Leeds Castle, the White Cliffs & Flavours of Kent
Departs on Fridays from London
England is an expert in elegance. The palaces have rooms larger than an entire house. The grand gardens have plants rarer than a blue moon. And the royal dinner menus have more courses than you would usually eat in a week. So, on this tour, we let you discover exquisite England.
You survey the gorgeous grounds surrounding ancient castles, climb the internal heights of a spectacular cathedral, and look across to France from the White Cliffs of Dover. What’s more, ’foodies’ can sample local English wines and fresh oysters, whilst history lovers can learn tales of treacherous kings and queens. Join this leisurely tour and discover the luxurious and beautiful attractions of South East England.
DEPARTURE FROM LONDON: Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, SW1W 9SH. If coming on foot access is through the building at 4 Fountain Square, 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SH.
The tour departs at 9:15am and returns at approx. 7:00pm on Day 3.
Kent & Canterbury
Depart London 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 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 you continue onto the North Kent coast. We spend time in the fishing port of Whitstable, 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. In the late afternoon, you take the short drive to the Cathedral town of Canterbury, our base for the next two days. Here, you have the oppurtunity to join the famous Evensong in Canterbury Cathedral.
Dover & Whitstable
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 enjoy magnificent views of the world famous White Cliffs that look over the English Channel that separates Kent from mainland Europe. You can take time to visit Dover Castle, one of England’s greatest fortresses that has stood guard over the English Channel for nine centuries. Explore the Castle Tower and the war tunnels that saw action as recently as 1945.
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. 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.
Rye & Chartwell
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. Later this morning we visit Chapel Down Vinyards where you can sample some of Kent’s finest wines and walk through the estate of England’s leading wine maker.
Turning North your tour continues on to Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, 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.
Our final stop of the day is at Chartwell House, the iconic home of former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. Now in the care of the National Trust, Chartwell stands in magnificent gardens and holds a large collection of paintings that Sir Winston created throughout his life. From here we travel back to Greenline Coach terminal in London.
Return to London at 19:00
- North Downs
- Leeds Castle
- Canterbury Cathedral
- White Cliffs of Dover
- Whitstable Oysters
- Traditional Villages
- Vineyard Visit
- Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour
- Services of a professional local driver/guide
- 2 nights ensuite accommodations
- Full English breakfast daily