Go Manx - Isle Of Man Explorer 2021
2021 - Empress Hotel - 5 Days OT5003
An amazing programme of excurions to the beautiful Isle of Man, return ferry included
Join us on this exciting tour as we head north to the pretty, yet relatively undiscovered Isle of Man. We will stay on the seafront in Douglas and there will be dinner and breakfast included. We've lined up some amazing excursions for you which include a visit to Cregneash Village Folk Park to learn all about the island's heritage, and the scenic Calf Sound.
No visit would be complete without us also spending some time on the famous TT course so we have included a guided tour along part of the course. Don’t miss out on trips to the Laxey and the historic fishing port of Peel, famous for its castle and delicious Manx kippers.
And if all that is not enough, you'll have a free day to explore Douglas and its surrounding with an Isle of Man Explorer Pass which includes a horse-drawn tram, vintage railway and island bus service which we hope will help you enjoy exploring as you please.
The Isle of Man’s capital, Douglas, is a unique blend of a traditional seaside resort, thriving finance centre and busy working harbour. Set on the east coast of the Island, Douglas is the largest town and offers a wide range of things to see and do. As well as the two-mile sweeping bay and sandy beach, you’ll find the promenades and quay buzzing with activity. You can take a trip along the promenade on the horse trams where you’ll be afforded stunning views out to sea. Or you can choose to explore the south of the island by steam railway or explore the north by electric railway. Both railways depart from Douglas so it is the ideal location to base yourself. If you are interested in exploring the island’s heritage then don't miss the Story of Mann trail, which guides you around some of the most iconic sites, beginning at the Manx Museum.
A trip to the Great Union Camera Obscura on Douglas Head is also worth a visit. Whatever your reason for joining us on this great trip, you're sure to find it a treat and amazing value!
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
The Empress Hotel
The Empress Hotel is a wonderful treat to suit all ages, located in Douglas and overlooking the open sea. The central location on the Isle of Man means there is easy access to most of the attractions, shops, cafes and restaurants. When it comes to the rooms, the luxurious beds will help you drift off after a day exploring, and the usual amenities are included such as WiFi, TV and complimentary tea and coffee.
After joining the coach at one of convenient local pick up points, we make an early start as we head towards Liverpool to catch our ferry across the Irish Sea to Douglas. Enjoy the facilities on board before being transferred to our delightful hotel. Check in and maybe take a stroll before returning to the hotel for your first delicious dinner.
Days 2 - 4
Enjoy a hearty traditional Manx breakfast every morning along with free time to explore on your own. Make sure you join us for our fabulous INCLUDED excursions including a visit to the famous TT course. On our day at leisure, do use your Isle of Man Explorer Pass. In the evenings return to the hotel for a drink and to enjoy delicious dinners and some light entertainment at the hotel.
After a final breakfast it is sadly time make our way home. We re-join the ferry back to Liverpool and from there head back home.
Isle of Man Go Explore Pass
Enjoy a 1 Day Pass with a Go Explore Card. The card will entitle the holder to unlimited travel on scheduled services of all IOM Transport railways which includes the Steam Railway, Manx Electric Railway and Snaefell Mountain Railway, as well as Bus Vannin Services.
TT Race circuit (part of), Laxey and Peel
You will take a guided tour along the TT course road to the Tynwald Hill, home to the Manx Parliament. You'll be fascinated by the insight our guide can bring to this iconic island event and location.
On the east coast of the Isle of Man is the village of Laxey, famous for the Great Laxey Wheel. It is an amazing feat of Victorian engineering and ingenuity and is the largest surviving waterwheel of its kind in the world. The Lady Isabella as she is also known, served the mine for 70 years and became the Island’s most dramatic tourist attraction. Watch the mighty wheel turn and climb to the top for panoramic views across Glen Mooar Valley. Beyond the Wheel take an hour to explore the mine, woollen mills and harbour.
The pretty fishing village of Peel enjoys a gorgeous setting that offers you just a glimpse of the Mountains of Mourne, and some of the best ice cream in the Isle of Man! Located on the west coast, Peel is a thriving Manx fishing port with a marine heritage that spans hundreds of years. The magnificent ruins of Peel Castle, located on St Patrick’s Isle, dominate the landscape and visitors can tour the remains as part of the Story of Mann trail. There’s also the opportunity to find out more about the Island’s history by visiting the interactive House of Manannan museum, the Leece Museum and the unique Manx Transport Heritage Museum. In Peel, you’ll also find the island’s only cathedral as well as a working kipper curer’s factory which offers insight into the production of the famous Manx Kipper.
Isle of Man Southern Heritage tour
We travel to Castletown, the ancient capital of the island, with its winding streets, picturesque fishing cottages along the harbour and Viking castle overlooking the town. From there we head to Cregneash, which overlooks the Calf of Man and Calf Sound. The village was one of the last strongholds of the Manx language and customs which characterised the traditional crofting way of life. Much of the village forms the Village Folk Museum, dedicated to preserving the traditional Manx ways of life. Step inside the original cottages to find out how the crofter lived through an engaging experience that includes domestic skills and craft demonstrations as well as stories of their rugged self-sufficient lifestyles.
A walk around Cregneash will reveal some indigenous Manx animal breeds and traditional farming practices. Take some time to enjoy the ever-changing seasons and unique natural history. Take care: For your own comfort and safety, wear sensible shoes and take care on uneven surfaces whilst visiting this site.
Calf Sound is located at the Island's very southern tip is one of the most scenic places in the British Isles. Abundant with wildlife and natural wonders, this area is a hotspot for seals sunbathing on the rocky Kitterland, a small rocky islet. The area is also frequented by dolphins and basking sharks and the swirling tidal races are popular with adventurous kayakers.
- Reserved coach seating throughout
- Return ferry crossing to/from the Isle of Man
- 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast on the Isle of Man
- Isle of Man Explorer 1 Day Pass to use on your free day
- Excursion to Castletown, Cregneash Village Folk Museum & Calf of Man Guided tour of part of the TT circuit, a visit to the Laxey & the fishing village of Peel
This tour picks up at the following points:
- Swansea West
- Swansea Central
- Port Talbot
- Cardiff West
- Cardiff Central
- Cardiff Gate
Important NotesImportant Notes
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing. Single rooms may carry a supplement. You will find what rooms and prices are available in the booking process.
Holiday bookings are subject to our Terms & Conditions which you must be familiar with prior to booking. Please make sure that you also read our Important Holiday Information & Enhanced Hygiene Protocols which we update from time to time.
We recommend Travel Insurance for this holiday. If you do not already have cover, please get in touch with us.
Please be aware that coach trips can include lengthy periods of travel and always require some degree of walking. There are steps onto the coach and some hotels/venues will have steps too. Sometimes, the order of excursions can change when you are on tour. We will try not to change things, but want to make you aware that this can happen.
COVID-19 PEACE OF MIND & TRAVELLING SAFELY
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