DAY 1 We travel south with suitable stops en route, and board a late afternoon ferry for the short crossing to the Isle of Wight.
DAY 2 An excursion to the west of the island. Our first stop is the Dimbola Photographic Museum and Galleries, a beautifully preserved Victorian house, once home of the celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. We allow time to explore the exhibitions and perhaps visit the award winning tea room. Just a two minute walk away you'll find the beautiful St Agnes Church, the only thatched church on the Isle of Wight. We continue to view the iconic Needles, before our visit to Yarmouth, with its picturesque harbour. On our May departure only we visit the Garlic Farm where we include a tractor trailer ride across the farmland, a taste experience with a guide, a guided walk of the farm, and tea/coffee and cake.
DAY 3 We visit Ryde, the largest town on the Isle of Wight, and in addition to the expanse of sandy beach and the world's oldest seaside pleasure pier, you'll find a great selection of museums, galleries and shops. This afternoon we visit the Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum to explore the fantastic collection of vintage buses and bus related objects.
DAY 4 A day at leisure to explore Sandown. Sheltered in a beautiful bay, and famed for its long stretch of golden beach traditional promenade and pier, you'll find plenty to occupy your leisure time. There will be the opportunity for those who wish to visit Osborne House today (admission not included)
DAY 5 From 1853 until his death in 1891 Farringford was the main home of Alfred Lord Tennyson. In this secluded spot on the Isle of Wight we visit his house, enchanting walled garden and grounds, which have been meticulously restored to their authentic condition.
DAY 6 We board a morning ferry for our return sailing, and continue homeward with suitable stops en route.
PLEASE NOTE: OUR FIVE DAY TOUR EXCLUDES DAY FIVE OF THE ITINERARY