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Anglo French Discovery
Commences Paris 24 September and ends London 14 October 2019

  • Mont St Michel
    Mont St Michel
  • Jersey Tapestry
    Jersey Tapestry
  • Sark
  • Mont Orgueil, Jersey
    Mont Orgueil, Jersey
  • Osborne House, Isle of Wight
    Osborne House, Isle of Wight
  • Quimper
  • Program Status Places Available
  • Price $ 13,640
  • Program Code GCTAF19
  • Single Supplement $ 1,790
  • Activity Rating Moderate
  • Program Leader Louise Shave

Tour Itinerary

  • 20 Nights
    • 1 - Paris
    • 4 - Bayeux
    • 1 - Rennes
    • 4 - Southern Brittany
    • 3 - St Malo
    • 3 - Jersey
    • 3 - Guernsey
    • 1 - London

Commences Paris 24 September and ends London 14 October 2019

Tour Highlights

  • Scenic Normandy and Bayeux with its famous Tapestry
  • The D-day beaches and William the Conqueror's Caen
  • The Breton capital of Rennes
  • The standing stones at Carnac and the walled town of Concarneau
  • The ancient cathedral city of Quimper and the village Pont-Aven
  • The scenic fortified port of St Malo and the walled town of Dinon
  • The Channel Island of Jersey, with its port of St Helier, its ancient sites and occupation museum
  • The island of Guernsey with its dramatic coastline and picturesque St Peter port, home of Victor Hugo.
  • The Isle of Sark, with its Seigneurie Gardens
  • The Isle of Wight  with Queen Victoria's Osborne House

Tour Overview

This 20-night program explores the north-west corner of France before hopping across the English Channel to the tiny autonomous islands of Jersey, Guernsey and Sark. It combines the dramatic scenery of Normandy and Brittany with the quirky history and natural beauty of the Channel Islands.

From the peaceful verdant landscape of Normandy whose image of apple orchards, contented cows, cider and pungent cheese belies a more turbulent past, we travel to Brittany with its strongly separate Celtic culture on its wild seafaring peninsula, dotted with mysterious standing stones, dolmens and cromlechs.

The Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey boast charming historic ports and towns such as St Helier and St Peter Port, as well as famous former residents, such as Victor Hugo. The islands are not part of the United Kingdom but are British Crown Dependencies and are a delightful mix of English and French culture, while tiny Sark is like a mediaeval hereditary time warp with its formal gardens of La Seigneurie and lack of motor vehicles. We hop between these islands before ending our program in London.

Tour Inclusions

  • 20 nights en-suite hotel accomodation
  • Typical local breakfast and dinners daily
  • Touring by comfortable modern coach
  • Ferry St Malo - Jersey and Jersey - Guernsey
  • Flight Guernsey to UK
  • Transport, lectures and field trips as indicated Applicable entry fees and services of local guides
  • Services of a program leader
  • Gratuities and necessary tips
  • Detailed Program Information Booklet

Louise Shave

Golden Compass France Ireland Scotland Tour Leader Louise Shave

Louise Shave graduated from the University of Auckland, in Languages, History and Music and with a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching.

She has a passion for her chosen subjects and really enjoys sharing with travellers the history and culture of countries in which she has lived or experienced. The extensive time she has recently spent living in both France and Ireland has given her an in-depth knowledge of those particular countries. She is a fluent speaker of French.

For the past 14 years, she has led many outbound programmes, especially in Europe, the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, Ireland, India, Bhutan and Nepal. She is much in demand as a guest speaker.

For six years, Louise and her husband explored the waterways of Europe on their 20 metre converted Dutch Barge. Not content with river travel, they also sailed a 10 metre boat across the Irish Sea and then back to England. Three years were spent in Ireland on the canals and rivers, with numerous adventures, followed by more time around the coast and in the English waterways.

As well as those noted above, her interests include art, architecture, theatre, film, reading, trekking, and, not least, her family!


This program includes placeswhich can only be explored on foot and where walking tours may be a little longer and not always on the flat. Accommodation may have some stairs and or have some rooms which may involve some walking to access.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover bet­ter the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.
If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Register your interest early

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining and make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD14).
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompasstours.co.nz. If you prefer you can fax your form to +44 (0) 1494 431 144, or post it to our New Zealand postal address at:

  Golden Compass, P O Box 3452 Shortland St. Auckland 1140, New Zealand.

Please note we require a deposit of NZD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 70 days prior to the start of your program or programs in the UK, Europe, North Africa or Asia. 

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 70 days prior to the start of your tour. 

If you need any assistance please call our Freephone number on 0800 132 385.