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Canterbury & the Railways of Kent

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(Tour code: CKS17)

Enjoy South East England's picturesque scenery by rail

Known as the 'Garden of England', Kent boasts beautiful countryside and a wealth of historic sites. Experience the muchloved Churchill family home, Chartwell, two vintage steam railways, and the old-world city of Canterbury.

  • Canterbury
  • The Bluebell Railway
  • Chartwell House
  • The Kent & East Sussex Railway
  • Leeds Castle
  • Stunning 4-Star accommodation
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

Canterbury & the Railways of Kent 2017Tour Details

Print Itinerary
Day 1 Canterbury Cathedral
Canterbury Cathedral

Arrive in Canterbury

Meet at the aBode Hotel in Canterbury today, where your group and Tour Manager is waiting to greet you. After settling in, take a walk and familiarise yourself with your beautiful surroundings before dinner this evening at a local restaurant.

  • Dinner
Day 2 St Augustines Abbey
St Augustines Abbey

A guided walking tour of Canterbury

This morning we discover Canterbury's rich history with a guided walking tour of some of its main sights, such as the atmospheric monastery ruins and the famous King's School. Canterbury's centre is remarkably well preserved, with the remains of its 14th century city wall and great examples of half-timbered buildings. Your afternoon is then free for you to explore at your own pace. Be sure to visit the stunning cathedral, the city's major landmark and part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Perhaps also take in the Canterbury Tales exhibition, which recreates 14th century England through Geoffrey Chaucer's famous narrative.

  • Breakfast
  • Tour of Canterbury
Day 3 Bluebell Railway
Bluebell Railway

The Bluebell Railway and Chartwell

Today we enjoy a nostalgic steam-hauled journey on the preserved Bluebell Railway through the glorious, flowerfilled Sussex countryside. The railway was England's first heritage line and remains one of its most popular, thanks in no small part to the wonderful scenery it passes. We continue by coach to Chartwell, where Winston Churchill lived from 1924 until his death in 1965. Filled with treasures, the house also features a studio where he painted.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursions
Day 4 Kent & East Sussex Railway
Kent & East Sussex Railway

A steam journey and Leeds Castle

We travel by coach to Tenterden, where we join the Kent & East Sussex Railway for an exciting journey through the picturesque Rother Valley. The heritage railway's stations have been lovingly restored to look as they would when they opened in 1900, which adds to the charm of the area's appealing scenery. We then visit historic Leeds Castle. Enjoy a guided tour of the stunning castle gardens.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Kent & East Sussex Railway
  • Leeds Castle
Day 5 Canterbury

Homeward bound

After breakfast our tour concludes and you are free to make your way to the airport for your flight home.

  • Breakfast
Recommended Airport

Recommended Airport

We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to and from London Gatwick (MAN), which is approximately 67 miles from your base in Canterbury. 

Visa Requirements

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure Times

You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

What’s included

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

What's Included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Standard Class rail and coach travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 4 nights' hotel accommodation at the 4-Star aBode Hotel in Canterbury

Delicious meals included

  • 7 meals including 4 breakfasts and 3 dinners

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Guided tour of Canterbury
  • Scenic journey on the Bluebell Railway
  • Excursion to Chartwell House
  • Trip on the Kent & East Sussex Railway
  • Excursion to Leeds Castle with a guided tour of its gardens
Not Included
  • Flights and Airport transfers
Annika Blau
Yung-Mei Choi
Canterbury & the Railways of Kent

Enjoy South East England's picturesque scenery by rail


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