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Dover Full Day Tour To London/Heathrow Hotel

Make a day of it with included visits to Leeds Castle, Canterbury, and an optional visit to its famous cathedral.

Dover Full Day Tour to London/Heathrow Hotel

Get ready for a fully guided day trip from Dover to London, with visits to Canterbury and Leeds Castle and ending with drop offs at Central London and Heathrow hotels or the Heathrow airport.

Once everyone is on board, you will set out through the Garden of England, passing through the orchards, hop fields, and vineyards of the county of Kent. Your day includes a visit to historic Canterbury and beautiful Leeds Castle. Before departing Dover, drive up and above the famous white cliffs that have been welcoming sailors home for hundreds of years.

Driving on to Canterbury, your guide will discuss the history of this area from Celtic settlers, through Roman invaders to the Saxon migration and the Norman conquest. All of these visitors have left footprints on this land, through Iron Age hill forts, Roman towns, Saxon churches, and Norman castles.

Upon arrival, you can see some influence from its time as a Roman town during the Roman occupation of the 1st to 4th centuries. In 597 AD, while it was the Saxon capital of the Kingdom of Kent, Pope Gregory's representative and envoy St Augustine baptized King Ethelbert, beginning the historic heart of England's Christian heritage. Your guide will lead you on a guided walk through the narrow historic streets.

For those guests who are interested, an optional visit will be made to the cathedral on your own. The Cathedral is very much a part of the local community and is used regularly for services and events. The cathedral, largely rebuilt in the 11th century contains the tombs of Thomas Becket, King Henry IV, Edward the Black Prince and others. You will hear of the 1170 AD death of Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury. His 'murder in the cathedral' is known around the world and the involvement of Henry II is still open to debate today. Free time will be taken so you can grab a quick lunch on your own.

After the break, make your way to Leeds Castle, often called 'the loveliest castle in the world'. Enjoy admission to the castle, which dates back to 880 AD and sits on two islands. It has been the home to six of England's medieval Queens as well as a palace for Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon. You will have time to explore the historic interior and beautiful landscaped grounds. The gardens are a main feature of the grounds, as is the stunning lake and the famous maze.

Departing from Leeds Castle, it is approximately 70 minutes driving to Central London, where hotel drop offs will begin. The coach will continue on to the west side of London, where drop offs at all the major Heathrow hotels will begin. Guests departing from Gatwick, Stansted or Luton Airports can choose to be dropped at Victoria Rail or Victoria Coach Station, where there are frequent trains and airport buses to each airport.

Please Note: Entrance to Dover Castle (approximately 13 GBP) is not included and is optional at the guest's discretion. For guests staying at Heathrow hotels, please specify your hotel and the terminal if necessary when booking (e.g. Holiday Inn Express Terminal 5). You can also be dropped off at Terminals 1 to 5. Each guest is entitled to a maximum of 2 items of hold luggage (50 pounds or 23 kilograms each) and 2 items of carry on luggage (22 pounds or 10 kilograms each). This tour can accommodate a collapsible wheelchair with advanced notice at the time of booking. The wheelchair will be counted as 1 piece of hold luggage. Oversized items like bicycles, surfboards, etc. cannot be accommodated.

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Tour Type
Group
 
Group Size
Standard
 
Activity Type(s)
Scenic, Cultural
 
Tour Duration
12 Hours
 
Activity Level
Moderate
 
Tour Leaves From
The Cruise Ship Pier.
 
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
 
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes. Sunglasses and sunscreen are suggested. If you plan to visit the Cathedral, shoulders and knees must be covered. Remember to keep hotel or flight information, tickets, and any medications you might need easily accessible in a carry on bag.
 
Restrictions
At sites, guests must be able to walk over paved, cobblestone, gravel and packed dirt surfaces, many of which are uneven. There are steps at most sites visited. Fold up wheelchairs can access several rooms at Leeds Castle. Each guest is entitled to a maximum of 2 items of hold luggage (50 pounds or 23 kilograms each) and 2 items of carry on luggage (22 pounds or 10 kilograms each). This tour can accommodate a collapsible wheelchair with advanced notice at the time of booking. The wheelchair will be counted as 1 piece of hold luggage. Motorized chairs, scooters, and oversized items like bicycles, surfboards, etc. cannot be accommodated.
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About Shore Excursions Group
ABOUT US
Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.

We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.

Our Approach
We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.

Our Tours
Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.

Our People
In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the leading tour guides and tour providers around the globe. We hold our people to very high standards which we measure by our comprehensive Quality Control process and, most importantly, by our customer feedback, which we will actively seek from each of our customers.

Our Owners
Shore Excursions Group is owned by seasoned travel executives possessing extensive experience across many sectors within the travel industry.

Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.

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