The Charms of the Channel Islands
Low Deposit only £99pp on selected 2019 departures when booked on or before 15th February 2019.
The stunning Channel Islands dot the sea between England's south coast and France, and boast some of the most beautiful beaches that the U.K. has to offer. Discover the turbulent histories and the incredible scenery of Guernsey and Jersey.
Meet your Tour Manager in London Waterloo today, where we board the train that takes us directly to Bournemouth. Here, we transfer to our hotel where we overnight. On Day 2, we transfer to the ferry terminal after breakfast, and sail over to the beautiful island of Guernsey, where there has been human settlements since around 5000 BC. This afternoon is at leisure to settle into your surroundings before we enjoy dinner at the hotel tonight.
We take a half-day familiarisation tour of Guernsey. This pretty island originally belonged to France, but was put in control of the Normans, who then took over England, thus the island changed hands. One of the most famous sights of Guernsey is Castle Cornet, which was once a tidal island before its natural bridge was cut off from the mainland.
The castle has been used as an important fortification and was also a Royalist stronghold in the Civil War, despite Guernsey itself supporting Parliament. On Day 4, we journey over to Herm, a tiny island to the east of Guernsey. Herm is filled with amazing sandy coves and is a truly wonderful place to spend the day.
After a morning at leisure in Guernsey, we travel over to Jersey, an island with a long and, at times tumultuous, history. On arrival we transfer to our hotel, where we are at leisure until dinner this evening. On Day 6, we take a full island tour. The largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey is surrounded by stunning blue waters and fringed with pristine sandy beaches.
We go back in time today, to World War II, visiting the war tunnels from when Jersey was under Nazi occupation. The occupation lasted from 1940 to the end of the war, and the tunnels themselves were built by prisoners of war from all around the world. Here, you learn about Jersey under the Nazi's, and the brave resistance of the Jersey nationals.
After breakfast this morning, we transfer to the ferry terminal and sail back to Poole. From here, we transfer back to our hotel. This evening, you are at leisure in Bournemouth. On Day 9, we make our way to the railway station and join the service back to London where our tour comes to an end.
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An escorted experience and all travel arrangements
Comfortable accommodation in your destination
Delicious meals included
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
Discover turbulent histories and incredible scenery of Guernsey and Jersey