St. Peter Port Walking Tour with Castle Cornet Visit

3 Hours
Group Activity
Moderate
Cruise Friendly

From (USD) $65 Per Adult (Minimum 8) / $52 Per Child

St. Peter Port Walking Tour with Castle Cornet Visit

3 Hours
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From (USD) $65 Per Adult (Minimum 8) / $52 Per Child

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      St. Peter Port Walking Tour with Castle Cornet Visit

      St. Peter Port, Channel Islands
      From (USD) $65 Per Adult (Minimum 8) / $52 Per Child
      Highlights
      • St. Peter Port: It's the capital of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, sits just 30 miles off France's Normandy coast, and has been doing brisk port business since Roman times.
      • Cornet Castle: This ancient harbor fortress boasts a long and bloody history, and has the weaponry to prove it. Also, spectacular panoramic views of town and sea.
      • Complimentary refreshments: Once you've survived the Castle tour, you'll be ready for coffee and something sweet. Like, say, gache, a Channel Island fruit bread.
      About this St. Peter Port tour

      "Guernsey." The name doesn't conjure images of free-ranging smugglers, crooked pub-keepers, or Nazi squads – more a contented cow. But on this tour, you're going to discover how Guernsey and its capital city, St. Peter Port, have much more history with mayhem than with heifers. 

      Our guided walk begins pleasantly enough, with a cobblestoned stroll of the harbor – where you can almost still hear the din of the passengers, porters, privateers, and outright pirates who made their way through this port in its heyday. Long-known as the best anchorage in the English Channel, St. Peter was also known for turning a blind eye to the legal ownership of the goods that crossed its quays. Your GoBe guide can share many a tale about this mischief.

      From here, the town's steep-climbing lanes and passageways look inviting, but we have a rendezvous with a less tranquil spot: Castle Cornet. That's it, out at the harbor's mouth, with the enormous walls, well-oiled cannons, and seriously dank dungeons. Yet, in an ironic touch, also with no less than four lovingly-tended gardens. Go figure.

      We'll tour this sprawling 800-year-old complex (home to five separate museums), and listen to a narration that brings it vividly to life. Or, more accurately, to death – since that was often the main business here. By siege engine, musket, crossbow, cannon, Mauser, or just by slow rotting away in the dark holds below.

      Afterwards, to lighten things up, we can talk about the Black Death that harbor rats carried with them as they scurried around town in the 1300s. Half of Guernsey’s residents endured horrific pain and grotesque disfigurement – then died. Like we said, a history of mayhem.

      War is hell, but this is crazy

      Guernsey's seen its challenges over the centuries, but none more absurd than its long occupation during WWII. Technically owned by the Crown but not supported by its military, when the island was invaded by Germany in 1940, no defense force was here to stop them. So the Nazis dug in, fortified, and stayed here – for five years. By the time liberation came (11 months after nearby Normandy), nearly everyone was starving, including the occupiers.

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      Cancellation policy

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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