West Nautical18A Osborne RoadJesmondNewcastle upon TyneNE2 2ADUnited Kingdom
Envisage crystal clear turquoise waters against a backdrop of charming coastal towns filled with history, mouth-watering local produce and empty beaches that would rival those of a Caribbean resort.
Join your captain and crew on board in St Peter Port, Guernsey. You will arrive in the early evening at approximately 6pm. Once you have settled in and enjoyed refreshments disembark and enjoy an evening stroll around this quaint little port, or simply relax on board if you would prefer.
Guernsey is the perfect place for nature lovers, with the ocean on its doorstep and an abundance of green space visitors can spend days hiking and enjoying kayaking or paddle boarding.
If watersports and hiking aren’t for you then don’t worry, the old town of St Peter Port boasts a rich history ready and waiting to be explored. Visit the 800-year-old Castle Cornet or La Vallette Underground Military Museum where you can learn all about Guernsey’s military history including the German Occupation of the island from 1940 - to 1945 during WWII.
If you would like to venture even further back in time the ‘Le Dehus Burial Chamber’ can also be found on Guernsey. This prehistoric burial chamber predates the pyramids and is truly a fascinating site to behold.
For fans of literature the home of Victor Hugo, Hauteville House, is located on the island. Hugo personally decorated and lived in the home during his 14 years of exile from France, its design is extravagant to say the least and well worth a visit!
Depending on your preference you can enjoy a meal in one of the St Peter Port’s many fantastic independent restaurants – expect plenty of fresh seafood, or dine on a delicious meal prepared on board. You will anchor here over night.
Today after a help-yourself yourself breakfast and fresh coffee your captain will set sail for Alderney. Sit back and relax on board, this journey will take approximately three hours and is a great opportunity to look for wildlife such as seals and dolphins en route. Your captain and crew are avid wildlife photographers and can help you spot and photograph the local marine life and seabirds!
A hidden gem, Alderney is only one and half miles wide and three and a half miles long, and while it may be small the nature here is diverse and perfect for exploring.
Once you arrive at the island disembark where you can explore and take a guided tour. Explore the cobbled streets of the town centre, St Anne, or take a hike along the stunning coastline and its unspoilt beaches.
For the history enthusiasts among us, Alderney has a somewhat dark history – it was occupied by the Germans during WWII and became the site of four different labour and concentration camps, the most notorious being Lager Sylt.
While Alderney’s inhabitants were evacuated, prisoners were brought to the island from surrounding European countries but also Russia and Algeria to build part of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall. The full story of life inside these camps is unknown due to the island’s remote location and discoveries are still being made in present day.
After a day of exploring head to one of Alderney’s many charming seafront restaurants where local produce is championed. Enjoy spectacular views over the coastline as you dine. You will anchor here over night.
Wake in the morning once again to a freshly prepared help-yourself breakfast. Today you will lift anchor and head to Sark.
The ‘crown jewel’ of the Channel Islands, Sark is car free with outstanding scenery, bays and coastal routes, including the Gouliot Headland and Caves, recognised worldwide as having special animal and plant life, particularly the marine life in the Gouliot Caves, a large sea cave system on the Sark side of the Gouliot passage.
You will drop anchor and head to the shore where your crew will take you on an uphill walk (approximately 300ft). Once at the top of the island you can enjoy a horse-drawn carriage tour, or if you would prefer, bicycle hire can be arranged and you can enjoy the island at your own pace.
Sark is also full of military history. During WWII ‘Operation Basalt’ was carried out, a raid actioned by British Commandos against the German occupation. It is believed this raid contributed to Hitler’s decision to issue the ‘Commando Order’, instructing that all captured Commandos or Commando-type personnel be executed as a matter of procedure. Learn all about these historic events at the Sark Occupation and Heritage Museum.
Enjoy dinner at one of the island’s hotel restaurants and as evening draws in prepare for spectacular stargazing opportunities with sundowners in hand – Sark is the World’s first Dark Sky Island with no light pollution.
You will anchor here overnight under the stars in either Port es Saies on the west coast or Dixcart Bay on the East coast, depending on the weather.
Today after a relaxing breakfast you will set sail for Herm and the blissfully quiet Shell Beach.
This sweep of fine golden sand stretches almost three-quarters of a mile, encompassing dune-flanked, tranquil bays. Aptly named, when you look closely you will see millions of tiny shells washed up by the Gulf Stream.
Spend the day relaxing, swimming and kayaking in the crystal-clear turquoise waters before heading ashore for your evening meal.
Depending on your preference, enjoy fine dining in the White House Hotel restaurant, the Two AA Rosette Conservatory, or for traditional British pub fare the Mermaid’s Tavern is a firm favourite amongst guests on the island.
After your evening meal enjoy a walk along the islands stunning coastline. You will anchor off Herm overnight.
This morning you will sail back towards Guernsey, watch out for dolphins, seals and sea birds on the return journey, you might make one last sighting!
You will anchor off one of the island’s beautiful bays on the east coast to enjoy one last breakfast on board before you disembark in St Peter Port. A morning arrival means you will have the full day to visit any last tourist spots on your list.