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Dover Shore Excursion:Post-Cruise Tour to London via Canterbury and Leeds Castle

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Dover Shore Excursion:Post-Cruise Tour to London via Canterbury and Leeds Castle

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When your cruise conlcudes in Dover, enhance your sightseeing experience of England on a full-day tour that concludes in London. With a knowledgeable guide, delve into the rich history of the country as you visit two popular attractions on a luxury coach. Explore the beautiful town of Canterbury and gaze at the towering spire of the grand Cathedral; embark on an intriguing 3-hour tour of Leeds Castle; and enjoy convenient drop-off at your centrally located London hotel.
  • One-way post-cruise shore excursion from the Port of Dover to London or Heathrow, with stops in Canterbury and Leeds Castle!
  • Visit the Canterbury Cathedral with your knowledgeable guide if you wish
  • Explore the interior rooms, grounds, and gardens of Leeds Castle
  • Hear stories about the royalty of Leeds Castle and history of medieval Canterbury
  • Port pickup and hotel drop-off by comfortable coach
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One-way transport by executive coach
Port pickup and hotel drop-off at selected Heathrow Airport hotels and centrally located London hotels within zone 1
Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
Entry to Leeds Castle & Gardens
Food and drinks
Entrance fees: Canterbury Cathedral
Dover Cruise Terminal , Western Docks, Dover CT17 9DQ, UK

Princess & Carnival: Your guide will meet you at the terminal building exit from 08:00am, leave Dover by 08:30am. Disney cruises: Arrivals vary from 05:00am-08:00am. We aim to leave Dover between 08:30am-10:00am. You will be contacted prior to your cruise departure, with exact pick up times.

8:00 AM
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  • London , London, UK

    This tour begins drop offs at London hotels at approximately 4:30pm

  • Heathrow Central Bus Station (Stand 1) , Hounslow TW6 1DB, UK

    This tour begins drop offs at Heathrow hotels at approximately 6:30pm

  • Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 , Hounslow TW6 1RU, UK

    This tour begins drop offs at Heathrow hotels at approximately 6:30pm

  • Heathrow Terminal 4 , Hounslow TW6 3YD, UK

    This tour begins drop offs at Heathrow hotels at approximately 6:30pm

  • Heathrow Terminal 5 , Hounslow TW6 2FF, UK

    This tour begins drop offs at Heathrow hotels at approximately 6:30pm

  • Greet your courteous guide at your Dover cruise port and climb aboard a luxury coach destined for the picturesque county of Kent. Listen to insightful commentary and admire scenic countryside during the drive, and then embark on a guided sightseeing tour on arrival in Canterbury. 

    As you stroll amid grand buildings and ancient historical monuments, gain fascinating insight into the city’s rich historical heritage and opt to visit the incredible Canterbury Cathedral (own expense) during some leisurely free time. 

    At a time prearranged with your guide, return to your vehicle for the short journey to Leeds Castle, a majestic fortress regularly hailed as the loveliest castle in the world. Receive an insightful introduction to the castle’s colorful past and hear anecdotes dating back to the 9th century. 

    Spend a relaxed three hours exploring the beautiful grounds and opulent chambers of the castle; see impressive libraries, distinctive water features, and an eccentric museum filled with antique dog collars. Attempt to conquer the complicated maze and opt to dine on a traditional English lunch (own expense) before reconvening with your guide at a prearranged time. 

    Travel onward to London via the rich area of Greenwich; allow your attention to be directed to iconic landmarks like the Cutty Sark and the Royal Observatory before passing over Tower Bridge to your centrally located London hotel. 

