Shades of Kent

Thursday 14th September 2017
Shades of Kent   (5 days)

£480 per person sharing
£64 Supplement Single Room  Sorry single rooms have sold out)
£20 discount for EH members and or £12.50 discount for HHA members

Door to Door Service
Half board accommodation near Maidstone

Visit to Lullington Roman Villa on the 1st day
Cruise with lunch box on the River Medway
Morning visit to Deal followed by a guided tour of St Peters Village (Broadstairs)
Morning Visit to the White Cliffs of Dover followed by a visit to Dover Castle.
Visit to Hever Castle on the Return Journey
Short Break Holiday in Yorkshire
Day 1 (Thursday) Birmingham—Lullingstone Roman Villa—Maidstone
Departing from the Centre of Birmingham at 09:15 the coach heads down towards Kent with a comfort stop and a lunch break on the way. 

Early afternoon our time travel takes us back to Roman Times with a visit to Lullingstone Roman Villa.(EH). Originally started in AD100 it grew, up to the 4th century, as its wealthy owners lavished their wealth. Today it is one of the most outstanding Roman Villas that can be visited in Britain. You can still view some of the mosaics, prints of rare wall paintings, a heated bath suite and a house church as well as many artefacts from the period. 

Departing Lullingstone it is roughly 45 minutes drive to the hotel on the outskirts of Maidstone.

Day 2 (Friday) Cruise the River Medway.
A fairly relaxing day which starts with a short journey into Maidstone. On arrival there will be a little bit of free time (approx. 11/2 hours) to have a wander into the town or along the river before boarding our boat the Kentish Lady.

Setting sail at mid day the cruise progresses upstream through some lovely scenery abounding with wildlife as far as Teston Lock. During the journey you will be provided lunch comprising sandwiches, fruit and tea or coffee. The whole cruise lasts for 3 hours after which there will be a further 11/2 hours to visit Maidstone before returning to the hotel.

Day 3 (Saturday) Deal and St Peter’s Village.
A trip through the Kent countryside the first stop today is in the coastal town of Deal, where there will be approx. 2 hours to explore at your own pace. Deal has a Tudor Castle (EH) commissioned by Henry VIII, a pier that stretches out a 1/4 mile from the promenade, a shingle beach often with small boats pulled up onto the beach, and a pedestrianised shopping centre with independent shops. In 2016 the Daily Telegraph gave Deal two accolades “the best High Street” and the “Best spot to rest your beach towel” and praised it for being “the genuine Georgian article, with blustery promenade and winding streets”.

During the afternoon you will be entertained by a guided walk through the village of St Peter’s on the edge of Broadstairs. Most likely you will not have heard of this village before, but be prepared to be entertained. The guides will be in costume and as you progress around the village other costumed characters will appear and tell you about different periods in the life of the area. It is history bought alive in a theatrical way. Take a look on “Trip Advisor” and you will see a multitude of 5* reviews. The walk takes    2 1/2 hours including a break for tea and coffee, it is on the flat and covers approximately 1 mile with lots of stops to let the history unfold.

Day 4 (Sunday) White Cliffs and Dover Castle
Heading back to the coast and the White Cliffs of Dover. First stop today is at the National Trust Car Park on the White Cliffs. Take a look around the Visitor Centre, perhaps have a cup of tea, or wander along the top of the cliffs. Here you will get a birds eye view of Dover Harbour in one direction and South Foreland Light house in the other.

Travelling back towards Dover the next stop is Dover Castle (EH). Here you have the whole afternoon to explore the castle, claimed as the most iconic of all English fortresses. Centuries of History are contained within the walls from when it was an Iron Age Hill Fort, progressing to a Roman Lighthouse, then a church and on to the Norman Castle you see today.

The following Centuries have seen the castle fulfil many rolls, principally protecting England from invaders from the Sea. In the 20th Century tunnels that had been built in Napoleonic times were being used first as a Naval and later a Combined Forces Headquarters. It was here that the Dunkirk evacuation was masterminded. Today it is possible to take a tour below grounds and see the wartime rooms including a hospital. So much to see and do you will be spoilt for choice.

Day 5 Hever Castle and home to Birmingham
Built over 700 years ago Hever Castle has many stories to tell, not least that it was the Childhood home of Anne Boleyn, who became the 2nd wife of Henry VIII. Ironically it was then bestowed to Anne of Cleeves as part of the settlement when she had her marriage to Henry VIII annulled. After falling into disrepair it was bought by the Astor family in the 20th century who not only restored the castle but also created the Tudor Village known as the Astor Wing and constructed a 
magnificent Lake and Gardens, which are a joy to view.

In the late afternoon the coach will return us back to Birmingham arriving in the City Centre around 7:30 p.m.

This will be the 2nd time I have used this hotel and on the first occasion it received very complimentary comments from the passengers who were with me.

Rooms:
Ensuite with Shower/Tub combination (Accessible rooms with roll in showers are not available)
Hair Dryer, Hospitality Tray for tea and coffee, Iron and ironing board, Safe, Flat Screen Television.
Wifi standard and high speed (fee applicable)

The hotel has a lift to all floors. 
Meals are supplied Buffet Style
There is a fitness centre including swimming pool available (some facilities will be charged). Spa treatments available during daytime 

What is included in your holiday:
Door to Door Service at the beginning and end of your holiday
Half Board Accommodation at the Tudor {Marriott) Hotel
Admission costs: Maidstone Cruise, including lunch pack. St Peter’s Tour. Lullingstone Roman Villa * & Dover Castle *
(for non EH members). Hever Castle* (for non HHA members).
*Passengers who have either English Heritage (EH) or Historic Houses Association (HHA) Membership must show valid 
membership cards on arrival at the respective venues.
Services of a tour manager throughout
Porterage of 1 bag per person on arrival /departure from the hotel.

To book this holiday or if you require more information please phone 0121 459 7524.

A £45 non refundable deposit is required per person at the time of booking.
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