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London to Paris via The Channel Islands - Back Roads Experience

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,965

Let this unique Channel Islands tour bring the region to life as it takes you to Guernsey, Jersey, St Malo and other historic destinations.


Join one of our unique small group Back-Roads touring experiences (maximum 18 participants) that includes specially selected accommodations, transportation in purpose built Mercedes Benz Sprinters, sightseeing, special culinary experiences and a knowledgeable Tour Leader. Click here for all the EXCLUSIVE DIFFERENCES.

This 11-day Channel Islands tour takes in the rich and often overlooked heritage that lies between London and Paris.

A visit to Windsor Castle puts some grand old British perspective on your trip before venturing out to the Dorset countryside. Meet with your ferry for the ride to Guernsey. Spend some time relaxing in beautiful St Peter Port, then enjoy a private tour of Sausmarez Manor, which dates back to the 13th century. Your next day takes you to Sark, an island that allows charm and local character to flourish in the absence of buses or cars. Returning to Guernsey, visit the haunting traces of its five-year Nazi presence at the German Occupation Museum, before your ferry takes you to Jersey.

Enjoy three nights on the delightful island of Jersey. Organised activities include a visit to Elizabeth Castle, a Jersey icon that has stood for over 400 years. Then visit one of Europe’s oldest known grave sites at La Hougue Bie, where you’ll see artefacts dating back six millennia. Your last organised stop is 600 year-old Mong Orgueil Castle, but this still leaves plenty of time to explore the harbour villages at your own pace, enjoy the local flavour, and let all that history sink in.

Take a ferry to the French mainland and explore medieval Dinan, with a delicious French lunch ensuring a good start to your afternoon’s sightseeing. Your next stop is the walled city of St Malo, where a walking tour acquaints you with a rich and often chequered history. Pay a visit Mont St Michel, noted for its magnificent gothic abbey. As you journey further inland, visit Chateau de Fourgeres and Sainte Suzanne, both beautiful highlights of this region.

After a farewell dinner, one of the best sights has been saved for last – the Cathedral of Chartres. This incredible gothic structure dates back to the 13th century and stands on a prominent pilgrimage site. Particularly noteworthy are the stained glass windows, which are as old as the Cathedral itself. Transfer that evening to Paris, where your journey comes to a magnificent end. Though of course, nobody would blame you for devoting a few extra days to the City of Lights.


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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,965

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Day 1

London to Windsor Castle, Winchester and Dorset

This tour commences from the Grange Wellington Hotel (71-72 Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2PA) at 8:30am. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure.

Your first visit brings royalty up close as you explore the world's largest occupied and oldest garrisoned fortress, Windsor Castle, the official residence of the Queen. In Winchester, the former capital of England, enjoy some free time - a visit to Winchester Cathedral, one of the largest in Europe, is highly recommended. At your overnight accommodation in the Dorset countryside, you will enjoy a welcome dinner.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Mortons House Hotel

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    Mortons House Hotel



    Mortons House is one of the earliest in Corfe and perhaps the finest. Dating back to circa 1590, the house was originally known as 'Dacombs', after William Dacomb. William was a wealthy gentleman owning many plots of land and the Dacomb family themselves were prominent ...

    Mortons House is one of the earliest in Corfe and perhaps the finest. Dating back to circa 1590, the house was originally known as 'Dacombs', after William Dacomb. William was a wealthy gentleman owning many plots of land and the Dacomb family themselves were prominent citizens of the village of Corfe. Mortons House was once linked by underground tunnels to Corfe Castle. The imposing entrance hall has the original minster stone fireplace and leads to a magnificent oak-panelled drawing room, lined with exotic wooden friezes which were carved by Indonesian sailors. Mortons House Hotel has an award-winning restaurant and individually designed rooms. Shops, pubs and restaurants are within 5 minutes' walk.

