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Jersey Battle of the Flowers....from £859pp

Jersey Battle of the Flowers....from £859pp

Monday 10th to Sunday 16th August 2020 - Sail to Jersey for the spectacular Battle of the Flowers, including a guided tour of the island, La Mare Wine Estate and Wartime tunnels

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Join this long-established Jersey floral celebration, which started in 1902 to celebrate the Coronation of King Edward VII. Islanders of all ages work tirelessly for months getting the Battle of the Flowers parade floats ready; whether that be cutting fresh flowers or preparing dried flowers and the end result is spectacular.  The traditional daytime parade is now followed by an equally spectacular moonlight parade.  Of course there is much more for you to while on Jersey and included in your break is a full day guided tour of the Island.


The Merton Hotel*** St Saviour, Jersey

Our favourite in Jersey, this excellent hotel is a 15 minute walk from St Helier via a pretty park. Buffet-style meals are served in the Belvedere restaurant and you can relax in the hotel’s pools and spa.


Holiday includes:

· 6 nights dinner, bead & breakfast

· Return ferry crossings Poole-Guernsey-Jersey

· Return coach transfers port to hotel

· Full day coach tour of Jersey

· Grandstand seat for the parade

· 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 travel by Tally Ho! Pullman coach to Poole

· Accompanied by our Tour Manager


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

Single supplement £207pp.



Your nearest pick-up point.




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. 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 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
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
Wembury Wembury Odd Wheel Pub
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