Exclusive full day tour transfer in a luxury touring coach
Entry to Leeds Castle included
If your ship is late, we will wait
Step aboard our luxury coach with our friendly driver and expert tour guide for a tour of the Garden of England - Kent, visiting historic Canterbury and beautiful Leeds Castle and a tour of the orchards, hop fields and vineyards of the county of Kent. This service is available on all dates when Disney, Princess, Crystal or Holland America cruise ship is visiting Dover.
We depart Dover and drive up and above the famous white cliffs, continuing through this chalk landscape, our guide will illustrate the history of this land from Celtic settlers and Roman invaders to the Saxon migration and the Norman conquest.
Our first stop is the magnificent city of Canterbury with its world famous Cathedral. Formerly known the Roman town of Durovernum Canticorum there is an excellent museum in the city dedicated to the Roman occupation of the 1st to 4th centuries. As the Saxon capital of the Kingdom of Kent, it was here on Whit Sunday in 597AD that the Pope Gregory's representative and envoy, St Augustine baptised King Ethelbert thus creating the historic heart of England's Christian heritage. In the cathedral, largely rebuilt by the Normans in the 11th century, you can see the tomb of King Henry IV and resting place of the hero of Poitiers, The Black Prince. We also learn of the death in 1170 of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury. This 'murder in the cathedral' is known around the globe and the true nature of the involvement of Henry II is still open to debate today. Join our guide as we present the discussions both for and against in this dark and brutal event.
In Canterbury we include a guided walk, entry to the Cathedral is extra. You will have time to walk the narrow historic streets before we meet up again to tour this unique part of the country. Known as the Garden of England, simply because it provided London and other regions with fresh fruit and vegetables, not forgetting hops to flavour traditional English ale. We pass Oast Houses and Hop fields, orchards and vineyards as we make our way to Leeds Castle, described by Lord Conway as 'the loveliest castle in the world'. Entry is included to Leeds Castle and Gardens.
Set on two islands and dating back to 880AD, Leeds Castle has been the home to many English Queens from the end of the 12th century to Tudor times. Beautiful landscaped gardens are a main feature of the grounds as is the stunning lake. Explore the historic interior and admire the delightful rooms then get lost in the famous maze.
Our departure mid afternoon will take us straight into London to drop at your chosen hotel before our final drops at Heathrow airport by early evening. We drive into London through Royal Greenwich and then continue towards Tower Bridge with a view of the Tower of London, before starting our central London hotel drop offs.
**Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 6 people to operate**
Departure from Cruise Terminal As you exit the cruise terminal you will meet your guide and there will be a typical walk of about 100 yards to the vehicle. Your driver will be holding a sign reading "International Friends", and will accompany you the vehicle.
Princess, Crystal and Holland America cruises are scheduled to arrive between 05:00am and 06:00am in the morning with disembarkation starting around 07:00am. Your guide will meet you at the terminal building exit from 08:00am. We plan to leave Dover by 08:30am.
Disney Magic arrival times can vary and tend to be between 05:00am to 08:00am. We plan to leave Dover between 08:30am - 10:00am (depending on ship arrival time). All Disney Magic customers will be contacted prior to their cruise departing, to confirm the exact time.
In the unlikely event your ship is delayed into port, we will delay our departure time accordingly (applicable only to the listed ships we service). For all delayed ship arrivals we will aim to leave at the latest one hour after docking (earlier if possible).
In the unlikely event your ship is delayed into port we will delay our departure time accordingly. For all delayed ship arrivals we will aim to leave at the latest one hour after docking (earlier if possible).
Arrival at London & Heathrow
We offer a drop off at any hotel or Airbnb in London city centre, Heathrow Terminals and selected Heathrow hotels. We also drop at all London city centre train stations. Below is a list of major hotels in London and Heathrow that we offer a drop off at.
If your hotel is not on the list or you are staying at an apartment or Airbnb, during the booking process you will need to add the address in the additional information box. We will then contact you after your booking to confirm that we can offer a drop off here.
Please note on arrival in London we may use other vehicles to ensure we complete the drop offs as quickly and efficiently as possible. If this does happen our drivers or guides will manage this.
In the unlikely event your ship is delayed into port, we will delay our departure time accordingly (applicable only to the listed ships we service). However, due to the timed entries at some of the attractions on these tours, in these circumstances we can not gurantee the itinerary will be completed as detailed. If attraction entries can not be changed to accommodate the late departure, some locations may have to be dropped. We do gurantee that transportation will be provided for you, whether this is for a shortened verion of the day trip, or as a direct transfer to your hotel; we will ensure you are collected from the port. For all delayed ship arrivals we will aim to leave at the latest one hour after docking (earlier if possible).Will you wait for me if I am late in disembarking?
