Kent Castles, Gardens and Coastline -
3 Day Tour
~ North Downs
~ Leeds Castle
~ Canterbury Cathedral
~ White Cliffs of Dover
~ Whitstable Oysters
~ Traditional Villages
~ Vineyard Visit
Kent, the Garden of England. Three days exploring England’s garden county, its castles, coast, villages and vineyards.
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.
Stay 2 nights in Canterbury
If the date you’d like to travel isn’t available, please call us to discuss alternative options.
Concession Prices: £129.00 - £169.00
Returns: 19.00 approx
Departing: Friday (All year)
Important Information about your Accommodation on TourYour tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to manage your budget. We stay in smaller places where you will feel closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose from either a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you. We will always do our very best to satisfy your personal requirements and have an amazing track record for providing our customers with the best quality accommodation available. We do advise that single supplements usually apply, particularly during peak season when double/twin room rates are charged for sole occupancy .Please note that whilst Rabbie’s will try and place single travellers into the same accommodation, this may not be possible due to availability and the time of each individual reservation.
The accommodation we use will be dispersed around various towns and villages, usually not more than a 10-15 minute walk from the centre. There are occasions however when this can be increased to 20-30 minutes. Taxis are available for a small fee if necessary. If you have access needs or specific requirements please let us know when booking. Late bookings and/or peak season may limit the choice and location of available accommodation.
Whilst on tour your driver/guide will drop you off at your pre booked accommodation* and pick you up each morning.
*Please note that if your accommodation has already been booked by Rabbie’s, as per your initial request, there will be a surcharge for any amendments, and are entirely at our discretion. Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum of £5.00 will apply increasing to a maximum of £20.00 dependent on the length of the tour.
Please be prepared to pay cash. Most bed and breakfast, hostels and guest houses do not accept credit cards. In most large towns automatic cash point machines are readily available.
Customers are able to book their own accommodation as long as we have been informed that you intend to do this, and that it is within our drivers’ drop off’ area. If you are at all unsure please contact the office for guidance.
We are unable to supply a list of providers that we use due to availability at the time of booking. We do visit our providers regularly and are proud of the long standing relationships we have with them and positive feedback from previous customers.
Day 1 Escape from London for a breath-taking tour of the county known as “The Garden of England” .We begin with a visit to Leeds Castle known as “the loveliest castle in the world”. We continue deeper into rural Kent passing through a number of traditional Kentish village’s before arriving in Canterbury,your base for the next two nights. This afternoon you will have time to explore the World heritage Site of Canterbury Cathedral.
Day 2 You spend much of the day on the Kent coast. You can walk along the world famous White Cliffs of Dover 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.
Day 3 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.
All our London departures leave from Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, SW1W 9SH. If coming on foot access is through the building at 4 Fountain Square, 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9H. See Map.
~Transportation by a top of the range 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach.
~Air Conditioning as standard.
~Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide
~Meals and refreshments.
~Entrance fees to all Visitor Attractions.
Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to choose your budget, stay in smaller places and get closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you.
For more information on accommodation and prices click here
*NB On occasions, when towns we stay in have events on, accommodation can be scarce and expensive so we may use other locations for your accommodation on the tour. We will always inform you of this when this is necessary.
Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 15 (we regret we do not carry children under 5 years old)
We like to give you plenty of opportunities to go on nature walks, so 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.
Our guide Hugh is soooo nice. He tried his best to show us the beautiful sight spots.
Yu - 14/12/2015
Good mix of interesting places to visit plus scenic beauty of Kent. Our driver/guide Steve was outstanding in his knowledge of the history and culture of the area as well as of the British nation. He was friendly, considerate of our wishes and most helpful in every respect.
Joyce - 19/06/2015
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Full Itinerary (English)
Day 1 Depart London at 09.00 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 Leeds Castle 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.
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 of Dover 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
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