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Christmas Day Canterbury, Dover and Rochester with Traditional Christmas Lunch

Leaving London on Christmas day morning you visit the ancient city of Canterbury with its cobbled streets and timber-framed houses. See Canterbury Cathedral founded 597 A.D. with its medieval stone carvings and famous for the brutal murder of  Thomas Beckett in 1170.

See the Christmas services at the Cathedral and enjoy a traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings in Canterbury.

See the White Cliffs of Dover then head to the delightful former city of Rochester and step into the life and times of the famous novelist, Charles Dickens. Walk the cobbled streets passing Rochester Cathedral and its 12th century Castle.



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  • £122.00 Adult from
  • £112.00 Child (3 - 16 yrs) from
  • £119.00 Senior/Student from

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Tour Highlights

  • Canterbury Cathedral
  • Traditional Christmas Lunch
  • Dover
  • Rochester
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Tour Schedule

Canterbury

After your morning pick up we begin this festive tour with a visit to Canterbury.  The ancient city of Canterbury has been the centre of Christian worship for almost 1,700 years.  Its greatest treasure is the cathedral, infamous as the setting for the brutal murder of Thomas Beckett in 1170. When Henry II snapped “Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?”, four of his knights rode to the Cathedral and sliced Beckett’s head off.  Canterbury became the centre of one of the most important medieval pilgrimages in Europe, immortalised by Geoffrey Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales.

Canterbury Christmas lunch

Whilst at Canterbury you will have a chance to enjoy the Christmas services in the cathedral (subject to cathedral service timings).  Also in Canterbury we enjoy our Christmas lunch, which includes traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings followed by delicious Christmas pudding.

Dover and Rochester

We then head to Dover where we stop for fabulous views of the White Cliffs.  No writer evokes the spirit of Christmas more than Charles Dickens.  The former City of Rochester, with its unique atmosphere and wealth of historic buildings, provides us with an opportunity to step into the life and times of Charles Dickens – you’ll see many locations marked with plaques, as mentioned in the novels.  Victorian-style street lights line the cobbled streets of our walking tour, taking us past both the 11th Century Cathedral and the 12th Century Castle, symbols of the town’s earlier importance in medieval times.



Important Information

  • Christmas Day and Boxing Day tours are non-refundable once booked.

Departure Information

  • Hotel pick up or Victoria Coach Station 164 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria SW1W 9TP


FAQ’s

Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?

Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay).  This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.

Are there toilets on the coaches?

Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.

Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?

Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no.  Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop.  There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them.  Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this.  Here is a store finder link.

Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?

Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.

What clothes should I wear?

It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out.  It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella.  There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible.  It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.

If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?

It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours.  However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.

There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.

These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.

Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?

No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.

Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?

Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports.  There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.

Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?

Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.



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There are so many and we cater for everyone so it may be a case of a leisurely out of London trip to Stonehenge or you may want the buzz and excitement of a theatre tour of London – all the glitz and glamour is there. Out of London, we offer all sorts of adventures: Roman Baths, Shakespeare country, the Royal Pavilion, Brighton – you name it. Same with London – we don’t just do the round London tours – we can take you to Kew Gardens or we can take you on an expedition on the roof of the O2 Dome to the platform at the top offering spectacular views.

So we offer Out of London, Around London, Theatre and Hotels and then there are the spectacular Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day tours – what a way to celebrate the fun season.