A magnificent exploration of the architecture, flavours, and history of the 'Garden of England'.
North Downs - Part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this series of chalk ridge hills offer excellent views and splendid trails.
Leeds Castle - Sitting on a specially carved island in the centre of a lake, this impressive castle has played host to many important moments in history.
Canterbury Cathedral - Follow in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims as you journey to the heart of this historically significant and beautiful structure.
White Cliffs of Dover - Ascend the bright white chalky cliffs and gaze upon the picturesque English Channel.
Whitstable Oysters - Enjoy one of the Roman Empire’s most decadent delicacies in this charming fishing town.
Vineyard Visit - Observe the Biddenden vineyard in bloom and the fascinating facts behind Kent’s famously fertile fields.
England is an expert in luxury.
Their palaces have rooms larger than a small zoo. Their gardens have plants rarer than a blue moon. And their royal dinner menus have more courses than you’d usually eat in a week.
So, on this tour, we let you discover the extravagant and exquisite side of England.
You survey the gorgeous grounds surrounding ancient castles, climb to the rafters of a spectacular cathedral, and look out from the brilliant White Cliffs of Dover.
What's more is foodies can sample delicious wines and scrumptious oysters. While 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 south east along the route of the ancient Roman Watling Street, the connecting route that ran to Dover and ultimately to the centre of Rome itself. Turning towards the town of Seven Oaks, you pass through an area of outstanding natural beauty.
You continue on to the Toys Hill, a serene woodland with spectacular views over North Kent, the area you will be exploring over the next three days. Descending onwards, you head to the astonishing Leeds Castle, known as “the loveliest castle in the world”. Set in majestic parkland and partially built 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 move deeper into rural Kent, halting at the traditional Kent village of Smarden, its narrow lanes full with fascinating architecture and fine wooden houses. Sample some of Kent’s finest local ales in a phenomenally preserved 14th century coaching inn before journeying onwards to your base for the night: the cathedral town of Canterbury.
Leaving the attractive setting of Canterbury behind, you head towards the storied Kent coast. You drive the small distance to the port town of Dover, then take a stroll along the world famous White Cliffs of Dover, where you look over the English Channel separating mainland Europe from Kentish shores. Continuing along to Dover Castle, you stop for some 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 near 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. You then head onwards to Whitstable, a fishing town on the North Kent coast and home to one of England’s finest delicacies: Whitstable Oysters. Try the local varieties for their unbeatable flavour and understand why the Romans used to import them back to the heart of their empire. Whitstable’s distinct charm and individual character is certain to win you over, if the oysters haven’t already! In the late afternoon, you make the short drive inland back to Canterbury.
Leaving Canterbury and heading South across the county line into East Sussex, you make for Rye. Prepare to be charmed by this medieval town, once part of the military and trade confederation of the Norman Cinque Ports. Now landlocked two miles from the English Channel, Rye was once home to a veritable 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 will soon share.
Turning North, you make the short journey to Biddenden Vineyards, established in 1969 and a fine producer of typically English wines and ciders. Stroll the blooming vineyards and learn the particular secrets of the Kent soil before sampling the fruits of its fertility. Continuing on, you head to the beautiful 16th century hunting tower of Sissinghurst Castle, known for its impressive grounds and architecture. 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. After this stunning finale, you journey back to London.
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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. A minimum amendment charge of £5.00 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. You can find a selection of hotels at hotels.rabbies.com.
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 between £30.00 - £35.00 per person per night. A single standard is between £35.00 - £60.00 per night.
The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost for a room, based on two people sharing, will be between £40.00 – £50.00 per person per night.
The expected cost for a single room will be between *£55.00 - £80.00 per night.
Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost of Hotel 3* is between £65.00 - £85.00 per person per night. Hotel 4* is approximately £75.00 - £120.00 per person 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 is between £15.00- £25.00 per person per night.
Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms. Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together).
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