Wartime in Jersey

Merton Hotel

Departure Date:

27/08/2019
No. of Days:

5 days








£549.00 pp


Stunning hotel with AMAZING leisure complex

INCREDIBLE live evening entertainment EVERY NIGHT

Great value with so much INCLUDED in the price!

Join us for this very special tour to Jersey which focuses on this beautiful island's troubled past through the Nazi occupation of World War II. In order that you can really get a flavour of what it was like in Jersey over that time we have included a guided tour of the isand's War Tunnels, a wartime themed island tour and entry into the war bunkers at night - something not usually open to the public. Finally, we have included a guided coastal foraging tour which will show you how the locals fended for themselves and foraged their own food as rations ran short.

Our base for this tour is the incredible Merton Hotel, a holiday hotel like few others! It has one of the most extensive leisure complexes attached to any hotel in the UK and its programme of live entertainment is known throughout Jersey as the very best around. During our visit, the entertainment programme includes an Abba Trbute night, an evening of Disney songs, a stunning classical vocalist and a programme of acrobatic dance and juggling*! Bring it on...

*Entertainment programme subject to change by the hotel

 

Merton Hotel

The Merton Hotel offers a truly unique experience and is virtually a destination in its own right! No other hotel in Jersey has a leisure facility to compare with the Aquadome - the Merton Hotel’s exclusive pool and leisure club themed into an exciting subtropical paradise with slides, fountains, sauna and steam room and a heated outside pool for hours of fun, whatever the weather! They even have their own indoor surfing experience for the more adventurous to try out!

There are also extensive food and drink options at the hotel with a choice of no less than six restaurants, cafes and bars, not to mention poolside snacks and refreshments, the latest sports action at the Commentary Box Sports Bar and afternoon teas, bar snacks & evening piano entertainment in The Lobby Bar.

If that is all not enough, then the Merton Hotel offers some of the very best evening entertainment in Jersey. You’ll love the fantastic tribute nights, the glitz and glamour of variety acts, hilarious stand-up comedy, magic and much more. This is a great base for our tour!

Day 1

After joining the coach at one of our local pick up points, we head south to join our ferry across to Jersey. Enjoy the many onboard facilities as we cruise across to the Channel islands and then on to our hotel in Jersey, the incredible Merton Hotel. Relax and settle in for dinner and your first night of incredible enertainment!

Days 2 - 4

Enjoy a tasty breakfast every morning along with free time to explore the area and enjoy the huge number of facilities available at the Merton on your own. In addition, make sure you join us on our fabulous INCLUDED wartime themed excursions to the Jersey War Tunnels and the Bunkers along with our themed tour of the island and, of course, our fascinating coastal foraging tour. Return to the hotel every evening to enjoy delicious dinners and more incredible live entertainment as you share stories of the day with your fellow travellers.

Day 5

After a final hearty breakfast, we check out of the hotel and head back to the port for our cruise crossing back to the mainland. Wave goodbye to Jersey from the deck and say hello to England! We intend arriving back in your local area in the late afternoon.

Jersey War Tunnels

Jersey War Tunnels depict the true story of the Occupation of Jersey during World War II. Walk along the very tunnels which were trodden on by the German soldiers and discover what Jersey life was like during those dark days of the occupation. The Tunnels give an amazing insight into what life was like in the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by the Germans during WWII. Visitors can also enjoy the War Trail, Garden of Reflection, visitor centre, café and gift shop. Dug deep into the hillside by forced and slave workers from nations across Europe, they now contain an underground collection of thought provoking exhibits that tell the fascinating story of Jersey’s occupation from resistance, through to starvation, then eventual liberation.

Wartime Themed Jersey Island Tour

This tour takes in some of the best sights on the island including Gorey Castle. During this tour, your WW2 guide will point out interesting facts about the German occupation, including a visit to the spot where the Germans landed, the hotel Pomme D’or which was the headquarters for the Nazis duration the occupation and Liberation Square, which was where the allied forces retook the Island by removing the Nazi Flag!

Bunkers at Night - Guided Visit (Sites not usually accessible to general public)

A warm jacket and walking shoes are recommended for this trip. This is a fascinating tour and delivered in a passionate way by your knowledgeable guide. You will see Jersey’s military heritage in a new light! This tour is not open to the public and showcases how Jersey was made into an impregnable fortress and help you appreciate what the Third Reich was able to create with slave labour. The tour is also a perfect complement to understanding the history of the D-Day invasion, which took place less than 30 miles away. Your tour will include visits to 4/5 locations across the island.

Guided Coastal Foraging Tour

This coastal forage runs along a stretch of St Ouen’s beach taking in the tide and shore line. Led by a local whose family farm was seized by the Nazis, you will hear how the family learned to forage to survive. Our guide will identify edible plants, seaweeds and shellfish along with some coastal edible plants. This is a walking tour that lasts around 2.5 hours, so is not suitable for those unable to walk a reasonable distance. This tour takes place entirely outdoors Please dress with an eye on the weather and bring along any food and drink you may need.

 

  • Reserved coach travel throughout
  • Return ferry crossings
  • Return transfers between port & hotel
  • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
  • Incredible live evening entertainment every night
  • Guided tour of the Jersey War Tunnels
  • Around the Island Guided Tour with WW2 Expert
  • Guided Coastal Foraging Tour with Bunkers in the night

This tour picks up at the following points:

  • Bridgend
  • Bristol Aztec West
  • Cardiff Central
  • Cardiff Gate
  • Cardiff West
  • Gorseinon
  • Llanelli
  • Magor
  • Morriston
  • Neath
  • Newport
  • Port Talbot
  • Pyle
  • Sarn
  • Skewen
  • Swansea Central
  • Swansea West

Don't see your pickup? Don't worry, we have a great fixed rate transfer with Premier Taxi's . Check out the details here.

Find out more about our pickups on our pickup list page here.

OUR PRICES

Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing. Single rooms may carry a supplement. You will find what rooms and prices are available in the booking process.

TO NOTE

Holiday bookings are subject to our Terms & Conditions which you must be familiar with prior to booking. We recommend Travel Insurance for this holiday. If you do not already have cover, please contact us.

Please be aware that coach trips can include lengthy periods of travel and always require some degree of walking. There are steps onto the coach and some hotels/venues will have

THIS TRIP

£130 Single room supplement - Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a standard room.

Bunkers at Night - Guided Visit (Sites not usually accessible to general public)

Other Dates

Departure Date: Tuesday 27 Aug 2019
Duration: 5 Days



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