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GARDEN OF ENGLAND

Explore quintessential England on this four-day tour through the beautiful counties of the South East. Discover a wealth of historical, cultural and culinary attractions from Canterbury Cathedral and Dover's White Cliffs to harbour town Whitstable, the "pearl of Kent". On route sample award-winning English beers, ride an historic steam train and explore grandiose medieval castles, Royal Palaces and their spectacular gardens and grounds.

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KEY FEATURES

Duration:
5 days/ 4 nights

Regions visited:
South East of England

Start point:
Central London

End point:
Central London

Customizable:
No

Additional information:
Maximum group size 18 passengers.

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ITINERARY

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DAY ONE

Churchill's Chartwell and Hever Castle

Departing London, we make our way from the city to the nearby county of Kent, renowned as the "Garden of England". Embarking on a trail of statesmen and royalty our first stop is Chartwell house, once the private home of Sir Winston Churchill. A charming rust-red stone manor, Chartwell is effectively a time capsule of 1930s family life providing an insight in to Churchills' library, sitting room and study. Outside, we'll roam some of the 800 acres of woodland, gardens and picturesque lakes. Then it's on to Hever Castle, a centuries old Royal manor set amidst formal English rose gardens and once childhood home of Anne Boleyn – we'll step back to Tudor times as we wander the beautifully preserved rooms adorned with intricate tapestries and a collection of Tudor portraits that rivals the country's best galleries. Tonight's hotel, near Canterbury, is where we'll stay for the next two nights.

accommodationAccommodation: Howfield Manor Hotel (or similar), near Canterbury – dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: The 'Garden of England', Chartwell House and Hever Castle.

DAY TWO

Canterbury Cathedral, Whistable and English Beer

Garden of England tour - Canterbury Castle

Canterbury Castle, Canterbury, England

Our first visit this morning is to stunning Canterbury Cathedral, a dominating gothic structure, which was the destination of the pilgrims of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and today holds UNESCO World Heritage status. Here we discover medieval ruins, the oak-roofed monks' Chapter House, staggering gothic nave, 11th century crypt and the grisly site where Thomas Becket became a martyr. We then continue to Whitstable, a charming port bustling with picturesque lanes and seafood eateries, an ideal lunch stop. Having worked up a thirst after all that salty sea air, we make our way to Shepherd Neame in Faversham where we tour England's oldest brewery and sample the award-winning beers. Our evening is at leisure in Canterbury.

accommodationAccommodation: Howfield Manor Hotel (or similar), Canterbury.

attractionsHighlights: Canterbury Cathedral, Whistable and England's oldest brewery.

DAY THREE

Steam Railway Journey and Bodiam Castle

Today we revisit the golden age of British travel as we board the Tenterden Steam Railway; our journey carries us in a classic carriage as we chug our way through the idyllic rural scenery of England's South East to Bodiam. Almost stepping in to a storybook, here we encounter the archetypal English fortress at the awe-inspiring 14th century Bodiam Castle; soaring towers, iron-studded wooden portcullis and a surrounding moat are just some of the features. Climb spiral staircases and walk the great hall dais before channelling your inner knight as you step out on the battlements. Our third and final destination of the day is Rye, a charm-filled market town situated in the heart of 1066 country.

accommodationAccommodation: Mermaid Inn (or similar), Rye.

attractionsHighlights: Steam railway journey, Bodiam Castle and the market town of Rye.

DAY FOUR

Rye, Dover's White Cliffs and Dover Castle

Garden of England - White Cliffs of Dover

White Cliffs of Dover, England

This morning we dedicate time to exploring Rye; we'll hear tales of smugglers and Norman conquests as we traverse the cobbled lanes lined and timberwork houses to see destinations that inspired writers and artists alike, from Henry James to Paul Nash. Departing Rye, we'll follow the coastal roads to Dover. At Dover Castle we'll see medieval tunnels, evocative interiors and gain far-reaching views across the English Channel from the Great Tower. Then down to the legendary White Cliffs of Dover where 20th century history comes to life as we descend the secret World War II passageways that snake deep below the rocks. Later we return to Rye, for an afternoon at leisure to see more of the town before enjoying a final dinner together.

accommodationAccommodation: Mermaid Inn (or similar), Rye – dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: Dover Castle, views of the English Channel and the White Cliffs of Dover.

