Explore the largest of the Channel Islands
Breakfast, 1 Lunch & 5 Dinners
27th May 2022 – 2nd Jun 2022
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Tour code: 50120
Last Modified: 2nd September 2021
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Only a short flight from England, Jersey, your base for the week, sits in the Bay of St Malo just 19 miles from the French coast. Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands, made up of 12 parishes and has a population of just over 100,000. It is only 5 miles long and 9 miles wide, and its southerly location and sheltered position means that Jersey has a generally temperate climate that is often warmer, with more sunshine hours than you might experience in the other British Isles.
We are based in the picturesque capital of Jersey, St Helier, a complementary blend of history and modern life. St Helier is a pretty parish with easy transport links and a variety of shops and services. We stay in the well-known four star Pomme d’Or, a historic hotel and the location of the annual celebration of the Liberation of Jersey. The balcony was where the Union Jack raised in 1945 to mark the freedom from German occupation during World War II. The hotel has attracted many famous faces, including Victor Hugo, Dame Vera Lynn and Queen Elizbeth II.
We have carefully selected your programme for the week so you can get to know Jersey well and visit some of the most popular must-see sites, as well as including some leisurely walks. Many of the undulating coastal paths in Jersey are not suitable for Adagio grade walking and there are relatively few footpaths on the island so much of the walking in our programme will involve minor roads. Jersey has a rich and varied history and we have included visits to many of the museums and sites that will allow you to explore and experience the island’s past and present. We have chosen to travel by public buses in Jersey as they are clean and reliable, ideal for our programme. Sometimes there may be a short wait but public buses in Jersey are frequent and efficient, allowing us to explore the island.
Our exploration of Jersey includes a visit to Elizabeth Castle and its extensive grounds. We venture back in time during our visit to the extraordinary Jersey War Tunnels before visiting the tranquil picturesque Judith Queree Gardens. We taste delightful wines in the La Mare Wine Estate and a delicious afternoon tea at the Samares Manor Estate, a perfect way to relax, unwind and enjoy beautiful slow-paced Jersey.
What's not included?
All Adagio holidays are expertly designed to allow you to immerse yourself in the destination. Leisurely exploration of the must-see, as well as lesser known, highlights together with relaxed enjoyment of local food and wines is what we have in mind.
There may be days of sightseeing on foot around a spectacular city or unchallenging strolls on easy terrain in open countryside interspersed with winery visits, guided tours, boat trips, cafe stops and traditional restaurants.
Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions or changes beyond our control. Distances, ascent/descent and timings are all approximate and refer only to the countryside walking element of each day.
Pomme d’Or Hotel
We fly to Jersey and travel by coach for approximately 15 minutes to our hotel. If we have time, we may explore St Helier on a short introductory walk to get our bearings of the local area.
Transfer Time = 15 minutes
Elizabeth Castle and Jersey Museum
Breakfast & Dinner
Pomme d’Or Hotel
Our morning starts with a picturesque walk along St Helier's Esplanade and St Aubin's Bay to Elizabeth castle, accessible at low tide by foot or by ferry in high tide. The 17th century Elizabeth Castle has defended Jersey for hundreds of years and is set amongst a rocky panoramic backdrop. We explore the castle and its grounds before exploring St Helier further. A visit to the Jersey Museum and Art Gallery completes the afternoon before returning the hotel.
Mont Orgeuil Castle & La Hougue Bie
Breakfast & Dinner
Pomme d’Or Hotel
A bus takes us to to the starting point of our walk along the east coast to the 13th century Mont Orgeuil Castle, located above the picturesque little villa and harbour of Gorey. The castle protected Jersey for more than 600 years from French invasion and was used to monitor the channel for any signs of enemy action.
We take a bus the impressive La Hougue Bie and have some time to explore this historic site which features one of Europe’s finest passage graves where you can learn about life in Jersey’s Neolithic community 6,000 years ago. The site also incorporates a museum of Archaeology as well as the impressive ‘Jersey Hoard’.
Samares Manor Estate
Breakfast & Afternoon Tea
Pomme d’Or Hotel
We walk to the Samares Manor Estate and Botanic Gardens. The beautiful house dates in part to Norman times and is surrounded by the beautiful Botanic Gardens. We enjoy a delicious afternoon tea and a guided tour of the Rural Life and Carriage Museum.
Dinner is not included this evening so you can explore more of St Helier and its wonderful local restaurants and dishes.
War Tunnels, St Ouen & Judith Queree Gardens
Breakfast & Dinner
Pomme d’Or Hotel
We start our exploration of Jersey continues at the extraordinary Jersey War Tunnels; a permanent reminder of the 5-year German occupation of Jersey. The journey through the tunnels takes you through the events of evacuation, deportation, captivity and siege to eventual liberation. We hop on a bus to St Ouen village and take a gentle stroll to the Judith Queree Gardens. Here we have time to visit the picturesque colourful gardens with more than 2000 plants from around the world. Surrounding the gardens are meadows filled with wildflowers, nut and fruit trees...a haven for wildlife and insects.
After discovering the gardens and St Ouen village, we take a bus to picturesque Saint Aubin. The bay is located in the central part of Jersey’s south coast and has a long sweep of unbroken sandy beach from the harbour at St Helier to the harbour at St Aubin. Only the highest of tides cover all the sand and at low tide the sea retreats to open a large beach. We take a picture perfect walk around the tranquil bay to back St Helier.
