Leeds Castle, White Cliffs & Flavours of Kent

002334 - W20

This tour lets 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. “Foodies” can sample local English wines and fresh oysters while history lovers can learn tales of treacherous kings and queens. Join us on this leisurely tour and discover the luxurious and beautiful attractions of South East England.

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Highlights
  • Look out from the white chalk Cliffs of Dover across the English Channel
  • Explore Leeds Castle
  • Taste one of the Roman Empire's most decadent delicacy
  • Hear old smuggling tales in a town that bastioned against a Napoleonic invasion
  • Wander through magnificent castle gardens
Details

Group Size:
Maximum 16

2018-2019 Departures:
Fridays, April 06, 2018 to March 29, 2019 (except July 20)

2018-2019 Pricing:
Low Season
Bed & Breakfast
US$380 – twin
US$460 – single
Hotel
US$475 – twin
US$555 – single

Shoulder season
Bed & Breakfast
US$415 – twin
US$505 – single
Hotel
US$519 – twin
US$599 – single

High Season
Bed & Breakfast
US$455 – twin
US$535 – single
Hotel
US$549 – twin
US$629 – single

Rates are shown in US$, per person, based on two people sharing a twin room and one person in a single room. Reduced rates are available for children ages 5-15, based on one child sharing a room with an adult or two children in a twin room.

Canadian $ rates are also available – please inquire.

Tour Code:
002334 - W20

Itinerary
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Day 1: London - Leeds Castle - Whistable - Canterbury

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. On this small-group tour you’ll see all that and more!

Departing London, you head southeast close to the route of the ancient Roman Watling Street, the connecting route that ran from London to Dover and ultimately to Rome itself. First stop is the astonishing Leeds Castle. Set in majestic parkland and built partially upon an island on the River Len, this is one of the most elegant castles and antiquated palaces in the world. After taking in the beauty of this ancient structure, you will spend time in the fishing port of Whistable, one of the best places in England to sample locally-sourced Oysters. Try them and you’ll understand why the Romans used to import them back to the heart of their empire. In the late afternoon, you take the short drive inland to the Cathedral town of Canterbury, your base for the next two days.

Day 2: Dover - Walmer and Deal - Sandwich

Leaving Canterbury behind, you head towards the Kent coast. You drive the short distance to the port town of Dover, then take a stroll along the world famous White Cliffs of Dover. You stop for scenic views before heading to the historical site where Louis Bleriot landed the first cross-Channel flight in 1909. Travelling north along the coast, you make stops in Walmer and Deal, two coastal towns that sit close to one another, and where Julius Caesar first landed in Britain in 55BC. You have the option to visit Deal Castle or Walmer Castle, ramble along the pier at Deal, or simply relax at one of the fine beach front restaurants and bars. After a restorative lunch, you continue towards Sandwich, a distinctive town that lay on the shores of the English Channel until the Great Stour river silted up the marshlands around it and stranded Sandwich inland. Lastly, you head back to Canterbury, where you have time to explore the town a little further.

Day 3: Rye - Sissinghurst Castle - Chapel Down Vineyard - Chartwell House - London

Leaving Canterbury and heading South, you make for Rye. Now landlocked two miles from the English Channel, Rye was once home to a rogue’s gallery of smugglers, raconteurs, royalty, and writers. Getting lost in its winding lanes and narrow passages was the appeal for them, a charming sentiment that you can share. Continuing on, you head to the beautiful 16th century hunting tower of Sissinghurst Castle, known for its impressive grounds and formal gardens. A former prison during the Seven Years’ War, you can feel the stories of years past within its powerful walls. Wander the vibrant gardens, designed by poet Vita Sackville-West and considered the finest in England, with views across the Weald of Kent to the North Downs. From here, you begin your journey back to London via Chapel Down Vineyard to sample some delicious wine and Chartwell House to explore Winston Churchill’s former home. We arrive back at the Greenline Coach Station in the evening.

Included
  • Transportation in air-conditioned, 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Two nights of accommodation
  • Breakfast at bed & breakfast accommodation
  • The stories and services of an experienced driver/guide
Not Included
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Gratuities to driver-guide
  • Meals not indicated
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
Tour Notes

These small group tours are basic and more casual than many of the other escorted tours. They offer you the choice of paying admission locally to the sites you wish to visit or skipping an attraction that isn’t of interest to you. There is the opportunity to have some free time in the evenings to go out for dinner to a cafe or restaurant of your choosing on your own, buy some food at a supermarket or take-out and eat at your accommodation or hang out with other people from your tour. The choice is yours!

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