Insight Vacations offer travellers the opportunity to experience the very best of British and French culture as they island hop to places that bore witness to some of the most significant events of the 19th and 20th centuries. History, beaches, a mix of British and French influences and delectable seafood are just the beginning of what the Channel Islands have to offer.
Their unique journeys to England’s southwest region include visits to the National Motor Museum, Devonport, the largest operational naval base in Western Europe, and the flourishing port of Plymouth, before ferrying from Poole to the island of Guernsey.
This relaxed isle offers the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, with the chance to explore country lanes, quiet beaches and rocky coves. Travellers can see the German fortifications left behind after the WWII occupation and Napoleonic Wars, two events that greatly shaped the island’s history.
Insight vacationers will also have the opportunity to enjoy the boutique luxury of The Old Government House Hotel, the only 5-star hotel in Guernsey, which dates back to the early 18th century.
Travellers keen to explore this area’s wealth of history will be rewarded with plenty of sights and experiences. Evidence of the Napoleonic and Second World Wars can be seen across the island; these battle-scarred reminders are a stark contrast to a place considered one of Europe’s prettiest harbour towns.
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Time in Guernsey also includes a visit to the home of Victor Hugo, where he completed his famed work Les Miserables while in exile.
Up next is the Isle of Sark; covering just a few square kilometres and a short boat trip from Guernsey, this tiny island spurns all car traffic. Travel by horse-drawn carriage or bicycle are the only transport options here.
A visit to Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands, is a must for food-lovers. St Helier, the capital, has many restaurants where visitors can savour comforting dishes using revered Jersey Royal potatoes and Jersey black butter.
The journey along the Emerald Coast passes the hilltop abbey of Mont St-Michel, and continues through ‘Bocage country' to the D-Day Beaches. Take the opportunity to reflect at the American Military Cemetery of St-Laurent, before following the route of the rangers depicted in Saving Private Ryan to the bunkers and Rangers' Memorial at Pointe du Hoc.
You can then follow small country roads to Beuvron-en-Auge, one of Normandy's prettiest villages, and onto Giverny, the inspiration and home to the Impressionist great, Claude Monet, before enjoy a cosmopolitan change of pace in the glittering city of Paris.
Insight Vacations’ journeys through the Channel Islands offer travellers an insightful and poignant way to experience the history, breathtaking scenery and culture of a treasured part of Europe.