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A rich history, natural heritage and beautiful beaches

7 days From £1,595 per person

2023 Tour code: CAS23

About the tour

The stunning Channel Islands are scattered between England's south coast and France, and boast some of the most beautiful beaches in the British Isles. We discover the history and scenery of Guernsey, Jersey and Herm with local guides, visiting secluded beaches and ancient coastal castles.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London and Guernsey

We meet at London Waterloo and take the train to Southampton. Here, we join our flight to Guernsey, where we spend three nights. The second largest of the Channel Islands, the island is bursting with history and local charms. Our hotel here is based in an 18th century manor house. We dine at our hotel this evening.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Guernsey

We discover the delights of Guernsey on a guided tour. Located close to the French coast, the island is famed for its beautiful beach resorts, gorgeous coastal cliffs and rich cultural heritage. A highlight of our tour is Castle Cornet, once a tidal island before its natural bridge was cut off from the mainland. Your afternoon is free to explore or to relax at the hotel. One option is to visit Hautville House, the home of French writer Victor Hugo during his exile from France and where he wrote some of his great novels, including 'Les Miserables'. This evening dinner is served at our hotel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Herm

We join a ferry that takes us to Herm, a tiny, car-free island found just east of Guernsey. The rest of the day is yours, to soak up the island's nostalgic charms and relaxed atmosphere at your own pace. With its amazing sandy coves and shell beaches, set beneath a rugged coastline, the island has an abundance of natural beauty. After an idyllic day here, we take a ferry back to Guernsey, arriving back at our hotel in time for dinner.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Jersey

After a relaxed morning, we transfer to the port for the ferry to Jersey. Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands, surrounded by blue waters and fringed with pristine, golden beaches - the island has a long and rich history. We check into our hotel for three nights in St Helier, Jersey's capital, moments away from a lovely beach. This evening we dine at our hotel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 – Jersey

We discover Jersey with a full-day tour of the island, uncovering many of its highlights. We visit a number of alluring bays, including St Aubin's Bay, St Ouen's Bay, and St Brelade's Bay - which has the island's most popular beach. We also stop by the iconic La Corbière Lighthouse, and visit the gorgeous Grève de Lecq and Gorey harbour, with is beautiful pier, where you can soak up views of Mont Orgueil Castle. We take a break during our tour to enjoy Jersey's best-known ritual, an elegant cream tea experience, at a local hotel. After a day soaking up the charms of Jersey, we return to our hotel in time for dinner.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Jersey War Tunnels

Our excursion today reflects on the sombre days of World War II. We travel to Jersey War Tunnels; an underground war tunnel complex, built when Jersey was under Nazi occupation. During our visit, we have the chance to learn about the history of the island during this period, from 1940 until the end of the war, including stories of the brave resistance shown by Jersey nationals at the time.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 7 - London

Enjoy a free morning, possibly taking a final walk around the scenic local area. This afternoon, we transfer to the airport for our flight back to Southampton. From here, we travel by rail back to London Waterloo, where our tour ends.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Les Rocquettes Hotel, Guernsey

Les Rocquettes Hotel, Guernsey

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Pomme D'or Hotel

Pomme D'or Hotel, St Helier

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4.3 stars4.3 / 5 · 22 reviews

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Mr David Neal

4 stars

Submitted 7/Oct

A good overview of the islands.

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Wilma

5 stars

Submitted 23/Sep

Really enjoyed both islands, super holiday

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Mr John Coleman

4 stars

Submitted 23/Sep

Good hotels but in Guernsey it was a bit too far from the main part of the town. In addition a further day should be added to the Jersey element and even the Guernsey element. However it was an excellent holiday which was enhanced by a tremendous tour manager, Mr. Cliff Connolly.

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Bob Thompson

5 stars

Submitted 2/Aug

An excellent and enjoyable holiday Hotels are first class and our Travel Manager Lucy was outstanding

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Marian Whitney

2 stars

Submitted 31/Jul

Poor organisation from Head Office. Arriving in Jersey at 9.15pm for our dinner was not acceptable. No seats were booked on the train to and from Waterloo and Southampton Airport.

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Derek May

4 stars

Submitted 31/Jul

The holiday was generally good with a great tour manager and lovely fellow guests. The only downside was the late ferry from Guernsey to Jersey and the free day was the last day of the holiday. It is always nice to finish with a meal for all of the guests together. However, these are only personal and minor niggles.

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