A magnificent exploration of the architecture, flavours, and history of the 'Garden of England'.
North Downs - This chalk ridge offers excellent views and splendid trails.
Leeds Castle - Sitting on an island in the centre of a lake, this impressive castle has played host to many important moments in history.
Canterbury Cathedral - Follow the footsteps of medieval pilgrims as you immerse yourself in the spiritual home of Christianity in England.
White Cliffs of Dover - Look out from the white chalk cliffs across the English Channel to continental France.
Whitstable Oysters - Enjoy one of the Roman Empire’s most decadent delicacies in a charming fishing town.
The Cinque Port of Rye - A town that bastioned against Napoleonic invasion and is full of old smuggling tales.
Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens - Known by horticulturalists for its magnificent gardens in the shadow of a Tudor Hunting Tower
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.
So, join this leisurely tour and discover the luxurious and beautiful attractions of South East England.
Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)
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.
You head to 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, we spend time in the fishing port of Whitstable, 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, our base for the next two days.
Leaving Canterbury behind, you head towards the Kent coast. You drive the short distance to the port town of Dover, where you can marvel at the stunning Dover Castle and the labyrinth of tunnels carved into the soft chalk cliff face. These tunnels have been used as a safe haven during war and peace and realistically recreate the living and working conditions of the people who called them home.
Later you stop for scenic views before heading to the historical site where Louis Bleriot landed the first cross-Channel flight in 1909, then take a stroll along the world famous White Cliffs of Dover.
We continue towards Sandwich for a restorative lunch. Sandwich is 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.
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.
*Sissinghurst Gardens open April- October only. Castle open all year round.
** Chartwell House open April-October only. November- March Chartwell House visit is replaced with visit to Hever Castle the ancestral home of Queen Anne Boleyn.
I just completed the tour with Guide Kevin and trainee Dean. There were 10 of us on the tour, all Aussies and Canadians. We packed a lot into 3 days, and the scenery was so beautiful. Leeds Castle on a cloudy rainy day was still amazing. Highlights for me were Leeds Castle, the little village of Rye - stepping back in time, complete with Roman road bits, and Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens. Accommodation in Canterbury was very good. I took a lot of great photos, and some of them will become paintings. Ive already booked my second Rabbies tour in August - this time to Scotland. The Outlander Tour. Jude
You stay two nights in Canterbury.
Your tour excludes accommodation; but when you book, you can ask us to reserve local accommodation for you, or you can choose to reserve your own accommodation in the overnight locations.
Once you've booked your tour, we'll reserve all your accommodation, and your driver will drop you off with your hosts. You’ll pay your accommodation directly. Most don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.
Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. An amendment charge will apply.
You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in. Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central.
If you cancel less than three days before departure, you may be liable for the cost of your first nights’ accommodation. And occasionally you may be liable for all your accommodation costs.
We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard. The prices below are for guidance only.
B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard
The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other room in the house, and the price includes breakfast. The cost is £35 - £40 per person per night. A single standard room is £40 - £60 per night.
B&B En suite
The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The cost is £45 - £55 per person per night (sharing in a twin/double room) A single en suite is £60 - £80 per night.
Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The cost is £70 - £85 per person per night. A single is £85 - £130 per night.
A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals. The cost based on dorm beds is £19 - £25 per person per night.
Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together).
The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.
We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.
Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.
If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.
We have a cancellation period of three days for our one day tours, and 21 days for longer tours. If cancelled outside this period, we'll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.
It's simple: you book, you go. This means we'll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.
Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.
Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.
We aim to accommodate everyone. To read more information on how we do this, click here to go to our accessibility guide.
We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.
You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.
We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.
We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.
You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.
Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.
We advise you take out travel insurance.
You're protected by ABTOT when you chose to let us reserve your accommodation on a multi-day tour. This means you can claim back anything you've paid us if we become bankrupt. Read our terms and conditions for more information.
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