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    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Dorset to Guernsey

If time allows, you will visit the imposing Maiden Castle near Dorchester, a large Iron Age hill fort with multiple ramparts, before you travel by ferry to Guernsey and enjoy some free time in St Peter Port. Discover its beautiful seafront marina, wander its narrow cobbled streets, or simply sit back and relax with a coffee to watch the world go by. Later you drive to Sausmarez Manor for a private tour of the house, which has been altered many times since the early 13th century, with major changes occurring during Tudor, Queen Anne, Regency and Victorian times.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Duke of Richmond Hotel

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    Duke of Richmond Hotel



    The Duke of Richmond Hotel stands on the site originally occupied by what is generally accepted to be Guernsey's oldest hotel - in Berry's History of Guernsey, dated 1815, there is a charming engraving of Grover's Hotel, and this appears to be on the exact ...

    The Duke of Richmond Hotel stands on the site originally occupied by what is generally accepted to be Guernsey's oldest hotel - in Berry's History of Guernsey, dated 1815, there is a charming engraving of Grover's Hotel, and this appears to be on the exact site of the present building. The hotel was named after the Third Duke of Richmond, who as Master of the Ordnance had commissioned the famous map of the island of Guernsey in 1769. The Duke of Richmond Hotel is in St Peter Port, just up the hill from the bustling town centre and an easy stroll to the busy harbour and thriving financial district. The situation is delightfully peaceful - it overlooks a quiet park and offers views across the town to the sea beyond and the neighbouring islands of Herm and Sark.

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    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Babysitting Services
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 3

Sark

Catch the morning ferry to Sark, an island where no cars or buses are allowed. Walk, or take the 'toast-rack' (a tractor-drawn bus), up to Britain's quietest capital, filled with quaint shops and cafes. You may wish to hire a bike or perhaps treat yourself to a horse and carriage tour, where your driver will reveal Sark's secrets. After a day of independent exploration, return by ferry to Guernsey.

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Day 4

Guernsey

Guernsey was occupied by Germany from 1940 to 1945. We drive to the German Occupation Museum, which houses an extensive collection of original Occupation items and documents, including many extremely rare pieces, before meeting Molly Bihet, who was just nine years old when the Nazis arrived in 1940. Molly will re-count stories of what life was like on Guernsey during this difficult time.

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Day 5

Guernsey to Jersey

Visit Elizabeth Castle, which has defended Jersey for more than 400 years, then spend the afternoon at leisure in St Helier. You may choose to visit the Maritime Museum or the Jersey Museum, which offers a great introduction to Jersey through the ages. Enjoy an evening at leisure in St Aubin village, a picturesque fishing harbour.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Greenhills Country Hotel

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    Greenhills Country Hotel


    Situated near the airport, in St. Peter, this hotel is close to Living Legend Village, Jersey War Tunnels - German Underground Hospital, and Hamptonne Country Life Museum. Also nearby are La Mare Vineyards and Le Moulin de Quetivel. In addition to a restaurant, Greenhills Country ...

    Situated near the airport, in St. Peter, this hotel is close to Living Legend Village, Jersey War Tunnels - German Underground Hospital, and Hamptonne Country Life Museum. Also nearby are La Mare Vineyards and Le Moulin de Quetivel. In addition to a restaurant, Greenhills Country Hotel features a fitness center. Other amenities include a bar/lounge and complimentary wireless Internet access.

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    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Concierge
    • Fireplace
    • Fitness Centre
    • Lounge Bar
    • Luggage Storage
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Restaurant

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Day 6

Jersey

At La Hougue Bie, you will find one of the finest Neolithic passage graves in Western Europe. Learn about life here 6,000 years ago and see ancient treasures in the museum. After exploring Mont Orgueil Castle, which has protected Jersey for over 600 years against a French invasion, enjoy some free time in Gorey harbour. You meet tonight for dinner in the hotel's restaurant.

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Day 7

Jersey to St Malo

Visit Elizabeth Castle, which has defended Jersey for more than 400 years, before spending most of the afternoon at leisure in St Helier. You may choose to visit the Maritime Museum or the Jersey Museum, which offers a great introduction to Jersey through the ages. Later we take the ferry to France and travel to the old walled city of St Malo.

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Duration3 Nights
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Hotel Oceania

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    Hotel Escale Oceania Saint Malo quietly rests on the Sillon Beach of the northern French coast, just a short walk from the town's charming historic district. Guests at the Escale Oceania Saint Malo can begin their morning with a continental breakfast served in the hotel's ...

