Behold the formidable castle on Dover’s white cliffs and then tour Canterbury Cathedral, which dates from Norman times and remains the Mother Church of Anglicans worldwide.
After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a brief drive to the famed White Cliffs of Dover, atop which sits Dover Castle. A medieval historian described the castle as “the key to the kingdom” and the massive outline of England’s oldest and strongest fortress can still be appreciated. It commands the shortest sea crossing between England and the continent.
After pausing for photos, you will continue to Canterbury, a city of impressive medieval character. Built in the 13th and 14th centuries on Roman foundations, long stretches of the town walls still survive, and lofty houses overhang the lanes leading to the great Christ Church Gate, the main entrance to Canterbury Cathedral.
Founded in 602 A.D., the cathedral is one of the oldest Christian churches in England and has been a pilgrimage site since the Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket was murdered there in 1170. While touring, don’t miss the medieval stained glass windows illustrating miracles, the 12th-century mural of St. Paul, and the inlays in the marble floor depicting zodiac signs. Another noteworthy feature is the Tomb of the Black Prince, which is topped with a bronze effigy of the knight in chainmail.
Following your leisurely tour of Canterbury Cathedral, you will have some free time for shopping or to further explore Canterbury on your own before it’s time to rejoin your coach and return to the pier in Dover.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of easy to moderate walking plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during photo stops and free time. There will be some steps, narrow pavement and uneven or cobblestone surfaces to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain.