Trip Type : Group Tour
Snaefell Mountain Landscape View, United Kingdom

Isle of Man Heritage Rail Adventures

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
5 days
From: $ 872 $ 174 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Steam train ride to the seaside town of Port Erin and historic Castletown
  • Travel on the Douglas Manx Electric Railway to Laxey, Ramsey and Peel
  • Reach new heights on the Snaefell Mountain Railway
  • Visit beautiful Groudle Glen and the cliff-top Sea Lion Rocks tea rooms
  • Make full use of your Heritage Pass

Short Description

Delve into the culture of this fascinating island. Traverse beautiful green hills aboard the Heritage railways, admire far-reaching views and discover coastal towns and unique communities that draw people from across the globe.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Douglas
End City Douglas

Trip Includes

  • Standard-class return fast catamaran travel from Liverpool
  • 4 nights in a 4-star hotel
  • 7 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • All excursions included
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager
  • Other transportation as described
  • Porterage

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Itinerary

Day 1: Liverpool/Douglas

After making your own way to Liverpool you will depart early this evening for Douglas aboard the fast catamaran ‘Manannan’. On arrival, transfer by coach to the 4-star Sefton Hotel, located on the promenade.

Day 2: Port Erin and Castletown

Join your Tour Manager for the steam train journey to Port Erin, a delightful seaside town with a sandy beach set in an enclosed harbour. You can visit the Railway Museum here or walk along the promenade before taking the train to Castletown. On arrival, the afternoon is free for you to do as you wish. Once the capital of the island, Castletown sits on the site of an ancient volcano and is one of the oldest towns in the British Isles. Perhaps enjoy a walk around its quaint narrow streets or visit the medieval Castle Rushen.

Day 3: Laxey, Ramsey and Peel

This morning you will take the Douglas Manx Electric Railway (MER) to Laxey. On arrival, you will board the Great Laxey Mine Railway, which once carried metal ores from the mine. A short walk from the terminus is the Lady Isabella waterwheel. Built in 1854 to pump water from the mine, it is now the largest working waterwheel in the world. From here, take a lovely route on the MER to Ramsey. After this you will take the bus to Peel, where you can spend the afternoon at leisure. You may enjoy a walk around the ruins of Peel Castle or take a stroll up Peel Hill for splendid views before taking the bus back to Douglas

Day 4: Snaefell Mountain Railway and Groudle Glen

Today you will take the electric train to Laxey. On arrival, you will board the Snaefell Mountain Railway, reaching the summit in around 30 minutes. Here you can purchase refreshments from the café and on a clear day enjoy views of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Your next train journey will take you from Laxey to Groudle Glen, and after another short train journey, to the cliff-top Sea Lion Rocks tea room where you can admire the scenery over a drink before your return journey to Douglas.

Day 5: Douglas/Liverpool

After a morning at leisure, travel back to Liverpool this afternoon.

Please note: We cannot always guarantee that rail excursions will be steam-hauled.

This holiday includes walking in areas of rough ground, gradients and steps, often with no hand rails to offer assistance.

Your Heritage Pass enables you to travel on the island’s heritage railways and buses. It also allows entry into all Manx National Heritage sights including Peel Castle, House of Manannan and Castle Rushen.

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Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Accomodations

Day 1 - 4 : The Sefton Hotel

The 4-star Sefton Hotel in Douglas boasts Victorian elegance with a modern twist. You'll also find a beautiful indoor water-garden here.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, breakfast room, bar and a gym. Bedrooms have private facilities, hairdryer, Wi-Fi, tea- and coffee-making facilities and a TV.

 

Additional Information:

  • A dedicated Tour Manager will host your holiday and make sure it runs smoothly
  • We'll show you the must-see sights and some of the hidden gems too
  • Accommodation in good quality, conveniently located hotels
  • Exceptional overall value for money on each and every holiday
  • All of our holidays are protected by ATOL or our financial protection insurance
  • We've been delivering the perfect holiday for over 50 years

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