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Maison Dieu Guest House
Personally tailored guided tours of White Cliffs Country and beyond, my tours offer a bespoke itinerary for up to four people. Visiting ancient monuments, sights of special interest and sampling Kentish produce on full or half day excursions exploring the history, landscape and heritage of Kent, the "Garden of England", complete with your own personal guide. My tours are structured to allow you to visit recommended destinations together with those that you wish to see specifically for yourself.
The suggested itinerary can easily be adapted to suit you.
I don’t just go there, I know there!
Half day tours are priced at £55 per person and a full day is £95 per person based on a minimum of two. It is necessary to charge a single supplement of just £25 if you are touring alone. You are collected from and returned to your guest house or hotel, usually around 0930 returning around 1630 but this is flexible. I am available exclusively for you throughout the day. When we visit castles and historic sights you are able to explore them on your own before we continue together on our journey.
Admission fees to the attractions and lunch etc is not included in the tour cost.
The tariff quoted above is valid until 31.10.19.
Chilled water, drinks, fruit and usually snacks are available to purchase from the vehicle during the day.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL TOURS AND TRANSFERS ARE PAYABLE ON THE DAY IN CASH.
CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS AND CHEQUES ARE NOT ACCEPTED.
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To book your tour or enquire about other destinations, please contact Nigel on 07703659747.
Tours can normally be arranged at short notice,
subject to availability and are available all year round.
I look forward to meeting you soon.
Need a transfer?
Dover Cruise Terminal £20.00 / £35.00 return.
Southampton Cruise Terminal £200 / £380.00 return.
Gatwick Airport £90.00 / £170.00 return.
Heathrow Airport £140 / £260 return.
To take advantage of the discounted return rate, you must pay for both journeys in full on the occasion of your first journey. The tariff covers direct travel between two points and DOES NOT include any parking charges incurred whilst picking up or waiting.
Itinerary 1 Coasts and Castles (Full day)
My personal favourite! After your 0930 pick up we take in the views from the white cliffs before continuing on our journey to Walmer Castle on the east Kent coast where you can spend a leisurely two hours immersed in history. Leaving Walmer we visit the ancient Cinque Port of Sandwich before heading to the Walpole Bay Museum and Hotel on the north Kent coast for lunch and a look at the many antiques and collectibles housed here. After lunch we call at Reculver Towers before swinging inland for a gentle drive through the east Kent countryside via Grove Ferry, Wingham and Crabble Corn Mill before returning to Dover.
Itinerary 2 On the trail of the Romans. (Full day)
Our first stop, above the western docks, gives us the opportunity to see influences of Roman occupation even today. We visit the Roman Painted House (when open) and also have distant views of the Roman Pharos within the grounds of Dover Castle. We continue our journey onwards to Richborough Castle, once an important port. We can also call at Pegwell Bay, visiting the replica Viking ship (optional(, before we continue to the Walpole Bay Museum and Hotel for lunch and then Reculver, the site of an important Roman “Saxon Shore “ fort.
A gentle drive back to Dover through some beautiful Kentish countryside completes our day at approximately 1630.
Itinerary 3 Invasion! (Full day)
Our first stop will be the Western Heights to take a look at both Napoleonic and World War II defensive positions, barracks and batteries. A visit to Dover Castle vividly brings to life the constant threat of invasion our nation faced as you visit the secret wartime tunnels, Norman Keep and experience Hellfire Corner for real! After lunch at the delightful White Horse Inn nestled in the shadow of the castle we travel to Capel-le-Ferne and the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Site and then along the coast to spot some Martello Towers before arriving in Hythe and the Royal Military Canal built to repel a Napoleonic invasion. We will see some sound mirrors and listening devices at the foot of the hills before we return to Dover around 1630.
Itinerary 4 Smugglers and Wreckers! (Full day)
Our drive takes us back through the mists of time to an age of nocturnal naughtiness, dastardly deeds and general lawlessness! Our Smugglers and Wreckers tour tells the tale of ill gotten gains, deliberate wrecking of ships and the constant battle between the Smugglers and the Revenue Men. Learn about the fictional character Dr Syn and the very real Staplehurst Gang, Aldington Gang and Joey’s Warriors as we start our journey in Dover and make our way across country to the scene of some despicable doings. We lunch at an old smugglers pub before continuing our travels in the footsteps of some very shady characters before returning to Dover at approximately 1630.
This one is not for the faint hearted!
Itinerary 5 Canterbury and Leeds Castle (full day)
Departing at approximately 0930 we head out through the Kentish countryside avoiding the main roads and arrive in Canterbury for a morning's shopping and sightseeing (access to the town is by Park and Ride Bus which is £2.00 per person). Canterbury has a good selection of shops and also the Cathedral, Museum and many other attractions.
After lunch we head for Leeds Castle where you can spend a leisurely afternoon roaming the grounds and castle. Leeds Castle has often been given the acolade “the loveliest castle in the world” Our drive home to Dover is via the A20 avoiding the motorway as we can see the North Downs Way and the route the pilgrims took to Canterbury together with other points of interest. We return to Dover at approximately 1630-1700.
Itinerary 6 Romney Marsh and the Weald (Full day)
A leisurely day’s drive out across the beautiful Romney Marsh and meandering our way through the delightful Weald of Kent snuggled between the North and South Downs. Renowned for fruit production and hop picking and more recently wine making from the vineyards which you may wish to sample when we visit Biddenden Vineyard! A lunch stop at any of the picturesque country pubs before we continue our travels across the rolling landscape of farmland and to Tenterden for some shopping or a cream tea. If you desire, you can hop aboard the Kent & East Sussex Steam Railway for an exhilarating steam hauled trip through the Weald before rejoining the car for our return to Dover arriving at approximately 1700.
