Isle of Wight & the Southern Coast

Dinosaurs, Romans, Vikings, and holidaymakers have influenced the Isle of Wight's ancient landscape. Join this tour and discover the timeless beauty for yourself.

Isle of Wight & the Southern Coast

Dinosaurs, Romans, Vikings, and holidaymakers have influenced the Isle of Wight's ancient landscape. Join this tour and discover the timeless beauty for yourself.

Tour Highlights

  • Sightseeing including Quarr Abbey, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Osbourne House, St. Catherine's Down, Winchester and London
  • Small groups up to 16 passengers per coach (max of 8 passengers can be booked per departure)

Isle of Wight and the Southern Coast Tour Includes

  • Four (4) nights accommodations; two (2) nights in London (pre/post) at pre-booked mid-ranged 3-4 * hotel in London. To be advised at time of booking (subject to availability) and two (2) nights at your choice of B&B or Hotel in Shanlkin on the Isle of Wight.
  • Breakfast daily (except for morning of arrival).
  • Arrival and departure transfers in London.
  • Three (3) days of custom touring.
  • All service charges and hotel taxes.

Additional Notes

Please Note Baggage Restriction: Due to size of coach there is a luggage restriction of 14kg (31 Ibs) of luggage per person on this tour. This includes one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small personal bag.

A maximum of 8 passengers per departure date can be booked on this tour due to limitations of the coach size. If you have a larger party and/or wish to have a group booked on this tour, please contact us directly, as it will have to be quoted as a private group and rates here do not apply.

Itinerary

Day 01: London

Arrive London. Transfer to your hotel is included. You are free to enjoy London on your own. (Please note: hotel check-in is generally between 2 pm and 4 pm. If you are arriving into London early - the hotel should be happy to hold your luggage until your room is ready).

Day 02: Touring begins - Shanlkin

Make your own way to the London departure point by 9 am (unless optional transfer was purchased at time of booking). Depart from London at 9:15 am. Departing London, get your sunglasses and sun cream ready, you're departing London and heading to the sunny, southern Isle of Wight. First, you head to the ancient port-city of Portsmouth. This bustling spot blends modern marvels with centuries of sea-faring stories. Head to the top of the 170 meter high Spinnaker Tower for the best views of the City, the Isle of Wight and the South Coast. Follow the historic harbor trails or visit the remains of King Henry the VIII's tragic warship Mary Rose before joining your guide for your ferry at Gunwharf Terminal. Even if you're not a sea-loving, fish-catching, ocean-dweller, you'll still find this ferry enjoyable. It takes less than an hour and there's plenty of onboard refreshments. Your first stop on the Isle of Wight is the important religious site of Quarr Abbey. The building here is beautiful and combines French, Byzantine, and Moorish designs. In the evening, you arrive at the unforgettably quaint village of Shanklin in time for an early dinner. Perhaps it's time to try the seafood?.

Day 03: Touring continues

Today, you're going to discover the unmissable highlights of the Isle of Wight. After breakfast, venture to the Yarborough Monument. This is the tallest monument on the island and celebrates the life of a wealthy earl from the 19th century. You continue to a photo-stop at the beautiful views of endless green fields at Brading Downs and then head to Osborne House. Queen Victoria said, "it is impossible to imagine a prettier spot". And we agree. Osborne House was Queen Victoria's holiday home and as you explore the Italian-style building, you discover pristine green gardens, ornate golden rooms, and historically fascinating artefacts. And after that magnificent man-made marvel, it's time to see the Isle of Wight's most beautiful natural wonder, the Needles. These sharp white stacks that stick out of the ocean are beautiful to behold. You can hop on a boat to get close to them and venture to an old defensive battery that's nearby. Your last stop today is at the cliffs of St. Catherine's Down. As the sun starts to set, these epic cliffs and green valleys look stunning. You travel back to Shanklin in time for dinner.

Day 04: Touring and return to London

It's the final day. But cheer up, because we've saved some of the best sights for today. In the morning, you say goodbye to Shanklin and head on the ferry back to Portsmouth. Now that you've reacquainted yourself with the mainland, we take you to one of England's most history-soaked cities, Winchester. But visiting Winchester isn't easy, because there's almost too much to do. There's a glorious cathedral, an ancient mill, cute cafes, and more than enough museums. After you've studied up on the history of England, it's time to go have some fun. That's right, we're going to visit the home of one of the world's most popular gins, Bombay Sapphire. But it's not just the booze that's brilliant at the Laverstoke Mill, the exhibition and Victorian architecture are as interesting as they are beautiful. Once you've had enough of the tipple, it's time to head home. You have a short stop at Runnymede; the home of the Magna Carta and the cornerstone of modern democracy, before arriving in London in the evening. Make your way to your pre-booked London hotel for your final night.

Day 05: London - end of tour

After breakfast, check out of your London hotel. A transfer to the airport is included that will collect you from your hotel to the airport. We welcome your feedback on your return home.

Rates & Hotels

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Hotels/Plans Available for Departure Dates

Isle of Wight & the Southern Coast - with BB while touring, plus pre/post in London
Isle of Wight & the Southern Coast - with Hotel while touring, plus pre/post in London

Tour Details

Your land package begins: / Your land package ends:

(As most International flights are overnight flights - please book air accordingly)

Flight Details


Accommodation Details

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UK Hotel

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Pre and post nights booked at a mid-level hotel [more]

Accommodations booked by Rabbies UK

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Depending on package booked, accommodations can be BB/Guesthomes, 3* Hotels/Inns (and some packages may include 4* Hotels) [more]

Pricing

Your tour land price is per person based on two (2) people sharing a twin or double room. When a single room is booked, a single supplement will apply. There are no triple rooms for this tour.

Discount rate applies to children aged 5-12 years. Tours are not suitable for children under the age of 5.

Pre and post nights are based on Grange Hotels / Park City or similar. Hotel is on a request basis. If necessary, a hotel upgrade may be necessary. Your booking agent can advise this at time of booking. Property in Shanklin will be advised once confirmed by our UK supplier.

This tour does not include:

  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Tips to driver/guide
  • Visitor attractions

Airfare

Unfortunately, due to the 2020 pandemic, Celtic Tours will only be offering airfare for groups sizes of 15 or more. Individuals should book directly with airlines. Please make sure you book your flight to arrive and depart on accurate dates. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Departures & Transfers

Departure date is the date the tour starts in London. Please book your air one day before to accommodate overnight flights.

Tour Guarantee

Although our UK tours are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 passengers, it does not mean a date is guaranteed until we check with the Edinburgh office. Although we get regular updates, a tour can sell out and we may not yet have it noted above. We must first advise of a guarantee before airfare is booked and ticketed.  We cannot book more than 8 passengers per departure. Larger parties are priced as private departures and price would change. Thank you.