- Free snacks 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
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 London borough 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 central 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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Leeds Castle, England
- Local guide
- Entrance fees to Leeds Castle and Canterbury Cathedral
- Thames River cruise
- Hotel pick-up, selected hotels only (until March 31, 2017)
- Transport by air-conditioned coach
- Hotel drop-off
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Hotel pick-up (from April 1, 2017)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult
- Please note: hotel pick-up is included from selected London hotels until March 31, 2017. Please contact the supplier directly 48-hours in advance to arrange
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Juli M, January 2017
Leeds is a beautiful castle. Our tour guide on the bus and the bus driver were entertaining and a great driver. I really enjoyed the tour of the castle ahead of the public and would have loved to see more of the grounds. Our tour guide was great in the castle was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I wish we had all day to walk around the spectacular grounds and enjoy them. The lake with the birds was really lovely. Overall I thought the entire tour Leeds castle, Canterbury cathedral, White Cliffs of Dover and Greenwich ferry to Central London was too many sights in one day. Although I really enjoyed the Canterbury cathedral as well, we did not have time for lunch. The entire area around the Cathedral was packed with people and the restaurant where we tried to eat was not able serve 2 salads in over an hour. As a result, we had only the apples we brought with for the entire day. This wasn't healthy for my mom, who is diabetic. When we got to Dover the sun was setting, it was very cold and there were no food stands open. The beach was beautiful and the vision of the castle on the hill was breathtaking, but I was really hungry. When we got to Greenwich it was dark. we went back to see the sights the next day on our own. In short, this tour is a great value. However, bring plenty of snacks and water for yourself and prepare for a very long day.
Reviewed by: john b, January 2017
we did this day trip while on holiday in uk ...our guide was well versed in all aspects of local history .when we did tour it was raining on and off but this did not stop us having a great day ...do not hesitate in booking this one