Isle of Man TT® 2019 – Official Tours & Travel Packages
Sportsnet Holidays are an Official Partner of the Isle of Man TT 2019, and are endorsed by 2 x TT-winner and Isle of Man TT veteran, Cameron Donald. All Sportsnet tours and travel packages include centrally-located hotel accommodation in Douglas, race day tickets, return transfers throughout, access to our exclusive functions and experiences, PLUS much more!
|Package Name||Nights of Accommodation Incl||Race Days Incl||Price (from)|
|5 Night Escorted Tour||5||Evening Practice, Race Day 1, Race Day 2||$4,595*|
|9 Night Escorted Tour||9||Evening Practice, Race Day 1, Race Day 2, Race Day 3, Race Day 4||$5,995*|
|4 Night ‘Race Break 2’||4||Race Day 3, Race Day 4||$2,649*|
The Isle of Man TT is a truly incredible event – particularly in this day and age of heightened safety concerns in every sport, especially motorsports. There are few other events in the world that allow riders to risk their lives in the pursuit of glory, and even fewer that allow likeminded spectators to get so close to that journey. The fact that there is relatively little prize money on offer only serves to make the event more special as riders are competing almost exclusively for just the glory and prestige of winning.
The first time you experience a Superbike class machine scream past you – only 2 or 3 metres away – going almost 300km/h, is something that you will never forget! The brutal shriek of the motor; the vibrations from the sound reverberating throughout your chest; the smell of an unrestricted exhaust pumping out the gasses of a 200+ horsepower beast at 12,000rpm; the rush from the wake of air left behind by a machine that is barely holding onto the road – it’s an assault on the senses in the best possible way!
® TT is a registered trade mark of the Department of Economic Development (a Department of the Isle of Man Government).
Isle of Man TT 2019 – Event Overview
|Official Event Name:||Isle of Man TT 2019|
|Event Start Date:||25 May 2019|
|Event End Date:||7 June 2019|
|Event Official Website:||www.iomtt.com|
|Event Category:||Road Racing|
|Performers:||To Be Announced|
|Event Location:||Snaefell Mountain Course|
|Event Address:||Isle of Man|
|Packages in range:||8|
|Packages prices from:||$1,080*|
Isle of Man TT 2019 Tours & Travel Packages
We could wax lyrical about how great the Isle of Man TT is for paragraphs upon paragraphs, however we thought we’d leave it someone that has a greater understanding of the event than just about anyone – two-time race winner and 10-time competitor, Australian TT legend and all-round great bloke, Cameron Donald:
“When you arrive at the Isle of Man and you step off the boat, you know you’re at the hallowed ground of motorcycle racing. It’s the Mecca of motorcycle racing, it’s the Isle of Man. It’s the oldest motorcycle race in the world; it’s the longest course in the world; it’s the longest street circuit in the world and it’s the most dangerous motorcycle race in the world.
To begin with, you start by heading down Bray Hill – the steepest downhill section of any motorcycle race in the world – straight into a dip that you hit flat out in top gear when you get it right and you don’t have to roll the throttle. Follow that up over Ago’s Leap, straight into a jump that where you’re likely to have the front wheel near vertical in the air as you get airborne. That’s all within the first five hundred metres! You’ll pass thirty-odd pubs in a lap of the circuit, which are all brilliant spectating points. What other track in the world can you stand in a beer garden, literally less than one metre from the circuit? If you wanted to, you could reach out and touch the bikes going past. As a rider it’s brilliant when you’re riding past and you can literally look into the eyes of the spectators standing there waving their programme, drinking a pint! Sometimes you wish you were joining them when things aren’t going so well with the bike on the track!
When you go over the humpback bridge at Ballaugh and you jump a metre to a metre and a half off the ground; it’s just incredible what you’re putting your body and your bike through. A couple of miles down the road from Ballaugh is the fastest jump on the circuit which, when you’re doing a lap in the car, wouldn’t feel like much more than a small bump. You hit that bump on a Superbike in fifth gear doing 150-160+ mph, you’ll go fifty or sixty metres down the road before you touch back down on the ground.
