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Kent Castles, Gardens, Coastline UK Small Group: London to London

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 632

Take a stroll through the “Garden of England.” See the sites in iconic London before walking the idyllic pastures of Kent and gazing over the English Channel at the White Cliffs of Dover.


This small group experience (maximum 16 participants) gets you off the beaten track so you get a real feel for the country. Our guides are hand-picked for their pride and passion for their country. Transportation is in modern Mercedes Benz mini-coaches and accommodation is in 3 star country hotels.

This 4-day tour takes you through the gardens of Kent after getting a taste of London’s global appeal.

You begin in one of the most visited cities on the planet, London, England. With a history hearkening back to Roman times, London boasts some of the finest architecture, galleries, cuisine, and culture to be found anywhere on Earth. See the iconic sites of the Tower of London, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace. Visit the British Museum to gaze upon Egyptian mummies and learn from one of the world’s foremost anthropological institutions. At Westminster Abbey, see the resting place of past kings and queens of England, as well as famous artists and scientists like Geoffrey Chaucer and Sir Isaac Newton. Also be sure to have some famous fish and chips and a pint at a local pub. London is a city you’ll want to spend more than a night in, so plan extra days to accommodate all that the city has to offer.

After getting a taste of London, head to the pastoral landscape of Kent. Visit Leeds Castle and see if the “Loveliest Castle in the World” lives up to its reputation. The castle has been around in one form or another for 900 years and its grounds include dozens of parks and gardens. In Canterbury, visit the most important church in all of England, Canterbury Cathedral. Offer your respects at the tomb of St. Thomas à Becket, which has drawn millions of pilgrims over the past centuries.

The region of Kent offers up all manner of charming garden and imposing castle. The White Cliffs of Dover offer a stunning view of the stormy English Channel. You can see the coast of France from the cliffs on a clear day. In Walmer and Deal, walk on soil where Julius Caesar first landed in England over 2000 years ago. Wind through the medieval streets of Rye and sample English wine and ciders at the vineyards of Biddenden. This brief trip will charm you with the pastoral whiles of English life and fill you with the desire to return in the near future.


 

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    DoubleTree by Hilton - Tower of London



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    Hilton London Metropole Hotel



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    The Grosvenor Hotel



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    Amba Hotel Charing Cross



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    Millennium Bailey's



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    DoubleTree by Hilton London Heathrow Airport



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    Copthorne Hotel London Gatwick



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    Hilton London Gatwick Airport



    Hilton London Gatwick Airport is adjacent to the South Terminal and just 10 minutes from the North Terminal by free monorail. Located just 30 minutes from central London by Gatwick Express, the hotel is a short train ride away from the city's shopping, dining and ...

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    Hilton London Heathrow Terminal 4



    Relax at the Hilton London Heathrow Airport hotel, the only London Heathrow Airport hotel offering direct access to Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 via a covered walkway. Ride the Hotel Hoppa service that operates between Terminal 5 and the hotel. Opened in June 2014, London Heathrow ...

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Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
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Day 1

London Heathrow to London Central Hotel

Duration1 Hour

Thistle City Barbican

As you would expect of one of the few London City hotels, the Thistle City Barbican hotel is a popular choice for business people wheeling, dealing and networking in the Square Mile. However, it is also popular with art lovers, concert-goers and tourists, too.

Not only is it just around the corner from the Barbican Centre, Sadler's Wells Theatre and the Islington Business Design Centre, it is also close to Angel Islington, Shoreditch, Clerkenwell and Hoxton's Square, and enjoys easy access to three underground stations. The opportunities to indulge your creative side or explore London's many attractions are countless.

Whether you are traveling for business, the ballet, the nightlife or simply a short break in London, the Thistle City Barbican hotel has all you need to relax and unwind, including complimentary access the hotel's Otium Health & Leisure Club.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Thistle City Barbican

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    Thistle City Barbican



    As you would expect of one of the few London City hotels, the Thistle City Barbican hotel is a popular choice for business people wheeling, dealing and networking in the Square Mile. However, it is also popular with art lovers, concert-goers and tourists, too. Not ...

    As you would expect of one of the few London City hotels, the Thistle City Barbican hotel is a popular choice for business people wheeling, dealing and networking in the Square Mile. However, it is also popular with art lovers, concert-goers and tourists, too.

