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Jersey Liberation Celebrations

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS8971

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

6 days

UK Islands 2021

PRICE FROM ? £679 per person
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Itinerary

Description

The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by German forces during the Second World War. As Hitler ordered Jersey to be transformed into an impregnable fortress, hundreds of bunkers, anti-tank walls and tunnel complexes were built, traffic had to drive on the other side of the road and the island was moved to Central European time.

When news broke out that the German army had surrendered, expectant crowds began to gather at various locations. Winston Churchill soon crackled onto the airwaves, uttering the words ‘our dear Channel Islands are also to be freed today.’ Jubilant crowds greeted the liberating forces, German flags were lowered and the Union Jack was hoisted at Pomme d’Or for the first time in five years. The glorious day is commemorated every year in Jersey with a Bank Holiday, and on this break we join in with the 75th Anniversary celebrations. We also explore the traces of the German occupation scattered across the island, and discover fascinating insights into the lives of Jersey’s residents during 1940-45.   

Itinerary

Day 1
We fly to Jersey and transfer to our hotel in St Helier.

Day 2 – Full-day tour: The German Occupation – Life in Jersey
We are accompanied by Marc Yates today, a local Jerseyman and member of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides, on a full day tour entitled ‘German Occupation – Life in Jersey.’ We learn about the impact of the occupation upon Jersey and its residents, illuminated by Marc’s personal stories about both his grandfathers who were on the island during the period. We circle the island, stopping at historic bunkers and other sites which have a direct link to the occupation.

Day 3 – 75th Anniversary of Liberation Day
Today is the 75th Anniversary of Liberation Day, where the day is free to enjoy the celebrations, enactments, parades, military vehicle processions, music and food stalls. 

Day 4 – Half-day tour: Noirmont Point & Les Landes
This morning we head to Noirmont Point, the most southerly headland in Jersey. Overlooking Portelet Bay with stunning views, the area was the ideal location to mount powerful guns. Work started in 1941 and the construction of Batterie Lothringen was finally completed in May 1944. The M-132 Underground Command Bunker was also built in the same area, which extends to a depth of 40ft. The bunker has been magnificently restored and offers a fascinating insight into the defence of the island from any allied attacks.


We continue to Les Landes, located in the north west of the island overlooking the other Channel Islands and comprised of four gun emplacements and an associated underground complex. One of the gun emplacements has been restored, along with underground passages that link up to a Kriegsmarine M151 personnel shelter that could house 27 men and has a two metre-thick ceiling. We are again joined by Marc who guides us with his extensive knowledge of these sites.  

Day 5 – Day at leisure
Today we enjoy a day at leisure. You may like to take an optional excursion to one of the island’s many attractions and museums, indulge in some retail therapy in St Helier, or simply take the chance to relax at the hotel.

Day 6
We check out of our hotel and transfer to Jersey airport for our return flight home.

Please note: the itinerary order is subject to change.

Flight Information

*Air holiday prices are correct at the time of publication but are subject to fluctuation and availability. Other regional airports may be available and the final price will depend on your chosen airport, airline and flight time. This will be advised at the time of booking.

One piece of checked-in hold luggage PER PERSON is included however; the weight allowance does vary between airlines. Please ask for details.

Hotel transfers may be in shared vehicles. You may also have to await passengers arriving on other flights; for your convenience we will do our utmost to keep the waiting time to a minimum.

Holiday operated by Just Go! Holidays under ATOL No.10889

Air Bullets

  • Return flights to Jersey*
  • Airport taxes and luggage allowance (one piece of checked-in hold luggage per person)
  • Meet and greet on arrival in Jersey
  • Airport transfers in Jersey
  • 5 nights at a selected 3-star hotel in St Helier with dinner & breakfast
  • Welcome meeting
  • Full day ‘German Occupation – Life in Jersey’ tour with a specialist guide
  • Half-day tour to Noirmont Point & Les Landes with a specialist guide

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  • Return flights to Jersey*
  • 5 nights at a selected 3-star hotel in St Helier with dinner & breakfast
  • Full day ‘German Occupation – Life in Jersey’ tour with a specialist guide
  • Half-day tour to Noirmont Point & Les Landes with a specialist guide

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Accommodation

Accommodation

Hotels

7 May departure:
The 3-star Monterey Hotel is located a short stroll from the town of St Helier. The en-suite rooms offer Freeview TV, free Wi-Fi and tea and coffee-making facilities. The hotel also features a restaurant, bar and sun terrace, as well as an indoor and outdoor pools, a steam room and mini gym.

Upgrade to the 4-star Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel for £175 per person

8 May departure:
The 3-star Apollo Hotel is situated in the heart of St Helier. The hotel offers comfortable rooms with TV, tea and coffee-making facilities and free Wi-Fi, two bars/lounges, a restaurant, snack bar, small fitness centre and an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.

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