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London to Paris via The Channel Islands - Back Roads Experience

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,325

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$ 3,325

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Day 1

London - Winchester - Dorset

After meeting the group in London you'll travel to Winchester, where a tour of the cathedral awaits. Then, it's onwards to the sublime Isle of Purbeck via Corfe Castle. Later, you'll enjoy a welcome dinner together in Dorset.

Meal Plan Dinner
Day 2

Dorset - Guernsey

This morning it'll be all aboard the ferry to Guernsey. At St Peter Port, you can enjoy some free time to roam at your leisure before you meet with the group to explore the grand Sausmarez Manor. Here, you'll be treated to a private tour of the house and gardens.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Guerney - Sark - Guerney

This morning you'll move on to Sark, where the day will be yours to spend as you please. After returning to Guernsey on the ferry, you'll settle down for an included dinner together.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

Guernsey

First on the agenda today: a stop at the enchanting Little Chapel, which was built entirely from sea shells. Afterwards, you'll visit the German Occupation Museum and enjoy some free time.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Guernsey - Jersey

Your morning in Guernsey will be a relaxed one as you ready yourself to depart for the next island adventure in Jersey. When you get there, you'll get acquainted with St Aubin before returning to Jersey for dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 6

Jersey

At La Hougue Bie you'll discover one of Western Europe's best-preserved Neolithic sites. Then, you'll press onwards to Mont Orgueil Castle, which has stood watch over Jersey for over 600 years, before returning to the hotel for the evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 7

Jersey - Saint-Malo

Walter Raleigh's stronghold and Charles II's refuge, Elizabeth Castle has played a huge role in Jersey's history. Today you'll see its wartime bunkers and the causeway that permits entrance at low tide. Later, you'll swap Britain for France and sail to the old walled city of Saint-Malo.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 8

Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo's labyrinthine streets are best explored on foot -- and that's how you'll begin today. Later, you'll visit the impressive Château de Saint-Malo, which houses the town museum in its keep.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 9

Saint-Malo - Mont Saint-Michel - Dinan - Saint-Malo

Today you'll wind your way along the coast of Normandy to the magical Mont Saint-Michel, a rocky islet topped with a medieval monastery. Afterwards, you'll explore Dinan by yourself before coming back together for a taste of classic French cuisine in Saint-Malo.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 10

Saint-Malo - Fougeres - Sainte Suzanne - Laval

Château de Fougères captivates at first sight. You'll learn about its ups and downs this morning before moving on to Sainte-Suzanne. Before you rest your head in Laval, you'll indulge in a delicious farewell group dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 11

Laval - Chartes - Paris

You'll end your tour with a trip to the Cathedral of Chartres -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a beautifully preserved example of Gothic architecture. Your final stop will be Paris.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2018: Apr 25; May 2, 16, 30: Jun 6, 20; Jul 4, 11; Aug 1, 15; Sep 5, 12, 19, 26; Oct 3
2019: Apr 10, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 29; Jun 5, 19; Jul 3, 18, 31; Aug 14, 21;
Sep 4, 11, 18, 25; Oct 2

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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2 Oct 2019
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