The tour begins with a ferry crossing from Calais/Dunkirk to Dover. On arrival you will be welcomed by the impressive sight of the white cliffs of Dover and the nearby Dover Castle. For years this port was known as the 'key to England' thanks to its defensive credentials. For the tour's duration you will be staying in a hotel near Kent to allow for easy access to the gardens of England.
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4 overnight stays including half-board in the Kent area
Leeds Castle, Penshurst Palace & Tunbridge Wells
Start the day with an excursion to Leeds Castle, one of the most romantic castles in England. Explore the parkland and gardens surrounding the castle, and keep an eye out for the famous black swans that have made their home there, and are also visible on the coat of arms. Afterwards, continue to Penhurst Palace and Gardens, one of the biggest and well maintained manor houses in England. Dating back to the 14th century, the apulent house belonged to Henry VIII who used it as a hunting lodge. On route to the hotel there will be an opportunity to stop in the charming village of Tunbridge Wells for a romantic dinner.
Canterbury & Hever Castle
Begin the day with a visit to the historic city of Canterbury. Its gothic cathedral is the oldest in England, and home to the Archbishop of Canterbury. From there check out the nearby Macknade Fine Foods which specialises in a wide range of local delicacies and international products. The on-site cafe serves delicious food made from fresh local produce and ingredients. Alternatively, visit the nearby Shepherd Neame Brewery, which has been brewing local beer for over 300 years, making it one of the oldest breweries in Great Britain. A guided tour will provide fascinating insights into the production of the refreshing drink. Next travel to Hever Castle a romantic double-moated 13th century country house, where Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII spent much of her childhood. Marvel at the Pompeiian Wall and classical statuary in the Italian Garden or admire the delicate fragrances and colourful flowers nestled within the Rose and Tudor Gardens.
Groombridge Place & Chapel Down Winery
In the morning visit the historical estate Groombridge Place a 13th century moated manor house. The main house was built in 1662 and enchants with its picturesque surroundings. The 200 hectare ground consists of farmland, woodland and elegant flower beds. The next stop of the day will be at the renowned, market-leading Chapel Down Winery. On a guided tour discover the variety of sparkling wines produced there from locally grown grapes, and learn about its burgeoning success. These ever-popular wines are frequently enjoyed at 10 Downing Street, the home of the British Prime Minister. After tasting some of the delicious wines for yourself, return to your hotel for the final night of the trip.
It is time to say goodbye to the Green Isles. Transfer back to Dover, and embark on the ferry to Calais/Dunkirk.
Flight option: Transfer to the airport for the return flight home.