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The Great Jersey Experience The Great Jersey Experience

The Great Jersey Experience

Monday 10th to Sunday 16th August 2020 - Sail to Jersey for the spectacular Battle of the Flowers with grandstand seats staying at the Merton Hotel with all transport included. From £859pp

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Visit Jersey, the small island with a big personality, where country lanes open to cliff top views and the sea is never more than ten minutes away.   2020 is the 75th anniversary of the Channel Islands' liberation from German wartime occupation; a story that is movingly told at the Jersey War Tunnels.   The islanders' survival through the darkest period is evidence of an amazing community spirit - one that lives on at the annual Battle of the Flowers, a parade of giant flower-decked floats that fill the streets of St Helier as islanders compete for the coverted Prix d'Honneur.   Jersey's famous summer sun helps to ripen the grapes at the Le Mare Wine Estate where we'll take you to enjoy wine tasting and a famous Jersey cream tea.


The Merton Hotel*** St Saviour, Jersey

On a quiet hill on the edge of town this hotel has distant sea views and is just a short stroll from St Helier's shops, bars and restaurants.   This is a large resort hotel with many different areas, the Aquadome features indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, steam and hot tub.  Buffet style meals are served in the Belvedere restaurant.


Holiday includes:

· 6 nights dinner, bead & breakfast

· Return ferry crossings Poole-Guernsey-Jersey (Photo ID required)

· Return coach transfers port to hotel

· Full day coach tour of Jersey

· Grandstand seat for Battle of the Flowers

· ½ excursion to Jersey War Time Tunnels

· ½ day visit to La Mare

· Tour & tasting of winery and Jersey cream tea

· Evening entertainment

· Porterage

· Use of leisure centre, including swimming pool

· Return coach travel to Poole by Tally Ho

· Accompanied by our Tour Manager


£859 per person based on two sharing twin/double room.

Single supplement £207pp.



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Foreign travel insurance is required for this holiday, as the Channel Isles are outside the EU and do not recognize the National Health and EHIC.

photo id or passport is advised for this holiday, please note there is a walk to the ferry, so reasonable levels of fitness and mobility are required.

Coaches on mainland Britain are too large for the Channel Islands, we will be met and transferred by a local company

Monday 10 August

Early start from Devon we travel to Poole to catch the Condor ferry to Jersey, leaving 09.15. On arrival we are transferred by coach to our hotel.


Tuesday 11 August

Today, we embark on a full day guided tour of the island, visiting St Aubin's Bay, St Brelade's Bay, Corbière Lighthouse, St Ouen's Bay, Grève de Lecq Barracks and Gorey Harbour.


Wednesday 12 August

After a full English breakfast we head to the Jersey War Time Tunnels, built during the German occupation of the island in WW II. These intricate tunnels are over 1000m long, so some walking is needed, but the terrain is flat. The rest of the day is free.


Thursday 13 August

Parade of the Battle of the Flowers. In celebration of the Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra the Island of Jersey decided to stage a parade on 9th August 1902. The event was so successful that organisers decided to repeat it the following year - and so began a summer tradition, which continues to this very day. In those early days the floral floats were mostly horse-drawn and tradition at the time was for flowers and petals to be torn from the float and thrown to a lady in the crowd, in the hope that one would be thrown back! Islanders of all ages and from all backgrounds work tirelessly for months getting the floats ready; whether that be cutting fresh flowers (predominantly chrysanthemums, shipped in from the UK and Holland as well as locally-grown asters), or preparing dried flowers and hares tails (lagurus grass) to make intricate patterns and designs In 1989, as a further way to enhance the carnival atmosphere, it was decided to introduce the Moonlight Parade. Although the parade is very similar to the previous day's event, this time the floats are illuminated by thousands of tiny lights, creating a truly magical spectacle and, some may argue, a more carnival feel, as the exhibitors have the chance to let their hair down and party well into the evening.


Friday 14 August

We enjoy a guided tour of La Mare Wine Estate in the afternoon, producing wine, gin, vodka, chocolate, jams and baked goods. We finish this tour with a wine tour tasting and a Jersey cream tea.


Saturday 15 August

Free time to relax at the hotel, explore more of Jersey by local bus or walk into St Helier.


Sunday 16 August

Transfer to port by local coach to catch the 14.45 ferry back to Poole. where you will be meet by Tally Ho coach and return home to Devon.


D=Dinner, FE=Full English Breakfast, AT=Afternoon Tea

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Brixham Brixham - Bank lane opposite Baptist Church
Buckfastleigh Lay by on old Buckfastleigh - Ashburton Rd
Nr Furzeleigh Mill
Dartmouth Dartmouth Marks & Spencer
Exeter Exeter Motorway Services
Ivybridge Ivybridge Town Hall opp Garage
Kingsbridge Quay Kingsbridge Quay
Newton Abbot Newton Abbot opp Railway Station
Others Other pick up points are available
Paignton Paignton Great Western Road Car Park by Library
Plympton Plympton St Marys opp Church
Plymstock Plymstock Elburton bus stop opp Elburton Hotel
Torquay Torquay coach bay outside Princess Theatre
Totnes 7 Stars 2 Totnes 7 Stars opp. Morrisons

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Tally Ho Coaches Ltd

Station Yard Industrial Estate
Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 1ES