You'll be picked up from your London hotel on the morning of Christmas Eve for a day trip to three of England's greatest sights: Leeds Castle, Canterbury and Dover. Relax on the ride by comfortable air-conditioned coach through Greenwich, where you'll learn about the interesting maritime history of this district as you pass the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Naval College and the Old Royal Observatory.
Continue through the snow-covered English countryside to Leeds Castle, a royal 12th-century castle on the River Len. Set in the middle of a natural lake and surrounded by 500 acres (200 hectares) of parkland and gardens, Leeds Castle is quite beautiful. You will immediately understand why Lord Conway described it as the "loveliest castle in the world."
This Christmas Eve tour lets you explore the castle, allowing you to truly experience its tranquil atmosphere without the hassle of crowds. Take a guided walking tour of the interior and exterior while learning about the castle's long royal history from your guide.
After your tour, enjoy free time to explore the castle grounds at your leisure. Visit the aviary and wander through the Lady Baillie Garden, offering great views over the lake.
Leave Leeds Castle behind and continue your journey to Canterbury, located about 45 minutes east. Head to the Panteli's of Canterbury restaurant to relax with your fellow travelers over a classic English lunch of fish and chips. Once you've had your fill, you guide will escort your to Canterbury Cathedral.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is perhaps the most symbolic leader of the Anglican faith worldwide. Founded in 597 and completely rebuilt in 1070, Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest and most famous Christian churches in England. Take a guided walking tour of the outside of this world-famous church -- you will be amazed by its stunning architecture and fascinating history.
Your last stop is Dover, situated on the coast along the English Channel, where you'll see the White Cliffs of Dover and Dover Castle. Enjoy the fresh sea breeze and admire the famous white chalk cliffs overlooking the coastline and busy harbor as you learn about their significance for Englanders. You'll also marvel at stunning Dover Castle, a medieval castle that has been described as the 'Key to England' due to its defensive significance throughout history. It one of the largest castles in England.
Then it's time to hop in the coach and return to London, located about 1.5 hours away, where your Christmas Eve tour ends.
Please note: Canterbury Cathedral will be closed to visitors on Christmas Eve; you will only see the exterior.