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Shanklin is a town of great character and charm, with many interesting small shops and a variety of Victorian architecture. The surrounding cliffs provide an ideal suntrap position for the seafront Esplanade, where there is safe bathing on a sandy beach, water sports, amusements and a host of pubs and restaurants.
Shanklin Old Village is a perennial attraction where most of the picturesque cottages are clustered around the thatched Crab Inn. Within walking distance is Shanklin’s famous Chine, a dramatic fissure in the rock where a 45ft waterfall cascades through boulders and ferns to the shore. The Chine’s Heritage Centre features an exhibition about PLUTO – the Pipeline Under the Ocean, which was laid to pump fuel across the Channel for the Normandy invasion forces.
Monday Having met all of our taxis, we make our way down to Southampton for the crossing to the Isle of Wight. Once on the island we head for our hotel in Shanklin for the next four nights dinner, bed & breakfast.
Tuesday Enjoy a relaxing morning at leisure in Shanklin. The Shanklin Esplanade, lined with traditional seaside games, amusements, cafes, hotels, restaurants and pubs, is the perfect place to while away your day. For those wishing to join us we have included an afternoon excursion across the heart of the island to Cowes, the yachting centre of England. Cowes is the northern-most town on the Isle of Wight and has the unique feature of being split into two by the mouth of the River Medina. Both sides of the town are steeped in maritime heritage, with large marinas making them very popular for sailing all year round, and the world’s largest sailing regatta. You will have some free time to explore before heading back to the hotel for dinner.
Wednesday Our excursion takes us north of the island for a nostalgic ride on the Isle of Wight Steam Train. Take a ride behind a vintage steam locomotive and breathe in the evocative aromas of a real steam railway, while your eyes and ears thrill to the puffing and hissing of the steam engine. Settle back in beautifully restored Victorian & Edwardian carriages and enjoy a unique view of some of the island’s unspoilt countryside. You will then have some free time in Ryde before returning to the hotel for dinner.
Thursday Today we have included a scenic drive around the south and west of the island with historic Yarmouth & picturesque Calbourne. You will have some free time here to walk into the village to see the famous beauty spot of Winkle street before heading back to the hotel for dinner.
Friday Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we head back for our crossing to Southampton, returning to the local area late afternoon.
Channel View Hotel, Shanklin
The Channel View Hotel is a unique location on an elevated cliff-top position overlooking Shanklin Bay with its sandy beaches. The tastefully furnished rooms feature TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel also boasts a restaurant, bar and heated indoor swimming pool with sauna.
4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Luxury coach travel
Excursions and visits as stated