The coast, villages and countryside of the Eastern Algarve and then explore the treasures of this most westerly corner of Europe.
Combine two contrasting Islands in the stunning Channel Islands
What does this mean?
Tour codes: 78100
Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.
Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.
Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.
Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent.
The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground.
Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding.
Our holiday begins in Jersey; the largest of the Channel Islands and great for a week’s island walking. Beautiful scenery and fascinating small towns and villages, gardens and historic monuments. Rich in flowers and wildlife and almost completely unspoiled.
We explore the island’s network of footpaths and quiet country lanes and use local transport to visit Jersey’s museums, megalithic monuments, fortifications and tropical gardens. Reminders of the island’s history await discovery. You’re conscious of the blue Channel seas never far away; the island’s beaches, coves, rugged rock formations and spectacular heather clad cliffs are a delight to wander around.
We enjoy our second week on the island of Guernsey. We explore the dramatic coast and picturesque interior of Guernsey and some of the other islands of the Bailiwick. We Walk some of the best stretches of the coast, with 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 sites, such as Renoir’s Viewpoint. Inland, Guernsey is criss-crossed with Green Lanes through picturesque and varied countryside.
Sark is a short ferry ride away, where ’traffic’ consists of tractors, horses and bicycles just three miles by one and a half, we’ll also get the chance to sample the best this wonderful island has to offer.
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Itinerary & Travel
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.
Arrival at Jersey airport and transfer to The Monterey Hotel in St. Helier. If your leader is not on your flight they will meet you at the Monterey Hotel. A representative will meet you at the airport and ensure you are transferred to your hotel. You will have dinner each evening in the hotel restaurant.
Transfer Time = 10 minutes depending on local traffic
There are five days of guided walking included in this holiday, around the lanes and coastlines of Jersey plus one free day for you to explore as much as you wish. Dinner each evening is in the hotel restaurant.
Your first walk on Jersey is a good one, always enjoyed by all. We will take a very short bus journey along the promenade to St Aubin (scenes from the Bergerac TV series were filmed here) - followed by a walk to Portelet Common with lovely views to the sands at St Brelade’s Bay. We can have a short coffee stop and then onto view the Fisherman’s Chapel and follow the coastal path via Beaufort to Corbiere Lighthouse. There are options to continue walking or take the service bus back to St Helier.
We make our way today inland to La Hougue Bie (a Jersey Heritage site) - well worth seeing for a nominal entrance fee. After spending an hour here we wander gently around the country lanes to Queen’s Reservoir - a great spot for lunch. After our lunch stop we head over to St Martins and then on to the east coast. We make our way along the coast down to Gorey Harbour with its spectacular castle. This is a good Jersey Walk, with countryside and coast combined - not to be missed.
This walk takes us to the North Coast and we will take a stroll along the cliffs at the north of the Island from Greve de Lecq. The views are spectacular and you will get the chance to see some wildlife and perhaps some seals. We can fit in a coffee stop at the Priory Inn, then continue the undulating coastal path. We go inland for a short part of the walk and then rejoin the path down to Bonne Nuit Bay; a very small harbour on the north coast which again is quite attractive. There are options to continue this walk if you are feeling very energetic or return to St Helier.
Today we take the inland route and show you some of the real countryside and perhaps some Jersey cows! A very short bus journey to just beside the war tunnels and we walk past some of the old “Mills’ and then walk along a pleasant woodland path where we will approach the village of St Peter for our coffee stop today. We then head west towards the west coast and the view of the biggest bay on the island will appear - there will be spectacular views and another chance to see the lighthouse at Corbiere from a different view. Then we head to the bottom of the dam and walk around the reservoir before heading inland and strolling the quiet lanes. We finish the walk at the Victoria Inn but can extend this to end up on the seafront between St Aubin and St Helier. This is a walk that gives a fantastic insight into the Jersey Countryside.
This walk takes us back up to the North Coast and we head in a westerly direction. Our first stop will be at the Piemont Cafe for our morning snack and coffee. We make our way along the coast, past the racecourse and along to Grosnez. If the weather is kind we will get great views towards the other channel islands. Again there may be opportunities to see seals swimming offshore. As we work our way around the westerly point, you will get the opportunity to view restored armaments from the second world war. We drop down into St Ouen’s Bay with its amazing beach and subject to the tide, we will gently stroll along to our end point at Jersey Pearl - which is worthy of a visit while we wait for transport back to town.
