Day 1 - April 2nd - You will be met at London Heathrow Airport and then we will make our way through the Kent
Downs to Canterbury
in the Southeast of England. The Kent Downs are an Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty
and we will explore them on our way to Leeds Castle known as the "Loveliest Castle in the World".  With
almost 900 years of history and over 500 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens it is a perfect place to explore further.
Leeds Castle has been a
Norman Stronghold and the private property of Six of England’s Medieval Queens, a
palace used by
Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon, a Jacobean Country House, a Georgian
Mansion,
an elegant early 20th century retreat for the influential and famous; and in the 21st century, it has become one
of the most visited historic buildings in Britain. We will stop for
Afternoon Tea at Chilston Park before exploring the
Downs further on our way to
Canterbury. Dinner and Overnight Canterbury. (L,D)

Day 2 -
Today will be spent in Canterbury, the world-famous cathedral city and one of medieval Europe's great places of
pilgrimages and knowledge. A
Walking Tour of the City will help you discover why it's the Jewel in Kent's Crown,
buzzing with a youthful vibe while also excelling at the historic. We will take time out to stop for
Afternoon Tea at the
lovely Moat Tearooms
before we explore the cathedral. Parts of the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral date back
to the 11th century, but
St Augustine, sent by Pope Gregory the Great, arrived in 597AD as a missionary and
became the first Archbishop, establishing his seat in Canterbury. In 1170
Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered
in the Cathedral and ever since, Canterbury Cathedral has attracted thousands of pilgrims, as told most famously in
Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The rest of the afternoon and evening are free in the city. Overnight
Canterbury. (B,L)

Day 3 -
Before we start our coastal journey west, we will take in the White Cliffs of Dover, one of the UK's most
spectacular natural features. They are an official
Icon of Britain and have been a sign of hope and freedom for centuries.
We will take time to appreciate their beauty and enjoy their special appeal by taking one of the dramatic cliff-top walks
offering unrivalled views of the busy
English Channel and the French Coast. We then make our way through
Folkestone to Rye with a Stop for Pub Lunch. We then drive further along the coast to Hastings and Battle
Abbey
, the sight of the 1066 Battle of Hastings. Stand on the spot where 950 years ago, England’s future was fought
in this decisive battle. Follow in the footsteps of
King Harold and William the Conqueror and uncover the stories
vividly brought to life. You will have some time to explore hastings before dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Hastings.
(B,L,D)

Day 4 -
This morning we drive along the coast taking in Eastbourne, Seaford, Newhaven and Brighton with at
stop at the
Rippling Chalk Cliffs of the Seven Sisters along the way.  We then make our way through the South
Downs National Park
on our way to Lewes. At Lewes we find Charleston, the Bloomsbury Home of Art and
Ideas.
Before visiting the house we will take Afternoon Tea in the Outer Studio Café. In 1916 the artists Vanessa
Bell and Duncan Grant
moved to Sussex with their unconventional household. Inspired by Italian fresco painting and
the Post-Impressionists, the artists decorated the walls, doors and furniture at Charleston. The rooms on show form a
complete example of the decorative art of the
Bloomsbury Artists: murals, painted furniture, ceramics, objects from
the Omega Workshops, paintings and textiles. The collection includes work by
Renoir, Picasso, Derain, Matthew
Smith, Sickert, Tomlin and Delacroix. Dinner and Overnight Chichester. (B,L,D)

Day 5 -
This morning we take in more of the South Downs National Park with a stop at Parham House and
Gardens
, one of the finest Elizabethan Houses in the country, complete with a Great Hall and Long Gallery. Its
tranquillity and timeless beauty have changed little over the centuries. After the
Dissolution of the Monasteries in
1540, Henry VIII
granted the manor of Parham, which had belonged to the Abbey of Westminster, to a London
mercer called
Robert Palmer. His mother Elizabeth was god-daughter to Queen Elizabeth I, and there is a legend
that the Queen visited Parham. We will
Lunch in the Big Kitchen Restaurant before leaving Parham behind. In the
western edge of the Downs we find
Winchester and Winchester Cathedral. Winchester Cathedral dates from 1079
with a church on this site since 648.
Jane Austen is buried here and the cathedral possesses the only diatonic ring of 14
church bells in the world, with a tenor (heaviest bell) weighing almost 2 tons. The afternoon is free to explore Chichester
and find some dinner on your own.
Overnight Chichester. (B,L)

