Be inspired by outstanding natural beauty and Kentish towns full of cultural treasures.
From the breath-taking site of the Cliffs of Dover to the historic Leeds Castle and Canterbury Cathedral, from the elegant Royal Tunbridge Wells to the bustling seaside resort Margate, the variety of great things to do and see seems endless.
This tour is a great travel experience for those who want to travel at their own pace and have total flexibility. Enjoy the luxury of spending more time in one place and cut short the other, you are in charge. And departure dates are available all year around too. Book here
Arrive in Canterbury and check in the beautiful Falstaff Hotel The Falstaff | Hotels In Canterbury | 15th Century Historic Hotel (thefalstaffincanterbury.com) located right in the historic city centre. Our friendly local guide greets you and goes through the itinerary with you.
Explore medieval Canterbury, home to breath-taking gothic architecture and landmark buildings such as the 11th century cathedral Canterbury Cathedral – The Mother Church of The Worldwide Anglican Communion (canterbury-cathedral.org) and the Buttermarket. Familiarise yourself on a fully guided or self-guided walking tour. Stroll the narrow-cobbled alleys and listen to tales from Canterbury’s rich past. You may also like to explore Canterbury by river boat. Picture yourself on a warm summer’s evening being paddled along the river Great Stour against the backdrop of the facades of the old town.
Then it’s time to head to the seaside. Pretty Whitstable with its pastel painted beach huts has established itself as the place to be for art lovers and foodies. Tuck in some freshly caught oysters which you can buy straight from the boat or spoil yourself with delicious seafood in one of the many gastro pubs. Soak up the atmosphere with a glass of locally produced wine and enjoy great sea views from the pebbled beach.
Take a step back in time and be fascinated by some of the finest castles in England.
After a fine breakfast we take you to the glorious Leeds Castle. Leeds Castle in Kent | The Loveliest Castle in the World (leeds-castle.com). A more than 900-year-old Norman castle built on an island in the river Len. Did you know that its name comes from the neighbouring village Leeds and has nothing to do with the slightly bigger namesake in Yorkshire? Imagine walking the grounds and award-winning gardens of this stunning site which is often named on “Most beautiful castles in the world” lists.
Royal Tunbridge Wells
Next stop is the elegant spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells. A popular holiday spot for royalty and aristocracy for more than 400 years. It can’t be amiss on your tailor-made journey. See the almost unchanged Pantiles, a Georgian colonnade of independent shops, art galleries and excellent restaurants are a wonderful place for you to discover. After so much exploring, relax at the luxury boutique Hotel Du Vin Luxury Boutique Hotels UK – Hotel du Vin & Bistro and enjoy their classical afternoon tea experience. Or board the Spa Valley Railway Home « Spa Valley Railway and see the beautiful countryside from a steam train.
In the evening we have a special treat for you if you like to find out more about Canterbury’s dark past. A guided ghost walk with a professional ghost hunter tells you all you need to know about its haunted history.
No frights on your next day but another trip back in time and some glorious nature.
We stop over at the stunning beach site location at Reculver before taking the short drive to Margate. One of Britain’s iconic seaside resorts. Retro chic in this revamped holiday destination which has developed into an artist and hipster magnet. In fact, so much that it is is nowadays referred to as Shoreditch on Sea.
Full of attractions such as the Turner Contemporary gallery Turner Contemporary, the traditional Old Kent Market, or the revamped Dreamland The Vintage Theme Park Extravaganza | Dreamland Margate nostalgic theme park. Explore this creative and buzzing with energy place at your own pace and in your own time.
Did you know that Kent has more Blue Flag beaches than any other county in the UK? Take a walk along the Viking Coastal trail Viking Coastal Trail, Kent | The Outdoor Guide, one of Britain’s finest walking routes. Walk up and down the cliffs and alongside the beautiful coastline with its dramatic views. Pass Viking Bay and Botany Bay before you reach Broadstairs. One of the best beach destinations in Britain.
Relax by the beach and led the impressions turn into lasting memories. We pick up when you are ready and from where you want.
Market shopping for the loved ones and the landmark of Kent
On your last day you visit the pretty market town of Faversham Come and explore Faversham | Visit Swale – Visit Swale (visit-swale.co.uk). With more than 300 listed buildings a real gem on your tailor-made Kent journey. Its reputation for great local produce and fine food is known way over the borders of Kent. Fancy a pint? The Shepheard Neame brewery is Britain’s oldest! Find out how from barley to barrel how their great beer is made and take a guided tour through the family business.
Alternatively on a sunny day we take you Sandwich for an amazing seal watching experience. Experience Kent’s beautiful nature and wildlife on this amazing boat trip and come within inches of these fascinating mammals. Listen to tales from the past told by your Captains who also love to spin a yarn or two.
Then we cross Kent which gives you the chance to gasp at the amazing open landscapes before we arrive in Dover. Take the easy cliffs walk to the iconic landmark of Britain, the Cliffs of Dover. Let your mind wander with amazing views over the English Channel.
Back to Canterbury you have plenty of time to reflect on this great tailored tour in one of the many historical pubs.
Some more? Yes please!
And if you feel the need for more which you probably will, extend your stay. Just talk to us for a some beachside fun or spa relaxation. Or head to London and explore one of the greatest cities on the planet. FIRST TIME IN LONDON? – ATO Tours – Where To Go (ato-tours.com)
See you in Kent!
Brief Itinerary and Tour Highlights
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