London to Paris via the Channel Islands 2024

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12 Days / 11 Nights
Availability : May to September
Start: London, England
End: Paris, France

London to Paris via the Channel Islands: 1 nt London, 1 nt Dorset, 3 nts Guernsey, 2 nts Jersey, 3 nts Saint-Malo, 1 nt Maintenon

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book. 

Venture from Great British culture to Gallic charm on this trip from London to Paris, immersing yourself in the Channel Islands’ natural beauty and fascinating history along the way. Hear about Guernsey’s wartime occupation, uncover Western Europe’s best-preserved Neolithic sites in Jersey, enter a bygone world on Sark and admire Saint-Malo’s exquisite coastal landscapes.

Worth Noting…

Please bear in mind that ferry timetables can change at short notice, so there may be slight changes to the itinerary.

12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS / MAX 18 GUESTS

Tour Details

The Blue-Roads Difference

– Spend a day on beautiful Sark, the iconic ‘Dark Sky Island’
– Explore the only part of the British Isles to be occupied during WWII
– Wander the enchanting island village of Mont Saint-Michel

 

 

Pick Up Location & TIme

Wellington Hotel by Blue Orchid (London)  (Google Map)
6:00pm – Meet tour guide and group for welcome dinner.

Drop off Location & Time

TBA ( Paris)
Late afternoon/early evening tour ends.

Price Includes

  • 11 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily full buffet breakfasts, 5 dinners
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary

Meals

  • 11 breakfasts
  • 0 lunches
  • 5 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Blue Roads Tours are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place.  Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach.  On a typical day they might leave at 9am and arrive at the hotel at 5pm.  We endeavor to build rest and relaxation time into our itineraries, an most inclusions are not mandatory – so if you’d rather explore on your own, you’re welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point. 

The Blue Roads Tours are designed so that there is as little time as possible on the mini-coach and plenty to see while on board.  We travel along the scenic route wherever possible, meaning you’ll see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.  Inevitable, there are days when travelling between locations may involve motorway driving and more mileage.  Generally, driving time will not last for more than three or four hours per day.

Itinerary

Day 1London

An epicenter of rich history and innovation, London is where we’ll meet for the start of our incredible journey. Tonight, we’ll get to know one another over a delicious welcome dinner. (B)

Accommodation: Wellington Hotel by Blue Orchid (or similar)

Day 2London – Winchester – Dorset

After breakfast, we’ll travel to our first stop: the collegiate city of Winchester. Here, we’ll take some time to tour the magnificent Gothic cathedral before exploring the city’s old-worldly centre at our own pace. En route to our hotel, we’ll visit the sublime Corfe Castle – a site with over 1,000 years of diverse history. Then, a delicious meal awaits us at our Dorset hotel. (B,D)

Accommodation: Morton’s House Hotel (or similar)

Day 3Dorset – Guernsey

This morning it’s all aboard the ferry for the journey to Guernsey. Depending on our arrival time in St Peter Port, we may have the opportunity to tour the grand Sausmarez Manor and its charming gardens – before enjoying some free time to wander the cobbled streets, marina and stores at your leisure. Tonight, take the leisurely walk into town for dinner at a local restaurant or enjoy a relaxing evening at the hotel. (B)

Accommodation: Duke of Richmond Hotel (or similar)

Day 4Guernsey – Sark – Guernsey

The famous ‘Dark Sky Island’, Sark, will be our next stop – and here the day will be yours to spend as you please. No cars are allowed on the island, giving it a unique ‘olde worlde’ charm. Enjoy a leisurely walk to the various viewpoints around the island including the Lighthouse and Pilcher Monument. Or enjoy the strikingly beautiful walk along La Coupée to Little Sark. There is even the option to admire the island’s captivating landscapes from aboard a horse-drawn carriage, if you’d prefer. After returning to Guernsey on the ferry, we’ll enjoy an included dinner together. (B,D)

Accommodation: Duke of Richmond Hotel (or similar)

Day 5Guernsey

First on the agenda today: a stop at the enchanting Little Chapel, a work of art built entirely from seashells. Afterwards, we’ll visit the fascinating German Occupation Museum. Beginning as a schoolboy hobby, the museum has expanded into an extensive collection of Occupation memorabilia and rare artefacts. Returning to our accommodation in the afternoon, there will be some free time to explore Guernsey your own pace*.

