Chartwell is more than just an English Country house. The gardens, inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, are delightful. Between the visitor centre and house, a slope overlooks a fishpond of huge proportions and woodland glades are set into the hillside. On the other side of the house, Churchill's famous wall borders Clementine's rose garden. At the bottom of the garden you can see Churchill's studio just as he left it. His palette, still covered in paint, lies alongside his easel and in a small room by the door unfinished canvasses and completed works are piled to the ceiling.
Leeds Castle, set on an island in the middle of a lake and surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens is considered by many to be the loveliest castle in the world. After touring the State Apartments, we continue to lunch in a traditional country pub (at your own expense) in the heart of the Kent countryside, known as the Garden of England. In the afternoon we visit Canterbury, England's ecclesiastical capital, where Thomas a Beckett, then Archbishop of Canterbury was murdered in 1170 by the Knights of Henry II. There will be a visit to the magnificent Cathedral with free time to wander around this town before returning to Dover.
Rye's history can be traced back to before the Norman Conquest, when, as a small fishing community, it was almost surrounded by water and lay within the Manor of Rameslie..
This ancient town, formerly an island, flourished in the 13th century. In its early days, Rye was a smuggling centre, its residents sneaking in contraband from the marshes to stash away in little nooks.
But the sea receded from Rye, leaving it perched like a giant whale out of water, 3km (2 miles) from the Channel. Attacked several times by French fleets, Rye was practically razed in 1377. But it rebuilt successfully, in full Elizabethan panoply. When Queen Elizabeth I visited in 1573, she was so impressed that she bestowed upon the town the distinction of Royal Rye. This has long been considered a special place and, over the years, has attracted famous people, such as novelist Henry James.
Its narrow cobblestone streets twist and turn like a labyrinth, and jumbled along them are buildings whose sagging roofs and crooked chimneys indicate the town's medieval origins. The town overflows with sites of architectural interest.
Departures: 09:00 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: Your service includes a fully qualified Blue Badge Driver/Guide.
Admissions are not included:Leeds Castle £22.00, Canterbury Cathedral £10.00, Chartwell House £14.75.
Food beverages, and gratuities are also not included in the tour.