Will you wait for me if I am late in disembarking?
If your cruise ship docks on schedule and disembarkation begins as normal, we cannot be held responsible, in the unlikely event you are unable to disembark in time to meet your transfer. This is a shared transfer and we cannot delay departure from the port for customers who are late in disembarking. It is your responsibility to check the departure time for your transfer, and ensure you are at the meeting point at the appropriate time.
How much luggage can I bring?
Each person is allowed a maximum of 2 items of hold luggage (23kg each) and 2 items of carry on luggage (10kg each).
Should you wish to bring any mobility aids (wheelchairs or walkers) you MUST contact us in advance to let us know. We will require full dimensions and weight. These items must be able to be folded and stored in the luggage hold. Wheelchairs must be counted as 1 item of your hold luggage.
Additional charges will be incurred should you bring additional items of luggage or for items weighing more than the maximum weight stated above.
How much walking will be involved in this tour?
As you exit the cruise terminal you will meet your guide and there will be a typical walk of about 100 yards to the vehicle.
Canterbury - Upon arrival your guide will take you on a walking tour of the city. This lasts approximately 1 hour. Canterbury has a mixture of stone and cobbled streets and extra care may be needed when on the walking tour.
Leeds Castle – There is a walk of approximately 200 metres from the coach park to the ticket entrance. Leeds Castle operate a free shuttle bus from the ticket desk to the Castle for those who require additional assistance.
We aim to drop off directly outside your chosen accommodation however sometimes due to traffic conditions or parking restrictions we may drop off nearby. The vehicle will park as close as is safely and legally possible.
How long do we spend in Canterbury and at Leeds Castle?
We will spend 2 - 2.5 hours in Canterbury. We will then spend 3 hours at Leeds Castle.
What time do drop offs in London and Heathrow begin?
Disney Cruise Lines
5:30pm – 6:30pm
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Princess, Pacific, Crystal,
Holland America Cruise Lines
5:30pm – 6:00pm
6:00pm – 6:30pm
Will I make it to Heathrow Airport in time to catch my flight?
In the UK we advise arriving at the airport at least 3 hours prior to your flight departure time. As a general guide, we would not recommend our shared service for anyone departing Heathrow before 22:00PM (Disney) and 21:30PM (All other ships).
If your flight departure timings are too near to the shared transfer arrival time we would strongly recommend you book a private transfer. With private transfers you can depart the port at a time of your choice. It is your responsibility to check in advance that our tour itinerary is suitable for your onward travel, particularly if same day flights are involved. Please email [email protected]co.uk if you wish to check that our transfer is suitable for your onward travel plans.
My chosen hotel is not on your list of drop off points, can I take this service?
We drop off at all London city centre hotels and Heathrow airport hotels and terminals. Occasionally we are unable to drop off at certain hotels because they are not in London city centre, Heathrow airport or not easily accessible by coach. Please email us at [email protected] and we will advise if we can drop off at your hotel, or direct you to the closest drop off point.
I would like to join this tour but you do not service the ship I am travelling on. What can I do?
Our transfers from the port are available to passengers on other ships not listed, when dates and arrival times coincide with the ships we do service. You will need to make your own way to the ship we are servicing on that date. Please note on your booking the ship you are arriving on, and we can then advise which ship you will need to make your way to.
How far in advance should I book?
Our tour dates go on sale 12-18 months in advance. We always advise booking early to avoid disappointment as availability cannot always be guaranteed if booking is left until closer to the date of travel. We offer a free cancellation policy up to 42 days prior to travel.
Should we tip our driver or guide?
Tips are entirely at the customer’s discretion and in no way expected. Should you feel inclined to tip, your driver or guide would be grateful, but you should not feel obliged. A 10% tip is considered customary in the UK.
I have sightseeing included in my transfer – do I need to book entry?
Entry to Leeds Castle is included in this tour and you do not need to contact the attraction and book entry. You will not need separate entry tickets to the attraction, the guide will manage your entry on the day.
My flight departs from Gatwick – can you drop me off there?
Unfortunately Gatwick is not in London and not in our drop off zone. We advise passengers use Victoria Station in central London as their drop off point as there are regular, cost effective transport options available from here directly to Gatwick. You can check out these options at: