Tour around Channel Islands 7 days/ 6 nights
Day 1 London – Guernsey
Meet and greet by Driver – guide at Guernsey Airport for tour.
CULTURAL TOUR AROUND GUERNSEY:
Duration 3 hours
The tour starts at Sausmarez Manor house. We will walk around the garden and see Sausmarez Manor from outside. The history of the Manor dates back almost 700 hundreds years and the visit will explore the history of the family and Guernsey Island’s history. The first mention of the de Sausmarez family in relation to Guernsey is in a letter dated 1254 from Prince Edward. The present Manor contains a wealth of fascinating items, including a captain’s log from a voyage around the world in the mid-eighteenth century, which culminated in the capture of the world’s richest treasure ship. Depends on time of arrival, we might be joining to guided tour inside this magnificent traditional Guernsey house.
After the visit, you will be driven through stunning cliff’s views, unique countryside with French- British architecture enjoying views of the local villages, narrow country lanes, famous Guernsey cow and fields.
Visit the famous Little Chapel of Guernsey, a unique miniature church set in the quiet Guernsey countryside. Just 19 by 15 feet in size and decorated with seashells, pebbles and colorful pieces of china, its tiny alcoves barely hold 3 people at any one time. The Little Chapel was built by hand over many years by Brother Deodat of the Christian Brothers.
Or as an alternative
SCENIC TOUR AROUND GUERNSEY:
A mix of views and history, duration approx 3 hours
This tour is a great introduction to Guernsey and combines stunning scenery, Island culture and history dating back to the Neolithic times. Stop at Pleinmont Point, where Renoir painted some of his most famous paintings.
This journey will take you through the country lanes to the beautiful Little Chapel, a unique miniature church set in the quiet Guernsey countryside. Just 19 by 15 feet in size and decorated with seashells, pebbles and colorful pieces of china, its tiny alcoves barely hold 3 people at any one time. The Little Chapel was built by hand over many years by Brother Deodat of the Christian Brothers.
Continue on the Gold and Silversmiths Workshops. The workshops are situated in a converted barn, which dates back to 1582 surrounded by beautiful gardens. Take in a close-up view of the traditional craft being carried out before your eyes. After you can have a time for traditional cup of tea or browse around the gift shop.
Next travel through the magical bays and sandy beaches where you will breath the sea air. We will stop and explore a “Dolmen” the upright stone remains from the Neolithic people who inhabited Guernsey. The tour ends at the Hotel.
Day 2 Guernsey
HISTORY OF GERMAN OCCUPATION:
Special interest – history of German occupation during the Second World War II, duration approx 3 hours
This tour will tell you the story of the 5 years of German occupation of Guernsey during World War II. During the first year of occupation, the German forces built fortifications and observation towers on the cliffs and remind us today one of the difficult periods of Island’s life.
We will visit German Occupation Museum – each room dedicated to particular theme (kitchen, prison, a fortress room and others) and the Underground hospital, which tunnels cover around 75,000 square feet and from all arrangements and atmosphere you will get a good understanding and feeling, how everything has been organised back during the occupation. The tour ends with a drive through central Guernsey back to St. Peter’s port or driver can leave you at the hotel.
Afternoon option: Visit Victor Hugo house or Castle Cornet
Day 3 Sark
Transfer to St. Peter’s port, 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.
ISLAND OF SARK CARRIAGE TOUR
This special private guided 2hr tour will take you around the Island stopping at some of Sark’s famous beauty spots and maybe tea at La Seigneurie Gardens, view La Coupee between big Sark and Little Sark all in the comfort of your own 6 seater waggonette carriage.
Overnight: You can decide to stay overnight in Sark or to come back to Guernsey and stay at the same hotel.
Day 4 Sark – Alderney
Transfer from St. Peter’s port to Guernsey Airport
Many visitors prefer to explore this tiny Channel Island on foot or with bicycles.
It is also fun to take a ride on Alderney’s famous train which runs to Mannez lighthouse (depending on the day).
We are happy to organise for you two hours tour around Alderney with driver- guide. You will learn about and see the geography, history and wildlife of this beautiful island and gain an insight into life on Alderney.
Overnight: You can decide to stay overnight in Alderney or to come back to Guernsey and stay at the same hotel.
Day 5 Alderny/ Guernsey – Jersey
Flight to Jersey
Duration approx 3 hours
Nine miles by five miles. That’s the size of Jersey. It’s not a lot, you may think. You’d be wrong. The Island is a mix of British reserve and French savoir-faire, buzzy, cosmopolitan harbours and timeless hidden valleys, continental flair and scenes that are reassuringly familiar. Its diverse attractions and natural beauty offer something for everyone and make it an ideal destination for short breaks, romantic weekends, active experiences, foodie getaways and family summer holidays.
We will start with south and western coast of Island, where we will walk to viewpoint near Corbiere Lighthouse. From Lighthouse we will continue to covering the Island’s favourite coastal spots, the tour includes St. Brelade’s bay, the German fortification constructions of times of World War II which were part of the Northern Atlantic wall. We will continue with the pretty village of St Aubin’s, set around a navigable harbor built in 1675. A thriving mercantile community grew up at St Aubin and you will see the old merchant’s houses around the harbor. Also we will see old British railway and the citadel of the 18th century. The tour ends at hotel.
Day 6 Jersey
WALKING ST HELIER HALF DAY TOUR:
Duration approx 3 hours
St Helier – Jersey’s capital and administrative centre. St Helier is named after Jersey’s first and the most famous Saint who lived and preached in the island in the 8th Century. From Liberation Square we will walk through town church (10th century) to Royal square, where Jersey’s parliament sits, Jersey has one of the oldest assemblies in the Commonwealth in The States Chamber. We will visit the viewing platforms of the Regent fortress and German bunkers (outside).
The paved town centre boasts a huge variety of stores, shops, restaurants and cafés and an original Victorian market still busy today. If the weather will be not good, it is possible to visit the Jersey Museum and the Maritime Museum (additional entrance fee).
You can do extra sightseeing and activities (depends on the time of your flight) or spend time at the Hotel or Shopping in St Helier.
Please, see below the options:
*Famous Durrell Center/Zoo (there is special shuttle bus goes to Durrell Center from St.Helier) https://www.durrell.org/
*Visiting Museum of Elizabeth Castle https://www.jerseyheritage.org/places-to-visit/elizabeth-castle
*Tour to the east and north coast with visiting the castle of Mont Orgueil https://www.jerseyheritage.org/places-to-visit/mont-orgueil-castle
*Bicycle or hiking tour with guide (4 hours)
*Visiting the war museum “Jersey war tunnels” and the hospital with a stop at the cemetery with a memorial to Soviet soldiers who died on the island https://www.jerseywartunnels.com/
*Visit to the winery La Mare https://www.lamarewineestate.com/
*Wind karting – on the sand, on the shore of the ocean
*Zorbing on sand: skating / walking inside the ball
*Kayaks at sea, surfing lessons, coasteering (exploring caves)
Day 7 Jersey – London
Flight to London
We can arrange for you a wonderful journey with our qualified guides speaking English, French, German, Russian, Hebrew and Icelandic.