Key Features
Tour type: Small Group Tour
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Group size: Maximum group size 18 passengers
Starting: Central London
Tour Highlights
  1. Day 1 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.

    Overnight: Howfield Manor Hotel (or similar), near Canterbury

    Meals: Dinner included

  2. Day 2 Canterbury Cathedral, Whistable and English Beer

    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.

    Overnight: Howfield Manor Hotel (or similar), Canterbury

    Meals: Breakfast included

  3. Day 3 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.

    Overnight: Mermaid Inn (or similar), Rye

    Meals: Breakfast included

  4. Day 4 Rye, Dover's White Cliffs and Dover Castle

    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.

    Overnight: Mermaid Inn (or similar), Rye

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  5. Day 5 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.

    Meals: Breakfast included

*Journey times and distances are estimates and are based on the direct route between the start location and end location for each day of the itinerary, where applicable. They do not include detours or stops for sightseeing.

Unqiue experiences

  • 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.

What's included

  • 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.

Optional extras

  • Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in London.
  • Rail transport to/from London before/after your tour.
  • Airport transfers.

Departure Dates 2017/18

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.

Please select your preferred tour date from the list below.

Start Date End Date Status Price
(per person)*
 
April 9, 2018
April 13, 2018
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£
1,319
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May 7, 2018
May 11, 2018
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£
1,319
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May 14, 2018
May 18, 2018
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£
1,319
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May 21, 2018
May 5, 2018
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£
1,319
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May 28, 2018
June 1, 2018
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£
1,319
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June 4, 2018
June 8, 2018
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£
1,319
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June 11, 2018
June 15, 2018
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£
1,319
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June 18, 2018
June 22, 2018
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£
1,319
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June 25, 2018
June 29, 2018
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£
1,319
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July 2, 2018
July 6, 2018
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£
1,319
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July 16, 2018
July 20, 2018
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£
1,319
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July 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
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£
1,319
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July 30, 2018
August 3, 2018
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£
1,319
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August 20, 2018
August 24, 2018
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£
1,319
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August 27, 2018
August 31, 2018
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£
1,319
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September 3, 2018
September 7, 2018
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£
1,319
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September 10, 2018
September 14, 2018
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£
1,319
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September 17, 2018
September 21, 2018
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£
1,319
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* Prices are per person based on two people sharing either a double room or twin room. A single supplement will apply for those bookings where a single room is required.

Pricing 2017/18

  • 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.
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