- New for 2024!! Available Wednesday and Friday April to October - Fully refundable and amendable up until 7 days before travel
Small group day trip - maximum 16 people per tour
Photo stop at Dover Castle, White Cliffs and the Battle of Britain memorial
Enjoy a welcome drink, guided vineyard tour and a delicious three course lunch with wine tasting at the award winning Gusbourne Vineyard
Flexible booking guarantee!
Pointing south eastwards towards the continent, spreading out and merging with the North Sea and the English Channel, the county of Kent lies closest to mainland Europe giving a continental feel, a milder climate, bountiful orchards, hop fields and vineyards. A unique part of Britain always known as the Garden of England, and now the Wine Garden of England!
On this tour we visit the famous White Cliffs of Dover and the Battle of Britain Memorial, a photo stop on the clifftops with views of the stunning Dover Castle then we meander down the leafy lanes and bygone villages to the delightful Gusbourne winery in Appledore.
Those stunning chalk cliffs which help defend our island are just a 90 minute drive from London. Our first stop is the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel le Ferne overlooking the English Channel. Replica Spitfire and Hurricane fighter planes stand like guardians overlooking what was nicknamed Hellfire Corner during the Second World War. The battles were fought over the skies of Kent with a such small number of men that it gaves rise to the famous quote by Sir Winston Churchill "Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few". The names of The Few are written on the memorial wall. Moving along the coast we see Dover Castle standing like a sentinel over the channel and port entrance. This 12th century stone keep was known as the Key to England but as a settlement the fortress goes back to Roman times with a lighthouse built on the clifftop in the First Century.
We then move on down charming narrow country lanes past hop fields and Oast Houses that provided the kilns to dry the hops to flavour local produced beer. Through lush farmland where orchards and vineyards spread out over the Kentish Weald, the local name for the higher ground, and travel through beautiful villages of a bygone age.
We approach Appledore and head to the Gusbourne winery for an leisurely afternoon visit with a tour of the vineyard. Enjoy welcome drinks then experience an extended tour of the estate. We will then enjoy wine tasting in the picturesque tasting room overlooking the vines with a delicious three course lunch. Sample some rare releases and limited edition wines and learn how wine making in England has become such a success.
The Gusbourne Winery is the most awarded winery in England, and has been served to the Royal Family. A special edition sparkling wine was chosen to be served at the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of Her Late Majesty The Queen. Then Gusbourne were honoured that the Royal Colection Trust selected Gusbourne Brut Reserve 2019 to mark the celebration of the recent Coronation of their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla. Recent industry awards include:
- Wine GB Estate Winery of the Year 2021, 2022 & 2023 - Best in Show at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2023 (with Blanc de Blancs 2018) - Platinum award at TEXSOM 2023 (with Brut Reserve 2019)
Finish off a rewarding day in Kent with a relaxing journey back through this graceful and bucolic part of the world on our return back to London.
Please ensure you arrive at your allocated departure point at least 10 minutes before your departure time.
Outside Gloucester Road Tube station, meet at the station exit. (MAP)
Outside the Cumberland Hotel main entrance, Marble Arch (formerly the Hard Rock Hotel) (MAP) Nearest tube station is Marble Arch
Outside The British Museum main entrance on Great Russell Street (MAP). Nearest tube stations are Holborn or Tottenham Court Road.
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 arrive back in London.
On the return to London your driver will drop you at Victoria Train Station in the city centre. This is one of the largest transport stations in London, with excellent connections to all parts of London and beyond.
Helpful Information about the day of your Wine Tasting in the Garden of England tour
Are the meeting points easy to find?
YES! All are within short walking distances of tube and bus stops, and very easy access for taxis. We recommend you arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before the departure time. Your International Friends day trip has been carefully planned to ensure maximum enjoyment, which sadly means we cannot delay our departure times to wait for latecomers. This would impact the day's itinerary and could mean we miss booked entry times at attractions. If you are running late please phone the emergency number and our team will help you. If you miss the departure for your tour, you are welcome to join the tour at the first scheduled stop. Any expenses incurred in doing so will be at your own expense. Refunds cannot be issued for passengers who miss their tours departure through their own late arrival.
How will I identify the International Friends vehicle at the meeting point?
Depending on the number of people travelling on a particular day we use 8 or 16 seater executive vehicles. On arrival at the pick up location the guide/driver will announce themselves, will be holding a sign reading “International Friends” and will be aware of your names ready to welcome you on board.
How much time at each sightseeing stop?
Dover castle and the Battle of Britain Memorial - You will be visiting Dover for approximately 30 minutes for a short photo stop to see Dover castle and the Battle of Britain Memorial.
Gusbourne Vineyard - In total you will spend around 3 hours 45 minutes at Gusbourne Vineyard. During this time you will have a tour of the vineyard as well as three course lunch and wine tasting.
Are entries into the attractions included in my ticket price?
Entry into Gusbourne Vineyard as well as your three course lunch and wine tasting are included.
How can I find out more information about the attractions we will see on this tour?
Your lunch and wine tasting are included in this tour. Lunch will be a delicious 3 course meal served at Gusbourne Vineyard. This will be a set 3 course menu using seasonal, locally sourced produce. In your booking form please inform us if you have any specific dietary requirements.
Can I bring food and drink onboard the vehicle?
There is to be NO Hot Food or Beverages (exception if hot beverage is in a sealed reusable thermal cup) on board the coaches due to the risk of scalds or burns and smells remaining on board the vehicle. Only Cold food & beverages with screw top lids are to be taken on board any vehicle. All litter must be taken from the vehicle and disposed of appropriately.
How much walking is involved in this tour?
Dover - The Battle of Britain Memorial - it is approximately 20 meters from the car park to the main building. However, there are a number of slopes and the site is on a clifftop and parents are warned to keep a close eye on their children.
Gusbourne Vineyard - Usually involves around 45 minutes walking over grass or trackways with some mild inclines.
How many people will be joining this tour?
This is one of our Small & Friendly tours. You will benefit from being in a small group of maximum 16 people with our expert guide.
Do we need to tip staff?
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.
What time do we arrive back in London?
We aim to arrive back in London at approximately 5:30pm. 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 arrive back in London. On the return to London your driver will drop you at Victoria Train Station in the city centre. This is one of the largest transport stations in London, with excellent connections to all parts of London and beyond.