Your Tour Itinerary

Day 1 London – Winchester – Dorset

We begin in the 7th century, at Winchester Cathedral. Within this spectacular landmark are the final resting places of luminaries from King Cnut to Jane Austen. There’s time for a walk around the rest of the market town before we cross into Dorset. Fringed by cliffs interlaced with coastal walks and picture-perfect villages, the sublime Isle of Purbeck is our destination – and welcome haven for tonight. (D)

Day 2 Dorset – Guernsey

It’s off the coach and all aboard the morning ferry to Guernsey. At St Peter Port we go our separate ways to explore the charming marina and cobbled streets. When we meet again, it’s to drive on to Sausmarez Manor where we’re treated to a private tour of this grand 13th century house. Arriving at our second hotel of the trip, we make ourselves at home for our three-night stay. (B)

Day 3 Guernsey - Sark - Guernsey

We’re off to a flying start this morning as we sail to Sark. But we soon settle in to a gentler pace of life when disembarking on the island with no cars or buses. Getting about involves a stroll or the ‘toast-rack’ – a tractor-drawn bus. You could hire a bicycle or a timeless horse and carriage, asking the driver to spill Sark’s secrets. Or simply potter around the quaint shops and independent cafes. The day is all yours until our return ferry back to Guernsey – and an evening at leisure. (B)

Day 4 Guernsey

Guernsey has a unique chapter in the history books, as part of the only British territory occupied by Germany during World War II. A visit to the German Occupation Museum reveals an extensive collection of rare artefacts from then. But this tour goes further. We meet Molly Bihet who, as a nine-yearold child, witnessed the Nazis arriving on her island home in 1940. Listening to her stories of life on Guernsey is a uniquely unforgettable experience. (B)

Day 5 Guernsey – Jersey

Our final morning in Guernsey is a relaxed one as we ready ourselves to depart for our next island adventure in Jersey. We get acquainted with today’s port of call, St Aubin village – a fishing harbour with buckets and spades of charm. After all that refreshing sea air, we retire to our hotel. (B, D)

Day 6 Jersey

Jersey isn’t just about exquisite sea-and-sand views. Diving a little deeper uncovers an absorbing history. At La Hougue Bie we discover one of Western Europe’s best-preserved Neolithic sites, with prehistoric mounds, passage graves and a museum packed with ancient treasures. Then it’s onwards to Mont Orgueil Castle, which has stood watch over Jersey for over 600 years. Just below sits the peaceful harbour village of Gorey, where your time is your own. (B, D)

Day 7 Jersey – St Malo

Walter Raleigh’s stronghold and Charles II’s refuge – Elizabeth Castle has played a huge role in Jersey’s history. Today we can see its wartime bunkers, cannons and the causeway that permits entrance at low tide. Afterwards in St Helier there’s an afternoon to yourself. But we can point you in the direction of the Maritime Museum or the Jersey Museum. Later, we swap Britain for France and sail to the old walled city of St Malo. (B)

Day 8 St Malo

St Malo’s labyrinthine streets are best covered on a walking tour – and that’s how we begin today. Pirates, slave traders and soldiers have walked here before and at Château de St Malo we learn about the marks they made on this town. While the afternoon’s yours, we can recommend delicious ways to top it off – from oysters at Ferme Marine in Cancale to the gourmet cuisine at Château Richeux. (B)

Day 9 St Malo – Mont St Michel – Dinan – St Malo

It’s time to wind our way along Normandy’s coast to the rocky islet of Mont St Michel, where we’re among the very first to arrive for the day. There’s plenty of free time to wander its narrow streets or pay a visit to the magnificent Gothic abbey. We then explore Dinan by ourselves before coming back together for a taste of classic French cuisine at a traditional restaurant. And our day ends where it began in St Malo. (B, D)

Day 10 St Malo – Fougeres – Sainte Suzanne – Laval

As one of Europe’s biggest fortresses, Château de Fougères captivates at first sight. The scales of history have tipped from triumph to tragedy – and back again – for this magnificent Breton castle, and we learn about its ups and downs this morning. The afternoon takes us to Sainte Suzanne, one of France’s most beautiful villages. Before we rest our heads in Laval, we indulge in a delicious farewell group dinner. (B, D)