Transfer after breakfast to Guernsey by either ferry or plane (depending on your option). Arrive at Guernsey airport and transfer to The Pandora Hotel in St Peter Port. Dinner each evening is in the hotel restaurant.
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. Walk on the north coast from Le Dehus to Grandes Rocques taking in coastal fortifications and prehistoric tombs along the way.
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.
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 and Clarence Battery with great views of the neighbouring Channel Islands.
A free day for your own explorations of the island, to take things easy, go shopping or visit the nearby island of Herm, just off St Peter Port.
We take the ferry to the island of Sark, eight miles to the east, to explore the lanes and paths of this charming island. We'll see as much as we can before sailing back to Guernsey.
A day exploring 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.
Departure after breakfast. A transfer to Guernsey airport is included for your flight back to the mainland. We hope you have enjoyed your stay visiting both Jersey and Guernsey and we look forward to welcoming you on another holiday soon.
Departure dates for your selected tour
16th May 2021 - 29th May 2021 (13 Nights)
13th Jun 2021 - 26th Jun 2021 (13 Nights)
11th Jul 2021 - 24th Jul 2021 (13 Nights)
22nd Aug 2021 - 4th Sep 2021 (13 Nights)
19th Sep 2021 - 2nd Oct 2021 (13 Nights)
3rd Oct 2021 - 16th Oct 2021 (13 Nights)
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.
The friendly three-star Monterey Hotel is located in St Helier as well as being on the island’s bus route.
There are comfortable lounges, a new open-plan and comfortable bar area and a recently refurbished restaurant, called 'Gordini’s', which offers a range of cuisine, including a full English buffet breakfast and a freshly prepared menu each evening.
Free Wi-Fi can be found throughout the hotel.
There is an indoor pool, and if the weather is fine, an outdoor pool in which to cool off. A steam room, spa pool and mini-gym are also available.
Rooms have flat screen TVs, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer and iron and bath or shower.
Half board with breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotels. Picnic lunches are not included.
The traditionally styled two-star 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. There's a spacious restaurant, cocktail bar and patio and gardens with sea views.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
Comfortable bedrooms have bath or shower and WC, 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.
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.
The first week of the holiday is at Grade 4 on Jersey, progressing to slightly more challenging walks on Guernsey at Grade 5. Walking on both islands include full day walks at a moderate pace, with a mixture of inland and coastal walks. Both islands are vastly different in terms of the scenery and the walks we provide. In Jersey, the guided walks will vary between inland and coastal walking. The inland walks are mostly on quiet roads and easy paths. Some of the coastal walks involve many short ascents and descents. However the amazing views make it worthwhile. Walks will last up to 5 hours and could involve as much as 450m of cumulative ascent and descent, though the highest point reached on any walk is only around 100m. Daily mileages will be between 6½ miles and 8½ miles. The first walk in Guernsey 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. The highest point we reach is only some 100m, but there are lots of ups and downs. On some walks there will be opportunities to explore coastal fortifications and a pre-historic burial site. The walks have lovely scenery and you will be able to explore the island’s defences. Some walks include some steep ascents and descents, mostly on steps. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 660m of cumulative ascent and descent and daily mileage between 6 and 10 miles. See the Itinerary section for more information on the walks.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
The cost of entrance fees to sites visited or additional excursions taken are not included in the holiday price. Approximate entry fees are list below:
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
Included in the cost of your holiday are flights with Flybe or Blue Islands from Southampton.
Transfers: you will be met on arrival in Jersey and taken to your hotel in St Helier. Similarly on departure, a transfer from the hotel in Jersey to Jersey airport / ferry port for your flight / ferry to Guernsey is included, as well as your transfer to your hotel in Guernsey.
Inter-Island Transfers: the options are either to fly or take the ferry; the prices differ for each option. At the time of booking you may select which option is best for you, we will hope to secure your first option but this depends on availability.
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
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
Regional Flights (R3). We offer regional flight options on this holiday and there will be one or two transfer vehicles between the airport and hotel to minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport on the outward or return journeys.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, 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
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold 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 properly manage your holiday booking. 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.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa 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.
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.
Half board en-suite accommodation at each hotel. At the Pandora Hotel 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. The Monterey Hotel includes a full English buffet breakfast and a freshly prepared menu each evening. Lunches are at your own expense.
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:
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:
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
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 & 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
Jersey Official Leisure Map 1:25,000
Free maps are also available locally, many of which include details of the island’s footpaths.
You could also take a look at the Jersey Tourist Office website at: www.jersey.com
The Map Shop
Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk
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
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You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
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.
Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth 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.
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.
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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