Garden of England and Canterbury Tales Tour

5 Day Themed Tour

The rich soil and climate have given Kent the pseudonym of “The Garden of England”. We will see, smell and taste some of the finest of English fare. We will travel through the hop fields, vineyards and fishing ports, tasting local wines, ales and of course, world famous Whitstable oysters.
We will visit Canterbury Cathedral, the oldest and most famous Christian structure in England. Dover, the gateway to Europe, Heaver, Leeds and Sissinghurst Castles and the Royal Palace of Hampton Court. Take a journey on the Romney, Hythe and Dimchurch Railway, once the smallest public railway in the world, a must for any enthusiast.
All this and more as we travel together through some of the most beautiful countryside in England.

Day 1

Central London, Hampton Court, Chartwell, Hever Castle & Rye

Our first visit will be to the Royal Palace of Hampton Court which boasts a contrasting mixture of Tudor and Baroque architecture.
After perhaps an early lunch, we will head south out of London to Chartwell, which for over forty years served as the family home of Sir Winston Churchill.
This afternoon we will travel on to Hever Castle, a fabulous medieval castle built between 1462 and 1539. Together we can experience 700 years history, contained in and around this finest of Tudor buildings.

We are happy to send you a program which is adapted to your flight schedule. Please get in touch with us if you would like this.

Two overnight stays in the medieval seaside town of Rye.

Day 2

Battle Abbey, Hastings, Great Dixter & Chapel Down Winery

We start today with a visit to the site of the Battle of Hastings. Some of the Abbey was destroyed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, in 1538 at the command of Henry VIII, however, much still remains with an excellent visitor centre.
We depart for a short journey to the seaside town of Hastings, where we will visit Hastings Castle, once the home of William theConqueror. We take some time to visit the Fisherman’s Museum and Shipwreck Museum, depicting the story of England’s maritime history.
After lunch at a shore side hostelry, we travel inland to visit the iconic “arts and crafts” house at Great Dixter. It is a romantic recreation of a medieval manor house, complete with great hall, parlour, solar and yeoman’s hall.
Now for something completely different! We visit the Chapel Down Winery and enjoy a guided tour of the vineyard and winery, followed by a tutored tasting of their award winning range of sparkling and still wines.
After our busy day, we return to Rye to relax and recharge our batteries for tomorrow.

Day 3

Sissinghurst Castle, Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, Canterbury & Canterbury Cathedral

Today we combine ancient buildings with one of the most famous gardens in England. First, we’ll visit Sissinghurst Castle Garden.
We travel back to the coast for seaside and fresh air. We take a journey on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway, once the world’s smallest public railway when it opened on 16th July 1927.
Our last journey today, is to the cathedral city of Canterbury, a pilgrimage site from the Middle Ages, its ancient walls, originally built by the Romans, encircle its medieval centre with cobbled streets and timber framed houses.

Two overnight stays in the city of Canterbury.

Day 4

Dover, South Foreland Lighthouse, Broadstairs, Shepherd Neame Brewery & Whitstable

We return to the south coast to visit Dover which is today, England’s largest ferry port, connecting with Calais. The iconic White Cliffs of Dover symbolise our stand against invaders of the past.
We will travel the short distance to South Foreland, Victorian, Lighthouse, overlooking the famous white cliffs, giving us the most wonderful views of the English Channel and the nearby Goodwin Sands, the graveyard of over 2000 ships through history.
Next we travel to Broadstairs a delightful seaside town on the Isle of Thanet. We will look over the chalk cliffs and sandy beach of Botany Bay, before we visit the Dickens House Museum. Next, we can quench our thirst and discover the secrets of England’s oldest brewers. We will visit the Shepherd Neame Brewery in Faversham to learn about the ancient art of brewing, finishing with a tutored tasting of Shepherd Neame’s Kentish ales and speciality larger.
We will complete our day in Whitstable and sample the world famous Whitstable oysters on the north Kent coast.
We return to Canterbury for our last night together on this journey.

Day 5

Leeds Castle, Lullingstone Roman Villa, Biggin Hill Heritage Centre, Biggin Hill Museum & London

We start our day at Leeds Castle, described by historian Lord Conway, as the loveliest castle in the whole world and it’s clear to see why.
We travel north and east, arriving at Lullingstone Roman Villa, the most outstanding Roman villa in England.
Our last two visits, are to the famous world war two airfield of Biggin Hill, so important during The Battle of Britain, 19th July to 31st October 1940.
We will visit the Biggin Hill Heritage Hanger, where we will enjoy a private tour, seeing the restoration of several Spitfires and may have the opportunity of seeing both an authentic Spitfire and Hurricane taking off and landing.
After this unique experience, we will visit the newly opened Biggin Hill Museum, which preserves the legacy of those who served and died at Biggin Hill the Second World War, telling the tales of astonishing bravery and heroism of those who served here.
We must drive into central London and say goodbye to our fellow travellers.

Interested in organising a tour with us?

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Accommodation

4 overnight stays including half-board in traditional middle class hotels:

  • 2 x overnight stays in the medieval seaside town of Rye.
  • 2 x overnight stays in the city of Canterbury.

Arrival by air

  • Local coach transport
  • Flight booking optional at a supplement

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