St. Peter Port, Guernsey

Introduction to St. Peter Port, Guernsey

This historic, picturesque and charming town located on the island of Guernsey is the Channel Island's oldest settlement.

The capital of Guernsey and the main port of the Channel Islands, St. Peter Port is a bustling town where Georgian and Regency architecture has been refined by French emigrés. The result is a charming mix of styles, with tumbling terraces and tiered gardens, stylish boutiques and chic cafés that are an absolute joy to explore as you make your way around the town on the hunt for a bargain in the low-tax stores and boutiques.

The author of Les Misérables, Victor Hugo, was exiled in Guernsey, living in Hauteville House for 15 years. Now known as Victor Hugo House, it is a museum owned and operated by the Paris city government. Castle Cornet, the ancient harbour fortress, is on a rock outcrop reached along a bridge and breakwater. It houses several museums, including one that tells the story of the Castle itself.

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Fermain Bay, Guernsey

COASTAL & CLIFF WALK (TOUR J)

  • Take the coastal cliff walk from the Napoleonic tower
  • Enjoy the varied views of Guernsey and see some of the neighbouring islands 
Activity Tour
Price£35.00-£40.00
DurationApproximately 3 hrs
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Enjoy the beautiful scenic bays on the south east coast of Guernsey, as well as stunning views of the neighbouring islands of Herm and Sark, from the high vantage point of the coastal cliff path.

You will take a coach transfer to the Napoleonic watchtower - known as The Pepper Pot - which overlooks the beautiful clear waters of Fermain Bay below. Your walk commences here, heading northwards, with the cliff path climbing through a woodland area. This leads to a reminder of wartime Guernsey - the German military cemetery which dates back to the 1940’s. The area is steeped in military history, with the former barracks of the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry situated just above the cliff path at Fort George, which since the 1970’s has become the residence of many of the most wealthy residents in the Bailiwick - with modern homes built into the cliff tops and worth several million pounds each. 

With the islands of Sark and Brecqhou just a few miles to the east, you continue your walk and descend the granite lined pathway and steps to the restored Clarence Battery. Built in 1780, this is one of the remaining parts of Fort George - the island's principal fort during the French Revolution. Take the opportunity to pause and take in the stunning views across Havelet Bay towards Castle Cornet, and the St Peter Port skyline.

As you drop down to sea level you arrive at La Vallette, where the maze of tunnels provide present day homes to the Guernsey Aquarium and a reminder of the German Occupation in the nearby La Vallette War Tunnels. The shoreline is dominated by the natural seawater bathing pools which are a popular choice for sheltered swimming throughout the summer months - here you will also find a café, where your guide will treat you to a well deserved refreshment of your choice of ice-cream, tea, coffee or a soft drink.

Guernsey has one of the largest tidal ranges in the world, and dependent on low tide, you will be able to take a walk across Havelet Bay (or otherwise follow the sea wall) as you return to the St Peter Port seafront. Passing the yacht marinas and restaurants that make up the eastern seaboard you will then arrive back at the harbour.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2015  CRUISES. 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Please note that guests must be physically fit as you will be walking for approximately two hours. There are also many steps to negotiate, as well as steep inclines and uneven terrain. Various stops will be made en route to allow for photos, rest stops and regrouping if necessary. A bottle of water would be a handy addition to your bag. Please dress for the weather on the day and ensure you wear suitable footwear and bring sun cream.


Little Chapel, Guernsey

FLORAL GUERNSEY (TOUR B)

  • Appreciate the beautiful colours and scents of floral Guernsey
  • Relax amongst the landscaped gardens at the Gold & Silversmith Workshop
  • Discover the privately owned award-winning cliff top garden 
Activity Tour Gardening Tour
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 4 hrs
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Spend time exploring two of the most picturesque gardens on the island of Guernsey – a must for gardening enthusiasts.

Leaving your ship, a stop at the Freesia Centre will allow you to observe the plants at different stages of development. One of the large glasshouses is kept in full bloom, allowing you to enjoy the scent and colours of this delicate flower.

