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Islands of Southern England – 13 Days

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September 19, 2018 Double: $6,995, Single: $8,195 If booking your own airfare to England reduce price by $600. Please note: Flights within the Channel Islands use smaller aircrafts and have strict luggage restrictions. Call for details. Book by March 16, 2018 and SAVE $100 pp.  …

September 19, 2018

Double: $6,995, Single: $8,195

If booking your own airfare to England reduce price by $600.

Please note: Flights within the Channel Islands use smaller aircrafts and have strict luggage restrictions. Call for details.

Book by March 16, 2018 and SAVE $100 pp.

 

 

TOUR DIRECTOR: STEWART BENNETT

The Islands of Southern England are those you find in beautifully illustrated picture books. Their small stature, craggy coves, shingle banks, castles, and warm climate invite you to gaze and gaze. The Channel Islands are a favourite far-flung escape for those in search of wild ruins, sea cliffs, uninterrupted white sands, and beautiful gardens.

On the mainland, Tintagel Castle has overlooked the Cornish sea from a jagged headland for 800 years. One of the most spectacular historic sites in Britain, its crumbling walls tell tales of Arthurian legend, magic, and romance (Tristan and Iseult). The emerald beach below the castle leads to Merlin’s cave (look for his face in the stone!).

In Port Isaac, a fishing village since the 1300s, walk the narrow cobbled opes (lanes) that wind between slate cottages to its medieval harbour. Take in dramatic arts by the sea on the open-air grassy terraces of the Minack Theatre, built on a granite outcrop over the Atlantic. In the turquoise Isles of Scilly, visit Tresco’s Abbey Garden, a subtropical paradise built around priory ruins.

St. Ives is Cornwall’s art mecca, with stone cottage studios and sculptures of bronze and limestone in gardens and galleries – St. Ives is home to one of the world’s four Tate museums! Lose time in the mysterious Lost Gardens of Heligan. Sleeping under a hundred years of brambles, this genuine secret garden was discovered and restored into one of the most romantic estates in the UK.

 

Channel Islands

The Channel Islands are an archipelago in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy (closer to France than Britain). With both english and french influences on culture and cuisine, the Channel Islands have a distinct personality, are self-governing, and attract throngs of people to their gorgeous landscape and temperate climate – there’s more sunshine here than anywhere else in the UK.

Jersey is the “Floral Isle,” but milling, fishing, shipbuilding, woollen goods, and tourism drive the economy. Guernsey beaches are the cleanest in the British Isles (Vazon Bay). Castles, cliffs, coasts, and cows draw a picture of Guernsey that is rich in history, literary geniuses, and gorgeous gardens.

The royal fief of Sark, part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, was once an industrial island mined for silver. Now it’s the picturesque postcard for the distant corner of the British Isles. In centuries past, children crossed La Coupée, the narrow isthmus that links Sark to Little Sark, on their hands and knees so the wind wouldn’t blow them off! A carriage ride takes us to this iconic crossing.

 

 

Price Includes

Return airfare from Toronto, flights and airport transfers within England, motorcoach transportation, 11 nights accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 10 dinners, all highlights listed, a DeNureTours Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST.

 

Highlights

• Guided tour of Jersey
• Guided tour of Guernsey
• Ferry to Sark: Island train and carriage ride
• Tintagel Castle
• Minack Theatre
• Ferry to Scilly: guided tour plus free time
• Ferry to Tresco plus free time
• Abbey Garden
• Free time in St Ives
• Lost Gardens of Heligan
• Plymouth Gin tour and tasting
• Explore Paignton, Torquay and Babbacombe Model Village
• Beaulieu Motor Museum

 

Accommodation

Jersey: Pomme d’Or Hotel (2 nights)
Guernsey: Femain Valley Hotel (2 nights)
St Ives: Carbis Bay Hotel (1 night)
Scilly: Star Castle Hotel (2 nights),
St Ives: Carbis Bay Hotel (1 night),
Totnes: The Dartington Hall Trust Hotel (2 nights),
Southampton: Macdonald Botley Park Hotel (1 night)

 

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Islands of Southern England – 13 Days

Day 1-2: Fly to Jersey via London Gatwick

Fly into Gatwick and transfer by plane to Jersey for a panoramic island tour by coach. The Channel Islands have a mild climate, with more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in the UK. St Helier has won several Britain in Bloom prizes, and the streets are lined with a fantastic display of hanging baskets every year. You will see why Jersey is known as the Floral Isle!’ 

Stay: Pomme d’Or Hotel, Jersey
Nights: 2
Meals: D

Day 3: Guided tour of Jersey

Spend the day with a local guide touring the island and taking in the sights.