    Not only is it just around the corner from the Barbican Centre, Sadler's Wells Theatre and the Islington Business Design Centre, it is also close to Angel Islington, Shoreditch, Clerkenwell and Hoxton's Square, and enjoys easy access to three underground stations. The opportunities to indulge your creative side or explore London's many attractions are countless.

    Whether you are traveling for business, the ballet, the nightlife or simply a short break in London, the Thistle City Barbican hotel has all you need to relax and unwind, including complimentary access the hotel's Otium Health & Leisure Club.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Fitness Centre
    • Hot Tub
    • Indoor Pool
    • Laundry
    • Lift
    • Luggage Storage
    • Massages
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Packed Lunches
    • Private Parking Possible (charges may apply)
    • Restaurant
    • Solarium
    • Spa and Wellness Centre
    • Tour Desk

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Day 2

London to Canterbury

Day 1 - London to Canterbury
Today you will depart London at 9:00am (ensure you have arrived by 8:30am) 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.

Duration1 Night
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Falstaff Hotel

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    Falstaff Hotel



    The Falstaff Hotel has been a focus for hospitality in Canterbury for over 600 years. A traditional 15th century coaching inn, the hotel is steeped in history. Over the years the hotel has been extended through conversions on an adjacent Wood Mill and a former ...

    The Falstaff Hotel has been a focus for hospitality in Canterbury for over 600 years. A traditional 15th century coaching inn, the hotel is steeped in history. Over the years the hotel has been extended through conversions on an adjacent Wood Mill and a former pub, The Tap. The Falstaff Hotel is the perfect base to explore Canterbury Cathedral and its local coast and countryside. Canterbury has an excellent range of shopping, restaurants and family attractions.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Luggage Storage
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Smoke Free Hotel

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Day 3

Kent and Dover

Day 2 - Kent and Dover
You spend much of the day on the Kent coast. You can walk along the world famous White Cliffs that look over the English Channel separating Kent from mainland Europe. You visit Walmer and Deal, two coastal towns both with castles that lie adjacent to each other, then Sandwich, a unique town that at one time sat on the shores of the English Channel. From here you turn towards Whitstable, one of the best places in England to sample locally sourced Oysters. In the late afternoon you take the short drive inland for another evening in Canterbury.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Falstaff Hotel

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    Falstaff Hotel



    The Falstaff Hotel has been a focus for hospitality in Canterbury for over 600 years. A traditional 15th century coaching inn, the hotel is steeped in history. Over the years the hotel has been extended through conversions on an adjacent Wood Mill and a former ...

    The Falstaff Hotel has been a focus for hospitality in Canterbury for over 600 years. A traditional 15th century coaching inn, the hotel is steeped in history. Over the years the hotel has been extended through conversions on an adjacent Wood Mill and a former pub, The Tap. The Falstaff Hotel is the perfect base to explore Canterbury Cathedral and its local coast and countryside. Canterbury has an excellent range of shopping, restaurants and family attractions.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Luggage Storage
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Smoke Free Hotel

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Day 4

Rye, Biddenden Vineyards and Sissinghurst Castle

Day 3 - Rye, Biddenden Vineyards and Sissinghurst Castle
Crossing the county line into East Sussex you visit Rye, a medieval town that was once part of the Cinque Ports where you have the chance to lose yourself in its narrow lanes and passages. Later you visit Biddenden Vineyards who produce a fine selection of English Wines and Ciders. Continuing on to Sissinghurst Castle, a 16th century hunting tower, garden and Manor House. You will arirve back in London around 6:30pm, and you are free to make your own arrangements from here.

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DEPARTURES:

Thursdays

PRICE INCLUDES:

Touring transportation in a Mercedes mini-coach with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour, services of a professional driver/guide, breakfast daily and all road tolls.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

All other meals and beverages, admission costs at attractions and monuments, gratuities, and items of a personal nature.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Please make your own way to the departure point for the tour on Day 2. Ensure you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Accommodation on this tour is dispersed around Canterbury. If you have mobility problems or special requirements please let us know when booking. Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.

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*Prices are "from", per person, based on twin/double share and include all taxes. Subject to availability.

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