Next, travel along the west coast and through Kings Mills, an area of natural beauty with many traditional Guernsey farmhouses. A stop will be made at Gold & Silversmith’s Workshop, situated in a country lane amidst five acres of landscaped gardens. Here you will have time to explore at leisure and marvel at the showcased blooms.

Continuing, a short visit will be made to the Little Chapel, built as a labour of love, before continuing to the cliff top garden located on the border of two parishes – St Peter Port and St Martin’s. Here, enjoy time to admire the sights, scents and colours of the diverse plants, which thrive in the Mediterranean climate, on your private visit to this award-winning garden. Your visit offers a great opportunity for you to to sit, relax and soak up the atmosphere.

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Is this tour right for you?

 

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking. There is approximately 300 metres of walking at the Freesia Centre, 100 metres at the Gold & Silversmith’s Workshop, 300 metres at the Little Chapel and 500 metres at the Private Garden over sloping ground. There are optional steps at the Little Chapel and Garden. 


Barnacle Goose, Guernsey

GUERNSEY BIRDWATCHING (TOUR F)

  • Join an experienced bird watching guide as you go in search of local bird species
  • Keep your eyes peeled for rare birds visiting the island
  • Admire the bountiful Nature Reserve of La Claire Mare
Activity Tour
Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApprox 3 hrs
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Guernsey is a stopping off point for flocks of birds on their annual migration. Some have even taken up residence on the island and the Little Egret and Barnacle Goose can be spotted as a normal event. Other more exotic birds fly in due to certain weather conditions, namely Redwing, Fieldfare, and Lapwing, while large flocks can be seen flying overhead.

Your experienced bird watching guide will introduce you to the main bird feeding stations on Guernsey’s west coast. By coach, travel to the southernmost part of Vazon Bay for a short stop to view the sea birds which feed on this part of the beach. Little Egret, Turnstone and Curlew are regular feeders spotted here.

Continuing the search, drive to La Claire Mare Nature Reserve, where you will have access to a bird hide within the reserve. In amongst the reed and on the water can be seen Barnacle Geese, Shelduck, Moorhen, Coot and Little Egret. Whilst here, you can walk alongside the old pebble bank watching out for Grey Heron, Plover, Wheatear, Stonechat, and Kestrel amongst others. In the wetlands of the old L’Eree Aerodrome, on the other side, there is also a chance of seeing one of the more unusual visitors.

Your final stop will be at the main water reservoir, where a walk along the wall will help you to seek out those interesting visitors to this picturesque, artificial lake.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2014 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISE HOLIDAYS.

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility, as it is predominantly a walking tour and there are some steps. A variety of terrain will be encountered, including uneven, pebbly, grass and tarmac paths. There are toilet facilities and a café at L’Eree Beach (refreshments are not included). Please wear comfortable shoes and come prepared for the weather conditions on the day. Guests are advised to bring their own binoculars - we can not guarantee which birds will be seen.


Panoramic of Guernsey

GUERNSEY ISLAND TOUR (TOUR A)

  • Admire the historic sights on the island of Guernsey
  • Pass the memorable Little Chapel, which is the smallest consecrated church in the world
  • Capture the beautiful scenery and seascapes on film!
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApprox 3 hrs
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Appreciate the quaint buildings of Guernsey and its memorable vistas on a panoramic coach tour of the island.

Travel along the harbour front, passing the 12th century fortification of Castle Cornet guarding the entrance to the harbour of St Peter Port and the top of Les Val des Terres known for its motorcycle hill-climbing event, before you reach St Martin’s Village and the Little Chapel, considered the smallest consecrated church in the world, and built as a labour of love.

A brief stop here will allow you to explore the wonderfully decorated chapel.

Continuing, a photo stop will be made to capture the beautiful seascapes from the high vantage point of Pleinmont cliffs. You will also be able to view Les Hanois Lighthouse, and the ruins of an ancient watchtower where the French author Victor Hugo received inspiration for his epic work Toilers of the Sea.

