2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 4 Reviews

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  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)
Spend your Christmas Day mixing history, tradition and the British countryside on this tour from London to some of the UK’s iconic towns. You’ll travel in a comfortable luxury motor coach as your professional guide leads you to Rochester, Canterbury and Dover. Walk in Charles Dickens’ footsteps in Rochester, attend a Christmas service at Canterbury Cathedral, enjoy a delicious Christmas lunch at a nearby hotel in Canterbury and end your tour marveling at the beautiful White Cliffs of Dover.

Highlights

  • Full-day Tour of Rochester, Canterbury and Dover from London
  • Walking tour of Rochester, Charles Dickens' former home
  • Delicious Christmas Lunch in a Canterbury hotel
  • Attend the Christmas service with the Archbishop of Canterbury Cathedral
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover

What You Can Expect

Christmas Day in Rochester, Canterbury and Dover

Christmas Day in Rochester, Canterbury and Dover

From London, your Christmas Day tour heads first to Rochester, once home to one of England’s most famous authors, Charles Dickens. The author of A Christmas Carol lived at nearby Gads Hill Place and based some of his novels in Rochester. Your professional guide will lead you down Rochester’s picture-postcard Victorian high street and to the beautiful Rochester Castle overlooking the River Medway.

Then, you will travel to Canterbury, where you’ll attend the traditional Christmas service with the Archbishop at Canterbury Cathedral, famous for its stunning Gothic architecture and history that dates back to the year 1070. You’ll then enjoy a wonderful Christmas lunch at a nearby hotel in Canterbury and have some free time in Canterbury to explore on your own.

Finally, you will continue your tour to the British coast at Dover, where you’ll see the impressive White Cliffs of Dover. The cliffs are a symbol of Britain, facing continental Europe across the English Channel and acting as an emblematic guard.

Itinerary

Lunch - Sample menu

Glass of Sherry on Arrival

Starter
Homemade soup

Main course
Traditional Roast Turkey with Vegetables (Vegetarian option available)

Dessert
Christmas Pudding served in a Brandy Sauce

Tea or Coffee & Mince Pies

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

We had a wonderful time on the tour. Our guide was very very knowledgable and entertaining. I would highly recommend this tour!

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better January 2012

The tour agent was over half an hour late starting our tour, as such we were rushed to get to Canterbury on time to attend the service. The Christmas Lunch was good, but it felt like we spent the most time on our tour eating in a pub rather than seeing more sights. The tour description is misleading as the stops in Rochester and Dover are only 15 minute "photo stops". This tour would be better if there was an activity or more information about the stops in Dover and Rochester. Canterbury is a worthwhile stop, but the rest of the tour didn't offer much.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this January 2015

Worst Christmas Day ever! Confirmed details with the tour operator the day before and received info of where to go to be picked up. Arrived at the gate in the bus station and waited over an hour while the buses were loaded by hotel location. The final people left were herded to the bus and we were not on the list, the 'tour guide' told us we were at the wrong gate even though the details above the gate matched the info we were given for the tour, he then held up his hand, turned his back and would not assist us further. After wandering around the buses and asking various company staff we eventually found the correct bus but there were no seats left together, we had to ask different travellers if they would mind sharing with others so my husband and I could sit together and finally six rows away my daughters were able to sit together.
At Canterbury Cathedral we discovered we were seated in a back section and could not actually see or view the service, only hear it, at no stage were we informed about this.
Christmas lunch at a Canterbury pub turned out to be a smorgasbord at a Holiday Inn! We were the second sitting and had to wait over half an hour to be seated. The table cloths were not changed and had food stains, they ran out of glasses for the water (didn't want to drink out of the jug!) and the smorgasbord looked like a herd of wildebeest had stampeded through and we were expected to eat the leftovers. We were unable to order drinks as they had no glasses and had to purchase drinks in bottles. There were no Christmas bonbons although the first seating had them. We purchased chocolates and chips from the vending machine to eat in the bus for lunch. The tour guide kept explaining to people he had nothing to do with the lunch, he was just employed for the day.
The stop at Rochester was fine and we enjoyed wandering around the town, but this was the only enjoyable part of the tour.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this January 2012

The most appalling experience I have ever encountered. Do yourself a favour - do not ruin your Christmas by purchasing this tour.
If you enjoy being herded like cattle with a talentless tour guide (who complained about working on Christmas Day on three occasions) then go right ahead and book this tour. A miserable, amateur experience on an over-booked bus and staff with appalling attitudes. Wont bore you with all the details of our personal misfortune but avoid this tour at all costs. Ghastly!

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