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  • Location:London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:11 hours (approx.)
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 then explore the historic London borough of Greenwich, all while enjoying informative commentary from an expert guide. End with a relaxing sunset cruise along the Thames River.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Leeds Castle, the White Cliffs of Dover, Canterbury and Greenwich from London
  • Enjoy a private tour of beautiful Leeds Castle away from the crowds
  • Visit Canterbury Cathedral, one of the most famous and impressive churches in the world
  • Admire the white-chalk Cliffs of Dover overlooking the English Channel
  • Learn about Greenwich’s important maritime history on a walking tour
  • Take a Thames River cruise past famous London landmarks including Tower Bridge and the Tower of London

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This excursion has a diverse and fascinating mix of attractions. My favorites? Touring Leeds Castle before the crowds arrive and seeing London landmarks at sunset on the Thames River cruise. A very satisfying day!

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What You Can Expect

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

Canterbury Cathedral, England

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 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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We were picked up from our hotel and taken to Victoria station where we were directed to our tour. The day was rainy and stormy but this did not ruin anything thanks to Frank our tour leader and Paola our coach driver from Premier Tours. Frank was very informative about anything we were seeing during the tour. Leeds Castle was lovely and then Dover and Canterbury Abbey and then the boat trip. Yes I would recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Wonderful tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a fantastic way to spend my birthday.The tour of Leeds Castle before opening was incredible to do a tour without the crowds was amazing. The trip along the English Chanel offered some breath taking views. Canterbury was awesome the Cathedral was spectacular with its history and design.The guide was extremely friendly and knowledgeable.She kept the tour moving that we were able to take in a lot of sights but at a leisurely pace.It was so sweet of her to buy me a ice cream for my birthday.I would recommend this tour highly and would do it again myself.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great way to see these sites! Loved it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had a wonderful, very knowledgeable guide. I would have liked to have had Dover Castle included. Otherwise, it was a great trip. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We really enjoyed this tour. Our guide was excellent. It was money well spent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Never felt rushed. Guide was knowledgeable. Well done

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Karen was our guide on this tour. Leeds Castle - Stunningly beautiful and surrounding gardens too.
Canterbury Cathedral and township - just lovely.
Greenwich- had time to look at the buildings, not the tower.
Thames river cruise- free and dropped off at Embankment Pier, not Victoria Station.
Highly Recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Fantastic tour... Amazing view and great tour leader . I was so pleased with my experiences.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing! We got to tour the castle before the public and see a large area of Eastern Scotland. Jason was so kind and knowledgeable. I would take ANY tour he gave!!

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