Descending the hill, discover the natural fishing harbour of Rocquaine Bay and the Martello Tower of Fort Grey. A stop at Guernsey Pearl Tea Rooms, overlooking the beautiful bay, is a great opportunity for you to purchase a traditional treat! 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is very little walking involved in this tour – approximately 300 metres (984 feet) at the Little Chapel, 50 metres (164 feet) at Pleinmont Point and ten metres (32 feet) at the tea rooms. There are approximately 12 steps to negotiate at the Little Chapel, which unfortunately is not wheelchair accessible; however guests can remain outside or on the coach if they wish. To avoid congestion at the sites, this tour may operate in a different order to that described. 

 


Herm Island, Guernsey

HERM ISLAND (TOUR C)

  • Discover the island paradise of Herm – a natural gem just waiting to be explored
  • Wander along the strand at leisure and soak up the wonderful atmosphere
  • Enjoy free time on the Island to appreciate the delights of this small retreat
 
Activity Tour
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 hrs
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included
Just three miles off the coast of Guernsey lies the beautiful island paradise of Herm. Seek out its charming coastline, wild flowers, sparkling blue sea, pretty harbours and white sandy beaches. Herm Island, which measures just a mile and a half long and half a mile wide, has all you could wish for – there are no cars, no crowds and definitely no stress!
 
Upon arrival at Herm Island harbour, a gentle walk across the common will take you to Shell Beach, where you will not be able to resist walking along the strand looking for shells. The path continues to Belvoir Bay, a little sandy lagoon, perfect for relaxing with an ice cream on a hot day. A woodland path stretches up to the top of the island, where you can visit the little church of St Tugual, which dates from the 11th century. 
 
Descending the hill, free time will allow you to perhaps visit the Mermaid Tea Garden, relax on the beach near the harbour, and watch the boats bobbing out on the seas or venture onto the cliff paths overlooking the small island of Jethou. 
 
DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2015  CRUISES 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility, as it is predominantly a walking tour and there are numerous steps. A variety of terrain will be encountered, including steep slopes, cliff paths, beach paths and grass. You should have approximately one hour of free time. Guests are advised to wear comfortable shoes and to come prepared for the weather conditions on the day. Please note that the boat to and from Herm is a scheduled ferry, so also open to members of the general public. Your walk from the tender pier to the ferry will be approximately 750 metres. For your reference the ferry journey will take approximately 20 minutes.

 


Belvoir Bay, Guernsey

ISLAND DISCOVERY BY BOAT (TOUR I)

  • Relax and enjoy a leisurely boat cruise
  • Discover the island paradise of Herm – a natural gem just waiting to be explored
  • Have your camera at the ready to capture those all-important wildlife shots
Boat Tour
Price£40.00-£50.00
DurationApproximately 2 Hrs
LimitationExtremely Limited
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

On this tour, explore the bays and hidden coves of the neighbouring islands of Herm and & Jethou, as well as the south coast of Guernsey, in the hands of a local mariner.

Beginning from St Peter Port Harbour, Guernsey lifeboat coxswain and local personality Buz White welcomes you aboard the Access Challenger as you set off towards the small group of islets just north of Herm, known as The Humps.  Here you'll be on the lookout for basking grey seals, which are often found in this area either playfully swimming, or simply sunbathing on the rocks!

Continuing, you gently cruise along the clear waters of Herm Island with plenty of local birdlife to keep an eye out for - nesting fulmars, razorbills, cormorants and guillemots are residents on this idyllic island of just one and a half square miles. You then motor across to the privately owned island of Jethou. Each summer, the cliffs of this charming little island are home to a small colony of puffins, which can sometimes be spotted in what they regard as their own little safe haven.

Then it’s time to head towards Guernsey's south coast, and if there’s time, a chance to explore some of the bays and coastal inlets, including the picturesque Fermain Bay and the iconic Castle Cornet in Havelet Bay, as you return to St Peter Port Harbour.

During your excursion, your captain will select a sheltered anchorage, where refreshments of apple juice and Guernsey gache (fruit loaf) will be served.

