Saturday: From Preston we next head for Heysham to board the Isle of Man ferry for the 3¾ hours sailing to Douglas. Once off the ferry it is just a short drive to our hotel.
Sunday: Boarding the Manx Electric Railway, the longest narrow gauge vintage electric rail system in Britain, today we visit the north of the Island. Starting in Douglas the journey takes in the magnifi cent sea views of the east of the Island before ending in Ramsey, the second largest town on the Island. After time for lunch we rejoin our coach and drive to Laxey where we board the Snaefell Mountain Railway, Britain’s only electric mountain railway as it winds its way to the summit of the Island’s only mountain, where breathtaking views await. Fingers crossed that when we reach the summit it’s a clear day so we can at least some of the Seven Kingdoms!
Monday: We visit the south of the Island today, beginning with a trip aboard the Isle of Man Steam Railway, the Island’s oldest Victorian
Tuesday: Enjoy a free day here in Douglas, the capital of the Island. A great way to see the seafront is to enjoy a ride along Douglas Promenade on the world’s oldest horse-drawn tramway. Visit the Manx Museum and discover the Island’s fascinating 10,000 year old history. Enjoy some retail therapy at the Island’s main shopping centre.
Wednesday: After an early breakfast we catch the ferry back to Heysham. From here we use the motorways and make our way home. With suitable stops along the way we aim to be back in Essex mid evening.
Please read the itinerary carefully before deciding if this tour will be suitable for you: 1) As this tour is themed around the heritage railways of the Island you must be able to negotiate getting on and off the trains. 2) Due to the re-structuring of the promenade at Douglas there may be a short walk from the coach drop off point to and from the hotel and the horse drawn trams may not be operating. 3) The terrain at Cregneash Folk Park is uneven in places, sensible footwear is advised. 4) The last day involves an early start and long periods, around 3 hours at a time on the coach. Please note: 1) To comply with driver’s hours on the last day, this tour will use the short pick up route, please contact us for route details.
Set in a Victorian town house along the beach front promenade, the 3 star Empress Hotel enjoys magnifi cent views overlooking Douglas Bay and just 10 minutes walk from the town centre. All the bedrooms have modern décor with marble bathrooms and feature free WiFi and fl at screen TV’s along with hospitality tray and ironing facilities. A lift serves all floors. The hotel also has a Piano Bar, TV lounge and conservatory that features panoramic sea views. Leisure facilities include a fully equipped gym, sauna and steam rooms.
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