Itinerary 7 The White Cliffs (Half day)
After your 0930 pick up we drive to the famous White Cliffs of Dover. We can spend the time either taking in the stunning views across the channel to France or maybe a brisk stroll along the cliff top to South Foreland lighthouse and back, whilst we discover the history of and how these iconic cliffs were formed millions of years ago.
Returning to Dover at approximately 1300.
Itinerary 8 Dover Highlights
New 2 hour Dover mini tour just £25 per person
( based on a minimum of two subject to availability)
After pick up we visit both the Western Heights and, via the town centre, Eastern Heights for some incredible views. Your choice thereafter is to return to the town or your local guest house. Alternatively you can be dropped at the Castle to spend time exploring. A short downhill walk brings you back into the town centre for refreshments at the popular La Salle Verte or maybe a look at the Visitor Information Centre and Bronze Age Boat.
Itinerary 9 Walking the White Cliffs
Following your pick up, we spend a half day walking the white cliffs. The stunning landscape and spectacular channel views offer some superb photographic opportunities. Close encounters w specific but nonetheless diverse selection of wildlife is a true delight. The hardy Exmoor Ponies are always a favourite as they graze the chalk downland. Buzzard, Perigrine and Kestrel wheel above us, if we are fortunate to catch a glimpse of the Perigrine Falcon nesting in the cliffs, it is a truly memorable sight. South Foreland Lighthouse and the Sound Mirrors with their underground tunnels are also options on a longer walk. Comfortable but rugged footwear is always recommended together with warm clothing.
Half Day, just £55.00 per person.
Itinerary 10 Rural East Kent (Full or half day)
We leave Dover at 0930 and start our journey inland to the ancient Cinque Port of Sandwich. An opportunity to explore this quaint village with winding streets and classic architecture before we continue our drive through rural Kent for a lunch stop at either Plucks Gutter or Grove Ferry on the banks of the River Stour. Our half day tour returns to Dover after lunch or if you choose the full day we journey to Canterbury, via Wingham for the afternoon to enjoy shopping, a cathedral visit, or however you wish to spend your time before returning to Dover.
Itinerary 11 The Natural Choice.
If birding is your thing, like me, you will enjoy a visit to Pegwell Bay Country Park for a couple of hours and see what comes our way. The incoming tide is always the best time as the water pushes the feeding ducks, waders and wildfowl ever closer to the shoreline and hide. On the far bank of the estuary, hopefully we will see some seals too through binoculars available during your visit.
Depending on tide timings, this tour can be combined with a visit to Wingham Wildlife Park (admission fees not included).
Just £65 per person and in the winter, a mug of hot soup and crusty roll is included!
Itinerary 12 Christmas Markets & Yuletide Shopping.
Available during late November and all of December, the opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit and make those purchases ahead of the big day! Visiting Canterbury, there is a wonderful selection of shops featuring top brands, designer labels and traditional gifts to suit all tastes.
But it doesn't end there!
We also visit the beautiful Victorian Cruise Terminal in Dover which hosts a Christmas Market with locally crafted gifts, refreshments, entertainment and ice skating.
Unfortunately your transport isn't a sleigh ride, but you are collected and returned to your hotel or guest house at 0930 and 1630.
£65 per person
Itinerary 13 The Desert of Dungeness.
The wide expanse of this shingle promontory is a unique environment. Protecting Romney Marsh it is one of the largest such expanses of the kind in Europe. This region is home to two lighthouses, one of which is open to the public during the season, a national bird reserve and the entire area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The small dwellings, some converted from old railway coaches are crowned by Prospect Cottage, formerly owned by the late Derek Jarman,
an artist and film director.
How you choose to get there however, is up to you!
We either travel by road out across the marsh, or you are dropped at the Hythe terminus of the smallest public railway in the world, the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway and are met at Dungeness Station after your journey across the marsh.
We then return by road arriving at your hotel or guest house around 1600.
If you choose to book return fares, I rejoin you at Hythe.
£65 per person excluding railway tickets.
Itinerary 14 Dover Boat Tours.
These are available seasonally and offer exceptional views of Dover Castle and the iconic White Cliffs from the comfort of a fully coded and insured local charter vessel. After the safety briefing and wearing a supplied lifejacket, the gentle motor around the harbour uncovers some surprising history and also offers a glimpse at the hustle and bustle of a busy and evolving port. Occasionally, we may even spot a Seal fishing in the harbour!
A Maximum of 10 can be accommodated on each trip lasting approximately 30 minutes.
The tour currently operates from the Visitor's Pontoon in the Tidal Basin, close to the Marina Office and Lifeboat Station on the Crosswall Quay. The service will transfer during 2019 to the brand new marina currently under construction.
To book this experience, please call Nigel on 07703659747
allowing 48 hours before embarkation.
This tour is weather dependent and does not usually operate between November and March.
Please call if you have specific dates or photographic requirements for a longer charter.
We photograph shipping and the port on a regular basis. This vessel is also available for commercial, media charter and filmwork.
£25 per person
In addition to the tours detailed above I also offer shorter visits to local landmarks and places of interest. These are suitable for families with children (maximum of four in total) and include activity type worksheets to complete enabling our younger visitors to learn a little about the local history, natural history and coastline in a fun and interesting way. For more details please call me on 07703659747 and I can put a bespoke outing together for you.