Dover And The Cinque Ports

2 nights starting from
£369

  • Henry II’s magnificent Dover Castle

  • The original Cinque Port towns of Hythe and Sandwich

  • Lovely Rye, now an antiques centre, but once an important port

  • Winchelsea – the smallest town in England with its own mayor

Before the Tudor kings established a standing navy, the men and ships of the Cinque ports – originally Dover, Hythe, Sandwich, Hastings and New Romney, together with the two ancient towns of Rye and Winchelsea -  provided a fleet to meet the military and transport needs of their Royal masters. This superb tour explores this fascinating region’s 1000 year old history.

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Provisional Timings

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive independently at the Best Western Plus, Dover, from 15.00 
This evening there will be a welcome reception, dinner with wine and a talk by Julian Humphrys - ‘The History of the Cinque Ports.’

Day 2: Sandwich and Dover Castle
Our first Cinque port is Sandwich, a charming medieval town with a 16th century Guildhall, that now houses a museum telling the story of the town including its 1300AD “Sandwich Magna Carta.” Then to Dover Castle, one of the most iconic English fortresses which has commanded the Channel for nine centuries. The Great Tower was built by Henry II who sent Thomas Becket to his death and was father of Richard the Lionheart and “Bad” King John.  Second talk from Julian, “The Hundred Years War” and dinner at the hotel.

Day 3: Hythe, Rye, and Winchelsea
Two Cinque ports are on the agenda today as we head first to Hythe, one of the original Cinque ports on the Kent coast. Then to Rye, which replaced nearby New Romney as the 5th port when it was damaged by storms and its harbour silted up. Rye is a beautiful town, today renowned for its antique shops and old-world charm, but an important port in its day – the Castle Museum will explain more. Finally to Winchelsea, once a major centre for the wine trade and now the smallest town in England with its own mayor. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion 

Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 48 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Two nights’ bed and breakfast at the three-star Best Western Plus, Dover, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • First night three-course dinner with wine
  • Second night dinner in the hotel restaurant
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions
  • Coach touring itinerary and tour manager throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Double for sole use supplement 
  • Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Meals other than those stated 
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc 
  • Porterage and gratuities

HOTEL

Best Western Plus, Dover Marina Hotel & Spa

Ideally located in the centre of the five ports, the Best Western Plus, Dover is a Victorian seafront hotel offering a fusion of Victorian décor with 21st century amenities, including a spa and gym, bar, restaurants and comfortable bedrooms with all modern amenities including free wifi.

Parking: complimentary

Hotel Website

MORE INFO - Please click here to see full details of this tour

Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.  

You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day. 

For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation. 

The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date. 

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As we have come to expect from Travel Editions, the tour was very well organised, enjoyable and informative. We were looked after very well throughout.

Review by Green who travelled 20-August-2019


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Information sent out should have said parking was in a public car park near the rear of the hotel and to get a voucher for free parking from reception. This would have avoided stress in in leaving the car parked illegally while trying to find out . Otherwise excellent.

Review by Hill who travelled 20-August-2019


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Julian Humphrys and Nick Hancock made this a superb, fun and very informative holiday. We won't forget 1287 (hope that's correct) as the date of the great storm which changed the course of history.! The Hythe Venetian Fete was certainly unique and Dover Castle a must to revisit. Hotel was clean, in a very good position but bathroom was a bit on the small side.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 20-August-2019


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Both Nick, tour manager and blue guide, and Julian, historian, were exceptionally good. They both had nice loud voices too! The whole trip was both wonderfully informative, well organised and thoroughly enjoyable. My only complaint is the hotel accommodation. By chance I looked the Dover Marina hotel up on the internet beforehand to discover that the single rooms looked horrible, tiny, and with a small single bed. After contacting Travel Editions, on top of my single supplement I then had to pay another £18 per night for a double room for single use. I feel that because I am single (a widow) I am entitled to expect a decent room and I hope in future you will offer double rooms for single use as standard. As it turned out my room was fine, and the hotel staff were charming!

Review by Reader who travelled 20-August-2019


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Well-organised and interesting tour. Hotel was adequate, hotel evening meal poor. Hythe Venetian Festival was over-long with uncomfortable seating on hard wooden benches!

Review by Anonymous who travelled 20-August-2019


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Hotel very good apart from lift service. Only one lift to serve 4 floors, causing long waits and queues in the lobby.

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Julian Humphreys was as good as I expected he would be - brilliant. Hotel seemed not to have learnt the advantages of joined up thinking. Nonetheless, as enjoyable as always. Thank you. Best wishes Janet (McLeavy) PS May I be presumptuous and congratulate Travel Editions on their decision that the maximum size of any group should be 35. In two and a bit days I was still seeing new faces by the time we got back to the hotel as we prepared to leave!!

Review by McLeavy who travelled 20-August-2019


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