Holland America – Zuiderdam
Port of Southampton · Shore Excursion
Isle of Wight
5th May 2018
Under 16s: £65
Join Discover Dorset Tours for a fun and informative day out.
- The ferry leaves from the heart of the Port of Southampton, one of the UK’s busiest ports. You are likely to see cruise ships, container ships and other cargo vessels alongside or passing through this bustling waterway.
- There are lots of sights to see as you pass down the channel and your guide will be on hand to point out things of interest. The ferry itself is very comfortable with plenty of reasonably priced food and drink options.
- The crossing takes approximately an hour and delivers us right into the heart of Cowes.
- On arrival we head straight off on our island tour taking us to the western tip of the island to The Needles and Alum Bay.
- Although close to the mainland, the Isle of Wight has a very different feel, a county in its own right it is England’s largest island.
- You will have about two hours at The Needles and you can chose to walk out (20mins) to the headland itself with The Needles Battery, build to defend the entrance to this important waterway, or spend time in Alum Bay at the Needles Park. This tourist attraction has a variety of things to do, the most famous is the chairlift to the beach and the brightly coloured sands.
- When we leave the needles we then drive around Tennyson Down through the villages of Freshwater and Freshwater Bay, then along the military road that hugs the southern shore of the island.
- After stopping to enjoy the views at Compton Bay back toward Freshwater Bay and the Needles, the tour then takes you north across the island to Osborne House via Newport (the “capital” of the Isle of Wight).
- Osborne House was Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s seaside palace and it is said to be the place where they were at their happiest, Queen Victoria said of it “It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot”.
- Explore the Italianate palace which is furnished as it was during the time of their reign, walk amongst the extensive gardens and parkland, designed by Prince Albert himself. You can walk down to the beach where you will find, nestled in the woods, the Swiss Cottage, a two storey play house built by Prince Albert for their nine children.
- We catch the 6:30 pm ferry back up The Solent to Southampton.
|Approximate Timings – subject to traffic.|
|08:45||Tour coach ready for boarding|
|09:00||Depart Port of Southampton|
|10:00||Board the Red Funnel Ferry|
|11:00||Arrive at the Isle of Wight|
|12:00||Arrive at Alum Bay|
|14:00||Depart Alum Bay|
|15:00||Arrive at Osborne House|
|17:45||Depart Osborne House|
|18:30||Board the Red Funnel Ferry|
|19:30||Arrive at Southampton|
|20:00||Arrive at the Southampton Cruise Terminal|
Your ticket includes the tour, the ferry across the Solent and entrance to Osborne House.
If you have a child under 5 years old, they can travel for free of charge if you are happy to have the child in your lap on the tour bus. Only one child can travel for free per one paying adult.
If you would like a separate seat for the child, you have to purchase the “Under 16” price for £65.
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