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The Isle of Wight

The highlights of England’s smallest island county

From£949

  • United Kingdom

  • 7 nights
  • Half Board
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  • Guided Adagio Holidays

Tour codes: 50150

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Guided Adagio Holidays

This holiday includes an active sightseeing programme with unchallenging walks, either city tours or strolls on relatively easy terrain in the surrounding countryside. If in a mountainous area, the walks will be amongst the hills rather than up and down them. Local guides, winery visits, traditional villages and time to pause and watch the locals going about their lives are likely to feature.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Take a boat along the picturesque River Medina to the charming town of Newport
  • Explore the Newton National Nature Reserve, a peaceful haven filled with an abundance of butterflies, birds and other wildlife
  • Discover glorious Alum Bay and the famous Needles
  • Venture to the beautiful Freshwater Bay
  • Experience delightful villages and harbour towns, including Yarmouth, Cowes, Godshill and Newport
  • Enjoy a delicious dinner in a coastal fish restaurant

The Isle of Wight is a walker’s paradise with over half being designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Although it is only 23 miles from west to east and 13 miles north to south, it offers over 500 miles of marked footpaths. The rolling landscape is ideal for exploration on foot. 

We stay in the small town of Cowes, located on the northern tip of the Isle of Wight. It is home to the oldest and biggest sailing regatta in the world, known as Cowes week, where the sea is filled with glamorous yachts.  

Your week on the island will take in a selection of delightful villages and harbour towns including Yarmouth, Godshill and Newport. We’ll relax in the beautiful Freshwater Bay and explore the National Nature Reserve. Get your cameras ready for the famous Alum Bay, its multicoloured sands cliffs and the impressive Needles. You will visit fascinating English Heritage and National Trust properties, and take enjoyable boat rides to Newport and East Cowes. This is the perfect way to see the best of the Isle of Wight. 

  • Services of a dedicated Adagio leader
  • All local transport costs
  • Half board accommodation
  • All local transport costs and entrance fees are included, excluding Osborne House, Carrisbrook Castle, and Newtown National Nature Reserve (free of charge to English Heritage and National Trust Members)
  • Arrival and departure transfers are not included
  • Ferry crossings are not included in the holiday charge due to a wide range of choice of ferry routes and sailing times.
  • Personal Expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary Tips
  • Optional Excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)
  • Entrance fee to Osborne House, Carrisbrook Castle, and Newtown National Nature Reserve (free of charge to English Heritage and National Trust Members)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice. All local transport costs, entrance fees and tipping to local providers are included in the cost of your holiday. 

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Independent travel to the Isle of Wight to the New Holmwood Hotel in Cowes. There will be an orientation walk of Cowes in the afternoon.

Day 2

East Cowes

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    1.3 miles

We take a chain ferry to East Cowes before walking to Osborne House, the former holiday home of Queen Victoria and Price Albert. We spend time exploring this magnificent estate and the beautiful Osborne Bay. 

Osborne House is an English Heritage property and therefore entrance is not included in the cost of the holiday.

Day 3

Yarmouth and Freshwater Bay

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

A transfer takes us to the historic harbour town of Yarmouth, located on the North-West of the island. The town contains some of the oldest architecture on the Isle of Wight! We have some free time here to explore this picturesque town and harbour, before following a delightful walking route along the gentle River Yar. We walk along an intriguing disused railway, now used for hikers, with panoramic views of the Yar Estuary. We may even have time to have a refreshment in a unique station cafe, designed like the inside of a train! Our route finishes at the tranquil nature reserve at Freshwater Bay. We have some time here before catching a public bus back to Cowes.

Day 4

Island gems and Bembridge

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We spend a day exploring the gems of the Isle of Wight! We visit the romantic Carisbrooke Castle where you can capture the panoramic views from the high walls of the castle. We have time here to immerse ourselves in its history, wander around the castle grounds, guardhouse, museum, and even visit the Donkeys in the stable. Next stop is the traditional village of Godshill, a typical old English village filled with medieval buildings and traditional architecture. Stroll down its winding streets lined with pretty thatched roofed houses and quaint little tea shops. Our final stop of the day is the most easterly point of the island, the coastal village of Bembridge where we enjoy an early dinner in a seafood restaurant.

Carisbrooke Castle is an English Heritage property and therefore entrance is not included in the cost of the holiday.

