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Luxury History and legend in Kent (Self Guided)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 1 - 5 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 30 people
Destination(s): England  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 925 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 925 Pound Sterling (GBP)

On this unique journey from the south coast of Kent at Dover to Canterbury, the rich history of England unravels before you. Maritime history abounds so there are old ports, smuggling, and castles with beaches and oysters also featuring. Churches and settlements established by the early settlers and pilgrims are much in evidence. Add to those a sunny and sheltered landscape whose bountiful fruit and vegetable farms earn it the description of "The Garden of England" and your adventure will be a fascinating one.

Tour Details:
- Start/finish: starts Sundays with a transfer service from Dover Ferry Port - finishes Canterbury
- Hotels: 4 highly individual hotels in historic buildings with exceptional restaurants.Dinner for 3 nights is included with the Michelin starred Read's Restaurant the culinary highlight of the tour.
- Cycling mileage: 4 days of cycling, 10-19 miles (16-30 km) per day
- Skill level: novice
- Terrain: flat with an occasional slope on 5 days
- Traffic free: very largely.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Dover. As we meet you at Dover Ferry Port, you have no need to bring your car. We will transfer you to your hotel in a nearby village that sits on top of the cliffs. Settle into this lovely old rural manor house and enjoy a swim or a spa treatment before enjoying dinner.

Day 2: Dover/Sandwich, 10 miles (16 km) or 20 miles (32 km). Your host will meet you after breakfast with your cycling equipment and run through your tour itinerary. Then you are off - to freewheel down to the characterful old ports of Deal and Sandwich. Cycle adjacent to the shore, take in the castles, and explore the fascinating history of these Cinque port towns. Detour if you wish to explore the old mining villages of the area. Your hotel lies on the banks of the river in beautiful Sandwich. Dinner is included here.

Day 3: Sandwich/Canterbury, 17 miles (27 km). Pedal through orchards and pretty villages today and you will discover wonderful pubs and Roman antiquities. Your route leads you traffic free into the heart of Canterbury where your hotel awaits you. There's much to explore in this astounding heritage city with its magnificent cathedral, and many museums. Your hotel is in the heart of the city.

Day 4: Canterbury/Faversham, 17 miles (27 km). This is a fascinating ride that sets out along the old Crab and Winkle railway line to Whitstable. Enjoy the harbor there, sample its famous oysters and dip into the craft shops of its high street. Then follow some of the old Saxon shore with its often remote atmosphere and rich maritime history. Stay overnight in the outstanding market town of Faversham and its creek lined with barges. Like the town, your hotel is elegant Georgian and famed for its Michelin starred restaurant where you will enjoy dinner.

Day 5: Faversham/Canterbury - 19 miles (30 km). Head inland through pretty villages and valleys dotted with orchards and classic views. There's a fine garden to visit and cosy pubs to discover. Or perhaps there's just a little more to explore in Canterbury before we collect your bikes. If you wish to return to Dover, its a short train hop.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation
- Breakfast every day during the tour
- Dinner on 1 nights of the tour
- Comfortable and impeccably serviced bikes
- The services of our friendly hosts to coordinate your travel and brief you on your route
- Emergency support provided by your host
- Luggage transfers between hotels
- A tour brochure
- Safeguarding of your payment.

Price Excludes:
- Airfares
- Lunches
- Boat trips
- Cycling helmets
- Entrances to attractions unless specified
- Travel to and from the tour start and finish points.

All prices are subject to change depending on accommodation availability.

About This Supplier
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Location: England
Joined InfoHub: Mar 2007
Client Request Served: 234

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