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11 Day Luxury Small Group England Channel Islands and Paris

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11 Day Luxury Small Group England Channel Islands and Paris

Go from Great British to Gallic culture. This island-hopping trip immerses you in the Channel Islands’ natural beauty and fascinating history. Hear about Guernsey’s wartime occupation first-hand from locals, enter a bygone world on Sark and admire Jersey’s exquisite landscapes.

Our adventure map

 Map of London to Paris via the Channel Islands | 2017

Day by day

First Day we travel to Winchester then Dorset 

We begin in the 7th century, at Winchester Cathedral. Within this spectacular landmark are the final resting places of luminaries from King Cnut to Jane Austen. There’s time for a walk around the rest of the market town before we cross into Dorset. Fringed by cliffs interlaced with coastal walks and picture-perfect villages, the sublime Isle of Purbeck is our destination – and welcome haven for tonight. (D)

Hotel:    Mortons House Hotel 

Second Day we head to Guernsey

It’s off the coach and all aboard the morning ferry to Guernsey. At St Peter Port we go our separate ways to explore the charming marina and cobbled streets. When we meet again, it’s to drive on to Sausmarez Manor where we’re treated to a private tour of this grand 13th century house. Arriving at our second hotel of the trip, we make ourselves at home for our three-night stay. (B)

Hotel:    Duke of Richmond Hotel 

Third Day sail to Sark and return to Guernsey

We’re off to a flying start this morning as we sail to Sark. But we soon settle in to a gentler pace of life when disembarking on the island with no cars or bus's. Getting about involves a stroll or the ‘toast-rack’ – a tractor-drawn bus. You could hire a bicycle or a timeless horse and carriage, asking the driver to spill Sark’s secrets. Or simply potter around the quaint shops and independent cafes. The day is all yours until our return ferry back to Guernsey – and an evening at leisure. (B)

Hotel:    Duke of Richmond Hotel 

Fourth day explore Guernsey

Guernsey has a unique chapter in the history books, as part of the only British territory occupied by Germany during World War II. A visit to the German Occupation Museum reveals an extensive collection of rare artefacts from then. But this tour goes further. We meet Molly Bihet who, as a nine-year-old child, witnessed the Nazis arriving on her island home in 1940. Listening to her stories of life on Guernsey is a uniquely unforgettable experience. (B)

Hotel:  Duke of Richmond Hotel 

Fifth day its off to Jersey

Our final morning in Guernsey is a relaxed one as we ready ourselves to depart for our next island adventure in Jersey. We get acquainted with today’s port of call, St Aubin village – a fishing harbour with buckets and spades of charm. After all that refreshing sea air, we retire to our hotel. (B, D)

Hotel:    Hotel Christina 

Sixth day see more of Jersey 

Jersey isn’t just about exquisite sea-and-sand views. Diving a little deeper uncovers an absorbing history. At La Hougue Bie we discover one of Western Europe’s best-preserved Neolithic sites, with prehistoric mounds, passage graves and a museum packed with ancient treasures. Then it’s on wards to Mont Orgueil Castle, which has stood watch over Jersey for over 600 years. Just below sits the peaceful harbour village of Gorey, where your time is your own. (B, D)

Hotel:    Hotel Christina 

Seventh Day historic Jersey then sail to St Malo

Walter Raleigh’s stronghold and Charles II’s refuge – Elizabeth Castle has played a huge role in Jersey’s history. Today we can see its wartime bunkers, cannons and the causeway that permits entrance at low tide. Afterwards in St Helier there’s an afternoon to yourself. But we can point you in the direction of the Maritime Museum or the Jersey Museum. Later, we swap Britain for France and sail to the old walled city of St Malo. (B)

Hotel:    Hotel Oceania 

Eighth Day see the sights of St Malo

St Malo’s labyrinthine streets are best covered on a walking tour – and that’s how we begin today. Pirates, slave traders and soldiers have walked here before and at Château de St Malo we learn about the marks they made on this town. While the afternoon’s yours, we can recommend delicious ways to top it off – from oysters at Ferme Marine in Cancale to the gourmet cuisine at Château Richeux. (B)

Hotel:    Hotel Oceania 

Ninth Day visit Mont St Michel, Dinan and return to St Malo

It’s time to wind our way along Normandy’s coast to the rocky islet of Mont St Michel, where we’re among the very first to arrive for the day. There’s plenty of free time to wander its narrow streets or pay a visit to the magnificent Gothic abbe. We then explore Dinan by ourselves before coming back together for a taste of classic French cuisine at a traditional restaurant. And our day ends where it began in St Malo. (B, D)

Hotel:   Hotel Oceania 

Tenth Day we head to Fougeres then Sainte Suzanne and rest at Laval

As one of Europe’s biggest fortresses, Château de Fougères captivates at first sight. The-scales of history have tipped from triumph to tragedy – and back again – for this magnificent Breton castle, and we learn about its ups and downs this morning. The afternoon takes us to Sainte Suzanne, one of France’s most beautiful villages. Before we rest our heads in Laval, we indulge in a delicious farewell group dinner. (B, D)

Hotel:    Hotel Perier du Bignon 

Eleventh Day tour Chartres and finally Paris 

We end our tour with a trip to the Cathedral of Chartres – a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most beautifully preserved examples of Gothic architecture. We take in its exceptional stonework and exquisite 12th and 13th century stained glass windows. Then there’s a chance to explore the town that encircles it, with free time in Chartres. It’s a fitting finale to our travels, which come to a close in Paris. (B)

Travel Highlights

  • 10 nights’ accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Experienced Tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • Ferries to Guernsey, Sark, Jersey and St Malo
  • Breakfast daily (B) •Five evening meals (D)
  • Entrance fee included to: Winchester Cathedral, Sausmarez Manor, German Occupation Museum, Elizabeth Castle, La Hougue Bie, Mont Orgueil Castle, Elizabeth Castle, Château de St Malo, Mont St Michel, Château de Fougères and Chartres Cathedral.

The Difference

Spend a day on Sark, the iconic ‘dark sky island’  

Explore the only part of the British Isles to be occupied during WWII and meet Molly Bihet, who was a child during the Nazi Occupation of Guernsey

Arrive before the hubbub for a morning at Mont St Michel, one of France’s most iconic sites 

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

  • This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are award winners British Travel Awards Best Small Group.
  • All Tours are Guaranteed Departures.
  • Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
  • ABTA protected

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