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4.4 stars(9 reviews)
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Rich heritage and beautiful beaches

7 days From £1,395 per person
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Book your 2022 holiday between 8th December 2021 and up to and including 31st January 2022 and you can transfer your holiday for free - no questions asked. T&C's apply

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2022 Tour code: CAS22

About the tour

The stunning Channel Islands dot the sea between England's south coast and France, boasting gorgeous scenery and beautiful beaches. We discover the history and incredible natural beauty of Guernsey, Jersey and Herm, 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 near the capital, Saint Peter Port. The second largest of the Channel Islands, there have been human settlements in Guernsey since 5000 BC, and the island is bursting with history and local charms. Our hotel here is based in a historic manor house that dates back to 1765.

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  • 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 comes as we see Castle Cornet, a 13th-century fortification that was once a tidal island before its natural bridge was cut off from the mainland. Your afternoon is free to explore. One option is to visit Hautville House, the home of French writer Victor Hugo during his exile from France. The home was lovingly decorated by the author and he spent 14 years here writing works including 'Les Miserables'.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Herm

We join a ferry that takes us to Herm, a tiny, car-free island found just east of Guernsey. You enjoy the rest of the day to soak up the island's nostalgic charms and relaxed atmosphere. With its amazing sandy coves, rugged coastline, attractive beaches, rich history, and abundance of beautiful natural scenery, this is a wonderful place to spend the day. You could spend some time at Shell Beach, one of the Channel Island's most stunning beaches, or visit the beautifully secluded beach at Belvoir Bay. We take a ferry back to Guernsey, arriving back at our hotel in time for dinner.

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  • 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 and one with a long and rich history, surrounded by blue waters and fringed with pristine, golden beaches. We check into our hotel for three nights in St Helier, Jersey's capital, moments away from a lovely beach.

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 - home to the island's most popular beach. We also stop by the iconic La Corbière Lighthouse, gorgeous Grève de Lecq and Gorey harbour, home to a beautiful pier where you can soak up views of Mont Orgueil Castle. We pause during our tour at a local hotel where we're treated to an elegant cream tea experience. 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

We step back in time to the sombre days of World War II today. Boarding a vintage bus, we travel to Jersey War Tunnels; an underground war tunnel complex that was built on the island when Jersey was under Nazi occupation. During our visit, we have the chance to learn all about the history of the island under the rule of the Nazis, which lasted from 1940 until the end of the war, as well as the brave resistance shown by the Jersey nationals at the time.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 7 - London

Our holiday comes to an end today as we transfer to the airport for our flight back to Southampton. From here, we travel by rail to London, where you're free to depart.

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

Pomme D'or Hotel

Pomme D'or Hotel, St Helier

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Les Rocquettes Hotel, Guernsey

Les Rocquettes Hotel, Guernsey

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4.4 stars4.4 / 5 · 9 reviews

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Lucille Ralph

5 stars

Submitted 20 Oct 2021

Fantastic holiday, stunning scenery on the islands. Hotels in Guernsey and Jersey were delightful. Tours were very interesting. A superb holiday which I would highly recommend.,

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P Nurse

4 stars

Submitted 28 Sep 2021

Perfect way to experience both Guernsey and Jersey with a good start exploring Dorset. Disappointing for boat lovers that air travel was necessary to move between islands and no farewell dinner on the last night as once advertised. Journey home required an earlier flight also. Hence 4stars not 5.

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David Jones

4 stars

Submitted 22 Sep 2021

The 2days in Bournemouth were a distraction.Better to have had extra days in Jersey!

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Phil Kitchingman

3 stars

Submitted 22 Sep 2021

One hotel fell below the standard one would expect for this priced holiday and some timings of travel left one wondering why ?

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J Jones

5 stars

Submitted 21 Sep 2021

We had a great time and were using the Great Rail company. The group used the Southampton airport and though the flight was delayed because of weather the journey was fine. The views were great of Guernsey and we also went to Herm and Sark, then onto Jersey. The hotels we used as Base's on Guernsey and Jersey were first Class and contributed to having a great holiday.

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Gina

5 stars

Submitted 21 Sep 2021

Excellent!

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