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Enjoy a memorable Christmas Day in one of England’s oldest cities and prettiest counties on this full-day trip to Canterbury and Kent from London. On Christmas Day morning, travel by air-conditioned coach to the ancient Kent city of Canterbury, home to majestic, 11th-century Canterbury Cathedral. See the splendid cathedral as you discover its famous history, and then sit down to a delicious, traditional 2-course Christmas lunch. View the iconic White Cliffs of Dover and finish with a walking tour of charm-laden Rochester, a town beloved by 19th-century writer Charles Dickens.

Highlights

  • Delicious Christmas Lunch in Canterbury plus walking tour of old town, photo stop in Dover and walking tour of Rochester
  • Opportunity to enjoy Christmas services in the Canterbury Cathedral (subject to cathedral service timings)
  • See the famous white cliffs of Dover

What You Can Expect

Christmas Lunch in Canterbury

Christmas Lunch in Canterbury

Depart an uncharacteristically peaceful central London by air-conditioned coach and venture into the English countryside begin your day trip. As you travel, enjoy the views over the county of Kent, known as the ‘Garden of England’ for its pretty hop fields, apple orchards and rolling farmland. 

Make your main stop in the ancient city of Canterbury. Along with its Roman origins, this charming city is famed for magnificent, UNESCO-listed Canterbury Cathedral, largely built in the 11th and 12th centuries, but with roots dating back to the 6th.

As you approach the cathedral, hear about its bloodiest hour: the day in 1170 when four knights of the then King Henry II stormed inside the church and murdered Archbishop Thomas Becket, crushing his skull with their swords. Following Becket’s death, the cathedral attracted thousands of medieval pilgrims, as told famously in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, written in the late 1300s.

On arrival, admire the views of this splendid Gothic church, and, depending on the cathedral’s Christmas Day schedule, take the opportunity to enjoy the celebratory services. Then, follow your guide to a local eatery for a traditional English Christmas lunch. After a welcome drink, savor a delicious 2-course meal of dishes such as juicy roast turkey and rich Christmas pudding, and, if you wish, use the occasion to open your own Christmas gifts! See the Itinerary for a sample menu.

Next, travel to Kent’s coast to see the famous White Cliffs of Dover. Gaze out over the chalk cliffs before traveling north to the historical Kent town of Rochester, known for its castle and links to the great 19th-century English author Charles Dickens.

After a walking tour of the town’s pretty streets, return to central London where your trip concludes.

Itinerary

Christmas Lunch in Canterbury Sample Menu:
  • Traditional turkey with chipolata and stuffing, served with roast potatoes, garden vegetables and gravy
  • Christmas pudding

Customer Reviews

Barbara B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2012

An excellent way to spend Christmas Day! Our guide,David, was excellent. He was very informative and entertaining and went out of his way to ensure that we had a great trip! Thanks much.

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