Follow in historian Dan Snow's footsteps on this new historical itineraries featuring the Islands of Guernsey
Recently historian Dan Snow MBE has been following the story of local divers, who uncovered a significant haul of WWII memorabilia in a disused quarry on the island of Alderney. As a result of this and Dan’s interest in the wider WWII story of the Channel Islands – the only part of the British Isles to be under German rule during the war - a documentary, ‘The Islands of Guernsey - Secrets of Hitler's Island Fortress’ has been produced that can be viewed via online history channel History Hit.
We have compiled self-guided itineraries for visitors to follow in Dan Snow’s footsteps across the Islands and discover Hitler’s forgotten fortresses and artefacts. The handcrafted tours range from three-to-six days, allowing for visitors to see as much or as little as they would like. Suggestion highlights include visiting the 800-year-old Castle Cornet (the only place in the British Isles with Henry VIII defences enhanced by Hitler) as well as military walks in Alderney and the German Occupation Museum in Guernsey.
Off the back of the launch of these new itineraries by VisitGuernsey, tour operators have developed packages that allow visitors to explore the WWII history across the Islands of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm and Lihou. The packages include access to various events for Heritage75 – a series of special activities to observe the 75th anniversary which runs from April to October 2020.
New packages include:
Guernsey Travel is offering five and seven-night itineraries including ferries from Guernsey to Sark, Alderney, and Herm allowing visitors to experience multiple historical landmarks. Packages are priced from £503 per person on a B&B basis with three to five-star hotel options. For travel by air from Southampton or Gatwick, add £64. Offers valid for travel from 1 April to 31 October 2020. Find out more and book.
Channel Islands Direct is offering a seven-night heritage itinerary including flights and return ferries to all the Islands of Guernsey. The package features a half day guided tour of Guernsey so visitors can learn the rich history first-hand. Packages start from £749 per person including five nights’ accommodation at the four-star Duke of Richmond Hotel in Guernsey and an overnight stay on Alderney at the Georgian House. Offer valid for travel between 25 May and 30 June 2020. Find out more and book.
Fly Guernsey has partnered with Hotel Fleur du Jardin to offer guests with a special interest in history up to two free nights when booking a stay of three nights or longer, exclusively for stays between 25 March and 26 April. Rates start at £269 per person on a B&B basis including flights from London Stansted. Find out more and book.