Day 6 -
This morning we make our way west along the coast before traveling northward through New Forest National
Park
on our way to visiting Salisbury and Salisbury Cathedral. For over 750 years pilgrims have come to seek
inspiration in the glory and peace of the Cathedral. Here you will marvel at or climb up to
Britain's Tallest Spire, be
awed by the beauty and scale of the cathedral interior or study the original
Magna Carta in the Chapter House. We
then make our way through
Cranbourne Chase, another Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on our way to
Dorchester. We will stop in Blandford Forum for Lunch at the Georgian Tearooms. The beautiful market town
of Dorchester is the county town of
Dorset. It is steeped in history and culture and boasts great places to visit, shop and
eat. No holiday in Dorset would be complete without a visit to this fascinating town and its 6000 years of history.
Dorchester is world famous for its strong connection with the writer and poet
Thomas Hardy. Dinner in Thomas
Hardy's Historic 16th Century Acorn Inn
. Overnight Dorchester. (B,L,D)

Day 7 -
Today we visit Sherborne Old and New Castle. The "Old" Castle was built by the Bishop of Salisbury,
Roger de Caen
sometime early in the 1100s. The Castle then stayed in Royal hands until 1354 when it was granted to
the
Earl of Salisbury. The "New" Castle was built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, this historic house reflects a
glorious variety of decorative styles from over 400 years of English History and has been the home of the
Digby Family
since 1617. 2017 celebrates 400 years of the family owning the castle which today is a beautifully preserved Jacobean
house. We will take
Afternoon Tea in the Castle Tearoom before departing to visit Lulworth Castle. Lulworth,
built in the early 17th Century as a hunting lodge, became a country house at the heart of a large estate in order to
entertain hunting parties for the King and Court and this magnificent building is steeped in history. It was for centuries
the family seat of the
Weld Family, the current owners of the Lulworth Estate. Ravaged by fire in 1929, it has been
partly restored in a pioneering partnership with English Heritage. Dinner on your own once we are back in Dorchester.
Overnight Dorchester. (B,L)

Day 8 -
We continue along the coast today taking in East Devon, another Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We
will stop in
Lyme Regis, situated in the Southwest of Dorset is an historic unspoiled seaside resort and fishing port on
the world famous
Cobb Harbour. Surrounded by beautiful coastlines and countryside, the area has now been awarded
World Heritage Site Status and is famous for its geology and fossil finds. We will stop in Sidmouth for Lunch
before continuing on to Exmouth, situated at the mouth of the beautiful Exe Estuary and at the very beginning of the
Jurassic Coast, Exmouth is one of the most picturesque holiday resorts on the south coast. Surrounded by the beautiful
Devon countryside, Exmouth is a bustling little town with a vibrant shopping centre. We then make our way to another
resort town,
Torquay. Dinner and Overnight Torquay. (B,L,D)

Day 9 -
This morning we make our way west to Falmouth in Cornwall by way of the Dartmoor National Park, a
lovely region of moorland in Devon. Situated in the south west of England, right in the very heart of Devon, Dartmoor is a
landscape of stunning views, awe inspiring granite tors, deep wooded valleys with fast flowing rivers, and rugged, wide
open spaces. We will wind our way through the center of the park taking in all the delights of this magnificent and magical
area of England including
Dartmeet, Buckland in the Moor and Windecomb in the Moor. After winding our way
through the park, we make our way to Plymouth and
The Mayflower Steps in the Barbican area of the city is where the
Pilgrim Fathers left England aboard the Mayflower, before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to settle in North America. We
then make our way along the
Cornish Coast on our way to Falmouth. Dinner and Overnight Falmouth. (B,D)

