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Discover Guernsey

Cliff top paths and picturesque countryside on an island full of history, whilst enjoying the charming blend of French and English influences.

  • Guernsey

  • 6 nights
  • Half Board
  • Coast & Islands

    Culture

    Landscape

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  • Average group size: 10-12

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Walking grade

Grade 5

This is a Grade 5 moderate holiday which includes full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent, in the main along undulating coastal paths. The first walk is the easiest being a gentle coastal walk followed by more challenging walks in the more rugged south of the island as the week progresses. Generally, there are lots of ups and downs with some steep ascents and descents, mostly on steps. Please note that many of the south coastal walks involve walking on uneven steps. 

The walks have lovely scenery, fascinating beaches and there will be opportunities to explore coastal fortifications and a pre-historic burial site. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 660m of cumulative ascent and descent and daily mileage between 7 and 11 miles.

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Thoughtfully designed, meticulously planned, carefully graded, and expertly guided walking tours and hiking holidays along well-loved and off-the-beaten-track footpaths.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk some of the best stretches of the coast with wonderful clifftop paths and fine views out to sea.
  • Stroll the ‘Green Lanes’ through picturesque countryside.
  • Immerse yourself in Guernsey’s history from megalithic tombs to the Napoleonic and WW2 defences.
  • Step back in time on the Isle of Sark.

Explore the dramatic coast and picturesque interior of Guernsey and another island of the Bailiwick; Sark. The islands lie in the Bay of St Malo and despite loyalty to the British crown since 1066, at only eight miles from the French coast at their nearest point, they inevitably have a ‘taste of France’ as well as a great variety of landscapes, terrains and vistas.

You’ll walk some of the best stretches of the coast, with wonderful cliff-top paths and fine views out to sea. Along the coast are many signs of Guernsey’s history, from the WW2 defences built by the German occupiers to fortifications against Napoleon; right back to Megalithic tombs from 3000-2000BC. There are also artistic sights, such as Renoir’s Viewpoint and Victor Hugo's house. Inland, Guernsey is criss-crossed with ‘Green Lanes’ through picturesque and varied countryside.

Sark, just three miles by one and a half, is a boat ride away, where ‘traffic’ consists of tractors, horses and bicycles. We’ll also get the chance to sample the best this wonderful island has to offer. Take the opportunity to visit Herm Island, even smaller and distinctive, if time allows on your arrival or departure day. 

Our hotel is in the well-preserved quaint town of St Peter Port stretching alongside its lovely marina.

NO Single Room Supplement - rooms without a supplement are subject to availability.

You might also be interested to know this holiday is combined with our Jersey tour; please see Jersey & Guernsey

  • Return flights from Southampton to Guernsey
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite three-star hotel accommodation on a half board basis
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by public bus
  • Return boat trip to Sark
  • Services of a Classic Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Lunches
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

75306

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Arrival at Guernsey airport and transfer to The Pandora Hotel in St Peter Port. Dinner each evening is in the hotel restaurant.


Transfer Time = 10 minutes depending on traffic

Day 2

The North Coast

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    121/128m

On the first full day in Guernsey, you will walk on the north coast from Le Dehus to Grandes Rocques taking in coastal fortifications, seascapes, rock formations and pre-historic tombs along the way. This is a good walk for the first day of your holiday as it is an easy, flat coastal walk, in contrast with the two walks in the more rugged south of the island. 

After visiting a Dolmen tomb, you will see a quarry that has been turned into Beaucette marina (a hidden oasis of tranquillity). On the north shore, you will visit pre-Napoleonic sites and some 1940s fortifications. 

The shoreline today is very varied from sandy beaches to rocky promontories. 

Day 3

Petit Bot Bay to Pleinmont

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    537/629m

A day on the spectacular southern cliff-top path from Petit Bot Bay to Pleinmont with rugged coastal views from lofty vantage points, the tiny fishing harbour of La Pointe de la Moye and the intriguing WWII range and direction-finding towers.

There will be some good scenery to view today and many opportunities to inspect evidence of the Island's defences. 

Day 4

Petit Bot Bay to St Peter Port

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    8.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    687/733m

Today involves walking the south-eastern cliffs of the island from Petit Bot Bay to St Peter Port, passing the picturesque Moulin Huet Bay with its several small ports, Renoir’s Viewpoint and Clarence Battery with great views of the neighbouring Channel Islands.

This walk is the most challenging on offer and covers one of the best parts of the Island's coast for scenery, so the reward is well worth the challenge. If it is too much of a challenge, then there are opportunities at various points to finish the walk early and take the public bus back near the hotel. 

Day 5

A day on Sark

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    340/376m

Take the ferry boat to the island of Sark, eight miles to the east, to explore the lanes and paths of this charming island. The boat ride takes about 55 minutes (you can sit either inside or outside if you suffer from sea sickness). The programme involves seeing as much of this beautiful, timeless island as you can before sailing back to Guernsey.

Day 6

To Lihou Island along les Ruettes Tranquilles

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    10.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    216/311m

On your final full day in Guernsey, there will be explorations of the interior of the island following its green lanes and Ruettes Tranquilles to visit Les Vauxbelets, St Saviour's Church and Reservoir before continuing to picturesque L'Eree Bay and the causeway to Lihou Island.

Day 7

Departure day

Meals

Breakfast

Depending on your flight time, you will have free time before your transfer takes you to Guernsey airport. 

We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon. 

