DAY 1 – As we travel to our hotel we stop for a lunch break en route, arriving at our hotel in the afternoon.
Day 2- We travel across Kent to Canterbury. Time free to explore this 14th century town, rich in history such as its famous Kings School, monastery ruins, half-timbered houses and of course its Cathedral (UNESCO World Heritage site). Afterwards entry to nearby Leeds Castle described as the “loveliest castle in the world” dating back over 900 years. The rest of the day is spent exploring the castle its 500 acres of gardens and parkland.
Day 3 – Relaxing journey through rolling Kent countryside to Bodiam and its imposing castle where your steam train “The Jewel of the Weald” waits for a 50-minute gentle winding journey through the Rother Valley. It is the UK’s finest example of a rural light railway. At Tenterden we take the short journey to Great Dixter Gardens, an historic Tudor House, complete with a Great Hall dating back to the 15th century. The gardens are place of Pilgrimage for horticulturists from around the world.
Day 4 – Today we will visit one of the most famous & extensive English gardens at Sissinghurst, set against a backdrop of rolling countryside. The gardens are so arranged that, as you walk through each distinctly different “room” another area of the garden is discovered. Main areas include the Rose Garden, Lime Walk, White Garden and the colourful Cottage Garden. Afterwards, we make our way to one of Kent’s finest wineries, with acres of manicured vineyards and apple orchards. Included is a guided tour of the Estate followed by a tasting session.
Day 5—As we travel back, we will stop for a comfort break en route.
Jewel of the Weald Steam Train