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London & Heathrow to Dover with optional Dover Castle - 1 day

Direct transfer service to Dover cruise terminal, with a photo stop at the 'Key to England', Dover Castle. Optional entry to Dover Castle also available.

Pick up available at over 200 London & Heathrow hotels.


Travel in executive coach from London and Heathrow to Dover cruise terminal, with an optional visit to one of the most famous Castles in the world,
Dover Castle. This service is available on all dates when Princess, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn Quest and Disney cruise ships are starting or ending cruises in Dover. 

After completing the hotel pick ups we head east in to the county of Kent, known as the 'Garden of England', decorated and dressed with orchards, vineyards, hop fields and Oast Houses. A unique and delightful part of the country with a distinct charm and beauty that isn't found anywhere else. Our drive takes us to the south eastern corner of England to our destination, Dover. The drive from London to Dover is approximately two hours. On arrival in Dover we make a photo stop at the Battle of Britain Memorial. Sitting on top of the famous White Cliffs of Dover the memorial offers stunning views across the English channel to France. A peaceful place, dedicated to the heroes who fought in the skies in the Battle of Britain in World War Two. 
 
Next stop will be at the impressive Dover Castle.
 
If you select the optional entry to Dover Castle you will have two hours to visit the Castle and grounds, then the coach will be waiting for you at the entrance to take you to the cruise terminal. You will arrive at the ship at approximately 14.00 PM . If you choose not to enter the Castle there will be a 10 minute photo stop, followed by a direct transfer to the nearby cruise terminal. You will arrive at your ship at approximately 11.30 - 12.00 PM.

Dover Castle is a medieval castle, founded in the 12th century and widely known as the 'lock and key to England' due to it's defensive significance and key roles and many wars and battles! From the 12th century until 1958 the Castle was continuously garrisoned, covering 9 centuries, something only equalled by the Tower of London and Windsor Castle. Over the centuries the Castle defences were continuously improved and enlarged as the Castle maintained a military role, a role perhaps made most famous in World War 2 where the Castle housed an underground hospital and a command centre for the Dunkirk evacuation. The castle is the largest and one of the oldest in England - don't forget to reserve at the time of booking your entry tickets online to avoid the main queues!

Please be aware that the entrance to Dover Castle from the coach park does require an uphill walk which may not be suitable to passengers with walking difficulties.

Ensure you have pre-labelled your luggage with the labels found in your cruise pack. On arrival at  Dover Cruise terminal you will simply walk to check- in to begin your cruise. Many of our coaches do have bathrooms, but if not the driver will be happy to arrange a 15/20 minute comfort stop en route to Dover if required.

Guaranteed departure dates
We guarantee to run this service on all dates listed. Book early to avoid disappointment, this is a very popular cruise transfer service. If your date is not listed above but you are interested in using this service, International Friends will add dates if we have confirmed interest from 10 or more travellers. We find that the Roll Call facility of Cruise Critic is an excellent way of promoting this transfer service. Or, if you prefer the option of a private transfer, available for 1 or more people, click here  to request a quote.



Pick-up hotels in London & Heathrow
Central London and Heathrow hotel pick ups are between 08:00am-09:00am. On the bookings page when you select your hotel you will be given a time for your chosen hotel. You must be ready for collection in your specified hotel reception area, 10 minutes prior to the pick up time stated on your ticket.

Don't worry if you hotel is not on our list of hotels; please email us at cruise@internationalfriends.co.uk and we will assist you in meeting this tour. When enquiring about hotel pick ups please ensure you provide us with the name and full address of the hotel.

On departure from London and London we may use several vehicles collecting from hotels to ensure we complete the pick ups as quickly and efficiently as possible. You may be collected by the main coach, or one of our smaller vehicles to transfer you to the coach.

Pickup Locations At Heathrow Airport
We do not pick-up from the passenger terminals at Heathrow, only airport hotels. There are frequent Hoppa Buses between passenger terminals and the main airport hotels. 

If you are arriving at Heathrow airport on the morning of departure we recommend you make your way from the airport terminals to the hotel reception areas below for collection:

Arriving at Terminal 1, 2 or 3 - Please go to Park Inn Heathrow, Bath Road, UB7 0DU.
Arriving at Terminal 4 - Please go to Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4, Hounslow, TW6 3AF. 
Arriving at Terminal 5 - Please go to Sofitel Heathrow Terminal 5, Heathrow, TW6 2GD. 
You must be ready for collection in the hotel reception area from the specified time at your chosen hotel.

Booking Conditions & Payment
In order that we can guarantee your booking, you will need to make payment in full. However, all cruise transfer/tours on dates which are booked from this webpage are not subject to any cancellation charges up to 42 days (6 weeks) before the transfer/tour date. Within 41 days, our standard booking conditions shall apply.

The luggage allowance is 2 large cases per passenger (maximum 23kgs per case) plus 2 pieces of hand luggage (max 10kg per case). If you have more than this you must contact our office prior to travel. We do not carry outsize items (eg bicycles) and you MUST inform us in advance if you have a wheelchair, mobility vehicle etc.


 

Amendements to services due to events in London

Due to a large Cycle Event taking place in London on 29th July 2018, we will only be offering pick ups at the following hotels:

​Grosvenor Victoria 
Hilton Metropole 
Crowne Plaza Kings Cross 
Hilton Kensington 
Marriott Grosvenor Square

Passengers staying at hotels not listed above will have to make their own way to one of these hotels for pick up.