 
TOUR DESCRIPTIONS ARE CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MED CRUISES HOLIDAYS.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?  We cannot guarantee what wildlife sightings mentioned will be seen. We recommend bringing along binoculars & and a camera. Guests are advised to wear warm showerproof clothing and be prepared for all weather conditions. The walk from the tender pier to the pontoon will be approximately 300 metres (984 feet). 

 

RIB Adventure, St Peter

RIB ADVENTURE (TOUR D)

  • An exhilarating opportunity to admire the scenery and wildlife that call the coasts of Guernsey home
  • Have your camera at the ready to capture those all important wildlife shots!
 
Activity Tour Boat Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 1 hr
LimitationVery Limited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Experience the wildlife, scenery and marine wonders that Guernsey and the smaller islands have to offer aboard this exhilarating purpose built Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB). 
 
The turquoise waters surrounding Guernsey support a wide variety of marine and bird life and, during your approximate one hour trip, you will navigate across the Little Russel to an area locally known as “the Humps” - a reef of rocks just to the north of Herm Island. This is a designated nature reserve, which supports a breeding colony of Atlantic Grey Seals – if you are lucky you may be able to spot them lazing on the rocks.
 
This intriguing trip will take you on a circumnavigation of Herm, where you will be able to view the rocky coastline and beaches from a different viewpoint. Keep your eyes peeled for an impressive variety of seabirds nesting on the rocky ledges of the south coast cliffs. The return to Guernsey will take you through the scenic passage between Herm and the little private island of Jethou, ending with a thrilling ride back across the three miles, which separate Herm from Guernsey. 
 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2015 CRUISE HOLIDAYS.

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: The trip is professionally guided by qualified local nature enthusiasts and provides a non-stop combination of wildlife observation and exhilaration. It is ONLY suitable for people who are very fit and healthy, as it is an adventure tour and involves waves. Minimum age for participation is 12 years. Before booking, please ensure your travel insurance will cover you for taking part in this tour. Weatherproof coats and life jackets will be supplied. The Captain of the RIB reserves the right to customise the trip due to the prevailing tide and weather conditions on the day. Certainly bring binoculars if you have them. We can not guarantee which wildlife and birds will be seen.
 
 

Guernsey Shore Tour

THE GERMAN OCCUPATION (TOUR E)

  • Explore the Military Museum with its comprehensive collection of memorabilia
  • An insightful look at the historical significance of the Channel Islands during World War II
  • Find out what life was like for the inhabitants of Guernsey 
Activity Tour
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 3 hrs
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included

Over the centuries the Channel Islands have been seen as a strategic gateway to an invasion of British soil. They were the only part of the British Isles to end up under enemy rule during the Second World War and became known as part of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall.

Visit La Vallette Military Museum, housed within a complex of air-conditioned tunnels built by German forces as a fuel storage facility for their U-Boat fleet. The museum offers a wide variety of exhibitions and displays, and features information on Guernsey’s military history, including World War One and the German occupation of the island from 1940 to 1945 during WWII, as well as the island’s own militia.

Following the fascinating visit to the museum, travel across the island to the most south westerly point at Pleinmont. Here you will have the chance to explore and photograph a German gun emplacement at La Batterie Dollman, which is sited on top of a  cliff with a high observation tower close by.

As you descend back down to sea level, you will see many fortifications from both the Napoleonic era and the more recent German Occupation. Pass one of the most iconic historic constructions - the Martello Tower situated at Rocquaine Bay, known as Fort Grey - which was built to deter Napoleon's forces. A short stop will be made here for time at leisure to visit Guernsey Pearl – here you can browse the natural pearl jewellery on sale or visit the café, should you wish to purchase refreshments (at your own expense).

Your drive continues along the west coast to another Martello tower, adapted by the Germans during the occupation and with a fully restored gun site situated on the headland, overlooking the spectacular Vazon Bay. After time for photos, re-join your coach and head back through the centre of the island to St Peter Port Harbour, passing many buildings which were commandeered by the military during what was said to be a 'model occupation'. 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?  Due to the amount of walking and standing involved, this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. A variety of terrain will be encountered, including some steps and uneven cliff paths. The time at each stop will be your own to look around independently, with the guide on hand to answer any questions you may have. This tour may operate in a different order to that described. 

 


Candie Gardens, St. Peter Port, Guernsey

TOWN WALK & CANDIE GARDENS (TOUR K)

  • Explore Guernsey’s capital, St Peter Port, on foot
  • Visit the beautiful flower gardens of Candie
Price£20.00-£30.00
DurationApproximately 2.5 hrs
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

This tour combines a walk through the town of St Peter Port to admire the medieval architecture of the early 12th century, with a visit to Candie Gardens, which is home to some unusual plants that thrive in the mild climate.

You will walk with your guide along the harbour front, passing the statue of Prince Albert, and into the main Church Square. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the 12th century parish church of St Peter Port.

A short walk up the High Street takes you past the old granite arch which leads into Lefebvre Street, where the parish officials have their offices. Continuing the walk up Smith Street, with its 18th century town houses built during the privateering days, you will reach the gracious old buildings of The Royal Court House, which is the seat of government known as The States of Guernsey, and the Greffe Offices, where all the island’s records of births, marriages and deaths are kept.

Continuing uphill, you will pass the War Memorial and cross the road to reach Candie Gardens. Your guide will take you through the beautiful gardens of Candie, where you can stroll along the paths, see the statue of Queen Victoria and Victor Hugo and visit the restored Victorian glasshouses. You can also admire great views across the harbour and over to the islands of Herm and Sark. As well as beautiful flowers, lawns and fish ponds, you will also find a museum, art gallery and café here. 

Upon returning to the harbour, you will pass the new police station, which is housed in the old workhouse building, before walking through La Plaiderie, the former site of a Roman shipyard, and continuing along the quayside, passing the Victoria Marina with its luxury yachts and restaurants.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017  CRUISES.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?  The entire duration of this tour is spent walking and standing, and includes a steep hill to negotiate to reach Candie Gardens and some uneven and steep paths, therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Please note that it is possible to explore St Peter Port and Candie Gardens independently, however this tour is accompanied by a knowledgeable guide throughout. You may Guests wishing to spend more time in the gardens and may leave the tour here and return to the ship independently, however, it is your own responsibility to return to the ship in time for sailing. If you wish to visit Guernsey Museum, your guide will give you a voucher for entrance.


Vintage Guernsey

VINTAGE GUERNSEY (TOUR L)

  • Take in a tour of Guernsey by vintage transport
  • Step back in time with a visit to the Guernsey Folk & Costume Museum
  • Enjoy a traditional cream tea
Price£50.00-£60.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Board Twinkle, an 1854 vintage Albion Victor coach, that will take you to the National Trust of Guernsey Folk & Costume Museum at Saumarez Park, where you can discover what life was like in Guernsey in the 1900s.

The cosy parlour scene is evocative of country life in those days and upstairs in the museum, you will see the school room and bedroom of the younger children. Outside the father’s favourite room, the tool room, has been faithfully reproduced.

There will also be time to take a short walk to the restored Victorian walled garden with its productive vegetable and flower beds. A visit to the Lemon House is also a must. Around the corner, the beautiful rose garden fills the air with scent and colour from the hundreds of roses.

Returning to Twinkle, you will continue your drive down to the west coast, before turning inland to visit the Little Chapel, built by a devoted brother in 1912 and beautifully decorated with seashells and pieces of china.

Twinkle waits to take you up to Les Cotils situated above the harbour with gorgeous views towards the smaller sister islands of Herm and Sark. Enjoy a Guernsey cream tea prior to re-boarding the coach for the short downhill drive to your awaiting cruise ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that the visit to the Guernsey Folk & Costume Museum will be unguided. There is a moderate amount of walking involved, and approximately 40 steps to negotiate to fully appreciate the museum. 

 


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