Departure dates for your selected tour

13th Jul 2024 - 19th Jul 2024 (6 Nights)

31st Aug 2024 - 6th Sep 2024 (6 Nights)

28th Sep 2024 - 4th Oct 2024 (6 Nights)

10th May 2025 - 16th May 2025 (6 Nights)

7th Jun 2025 - 13th Jun 2025 (6 Nights)

12th Jul 2025 - 18th Jul 2025 (6 Nights)

30th Aug 2025 - 5th Sep 2025 (6 Nights)

27th Sep 2025 - 3rd Oct 2025 (6 Nights)

Travel Details

This holiday can be booked as a flight inclusive package or land only if you wish to arrange your own flights and transfers. We include flights from Southampton to Guernsey (c45 mins).

London and regional departures are also available. Please visit our website or ask at the time of booking for details including flight times.

Route planning to and from UK regional airports: the AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. Details can be found at: www.theaa.co.uk and www.rac.co.uk

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Pandora Hotel

The traditionally styled and recently refurbished Pandora Hotel lies above St Peter Port, the capital of Guernsey, within easy access of the shops, harbour, beaches, other attractions of the town and the tranquil east coast. Over the winter, the hotel carried out some refurbishment works and we are pleased to say, it has been awarded a three-star status. 

There's a spacious restaurant, cocktail bar and patio and gardens with sea views. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

Comfortable en suite bedrooms have a telephone, tea and coffee making facilities and TV. Many of the rooms have views over the sea or the gardens and the Havelet Valley beyond. 

There is no lift in the hotel. If you require a ground floor bedroom, please let us know.


Trip Information

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Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 5 moderate holiday which includes full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent, in the main along undulating coastal paths. The first walk is the easiest being a gentle coastal walk followed by more challenging walks in the more rugged south of the island as the week progresses. Generally, there are lots of ups and downs with some steep ascents and descents, mostly on steps. Please note that many of the south coastal walks involve walking on uneven steps. 

The walks have lovely scenery, fascinating beaches and there will be opportunities to explore coastal fortifications and a pre-historic burial site. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 660m of cumulative ascent and descent and daily mileage between 7 and 11 miles.

Walks & Excursions

Covering only about 26 square miles, Guernsey is a manageable sized island to get to know in a week.  In our explorations, we’ll get to see the best of this beautiful island, a loyal outpost of the English Crown for the best part of a millennium. 80 miles south-east of England and 30 miles from the French coast, the island blooms all year round and is a paradise for bird lovers, photographers and historians.

We will explore the magnificent cliff-tops and sandy bays of the coast, two centuries of fortifications, the quiet lanes leading into the island’s interior and take the chance to slow down to Guernsey’s calming pace of life.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. 

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Your Travel Details

Included in the cost of your holiday are flights from Southampton. Other airports are available; please enquire at the time of booking. 

Transfers: you will be met on arrival in Guernsey by a company named 'Island Coachways' and you'll be taken to your hotel in St Peter Port. Similarly on departure, a transfer from the hotel to Guernsey airport is included.

Route planning to and from mainland regional airports: The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. Details can be found at: www.theaa.co.uk and www.rac.co.uk 

An exclusive train fare is available to book from London Waterloo to Southampton airport - please see Fly rail from London to Jersey & Guernsey via Southampton | Blue Islands for more details.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Meals

Included in your holiday price is half board en-suite accommodation. You can choose from an extended continental or excellent full English style breakfast. In the evenings there are highly rated dinners and vegetarians are easily catered for.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Free Map of Guernsey (available from the Tourist Office)

Guernsey, Sark & Alderney - Collins

Perry’s Routefinder Map of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm

You could also take a look at the Guernsey Tourist Office website at: www.visitguernsey.com

Visit Guernsey has created an App which is free to download - please find more information here.

We really recommend you read The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, written by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows if you enjoy reading novels. Following the success of this novel, it is now a major feature film released in April 2018. 

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

The UK National Health Service does not operate in the Channel Islands, with most medical practitioners in private practice and patients being required to pay for treatment and any use of the ambulance service.  Although a reciprocal medical agreement exists between Jersey and Guernsey and the UK mainland covering immediate and necessary treatment of conditions which arise during your stay, travel insurance with medical cover is essential for this holiday.

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust is passionate about making the outdoors more accessible for more people from all communities. We grant funds to many organisations and have recently partnered with Mind Over Mountains, Adaptive Grand Slam and other groups to create an enduring impact on people’s lives and to support them to enjoy the outdoors. In addition, the Trust makes many small grants to local organisations such as Ramblers Groups, Walkers are Welcome, My kind of Books and recently provided a small grant, via his scouting group, to enable a young man whose family had fallen on hard times to complete his DofE Gold award.

Patron of the Trust is the renowned explorer, Mark Wood. Over 20 years Mark has undertaken expeditions to some of the most remote parts of our planet. Our shared values make for an exciting partnership, and we believe that by standing shoulder to shoulder we can encourage people from all communities to enjoy being active outdoors in whatever way suits them best.

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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Guernsey

  • Capital

    Saint Peter Port

  • Currency

    British Pound Sterling

  • Language

    English

  • Time Difference

    n/a

  • Flight duration

    1.30hrs

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 95mm

  • February

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 70mm

  • March

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • April

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 55mm

  • May

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 50mm

  • June

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 45mm

  • July

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 40mm

  • August

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 50mm

  • September

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 60mm

  • October

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 95mm

  • November

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 105mm

  • December

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 115mm

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