DAY FIVE

Hastings, 1066 Country and Sissinghurst Garden

Today we continue to explore '1066 country' as we make our way to Hastings, site of the eponymous battle which marked the invasion of Britain by the Normans. We'll explore the charming Old Town and spot the first castle in England to be built by William the Conqueror before continuing to the market town of Battle, where we can stand on the very spot where King Harold fell during the fateful conflict; a moment which changed the course of English history. By afternoon we visit Sissinghurst Castle, whose extensive grounds were transformed in the 1930s by renowned Vita Sackville-West and her husband to become one of the most spectacular and celebrated gardens in England. Now managed by England's National Trust the gardens remain just as spectacular today, offering manicured lawns, walled gardens and the beautiful rose gardens, Vita's favourite. Our tour reaches its conclusion this evening upon our return to London.

attractionsHighlights: The Old Town of Hastings and Sissinghurst Castle.

MAP

Garden of England Tour Map - Small Group Tours of England

INCLUSIONS

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arrowUNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Walk the halls and gardens of medieval castles at Hever, Dover and Bodiam.
  • Enjoy a steam-train ride through the English countryside.
  • See the iconic White Cliffs of Dover.
  • Sample celebrated beers at Shepherd Neame, Britain's oldest brewer.
  • Maximum group-size of 18 passengers for that intimate touring experience.

arrowWHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 4 nights in charming hotel accommodation
  • Transportation by luxury mini-coach
  • The services of your professional driver-guide tour leader
  • Full English breakfast daily
  • 2 x evening meals
  • Beer tasting in Faversham
  • Tenterden Steam Railway ride
  • A comprehensive touring programme including the following admissions:
    • Chartwell House
    • Hever Castle and Gardens
    • Canterbury Cathedral
    • Bodiam Castle
    • Dover Castle
    • Sissinghurst Castle Garden
  • Expert local advice during the planning of your trip.
  • Postage of your vacation documents pack.

arrowOPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in London.
  • Rail transport to/from London before/after your tour.
  • Airport transfers.

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PRICING

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arrowDEPARTURE DATES 2017

START DAY
(in London)
END DAY
(in London)
ADDITIONAL FEATURES PRICE PER PERSON
(sharing twin/ double)
Mon 22 May, 2017 Fri 26 May, 2017 Fully booked  £ 1,109
Mon 05 Jun, 2017 Fri 09 Jun, 2017 Fully booked  £ 1,109
Mon 19 Jun, 2017 Fri 23 Jun, 2017 Fully booked  £ 1,109
Mon 17 Jul, 2017 Fri 21 Jul, 2017 Fully booked  £ 1,109
Mon 28 Aug, 2017 Fri 01 Sep, 2017 Fully booked  £ 1,109
Mon 04 Sep, 2017 Fri 08 Sep, 2017 Limited availability  £ 1,109
Mon 11 Sep, 2017 Fri 15 Sep, 2017    £ 1,109
Mon 18 Sep, 2017 Fri 22 Sep, 2017 Guaranteed departure  £ 1,109

Single Supplement: £230.

All tours commence in central London (close to Victoria Station) at 8.30am on the Start Day and finish in London at around 5.30pm (approx) on the End Day.

arrowPRICING NOTES

  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room.
  • Prices are for land only tours and all tours are subject to availability.
  • Prices are correct at the time of publishing to website but are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
  • Prices are in British Pounds Sterling (GBP£) currency for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.
  • All trip details are correct at time of publishing to website however due to the nature of small group tours the itinerary is flexible and is subject to change based on a variety of factors.

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