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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.View Dates & Book
9 days from £1299
Sunday 30 May 2021
Sunday 13 June 2021
Monday 19 July 2021
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 Guernseys most popular hotels, with stunning sea views and beach walks
Relax and experience the island life and mild climate
Guided coach tour of Guernseys 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
We spend our first relaxing evening at our hotel in Bournemouth, Dorset's delightful coastal resort.D
This morning we cross the English Channel 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.B, D
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.B, D
After yesterday's introduction to the island, 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.B, D
Today we cross to Guernsey by ferry, enjoying an orientation tour by coach, uncovering the north of the island, with the wonderful seascapes of Bordeaux, Pembroke and L'Ancesse Bays, before settling into the superbly located Peninsula Hotel on the northwest coast. The rest of the day is then free to relax and enjoy your new surroundings with their peaceful sandy beach and private landscaped gardens.B, D
After a relaxing morning on Guernsey, 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.B, D
Today we cruise to the Isle of Sark, another world apart from the hustle and bustle of daily life. We tour this marvelous, 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.B, D
This morning we transfer to Guernsey's capital of St Peter Port, with one of the most beautiful harbours in Europe surrounded by great history in cobbled streets. In the afternoon our ferry* departs for Poole, from where we transfer to Bournemouth for a final night at the West Cliff Hotel.B, D
Today we bid farewell to Bournemouth and join our trains to homeward destinations.
* Crossing times subject to ferry published timetable and conditions.
Marsham Court, Bournemouth (May first night)
Situated metres from the sea on the towns East Cliff, the 3-star Marsham Court has a stunning location overlooking Bournemouths Pier, bay and beaches. All modern en-suite bedrooms are tastefully decorated. The hotel offers restaurant, bar, heated outdoor pool and beautiful gardens with sun terrace.
Suncliff Hotel, Bournemouth (June)
Situated on the towns East Cliff, the 3-star Suncliff hotels unique position means many of the rooms have stunning sea views. All modern en-suite bedrooms are tastefully decorated and there are plenty of public areas where guests can relax. The restaurant is traditional in design. Leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool and sauna
West Cliff Hotel, Bournemouth (May last night, July & September)
Located in a pleasant residential area, the 4-star West Cliff Hotel is within easy reach of the resorts beautiful sandy beach. The hotel has a bar, restaurant, covered swimming pool with access to the garden and terrace. There is also a health club and spa with indoor pool, steam room, sauna, and Jacuzzi. The en-suite bedrooms have free Wi-Fi, flatscreen TV and tea & coffee making facilities.
Merton Hotel, Jersey
A short walk through a park to central St. Heliers attractions, the Merton is in a quiet residential area. Theres 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
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).
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Join & Leave at Bournemouth hotel £1299
May Departure Supplement £60
June Departure Supplement £80
July Departure Supplement £100
Single Room Supplement £260
8 nights bed, breakfast & Table dHôte evening meal
Rail travel, and seat reservations, from your Home Station to Poole (Standard or First Class)
Return Condor Ferry crossings to Jersey/Guernsey
Connecting coach travel, with transfers as described
All excursions and admissions as detailed
Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager
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