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Gardens of the Channel Islands

Enjoy the stunning scenery and heritage sites of Guernsey, and visit Sark and Herm for a day each. You’ll have the chance to visit public and private gardens, see wild flowers lining cliff paths and lanes and discover each of the Islands’ natural beauty.

  • Guernsey

  • 6 nights
  • Half Board
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  • Adagio

Tour codes: 50110

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Adagio

Our range of Adagio leisurely walking holidays and sightseeing tours are designed at a slower pace than the average Ramblers Walking Holidays, perfect for those who would like to slow things down but keep active. 

Overview

Only a short flight from England, Guernsey, your base for the week, is a small island located approximately 30 miles off the coast of France, forming part of the Channel Islands. It combines a rich and fascinating history with a vibrant modern mix of French and British cultures. 

We stay in the parish of St Martin, only a 10-minute drive from Guernsey’s capital of St Peter Port. St Martin is a quiet rural village, ideally situated for the island’s popular beaches and south coast cliff views. 

Two days of the holiday will be spent on the lesser-known islands of Sark and Herm, reachable by boat from St Peter Port. Both islands have so much to offer and have a striking contrast. You will be visiting excellent gardens and have the opportunity to see unusual plants which grow in hotter climates. Cars are banned from both islands however bicycles are used to get around on the larger island of Sark and only quad bikes and tractors are used on Herm for staff and luggage transport. 

The remainder of the holiday will be spent in Guernsey. We have carefully selected the best gardens the island has to offer for you to visit and explore. 

You will walk to many of the gardens taking in the various sights of the different areas of Guernsey and the wildflowers along the way. 

We have arranged transport on each day to take you to and from these destinations. All you need to do is relax and enjoy the scenery.

  • Return flights to Guernsey from Southampton (other airports on request)
  • Airport transfers
  • Half board accommodation in a four star hotel
  • All local transport costs including the boat fares to Sark and Herm
  • All entrances fees to the sites included in the programme
  • Services of a dedicated Adagio leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

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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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.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We fly to Guernsey and travel by coach for just 10 minutes to our hotel. Hopefully, we will have some time for a quick stroll around the local area and for some coastal views before dinner.

Transfer Time = 10m

Day 2

Sausmarez Manor & Candie Gardens

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We’ll explore the local area and walk to and from the Sausmarez Manor directly from the hotel. We’ll spend time looking around the sub-tropical gardens; as recommended by the Royal Horticultural Society. We can then easily catch the local bus to St Peter Port where we will have the chance to visit Candie Gardens.

Day 3

Herm Garden Tour

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We travel by boat to Herm Island, only 20 minutes from St Peter Port. Once on the island, Herm’s Head Gardener will take us on a 2-hour private tour. We will explore the harbour, hotel, church gardens and get a behind the scenes look at the nursery. After lunch, our Adagio Leader will offer a leisurely island walk.

Day 4

Sark & La Seigneurie Gardens

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Sark is our destination for today, arriving by boat, 50 minutes from St Peter Port. Take a gentle stroll to La Seigneurie Gardens; the official home of the Seigneur of Sark, where a guided tour of the gardens awaits us. The afternoon can be spent at leisure.

Day 5

Saumarez Nature Trail & Victorian Walled Garden

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

A gentle 2-hour walk today along the Saumarez nature trail. We’ll walk through Saumarez Park in Castel, viewing the public gardens until we reach the Victorian Walled Garden. You may also wish to visit the Folk and Costume Museum before the start of our afternoon garden tour. Transport has been arranged to take us back to our hotel.

Please note that the craft shop at the Saumarez Park is cash only, there is no card machine for payment.

Day 6

Guernsey’s North Coast & Castle Cornet

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Our final full day in Guernsey will take in the sights of Guernsey’s north coast and country lanes for sights of wildflowers and superb views. We will then be transported to St Peter for a visit of Castle Cornet.

Day 7

Departure Day

Meals

Breakfast

After breakfast, we depart for Guernsey Airport for our flight back to England. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and we look forward to welcoming you on another soon. 

From (GBP)£1,369

Departure dates for your selected tour

4th Sep 2021 - 10th Sep 2021 (6 Nights)

21st May 2022 - 27th May 2022 (6 Nights)

18th Jun 2022 - 24th Jun 2022 (6 Nights)

9th Jul 2022 - 15th Jul 2022 (6 Nights)

3rd Sep 2022 - 9th Sep 2022 (6 Nights)

Travel Details

We fly from Southampton to Guernsey and return with Aurigny Air. The flight takes approx. 45 minutes. Flights are also available from other local airports at a supplement. Details of your baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. We include a transfer from Guernsey airport to La Barbarie Hotel and a return. The transfer time is about 10 minutes. 

If you intend joining and leaving the party in Guernsey, we assume, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at La Barbarie Hotel. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure. We can provide you with transfers however you must notify us of your flight details.

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.

