Kent: The Garden of England 2021

From London to London

Visiting: United Kingdom


Tour Operator: Back-Roads Touring


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Tour Overview

Open a treasure box of storybook castles, secret tunnels and enchanting gardens as we dedicate six days to England's exquisite South East. On our travels we'll see why Whitstable has been dubbed the 'Pearl of Kent', wander the exquisite gardens of Kent's most famous castles and discover the tales that make Canterbury the jewel in the county's crown.

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icon Day 1: London

Accommodation: Wellington by Blue Orchid

A capital filled with rich history and culture, London is where we’ll meet for the start of our incredible journey. Tonight, we’ll get to know one another over a delicious welcome dinner.

icon Day 2: London – Chartwell House – Sissinghurst – Canterbury

Accommodation: Abode Hotel (or similar)

After breakfast, we’ll set a course for our first historic stop: Chartwell House. Many of us will know the public face of Sir Winston Churchill, but a chance to see inside Chartwell will give us a glimpse into his private home. From the library to the sitting room and study, this red stone manor is a time capsule brimming with insights into 1930s family life. Next, we’ll set our sights on the world-renowned Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens. Created by the poet and writer, Vita Sackville-West, this is one of the most famous gardens in England – featuring a particularly special collection of old garden roses. After enjoying some free time to stroll the colourful grounds, we’ll move on to Canterbury – where we’ll spend the evening at our leisure.

icon Day 3: Canterbury – Kent Countryside and Coast – Maidstone

Accommodation: Leeds Castle (or similar)

Our day will begin with a locally guided visit to the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral. The oldest working church in England, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to medieval ruins, an oak-roofed Chapter House and a staggering gothic nave. Then: we’ll move on to the picturesque Kent countryside – filled with quaint villages bursting with character and unspoilt coastal vistas. Tonight, we’ll come together for a delicious included meal – sharing photos and stories of the day’s adventures.

icon Day 4: Maidstone – Faversham – Whitstable – Maidstone

Accommodation: Leeds Castle (or similar)

This morning we’ll take some time to explore Leeds Castle on a guided tour of the famous moat, the areas below stairs and the grand bedrooms (some of which were favoured by King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson during their frequent stays). Then: onwards to the Shepherd Neame Brewery in Faversham, where we’ll be treated to a tour – with the chance to sample some award-winning beers. We’ll round off the day with a seaside stroll in the quaint town of Whitstable before returning to our idyllic accommodation for the evening.

icon Day 5: Maidstone – Tenterden – Rye

Accommodation: The Mermaid Inn (or similar)

Next stop: historic Tenterden, a quintessentially English town overlooking the valley of the River Rother. After taking a wander around with our expert Tour Leader, we’ll pull up a chair and get comfy at the Chapel Down winery – where we’ll clink glasses over an included wine tasting. Our final destination of the day will be the charming market town of Rye. Here, we’ll spend the rest of the day at our leisure – with plenty of free time to visit the Rye Heritage Centre and explore the time-honoured town centre.

icon Day 6: Rye – Dover – Rye

Accommodation: The Mermaid Inn (or similar)

Today we’ll dedicate some time to exploring Rye’s cobbled lanes and timber-clad houses, experiencing some of the magic that inspired writers and artists such as Henry James and Paul Nash. After tracing the shoreline and spotting those famous white cliffs, we’ll arrive at Dover Castle: the gateway to the English coast. This fortress boasts evocative interiors that tell centuries of historic tales, not to mention far-reaching views from the Great Tower and dark medieval tunnels with covert cannons every few paces. The afternoon will see us back in Rye, where some free time will allow for the chance to see more of the town before our farewell dinner.

icon Day 7: Rye – Hever Castle – London

Our journey may be coming to a close, but we have one more stop before returning to London – the enchanting Hever Castle. We’ll have the opportunity to wander through Anne Boleyn's childhood home and gaze upon the large collection of antique furniture, books and Tudor paintings housed here. Then, we’ll make tracks back to London – where we’ll say our goodbyes.

What's Included

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    Accommodation

    6 nights in hand-picked accommodation  

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    Meals

    6 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 3 dinners

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    Delve into the fascinating history of Canterbury Cathedral with a local guide

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    Transport

    Premium mini-coach transportation

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    Visit the iconic castles and gardens of Hever, Leeds, Dover and Sissinghurst

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    Guide

    Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver

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    Sample celebrated beers at Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewery

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