Depart central London by air-conditioned coach, and journey into the English countryside to begin your day trip. As you travel, enjoy the views over the county of Kent, nicknamed the Garden of England for its pretty hop fields, apple orchards, and rolling farmland.
Make your main stop in the ancient city of Canterbury. Along with its Roman origins, this charming city is famed for the magnificent, UNESCO-listed Canterbury Cathedral, largely built in the 11th and 12th centuries, but with roots dating back to the sixth century.
As you approach the cathedral, hear stories about its history, such as the day in 1170 when four knights of King Henry II stormed inside the church and murdered Archbishop Thomas Becket. Following Becket’s death, the cathedral attracted thousands of medieval pilgrims, as told famously in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, written in the late 1300s.
On arrival, admire the views of this splendid Gothic church, and, depending on the cathedral’s Christmas Day schedule, take the opportunity to enjoy the celebratory services. Then, follow your guide to a local eatery for a traditional English Christmas lunch. After a welcome drink, savor a delicious 2-course meal of dishes such as juicy roast turkey and rich Christmas pudding. If you'd like, you can even use the time to open your own Christmas gifts.
Next, travel to Kent’s coast to see the famous White Cliffs of Dover. Gaze out over the chalk cliffs before traveling north to the historical Kent town of Rochester, known for its castle and its links to the great 19th-century English author Charles Dickens.
After a walking tour of the town’s pretty streets, return to central London where your trip concludes.