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London to Paris via The Channel Islands

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,823

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 Blue 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. 

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$ 3,823

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Day 1

London - Winchester - Dorset

After meeting the group in London, we'll travel to our first stop: Winchester, where we'll take some time to tour the magnificent cathedral. Then, we'll travel past the sublime Corfe Castle en route to our hotel where a welcome dinner awaits us.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
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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 - Guernsey

This morning, it's all aboard the ferry for the journey to Guernsey. In St Peter Port, you'll be free to spend some time wandering the cobbled streets, marina and shops at your leisure before we reconvene for a fascinating tour of the grand Sausmarez Manor and its charming gardens.

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

Guernsey - Sark - Guernsey

The famous 'Dark Sky Island', Sark, will be our next stop and here the day will be yours to spend as you please. No cars are allowed on the island, giving it a unique 'olde worlde' charm. After returning to Guernsey on the ferry, we'll tuck into an included dinner together.

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Day 4

Guernsey

First on the agenda today: A stop at the enchanting Little Chapel, a work of art built entirely from sea shells. Afterwards, we'll visit the fascinating German Occupation Museum before meeting Molly Bihet, who was just nine years old when the Nazis arrived in Guernsey in 1940. After hearing her stories of life under the German occupation, there will be some free time to explore at your own pace.

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Day 5

Guernsey - Jersey

Our morning in Guernsey will be a relaxed one as we ready ourselves to depart for our next stop: Jersey. When we get there, we'll familiarise ourselves with the beautiful harbour village of St Aubin - exploring the Bulwarks, steep streets and pubs before returning to the hotel for dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Cristina

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    The Hotel Cristina is a modern family-owned hotel located above the bay of St. Aubin and has stunning panoramic views of the surrounding area. The terrace is a favourite spot for guests and locals to enjoy. It catches the sun all day long and in ...

    The Hotel Cristina is a modern family-owned hotel located above the bay of St. Aubin and has stunning panoramic views of the surrounding area. The terrace is a favourite spot for guests and locals to enjoy. It catches the sun all day long and in the summer months, the warmth is evident. Even on cooler days, it's nice to get wrapped up and just enjoy the fresh air.

    The hotel combines fresh contemporary decor, with many rooms having been refurbished. Combine this along with top service, and you'll understand why guests come back year after year. It is widely considered one of the best places to stay in Jersey.

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    • Events and Banquets Facilities
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Wedding venue

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Day 6

Jersey

Today, we'll discover one of Western Europe's best-preserved Neolithic sites, La Hougue Bie, before pressing onwards to the imposing Mont Orgueil Castle.

This afternoon, you'll be free to relax before we move on again. Saint-Malo is coming up tomorrow!

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Day 7

Jersey - Saint-Malo

Elizabeth Castle has played a huge role in Jersey's history. Today, we'll see its wartime bunkers and the causeway that permits entrance at low tide. After some free time in Saint Helier, we'll swap Britain for France.

Tonight, be tempted by an array of restaurants in Saint-Malo.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Grand Hotel de Courtoisville

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    Grand Hotel de Courtoisville



    In the center of Saint-Malo at 50 meters from the sea and surrounded by a large flower garden, your hotel in Saint-Malo, is situated close to the beach of Saint-Malo, the promenade and the center of the Furrow thalassotherapy. A 20-minute walk from the old ...

    In the center of Saint-Malo at 50 meters from the sea and surrounded by a large flower garden, your hotel in Saint-Malo, is situated close to the beach of Saint-Malo, the promenade and the center of the Furrow thalassotherapy.
    A 20-minute walk from the old town of Saint-Malo hotel offers an idyllic setting for your stay in Saint-Malo. The hotel has rooms with disabled access (3 bedrooms).

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    • Conference Room
    • Pool
    • Reception
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 8

Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo's labyrinthine streets are best explored on foot and that's how we'll begin today. Later on, we'll visit the impressive Chateau de Saint-Malo before coming together for a taste of classic French cuisine.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 9

Saint-Malo - Mont Saint-Michel - Cancale - Saint-Malo

Today, we'll wind our way along the coast of Normandy to the magical Mont Saint-Michel, a rocky islet topped with a medieval monastery. An oyster tasting experience awaits us in Cancale (the 'oyster capital' of Brittany) before we return to Saint-Malo for an evening of leisure time.

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Day 10

Saint-Malo - Dinan - Fougeres - Sainte Suzanne - Laval

After spending some time exploring the medieval ramparts of Dinan this morning, we'll move on to Fougeres where we'll visit the castle. We've one more stop (at picturesque Sainte-Suzanne, one of the most beautiful villages in France) before we arrive in Laval, where we'll enjoy one final group dinner together.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
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.

    Facilities

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

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Day 11

Laval - Chartes - Paris

We'll end our tour with a trip to the Cathedral of Chartres - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and beautifully preserved example of Gothic architecture. Our final stop will be Paris, where we'll say 'au revoir'.

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DEPARTURES:

2019: Aug 14, 21; Sep 4, 11, 18, 25; Oct 2
2020: Mar 30; Apr 20; May 4, 11, 25; Jun 8, 22; Jul 6, 20; AUg 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Sep 7; 14; 21; Oct 5

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 10 nights' accommodation
  • Driver/tour leader and 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:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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