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Guernsey, Jersey, Herm & Sark

A unique and comprehensive tour of the Channel Islands, from Jersey's beautiful bays and traditional towns to Guernsey's lovely beaches, not forgetting Herm and Sark, where there are no cars. Explore, relax, and unwind in the mild climates of the charming Channel Islands.

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9 days from £1850

 

DEPARTS

Wednesday 10 July 2024*

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Travel by train and stay overnight in Bournemouth

  • Take the ferry to and from the Channel Islands

  • Enjoy a ‘round island’ tour of Jersey

  • Spot Jersey cows grazing in peaceful fields

  • Stay at one of the Guernsey’s most popular hotels, with stunning sea views and beach walks

  • Relax and experience the island life and mild climate

  • Guided coach tour of Guernsey’s most picturesque scenes, rich heritage, and horticulture

  • Horse & carriage tour of idyllic Isle of Sark

  • Visit the island of Herm, where there is a ‘no cars’ policy

  • Relax in beautiful St Peter Port

  • Spend your first and final nights in Bournemouth, returning home at leisure

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • Ferries and coach travel, as described

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Hotel porterage in Bournemouth

 

*Please note in July & September we visit Guernsey first then Jersey.

DAY 1

We spend our first relaxing evening at our hotel in Bournemouth, Dorset's delightful coastal resort.

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DAY 2

Today we cross to Guernsey* by ferry, on arrival we enjoy our afternoon excursion is to the beautiful Herm Island. There are no cars and no pressure, just an active policy of preserving the island's pristine natural environment and peacefulness. Located just three miles from Guernsey, the only way to arrive on Herm Island is by boat. For many people, a trip to Herm is a like a pilgrimage into the nostalgia of simpler times, a ritual that allows them to forget the day-to-day demands of modern living and embrace the island's natural tranquility.

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DAY 3

Today we cruise to the Isle of Sark, another world apart from the hustle and bustle of daily life. We tour this marvellous, car-free haven by horse and carriage. This tranquil hideaway, with lush, dazzling wildflowers and secluded sandy beaches surrounded by huge cliffs, coves and caves is a true Channel Island gem. The horse-drawn carriages trundle along the Island's charming roads, which are also enjoyed by cyclists and those on foot, but not by motorists. After another nostalgic excursion, why not finish your visit with a Sark cream tea.

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DAY 4

This morning is at leisure before we reconvene for our afternoon ferry crossing the aboard Condor Ferries** to Jersey* and transfer to the Merton Hotel, St Saviour. Jersey is renowned for its dramatic coastal scenery, peaceful green lanes and fields dotted with Jersey cows. Jersey is the most populous of the Channel Islands, yet retains a charming ambience. Originally part of the Duchy of Normandy, the Channel Islands were joined with us by the Norman Conquest. When Normandy itself was lost by the English Kings, the Channel Islands remained. Although not part of the United Kingdom, the population retain much cultural common ground with Britain, whilst enjoying a more continental climate.

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DAY 5

Our full day 'Round Island' excursion includes the beautiful bay of St Brelade's, a sweeping bay whose golden sands have been voted within the top three beaches of Britain. Jersey's west coast is five miles long and at least three miles are covered by golden sands, such as at St Ouen's Bay, and we also see the iconic Corbiere Lighthouse, perched on a rock just off the island's southwestern shore. During the day we also visit the charming harbour village of St Aubin's, as well as Jersey Pearl, before returning to the hotel.

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DAY 6

After a relaxing morning we enjoy a trip to the beautiful La Mare Wine Estate where we are given a tour to learn about the fascinating history of the buildings and stunning gardens. The six-acre vineyard produces a wide range of exclusive, genuine Jersey produce, which we will have the chance to taste on our journey around the estate.

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DAY 7

Today is spent at leisure on Jersey. Perhaps walk via the pretty Howard Davis Park for shopping in central St Helier or take the 'Hop-On Hop-Off' bus for visits to attractions such as the world-famous Durrell Wildlife Park. Alternatively, visit the fascinating Jersey War Tunnels, a partially completed underground hospital complex in St. Lawrence, built by German occupying forces during the occupation of Jersey during World War II. Over 1 km of tunnels were completed. After the liberation of the Channel Islands, the complex was converted into a museum detailing the occupation and remains an interesting visitor attraction.

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DAY 8

This morning we have free time to take in the last moments on this beautiful island and In the afternoon our ferry* departs for Poole, from where we transfer to our hotel in Bournemouth for our final night.

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DAY 9

Today we bid farewell to Bournemouth and join our trains to homeward destinations. (B)

** Crossing times subject to ferry published timetable and conditions.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

HOTELS

Mercure Queen Hotel, Bournemouth

Situated in the center of Bournemouth, the newly refurbished 4-star hotel is a short walk from the town and beach. The hotel has a gym, wellness lounge, and spa treatments available as well as an all-day coffee shop, a brasserie, and cocktail bar. All rooms include a smart TV and free Wi-Fi.

 

Merton Hotel, Jersey

A short walk through a park to central St. Helier’s attractions, the 3-star Merton is in a quiet, residential area. There is a wide range of amenities on site with bars, restaurants, and free entertainment, as well as indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, café, and gym.

 

Peninsula Hotel, Guernsey

A 3-star hotel located on a small peninsula with a wonderful view over Grand Havre Bay, you can stroll to a lovely sheltered sandy beach at the edge of 5 acres of private landscaped gardens. All bedrooms are en-suite and have satellite TV, hair dryer, telephone, and tea/coffee making facilities. Leisure facilities include an outdoor swimming pool (heated).

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

London: Waterloo

£1,974

£1,930

Greater London

£1,990

£1,934

South of England

£2,024

£1,960

East Anglia

£2,044

£1,970

South West

£2,124

£2,030

Heart of England

£2,110

£1,994

Midlands

£2,164

£2,054

Yorkshire

£2,264

£2,074

North East

£2,340

£2,120

North West

£2,284

£2,084

South Wales

N/A

£1,954

North Wales

£2,314

£2,064

Scotland

£2,370

£2,134


**Please Note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class seating only and First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of their journey.

 

Single Room Supplement £400

 

8 nights’ bed, breakfast & table d’hôte evening meal

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Return Condor Ferry crossings to Jersey/Guernsey

Connecting coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage in Bournemouth

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