On this small group tour from London, we'll visit Rochester with its 900 year old castle and 11th century cathedral, explore the famous White Cliffs of Dover before having some time to explore Dover Castle, and we'll take a scenic drive through Kent, before we visit the ancient city of Canterbury.
Maximum 16 people per tour
Complimentary bottled water
Walking tour of Canterbury
Visit to Dover Castle and the famous White Cliffs of Dover
Travel by executive minicoach, with expert guide
We begin the day with a short comfort stop at the Cutty Sark, a glorious 19th century sailing ship. Enjoy a coffee (own expense) while your guide tells you of the cruicial role Greenwich has played throughout British history, before we leave London behind and follow the old Roman road to the historic city of Rochester. Upon arrival in Rochester, listen to the stories told by your guide of the sieges and bloody battles through the ages, before admiring Rochester's 900 year old castle, the 11th Century cathedral, and taking a walk down Rochester's quaint high street, a place frequented by Charles Dickens. After some time exploring in Rochester, we use our our minicoach to our advantage, and take you down local back roads and country lanes that big buses cannot manage, right to the edge of England.
We'll then travel down leafy lanes through the Kent countryside, seeing hop fields, farmlands, orchards, oast houses and characterful villages which gives Kent the 'Garden of England' nickname that it is so well known for. We’ll make a photo stop in the beautiful village of Chilham, centred around a square with a traditional English pub, manor house and 15th century church before we continue onward to the White Cliffs of Dover.
Admire the world renowned White Cliffs of Dover, so famous for their symbolism in British and allied military history, and where you'll be able to see the coast of France on a clear day, lying just 20 miles away! After a short drive from the White Cliffs, we'll arrive at Dover Castle, where you'll have the option of entering the Castle for a couple of hours to explore. Should you choose to enter the Castle (entry is not included) stroll around the castle grounds, climb the tower, walk the walls and learn about Dover Castle's integral role in battles from the 11th Century, all the way up to WWII, before we journey onwards to Canterbury.
Upon arrival in Canterbury, walk along cobbled streets into the heart of the city, where you'll have a couple of hours free time to have a look around, and visit the vast, historic and stunning Cathedral if you wish. We'll provide you with maps and recommendations to get the most out of your time. Later, join your guide on a walking tour and learn more of the history of Canterbury, tales of its visitors, and discover some hidden secrets and passageways before we head back to London.
Please remember that entrance fees are not included in your ticket price.
If you wish to enter Dover Castle, you can purchase this from your guide on the day in cash. The prices from the 1st April 2020 are £21.30 for adults, £19.20 for students / concessions and £12.80 for children aged 5-15. Under 5's are free to enter. Please note, these prices are set by English Heritage who run Dover Castle, and are subject to change.
If you wish to enter Canterbury Cathedral, you can purchase a ticket from the admissions desk on the day. Prices are for 2020 are £12.50 for adults, £11.50 for over 65's, £10.50 for students and £8.50 for children.
Central London Cutty Sark
Cutty Sark Rochester
Chilham White Cliffs of Dover
White Cliffs of Dover Dover Castle
Dover Castle Canterbury
Canterbury London Eye
Please note that all timings above are estimated and assuming normal traffic conditions. Due to the changeable nature of road conditions, we cannot guarantee a precise time when you will get back to London, it is usually approximately 8.15pm.
On the return to London your driver will drop you at the original departure point, close to the London Eye.
Please ensure you arrive at your allocated departure point at least 10 minutes before your departure time.
Next to the London Eye, on the corner of Belvedere Road and Chicheley Street, SE1 7PB. This is the bus pick up and drop off point for the London Eye.