One of Britain’s favourite holiday destinations since Victorian times, the Isle of Wight has miles of sandy beaches, picturesque scenery, and pretty villages. We visit Queen Victoria’s favourite home, Osborne House, take a ride on the island’s own steam railway, and explore the lush and peaceful countryside.
Day 1 Having met all our taxis, our coach travels down to Portsmouth for the sailing to Fishbourne. Once on the island we have a scenic drive to Sandown and our hotel.
Day 2 A leisurely start today before we take a tour around the western side of the Island, taking in Isle of Wight Pearl, Alum Bay and the picture postcard village of Godshill, before heading back to Sandown and our hotel.
Day 3 A free day for you to enjoy Sandown.
Day 4 Today we travel back in time. From Havenstreet Station we take a scenic ride on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. The locomotives and carriages have been lovingly restored to pristine condition and the station houses a shop, café and museum. On our return you can choose to stop in Shanklin, for a stroll among the quaint cottages. Our driver will return to transfer people back to our hotel later in the afternoon.
Day 5 A morning visit to Osborne House and Gardens. Queen Victoria spent a great deal of time at this wonderful home, and since her death little has been changed there, with many of the royal couple’s possessions, photographs and paintings still in place. We return to the hotel midafternoon.
Day 6 Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we make our way to Rosemary Vineyard, one of the largest producers of English wine and home to a shop chock full of local island products. We enjoy tea and cake in the lovely tearoom. We then travel on to Fishbourne for our afternoon ferry to Portsmouth and return to our homes.
The Trouville is situated on The Esplanade in Sandown with sweeping views of the bay from the bar, the restaurant and the twin and double rooms. The rooms offer telephone, TV, radio, WiFi and hospitality tray.