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London to Paris via The Channel Islands - Back Roads Experience

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,455

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$ 4,455

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Day 1

London to Winchester and Dorset

From London, journey to the Winchester Cathedral before we meet with the sublime Isle of Purbeck, via Corfe Castle. Later, enjoy a welcome dinner together.

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 to Guernsey

It's off the coach and all aboard the morning ferry to Guernsey. At St Peter Port, enjoy free time to roam before we meet to explore the Sausmarez Manor where we're treated to a private tour of this grand establishment.

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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 to Sark to Guernsey

We're off to a flying start this morning as you ferry over to Sark. Getting about involves a stroll or the 'toast-rack' -- a tractor-drawn bus -- or you could simply hire a bicycle. The day is all yours until your return ferry back to Guernsey and our sit-down dinner together.

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Day 4

Guernsey

First on the agenda today is a stop at Little Chapel -- built entirely out of sea shells before a visit to the German Occupation Museum reveals an extensive collection of rare artefacts steeped in history. After an eventful day filled with history and knowledge, the evening is yours to enjoy at your own pace.

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Day 5

Guernsey to Jersey

The morning in Guernsey is a relaxed one as you ready yourselves to depart for your next island adventure in Jersey. Get acquainted with St Aubin -- a fishing harbour with buckets of charm before returning to Jersey for dinner.

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

Jersey isn't just about exquisite sea-and-sand views. At La Hougue Bie, discover one of Western Europe's best-preserved Neolithic sites, with prehistoric mounds and a museum packed with ancient treasures. Then it's onwards to Mont Orgueil Castle, which has stood watch over Jersey for over 600 years before retiring in Jersey for the night.

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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, 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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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

St Malo

St Malo's labyrinthine streets are best covered on a walking tour -- and that's how you begin today. Marvel at Ch√Ęteau de St Malo, once owned by the Dukes of Brittany and now a town museum, and enjoy the rest of the day as you wish.

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Day 9

Mont St Michel and Dinan

It's time to wind your way along Normandy's coast to the rocky islet of Mont St Michel. Explore Dinan by yourselves before coming back together for a taste of classic French cuisine at a traditional restaurant.

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Day 10

St Malo to Fougeres, Sainte Suzanne and Laval

As one of Europe's biggest fortresses, Chateau de Fougeres captivates at first sight and learn about its ups and downs this morning. The afternoon takes us to Sainte Suzanne, one of France's most beautiful villages. Before you rest your heads in Laval, we indulge in a delicious farewell group dinner.

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 to Chartres and Paris

The tour ends with a trip to the Cathedral of Chartres -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most beautifully preserved examples of Gothic architecture. It's a fitting finale to your travels, which come to a close in Paris.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Aug 2, 9, 16, 23; Sep 6, 13, 20, 27; Oct 4;
2018: Apr 11, 25; May 2, 9, 16, 30: Jun 6, 20; Jul 4, 11; Aug 1, 15; Sep 5, 12, 19, 26; Oct 3

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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