The Needles, Cowes & Ryde 7 Days - Bayshore Hotel
The Isle of Wight has a great deal to offer with many superb sandy beaches, mile upon mile of stunning countryside and coastal walks and all the usual modern holiday facilities in the resorts. Sandown is the island's principal resort, and offers a wealth of entertainments. Sandown Bay is the largest on the island and offers a long, safe, sandy beach framed at either end by stunning white cliffs contrasting with the rich blue sea. On the High Street you will find a wide variety of wonderful shops. Dinosaur Isle offers life-like dinosaur models and skeletons. There is also a traditional pier. In addition, Sandown boasts Brown's Pleasure Park, swimming and squash at the Heights Leisure Centre and a fascinating Geological Museum. There are plenty of evening entertainments to suit all tastes. Nearby Brading has a Roman Villa complete with mosaic floors.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 - Outward Travel
Day 2 - Ryde Half Day
Shop-lined Union Street slopes gently down to the beach and prom./nRoyal Victoria Arcade houses fashion boutiques, antique shops and a market in the old cellars./nExplore the harbour, theatre, putting greens, swimming pool and ice-skating arena./n
Day 3 - Full Day - Newport & Cowes
Capital, county town and commercial centre of the island with a pedestrianized town centre. /nNearby lies a Roman Villa with a well preserved mosaic and heating system (entry fee may apply)./nClose to the town centre, the quay is visited by many yachts from the mainland and Europe./nA small, bustling and colourful town, centred around the sport and industry of yachting./nThe town is split in two by the River Medina, which is crossed by a floating bridge. /nCowes' pedestrianised High Street is a pleasant place to explore on foot and for shopping. /n
Day 4 - Day at Leisure
Day 5 - Day at Leisure
Day 6 - Full Day - Alum Bay & Yarmouth
Famed for its multi-colour sand cliffs./nHome of the 'Needles' rocks and lighthouse. /nThe 'free admission' Needles Pleasure Park offers a chair-lift ride to the beach (fees may apply for individual rides)/nThe delightful small town of Yarmouth has a pretty marina and is one of the island's ferry ports./n
Day 7 - Return Travel
Situated in a magnificent position on the seafront, opposite the beach and pier and close to the shopping centre, the Bayshore Hotel is a popular choice for coach holidays to Sandown. All 77 bedrooms are centrally heated with TV, hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities and private bath or shower and WC. The hotel has a light and spacious bar and lounge area with a large dance floor where entertainment is provided most evenings. There is a sun lounge and attractive restaurant overlooking the sea and a games room. Free WiFi in public areas. Lift serves all floors (a few stairs on split level floors).