Day 5

Alum Bay

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

A boat (or bus depending on the weather) takes us from Yarmouth to the glorious Alum Bay. A cable car whisks us up the cliffs to Alum Bay village where we have time to explore the famous multi coloured sand cliffs, The Needles and the Old Barrery. A picturesque panoramic trail takes us along the dramatic coast to Freshwater Bay. We catch a local bus back to Cowes.

The Old Battery is an National Trust property and therefore entrance is not included in the cost of the holiday.

Day 6

Newport

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

A boat takes us along the relaxing River Medina to the charming town of Newport. We have time to explore before taking a leisurely trail along the tranquil River Medina back to Cowes, passing flourishing meadows and verdant woodland.

Day 7

Newtown National Nature Reserve

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we spend time exploring the Newtown National Nature Reserve. This is a peaceful haven on the island filled with an abundance of butterflies, birds and other wildlife. A perfect place for bird watching and relaxing amongst the summertime wildflower meadows and the peaceful harbour. A trail along the coastline takes us back to Cowes for some free time.

The Newtown National Nature Reserve is an National Trust property and therefore entrance is not included in the cost of the holiday.

Day 8

Departure day

Meals

Breakfast

Today we say goodbye to the Isle of Wight. Check out is by 11am. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon.  

The cost of entry to Osborne House, Carrisbrook Castle, and Newtown National Nature Reserve are not included in the holiday cost as these properties are English Heritage and National Trust, so you may have membership which can get you free of charge entry.

Departure dates for your selected tour

30th Apr 2021 - 7th May 2021 (7 Nights)

7th May 2021 - 14th May 2021 (7 Nights)

16th Jul 2021 - 23rd Jul 2021 (7 Nights)

17th Sep 2021 - 24th Sep 2021 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

Check-in at the hotel is from 3:00pm. Our Adagio Leader will meet with you prior to your evening dinner for a group welcome meeting. Our Adagio Leader will also offer a local walk in the afternoon, leaving from the hotel at 4:00pm. 

Travel by Ferry

There are a number of Isle of Wight ferry crossings (including vehicle ferry crossings) each day from Portsmouth, Southampton and Lymington. The main links operate for passengers into Cowes, East Cowes, Ryde, Fishbourne and Yarmouth. Cowes is the most suitable arrival port as this is where our hotel is located. More information about ferries can be found at Visit of Isle of Wight, Wight Link and Red Funnel.

Travel by Rail

There are reliable rail connections to all the major ferry ports. You will need to use a ferry to travel to the Isle of Wight.

Travel by Bus

The bus stations at Southampton and Portsmouth are a short distance from the passenger ferries meaning you can use coach travel from any connecting destination. There are “all in one” tickets available which include coach travel to the port, ferry travel and a connecting bus service once you arrive on the island. 

Travel by Air

Bournemouth and Southampton airports provide a short connection to the ferry ports. You will need to use a ferry to travel to the Isle of Wight.

The hotel has a car park with free parking. If you are not bringing your own vehicle, you may wish to arrange a taxi from the ferry port to the hotel. We suggest you pre-book a taxi such as Cowes Taxi's 01983 294444 or TJ Taxi Services 01983 520274.

Route planning to and from Cowes: 

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find the hotel. 

 An excellent website to assist in your travel plans is Rome2Rio.


Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is a summary of the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

New Holmwood Hotel

We stay half board at the three star New Holmwood Hotel. This comfortable hotel includes a restaurant and a bar, with easy access to the main promenade of Cowes and the waterfront. 

We stay in standard en suite rooms, including TV, free Wi-Fi, hairdryer, trouser press, iron and board, tea and coffee making facilities and a telephone.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

All Adagio holidays are expertly designed to allow you to immerse yourself in the destination. Leisurely exploration of the must-see, as well as lesser known. There may be days of sightseeing on foot around a spectacular city or unchallenging strolls on easy terrain in open countryside interspersed with boat trips, cafe stops and scenic coastal walks. The itinerary may change as it is dependant on high tide timings. 

Walks & Excursions

We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.

Local Costs

Holiday Budgeting

Local transport costs, entrance fees and tips to local providers are included in your holiday price. You may wish to budget for any meals and drinks not included in the holiday arrangements, non-included entrance fees and any optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Local Transport Costs

We include the local travel costs using private hire coaches each day. 

Our Adagio Leader will arrange everything. You just need to be at the right place at the right time.

