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Queen Victoria's Island Retreat Short Break

2 nights starting from
£499

  • Guided tour and private dinner with wine at Osborne House

  • Carisbrooke Castle & St Mildreds Church

  • Arundel Castle and Petworth House

  • Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Victoria and Albert

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert purchased Osborne House in 1845, when searching for a home removed from the pressure of life at court, ‘a place of one’s own - quiet and retired’, as the Queen herself put it, where “It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot.” The Italian Renaissance style house was one of Queen Victoria’s favourite homes throughout her long reign. Join us on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Victoria and Albert to find out more.

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From

19 - September - 2019 £ 499.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive independently at the Marriott Portsmouth from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception and private dinner with wine and talk from your host and guide, Mike Stone, 'Queen Victoria on the Isle of Wight'.

Day 2: Carisbrooke Castle, St Mildred’s Church and Osborne House private tour and dinner.
Across by ferry to the Isle of Wight and to Carisbrooke Castle, dating back to William the Conqueror and home of Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter Princess Beatrice from 1912, for a welcome talk and visit. The museum was dedicated by Princess Beatrice to her husband Prince Henry of Battenberg after his death in 1896, when she became governor of the island. She lived here until her death in 1944. We continue on to St Mildred’s Church and have a private visit including the Battenberg Chapel at Whippingham, where Princess Beatrice was married in 1885. Next it’s on to Osborne House for free time for lunch (not included) and guided tour of the house, including time to visit the grounds and famous Swiss Cottage. This evening is the highlight of the weekend with a drinks reception and dinner with wine in the grand Victoria Hall at Osborne House.

Day 3: Arundel Castle and Petworth House.
Guided tour of magnificent Arundel Castle, home of the Dukes of Norfolk for over 850 years, with an illustrious history, including a visit from Queen Victoria. Afternoon visit to Petworth House, frequented by JMW Turner and home to the finest art collection in the care of the National Trust. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion

Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement.

Please note the maximum group size is 98 passengers. 

INCLUDED

  • Two night's bed and breakfast at the four-star Marriott Portsmouth, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • Private three-course dinner with wine at the hotel
  • Private evening with drinks reception and dinner at Osborne House
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions
  • Coach transfers, ferry transfers and tour manager throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Single room supplement
  • Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis
  • Holiday insurance
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc 
  • Porterage and gratuities

HOTELS

Marriott Portsmouth 
The four-star Marriott Portsmouth is located near to Port Solent Marina and a short drive away from the historic dockyards and Spinnaker Tower. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar and lounge, fitness centre, indoor swimming pool and comfortable bedrooms with private en-suite bathroom, TV, telephone, air-conditioning, minibar, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Complimentary car parking is available at the hotel.

Marriott Portsmouth Hotel Website

MORE INFO - Please click here to see full details of this tour

Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.  

You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day. 

For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation. 

The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date.

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A thoroughly enjoyable short stay. Mike Stone proved an excellent manager, the coach driver amenable and friend;y ans the whole group got on well. The visits to the various locations were well arranged with Osborne being the highlight of the trip. No complaints whatsoever other than the blockage on the M3 on the way down which could not be laid at your door! Thanks for a great weekend

Review by Lock who travelled 20-September-2018


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Train poor - this means our travel to and from the holiday - GWR and Arriva's fault - not yours. If tours could not end late Saturday it would mean we wouldn't have to use Sunday services!

Review by McKinley who travelled 20-September-2018


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A lot was packed in over the 2 days of visits. It might have been nicer to be able to spend more time at Osborne, Arundel and Petworth as they were all interesting places with a lot to see.

Review by Hampson who travelled 20-September-2018


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Guides at individual venues were excellent.

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