5 days/ 4 nights
South East of England
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Small group tour: Garden of England tour
Churchill's Chartwell and Hever Castle
Departing London, we make our way from the city to the nearby county of Kent, renowned as the "Garden of England". Embarking on a trail of statesmen and royalty our first stop is Chartwell house, once the private home of Sir Winston Churchill. A charming rust-red stone manor, Chartwell is effectively a time capsule of 1930s family life providing an insight in to Churchills' library, sitting room and study. Outside, we'll roam some of the 800 acres of woodland, gardens and picturesque lakes. Then it's on to Hever Castle, a centuries old Royal manor set amidst formal English rose gardens and once childhood home of Anne Boleyn – we'll step back to Tudor times as we wander the beautifully preserved rooms adorned with intricate tapestries and a collection of Tudor portraits that rivals the country's best galleries. Tonight's hotel, near Canterbury, is where we'll stay for the next two nights.
Accommodation: Howfield Manor Hotel (or similar), near Canterbury – dinner included.
Highlights: The 'Garden of England', Chartwell House and Hever Castle.
Canterbury Cathedral, Whistable and English Beer
Canterbury Castle, Canterbury, England
This morning, we are headed to Whitstable, a charming port bustling with picturesque lanes, quirky alleys and where you can follow the fishermen's catch from the pebbled beach to the harbour market. Having worked up a thirst after all that salty sea air, we make our way to Shepherd Neame in Faversham where we tour England's oldest brewery and sample the award-winning beers. After enjoying the local produce we are off to the stunning Canterbury Cathedral, a dominating gothic structure, which was the destination of the pilgrims of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and today holds UNESCO World Heritage status. Here we discover medieval ruins, the oak-roofed monks' Chapter House, staggering gothic nave, 11th century crypt and the grisly site where Thomas Becket became a martyr. Our evening is at leisure in Canterbury.
Accommodation: Howfield Manor Hotel (or similar), Canterbury.
Highlights: Canterbury Cathedral, Whistable and England's oldest brewery.
Steam Railway Journey and Bodiam Castle
Today we revisit the golden age of British travel as we board the Tenterden Steam Railway; our journey carries us in a classic carriage as we chug our way through the idyllic rural scenery of England's South East to Bodiam. Almost stepping in to a storybook, here we encounter the archetypal English fortress at the awe-inspiring 14th century Bodiam Castle; soaring towers, iron-studded wooden portcullis and a surrounding moat are just some of the features. Climb spiral staircases and walk the great hall dais before channelling your inner knight as you step out on the battlements. Our third and final destination of the day is Rye, a charm-filled market town situated in the heart of 1066 country where we can visit the Rye Heritage Centre. This evening enjoy Rye at your leisure.
Accommodation: Mermaid Inn (or similar), Rye.
Highlights: Steam railway journey, Bodiam Castle and the market town of Rye.
Rye, Dover's White Cliffs and Dover Castle
White Cliffs of Dover, England
This morning we dedicate time to exploring Rye; we'll hear tales of smugglers and Norman conquests as we traverse the cobbled lanes lined and timberwork houses to see destinations that inspired writers and artists alike, from Henry James to Paul Nash. Departing Rye, we'll follow the coastal roads to Dover. At Dover Castle we'll see medieval tunnels, evocative interiors and gain far-reaching views across the English Channel from the Great Tower. Maybe we'll catch a glimpse of the legendary White Cliffs of Dover. Later we return to Rye, for an afternoon at leisure to see more of the town before enjoying a final dinner together.
Accommodation: Mermaid Inn (or similar), Rye – dinner included.
Highlights: Dover Castle, views of the English Channel and the White Cliffs of Dover.
Battle and Sissinghurst Garden
Today we find our final stop at the market town of Battle, where we can stand on the very spot where King Harold fell during the fateful conflict; a moment which changed the course of English history. We visit Sissinghurst Castle, whose extensive grounds were transformed in the 1930s by renowned Vita Sackville-West and her husband to become one of the most spectacular and celebrated gardens in England. Now managed by England's National Trust the gardens remain just as spectacular today, offering manicured lawns, walled gardens and the beautiful rose gardens, Vita's favourite. Our tour reaches its conclusion this evening upon our return to London.
Highlights: Market town of Battle and Sissinghurst Castle.
Small group tours: Garden of England tour
- Walk the halls and gardens of medieval castles at Hever, Dover and Bodiam.
- Enjoy a steam-train ride through the English countryside.
- Sample celebrated beers at Shepherd Neame, Britain's oldest brewer.
- Maximum group-size of 18 passengers for that intimate touring experience.
- 4 nights in charming hotel accommodation
- Transportation by luxury mini-coach
- The services of your professional driver-guide tour leader
- Full English breakfast daily
- 2 x evening meals
- Beer tasting in Faversham
- Steam Railway ride
- A comprehensive touring programme including the following admissions:
- Chartwell House
- Hever Castle and Gardens
- Canterbury Cathedral
- Bodiam Castle
- Dover Castle
- Sissinghurst Castle Garden
- Rye Heritage Centre
- The Monastery in Battle
- Expert local advice during the planning of your trip.
- Postage of your vacation documents pack.
- Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in London.
- Rail transport to/from London before/after your tour.
- Airport transfers.
Small group tours: Garden of England tour
DEPARTURE DATES 2018
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||PRICE PER PERSON
(sharing twin/ double)
|Mon 09 Apr, 2018||Fri 13 Apr, 2018||£ 1,319|
|Mon 07 May, 2018||Fri 11 May, 2018||Guaranteed||£ 1,319|
|Mon 14 May, 2018||Fri 18 May, 2018||£ 1,319|
|Mon 21 May, 2018||Fri 25 May, 2018||Guaranteed||£ 1,319|
|Mon 28 May, 2018||Fri 01 Jun, 2018||£ 1,319|
|Mon 04 Jun, 2018||Fri 08 Jun, 2018||Guaranteed||£ 1,319|
|Mon 11 Jun, 2018||Fri 15 Jun, 2018||£ 1,319|
|Mon 18 Jun, 2018||Fri 22 Jun, 2018||Guaranteed||£ 1,319|
|Mon 25 Jun, 2018||Fri 29 Jun, 2018||£ 1,319|
|Mon 02 Jul, 2018||Fri 06 Jul, 2018||£ 1,319|
|Mon 16 Jul, 2018||Fri 20 Jul, 2018||Guaranteed||£ 1,319|
|Mon 23 Jul, 2018||Fri 27 Jul, 2018||Guaranteed||£ 1,319|
|Mon 30 Jul, 2018||Fri 03 Aug, 2018||£ 1,319|
|Mon 20 Aug, 2018||Fri 24 Aug, 2018||£ 1,319|
|Mon 27 Aug, 2018||Fri 31 Aug, 2018||£ 1,319|
|Mon 03 Sep, 2018||Fri 07 Sep, 2018||£ 1,319|
|Mon 10 Sep, 2018||Fri 14 Sep, 2018||£ 1,319|
|Mon 17 Sep, 2018||Fri 21 Sep, 2018||£ 1,319|
Single Supplement: £200.
All tours commence in central London (close to Victoria Station) at 8.30am on the Start Day and finish in London at around 5.30pm (approx) on the End Day.
- Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room.
- Prices are for land only tours and all tours are subject to availability.
- Prices are correct at the time of publishing to website but are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
- Prices are in British Pounds Sterling (GBP£) currency for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.
- All trip details are correct at time of publishing to website however due to the nature of small group tours the itinerary is flexible and is subject to change based on a variety of factors.