*Please note: for tours departing on 4 June, 18 June, 3 September and 10 September we will take the ferry across to Jersey in the afternoon, where we will spend the night. On Day 6 we will enjoy a full day in Jersey. (B)

Accommodation: Duke of Richmond Hotel (or similar)

Day 6Guernsey – Jersey

Our morning in Guernsey will be a relaxed one as we ready ourselves to depart for our next stop: Jersey. Upon our arrival, we’ll familiarise ourselves with the beautiful harbour village of St Aubin – exploring the Bulwarks, steep streets and pubs at our leisure. Tonight, we will reconvene at the hotel and share stories of our day over an included dinner. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel L’Horizon (or similar)

Day 7Jersey

Today we’ll uncover one of Western Europe’s best-preserved Neolithic sites, La Hougue Bie. Here, you’ll be able to stand inside the chamber of the passage grave and feel the heart of this centuries-old place of worship before continuing our discovery at the geology and archaeology museum. Then, we’ll press on to the imposing Mont Orgueil Castle – a medieval fortress that has overlooked the beautiful fishing port of Gorey for more than 800 years. This afternoon you’ll be free to relax before we move on again. Saint-Malo is coming up tomorrow! (B)

Accommodation: Hotel L’Horizon (or similar)

Day 8Jersey – Saint-Malo

Elizabeth Castle has played a huge role in Jersey’s history for more than 400 years. Choose to take the Castle Ferry or walk out along the causeway at low tide. Then, enjoy some free time to explore the grounds at your leisure – uncover wartime bunkers, marvel at the hermitage where Saint Helier is thought to have lived, and take part in living history demonstrations. Later this afternoon, we’ll swap Britain for France as we sail into the dramatic port town of St-Malo. Be tempted by an array of restaurants in the town centre and savour some downtime relaxing in the fresh coastal air. (B)

Accommodation: La Maison des Armateurs (or similar)

Day 9Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo’s labyrinthine streets are best explored on foot, so we’ll begin today with an orientation walk with our expert Tour Leader. Then, the rest of the afternoon is yours to wander the medieval ramparts surrounding the town, visit the cathedral or enjoy a walk in the sunshine along Bon-Secours Beach. This evening, take the opportunity to indulge in some classic French cuisine. Bon appétit! (B)

Accommodation: La Maison des Armateurs (or similar)

Day 10Saint-Malo – Dinan - Mont Saint-Michel – Saint-Malo

Today we journey to Dinan, a quaint town nestled upon a hilltop overlooking the Rance Valley. After spending some time exploring its medieval walls, cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses, we’ll wind our way along the coast of Normandy to magical Mont Saint-Michel – a rocky islet topped with a medieval monastery. Here we’ll have some free time to explore the abbey and Logis Tiphaine Museum before finding lunch in the island village. This afternoon, we’ll return to Saint-Malo for an evening of leisure. (B)

Accommodation: La Maison des Armateurs (or similar)

Day 11Saint-Malo – Fougères – Maintenon

Our morning begins with a visit to the Château de Fougères, the largest medieval castle in Europe. It features 13 majestic towers, beautiful gardens and is surrounded by the River Nançon. Following a stop for lunch in the Old Town, we then journey to Maintenon. Tonight, we’ll regroup at the hotel and enjoy one final dinner together. (B,D)

Accommodation: Castel Maintenon (or similar)

Day 12Maintenon – Chartres – Paris

We’ll end our tour with a trip to the Cathedral of Chartres – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and beautifully preserved example of Gothic architecture. Our final stop will be Paris, where we’ll say ‘au revoir’. (B)

Dates and Prices:
Departure Date Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2024: May 18 $7,189 $9,149
2024: June 1, 29 Sold out Sold out
2024: July 13 $7,519 $9,569
2024: August 17, 31 $7,259 $9,229
2024: September 14* $7,259 $9,229

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departures. 

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Discount applicable to new bookings. Valid until May 6th, 2024. 

Discount can be combined with one other Loyalty Discount: Past Passenger discount OR Multi-Tour discount.

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.

 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes
Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage:  As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited.  You are allowed 1 x suitcase: 20 kg  and 158 cm total (Length plus Width must equal 158 cm) and 1 x Hand Bag / Small Back Pack

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