Experience the very best of British and French culture as you island hop, learning about life in the Roman Era and the tumultuous times of WWII. Your journey includes visits to the once Nazi-occupied, picturesque islands of Guernsey and Jersey, and onto the Loire Valley, ending in glittering Paris or returning to London on the Eurostar.
Board your overnight flight to England (not included).
Check in to your luxurious, centrally located hotel. The full day is at leisure to relax, explore or browse the nearby department stores.
Take part in an half-day sightseeing tour of London's West End and discover Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace.
At 09:00 meet your Travelling Concierge at the Milestone Hotel and depart to the West of England. Visit stately Beaulieu in the heart of the New Forest for an afternoon visit to see the world-famous collection of vehicles at the National Motor Museum. Then journey through the New Forest en route to Evershot, our Dorset home for two nights. Later, join your Travelling Concierge for your Welcome Reception, an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
In the morning, set off along the south coast to the port of Poole. Board your ferry for the crossing to Guernsey and relax in the Ocean Plus lounge. Alight in St. Peter Port, set on a series of terraces which cascade down to the quayside below. Situated in the heart of St Peter Port, sitting proudly just up the hill from the main shopping street and picturesque quayside, is your elegant accommodation. The Old Government House Hotel, belonging to the Red Carnation group, is the only 5-star hotel in Guernsey. It dates back to the early eighteenth century and was once the official residence of The Lieutenant Governor, the representative of the British Crown in Guernsey. Guests are genuinely welcomed as friends and have come to experience this hotel as their 'home away from home' leaving with memories to treasure. In the evening, join your Travelling Concierge for dinner, which includes a taste and special demonstration on how to make Guernsey's famous Potato Peel Pie.
6 Full Breakfasts (FB) and 5 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD), 1 Michelin-starred Highlight Dinner (MHD), 1 Dine-Around Evening (DA), 1 three-course table d’hôte Dinner (DW) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.
The currency in England is the Pound (£) and in France is the Euro. While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination. The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling. It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.
One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the cuisine. Restaurants around London serve specialties such as fish and chips, Yorkshire pudding, sausages, stilton cheese, and scones with clotted cream. Culinary experiences to not to miss include a traditional pub meal, afternoon tea, and full English breakfast.
The French have an ongoing love affair with food and wine. Meals are lovingly prepared and consumed leisurely through a bevy of appetizers and main courses, usually accompanied by a number of wines. Boeuf bourgignon (beef stew with wine, herbs and vegetables), coq au vin (chicken cooked with bacon in a white wine and herb sauce) and bouillabaisse (fish stew) are featured on many menus. Cheese lovers will not be disappointed with hundreds of varieties to choose from. And no visit would be complete without a visit to a pâtisserie, with its delicate pastries you will definitely be tempted.
We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.
Restaurants in London often include a service charge of 12.5 percent, especially for large groups. If service isn’t included, it’s customary to leave 10-15 percent of the bill.
In France, a 15% service compris is included by law in the price of food and drink. Tipping in addition to this service charge is never expected, but always appreciated. If you’d like to leave something extra, keep in mind that even in the fanciest restaurants, people rarely tip more than 5-10%. A good rule of thumb is to leave an extra €1 for every €20 spent. Rather than adding gratuity to your credit card slip, leave coins in the tray where the check was presented to ensure that your waiter receives it.
At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director. Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit. A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.
Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.
You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions. All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers. In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group.
If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.
We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.
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