Guernsey, Herm, Sark, Alderney

POSTPONED Monday 11 May – Monday 18 May

One of the most important Neanderthal sites in Western Europe; 2500 BC La Varde passage grave, and Les Fouillages tomb, on Guernsey; best-preserved Roman fort in British Isles, on Alderney; Guernsey Museum of Archaeology; wall-paintings of 14c Ste Apolline Chapel, unchanged for 600 years; early Georgian Saumarez Manor, occupied by same family for 800 years; Victor Hugo’s house, where he wrote ‘Les Misérables’; shell beach and megalithic tombs on Herm; granite quarries used for repair of London Bridge; horse-drawn carriage trip round car-free Sark; museum commemorating Channel Islands’ occupation by Nazis; Sark distillery; Garden of La Seigneurie, Sark; Fort Albert, Alderney, most-advanced 1850s fort design in Europe; George Gilbert Scott church; Napoleonic and German forts on Guernsey and Alderney; Little Chapel, smallest in world, decorated with seashells and pottery; evening chocolate tasting as well as an evening wine tasting!

Old Government House
St Ann’s Place
St Peter Port
Guernsey, GY1 2NU
01481 724921

We anchor our seven day tour in St Peter Port on Guernsey. With its cobbled streets and Regency architecture, it is one of the prettiest harbour towns in Europe. Our historic hotel, The Old Government House Hotel, sits proudly on the hill in the heart of St Peter Port, just minutes from the quayside. The hotel’s vantage grants lovely views over St Peter Port and out to the islands of Herm and Jethou, with Sark a little further off. The grande dame of Guernsey hotels. OGH, as it’s affectionately known is full of old-world charm and traditional five-star service, with thoroughly modern amenities. It is full of objets d’art, antique furniture, etchings and prints. Bold colour choices add to the cheer, such as striking green and white stripes in the French-themed brasserie or deep reds and magentas in the restaurant. Walls are swathed in fabric and floors are carpeted. Its exceptional food, traditional hospitality and beautifully designed rooms will make this a perfect place to return to every afternoon.

The Old Government House Hotel & Spa has operated as a hotel since 1858 but its history dates back to 1796 when it was the official Governor’s residence for the island and the Bailiwick, which includes Alderney, Herm and Sark, until 1842. The last Lieutenant Governer to use it as Government House, was General Sir James Douglas. John Gardner purchased the property and launched it formally as Old Government House in 1858 where it was quickly established within Victorian society as “An old and comfortable country mansion”. The hotel has been extended and modernised but has never lost its character and charm.

From 1940 to 1945, the Germans occupied it as their General Staff Headquarters. The war over, great alterations were made. The hotel was enlarged and refurbished, yet its unique atmosphere of dignity and good fellowship remained and these qualities are as evident today as they were in the Gardner’s time.

£2595 members, £2645 non-members, £466 single room supplement, deposit £300, includes seven nights accommodation and all tuition: full breakfast, coffees, all lunches in the Hotel, and all dinners including wine; all lectures and private visit arrangements, and all taxi, boat and rail travel during the tour (please note that this cost excludes flights to and from Guernsey)