    Worry-free Shore Excursion: If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
    Pass By:  
    The White Cliffs of Dover
    You’ll drive above the famous White Cliffs and head into the county of Kent, an agricultural area that feeds London from its orchards, hop fields and vineyards. Enjoy the lovely views as you make the short, 45-minute journey to Canterbury, the seat of English Christianity since 597 AD.
    Stop At:  
    Canterbury Cathedral
    Listen to your guide regale stories about the history of the town and cathedral. You’ll hear medieval tales from Canterbury writers, Geoffrey Chaucer and Christopher Marlowe, as well as stories of the Reformation and the Blitz. Then, enjoy some free time exploring the town on your own and visiting Canterbury Cathedral if you wish (own expense) After two hours in Canterbury, we'll travel over the Weald of Kent – a high ridge – and head down to Leeds Castle.
    Duration: 2 hours 
    Admission Ticket Not Included
    Stop At:  
    Leeds Castle
    Famously referred to as 'the loveliest castle in the world' and founded in the 9th century, Leeds Castle is best known as a palace for numerous queens of England. Along the way, hear fascinating commentary from your guide about the monarchs and the fate that befell them! Spend three hours at the beautiful castle, set on two islands on a lake, and explore its remarkable interior as well as the grounds and gardens with your guide. Admire rooms such as the library and banquet hall, and be amazed by the one-of-a-kind museum of ornate dog collars! Outdoors, walk through the complicated maze and enjoy the grotto and water features. If you wish, dine on a leisurely lunch in one of the cafés or restaurants overlooking the grounds (own expense).
    Duration: 3 hours 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    International Friends
    Tour with International Friends
    Duration: 10 hours 
    Admission Ticket Free
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • If you are staying in Central London districts, drop offs will begin at 4.30pm.
    • We are able to offer drop off at any London city centre hotel, guest house or air bnb.
    • If you are staying in a London Heathrow airport hotel, you will be dropped off from 6pm. For other London airport hotels you will be dropped at Victoria Station, where there are trains and buses to all four major airports
    • Most major hotels have coach access, but some smaller hotels and apartments are in pedestrian areas or on very narrow roads that a large bus cannot access. In these cases, you will be dropped off as close to your accommodation as possible, but it may require a short walk with your luggage
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Infant seats available
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Please note that Canterbury Cathedral is a working religious building, and is sometimes subject to last minute closures
    • Wheelchair accessible but must advise the supplier at time of booking
    • Infant seats must be requested in advance
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
    • OPERATED BY International Friends
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    What is the policy on sanitization during Dover Shore Excursion:Post-Cruise Tour to London via Canterbury and Leeds Castle?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Dover Shore Excursion:Post-Cruise Tour to London via Canterbury and Leeds Castle.
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Dover Shore Excursion:Post-Cruise Tour to London via Canterbury and Leeds Castle?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    See all safety measures taken by Dover Shore Excursion:Post-Cruise Tour to London via Canterbury and Leeds Castle.

