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Travel through the picturesque Garden of England to the historic mediaeval town of Rye.
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Starting your journey from Dover, you will see the famous White Cliffs including Shakespeare's Cliff, named after the famous poet and author, before driving across the edge of the North Downs, a range of hills that runs along the north of Kent. From there you will pass the entrance to the Channel Tunnel which opened in 1994, before travelling through the delightful countryside of Kent, the Garden of England and will hear how the county was given that name. Passing through the edge of Ashford, ideally located for transport links by motorway and a hub of the rail network, the route continues into the Weald of Kent. You will go through picturesque villages and see many oast houses, formerly drying kilns for Kent's famous hops, many of which have now been converted into private houses.
En route you will pass through towns and villages with interesting place names, most of them with a particular meaning, and will have some of these names explained. One such place is the delightful Wealden town of Tenterden which has been home to a number of famous residents.
After arriving there will be time to explore Rye with your guide and have the possibility of seeing a visual presentation of the town's history (at extra cost). Walk up the famous Mermaid Street and see the hotel of the same name, the church dedicated to St Mary the Virgin with its distinctive clock pendulum, and the Ypres Tower (pronounced 'wipers') as well as other interesting places.
Consider having a cup of tea or coffee, or maybe a sumptuous cream tea in one of the town's delightful cafes.
You will hear about the creation of the Cinque Ports and be told stories of smuggling on the coast of Kent and Sussex as you head back across the famous Romney Marsh, noted for the sheep of the same name, and the building of the Royal Military Canal. You will see the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway which claims to be the smallest railway in the world. It was the brainchild of former army officer Captain J. E. P. Howey and model railway enthusiast Count Louis Zborowski who built and owned the car Chitty Bang Bang, later made famous in the book and film by James Bond author Ian Fleming who added a second "Chitty" to the name.
You will then return to your ship with memories of a delightful day.
Cruise ship terminal
Please note :
The town of Rye is built on a hill with steep cobbled roads. Suitable footwear is essential - stiletto heals are not advisable
This Tour includes :
Guiding in Rye
This Tour does NOT include :
- Food & drink
Price for the whole party, not per person
Options (+ or -) may apply and will be calculated at the next step
This Tour is available in the following languages :
Kids friendly tour
Wheelchair friendly tour
Meet your guide :
Based near Canterbury in the delightful county of Kent, known as the Garden of England, Frank holds the highest guiding qualification, the coveted blue-badge, for South East England and is qualified to guide in both the English and German languages on foot, on a coach or in his own luxury car which is fully licenced and insured for carrying passengers.
After leaving school he studied at universities in both Britain (German) and West Berlin (Business Studies). While in Berlin, he started running skiing holidays for fellow students, and he still has friends he made at that time.
After university Frank set up his own business in tourism, first of all in Kent, then later opened a branch office in Germany, and he considers himself to be very lucky to have been in Berlin on 11 November 1989 when the Wall "fell", an experience he will never forget. After some years, with major shifts in the industry, he decided to change direction and train as a tourist guide. His only regret: that he hadn't made the change many years earlier.
Frank has a range of hobbies which include photography and sailing his small boat, and he is active in his local community, sitting on various committees, one of them being, thanks to his extensive sailing experience, the local Water Safety Committee.
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