On this unique journey from the south coast of Kent at Dover to Canterbury, the rich history of England unravels before you.

Maritime history abounds in this voyage. There are old ports, smuggling, and castles with beaches and oysters also featuring. Churches and settlements established by the early settlers and pilgrims are very much in evidence. Add to those a sunny and sheltered landscape whose bountiful fruit and vegetable farms earn it the description of 'The Garden of England' and your adventure will be a fascinating one.



Holiday details

Price

Classic

from £780 per person
Daily except Wednesday/Thursday start (supplement)

Luxury

from £1,430 per person

Based on two people sharing a room

What’s included?

Dinner at Reads (luxury tour).  See what’s included as standard

Duration

4 nights

Start & Finish

Starts daily with a transfer service from Dover Ferry Port or Dover station and finishes in Canterbury

Hotels

Classic

Small hotels and old inns in central locations

Luxury

4 highly individual hotels in historic buildings with exceptional restaurants

Holiday type

Self-guided

This tour is priced without a guide and you are free to explore on your own.  If you would like a guide for part or all of your trip, we are happy to provide a knowledgeable, local guide

Activity level

Gentle cycling (2) More info...

Electric bikes

Available

Mileage

4 days of cycling 10 -19 miles (16 - 30 km) per day

Terrain

Flat with an occasional slope on day 5

Traffic-free

Very largely

Options

Additional nights in Canterbury




Itinerary day-by-day


Classic & Luxury

  1. 1. Day one

    Dover

    As we meet you at Dover Ferry Port or Dover station, you have no need to bring your car. We will transfer you to your cosy hotel in a nearby village that sits on top of the cliffs. Settle in and enjoy England!

  2. 2. Day two

    Dover to Sandwich

    Your host will meet you after breakfast with your cycling equipment and run through your tour itinerary. Then you are off - to freewheel down to the characterful old ports of Deal and Sandwich. Cycle adjacent to the shore, take in the castles, and explore the fascinating history of these Cinque port towns. Detour if you wish to explore the old mining villages of the area. Your overnight stop is an old inn in the heart of beautiful Sandwich.

    10 miles (16 km) or 20 miles (32 km)

  3. 3. Day three

    Sandwich to Canterbury

    Pedal through orchards and pretty villages today and you will discover wonderful pubs and Roman antiquities. Your route leads you traffic free into the heart of Canterbury where your hotel awaits you. There's much to explore in this astounding heritage city with its magnificent cathedral, and many museums.

    17 miles (27 km)

  4. 4. Day four

    Canterbury to Faversham

    This is a fascinating ride that sets out along the old Crab and Winkle railway line to Whitstable. Enjoy the harbour there, sample its famous oysters and dip into the craft shops of its high street. Then follow some of the old Saxon shore with its often remote atmosphere and rich maritime history. Stay overnight in the outstanding market town of Faversham and its creek lined with barges.

    17 miles (27 km)

  5. 5. Day five

    Faversham to Canterbury

    Head inland through pretty villages and valleys dotted with orchards and classic views. There's a fine garden to visit and cosy pubs to discover. Or perhaps there's just a little more to explore in Canterbury before returning your bikes to our base. Its a short train hop back to Dover.

    19 miles (30 km)