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  Improved Itinerary  

Key Features
Tour type: Small Group Tour
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Tour feature: Maximum group size 18 passengers
Starting: London
Ending: London
Tour Highlights
Towns and Cities: Canterbury, Dover, London
  1. Day 1 London Arrival

    Arrive in London this morning and make your way in to the heart of the English Capital. After checking in to your hotel, your afternoon is free for you to spend at your leisure either relaxing after your arrival journey or perhaps getting out to explore the city. London is magnificent metropolis which combines a vibrant modern culture with a rich history and heritage. You may choose to visit a wealth of world renowned sights including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral, Trafalgar Square and the London Eye on the banks of the River Thames. By evening, return to the tour hotel where we'll gather as a group with your tour leader and get to know one another over a welcome dinner.

    Overnight: Wellington Hotel by Blue Orchid (or similar), London

    Meals: Dinner included

  2. Day 2 Churchill's Chartwell and Sissinghurst Gardens

    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 Churchill's library, sitting room and study. Outside, we’ll roam some of the 800 acres of woodland, gardens and picturesque lakes. Then, we visit of England's finest public gardens at Sissinghurst Gardens; stroll the beautiful gardens and orchard or climb the castle tower for beautiful views over the Kentish and learn about the former owner and writer Vita Sackville-West's intriguing life. By afternoon we continue to the ecclesiastical capital of England, Canterbury.

    Overnight: Abode Canterbury Hotel (or similar), Canterbury

    Meals: Breakfast included

  3. Day 3 Canterbury Cathedral and Kent’s countryside

    We start today at Canterbury Cathedral, a dominating Gothic structure with an intriguing and murderous history; Canterbury Cathedral was the destination of the pilgrims of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the site of the murder of Thomas Becket and today holds UNESCO World Heritage status. We'll enjoy a tour to learn about the dramatic history and see the magnificent stained-glass windows, the monks’ Chapter House and the 11th century crypt. By afternoon we'll visit nearby villages combining picturesque countryside with unspoilt coasts. Later we head for our accommodation in the grounds of Leeds Castle.

    Overnight: Leeds Castle (or similar), Maidstone

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  4. Day 4 Leeds Castle, English Beer and Whitstable

    We’ll make the most of our location and take some time to explore Leeds Castle on a guided tour of the castle and grounds. We'll see the famous moat and gardens and explore the areas "below stairs" of the staff and the grand living and sleeping quarters (some of which were favoured by King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson during their frequent stays). By afternoon we head to one of England's oldest breweries at the Shepherd Neame Brewery in Faversham. Here we’ll be treated to a tour with the chance to sample some award-winning beers. We’ll round off the day with a seaside stroll in the quaint town of Whitstable before returning to our idyllic accommodation for the evening.

    Overnight: Leeds Castle (or similar), Maidstone

    Meals: Breakfast included

  5. Day 5 Tenterden, Chapel Down Winery and Rye

    This morning we depart for historic Tenterden, a quintessentially English town overlooking the valley of the River Rother. We'll enjoy free-time to wander the historic town before pulling up a chair at the Chapel Down winery where we’ll discover some unique English wines and sample a glass or two ourselves. Our final destination of the day will be the charming market town of Rye in the heart of 1066 country; here we’ll pay a visit to the Rye Heritage Centre and explore the town.

    Overnight: Mermaid Inn (or similar), Rye

    Meals: Breakfast included

  6. Day 6 The White Cliffs of Dover and Dover Castle

    First thing today we’ll spend some time exploring Rye’s cobbled lanes and timberwork houses to experience the magic that inspired writers and artists such as Henry James and Paul Nash. Then we'll board the bus to trace the south English coastline to gain views of those famous white cliffs before arriving in Dover itself. We'll head to Dover Castle, an imposing fortress that boasts evocative interiors that tell centuries of historic tales, not to mention far-reaching views from the Great Tower and dark medieval tunnels with covert cannons every few paces. By afternoon we'll enjoy some free time back in Rye before our farewell dinner.

    Overnight: Mermaid Inn (or similar), Rye

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  7. Day 7 Hever Castle and Farewell!

    Before we finish our tour, we are off 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 and artefacts. Our final journey takes us back in to central London where our tour ends at approximately 5.30pm.

    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 and Dover.
  • Sample celebrated beers at Shepherd Neame, Britain's oldest brewer.
  • Discover fine English wines at a local winery.
  • Maximum group-size of 18 passengers for that intimate touring experience.

What's included

  • 6 nights in charming hotel accommodation
  • Transportation by luxury mini-coach
  • The services of your professional driver-guide and tour leader
  • Full English breakfast daily
  • 3 x evening meals
  • Beer tasting in Faversham
  • A comprehensive touring programme including the following admissions:
    • Chartwell House
    • Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens
    • Hever Castle and Gardens
    • Canterbury Cathedral
  • 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 2021

Please select your preferred tour date from the list below.

Start DateEnd DateStatusPrice
(per person)*
 
April 10, 2021
April 16, 2021
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£
1659

Fully booked

May 1, 2021
May 7, 2021
Limited availability
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£
1659
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June 12, 2021
June 18, 2021
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£
1709
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June 26, 2021
July 2, 2021
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from
£
1709

Fully booked

July 17, 2021
July 23, 2021
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from
£
1709
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August 7, 2021
August 13, 2021
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from
£
1709
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September 11, 2021
September 17, 2021
Guaranteed departure
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£
1709
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September 25, 2021
October 1, 2021
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£
1659
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October 9, 2021
October 15, 2021
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£
1659
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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 2020/21

Single Supplement: From £450.

All tours commence at your central London Hotel (close to Victoria Station) in the evening of day one and finish in central London at around 5.30pm (approx) on the End Day.

Please ask for a quote if you require additional pre-tour accommodation in central London and/or post-tour accommodation in London or elsewhere.

Pricing Notes

  • 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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