Prices

  • £96.00 Adult
  • £87.00 Child (3-16)
  • £92.00 Senior/Student
  • £358.00 Family (2 Adults + 2 Children)
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Christmas Eve Tour of Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover & Greenwich with River Boat Ride and Lunch

Christmas Eve begins with a visit to Leeds Castle situated in the Kent countryside.  Next we head enjoy a walking tour of the medieval town of Canterbury.  After sitting down for a two course meal near the Cathedral we drive to Dover and glimpse the famous white cliffs.  Greenwich is the next stop where you will see the Old Royal Naval College and the world famous Cutty Sark.  Here you will embark on a Thames River ride passing London’s well known landmarks.




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Tour Highlights

  • Entry to Magical Leeds Castle
  • Walking Tour of Canterbury
  • View the Famous White Cliffs of Dover
  • See maritime Greenwich
  • Luxury Coach
  • Professional Guide
  • River Thames boat ride from Greenwich to Embankment
  • Two Course Lunch
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Tour Schedule

Private Visit to Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle – live it, love it! Deep in the cascading countryside of Kent sits Leeds Castle.  Described by Lord Conway as ‘The loveliest castle in the world’, 500 acres of magnificent landscaped parkland surround the idyllic island.  Henry VIII retreated to Leeds Castle to escape the plague raging in London during his reign.  Early arrival ensures an almost private visit of Leeds Castle.

Walking Tour of Canterbury

Canterbury – discover the magnificent medieval city and centre of English Christianity.  The line of succession from Augustine has seen 104 Archbishops uphold this prestige.  Archbishop Thomas Becket was gruesomely murdered at Canterbury Cathedral in 1170.  Henry VIII destroyed religious buildings to suit his needs and the Cathedral was no exception.

Lunch 

Tantalise your taste buds in close proximity to the spectacular cathedral.

White Cliffs of Dover

The gateway to England!  A port for over 2000 years, marvel at the White Cliffs of Dover and the English Channel.  See Dover Castle, a key film location in ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’, which saw the castle transformed into the Tower of London where Anne Boleyn was imprisoned.

Greenwich

Overlooking the River Thames, Greenwich is a stunning World Heritage site bustling with fine maritime landmarks.  See the Old Royal Naval College designed by Sir Christopher Wren, as well as the Royal Observatory and world-famous Cutty Sark, a fascinating 19th-century clipper ship.

River Thames Boat Ride

Get a fresh perspective on London’s attractions with our River Thames boat ride from Greenwich to Embankment Pier, passing Tower Bridge and stunning St. Paul’s Cathedral along the route.  This tour will finish at Embankment Pier in London



Important Information

Menu

Carvery and vegetarian option, ice-cream, tea or coffee.

Departure details

Date of Departure: Sunday 24 December

Check-in time: 08:00am

Departure time: 08:30am

Return(approx.): 18.30pm

Departure Point: 4 Fountain Square, 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SH
Return Point: Embankment Pier



FAQ’s

Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?

Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay).  This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.

Are there toilets on the coaches?

Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.

Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?

Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no.  Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop.  There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them.  Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this.  Here is a store finder link.

Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?

Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.

What clothes should I wear?

It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out.  It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella.  There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible.  It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.

If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?

It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours.  However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.

There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.

These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.

Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?

No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.

Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?

Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports.  There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.

Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?

Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.



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Why stop there?


The ever-increasing demand and availability for well-organised, safe and reliable trips means that we now go further afield, so while we love taking people on tours of England, Ireland and Scotland we are pleased to offer that little bit more with river tours of Amsterdam, coach tours of Paris and train trips to the chocolate capital of the world, Brussels!

Our Most Popular Essential Trips

There are so many and we cater for everyone so it may be a case of a leisurely out of London trip to Stonehenge or you may want the buzz and excitement of a theatre tour of London – all the glitz and glamour is there. Out of London, we offer all sorts of adventures: Roman Baths, Shakespeare country, the Royal Pavilion, Brighton – you name it. Same with London – we don’t just do the round London tours – we can take you to Kew Gardens or we can take you on an expedition on the roof of the O2 Dome to the platform at the top offering spectacular views.

So we offer Out of London, Around London, Theatre and Hotels and then there are the spectacular Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day tours – what a way to celebrate the fun season.