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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
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Canterbury & the Railways of Kent 2017Tour Details

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Day 1 Canterbury Cathedral
Canterbury Cathedral

Arrive in Canterbury

Meet at the aBode Hotel in Canterbury today, where your 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.

  • Breakfast

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

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
  • Cancellation, medical and travel insurance: from £10.50
  • Supplement for single occupancy of a single room throughout: £90
  • Luggage transport available from as little as £80
Lori Mcclaren
Phil Conde
Kathryn Cambridge
Lynne Broadley
Canterbury & the Railways of Kent

Enjoy South East England's picturesque scenery by rail


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