Day 10 -
Today we will take the Penwith Tour offering spectacular, remote Cornish landscape, dotted with relics of the
tin mining industry, picturesque fishing villages and prehistoric remains. Our first stop is
Lanyon Quoit, a prehistoric
chambered tomb. It is probably one of the best known of Cornwall's ancient monuments, dating from the Neolithic period.
We will stop in
Penzance for Lunch and some exploration. The ancient market town of Penzance is the Capital of the
far west of Cornwall and is set in beautiful
Mounts Bay - a body of water dominated by the grandeur of St. Michael's
Mount.
A well know area of Celtic culture, outstanding natural beauty surrounds the town. Following lunch we continue
to
The Merry Maidens, a circle of 19 stones said to be girls turned to stone for dancing on Sunday. We  also stop at
Lands End, Britain's most westerly point before we then return to Falmouth for dinner on your own. Overnight
Falmouth. (B,L)

Day 11 -
This morning we make our way to North Devon with a stop in Truro, the only city in Cornwall with over 800
years of history. Truro is dominated by the 250 foot towers of
Truro Cathedral. We'll travel the coast line
through
Newquay and Padstow and then to Port Issac which you may recognize if you are a fan of the Doc Martin
Series.
Port Issac is an attractive fishing village since the early fourteenth century. Its narrow, winding streets are lined
with old white-washed cottages and traditional granite, slate-fronted Cornish houses, many of which are listed as of
architectural or historic importance. Further up the coast we find
Tintagel and the romantic and mysterious ruins of
Tintagel Castle overlooking the sea. Some believe this is the birthplace of the legendary King Arthur. We will stop at
Wadebridge and the famous Bedruthan Steps for one of the most spectacular view in Cornwall before continuing on
to
Barnstaple in North Devon. Dinner and Overnight Barnstaple. (B,D)

Day 12 -
This morning we visit Arlington Court and Gardens, a 2700 acre estate nestling in the thickly wooded
valley of the
River Yeo. The house contains model ships, tapestry, pewter and shells. The stable block houses one of the
best collections of 19th-century horse-drawn vehicles in the country. We then head to
Ilfracombe and the Hele Corn
Mill and Miller's Wife Tearoom.
As the Miller's wife bakes everything fresh we will Lunch in the Tearoom
before a Tour of the Mill.
The corn mill dates from 1525 and is a unique working watermill. Guided tours are given by
the family who run the mill, and children and adults alike will enjoy learning about the history of the mill, from how flour
has been made here over the centuries, to some of the mishaps which have befallen the millers! After our tour we then
return to Barnstaple where you will have some time to explore on your own and then find some dinner.
Overnight
Barnstaple. B,L)

Day 13 -
This morning we make our way to Bath taking North Devon's spectacular coastal drive through the Exmoor
National Park
and the lovely villages that make up this delightful coastline. After our drive we will stop in
Glastonbury to visit Glastonbury Abbey. The Abbey presents itself as "traditionally the oldest above-ground
Christian church in the World
" situated "in the mystical land of Avalon" and was begun in 712AD. King
Arthur
is reputed to be buried here.  This afternoon we drive through Cheddar Gorge, a narrow winding ravine with
limestone rocks rising almost vertically on either side to a height of 400 feet! In the very heart of the famous Cheddar
Gorge you will find one of the most fascinating sights in
Somerset, the Cheddar Sweet Kitchen. A tiny sweet factory
where visitors are invited in to watch craftsman at work. The
Mizen Family have been making sweets in this area for
five generations. Cheddar gives it's name to the rich cheese that was founded here.
Dinner
and Overnight Bath. (B,D)

