Silversea Luxury Cruises To COWES (Isle of Wight)

COWES (Isle of Wight)

The 147-square-mile island with its pretty bays and thatched villages is like a miniature England. A well-preserved Victorian character dates from no other than Queen Victoria herself, who favored the island as her summer residence and made it her permanent home after the death of her husband, Prince Albert. Several other great names have close associations with the Isle of Wight, such as Tennyson, Dickens and Keats. View more

The small port of Cowes at the northern tip of the island hosts every year in August Britain’s most prestigious sailing event – Cowes Week, often called “the yachtsman’s Ascot.”This is when the cozy and laid-back island bursts with visitors from all over, who fill the ranks of the island’s retired folk. Apart from being a haven for sailing craft, the world’s first hovercraft made its test runs here in the 1950s. For a place of relatively small size, the Isle of Wight packs a startling variety of landscapes and coastal scenery, ranging from a terrain of low-lying woodland and pasture to open chalky downland fringed by high cliffs. In addition, there are a number of historic buildings and a splendid array of well-preserved Victoriana. The town of Cowes is bisected by the Medina River, with West Cowes near the harbor being the old, pretty part, while East Cowes is more industrialized. Outside the suburbs stands Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s favorite residence. The grand mansion was largely designed by Albert, and the interior has been left very much as it was in the Queen’s lifetime. Around the island, some of the highlights include the Needles, three tall chalk stacks beneath the cliffs at the far west end of the island. The small village of Shanklin is known for its golden cliffs and a scenic steep ravine whose mossy, fern-filled woods have been embellished with tiny lights and thatched tea shops. The port of Yarmouth features an attractive fortress and quaint pubs in the main square. Pier Information The ship is scheduled to anchor off Cowes. Guests will be taken ashore via ship’s tender. Walking distance to the town center is approximately 5 minutes. Taxis are generally available for trips around the island. Shopping Shops in the town center of Cowes carry maritime items and yachting attire, local glassware and the famous Isle of Wight colored sand. Normal opening times are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The local currency is the pound. Cuisine Not surprisingly, seafood is a good choice as well as other popular English fare. If you fancy lunch ashore, you may want to give the Amadeus Restaurant in Cowes a try, or stop in one of the local pubs for a quick meal and a cold beer. Other Sites Most of the island’s sights are covered in the organized excursions. Additionally, at the far west end of the island is the site of The Needles, a cluster of three tall chalk stacks beneath steep cliffs. The drive there takes about 45 minutes each way. Nearby is Alum Bay. The oxidized sandstone cliffs are popular for their multicolored sands, which are collected and arranged in diverse glass bottles, making popular souvenirs. Private arrangements are not encouraged in this port.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

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Excursions in COWES (Isle of Wight)

Bonchurch Walking Tour

Depart the pier for an hour drive to the delightful village of Godshill with its thatched cottages and ancient church,where you have the chance to have a photo stop before continuing to Shanklin Village


Shanklin Village

You then continue to Old Shanklin village from where you begin your guided walking tour to Bonchurch which is famous for its past literary residents such as Charles Dickens, Algernon Swinbourne and George Bernard Shaw.

The walk takes you along part of the Island Coastal Path through the area known as the Undercliff, across Luccombe chine (a deep, narrow ravine), through the Landslip and past the 11th century church of St Boniface.

On arrival in Bonchurch your coach will be waiting close by to take you back to Cowes and your ship (1 hour drive)


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking with 2 hours walking at guests'own discretion, at times over concrete and gravel surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes are recommended.

Carisbrooke Castle

Depart Cowes this morning and enjoy a panoramic overview of this beautiful Island, with stops at Alum Bay where on a clear day you will be able to view the famous Needles and at Old Shanklin, a quintessentially English Village.


Shanklin was mentioned in the Domesday Book and today is a town of great character and charm. Shanklin Old Village is a perennial attraction where most of the picturesque cottages clustered around the thatched Crab Inn have now become craft and gift shops or restaurants.


Carisbrooke Castle

Your scenic drive concludes at Carisbrooke Castle, situated at the heart of the Isle of Wight and occupying a key strategic position since the 8th Century when its original keep was built. The present keep dates mostly from the 12th Century. A great hall and private apartments were added in the 13th Century. In 1647 and 1648 the Castle was used to imprison the defeated Charles 1. Less distinguished prisoners were once used to power the Castle's 18th Century treadmill in order to draw water from the well. Donkeys were often used too and today seven donkeys demonstrate the working treadmill. A small museum has interactive displays on the history of Carisbrooke. Later, head back to Cowes and your awaiting ship.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 2 km (approx. 1, 24 Miles), at times over concrete and gravel surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair. Walking inside the castle is at own guests 'discretion. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes are recommended.

Island Panoramic Drive

Depart Cowes and enjoy a panoramic overview of this beautiful Island, with stops at Godshill, Old Shanklin, a quintessentially English Village, Niton the most Southern point of the Island to take a photograph of the Coast-line and the famous Needles (depending on the weather) and finally Carisbrooke and Newport.


Godshill

Godshill is probably the best known and most photogenic village in the Island. It is a charming, thatched roofed village, with narrow, winding main streets lined with tree-lined lanes and a church set on a hill, hence the name 'Godshill'. The church is notable for its unusual funerary monuments and a unique fifteenth century Lily Cross wall painting.


Shanklin

Your tour carries onto Shanklin, which was mentioned in the Domesday Book and today is a town of great character and charm. Shanklin Old Village is a perennial attraction where most of the picturesque cottages clustered around the thatched Crab Inn have now become craft and gift shops or restaurants.


Niton

Depending on the weather, your journey will carry on down to Niton, the southernmost part of the Island, where on a clear day you can see the famous Needles off in the distant and the southern coastline of this stunning Island.


Carry on exploring the Island in the comfort of your motor coach before returning to your awaiting cruise ship.


Photo stops will be taken at Godshill, Old Shanklin and Niton (Needles on a clear day), as well as throughout your tour and at the guides discretion


Please note: This tour involves very little walking, all of which is at guests' discretion at the photo stops. The majority of the time is spent on the coach. Walk to visit at the Godshill Church, which is up a steep hill, is at own guests' discretion. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, layered clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and a weatherproof jacket from the ship. Due to the local climate; most of the coaches are air-cooled.

Royal Osborne House

On arrival in Cowes embark your coach and enjoy a 30 minutes panoramic tour of this beautiful island, with a photo stop in pretty Godshill, a quintessentially English village before heading inland for a 30 minutes' drive to Osborne House.



Royal Osborne House

The Royal summer residence of Osborne House was built for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert between 1845 and 1851. Although it is a grand, imposing, Italianate palace, Osborne House was essentially a family holiday home and is filled with many personal and family mementoes.

Highlights include the majestic Durbar Room, built by craftsmen from India and Queen Victoria's bedroom, where she died in 1901. Within the grounds is a museum of objects collected by the royals and the Queen's personal bathing machine. After your visit, head back for a 30 minutes' drive to the ship.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking with 2 hours and 30 minutes walking at guests'own discretion n for approximately 2 km (approx. 1, 24 Miles), at times over concrete and gravel surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair. Walking inside the castle is at own guests 'discretion. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes are recommended.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.