La Mare Wine Estate
Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner
Pomme d’Or Hotel
We take a bus to Bonne Nuit and take a picturesque walk to the impressive La Mare Wine Estate. We arrive in time for a delicious lunch before taking a guided tour of the vineyards. We finish our delightful day with some tasting of the wine, brandy and liqueurs produced there. A perfect way to end an unforgettable holiday.
We say goodbye to Jersey and depart after breakfast to Jersey Airport for our flight back to England.
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, 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.
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.
The currency in Jersey is the pound. Jersey 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 Jersey.
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.
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.
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.
Leaders 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.
Getting to your Holiday
Return flights from London Gatwick to Jersey with British Airways or return flights from Southampton to Jersey with Blue Islands. The flight takes approximately 45 minutes - 1 hour. 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 Jersey airport to Pomme d’Or Hotel and return. The transfer time is about 15 minutes. During the week we’ll travel on foot and by public bus. We have chosen to travel by public buses in Jersey as they are clean and reliable, ideal for our programme. Sometimes there may be a short wait but public buses in Jersey are frequent and efficient.
If you intend joining and leaving the party in Jersey, we assume, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at Pomme d’Or 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.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements
If you wish to organise your own flights from either a non-UK or UK regional airport, or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. If you choose to do this, 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 the hotel. Although airport/train station transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport/train station, depending on your flight/train 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/train must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight/train to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight/train number, arrival time and departure point so that your Adagio Leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Tickets
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.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). 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.
Entry Requirements in the Channel Islands
You do not need a passport if you are arriving in the Channel Islands direct from the United Kingdom, however, all carriers will require some form of photographic identification. We therefore advise you to bring either your passport or a photocard driving licence.
If you are arriving in the Channel Islands from outside the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland, irrespective of your nationality, you must have a valid passport.
Where are we going to stay?
Pomme d’Or Hotel
Pomme d’Or Hotel, Liberation Square, St. Helier, Jersey, JE1 3UF
We stay in the impressive four-star Pomme d'Or Hotel. This grand hotel was built in 1837 and remains to be managed by the Seymour family. Set amongst the backdrop of the yacht marina and the Liberation Square, the Pomme d'Or Hotel's is centrally located in St Helier. It is the location of the annual celebration of the Liberation of Jersey after its balcony saw the Union Jack raised in 1945 to mark the freedom from German occupation during World War II. The hotel has attracted many famous faces, including Victor Hugo, Dame Vera Lynn who opened the Liberation Suite on the 45th anniversary of the Liberation of Jersey, and a visit from Queen Elizabeth II on the 60th anniversary of the Liberation of Jersey.
The Cafe Bar serves light lunches and afternoon tea, so maybe treat yourself to a delicious cake or an evening wine after a day’s exploration in Jersey? The hotel's Wharf Bar is located on the corner of Conway and Wharf Street and is open to hotel guests and locals.
All guests have free access to the Leisure Club in the Merton Hotel, only a short walk away. Here you will find a swimming pool, spa pools, sauna, and steam room. There is also a fitness centre.
We stay in classic en suite rooms decorated with soothing colours and wooden furnishings.
En suite hotel room facilities include:
St Helier is the picturesque and bustling capital of Jersey, located on the South coast and filled with a complimentary blend of historic streets and modern flare. St Helier is influenced by 1800 French style buildings and street names but walk just around the corner and you'll be surrounded by modern life and local shops. The town is well known for shopping, especially King Street with its luxury boutiques and family run traditional shops selling locally produced souvenirs, you will find everything you need here. Local street food traders flock to the streets on Thursdays and serve an array of international cuisine. There are a variety of restaurants and cafes, as well as other services such as banks and a tourist information centre. St Helier is an ideal centre for our holiday as it has great transport links and a variety of services.
A delicious and highly rated breakfast plus five dinners are taken in the hotel. There is a variety of choices and dishes are freshly made with locally sourced ingredients. Dinner is not included on one evening so you can explore more of St Helier and its wonderful local restaurants and dishes. We include an afternoon tea at Samares Manor and one lunch at the La Mare Wine Estate. Lunches for the remainder of the holiday are not included in the price and normally these can be taken as a picnic or in a restaurant or café. We suggest you allow at least £7 per day for lunches.
Footwear & Kit List
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:
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.
Travel Document Checklist
To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:
Maps & Guidebooks
Ideal Maps & Guidebooks
The Lonely Planet guide to the Channel Islands has some useful insights into the area and sites we will be seeing and lots of other in-depth information about Jersey.
The 1980's TV series Bergerac was set and filmed in Jersey.
More useful information can be found at Jersey.
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
Find out more
Visas and Passports
No Visa Required
Staying Healthy on Holiday
Further Health 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.
We strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of eventualities such as unexpected cancellation, accident or illness. Guernsey’s Health Service is not part of the UK National Health Service, therefore medical insurance is strongly recommended. Please check your policy to ensure that cover is provided to travel to the Channel Islands.
We're committed to operating responsible tours in all our destinations as best we can. 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.
Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel Ltd’s (inc Adagio) 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.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for future holidays. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your attention to any significant change.
We suggest that you may want to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.
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