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The Isle of Man lies at the very heart of the British Isles, steeped in romance, studded with history and shrouded in misty legend. The island is 225 square miles of uncrowded, unspoilt landscapes with an abundance of historical sights and crammed with things to see and do. Officially a crown dependency, it is part of Great Britain and yet it stands alone in many ways, with its own parliament (the oldest of all parliaments formed in 979 AD), laws, currency and language. Lying in the middle of the Irish Sea, it is blessed with the mildest of British climates, with its shores warmed by the gulf stream. The combination of a mild climate and wonderful scenery made the island popular with the Victorians and it is famous for having Britain’s first Electric Tramway and is noted for its gracious buildings and lovely promenades. Today it is still popular for its very tranquil atmosphere and as a place where you can enjoy a slower pace of life and enjoy the warm hospitality of the local people. Douglas has a delightful promenade with a three mile sweep of sand, horse-drawn trams and Victorian Pier. Together with all the traditional seaside attractions Douglas is a superb resort and an ideal base from which to explore the delights of the island.
Friday - We collect you from your home taking you to join the tour coach travel to travel to Heysham for our sailing across to Douglas.
Saturday - Today we will be joined by a guide who will be on hand for a full day tour of the Island.
Sunday - This morning you will have some leisure time to enjoy Douglas. This afternoon we make the short journey to the village of Laxley to discover the Laxley Wheel.
Monday - We begin today with a classic journey on the Isle of Man Steam Railway from Douglas to the seaside resort of Port Erin. Following free time at Port Erin we visit The Sound Visitor Centre. We end the day with a visit to the charming Cregneash Folk Village.
Tuesday - Today we return home via our included sailing.
Empress Hotel, Douglas
Central location on the promenade in Douglas. The 102 bedrooms are decorated in a modern décor and come equipped with a TV, en suite, tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel also has leisure facilities including a gym, sauna and steam room.
(Please note that due to the original architectural features of this hotel there may be steps between the lift and the bedrooms and therefore may not be suitable for those with mobility issues. There are 18 steps into the hotel, but there is it is accessible through the ground floor restaurant) Visit the hotel website
4 nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Luxury coach travel
Excursions as stated