Treasures of Kent, Canterbury and the Thanet Coast - Sun 16th June 2019
- Duration: 5 Days
- Product code: P3Z1G1
Kent has so much to offer the visitor. From magnificent castles and houses embedded in to the very heart of England’s history, to towns and cities which have influenced world events over the years - it is perhaps the county which has the most to offer in the whole of Britain.
This holiday enjoys a varied itinerary with visits to world famous cities, charming coastal towns and resorts, a visit to a hidden gem of a garden plus a wonderful trip on a heritage trainline. We pass through lovely countryside on route to our excursion destinations – Kent is known as the 'Garden of England' due to its success in producing food and drink, particularly fruit, hops and herbs, so look out for orchards, pointy-roofed oast houses and windmills.
Collected from your local pick up point around 8.00/9.00am, we have a lunch stop in the historic centre of Guildford before arriving at the hotel mid-afternoon. Settle in to the comfort of your room before dinner.
After breakfast we head for Canterbury. This historic destination is dominated by the magnificent Cathedral, the oldest in England, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which has played such an important part in world history as the base for the Anglican Church. But there is much more to Canterbury, with other ancient ruins such as the Castle and a lovely cobbled centre to explore on foot. For fun – we have included a unique trip on the Great Stour River around the city centre by large rowing boat with a commentary pointing out places of interest. Free time for the rest of the day - returning to the hotel late afternoon.
Travelling through the lovely Kent countryside, we head for the Thanet Coast in the North East of the county. We visit Margate - the original seaside resort which has undergone huge regeneration over the last few years. The opening of the acclaimed ultra-modern Turner Contemporary gallery, prominently located on the seafront, has put a stamp on the town. Take a walk along the Harbour Arm and enjoy the café culture and tempting retro shops. After lunch we head along the coast to nearby Broadstairs. This characterful resort was once the home of Charles Dickens and boasts a beautiful wide beach and plenty of old taverns, shops and cafes. Lovely place to explore.
Wonderful day today as we head to the lovely town of Tenterden – one of the most picturesque in Kent. We board one of the heritage trains of the Kent and East Sussex Railway for a return trip through beautiful countryside including a wonderful view of Bodiam Castle. One of the best railways in the country. Returning for free time in the town before heading for Godinton House & Gardens. This delightful Jacobean house is surrounded by 12 acres of tranquil gardens and ancient parkland. Entrance to gardens only available. A marvellous way to finish your holiday in Kent. Price includes entrance to gardens only & train fare.
We head home with a stop for lunch in historic Chichester. Arriving back to your local pick up point around 3/4.00pm.
Meal Plan - Dinner, Bed & breakfast
4* Ashford International Hotel
Part of the prestigious Q Hotel group, this four-star hotel is well located to visit the county’s attractions and offers a high-quality experience for the traveller.
Beautifully decorated throughout in a modern contemporary style, you can be assured of high levels of comfort, facilities and service. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the spacious public areas. Head for the Quench Bar and take a few moments to relax with a drink and newspaper. Or why not enjoy a swim in the superb Health Club? Meals are served in the stylish Horizon Restaurant with a contemporary twist on traditional dishes – 3 course dinner with choice of menu with an extensive breakfast menu on offer.
All bedrooms are comfortably furnished with modern en-suite facilities including bath and shower, Tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, TV and air conditioning. Free Wi-Fi throughout. Passenger lift.
OUTSTANDING HOTEL – RECOMMENDED.