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8.45 am - Depart London Eye

We depart from next to the London Eye, on the corner of Belvedere Road and Chicheley Street, SE1 7PB. This is the bus pick up and drop off point for the London Eye. This is in the Waterloo area and a short walk from both Waterloo and Westminster Stations. Your bus and guide will normally arrive 5-10 minutes before departure. Look out for a small white bus with “The English Bus” written on the side. A prompt departure is essential so please arrive in plenty of time.  See more about our departure point HERE

After pick up - Head out of London, stopping in Greenwich

After we have picked everyone up, and you are sat comfortably, your driver/guide will introduce themselves, and explain the plan for your day. Your guide will provide full commentary on our interesting route out of London to the south east. We will make a short comfort stop in historic Greenwich, by the glorious 19th century sailing ship - the Cutty Sark. Time to get a coffee and hear about the crucial role Greenwich has played in British history and it's influence on world time and coordinates.

Mid morning - Arrive White Cliffs of Dover

Taking advantage of our small minicoach, we'll take you down some local back roads that big buses cannot manage, to the shore of the English Channel. On a clear day you'll be able to see the 20 miles across the sea to the coast of France. Turn around and you'll be able to admire the impressive and imposing chalk white cliffs, so famous for their symbolism in British and allied military history.

Late Morning - Arrive Dover Castle

A short drive from the shoreline under the White Cliffs, we arrive at the spectacular and enormous Norman era Dover Castle where we’ll have around 2 hours to explore, and have lunch from one of the cafe/restaurants within the walls of Dover Castle. Explore the castle grounds, climb the tower, walk the walls, and learn about the history of the castle from the 11th Century right up to WWII.

Mid afternoon - Drive through the Kent countryside and visit historic village

Leaving Dover Castle, and heading towards Canterbury, we will take a scenic drive through the Kent countryside - past hop fields, farmlands, oast houses and characterful villages. We’ll make a stop in the beautiful village of Chilham, centred around a square with a traditional English pub, manor house and 15th century church.

Mid-late afternoon - Arrive Canterbury

On arrival in Canterbury, join your guide on a walk into the city centre where you'll have a couple of hours free time to have a look around, and visit the vast, historic and stunning Cathedral if you wish. We'll provide you with maps and recommendations to get the most out of your time. Later join your guide on a walking tour and learn more of the history of Canterbury, tales of its visitors, and discover some hidden secrets and passageways.

**Please note that the Cathedral is closed to paying visitors on Good Friday (7th April 2023), but is open for evensong visitors on that date. Parts of the cathedral are closed on July 18 & 21 and September 12 due to graduations. There may be other dates announced later where the Cathedral or parts of will be closed to visitors**

8.00 - 8.15pm - Arrive central London

Dependent on traffic, we’ll arrive back in London between 8.00 - 8.15pm, stopping back where we started by the London Eye in the Waterloo area. Ask your guide for a dinner recommendation, there are plenty of eating options within a 10 minute walk of the drop off point.

Please note - Useful itinerary information

We may alter the order of the day depending on traffic/weather/special events in order to maximise your enjoyment of the day. Due to shorter daylight hours in the Winter, this tour runs April - October.



  • Best price guarantee and flexible booking terms and conditions - please book direct
  • Expert, experienced, passionate and friendly driver/guide
  • Full guided commentary throughout the day along the route (but with some quiet time for resting too)
  • Walking tour of Canterbury
  • Travel along the Kent backroads
  • Transport on a luxury purpose built Mercedes mini coach with USB charging ports, individual A/C controls, reclining leather seats, panoramic glass windows, panoramic windshield and roof
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Small groups - back roads - great guides
  • Small group tour guaranteed - never more than 16 people

Not included

  • The tour price does not include your entrance to Dover Castle or optional entrance to Canterbury Cathedral. Entrance to Canterbury Cathedral for children (17 and under) is FREE, adults £17. Tickets can be bought on arrival. For Dover Castle, we book in advance (and so you don't need to do anything) and tickets are available on the day from your guide - they will collect cash/card payment from you on the day. Prices as follows:
  • 25th May '24 - 1st September '24: Monday - Friday £14.50 child, £20.90 over 65's/students, £23.60 adults. Sat/Sun & public holidays £16.30 child, £23.60 over 65's/students, £26.30 adult
  • 2nd September '24 - 30th March '25: Monday - Friday £14.50 child, £20.00 over 65's/students, £22.70 adults. Sat/Sun & public holidays £16.30 child, £22.70 over 65's/students, £25.90 adult
  • Please note that works are currently underway at Dover Castle for a new visitor experience in the castle's northern defences, launching in Autumn 2024
  • *Note that prices are controlled by English Heritage and are subject to change
  • Food/drink - there will be plenty of options to purchase food along the way and your guide can make some recommendations. You are welcome to bring food with you and you can eat and drink on the bus if you would like to

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