2021 - Glorious Towns & Castles Of Kent
2021 - King Charles Hotel - 5 Days (CU5AHG)
Discover the glorious towns and castles of Kent on this short break!
Join us on a magnificent tour of Kent's towns and castles, with Gillingham as our base. The fabulous cathedral city of Canterbury is a delight to explore whilst the shops and tea rooms of Royal Tunbridge Wells makes this a great place to wander around and enjoy. Our INCLUDED visits to the incredible Hever and Leeds castles are a fascinating glimpse of history and how the royals used to live!
Your base of Gillingham is ideally located for our excursions. The town has a market twice weekly, and boasts strong maritime and military history which you can learn about at the Historic Dockyard and on a visit to the Royal Engineers Museum.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
King Charles Hotel
The modern King Charles Hotel has en suite bedrooms designed to suit any need or requirement, especially guests looking to explore the local area. The single, double or twin rooms are well appointed and come with the usual features such as Freeview TV, WiFi, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. Most evenings you can enjoy some entertainment provided by the hotel.
After joining the coach at one of our local pick-up points, we head for the English south coast and our hotel in Gillingham. There will be convenient stops en route where you can grab coffee/lunch. We expect to arrive in the late afternoon, so you can check in, unpack and settle in and enjoy the first night of fun.
Enjoy a tasty traditional English breakfast every morning along with free time to explore, but don’t miss out our great value excursions around Kent included on this tour. Return to the hotel every evening to enjoy delicious dinners and some great entertainment.
After a final hearty breakfast, it is sadly time to make our way home. After stopping for a coffee/lunch break, we continue homewards.
Hever Castle & Royal Tunbridge Wells
Hever Castle Spend time enjoying the beautiful interiors and historic elements of the castle as you discover the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. The stunning grounds and award-winning gardens, with statues, fountains, chess pieces cut from golden yew, 4000 roses, a Loggia at the Lake and many more wonderful sights, are a delight to walk around. You can even hire a boat on the Lake and see the lovely Japanese Tea House Folly! There is also a Military Museum to explore, as well as two mazes; a historic English Yew Maze and a splashing Water Maze.
Royal Tunbridge Wells offers Kentish town and country at its best. This historic spa town has welcomed visitors for over 400 years. Browse among the chic independent shops of the collonaded Pantiles and the High Street, with busy cafes, bars, music and one-of-a-kind shops or enjoy a bite to eat or drink in one of the many fashionable bars or restaurants dotted throughout the town.
Leeds Castle & Whitstable
Leeds Castle is one of the best preserved historic castles in South East England, as well as one of the most iconic and is set in over 500 acres of lush green parkland. Dating back to 1119, Leeds Castle has been altered, rebuilt and added to over the past 900 years. You'll find medieval gatehouses and Norman foundations, Tudor towers and a Gloriette updated during Henry VIII's reign, as well as 19th century additions. All of this was lovingly restored during the mid-20th Century by Lady Baillie, the last private owner of Leeds Castle. Not only was the stonework revived to its former glory, but Lady Baillie also filled Leeds Castle with a stunning and somewhat eclectic range of antiques, paintings and tapestries. Not surprisingly, this opulent home used to be a hit with film stars, royalty and politicians who were frequently invited to the many parties.
Whitstable - Just ten minutes from Canterbury is the bohemian seaside town of Whitstable, famous for its oysters and shingle beaches. This charming port has been dubbed the Pearl of Kent, and is brimming with seafood restaurants, picturesque lanes, artisanal bakeries, boutique shops and art galleries. Soak up the atmosphere in a welcoming pub such as The Old Neptune on the shingle beach or The Black Dog 'micropub'. The Oyster Festival each July is a fabulous celebration of music, molluscs and much more.
England’s most famous cathedral city sits in one of the most attractive corners of rural Kent. The majestic cathedral watches proudly over the charming, narrow streets and old buildings of this wondrous city - a delightful mix of architecture, history, art, culture, museums, shops of every description, visitor attractions and good restaurants...something for everyone!
- Reserved coach travel throughout
- 4 night dinner bed & breakfast
- Entertainment on two nights
- Excursion to Leeds Castle & Whitsable
- Excursion to Canterbury
This tour picks up at the following points:
- Cardiff Central
- Cardiff Gate
- Cardiff West
- Port Talbot
- Swansea Central
- Swansea West
Important NotesImportant Notes
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing. Single rooms may carry a supplement. You will find what rooms and prices are available in the booking process.
Holiday bookings are subject to our Terms & Conditions which you must be familiar with prior to booking. Please make sure that you also read our Important Holiday Information & Enhanced Hygiene Protocols which we update from time to time.
We recommend Travel Insurance for this holiday. If you do not already have cover, please get in touch with us.
Please be aware that coach trips can include lengthy periods of travel and always require some degree of walking. There are steps onto the coach and some hotels/venues will have steps too. Sometimes, the order of excursions can change when you are on tour. We will try not to change things, but want to make you aware that this can happen.
COVID-19 PEACE OF MIND & TRAVELLING SAFELY
It is important that you familiarise yourself with our Enhanced Hygiene Protocols booklet as this will give you a clearer picture of what to expect when you travel, what we are doing to keep you safe, and what you can do to protect yourself and those around. These Protocols are updated from time to time, so please re-check just before you travel.
Please remember that you will also need to keep up-to-date with latest government advice and requirements.