Isle of Wight Short Break
5 days from £879 per person
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 Victoria’s seaside palace, Italianate Osborne House; the famous lighthouse at the Needles, which perches on the island’s most westerly tip; and, set in the heart of the island, dramatic Carisbrooke Castle.
Your holiday includes:
2 excursions and visits
- Excursion to Carisbrooke Castle, Sandown, Shanklin and Godshill
- Excursion to Osborne House, Alum Bay and Yarmouth
- 4 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
- 8 meals: 4 breakfasts (days 2-5) 4 dinners (days 1-4)
- Welcome drink
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- Return ferry crossing (Portsmouth/Isle of Wight)
- Travel in destination by coach
Portsmouth - Ventnor
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to Portsmouth. Here, you’ll meet your tour manager and continue your journey by ferry to Fishbourne and Ventnor.
The Royal Hotel, Ventnor (4-star)
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 museum’s 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.
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 island’s 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.
Today you’re 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.
Important information about your destination
The Royal Hotel ****
This family run 4 star hotel is well positioned just 10 minutes walk from the town centre and served by buses to various other surrounding towns. The property is steeped in Victorian history, tastefully decorated to reflect its past, with a 2-rosette restaurant, bar, lounge & conservatory, all in a traditional style with an emphasis on comfort. The outdoor heated swimming pool (open April-October) is amid the hotel’s gardens, some of which are located across the road, on top of a hill, and if you chose to make the climb you will be rewarded with a magnificent sea-view.
The bedrooms have their own style and vary in size, layout and décor. All are en-suite with a TV, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift totwo floors and one guest room for the disabled traveller, subject to availability. However, due to the age of the building there are a number of steps along the corridors, no ground floor rooms and not all bedrooms are directly lift accessible. Also, the town of Ventnor is on a terraced hill, so you will encounter slopes and steps en routeto both the town centre and beach.