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Located in the Irish Sea and famed for the world-renowned Isle of Man TT, on this charming rail holiday we will explore the rugged isle known as Mann. From golden, sloping, sandy beaches to 11th century Viking built castles and Victorian horse drawn trams, to take a trip to the isle of Man is to take a trip to a truly unique destination, where culture, nature, history, and a close-knit community go hand in hand. During our five days on the island, we will enjoy two magnificent rail journeys; one aboard the Snaefell Mountian Railway, the British Isles’ only electric mountain rail and one aboard the Isle of Man Steam Railway offering us a glimpse back in time as we admire the isle’s abundant wildlife, flora and fauna. We will also spend time in the capital of Douglas – a wonderful holiday resort with a working harbour. A perfect break for those wanting to experience all that the Isle of Man has to offer.
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Make your own way to the Empress Hotel, Douglas where your Tour Manager will meet you and assist with check-in. Enjoy a relaxing dinner at the hotel this evening.
After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we board our coach and drive along some of the island’s famous TT course today. We will see Tynwald Hill in St. Johns, one of the island’s most distinctive landmarks and a cultural and political icon that can trace its origins back to the early Viking invaders and the beginnings of the island’s independence as a self-governing crown dependency. We then continue on to Peel, on the Island's west coast, where its golden sandy beach and beautiful bay are dominated by the impressive ruins of Peel Castle. After a visit to ‘Royal’ Ramsey, on the island’s north east coast, we then head for the old mining village of Laxey. Home to the Great Laxey Wheel, probably the island’s most iconic monument to Victorian industry, it is here that we board the Snaefell Mountain Railway, the only electric mountain railway in the British Isles. The summit of Snaefell Mountain lies some 2,036 feet above sea level and from up here, on a fine day, there are magnificent views of the “Seven Kingdoms”. Returning to Laxey, there may be time to enjoy some personal exploration before heading back to Douglas. Enjoy a relaxing dinner at the hotel this evening.
Today is free for you to explore at leisure. Douglas, the island's capital, presents a unique blend of holiday resort, finance centre and historic working harbour. Take a stroll along the waterfront with its sweeping views of Douglas Bay and its horse drawn trams, a unique legacy of the golden age of Victorian tourism. Not to be missed is the centrally located and award-winning Manx Museum (free of charge), an ideal starting point to a rich journey of discovery of the island's history. You may like to take a trip back over to the west coast and explore the charming fishing port of Peel, with its expansive sandy beach, Manx kippers and a chance to try the island’s national dish of queenies (small scallops). Sitting at the mouth of the harbour is impressive Peel Castle, once the stronghold of the Viking invaders who arrived here in the 9th century and which, still to this day, is steeped in legend and myth. The House of Manannan is another award-winning museum that leads the visitor through a fascinating tableau of Celtic and Viking exhibits and includes a replica Viking longboat that was sailed over from Norway to celebrate the Tynwald Parliament’s millennium in 1979. Dinner is once again included this evening.
After breakfast, our coach transfers us to the station where we enjoy a ride aboard the Isle of Man Steam Railway from the capital, Douglas to the seaside resort of Port Erin. A short stop in Port Erin offers a chance to perhaps pay a visit to the Railway Museum, or maybe enjoy a pleasant stroll and take in the majestic views of the bay, Bradda Head and perhaps even the distant Mountains of Mourne in Ireland. From here the coach will then take us on to the southernmost point of the island and the breathless setting of The Sound, probably one of the most scenic settings anywhere in the British Isles. Overlooking the craggy splendour of the Calf of Man, the area is abundant with seals and birdlife and you may even be fortunate enough to see dolphins playing amongst the swirling tidal pools. Cregneash village was one of the last strongholds of the Manx language and customs which characterised the crofting way of life on the island. An opportunity to take a short walk through the village offers a chance to catch sight of a Manx cat, or perhaps one of the island’s indigenous four-horned sheep, known locally as Loughtans. From here we then continue on to Castletown, the island’s old capital and site of Castle Rushen, one of the finest medieval fortresses anywhere in Britain. There will be a chance to explore something of Castletown’s rambling old streets and harbour-side, before we head back to Douglas via the charmingly named “Fairy Bridge”…remembering of course to say hello to ‘Themselves’ as we cross. Relax and enjoy our final dinner at the hotel this evening.
After breakfast you are free to check out of our hotel and depart at leisure.
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When it comes to getting you to your destination. Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from
For complete flexibility, make your own transport arrangements to and from the ship. We will provide you with times and locations as well as some useful information for you to make your own arrangements to join your cruise.
If you require any further information to assist with your travel plans, please contact our Holiday Advisors who will be happy to help.
Travel down to Dover and jump onboard your coach for your ferry crossing.
Alternatively, travel the day before your departure and enjoy an overnight stay, with complimentary parking for the duration of your cruise, before being collected after breakfast the following morning.
Step aboard Eurostar at London St Pancras for a fast and comfortable journey to mainland Europe. You can even upgrade your reserved seat to Standard Premier – speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information. On arrival in Paris, Lille or Brussels, you will then join connecting services for your onward journey.
Return flights from London Heathrow with transfers to and from the ship are included in our package on our specific arrival and departure dates. We also include one item of checked in luggage per person.
If our included flights are not suitable, alternative flights may also be available from other airports on our arrival and departure dates. These may have an additional supplement and are subject to availability at the time of booking.
For those travelling from further afield, you can also book overnight accommodation in London, before and after your holiday. Speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information.
For an even more relaxed start to your European holiday, why not stay overnight in Dover or nearby Ashford the night before your cruise from only £65pp? All our quoted prices include car parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise and cooked breakfast the following morning. Our coach will collect you and return you to the hotel on its way to/from the port of Dover. And if you don’t want that holiday feeling to end, why not do the same on your return journey?