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Isle of Wight Explorer

  • Carisbrooke Castle - Isle of Wight © English Heritage

    Carisbrooke Castle - Isle of Wight
  • Isle of Wight - IOW Steam Railway Visitors looking at old train

    Isle of Wight - IOW Steam Railway Visitors looking at old train
  • Isle of Wight - IOW Steam Railway

    Isle of Wight - IOW Steam Railway
5 day tour
From £299 per person - minimum 20 passengers

Often described as the UK’s holiday island, the Isle of Wight is the perfect destination at any time of year. This tour includes visits to Osborne House, Carisbrooke Castle and Ryde, and a trip on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.


17th October 2022 | Dates throughout 2023

Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Travel to Portsmouth for the 40-minute ferry crossing to your hotel on the Isle of Wight

If time permits, consider calling in at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard or Gunwharf Quays.

Day 2

Round the Island Tour, Carisbrooke Castle and Osborne House

Our tour starts with a visit to Carisbrooke Castle, an Elizabethan artillery fortress, a king’s prison and a royal summer residence. After lunch we arrive at Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s palatial holiday home. There’s an opportunity to visit Victoria and Albert’s private apartments, their bathing beach and children’s play-cottage for an intimate glimpse of royal family life. Then stroll through the garden terraceswith stunning views across the Solent.

Day 3

Free day to explore

Enjoy a free day to relax in the hotel, take a walk, or perhaps take one of the frequent buses to another part of the island. Shanklin Old Village is a favourite attraction, where most of the picturesque cottages clustered around the thatched Crab Inn have now become craft and gift shops or restaurants. Why not take a trip to Butterfly World in Newport and see hundreds of butterflies flying freely in a natural environment!You have the opportunity to learn more about our butterflies, visit the Italian & Japanese Gardens, Koi Ponds, Fountains, Jumping Jets, Cafe, Medina Garden Centre and more!

Day 4

Ryde and the Isle of Wight Steam Railway

This morning we visit the seaside town of Ryde. After lunch we step back to a bygone era with a journey on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Relax in beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages as the train makes its way through the beautiful countryside. Whilst here explore and discover the historic collection of locomotives, carriages and wagons through Train Story. You’ll uncover the lasting impact the railway has had on our lives with interactive activities and stunning displays. Journey through the Island’s locomotive history with many engines dating back 140 years.

Day 5

Travel home

Suggested Hotels

Trouville Hotel ***

Located in Sandown and on the seafront, the modern hotel offers 88 bedrooms, many with sea view. There is a restaurant and bar. There is a lift at the hotel and coach parking is available nearby (charges payable). Please note that this hotel requires a deposit payment to secure space.

The Ocean View **

The Ocean View is a charming, well-appointed hotel, situated in a premier location with an idyllic seaside position just a pebbles throw away from Shanklin Beach. With 100 bedrooms, many with sea views and balconies, you can sit and relax whilst enjoying the tranquil views across Sandown Bay. The hotel also boasts a number of premier rooms with a nightly supplement, if you feel like making your stay an extra special one.

Dates Hotel 5 days / 4 nights
9th May 2022 Ocean View Hotel Sold
17th October 2022 Bourne Hall Hotel From £329.00 per person
2023 dates Ocean View Hotel From £299.00 per person

Single room supplement available upon request.

All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place for a coach driver or group organiser in a single room, both are based on a minimum 20 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at

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