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    28 Reviews
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    I really loved the town...
    , Aug 2022
    I really loved the town of Canterbury. Having taught English Literature for years, this tour brought things to life for me. Loved hearing about Chaucer and seeing the Canterbury Cathedral.
    Fabuluos tour of Canterbury and Leeds Castle
    , Aug 2022
    Mike, our tour guide, met us outside the port as we left the terminal. Waited a few minutes for everyone else on the tour, but we were quickly on our way by 8am. He provided lots of local information as we were driving, and our first stop was Canterbury. We had plenty of time to walk around the old city, and several others toured the Canterbury Cathedral. Next stop was Leeds Castle. We had several hours there to explore the amazing castle and grounds. Admission was included in the tour price. Last, we were brought to London where the various groups were dropped off at their respective hotels. Overall, we were the 3rd couple dropped off (out of 5 couples), and we arrived at our stop around 6pm.
    England outside of london tour
    , Jul 2022
    Enjoyed getting to see England outside of London. We had plenty of time to enjoy Canterbury and the Leeds castle.
    Bon voyage cruise hello land
    , Jun 2022
    Great Segway between the port and doing things in London. Would highly recommend. The cost for Canterbury cathedral was not included. That was an additional $14 per person
    Awesome tour
    , Jun 2022
    Rob was an amazing! He was very informative and answered all all questions. He looked after everyone
    Knowledgeable and helpful guide
    Sally C
    , Oct 2019
    Everything went smoothly as expected. It was a beautiful drive and the castle in Leeds was a great stop.
    Mostly satisfied
    , Jul 2018
    Very disappointed in not knowing we would not be able to go into the church in Canterbury due to services. We were able to pay less for the access to premise, but I think you should make a point to mention the numerous limitations prior to the option to buy tickets.
    This was a handy way to get from our...
    , Oct 2016
    This was a handy way to get from our cruise port in Dover to London and get to make stops along the way.
    The trip was as advertised. The pickup...
    Robert H
    , Aug 2016
    The trip was as advertised. The pickup was easy, the guide Sandra was very good and the day went very well. Canterbury is an interesting town and having a bit of time to look around on our own was very nice. Leeds castle is delightful as you see changes from nearly a thousand years. Yet it is quite a livable place now. An unexpected treat was the falconry show. It was truly amazing to watch the birds in their demonstrations while at the same time seeing wild hawks going about their lives nearby. The gardens are special with the giant Gunnera plants. We could have spent days there but overall the time split between Canterbury and Leeds was reasonable. We were dropped off in downtown London around 5pm and all went well. Highly recommended.
    Well worth the money, but a bit...
    Bruce A
    , Aug 2015
    Well worth the money, but a bit disorganized. Too much time in Canterbury, and not enough time at Leeds Castle.
    The sights, tour and guide were...
    Lee D D
    , Aug 2015
    The sights, tour and guide were outstanding. The logistics were very poor. We were delayed for over an hour getting started waiting for a passenger who never arrived. The lost time was taken from each of our stops, reducing the enjoyment at Canterbury and Leeds Castle. When we arrived in London, all passengers had to wait another hour while waiting for a van to take some of us to our hotel. The guide was very knowledgeable , provided a nice narrative as we traveled and freely answered all questions.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    The tour guide was excellent and the...
    Patricia M
    , Aug 2015
    The tour guide was excellent and the castle and cathedral were awesom
    We disembarked Crystal Serenity at...
    John D
    , Aug 2015
    We disembarked Crystal Serenity at 7:00, and were met at 7:45 by tour bus rep. But we then waited for 1 hour, for another couple to show up. They had already taken a cab to London! Otherwise, we enjoyed the trip. Walk through Canterbury was fun, and the Cathedral there was magnificent! Leeds Castle was lovely, but could have used more time there. Guide was knowledgeable and informative! Delivered direct to our London hotel. Good tour overall, and another option to London!
    We had the most wonderful excursion...
    Edwin M
    , Jul 2015
    We had the most wonderful excursion with Yvonne tour guide and Paul driver, They both went above and beyond with the tour, taking us to little villages and towns, that we did not expect to see. Yvonne was very knowledgeable with the country side. We learned a lot. Paul was an excellent driver and managed driving the narrow roads very competently. Highly recommend these two! Ted and Sharon Marble
    Our guide was very informative. Leeds...
    , Jul 2014
    Our guide was very informative. Leeds castle was really beautiful. Quite an extensive look at all the main attractions in London, by bus as people were being dropped off at hotels and the airport.
    Was great but had trouble finding the...
    , Sep 2013
    Was great but had trouble finding the person to pick us up we had a name of vitor to be picking us up and she had another name I look at her sign and walked away 30 mins latter I called and hduring the phone call I figured out she was who we need happened to others too trip was great
    Great way to get to Hotel in London...
    Daniel M
    , Sep 2013
    Great way to get to Hotel in London. Coach was right on time. Enjoyed our guide very much. Plenty of time in Canterbury. Leeds Castle was very interesting and we enjoyed the grounds, Falconry and maize. Would recommend this tour highly.
    We are very pleased with the tour...
    Wendy Z
    , Sep 2013
    We are very pleased with the tour. From being picked up at the cruise port to being delivered to our hotel, both the guide and bus driver were helpful and courteous. Having the guide show us around in Canterbury and Leeds then give us time to explore on our own was perfect. We would highly recommend the tour and will book with Viator In the future.
    Our guide was full of facts that...
    Harvey L
    , Sep 2013
    Our guide was full of facts that brought English history to life. Since we were a small group she went beyond the normal expectations. We had plenty of time to view and roam in Canterbury and Leeds Castle. Also the bus ride back to our Heathrow hotel was smooth.
    was poor set up.was hour and half...
    Richard D
    , Sep 2013
    was poor set up.was hour and half late,stood on pier in cold wind,very sorry operation,had to change bus at leeds castle and bus was lost and very negative postion, need to find someone eles to work with,

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