Call free on 0800 707 6229 for huge extra savings on Rail Discoveries The Isle of Man Tour
A superb tour to the charming Isle of Man, with three full days of varied excursions to the island's old fashioned towns, pretty fishing ports and breathtakingly picturesque coastline on the different historic railways.
Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Ferry, rail and coach travel throughout your tour
5 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast and dinner
Visit Peel and Castletown
Snaefell Mountain Railway
Manx Electric Railway
Isle of Man Steam Railway
Explorer and Heritage Passes
A journey on a Horse Drawn Tram
Day 1: Isle of Man
You arrive in Heysham, Lancashire, ahead of your early afternoon ferry journey to the Isle of Man. Heysham is easily accessible from other parts of the UK and the train from Lancaster arrives straight into Heysham ferry terminal. The Irish Sea crossing on the ferry takes three and a half hours. Arriving into Douglas sea terminal. you are then transferred to your hotel, the Ascot, occupying an excellent location just 100 yards from the sea front.
Day 2: Isle of Man Steam Railway
This morning you arrive at Douglas railway station to board the Isle of Man Steam Railway, the island's oldest Victorian rail system. The mesmerising steam-hauled journey in restored heritage carriages takes us through verdant countryside and along the stunning southeast coastline as we travel past small towns and oldfashioned fishing ports. The train pulls into the station in Port Erin, an imposing town set within a beautiful bay on the south-west point of the island.
Day 3: Peel
Today you take the coach to Peel - an oldfashioned fishing port whose quaint, narrow streets lead to its deep harbour. On the way you call at Tynwald Hill, in the village of St John's, where you see the Church of St John and the Tynwald Exhibition. The Tynwald claims to be over 1,000 years old with the earliest records dating back to 1422. The museum charts the history of this fascinating political entity and proves a delight to discover. You then arrive in Peel. The thriving fishing industry and many smokehouses have made Peel famous for kippers. During our time here, you may wish to visit Peel Castle, located on St Patrick's Isle, which dates back to the 11th century, or the House of Manannan, a museum that explores the island's Celtic, Viking and Maritime heritage. Entrance to both is included on the Heritage Explorer Pass.
Day 4: Snaefell Mountain Railway
Your excursion today takes you to the summit of the island's only mountain: Snaefell. You begin with a journey north along Douglas promenade, travelling by historic horse-drawn tram*. The trams, known locally as 'toast racks', have been running since 1876 and remain a testimony to Victorian engineering, as popular today as they were when first introduced. You then board an electric train to take us to the fishing village of Laxey. Here you board the Snaefell Mountain Railway - the only electric mountain railway in the British Isles, dating from 1895.
Day 5: Isle of Man
Today is free for you to explore using your included Explorer Pass for travel on the local transport and your Heritage Pass for entrance to Manx National Heritage Sites. Options include a visit to the beautifully restored Victorian Gaiety Theatre, a journey on Groudle Glen Railway or witness the very unique Great Union Camera Obscura.
Day 6: Return Home
Today you leave Douglas on this morning's ferry, and arrive back into Heysham just after midday, where your tour concludes.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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