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Leeds Castle Private Viewing, Canterbury and Greenwich Day Trip from London

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  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2452T7

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Spend a day touring the highlights of Kent on this day trip from London. Enjoy an exclusive private viewing of beautiful Leeds Castle, visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Canterbury Cathedral, see the White Cliffs of Dover and visit the historic city of Greenwich, all while enjoying informative commentary from an expert guide. End with a relaxing sunset cruise along the Thames River.

Highlights

  • Free snacks included
  • Hotel pickup included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Exclusive after-hours access
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Board a coach at the Victoria Coach Station or your London hotel and relax on the 1-hour drive south to Leeds Castle. Built in 1119 as a Norman stronghold, Leeds Castle is beautifully situated on an island in a lake.

Enjoy a private viewing of this famous castle before it opens to the public. Learn how the property has changed hands and transformed over the years, from a 13th-century royal palace for King Edward I to the residence of Henry VII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon, in the 16th century all the way up to the last private owner, American heiress Lady Baillie, who is credited for the castle’s remarkable preservation and redecoration.

Following a guide, explore the galleries, bedrooms, chapel, banquet hall and courtyards. Then take time to explore the surrounding gardens, walk around the lake and find your way through the famous maze.

Re-board the coach for a coastal drive to the White Cliffs of Dover, a chalky cliff face that lines part of the English Channel. As you’ll learn, these cliffs are symbolic throughout Britain, as they were the entry point for past war invasions and formed the first sight of England for travelers coming from Continental Europe.

Drive up and over the cliffs to Canterbury. Here you’ll visit Canterbury Cathedral, one of the most important Christian churches in the world and today a UNESCO World Heritage site. Immortalized by Geoffrey Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales, this striking Gothic church is nearly 1,700 years old!

After a guided tour of the cathedral, enjoy free time to explore the old town and have lunch at one of the many cafés or restaurants (own expense).

Continue your journey to the city of Greenwich, notable for its maritime history and as the birthplace of many English rulers from the House of Tudor. Take a walking tour to learn about Greenwich’s history, architecture, palaces and parks.

Arriving back in London in the evening, hop on a boat and savor the views on a relaxing sunset cruise along the Thames River. Have your camera ready as you pass top London attractions including Tower Bridge and the Tower of London against the sparkling city skyline.

Arrive at Embankment Pier to conclude your trip.

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Schedule details

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Tour departs from Victoria Coach Station or select London hotels
Departure Time:
8:15am

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Return Details:
Concludes at Embankment Pier at approximately 7pm

Pricing information

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Code: EN7

Tour led by an English-speaking guide

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Leeds Castle Private Viewing, Canterbury and Greenwich Day Trip from London

Leeds Castle, England
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Inclusions:
  • Local guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Thames River cruise
  • Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
Exclusions:
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Philander C, July 2014

Leeds Castle has an unique beauty all its own. Visiting it was one of the highlights of our visit to England. Our guided tour of the rooms was excellent, and we had some time to stroll the grounds and absorb some of the beauty of the castle's wonderful setting. Our visit to Dover beach and to the new Battle of Britain memorial on top of the cliffs was memorable. Canterbury Cathedral almost defies description. The Canterbury Choral Society was rehearsing Beethoven's Missa Solemnis while were there, and the music filled the vastness of the building. You could almost see the ghosts of the past 1400 years from Chaucer to Becket to Elizabeth I to Elizabeth II. Greenwich was an entirely different sort of experience but equally memorable in its own way. Huge crowds of Londoners were out on this Sunday afternoon enjoying and celebrating the glorious June weather. The cruise back up the Thames was a nice way to finish the day. It would, however, have been nicer to have had an open deck vessel rather then the closed deck ferry.

Reviewed by: Anton W, USA, June 2014

This was an excellent tour. Our guide was exceptionally well informed and provided wonderful insight about the areas visited.

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