque beaches, lined with different coloured sands that can be collected and made into a unique souvenir.
Tonight we will head back to Ryde but not before a stop for dinner, and a unique tasting experience at the island’s locally revered garlic farm. Here we will sample freshly grown local garlic and the vast array of foodstuffs that it can be used in – including garlic vodka if you wish!
Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Ryde.
Tuesday 4th September
We will depart the Isle of Wight this morning. Our final excursion will be to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Here we can step back in time as we board the illustrious HMS Victory. Lord Nelson’s ship remains well-maintained and moored in Portsmouth Harbour. We will have the opportunity to visit all of the attractions in the historic dockyard – including a guided tour of the exhibition on the Mary Rose. We will then be ready to depart for home. Recommended departure time 2.30PM.