Meals: B

Day 4: Flight to Guernsey, Guided tour of Guernsey

A morning flight to Guernsey for a tour of the island by coach.

Stay: Femain Valley Hotel, Guernsey
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day 5: Isle of Sark

Board a ferry for the quaint island of Sark. With a population of approximately 600 people, pedestrians and cyclists rule the roads – there are no cars here! A carriage ride around the island gives you free time to explore. The afternoon ferry takes you back to your hotel in Guernsey.

Meals: B, D

Day 6: Flight to Exeter, Port Isaac, St Ives

Board a short flight to Exeter, where you will meet your coach and head south to Cornwall.

Visit Tintagel Castle, built half on the mainland and half on a jagged headland hanging over the Cornish sea.  One of the most spectacular historic sites in Britain, its association with King Arthur also makes it one of the most famous. 

In Port Isaac, the narrow, winding streets are lined with old white-washed cottages and traditional slate Cornish houses, many of which are architecturally or historically important. You will have plenty of free time to explore the village on your own, find a local café, or watch the waves roll in off the sea.

Continuing south, The Minack theatre is perched on cliffs high above the Atlantic Ocean. A full programme of drama, musicals, opera, comedy, and story-telling enliven the grassy terraces. Look at the view, see the backstage areas, and walk onto the world-famous stage!

The day ends with dinner at your hotel in St Ives overlooking the water.

Stay: Carbis Bay Hotel, St Ives
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day 7: Isle of Scilly

Today begins with a ferry to The Isles of Scilly and a guided tour. Sparkling turquoise seas, deserted white sandy beaches, small fields with high hedges awash in wildflowers – even the stone walls grow interesting plants here on this island paradise.

Stay: Star Castle Hotel, St. Mary’s
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day 8: Ferry to Isle of Tresco, Abbey Garden

Board a morning ferry for a full day excursion to the Isle of Tresco. Visit the Abbey Garden then amble about and discover the island at your leisure.

Return to Scilly by ferry in the afternoon for dinner at the hotel.

Meals: B, D

Day 9: Free time on Scilly, Ferry to Penzance, St Ives

Walk this beautiful island and soak in the local flavour before returning to the mainland.

Stay: Carbis Bay Hotel, St Ives
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day 10: Lost Gardens of Heligan, Totnes

A free morning! Kick off your shoes and stroll along the white sand at Portminster Beach where, out in the bay, you’ll see the dreamy view of Godrevy Lighthouse. Behind the 14th century Sloop Inn on the Wharf and the Harbour beach there is a maze of narrow cobbled streets and fisherman’s cottages. This is the heart of old St Ives, known to the locals as Downlong.’

Heading north, we’ll stop to explore the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Twenty-five years ago, this garden was found under the brambles of time. Today, Heligan is one of the most loved and romantic gardens in the UK, appreciated for its beauty, mystery, and amazing restoration.

Moving on to Plymouth for a Tour and Tasting at the 1793 Plymouth Gin, synonymous with the British Royal Navy. The Black Friars distillery is the oldest working gin distillery in England. Afterward, settle into your hotel and enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers.

Stay: The Dartington Hall Trust Hotel, Totnes
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day 11: Paignton, Torquay, Babbacombe Model Village

Spend the day travelling around the area enjoying local sights.

Paignton is a colourful seaside resort town popular for its mild climate and lively seafront. A landmark of the English Riviera, Paignton is one of the most popular resorts in the UK. 

Torquay is another English Channel favourite. Known for beaches, Torquay Harbour near the town centre has shops, cafes, and a marina.

Babbacombe model village is a miniature world that captures the imagination! Feel like a giant as you explore 4 acres of award-winning gardens showcasing hundreds of model scenes, vehicles, and people.

Return to your hotel and share your adventures with fellow travellers over dinner.

Meals: B, D

Day 12: Beaulieu Motor Museum, Southampton

After breakfast, travel by coach to Southampton making stops in the towns along the way. In the afternoon,  visit the Beaulieu Motor Museum that holds one of the finest collections of cars, motorcycles, and memorabilia in the world.

Your final night in England will be in Southampton. The cruise capital of Europe, Southampton hosts four million visitors a year thanks to its impressive museums, music venues, art galleries, award-winning parks, shopping, and the hustle and bustle of a diverse city with fantastic facilities. 

Back to the hotel for a farewell dinner.

Stay: Macdonald Botley Park Hotel, Southampton
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day 13: Return flight home

Your motorcoach will take you to Gatwick Airport for your return flight home after breakfast.

Meals: B

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