Your Tour Itinerary - The Garden of England

Day 1 London – Chartwell House – Hever Castle – Canterbury

Today we’re on the trail of statesmen and Tudors as we depart London and travel to Chartwell House. Many of us will know the public face of Sir Winston Churchill, but a chance to see inside Chartwell gives us a glimpse into his private home. This red stone manor is a time capsule of 1930s family life, letting you into the Churchills’ library, sitting room and study. Then it’s onwards to Hever Castle, the fairytale childhood home of Anne Boleyn before she became Henry VIII’s ill-fated second wife. Ornamental English rose gardens and the lake that’s ruled by regal swans are superb for strolling around. Tonight, we sit down to enjoy a welcome dinner together. (D)

Day 2 Canterbury – Whitstable – Canterbury

After breakfast, we take a circular route to Whitstable. Here, quirky alleyways are home to snug pubs and quaint shops, and you can trace the fishermen’s catch from the pebble beach to the harbour market. To quench our thirst after all that salty sea air, we head to Shepherd Neame in Faversham where we’re treated to a tour and the chance to sample the award-winning beers made at Britain’s oldest brewery. After sufficient time to enjoy the local produce, it’s time to divert our attention to the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral. In this UNESCO World Heritage Site – the oldest working church in England – we discover medieval ruins, the oak-roofed monks’ Chapter House and a staggering gothic nave before free time to explore on our own. (B)

Day 3 Canterbury – Tenterden - Bodiam Castle – Rye

We’re back to the golden age of British transport today as we board the Tenterden Steam Railway to Bodiam, chugging through idyllic rural scenery in a classic carriage. When we reach Bodiam, we’re deep in storybook territory. With soaring towers, ironstudded wooden portcullis and a surrounding moat, Bodiam Castle is every inch the archetypal castle style. Climb spiral staircases, step onto the great hall dais and look up to spot the murder holes as you pass through the gatehouse. Our third and final destination of the day is Rye, a charmfilled market town in 1066 country where we visit the Rye Heritage Centre. Then, the evening is yours to enjoy. (B)

Day 4 Rye – Dover - Rye

Today we dedicate time to Rye, strolling along cobbled lanes lined with timber-clad houses, while swooning over the charms that inspired writers and artists from Henry James to Paul Nash. Tracing the shoreline, we arrive at Dover Castle and the gateway to the English coast. This fortress boasts evocative interiors that tell centuries of historical tales, far-reaching views from the Great Tower and dark medieval tunnels with covert cannons every few paces. The afternoon sees us back in Rye, where free time allows for the chance to see more of the town before our farewell dinner together. (B,D)

Day 5 Rye - Sissinghurst - London

This morning we travel onwards to Battle, to visit the historic Monastery then we continue to
Sissinghurst, where poet and writer Vita Sackville- West’s famous gardens are a picture of beauty. It’s our last stop before our tour ends back in the capital of England. (B)

Tour Inclusions - The Garden of England

  • 4 nights’ boutique accommodation

  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader

  • Premium mini-coach transportation

  • English breakfasts daily (B), 2 evening meals (D)

  • Beer tasting in Faversham

  • Kent & East Sussex Railway ticket

  • Entrance included to: Chartwell, Hever Castle and Gardens, Canterbury Cathedral, Bodiam Castle, Dover Castle, Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Rye Heritage Centre and the Monastery in Battle

Departure Dates & Prices 2018 The Garden of England - Tour code KUX

Back-Roads Brochure Price: twin/double room £1299 - single £1499

Travel 55 Discount Price: twin/double room £1235 - single £1425 

Tel Back-Roads Reservations on 0208 9870 990 and quote Travel 55 code T55BR + Tour Code KUX

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June 4g, 11, 18g, 25

August 20, 27

May 7g, 14, 21g, 28

July 2, 16g, 23, 30

September 3, 10, 17

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Back-Roads Touring
The Garden of England

5 days / 4 nights - 5% discount

Prices from only £1235

Open a treasure box of storybook castles, secret tunnels and enchanting gardens as we dedicate five days to England’s exquisite South East. Discover the tales that make Canterbury the jewel in the county’s crown. There are also visits to Chartwell, Churchill's private home, Hever Castle and Gardens, Sissinghurst, Vita Sackville-West’s famous gardens and more

To book lovely Garden of England tour with Back-Roads Touring call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote the Travel 55 code T55BR to receive the 5% discount. 

You can claim a 5% discount on all Back-Roads tours. To book, call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote ref: T55BR to receive the Travel 55 discount price 

The Back-Roads Difference

  • Stroll through iconic castles – from Hever, Dover and Bodiam
  • Wind through beautiful countryside aboard a traditional steam train
  • Sample celebrated beers at Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewery

Small groups of up to 15

With tour sizes of up to 15 guests, our tour leaders can ensure a more personalised experience. Smaller group sizes also mean we can guarantee our tours will run once we have just four guests booked.

Why Back-Roads Touring

Mini-Coaches

On the vast majority of tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches, equipped with comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view. With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.
Along the way, your Tour Leader can offer intriguing insights about the views we see over the onboard PA system. And, with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.

Scenic back roads not motorways

Winding country lanes. Coastal beauty spots. Breathtaking mountain passes. With luxury mini-coaches that take us along scenic roads beyond the reach of large vehicles, the journey is as much a part of the adventure as the destination.

Authentic Local Experiences

Truly getting to know a destination means stepping off the typical tourist trail. From hidden-gem attractions to local favourites, we take time to seek out genuine experiences that take you to the heart of each spectacular region.

Culinary Discoveries

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience a different culture is to sample the cuisine. From visits to local producers to food and wine tastings and even cooking lessons, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover new flavours.

Boutique Hotels

Whether it’s a classic country inn or an elegant chateau, each day’s journey ends in a hotel with plenty of character. We opt for accommodation that reflects the personality of the local area, and fits right in with its surroundings.

Leisurely Paced Travel

Forget sunrise starts and long days hopping on and off the bus. We rarely leave before 8.30am and give each stop the attention it deserves – keeping long drives to a minimum. And giving you plenty of time to explore at your own pace.


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