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  • Gentle cycling on bespoke routes
  • Historic Canterbury Cathedral
  • Explore Kent – Garden of England with its charming pubs and pretty villages
  • Coast, castle and smugglers of the Cinque port towns.
  • Greenwich – 0 degrees longitude and the Royal Observatory
  • The mighty River Thames and historic London
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From historic Canterbury Cathedral which has been a place of worship for 1,400 years; to Greenwich and the Prime Meridian of the world, where east meets west, at the Royal Observatory - home of longitude and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), resting place of the Cutty Sark, fastest sailing ship of its time; and into the modern City of London; this tour will have you travelling through time all the way.

Much of the route follows the ancient Saxon shoreline and merchant voyages so it contains old ports, smuggling and 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.

Day One - Dover
Start the trip in Dover – famous for its white cliffs, where we pick you up from Dover Train Station or Ferry Port and transfer you to your cosy hotel in a nearby village which affords brilliant views from the cliffs. Relax and enjoy your surroundings!

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)

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)

Day Four - Canterbury
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.

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)

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)

Day Seven - Chatham to London
A short train hop at the start of the day brings you to Woolwich Arsenal near 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)

Day Eight - Depart London
Depart London at your leisure. Your cycling equipment will be collected from your hotel. 
Additional Information
  • 7 Nights ensuite accommodation with full English Breakfast.
  • The services of our friendly local host to welcome and brief you, share their local knowledge and look after you.
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Hybrid bike and additional accessories including helmet, pannier, saddle cover, water bottle, lock, puncture repair kit and spare inner tube
  • Emergency 24 hour phone number and support
  • Adventure Handbook - packed full of information, history and photos of the area your tour covers, as well as The Carter Company's insider tips on how to discover the local secrets and hidden gems most tourists never see!
  • GPS Navigation by App on own mobile phone. Waterproof mobile phone holder, power bank and mains charger free for clients to keep at the end of the tour (one per group).
  • Written summary Route Directions and OS maps with your route marked
  • Train Tickets from Chatham to Woolwich Arsenal
NOT INCLUDED: airfares, travel to and from the trip start and finish points unless specified, entrances to attractions unless specified, boat fares unless specified, lunches and dinners unless specified, alcoholic beverages, mini bars and meals pre and post the trip.