Kent: The Garden of England 2024

Kent: The Garden of England 2024

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Kent: The Garden of England 2024

7 Days Starting and ending in London

Visiting: London, Canterbury, Maidstone, Whitstable, Rye, Dover

Tour operator:

Blue-Roads Touring

Tour code:

BGOLL4

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

10 - 18

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-90

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Small Group

Activities:

Beer Tasting

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Tour Overview

Open a treasure box of storybook castles, secret tunnels and enchanting gardens as we dedicate seven 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.

Highlights

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

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

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

Itinerary

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Day 1: London (England)

Location: London

Accommodation: Tower Suites by Blue Orchid (or similar)

Meals Included: Dinner

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.

Day 2: London – Chartwell House And Sissinghurst – Canterbury

Location: Canterbury

Accommodation: Abode Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 3: Canterbury – Kent Countryside And Coast – Maidstone

Location: Maidstone

Accommodation: Leeds Castle (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 4: Maidstone – Faversham And Whitstable – Maidstone

Location: Whitstable

Accommodation: Leeds Castle (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 5: Maidstone – Tenterden – Rye

Location: Rye

Accommodation: The Mermaid Inn (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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 a local 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.

Day 6: Rye – Dover – Rye

Location: Dover

Accommodation: The Mermaid Inn (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 7: Rye – Hever Castle – London

Location: London

Meals Included: Breakfast

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

  • Transport

    Premium mini-coach transportation

  • Guide

    Experienced Tour Leader and Driver

  • Accommodation

    6 nights in hand-picked accommodation

  • Meals

    6 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners

What's Not Included

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

Check out our Q&As

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    GBP Sterling

  • What is the maximum group size?

    18 people

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes, you will be accompanied by an experienced tour leader

  • Will we avoid large groups of people?

    We’re very eager to explore with you in the future, however avoiding large crowds at popular attractions and locations will be challenging. Our Blue-Roads tours deliver unique travel experiences that naturally visit lesser-known destinations – providing our guests with exclusive access to local experiences and charming, hand-picked accommodation. This means we are able to provide an unforgettable travel experience for our guests whilst avoiding larger crowds whenever possible.

  • Will I have to wear a mask whilst on my tour?

    Some personal protective equipment (such as a mask or gloves) may be required for particular destinations and attractions. However, we will provide details before your tour departure so you are prepared according to your destination of travel. To ensure the safety and comfort of all our guests, failure to comply with Blue-Roads policies and government regulations could result in your removal from your tour.

  • How many people will be on my tour?

    At Blue-Roads Touring, we specialize in small group tours with a maximum capacity of 18 people (average group size of 14 people). This small group element is one of the key reasons people choose to travel with us. Traveling in smaller groups means our Blue-Roads Tour Leaders can provide a more personalized traveling experience to every one of our guests.

  • What if I start to feel unwell on my tour?

    Let your Tour Leader know as soon as possible. Feeling unwell on a tour can happen and our Tour Leaders are already trained on appropriate actions to take if this occurs. Before we return to the road, all Blue-Roads Tour Leaders will receive additional training specific to coronavirus safety – ensuring they're prepared as possible to focus on your wellbeing.

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