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» Kent Castles, Gardens and Coastline - 3 Day Tour from London

Kent, the Garden of England. Three days exploring England’s garden county, its castles, coast, villages and vineyards

Three leisurely days spent in the south eastern corner of England, an area known for its natural beauty and rural charm. Discover ancient castles, medieval Canterbury cathedral and stand atop the natural marvel of the White Cliffs of Dover. Take time to savour the flavours of Kent, from the legendary Whitstable Oysters to the crisp English wines produced in this area.

Stay 2 nights in Canterbury

Day 1
Depart London at 09.00 and head south east following the route of the ancient Roman Watling Street that connected London with the port of Dover and eventually Rome itself. You turn towards the town of Seven Oaks nestling in the Weald of Kent, an area of outstanding natural beauty. From here you continue towards the Toys Hill, a peaceful and relaxing woodland where you can admire magnificent views over North Kent and the area you will be exploring in depth over the next three days. You continue on towards breath-taking Leeds Castle known as “the loveliest castle in the world”. This majestic castle set in its own parkland and partially built on an island on the river Len is one of the most elegant castles and former palaces in England. After a leisurely visit there you continue deeper into rural Kent, stopping off at the traditional Kent village of Smarden with its narrow lanes, medieval church and wooden houses. Here you can sample some of the local ales of Kent in the beautiful 14th century coaching inn before you travel onwards to your base for the next two nights in the cathedral town of Canterbury.

Day 2 Leaving Canterbury today you spend much of the day on the Kent coast. You drive the short distance towards the port of Dover where you can take a walk along the world famous White Cliffs that looks over the English Channel that separates Kent from mainland Europe. Stopping for views overlooking Dover Castle you continue on the short walk through the wooded area behind Dover Castle where Louis Bleriot made history in 1909 as the first person to fly across the English Channel. Heading north along the coast you stop in Walmer and Deal, two coastal towns that lie adjacent to each other. This was the landing spot of Julius Caesar when he arrived in Britain in 55BC.

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White Cliffs of Dover
English Castle

Here you have the option to visit Deal or Walmer Castles, stroll along the pier at Deal or simply relax over lunch in one of the many beach front restaurants or bars. Following lunch you continue along the Kent coast towards Sandwich, a unique town that at one time sat on the shores of the English Channel until the Great Stour river silted up the surrounding marshlands which eventually left Sandwich stranded  inland. From here you turn towards Whitstable on the North Kent coast, one of the best places in England to sample locally sourced Oysters. Whitstable’s maritime and fishing heritage is reflected in the name of the former freight railway “The Crab and Winkle Line” that ran from the town. Whitstable with its distinctive character is always popular with seafood lovers. In the late afternoon you take the short drive inland for another evening in Canterbury.

Day 3 Leaving Canterbury you travel South and across the county line into East Sussex for a short visit to Rye, a medieval town that was once part of the Cinque Ports confederation and is now landlocked two miles from the open sea. Rye has been home to smugglers, royalty as well as writers and now offers visitors the chance to lose themselves in its ancient narrow lanes and passages. Turning North you travel the short distance to Biddenden Vineyards which were established in 1969 and now produce a fine selection of English Wines and Ciders. You can stroll around the 22 acre Vineyard, learn about the unique climate and soil that allows vines to flourish in this part of Kent and then sample the finished product. Your tour continues on to Sissinghurst Castle, a 16th century  hunting tower, former prison and Manor House. Stopping for lunch you will have time to explore the gardens, castle buildings and surrounding estate. The colourful gardens, designed by poet Vita Sackville-West, are considered the finest in England and offers some of the finest views across the Weald of Kent towards the North Downs hills. From here you begin your journey back to London arriving back at Greenlines coach station at 19.00

This tour includes:

Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour.
Forced air ventilation as standard.
Services of a professional driver/guide
All ferry and bridge crossings.
Sightseeing Discount Card - money off restaurants, shopping and attractions.

Your Accommodation

Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to choose your budget, stay in smaller places and get closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you.

*NB On occasions, when towns we stay in have events on, accommodation can be scarce and expensive so we may use other locations for your accommodation on the tour. We will always inform you of this when this is necessary.

Departure Information
09.00 AM From Central London

Every Friday - Friday arrive Edinburgh Friday (May - October 2015)

This tour is driven and guided by a friendly driver who is very familiar with the area its many back-roads. This means that you will venture off the beaten track to see and enjoy some of the area's most beautiful places. Your transport for this tour is in a spacious luxury 16 seat minibus with large windows and the ability to travel down some the narrow lanes which are not normally used by large coaches. We promise you a first-class experience and memories that you will treasure for many years!

Please note that as this tour is normally heavily subscribed, it may be necessary to make your reservation well in advance, especially if you are booking flights to or from the UK to coincide with a specific tour date.
This full day tour departs every Saturday from Central London

Multi Award Winning Small Group Tour of England!

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Adult Price from £159
Discount Price from : £149

Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 16.

 
 
2015 - 3 DAY U.K TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
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~ North Downs
~ Leeds Castle
~ Canterbury Cathedral
~ White Cliffs of Dover
~ Whitstable Oysters
~ Traditional Villages
~ Vineyard Visit

SECURE TOUR BOOKINGS


This 3 day tour departs every Friday from Central London
This tour normally ends by 6.30pm

Adult Price from: £159
Discount Price from: £149
Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 16.
 

Why Choose a Small Group Tour

We believe a small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers really does make a big difference to your trip. It allows us to give you a more personal service and remain the only 5 Star operator to offer this personal guarantee. Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers you get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back-roads and just more of an authentic, friendly experience. The smaller groups allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life.


 

Photography credits: ©Rabbie's Trail Burners, ©VisitBritain / Daniel Bosworth, ©VisitBritain/Pete Seaward


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I Just a short note to say thank you so much for a lovely trip. Did the Oxford/Stratford trip with Pauk and Debbie yesterday. It will definately stand out as a memorable moment. I'm actually quite happy with the fact that we got some rain, must be my romantic side, as I saw the real English weather.
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