The Needles | Isle of Wight | England | United Kingdom
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Isle of Wight Discovery - 3 days map

Take in the natural and historic highlights of the sunny Isle of Wight on this 3-day escorted group tour from London. Enjoy free time to explore the historic cities of Portsmouth and Winchester and see the place where the Magna Carta was signed by King John in 1215 at Runnymede. On the Isle of Wight, enjoy an included visit to the holiday home of Queen Victoria, Osborne House. Take in views of The Needles, watch the sunset over St Catherine's Down and see the historic Quarr Abbey.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Guesthouse Prices/Dates
Hotel Prices/Dates

Trip Highlights

Portsmouth - Enjoy free time to sightsee in this historic coastal city - perhaps visit Henry VIII's warship, the Mary Rose
Winchester - Explore the former capital of Anglo-Saxon England independently, long associated with Alfred the Great
Isle of Wight - Visit Queen Victoria's holiday home at Osborne House, see The Needles sea stacks and explore ancient Quarr Abbey
Runnymede - Make a stop at this important historic spot, where hapless King John (of Robin Hood fame!) signed the Magna Carta in 1215

Included

2 breakfasts
Escorted by a local driver-guide
Return ferry from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight
All road tolls
Note: This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go.
2 nights simple guesthouse (hotel upgrade available)
Transportation in 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach with air-conditioning
Entrance to Osborne House
14kg luggage - see Trip Notes for details

Not Included

International flights & visas
Meals not specified in itinerary
Entry fees unless specified
Airport transfers (pick up and drop off information can be found in the Trip Notes)
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture!

Itinerary

Day 1

Portsmouth & Isle of Wight ferry

London - Portsmouth - Isle of Wight. Setting off from London, we head south to the coastal city of Portsmouth. There's free time here to climb to the top of Spinnaker Tower for views of the city and the Isle of Wight. You could also follow the historic harbour trails or visit King Henry VIII's warship, the Mary Rose. After a few hours of sightseeing at your own pace, it's time to board the ferry for our crossing to the Isle of Wight. The journey takes less than an hour and you can enjoy drinks and snacks onboard.

Arriving on the Isle of Wight, our first visit is to Quarr Abbey, a beautiful building blending French, Byzantine and Moorish architecture and design. We then make our way to the small village of Shanklin, where the evening is at leisure.

Please note: Check-in closes at 09:00 on day 1 (tour departs at 09:15) - Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal London, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SH.

Accommodation: Somerton Lodge B&B, Knights Rest B&B or similar
Overnight: Isle of Wight

Day 2

Exploring the Isle of Wight

Today we are exploring the Isle of Wight. Departing after breakfast, our first stop is the Yarborough Monument. Celebrating the life of a wealthy earl from the 19th century, this is the tallest monument on the island. We also make a photo stop at Brading Downs, where endless green fields roll across the landscape.

Next we enjoy an included visit to the holiday home of one of England's most famous monarchs - Queen Victoria. She once said of Osborne House "it is harder to imagine a prettier spot" and you will find yourself agreeing with her as you explore the house and its pristine gardens. Built in an Italian style, Osborne House is equally as impressive on the inside, with golden rooms and historically important artefacts and furniture.

From the man-made to the natural, we then visit the main natural feature on the Isle of Wight. The Needles are a series of white stacks protruding from the ocean. Photograph them from the shore or opt for a boat ride out to The Needles for a closer look.

As the sun begins to set, we make a final stop at St Catherine's Down to admire the cliffs and surrounding green valleys. Watch the sunset before we return to Shanklin for the evening.

Accommodation: Somerton Lodge B&B, Knights Rest B&B or similar
Overnight: Isle of Wight  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Winchester & Runnymede

Isle of Wight - Portsmouth - Winchester - Runnymede - London. This morning we catch the return ferry back to Portsmouth, and make our way to the historic city of Winchester. Once the capital of Anglo-Saxon England, Winchester is famous for its association with Alfred the Great and is home to a majestic cathedral and the impressive Norman Great Hall. There's free time to take in some of these sights, enjoy a coffee in a quaint local cafe, or browse one or more of the local museums.

