London to Paris via the Channel Islands 2024

London to Paris via the Channel Islands 2024

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London to Paris via the Channel Islands 2024

12 Days Starting in London, UK and ending in Paris, France

Visiting: London, Winchester, Dorset, Guernsey, Sark, Jersey, Saint-Malo, Dinan, Mont Saint-Michel, Fougères, Maintenon, Chartres, Paris

Tour operator:

Back-Roads Touring

Tour code:

BLPLP4

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

7 - 18

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-90

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Cultural, History

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Tour Overview

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.

Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary

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Day 1 : London (England)

Location: London

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Wellington by Blue Orchid (or similar)

Meals Included: Dinner

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.

Day 2 : London – Winchester – Dorset

Location: London, Winchester, Dorset

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Mortons Manor (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 3 : Dorset – Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Location: Dorset, Guernsey

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Duke of Richmond (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 4 : Guernsey – Sark – Guernsey

Location: Guernsey, Sark, Guernsey

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Duke of Richmond (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 5 : Guernsey

Location: Guernsey

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Duke of Richmond (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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*.

Day 6 : Guernsey – Jersey

Location: Guernsey, Jersey

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: L’Horizon (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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, quaint streets and pubs at our leisure. Tonight, we will reconvene at the hotel and share stories of our day over an included dinner.

Day 7 : Jersey

Location: Jersey

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: L’Horizon (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we’ll uncover one of Western Europe’s best-preserved Neolithic sites: La Hougue Bie. Stand inside the chamber of the passage grave and feel the heart of this centuries-old place of worship, before discovering more 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!

Day 8 : Jersey – Saint-Malo (France)

Location: Jersey, Saint-Malo

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: La Maison des Armateurs (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 9: Saint-Malo

Location: Saint-Malo

Accommodation: La Maison des Armateurs (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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!

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

Location: Saint-Malo, Dinan, Mont Saint-Michel, Saint-Malo

Accommodation: La Maison des Armateurs (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 11: Saint-Malo – Fougères – Maintenon

Location: Saint-Malo, Fougères, Maintenon

Accommodation: Castel Maintenon (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 12: Maintenon – Chartres – Paris

Location: Maintenon, Chartres, Paris

Meals Included: Breakfast

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’.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Fully Guided

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Entrance Fees

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

What's Not Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • International Travel

  • Country Entry Visas

  • Drinks with Meals

Check out our Q&As

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No they are not.

  • As detailed in the itinerary

    No they are not.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    18 is the maximum on any tour

  • Is the coach air conditioned?

    Yes the Coach is air-conditioned

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    A Small supplement, but dedicated allocation on every tour

  • Will I know the names & details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    This will be provided on final documentation

  • Are all of the relevant entry visa's included in the price of the tour?

    Please see your local governments for rulings on destination Visa's

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Guests from all over the world could be joining you

  • Can you assist with pre or post accommodation?

    Yes, please request at time of booking

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    From the Age of 13

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price

    All Entrance fees listed are included

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, All guides are English speaking

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    Yes there is - 20kg and a max dimension of 158cm (W+D+L)

  • Will there be an escort accomanying this tour?

    A Tour Leader and separate driver will take you on your journey

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    Hand Picked and Boutique

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Ample free time due to low drive days

  • What is the tipping policy?

    At the discrection of the guest

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    We have solo capacity, however no single share.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Upon final payments, we will distribute E-Documentation to all of our guests. Dont forget we also have our App to download as an added feature.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Like-minded travellers awaiting the opportunity to explore the less explored regions. Interests in food, wine, history, art as well as wartimes there will be a great mix of people to connect with on tour.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have our COVID Assurance Policy, Book now and relax knowing you are covered under our new COVID-19 Assurance Policy. At no additional cost to you, new bookings are now 100% refundable in the unfortunate event you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or unable to travel due to government-enforced lock downs prior to your scheduled departure date.

  • What level of mobility do I need?

    You need to be fit enough to get on and off the vehicle on a regular basis, and to walk both to attractions and around towns and villages. You also need to be able to walk up and down stairs in the hotels and use a shower over the bath. We frequently use traditional style hotels and the majority will not have lifts or ground floor rooms.

  • Who goes on Back-Roads tours?

    The majority of our guests come from Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. All tour commentaries are in English. Our tours appeal to those looking for a more relaxing style of travel, and who enjoy culture, good food, meeting like-minded people and exploring destinations in depth.

  • What is the minimum age for any Back-Roads Touring trip?

    The minimum age on all of our trips is 18 years.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    All Hotels in line with protocols following the World Health Organisation meet and exceed requirements for all Touring with us.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Back-Roads Touring has been operating from the UK for over 30 years.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    Inline with our booking flexibility policy, you are able to make as many changes as required up to 60 days from departue - with 1 last included up until 30 days out.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Generally no, but in extraordinary circumstances it can be looked at.

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  • Low Deposit

    Back-Roads Touring requires a minimum deposit of 150 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of back-roads touring charges.

    Up to 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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