Day 11 Laval – Chartres – Paris

We end our tour with a trip to the Cathedral of Chartres – a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most beautifully preserved examples of Gothic architecture. We take in its exceptional stonework and exquisite 12th and 13th century stained glass windows. Then there’s a chance to explore the town that encircles it, with free time in Chartres. It’s a fitting finale to our travels, which come to a close in Paris. (B)

Departure Dates & Prices 2017 London to Paris via the Channel Islands - Tour code CHI

Back-Roads Brochure Price in Black

Travel 55 Discount Price in Red

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Date

Twin Double

Single

Date

Twin Double

Single

April 26

£2695
£2561

£3445
£3273

August 2, 9, 16, 23

£2795
£2656

£3595
£3416

May 10, 17, 31

£2795
£2656

£3595
£3416

September 6, 13

£2795
£2656
£3595
£3416

June 7, 14, 21

£2795
£2656

£3595
£3416

September 20, 27

£2795
£2656
£3595
£3416

July 5, 12, 19

£2795
£2656

£3595
£3416

October 4

£2695
£2561
£3445
£3273

Prices are per person based on two sharing a twin room. Single supplemets as shown.

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Back-Roads Touring
London to Paris via the Channel Islands

11 days / 10 nights - 5% discount

Prices from only £2561

Go from Great British to Gallic culture. This island-hopping trip immerses you in the Channel Islands’ natural beauty and fascinating history. Hear about Guernsey’s wartime occupation first-hand from locals, enter a bygone world on Sark and admire Jersey’s exquisite landscapes

To book this wonderful 11 day London to Paris via the Channel Islands tour with Back-Roads Touring call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote the Travel 55 ref: T55BR to receive the 5% discount. 

You can claim a 5% discount on all Back-Roads tours. To book, call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote ref: T55BR to receive the Travel 55 discount price 

The Back-Roads Difference

  • Spend a day on Sark, the

    iconic ‘dark sky island’
  • Explore the only part of the British Isles to be occupied during WWII and meet Molly Bihet, who was a child during the Nazi Occupation of Guernsey
  • Arrive before the hubbub for a morning at Mont St Michel, one of France’s most iconic sites

Tour Inclusions

  • 10 nights’ accommodation in boutique hotels

  • Experienced Back-Roads tour leader

  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • Ferries to Guernsey, Sark, Jersey ad St Malo
  • Breakfast daily (B)

  • Five evening meals (D)

  • Entrance fee included to: Winchester Cathedral, Sausmarez Manor, German Occupation Museum, Elizabeth Castle, La Hougue Bie, Mont Orgueil Castle, Elizabeth Castle, Château de St Malo, Mont St Michel, Château de Fougères and Chartres Cathedral.

Small groups of up to 15

With tour sizes of up to 15, our tour leaders can ensure a more personalised experience. Smaller group sizes also mean we can guarantee our tours will run once we have just four guests booked.

Why Back-Roads Touring

Mini-Coaches

On the vast majority of tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches. Think comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view. With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.

Along the way, your tour leader can offer intriguing insights about the sights we see over the onboard PA system. And, with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.

Authentic Local Experiences

Truly getting to know a destination means stepping off the typical tourist trail. From hidden-gem attractions to local favourites, we take time to seek out genuine experiences that take you to the heart of each region as well as its culture.

Scenic back roads not motorways

Winding country lanes. Coastal beauty spots. Breathtaking mountain passes. With luxury mini-coaches that take us along scenic roads beyond the reach of large vehicles, the journey is as much a part of the adventure as the destination.

Culinary Discoveries

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience a different culture is to sample the cuisine. From visits to local producers to food and wine tastings and even cooking lessons, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover new flavours.

Boutique Hotels

Whether it’s a classic country inn or an elegant chateau, each day’s journey ends in a hotel with plenty of character. We opt for accommodation that reflects the personality of the local area, and fits right in with its surroundings.

Leisurely Paced Travel

Forget sunrise starts and long days hopping on and off the bus. We rarely leave before 8.30am and give each stop the attention it deserves – keeping long drives to a minimum. And giving you plenty of time to explore at your own pace.


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