With a blend of cultures and an enviably mild climate, the Channel Islands have long been a favourite destination for both the British and the French.
Although they lie just 14 miles off the French coast, the islands are British, having been connected to the British Crown for over a thousand years. These self-governing islands maintain their own individual culture and identity. For example, the food and wine are French, but habits and manners are English.
We begin with 4 nights on Guernsey, an island full of local charm and stunning beaches and seascapes. The wealth of history here includes Neolithic settlements, smuggler and pirate adventures, and the German Occupation during WWII. St. Peter Port is the lively, compact capital, with cobbled streets and a picturesque marina. It is considered to be one of England’s prettiest harbour towns.
The other 9 nights will be on the island of Jersey, the largest of the islands. It is known for its glorious woodland walks, lovely rolling countryside, historic castles, Victorian markets and interesting sightseeing. The capital, St. Helier, is built around a harbour, and the town itself is a maze of narrow streets, many of which are banned to traffic, and is situated on one of Jersey's best beaches.
• Guernsey Island tour, including the Little Chapel
• Tour of Sausmarez Manor
• Walking tour of Saint Helier
• Jersey War Tunnels
• Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
• Eric Young Orchid Foundation
• La Mare Vineyard
• Excursion to St. Malo
• Excursion to Herm
* Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.