Day 14 -
This morning we will explore all the wonders of Bath. Nourished by natural hot springs, Bath offers a unique
experience with stunning architecture. While here, you will have tickets to visit the
Roman Baths, a magnificent temple
and bathing complex that still flows with natural hot water. You may also want to visit the
Jane Austen Centre. We
then take a short train journey to
Bradford-on-Avon for Afternoon Tea at the Bridge Tearooms. After tea you
will have some time to wander around this lovely town. Its magical position on the banks of the
River Avon gives visitors
a wonderful setting for leisure, cultural and tourist activities. Bradford-on-Avon has delightful shops, restaurants, hotels
and bed and breakfasts lining the narrow streets of the town centre. The surrounding hillside is covered with
Cotswold
Stone Houses and Cottages
of every shape and size. We then return to Bath where you can find some dinner on your
own.
Overnight Bath. (B,L)

Day 15 -
On our way back to Heathrow this morning we will stop in the lovely Cotswolds Village of Lacock. The
village, which dates from the 13th century and has many limewashed half-timbered and stone houses, was used as a
location in the TV and film productions of
Pride and Prejudice, Moll Flanders, Emma and Downton Abbey. The
Abbey also featured in the recent
Harry Potter films. It is a quintessential English village akin to taking a step back in
time. We will
Lunch in King John's Hunting Lodge Tearoom before continuing to the amazing Stone Circles of
Avebury.
The stones at Avebury are the largest known stone ring in the world. Older than the more famous Stonehenge,
and for many visitors far more spectacular, the multiple rings of Avebury are cloaked with mysteries which archaeologists
have only begun to unravel. We then make our way to just outside of Heathrow for dinner.
Dinner and  Overnight
near near Heathrow. (B,L,D)

Day 16 -
This morning we return you to Heathrow International Airport.
A Southern England Coastal Adventure taking in Kent, East Sussex,
West Sussex, Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and
Wiltshire with Castles, Cathedrals, Stately Homes, Pubs, Tearooms
and several Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
April 2nd - 17th, 2018
"I am so thrilled to be able to offer this tour! I have long wanted to offer it, but there is only so
much time in a year! We would love to offer more places to see on this tour, but then I would
have to make it six weeks long instead of two, so I had to focus on some of my favourite
places. I love the English countryside and there are very few more beautiful places than the
Southern England and its many Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty! I am thrilled to be able
to offer so many tearooms and tea time experiences in one tour! The pub experiences are
wonderful as well, but where this tour really shines is the range of amazing manor houses,
country houses and castles that we are able to offer!" - Shannon McDonald Tate
16 Days on a small intimate tour of Southern England along the coast and through the
countryside and lovely villages, towns and cities of Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex,
Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Wiltshire. Taking time out for tea is a
way of life in Great Britain and we have attempted to include every type of tearoom and
teatime opportunity to give a full experience of this wonderful and fascinating ritual. There
is much more about Britain than just tea so as well as including tearooms as you have to eat
somewhere, we have also included some of our favorite stops! This tour is limited to 10
people. In keeping the tour size small we are able to take advantage of accommodation,
restaurant and sightseeing options that would not be available to a larger group.
.
We will not rush you from venue to venue and each tour is designed to spend as little time
on the minibus as possible. We will stay in delightful city guest houses and lovely country
houses. Price includes all accommodations, breakfast daily, all listed meals, knowledgeable
guide for all tourist venues. All sightseeing as indicated in itinerary including any entrance
fees. All taxes and service charges.
$5995US per person double occupancy. All single spots filled.
$500 per person deposit to reserve your spot on the tour.
Sold Out.
Highlights Include: Kent Downs, Canterbury and Canterbury Cathedral, Leeds Castle,
the White Cliffs of Dover, Hastings and Battle Abbey and the Battle of Hastings, South
Downs National Park, Charleston House, Parham House and Gardens, Winchester
Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral, Cranbourne Chase, Dorchester, Sherborne Castle,
Lulworth Castle, Cornwall, Falmouth, Dartmoor National Park, Plymouth and the
Mayflower Steps, Penzance and Lands End, Truro Cathedral, Tintagel Castle, North
Devon, Arlington Court, Hele Cornmill and Tearoom, Glastonbury Cathedral, Cheddar
Gorge, Bath and the Roman Baths, Avebury Stone Circle and much more!
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