Jersey is one of Europe’s best kept secrets. Lying just a few miles off the coast of Normandy and the largest of the Channel Islands, its British links are unmistakable. There are also many reminders of its French history and influences, yet it retains a magical character of its own, with a dramatically beautiful coastline, medieval castles, grand churches, charming historic towns, lavender fields and orchid gardens.
7 nights in St Helier (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Gatwick Airport and a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Jersey. On arrival, you will be transferred the short distance to St Helier and the Pomme D’Or Hotel (4T). The marina and a selection of shops, cafés and museums are on the doorstep of this centrally located hotel.
Day 2 Bouley Bay - Gorey
We depart on a full day of exploration, firstly arriving at Bouley Bay, home of the legendary Black Dog, the myth created by smugglers to keep local folk away from the bay and their clandestine activities. We then continue to Gorey with its castle built to protect Jersey against the French in the early 13th century, when King John lost his rule over territories in Normandy.
Day 3 St Helier
You are at leisure today. There are several worthy gardens and parks to enjoy including the Howard Davis Park and Les Jardins de la Mer, complete with a water maze, illuminated at night. Alternatively, a shuttle bus can transport you to the Jersey War Tunnels. Originally intended to be a barracks and ammunition store for the occupying forces during World War II, it is now a thought provoking museum to this dark era.
Day 4 Jersey Lavender Farm
This morning we have included a half-day excursion to Jersey Lavender Farm. Although the Lavender fields may not be in bloom when you visit, you will be taken on a guided tour and learn about everything from how the farm started, to the filling and labelling of bottles.
Please note: The lavender fields usually begin to show their colour from late May and are harvested from late June to early August.
Day 5 St Brelade’s Bay - St Mary
We embark on our second full-day exploration of the island. Our first stop is St Matthew’s Church, famous for the glasswork on the font, altar and cross, created by Rene Lalique of Paris and thought to be his greatest achievement. We then call in at the Eric Young Orchid Foundation before heading for the north coast, stopping at the Jersey Pearl Centre. Following time here we will make a photo stop at Corbiere Lighthouse on our way to La Mare Vineyard for wine tasting and afternoon tea before we return to St Helier.
Days 6-7 St Helier
Further time to relax and enjoy this lovely island. Perhaps visit the world-famous Jersey Zoo and Wildlife Conservation Centre.
Day 8 St Helier - London
Today we bid farewell to St Helier and depart for Jersey Airport and a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London Gatwick Airport. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.
This 4 star historic hotel is excellently located in the centre of St. Helier, overlooking Liberation Square and the marina. Both the hotels public areas and bedrooms are decorated in a contemporary style. Facilities include an award winning AA 2 rossette restaurant, carvery style restaurant, bar and café bar. Hotel guests can also take advantage of the Leisure Club and Aquadome at the hotel’s sister property the Merton Hotel, which is just a short stroll away (less than 1 mile) and located on Belvedere Hill.
Our included evening meals are normally taken in the carvery restaurant with a 3-course carvery meal provided, which includes a wide choice of tempting dishes. All bedrooms are en suite with air conditioning, telephone, TV, safe, trouser press or iron with ironing board, tea/coffee making facilities and hairdryer. The hotel has a lift to all floors and guest rooms for the disabled traveller, subject to availability.