Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Escorted Tour

Tour highlights

  • Discover the warships in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard
  • Enjoy views across the south coast from the Spinnaker Tower
  • Explore the historic city of Winchester
  • Sample the produce following a gin distillery tour
  • Visit the scenic Isle of Wight

Days 1 - 3: Salisbury Cathedral and a Gin Distillery

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Day 1 - Arrive at Winchester Morn Hill Club Campsite

Settle into the campsite and meet your tour hosts and fellow members.

Day 2 - Salisbury Cathedral and a gin distillery

You’ve got a contrasting day ahead starting with a trip into the Hampshire countryside to visit the Bombay Sapphire Distillery. You may recognise the distinctive sapphire blue gin bottles and now you get to see the inner workings of the distillery as you learn about the distillation process and the variety of ingredients used in modern day gins. And of course, it's only fair that you get to sample the end result!

The afternoon then takes a very different turn as you head for a visit to Salisbury Cathedral. A self-guided tour of the cathedral will give you an insight into its construction, its history and some of the stories from over the years.

Day 3 - Free day to enjoy at your leisure

You might want to venture back into Winchester today to explore more of the city or enjoy a relaxing lunch. Or maybe you want to get out and enjoy the gently rolling hills of the South Downs National Park, the UK’s newest national park.

Days 4 - 6: Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight

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Day 4 - Portsmouth

Head for the coast today and the historic city of Portsmouth, with its rich naval history that continues to this day in its role as a key port for the Royal Navy. The Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth is home to some of the most notable ships in our history. You can set foot on HMS Victory, the flagship for Admiral Horatio Nelson during the Battle of Trafalgar, and see the remains of the Mary Rose, King Henry VIII’s warship which infamously sank on its maiden voyage and which was recovered from the sea bed in those famous scenes of the early 80’s.

After exploring the Dockyard we’ve included a group visit to the Spinnaker Tower which dominates Portsmouth’s skyline and on a clear day affords views out across the Solent, the Isle of Wight and Hampshire. The tower's high speed lift will whisk you from sea level to the viewing deck, 100 metres up where you can take in those views and gaze out across the city.

Day 5 - Free day to enjoy at your leisure

Day 6 - Cross the Solent to the Isle of Wight

Leave Winchester Morn Hill Club Campsite this morning and head to the ferry port to travel across the Solent to the Isle of Wight and our Southland Club Campsite, located in the island’s countryside a short drive from the seaside town of Sandown.

Days 7 - 9: Isle of Wight

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Day 7 - Guided tour of the Island

Today will showcase the best of the Isle of Wight as you enjoy a guided tour around the island. Led by a local, knowledgeable guide, discover picturesque rolling countryside, attractive beaches and quaint, secluded villages as you hear tales of smugglers and dinosaurs who once lived on the island. You’ll also visit some of the island's most well known attractions including Osborne House, a favourite residence of Queen Victoria, and the Needles, the famous rocky outcrop on the western most point of the island.

Day 8 - Free day to enjoy at your leisure

You have today at your leisure to do as you please. There might be somewhere from yesterday that you want to return to and spend a bit more time exploring or maybe you just want to relax on site and reflect on an enjoyable few days.

Day 9 - Depart campsite

Leave the campsite this morning and catch the return ferry back to the mainland.

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Image taken by Grant Cargill at North Ledaig Club campsite

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