It’s unbelievable! It’s things like that when people tell you, it’s hard to believe until you get over there and see it for yourself; until you get over there and sit on the hedge and watch it with your own eyes. And thats the great thing the TT, you can do that. I mean, we love going to Grand Prix’s as motorcycle spectators. I know I do. I love going to my Grand Prix at Phillip Island and to some of the other Grand Prix’s I’ve been to around the world. But there’s always that gap between the circuit and yourself. There’s a ripple strip, there’s a run-off area, there’s grass, there’s a fence. Not at the TT. You can stand there in someone’s front yard, you can stand on the footpath and there’s nothing but a bit of rope bunting between you and the riders going past at… well, we’re nudging 200 mph, so what’s that, about 325kph. In a race, we complete six 67km laps, averaging over 200kph where some of the corners are dead-stop hairpins and you get down to first gear. Our lowest speed is probably about 50km/h and it feels like you could jump off and walk faster at the time! So to be able to go through corners that slow and still average 200kph gives you an idea of just how quick the average section of the course is. It’s incredible! It’s so fast, so exciting! But it’s always a buzz to sit on the hedge with the spectators and talk to fans that tell you that they’ve sat at this same spot for the past 10-20 years sometimes. They’ll give you a tip that this is a different spot to watch, or this other place is great to go for a feed and a pint.
You don’t find that in any other motorcycle race in the world.”
COACH TOUR OF THE TT COURSE
Kick off your TT trip with a lap of your own! On the first day of the tour you’ll experience every metre of the 37.73 miles Snaefell Mountain Course with a former or current TT rider talking you through every corner and undulation. Previous guests on the coach have included two-time TT winner, Cameron Donald, and fastest ever Australian around the course, David ‘Davo’ Johnson.
EVENING PRACTICE FROM THE OFFICIAL VIP SUITE
The Official VIP Suite is located within the paddock area, so you’re able to come and go from the Suite as you please to soak in the electric atmosphere as teams and riders do their final shakedown before Race Day 1. Included with your pass to the Official VIP Suite is entry to the TT Main Grandstand located above the pits, so you’ll be able to see some of the hardest and fastest launches you’re ever likely to see! Within the VIP Suite itself you’ll be able to help yourself to a delicious two-course buffet dinner.
RIDERS PANEL DINNER FUNCTION
Another exclusive for Sportsnet Holidays travellers, the Sportsnet Riders Panel Dinner is possibly the highlight of the entire tour. Hosted by Cameron Donald, the Dinner is your chance to rub shoulders with some of the fastest and bravest racers in the world and ask them the questions you’ve always wondered about. The Dinner is also a great opportunity for you to grab some signatures and a few snaps as well. The evening includes a two course buffet dinner and drinks (including spirits) throughout. Previous guests have included John McGuinness, Ian Hutchinson, Bruce Anstey and James Hillier amongst others.
A DAY AT CREG-NY-BAA
Perhaps the most iconic pub on The Isle, the Creg-Ny-Baa is certainly the one with the best view of the action! Situated on a sharp right corner of the same name, the balcony of ‘The Creg’ overlooks the corner and allows you to see the riders hurtling down the mountain at 300+ km/h before braking heavily to get down to 2nd gear for the sharp right-hander. The best thing about ‘The Creg’, Sportsnet clients have exclusive accessº to the upstairs bar and balcony for the entire day. Drinks are provided for the entire day and the catering is bloody amazing!
Held on the evening of Race Day 4 and your last night on The Isle (unless you’ve extended your stay of course!), as it’s name suggests the Farewell Drinks is your chance to say goodbye to your fellow Sportsnet travellers and discuss the last week-and-a-bit of racing. In fact, in the past we’ve had a few riders make appearances, so there’s even a chance you’ll get a debrief from a rider’s perspective! Naturally, drinks and nibbles are supplied throughout the night!
“What a fabulous trip to the TT on the Isle of Man with a superior Travel agency! Would do it again in a heart beat!”
– Judith Parsons, 16 July 2018
“We travelled to the IOM TT 2018 with Sportsnet Holidays and from the very beginning we knew it would be an amazing holiday. The excitement of reading about the inclusions in the package was hugely outdone by actually being there and experiencing it all. From meeting the riders, having the best vantage points, being able to do a lap of the course (twice for us as I won a fast lap in a course car!) meeting so many lovely people and being looked after so well by our tour guides (Glynn, Bec, Brooke and Maria). I would highly recommend Sportsnet holidays as the experts in the business. Awesome!”
