• £99.00 Adult/Senior
  • £94.00 Child (3-15yrs)
  • £10.00 London Docklands
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From Dover to Heathrow and London via Canterbury and Leeds Castle

Exiting your ship at Dover terminal you will be met by your professional guide who will be with you throughout the day. Travelling in an air conditioned touring bus you depart Dover and drive up the famous white cliffs.

Visit the famous historical city of Canterbury and enjoy a guided walking tour and visit the magnificent Cathedral where the archbishop Thomas Becket was brutally murdered in 1170.

Travel to Leeds Castle, ‘the loveliest castle in the world’ quoted by Lord Conway, set on two islands and surrounded by stunning gardens and grounds. Explore the beautiful Castle interior, famous maze and landscape before driving into London through Greenwich.


  • £99.00 Adult/Senior
  • £94.00 Child (3-15yrs)
  • £10.00 London Docklands
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Tour Highlights

  • Drop off available at all London city centre hotels, selected London train stations, Heathrow airport hotels and Heathrow airport terminals
  • Visit historic Canterbury
  • See the White cliffs and Dover Castle
  • Breath-taking Leeds Castle and entry
  • Our guarantee - If your ship is late, we will wait
  • Exclusive tour in a luxury touring coach with professional guide

Tour Schedule


Step aboard our luxury coach with our friendly driver and knowledgeable guide for a tour of the Garden of England, visiting historic Canterbury and beautiful Leeds Castle and a tour of the orchards, hop fields and vineyards of the county of Kent. But first of all, would-be invaders and peacetime travellers came face to face with the white cliffs of Dover and the mighty Dover Castle, the key to England. This fortress This Castle dates back to Roman times and boasts a 2,000 year old lighthouse or Pharos. Within the huge defensive walls is the 12th century church of St Mary-le-Castro and one of the largest, most impressive Castle keeps in Britain. Hidden underneath in the soft chalk are miles and miles of tunnels built during the Napoleonic Wars and extended through World War II and again during the Cold War. This great fortress stands guard over the English Channel and is the first line of defence from invasion by sea.

White Cliffs

We depart Dover and drive up and above the famous white cliffs, continuing through this chalk landscape, our guide will illustrate a history of this country from Celtic settlers and Roman invaders to the Saxon migration and the Norman Conquest. All of these visitors have weighed ashore in Kent before moving further afield, leaving their footprints on this land, through Iron Age hill forts, Roman towns, Saxon churches and Norman castles.


Our first stop is the magnificent city of Canterbury with its world famous cathedral. Formerly the Roman town of Durovernum Canticorum there is an excellent museum in the city dedicated to the Roman occupation of the 1st to 4th centuries. As the Saxon capital of the Kingdom of Kent it was here on Whit Sunday in 597AD that the Pope Gregory’s representative and envoy St Augustine baptised King Ethelbert thus creating the historic heart of England’s Christian heritage. In the cathedral, largely rebuilt by the Normans in the 11th century, you can see the tomb of King Henry IV and resting place of the hero of Poitiers, The Black Prince. We also learn of the death in 1170 of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury. This ‘murder in the cathedral’ is known around the globe and the true nature of the involvement of Henry II is still open to debate today. Join our guide as we present the discussions both for and against in this dark and brutal event. In Canterbury we include a guided walk; entry to the Cathedral is extra. You will have time to walk the narrow historic streets before we meet up again to tour this unique part of the country. Known as the Garden of England, simply because it provided London and other regions with fresh fruit and vegetables, not forgetting hops to flavour traditional English ale. We pass Oast Houses and Hop fields, orchards and vineyards as we make our way to Leeds Castle, described by Lord Conway as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’.

Entry is included to Leeds Castle and Gardens.

Set on two islands and dating back to 880AD, Leeds has been the home to many English Queens from the end of the 12th century to Tudor times. Beautiful landscaped gardens are a main feature of the grounds as is the stunning lake. Explore the historic interior and admire the delightful rooms then get lost in the famous maze. Our departure mid-afternoon will takes us straight into London to drop at your chosen hotel before our final drops at Heathrow airport by early evening. We drive into London through Royal Greenwich and then continue towards Tower Bridge with a view of the Tower of London, before starting our central London hotel drop offs.

Important Information

  • Please note this is a guaranteed cruise day trip transfer, and will operate on all of the dates listed.
  • We will support other dates if 10 people have registered interest with us six weeks prior to departure.
  • We find that using the Roll Call facility of Cruise Critic is a great way of getting a group of 10 registered quickly.
  • Or, if you prefer the option of a private cruise transfer from Dover, available for 1 or more people please let us know.
  • In order that we can guarantee your booking, you will need to make payment in full.
  • However, all cruise transfer/tours which are booked from this webpage, are not subject to cancellation charges up to 42 days (6 weeks) prior to the transfer/tour travel date.
  • Within 41 days of your travel date, our normal booking conditions shall apply.
  • The luggage allowance is 2 large cases per passenger (maximum 23kgs per case) plus 2 pieces of hand luggage (max 10kg per case).
  • If you have more than this you must contact our office prior to travel.
  • We do not carry outsize items (eg bicycles) and you MUST inform us in advance if you have a wheelchair, mobility vehicle etc.

Joining Procedure at Dover

  • As you exit the ship you will be met by our staff outside the cruise terminal and directed to your coach.
  • Princess and Regent are scheduled to arrive between 05:00 and 06:00 in the morning with disembarkation starting around 07:00.
  • Your guide will meet you at the terminal building exit from 08:00.
  • We plan to leave Southampton by 08:30.
  • Disney Magic arrival times can vary and tend to be between 05:00 to 08:00.
  • We plan to leave Dover between 08:30 and 10:00 (depending on ship arrival time).
  • All Disney Magic customers will be contacted prior to their cruise departing to confirm the exact time.
  • In the unlikely event your ship is delayed into port we will delay our departure time accordingly.
  • For all delayed ship arrivals we will aim to leave at the latest one hour after docking (earlier if possible).

Arrival in London and Heathrow

  • Arriving in Central London 16:00-16:30 for Princess and Regent and 17:30-18:00 for Disney; we cover the vast majority of hotels in London city centre.
  • We also drop at Victoria Coach/train station, Kings Cross/St. Pancras station and Paddington station.
  • When enquiring about hotel drop offs please ensure you provide us with the name and full address of the hotel.
  • After completing central London drop offs we will transfer passengers to all the major Heathrow hotels and terminals at around 18:00-18:30 for Princess and Regent Seven Seas, and 19:30-20:00 for Disney.
  • Please note on arrival in London we may use other vehicles to ensure we complete the drop offs as quickly and efficiently as possible.
  • If this does happen our drivers, guides or tour managers will manage this.

Flying From Gatwick, Stansted or Luton Airports?

  • If you are flying from Gatwick, Stansted or Luton Airports we can drop you at Victoria Rail or Coach Station around 17:00-17.30 for Princess and Regent Seven Seas and 18:30-19:00 for Disney, where there are frequent trains and airport buses to each airport.


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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