La Barbarie Hotel

The newly refurbished 4 star La Barbarie Hotel is a cosy, small hotel situated in a rural location with easy access to the stunning cliff walks, Saints Bay and the secluded coves of the South coast of Guernsey. The hotel is family-owned and the excellent service and standard of accommodation together with the excellent quality meals make this hotel so special. 

La Barbarie was converted to a hotel in 1950 and the old quiet charm has been retained. The heated outdoor swimming pool and patio provide a perfect secluded spot for relaxing or for a quiet drink before or after dinner. You can also relax in the newly refurbished modern and comfortable lounge bar. 

En suite hotel room facilities include: 

  • Flat-screen television 
  • Desk and seating area 
  • Hairdryer 
  • Iron and ironing board and trouser press 
  • Radio alarm 
  • Direct-dial telephone 
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi 

Please note that there is no lift in the hotel.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

To fully enjoy the walking on this holiday you should be able to walk along uneven undulating paths at about 1½ to 2 miles per hour for distances of between 2 and 3½ miles with walks lasting up to 3 hours. Some days will be devoted largely to sightseeing, so the walking content may be less.

Walks & Excursions

We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.

Local Transport Costs

We include the local travel costs using private mini buses and public buses to reach the local sites. We also include the boat fares to the Isle of Sark and Herm Island. 

Our Adagio Leader will arrange everything. You just need to be at the right place at the right time.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

Local transport costs, entrance fees and tips to local providers are included in your holiday price. You may wish to budget for any meals and drinks not included in the holiday arrangements, non-included entrance fees and any optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Holiday Currency

The currency in Guernsey is the pound. Guernsey also has its own notes which are at par with the UK pound. Channel Islands notes and coins are not accepted in the UK although they can be reconverted or paid into some UK clearing bank accounts. ATMs are widely accessible in Guernsey and there are none on Sark or Herm, so we advise you to withdraw money before travelling to the islands.

Tipping

We include tips in the holiday cost and your Adagio Leader will take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers.  If you feel that someone has gone out of their way to make your holiday enjoyable or help you in anyway, please feel free to give a personal tip to the person should you wish. If you are having an independent lunch or other service not included in the holiday arrangements, tipping is at your own discretion.

Your Group

We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

An Adagio Leader will accompany you throughout the holiday. They are all experienced travellers with a love for exploring and will help capture the true essence of the destination with their stories, knowledge and insights.  They are well-organised, pay great attention to detail and enjoy being with people.  They are there to help make your holiday as enjoyable and stress free as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Your Adagio Leader will discuss the programme for the following day with the group at each evening briefing. This will be your opportunity to find out more details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. Also, if you have any questions or concerns on clothing or lunch arrangements, this can be discussed then. If you wish to opt out of the organised group programme, this is fine, just let your Leader know.  

Your Travel Details

We fly from Southampton to Guernsey and return with Aurigny Air. The flight takes approx. 45 minutes. Flights are also available from other local airports at a supplement. Details of your baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. We include a transfer from Guernsey airport to La Barbarie Hotel and return. The transfer time is about 10 minutes. We recommend that you collect an island map, guide booklet and bus time table on arrival in Guernsey airport, these are on display as you proceed through the airport on arrival.   

If you intend joining and leaving the party in Guernsey, we assume, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at La Barbarie Hotel. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure. We can provide you with transfers however you must notify us of your flight details.


Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

When booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday with us, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

Please ensure that the personal details we have on file for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. 

Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to accurately manage your holiday booking are correct at the time of booking (including health and dietry requirements). You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.adagio.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 386700. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

Passport Information for United Kingdom

Any non UK or EU citizens may be subject to passport, identity card or visa requirements to enter the United Kingdom.

Meals

This holiday is on a half board basis. Breakfasts and evening meals will be taken in the hotel restaurant. We also include one packed lunch. Other lunches will be at your expense and we suggest you allow at least £7 per day.

The Parish of St Martin, Guernsey

St Martin is located in the south east of Guernsey where it borders The Forest on the southwest and St Peter Port on the northeast. It is one of the most expensive parishes on the island to purchase property, with many being quaint farmhouses or thatched cottages. It is also the second highest parish on Guernsey resulting in stunning coastal scenery only a short walk away. 

St Martin has a small village, only a short walk from your hotel, which contains a few small shops ideal for getting picnic supplies. Hotel staff or your Adagio Leader will be able to direct you there should you wish to visit the village on your arrival day. St Peter Port is only a 10-minute bus ride from St Martin.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.

General Kit List

We recommend you bring the following items with you:

  • Walking boots or shoes with a good sole and waterproof uppers. 
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers. It does rain sometimes!
  • A sunhat, fleece hat and gloves… to cover all weather eventualities.
  • Sun cream. 
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Swimwear in case there is time for swimming if the hotel has a pool
  • A water bottle.  (see Water-to-Go below)
  • A picnic knife, fork and spoon, as required.
  • A simple basic first aid kit.
  • A daypack to hold all the above.
  • Trekking poles (if you usually walk with poles)

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • 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)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

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: [email protected]

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 can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

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.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

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

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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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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