– Mel Yip, 15 July 2019
“Fantastic trip, the host’s were very helpful, a very well organised tour, will be back in 2020. Thanks Sportsnet and cheers to one and all…”
– Martin Dowson, 15 July 2018
“My father and his mate travelled to the Isle of man TT this year and this was their first overseas trip. From the very first phone call to Sportsnet the service provided by Brooke in the booking process was exceptional. She did everything she said she was going to do and made the booking process extremely simple and stress free. The information provided prior to the trip and during the trip ensured everything ran like clock work.
Brooke Glynn and Bec were highly professional and friendly and could not have asked for a better level of service from them.
The trip itself was terrific and you wouldn’t change a thing. One of the highlights of the trips was the lap of the TT course provided in the tour. By far both Dad and his mate agree it was the best trip they have ever done and would recommend to anyone to use Sportsnet Holidays to visit the Isle of Man as their inside knowledge and connections have you experiencing things you would not be able to do on your own. They are still in disbelief as to what they saw. Thank you for a trip of a lifetime!”
– Shannon Burtenshaw, 15 July 2018
“An AWESOME journey from start to finish!!! First time overseas for me and I struck gold!!! 100% gold!!! The whole team at sportsnet were very friendly professional and helpful on any given day !! I will never forget my holiday to the Isle Of Man 2018 perfect weather unbelievable racing and an awesome Island totally mind blowing!!! Thanks so much Sportsnet!!! Memories for a life time!!!”
– Stuart Glennie, 7 July 2018
“I have recently returned from the Isle of Man having done my booking with Sportnet. Travelling alone from NZ they made the whole trip so easy for me. Thank you so much!”
– Trish Best, 3 July 2018
“I’ve just completed a trip to the Isle of Man TT organised through Sportsnet with my 79 year old father & the service provided by this company & it’s staff was second to none. We had a fantastic time & I’ll be going back for sure. The information provided & the help we received before leaving Australia & from the time we arrived was faultless. The events we attended & the days on the track were just fantastic, all you had to do was walk out the front of the hotel & straight onto the bus & off you went.
The small things that Sportsnet provided, such as mobile phones, deck chairs & a number of other things just made managing things a piece of cake.
The guest presenters at the functions that Sportsnet put on were truly special, who would of thought that we would get to meet a legend of the sport like John McGuinness.
To all the crew at Sporstnet, a big thank you for providing me with the trip of a lifetime with my father.
Going to the TT, go with Sportsnet, you be mad if you didn’t.”
– Glen Fuz, 27 June 2018
“Communication was great from my initial enquiry until departure. The IOM trip is itself exceeded our expectations and provided some memories that will no doubt last a lifetime. Highly recommend.”
– Shaun Clancy, 25 June 2018
“My partner and I traveled to the Isle Of Man with Sportsnet this year 2018. This was our first time traveling overseas, we inquired with Sportsnet about the Isle of Man TT and from that moment on they made the whole experience so easy. From the easy payment system to keeping us updated along the way. Even the ability to change our return flights to allow us to extend our holiday. The itinerary was perfect from the minute we left til the minute we got home. The Sportsnet itinerary allowed us to do thing that we would never have been able to arrange ourselves like a guided lap of the TT coarse and meeting of several riders. I wouldn’t hesitate to travel with Sportsnet again, their staff conducted them self very professionally and it’s a holiday we will never forget. Thank you Ian Hill and Sportsnet Holidays.”
– Terry Page, 22 June 2018
“Always wanted to go to the Isle of Man TT. On the bucket list. Finally bit the bullet booked with Sportsnet. Glynn was my contact nothing was too much trouble and if he wasn’t there he phoned back quickly. Everything about the trip exceeded expectations, from the VIP tent to the exclusive meet the riders night. All food and drinks complementary. Talks from the riders, question time and autographs signed. The staff were with us all the way and a greater group you could not find. Best trip ever.”
– Peter Olsson, 22 June 2018
The exclusive official Isle of Man TT® Races 2019 Trailer
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Cameron Donald on the Isle of Man TT and the Sportsnet Holidays Experience
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