On this unique journey from the south coast at Dover to the very heart of London, the richness of England's history and the variety and charm of the English way of life will unravel before you.
Much of the route follows the ancient Saxon shoreline and merchant voyages so it contains old ports, smuggling, maritime history, castles, beaches and oysters all feature. So do the churches and settlements established by the early settlers and pilgrims. 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 to the outskirts of London will be a fascinating one. The finale of the tour leads you right into the heart of London along the traffic free banks of the River Thames, past the old warehouses and docks and the trendy new city developments.
from £1,550 per person
Start daily except Wednesday/Thursday (supplement)
from £2,320 per person
Based on two people sharing a room
There are no extras, however you’ll love what’s included as standard
Start & Finish
Starts daily with a transfer service from Dover Train Station or Ferry Port; finishes London
Small hotels, a village inn, a b&b and a superbly situated hotel near the London Eye
A 5 star hotel in central London with characterful and historic 3 and 4 star hotels and inns
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
Gentle cycling (1) More info...
5 days of cycling 17 - 26 miles (27 - 41 km) per day
Flat with an occasional slope on days 5 and 6
- Additional nights in London
- Extend your ride to Windsor by taking our Windsor and Hampton Court Trip
Classic & Luxury
1. Day one
You won't be needing your car for this trip; we pick you up from Dover Train Station or Ferry Port. We will transfer you to your cosy hotel in a nearby village which affords brilliant views from the cliffs. Relax and enjoy your surroundings!
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 into the old and charming 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 right in the middle of the lovely town of Sandwich.
10 miles (16 km) or 20 miles (32 km)
3. Day three
Sandwich to Canterbury
Your route today winds its way through orchards and pretty villages. There are some charming pubs and Roman antiquities to discover along the way. You'll be amazed at the fantastic traffic-free cycle path that leads right into the heart of Canterbury, where your hotel for the next two nights awaits you.
17 miles (27 km)
4. Day four
Take a day to explore this astounding heritage city with its magnificent cathedral, its abbey ruins and old city walls and its four museums. Enjoy too its cosmopolitan vitality - street cafes, a fledgling arts scene and specialist shops.
5. Day five
Canterbury to Rodmersham
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. For the rest of the day, you follow some of the old Saxon shore along a remote route which offers the chance to learn about the area's maritime history. Enroute is the market town of Faversham, featuring barges lined along its creek. A warm welcome awaits you at your hotel.
26 miles (41 km)
6. Day six
Rodmersham to Chatham
This morning you head inland on your bicycle through charming villages and valleys, dotted with orchards and market gardens. Your route then rejoins the coast, which you pedal along until you get to Chatham and its 400 years of maritime heritage at the historic dockyard. This was once the base of the Royal Navy, where numerous famous ships were assembled. You will stay overnight in a former dockyard office, which is now home to a contemporary boutique hotel.
17 miles (27 km)
7. Day seven
Chatham to London
A short train hop at the start of the day brings you to Greenwich on the River Thames. Greenwich is a world heritage site which is full of interesting things to see and do. Stand astride the prime meridian line, visit the National Maritime Museum or explore the clipper ship The Cutty Sark. You then head up river and cycle traffic free along the Thames, past the historic docks which have been developed into modern city buildings. Your hotel is in the heart of London overlooking the Thames.
16 miles (26 km)
8. Day eight
Depart London at your leisure. Your cycling equipment will be collected from your hotel.