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5 Days / 4 Nights

Open a treasure box of storybook castles, secret tunnels and enchanting gardens as we dedicate five days to England's exquisite South East. Discover the tales that make Canterbury the jewel in the county's crown and see why Whitstable has been dubbed the 'Pearl of Kent'.

Day 1 - London - Chartwell House - Hever Castle - Canterbury
Today we're on the trail of statesmen and Tudors as we depart London and travel to Chartwell House. Many of us will know the public face of Sir Winston Churchill, but a chance to see inside Chartwell gives us a glimpse into his private home. This red stone manor is a time capsule of 1930s family life, letting you into the Churchills' library, sitting room and study. Then it's onwards to Hever Castle, the fairytale childhood home of Anne Boleyn before she became Henry VIII's ill-fated second wife. Ornamental English rose gardens and the lake that's ruled by regal swans are superb for strolling around. Tonight, we sit down to enjoy a welcome dinner together. (D)

Accommodation: Canterbury Lodge

Day 2 - Canterbury - Whitstable - Canterbury
After breakfast, we take a circular route to Whitstable. Here, quirky alleyways are home to snug pubs and quaint shops, and you can trace the fishermen's catch from the pebble beach to the harbour market. To quench our thirst after all that salty sea air, we head to Shepherd Neame in Faversham where we're treated to a tour and the chance to sample the award-winning beers made at Britain's oldest brewery. After sufficient time to enjoy the local produce, it's time to divert our attention to the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral. In this UNESCO World Heritage Site - the oldest working church in England - we discover medieval ruins, the oak-roofed monks' Chapter House and a staggering gothic nave before free time to explore on our own. (B)

Accommodation: Canterbury Lodge

Day 3 - Canterbury - Tenterden - Bodiam Castle - Rye
We're Back To The Golden Age Of British Transport Today As We Board The Tenterden Steam Railway To Bodiam, Chugging Through Idyllic Rural Scenery In A Classic Carriage. When We Reach Bodiam, We're Deep In Storybook Territory. With Soaring Towers, Iron-studded Wooden Portcullis And A Surrounding Moat, Bodiam Castle Is Every Inch The Archetypal Castle Style. Climb Spiral Staircases, Step Onto The Great Hall Dais And Look Up To Spot The Murder Holes As You Pass Through The Gatehouse. Our Third And Final Destination Of The Day Is Rye, A Charm-filled Market Town In 1066 Country Where We Visit The Rye Heritage Centre. Then, The Evening Is Yours To Enjoy. (B)

Accommodation: Mermaid Inn Rye

Day 4 - Rye - Dover - Rye
Today we dedicate time to Rye, strolling along cobbled lanes lined with timber-clad houses, while swooning over the charms that inspired writers and artists from Henry James to Paul Nash. Tracing the shoreline, we arrive at Dover Castle and the gateway to the English coast. This fortress boasts evocative interiors that tell centuries of historical tales, far-reaching views from the Great Tower and dark medieval tunnels with covert cannons every few paces. The afternoon sees us back in Rye, where free time allows for the chance to see more of the town before our farewell dinner together. (B,D)

Accommodation: Mermaid Inn Rye

Day 5 - Rye - Sissinghurst - London
This morning we travel onwards to Battle, to visit the historic Monastery then we continue to Sissinghurst, where poet and writer Vita Sackville-West's famous gardens are a picture of beauty. It's our last stop before our tour ends back in the capital of England. (B)

Untitled Spreadsheet
  Departure : Apr - Oct, 2018  
  Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ  
  Jul 02, 23, 2018  $2,280  $2,625 Limited AVAILABILITY
  Aug 20, 2018  $2,280  $2,625  
Tour Inclusions:
  • 4 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • English breakfasts daily (B), 2 evening meals (D)
  • Beer tasting in Faversham
  • Kent & East Sussex Railway ticket
  • Entrance included to: Chartwell, Hever Castle and Gardens, Canterbury Cathedral, Bodiam Castle, Dover Castle, Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Rye Heritage Centre and the Monastery in Battle

Tour Exclusions:

  • Unless otherwise specified in the listed inclusions, airfares are not included in the tour price.
  • Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
  • Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights,' items of a personal nature and entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
  • Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
  • Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
  • Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
  • Pre and post tour accommodation.
  • Unless otherwise listed in the inclusions, transfers are not included in the tour price.
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