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French Flair meets British Beauty in the English Channel

From Southampton to Southampton

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10 Days

For a Northern European itinerary that combines the charming personality of England with all history and sophistication of France, this 10-day journey is a captivating adventure. Including peaceful islands and more spirited towns, this itinerary visiting the English Channel offers just a glimpse into what it has to offer. From the atmospheric island of Jersey to the French flair of St Malo, visitors to the English Channel will find excellent restaurants, joyous relaxation and stunning scenery.

  • Day 1
    Southampton to Yarmouth
    Southampton to Yarmouth

    Board your yacht from one of the UK’s major yachting hubs, Southampton. The internationally renowned yachting town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight will be your first destination. Take the opportunity to go ashore for lunch and explore the town’s shops. In the afternoon, cruise from Cowes westwards to Yarmouth, which is also on the Isle of Wight. This small, quaint town is centred on its natural harbour and offers a selection of eateries.

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  • Day 2
    Yarmouth to Guernsey (St Peter Port)
    Yarmouth to Guernsey (St Peter Port)

    After an early start, head out of the Solent and across the English Channel towards the Channel Islands. The journey to Guernsey will take about five hours. After a pleasant cruise, moor in St Peter Port in time for lunch. The afternoon can be spent exploring this attractive town and if you are interested in history, a walk around Castle Cornet shouldn’t be missed. Shopping enthusiasts will also be well-served in St Peter Port with an array of shops offering low duty prices. Stay in St Peter Port overnight.

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  • Day 3
    Guernsey to Sark to Guernsey
    Guernsey to Sark to Guernsey

    Today, take a day trip to the small but pretty island of Sark which is about half an hour’s cruise from Guernsey. Said to have some of the most dramatic coastline in the Channel Islands, this is the perfect location to anchor and have lunch. With no cars on the island, this is a peaceful and enchanting place. Return to St Peter Port to enjoy the evening ashore.

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  • Day 4
    Guernsey to Herm Island to Guernsey
    Guernsey to Herm Island to Guernsey

    This morning, sail out of St Peter Port to Fermain Bay for a relaxing breakfast at anchor. Head across the Little Russel channel to Herm Island, which lies between Guernsey and Sark. This island – only 3 miles from Guernsey – is small and unspoilt. No cars are allowed on the island, which is a mile and a half long and half a mile wide. Anchor in Belvoir Bay from where you can transfer to the island by tender and explore. You may wish to enjoy a cliff-top walk before enjoying lunch at the island’s hotel. Later, re-board your yacht and return to St Peter Port for the night.

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  • Day 5
    Guernsey to Jersey (St Helier)
    Guernsey to Jersey (St Helier)

    This morning bid farewell to Guernsey and head further south and east towards Jersey. The journey to the largest of the Channel Islands will take about an hour. Anchor in St Aubin’s Bay and enjoy a delicious lunch on board before berthing in St Helier Marina. This afternoon you will have the opportunity to explore Jersey’s capital and its sights. Returning to the marina later in the day, the waterfront bars will provide the perfect atmosphere for an early evening drink.

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  • Day 6
    Jersey to St Malo
    Jersey to St Malo

    Leaving Jersey behind, head further south and into France today. The walled city of St Malo is about two hours from St Helier and well worth exploring. You will be staying here for two nights, so you will have ample time to explore the attractive streets, bars, restaurants and shops, as well as the neighbouring beaches. While you are here you will be able to discover for yourself why St Malo is described as the jewel of this particular coastline, and take a journey through its legends and history via its impressive ramparts and ancient monuments.

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  • Day 7
    St Malo
    St Malo

    Today is reserved for further leisure time in St Malo. If you happen to visit on a Tuesday or Friday you will be able to experience a typical Breton market in the heart of the old city. For lunch, you may wish to explore further afield and take a short drive to the town of Cancale to sample the food of the renowned ‘Le Relais Gourmand Olivier Roellinger’. Back in St Malo, perhaps you will want to enjoy a walk along the beach or, alternatively, some more shopping in the city’s many boutiques and other outlets. As the evening sun sets, why not enjoy cocktails on the deck before indulging in a sumptuous dinner comprised of fresh, Breton produce.

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  • Day 8
    St Malo to Jersey (St Helier)
    St Malo to Jersey (St Helier)

    Spend this morning can be spent relaxing or shopping in St Malo and enjoy lunch ashore at one of St Malo’s excellent restaurants before the journey northwards to Jersey. Tonight, Jersey’s capital, St Helier, will provide the overnight berth and the evening’s entertainment.

  • Day 9
    Jersey to Alderney (Braye Harbour)
    Jersey to Alderney (Braye Harbour)

    Departing St Helier this morning, today’s cruise will take you past Sark. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at anchor in one of Sark’s beautiful bays or you may wish to venture ashore to ‘La Sabblonerie’. This whitewashed sixteenth century farmhouse hotel and restaurant, which offers a Victorian horse and carriage transfer from the arrival jetty, is known for superb cuisine. This afternoon, continue the journey north to the island of Alderney. The third largest of the Channel Islands, Alderney remains largely unspoilt, with cliffs, gorseland, white sand beaches and narrow cobbled streets. Tonight, stay at anchor in Braye Harbour.

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  • Day 10
    Alderney to Southampton
    Alderney to Southampton

    Heading north, cross the English Channel back to the UK mainland. Arrive back in Southampton after a journey of around four hours, marking the end to your cruising adventure.

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