3 Day Tour from London to Kent Castles, Garden and Coastline
Canterbury, Leeds Castle, White Cliffs of Dover, Rye
Small group tour limited to 16
Kent, the Garden of England. Three days exploring England’s garden county, it’s castles, coast, villages and vineyards. Our itineraries allow the time to uncover the hidden treasures and quirky delights of this fascinating country. With a particular focus on Kent and the South-East of England, discover gardens, history, heritage and even shopping.
Step back in time, 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. Your itinerary may include: ancient buildings & ruins, castles, churches & cathedrals, country houses, and more!
Day 1: Escape from London and enjoy the fresh air and panoramic views from the North Downs then visit breathtaking Leeds Castle known as “the loveliest castle in the world”. You continue deeper into rural Kent and visit the traditional Kent village of Smarden with its narrow lanes and medieval church before travelling 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. 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
T O U R I N C L U D E S
~ North Downs
~ Leeds Castle
~ Canterbury Cathedral
~ White Cliffs of Dover
~ Whitstable Oysters
~ Traditional Villages
~ Vineyard Visit
Departs Friday All year (except 17JUL/15). Departs: 09.00 Returns: 19.00 approx Departure Point All our London departures leave from Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, SW1 W9. If coming on foot access is through the building at 4 Fountain Square, 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W
|Jan-Mar||19/Dec/16 to 04/Jan/17||Jun-Sep|
|4 * supplement pp/ package||$149||$0||$149||$0||$149||$0|
|Friday||All year except 15/JUL/16 9AM-7PM|
|2017||June 1-Sep 30||May, Oct, Easter, Christmas||Jan-Apr|
|4 * supplement pp / package||$142||$0||$142||$0||$0||$0|
|Friday||All year (except 14APR17 and 14JUL17)||9.15||19.00|