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Dover And The Cinque Ports

2 nights starting from

  • Hythe Venetian Fete

  • Henry II’s Dover Castle

  • Hastings Castle and walking tour

  • The historic towns of Sandwich and Rye

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 new tour explores this fascinating region’s 1000 year old history.

Available Departures


20 - August - 2019 £ 369.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings


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, Dover Castle and Hythe Venetian Fete
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. The Great Tower has been restored and is free of information boards, thus offering an authentic glimpse of how the building looked centuries ago.  Back to the hotel for high tea at approximately 4pm before heading along the coast to our third Cinque port of the the day, Hythe, and its colourful Venetian fete along the Royal Military Canal. A reserved seat ensures a terrific view of proceedings, with a parade of barges in daylight and at night, interspersed with an impressive firework display. 

Day 3: Rye and Hastings
This morning we visit Rye, 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.  Then to Hastings, renowned as the site of the battle in 1066 of William the Conqueror’s invasion (although he actually landed at nearby Pevensey and  the battle took place 7 miles inland!).  Here, we will visit the castle, commissioned by William, and its atmospheric ruins and enjoy a guided walk of the old town with Julian. Return to the hotel at approximately 1730.

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.


  • Two nights' bed and breakfast at the three star Best Western Plus, Dover, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Three-course dinner with wine
  • High tea in the hotel restaurant
  • Seated ticket to Hythe Venetian Fete
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions
  • Coach touring itinerary and tour manager


  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Single room 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



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


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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