Tipping

We include tips in the holiday cost and your Adagio Leader will take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers.  If you feel that someone has gone out of their way to make your holiday enjoyable or help you in anyway, please feel free to give a personal tip to the person should you wish. If you are having an independent lunch or other service not included in the holiday arrangements, tipping is at your own discretion.

Your Group

Group Size

We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.

Your Leader

An Adagio Leader will accompany you throughout the holiday. They are all experienced travellers with a love for exploring and will help capture the true essence of the destination with their stories, knowledge and insights.  They are well-organised, pay great attention to detail and enjoy being with people.  They are there to help make your holiday as enjoyable and stress free as possible.

Leaders Evening Briefing

Your Adagio Leader will discuss the programme for the following day with the group at each evening briefing. This will be your opportunity to find out more details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. Also, if you have any questions or concerns on clothing or lunch arrangements, this can be discussed then. If you wish to opt out of the organised group programme, this is fine, just let your Leader know.

Travel Plans

Getting to your Holiday

Check-in at the hotel is from 3:00pm. Our Adagio Leader will meet with you prior to your evening dinner for a group welcome meeting. Our Adagio Leader will also offer a local walk in the afternoon, leaving at 4:00pm. 

Travel by Ferry

There are a number of Isle of Wight ferry crossings (including vehicle ferry crossings) each day from Portsmouth, Southampton and Lymington. The main links operate for passengers into Cowes, East Cowes, Ryde, Fishbourne and Yarmouth. Cowes is the most suitable arrival port as this is where our hotel is located. More information about ferries can be found at Visit of Isle of Wight, Wight Link and Red Funnel.

Travel by Rail

There are reliable rail connections to all the major ferry ports. You will need to use a ferry to travel to the Isle of Wight.

Travel by Bus

The bus stations at Southampton and Portsmouth are a short distance from the passenger ferries meaning you can use coach travel from any connecting diestination. There are “all in one” tickets available which include coach travel to the port, ferry travel and a connecting bus service once you arrive on the island. 

Travel by Air

Bournemouth and Southampton airports provide a short connection to the ferry ports. You will need to use a ferry to travel to the Isle of Wight.

The hotel has a car park with free parking. If you are not bringing your own vehicle, you may wish to arrange a taxi from the ferry port to the hotel. We suggest you pre-book a taxi such as Cowes Taxi's 01983 294444 or TJ Taxi Services 01983 520274.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you wish to organise your own flights from either a non-UK or UK regional airport, or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. If you choose to do this, before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at the hotel. Although airport/train station transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport/train station, depending on your flight/train arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight/train must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight/train to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight/train number, arrival time and departure point so that your Adagio Leader is able to meet up with you.

Personal Details Check

Please ensure that the personal details we have on file for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. 

Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to accurately manage your holiday booking are correct at the time of booking (including health and dietry requirements). You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.adagio.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 386700. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Meals

Breakfast and dinners are taken in the hotel’s restaurant where local dishes are cooked from fresh locally sourced ingredients. An early dinner is included in Bembridge at a seafood restaurant along the coast. Lunches are not included and can be taken as picnics.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.

General Kit List

We recommend you bring the following items with you:

  • Walking boots or shoes with a good sole and waterproof uppers. 
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers. It does rain sometimes!
  • A sunhat, fleece hat and gloves… to cover all weather eventualities.
  • Sun cream. 
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Swimwear in case there is time for swimming if the hotel has a pool
  • A water bottle.  (see Water-to-Go below)
  • A picnic knife, fork and spoon, as required.
  • A simple basic first aid kit.
  • A daypack to hold all the above.
  • Trekking poles (if you usually walk with poles)

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Travel Document Checklist

To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday currency
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Maps & Guidebooks

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: [email protected]

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Staying Healthy on Holiday

Further Health Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

Although insurance is not compulsory for this holiday for UK residents, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in eventualities such as unexpected cancellation.

EHIC Cards

Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance. 

For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.

Our Ethos

Responsible Travel

We're committed to operating responsible tours in all our destinations as best we can. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel Ltd’s (inc Adagio) profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. 

In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. 

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United Kingdom

  • Capital

    London

  • Currency

    Pound Sterling

  • Language

    English

  • Time Difference

    UTC +01:00

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 70mm

  • February

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • March

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • April

    8°C

    Avg. Rain: 46mm

  • May

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 49mm

  • June

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • July

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 58mm

  • August

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • September

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • October

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • November

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 74mm

  • December

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 73mm

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