Depart from Victoria Coach Station, and unwind during the drive to Leeds Castle, roughly one hour away. Built as a Norman fortress in the 12th century, the castle has a long, colorful history, from its time as a royal palace for King Edward I in the 13th century through to the American heiress, Lady Baillie, who was the castle’s last private owner.
Enjoy early entry to the castle, so you can explore its buildings and grounds before it opens to the general public, and head inside with a guide for a private visit. Explore the bedrooms, chapel, banquet halls, galleries and courtyards. Then make the most of free time to wander around the gardens, lake and maze.
When the time comes, return to your coach and travel along the coast to the White Cliffs of Dover, a towering cliff face made of white chalk. Learn how the striking cliffs, which lines part of the English Channel, were the entry point for past war invasions, and then continue to Canterbury.
In Canterbury, take a guided tour of Canterbury Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Christianity’s most important churches. You’ll also enjoy free time to have lunch (own expense) and explore Canterbury Old Town.
Return to London by way of Greenwich, a London borough notable for its maritime history, as the birthplace of many English monarchs from the House of Tudors, and of course, Greenwich Mean Time. Take in the grand sights, from palaces to parks, on a walking tour. Then, return to central London in the evening and conclude your tour with a sunset cruise on the Thames River.
Your tour concludes at Embankment Pier.