- 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.
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.
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