Isle of Wight
Please note, this tour has been discontinued, therefore, we no longer offering this tour.
The Isle of Wight is essentially part of England but its location off the south coast has made it that extra bit special, it's unique, historic and undoubtedly beautiful.
Departing London at 8am we head to the island by ferry across the Solent, a busy stretch of water full of island traffic, yachts and cruisers. Upon arival we navigate the island's narrow roads to visit some of the charming towns and villages that somehow seem so isolated from the modern world. From the lively towns of Cowes and Ryde our guided tour will follow the coast to the thatched seaside village of Shanklin and take a break by the beach. Fish and chips, candy floss and fresh sea air are all on the menu and there's a chance to see one of the many island's 'chines' - deep ravines that run from the hillside down to the coast, dramatic and unique. We head along the cliff top roads around to the southernmost tip of the island, to Ventnor and the chalk downlands, for a photostop at the thatched church in Freshwater, the only one of its kind. We continue to Tennyson Down and learn of the life of the poet laureate Alfred Tennyson who lived here at Farringford House. We continue to Alum Bay and The Needles, the dramatic chalk stacks heading out into the ocean. Here we can marvel at the multi-coloured sand cliffs and gaze out from the headland to the mainland across the water. Don't foget to buy the locally made glassware which you can fill with different coloured sands.
This island is a special place and with the help of our guide bringing the history, geology and geography of the Isle of Wight to life, the day will be certainly be richly enhanced. After making a loop of the entire island and covering its dramatic coastline, it'll be time to sail back to the mainland and on to London.
- Services of a Tour guide throughout
- Luxury Coach travel
- Return Ferry crossing
- 8.00AM From International Students House, 229 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5PN