Departing Winchester, we have time for a stop in Runnymede. This is where the famous Magna Carta, which limited the power of kings and queens, was signed by King John (renowned as one of England's worst ever kings, and the antagonist in the tale of Robin Hood) in 1215. We then complete our journey to central London, where our tour comes to an end.

Please note: This tour ends at 19:30 - London Victoria Drop Off, Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SH.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with 2 travellers. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to all solo travellers, or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room. Single Rooms can also be booked by any other person wanting the comfort and privacy of their own room.

2024
Twin Share
Single Room
29 Jun - 01 Jul 19% off
R17,785
R14,406
R21,615
R17,508
06 Jul - 08 Jul 19% off
R17,785
R14,406
R21,615
R17,508
13 Jul - 15 Jul 19% off
R17,785
R14,406
R21,615
R17,508
20 Jul - 22 Jul 19% off
R17,785
R14,406
R21,615
R17,508
10 Aug - 12 Aug 19% off
R17,785
R14,406
R21,615
R17,508
17 Aug - 19 Aug 19% off
R17,785
R14,406
R21,615
R17,508
24 Aug - 26 Aug 19% off
R17,785
R14,406
R21,615
R17,508
31 Aug - 02 Sep 19% off
R17,785
R14,406
R21,615
R17,508
07 Sep - 09 Sep 19% off
R17,785
R14,406
R21,615
R17,508
14 Sep - 16 Sep 19% off
R17,785
R14,406
R21,615
R17,508
21 Sep - 23 Sep 19% off
R17,785
R14,406
R21,615
R17,508
28 Sep - 30 Sep 19% off
R17,785
R14,406
R21,615
R17,508
05 Oct - 07 Oct 19% off
R16,905
R13,693
R20,735
R16,795
12 Oct - 14 Oct 19% off
R16,905
R13,693
R20,735
R16,795
19 Oct - 21 Oct 19% off
R16,905
R13,693
R20,735
R16,795

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with 2 travellers. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to all solo travellers, or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room. Single Rooms can also be booked by any other person wanting the comfort and privacy of their own room.

2024
Twin Share
Single Room
29 Jun - 01 Jul 19% off
R19,725
R15,977
R25,445
R20,610
06 Jul - 08 Jul 19% off
R19,725
R15,977
R25,445
R20,610
13 Jul - 15 Jul 19% off
R19,725
R15,977
R25,445
R20,610
20 Jul - 22 Jul 19% off
R19,725
R15,977
R25,445
R20,610
10 Aug - 12 Aug 19% off
R19,725
R15,977
R25,445
R20,610
17 Aug - 19 Aug 19% off
R19,725
R15,977
R25,445
R20,610
24 Aug - 26 Aug 19% off
R19,725
R15,977
R25,445
R20,610
31 Aug - 02 Sep 19% off
R19,725
R15,977
R25,445
R20,610
07 Sep - 09 Sep 19% off
R19,725
R15,977
R25,445
R20,610
14 Sep - 16 Sep 19% off
R19,725
R15,977
R25,445
R20,610
21 Sep - 23 Sep 19% off
R19,725
R15,977
R25,445
R20,610
28 Sep - 30 Sep 19% off
R19,725
R15,977
R25,445
R20,610
05 Oct - 07 Oct 19% off
R18,795
R15,224
R24,565
R19,898
12 Oct - 14 Oct 19% off
R18,795
R15,224
R24,565
R19,898
19 Oct - 21 Oct 19% off
R18,795
R15,224
R24,565
R19,898

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
London
Ends
London
Departs
Saturdays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
Simple guesthouse (hotel upgrade available)
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 2
Countries
Minimum Age
5 years, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
No
Dep. Transfer
No
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