Shared Tour: Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover and Greenwich
Leeds Castle: Private guided tour before the castle opens. Described as the "loveliest castle in the world", Leeds Castle was once a Royal residence for six of England's medieval queens, a palace of Henry VIII and a retreat for the rich and powerful. The setting is simply idyllic. The Norman Castle was built on two small islands in the middle of a lake and is surrounded by a vast estate. Our day begins with a private viewing prior to the castle opening to the public. We will explore the chapel, galleries, courtyards and banqueting hall before taking time to enjoy the setting and wildlife, which includes wildfowl, black swans and the birds of the aviary.
Dover You've heard of the famous White Cliffs of Dover? This is your chance to see them. On a clear day you can even see France. Dover itself is an historic port with a magnificent 12th century castle.
Canterbury The ancient city of Canterbury has been the center of Christian worship for almost 1,700 years. Its greatest treasure is the cathedral, infamous as the setting for the brutal murder of Thomas Beckett in 1170. When Henry II snapped "Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?” four of his knights rode to the Cathedral and sliced Beckett's head off. Canterbury became the center of one of the most important medieval pilgrimages in Europe, immortalized by Geoffrey Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales. Your ticket includes entrance to the Cathedral and also allows some free time to explore the atmospheric old town.
Greenwich & Thames Cruise: Packed with exquisite parks, gardens, and architecture, Greenwich has strong connections with the sea, science, sovereigns and time. We will have time to take a look at the Cutty Sark, the fastest sailing ship of its time. As the early evening approaches we gently cruise back to the center of London. We will pass by historic sights such as the Tower of London, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament before arriving at Westminster Pier where our tour ends.
This tour is provided on a reserved basis prior to departure. Passengers must contact the local sightseeing company upon arrival to reconfirm their tour.
Approximately 10 hours 30 minutes
Victoria Coach Station
8:15am Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays (April-October); Wednesdays and Saturdays only (November-December & March); Saturdays only (January-February)
Group Size:Maximum 50 people
Transportation to/from hotel, lunch, gratuities
No tour on November 7, December 24, 25 or December 26.
Due to severe traffic congestion in and around the port, the stop in Dover may be removed from the itinerary without notice.