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After pick up at a number of stops nationwide we travel to the Isle of Wight arriving at our hotel in Sandown for dinner.
Day Two - Seven:
Over the next six days we will explore the island through both excursions and free time. Included is a full day at the magnificent Osbourne House, built for Queen Victoria as a summer house and rural retreat, the beautiful estate with its exotic grounds and intimate Royal Rooms eventually became the Queen’s main residence in later life. We will also take you on an island tour, taking in popular spots including the Needles rock formation and the beautiful village of Godshill. The final included excursion is to the town of Ryde, with its attractive esplanade and marina, which offer great views across the Solent. The other days are free for you to enjoy at your leisure, Sandown’s Dinosaur Isle Museum gives a fascinating insight into the island’s rich fossil landscape. While further afield, the main town of Newport, the Isle of Wight steam railway and pretty Ventnor and Steephill Cove are all easily accessible by public transport.
Following breakfast at the hotel the coach will depart for home via your interchange.
Broadway Park Hotel
Stay amid beautiful gardens, close to all the attractions Sandown and the Isle of Wight have to offer at the beautiful Broadway Park Hotel in Sandown.
The hotel is in a popular area of Sandown, not far from the seafront and the town centre. Sandown has all the fun of the seaside with its beach and pier as well as a number of bars and restaurants, but without the usual overcrowding in summer and relatively mild weather in winter. One of the town’s main highlights is the popular Dinosaur Isle exhibition, which tracks the history of fossil discovery on the Isle of Wight.
From Sandown the rest of the island is easily accessible by both car and public transport. Ryde is a short train ride away and has all the attractions you would expect from a traditional British seaside resort, with a huge number of amusements and even a funfair. For great landscapes and sea views head to the Needles and the Tennyson coast on the island’s west coast.
In the hotel enjoy open gardens, great for relaxing and enjoying the great Isle of Wight sunshine. If it gets a little too hot, take a dip in the outdoor pool, or get inside and enjoy a game of snooker or fantastic entertainment in the evenings.
Full Day: Island Tour
Our adventure begins today on the western side of the island as we explore the Isle of Wight, known as "England in miniature". Stops include Alum Bay, famous for the Needles rock formations and beautiful views across the sea that make you think you're stood at the edge of the world. We also visit the picture postcard village of Godshill, with its perfect thatched cottages, it feels as though you have been transported back in time.
Full Day: Osborne House
Opulent, flamboyant and undoubtedly impressive, a trip to Osborne House is not to be missed. The house was designed by Prince Albert himself in an Italian renaissance style as a summer house and rural retreat for his wife Queen Victoria and their family. The Isle of Wight was particularly dear to the Queen having holidayed there as a child and later in her life she spent more time at Osbourne House, away from the bustle of London. You can certainly still feel the royal grandeur of the estate as you roam the beautiful, exotic gardens and explore the intimate Royal rooms.
Half Day: Ryde
The resort of Ryde grew as a major Victorian seaside resort in the 19th century and has retained much of its traditional charm. With its attractive esplanade and bustling marina offering fantastic views across the Solent it’s easy to see why so many famous names have called this town home and why it’s said to be the inspiration for the Beatles song ‘Ticket to Ride’.