    Hotel Escale Oceania Saint Malo quietly rests on the Sillon Beach of the northern French coast, just a short walk from the town's charming historic district. Guests at the Escale Oceania Saint Malo can begin their morning with a continental breakfast served in the hotel's pleasant breakfast room and relax during the day by sunbathing on the summer veranda. The hotel's bar lounge serves an assortment of drinks and refreshments, alternatively- the wide variety of local Breton restaurants will satisfy even the biggest appetite. The area is renowned for its thalassotherapy facility - stimulating and refreshing seaweed treatment that helps relieve stress and restore energy, and Escale Oceania Saint-Malo staff will gladly reserve one for you!

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    • Business Centre
    • Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge Bar
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Spa Services

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Day 8

St Malo

Enjoy a walking tour of St Malo to explore its maze of small narrow streets. At the Chateau de St Malo, see exhibits covering all elements of St Malo's historic past that has included piracy, colonialism, slave trading and the German Occupation in WWII. The rest of the day is at leisure.

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Day 9

Mont St Michel and Dinan

Today, we wind our way along the Normandy coast towards the rocky islet of Mont St Michel, where we enjoy some free time to wander its narrow streets. You may wish to visit the magnificent Gothic abbey here. In Dinan enjoy time at leisure to explore this town independently before we meet for a delicious dinner in a traditional French restaurant. Later return to St Malo.

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Day 10

St Malo to Fougeres, Sainte Suzanne and Laval

Our first stop today is at the fabulous Chateau de Fougeres, which tells a wonderful story revealing both its own history and that of the Marches of Brittany. Later this afternoon we drive to Sainte Suzanne, voted one of the most beautiful villages of France, before reaching Laval, where we enjoy an overnight stay and a farewell dinner together at Hotel Perier du Bignon.

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel Perier du Bignon

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    Hotel Perier du Bignon



    Situated in Laval, this hotel is close to Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Le Jardin de la Perrine, and Musee du Vieux-Chateau. Nearby attractions also include Lactopole Museum. In addition to a restaurant, Hotel Perier du Bignon features an outdoor pool. Other amenities include a ...

    Situated in Laval, this hotel is close to Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Le Jardin de la Perrine, and Musee du Vieux-Chateau. Nearby attractions also include Lactopole Museum. In addition to a restaurant, Hotel Perier du Bignon features an outdoor pool. Other amenities include a bar/lounge and a rooftop terrace.

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    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access - High Speed
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lift/elevator
    • Lounge Bar

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Day 11

Laval to Chartres and Paris

Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage site Cathedral of Chartres, one of the best examples of gothic architecture in the world. It is perfectly preserved with its marvellous stonework and exquisite 12th and 13th century stained-glass windows. You finally transfer to Paris, where your tour ends.

Drop-off is around 5:30pm at Hotel la Demeure (51 Boulevard Saint-Marcel, 75005, Paris). Please bear in mind that drop-off time is an estimate only - traffic can be unpredictable!

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Apr 26; May 10, 17, 31; Jun 7, 14, 21; Jul 5, 12, 19; Aug 2, 9, 16, 23; Sep 6, 13, 20, 27; Oct 4;

PRICE INCLUDES:

10 nights' accommodation, driver/tour leader, mini-coach transportation, breakfast daily (except on day 1), 4 evening meals, 1 lunch, Ferries to Guernsey, Sark, Jersey and St Malo, Entrance fees to Windsor Castle, Maiden Castle, Sausmarez Manor, German Occupation Museum, Elizabeth Castle, La Houque Bie, Chateau de St Malo and Chateau de Fougeres

PRICE EXCLUDES:

Driver/tour leader gratuity, lunches unless stated in inclusions, social drinks, meals on free nights, items of a personal nature, entrance fees not listed in inclusions, incidental expenses such as room service incurred at hotels (to be paid locally upon check-out), laundry costs and shipping charges for return of purchases made on tour or return of property lost on tour, pre and post tour accommodation (can be booked separately), transfers not stated in itinerary

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share. Subject to availability. The hotels have been hand-picked from an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours, hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

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