Departing from London, head east through the county of Kent, known as the 'Garden of England.' The landscape is dotted with orchards, vineyards, hop fields, and the Oast Houses where the hops are dried. Continue south east to the coast and Dover. The 76 mile drive from London to Dover is approximately two hours.
Upon arrival in Dover, the first stop will be at a beautiful viewpoint for a glimpse of the famous white cliffs and the castle. From here, you will be driven to the imposing Dover Castle. If you select the optional entry to Dover Castle (not included) you will have two hours to visit the Castle and grounds, then the coach will be waiting for you at the entrance to take you to the cruise terminal. The admission is approximately 19.40 GBP per person. Outside guides are not permitted inside the castle, so portions are self-guided and others are narrated by castle staff. Dover Castle is a medieval castle, founded in the 12th century and widely known as the 'lock and key to England' due to it's defensive significance and key roles and many wars and battles. From the 12th century until 1958, the castle was continuously garrisoned, covering 9 centuries, something only equalled by the Tower of London and Windsor Castle. Over the centuries the castle defences were continuously improved and enlarged as the castle maintained a military role, a role perhaps made most famous in World War 2 when the castle housed an underground hospital and a command centre for the Dunkirk evacuation. Dover Castle is the largest and one of the oldest in England.
For those guests not wanting to enter the castle, there will be a 10 minute stop for photos or just to stretch, followed by a direct transfer to the nearby cruise terminal. Here, you and your luggage will be turned over to the cruise line staff. Make sure you use the luggage label in your cruise pack to facilitate this process!
Please Note: The luggage allowance is 2 large cases per passenger, plus two pieces of hand luggage. The maximum weight for each large case is 50 pounds, and the maximum weight for each piece of hand luggage is 22 pounds. Oversized items like bicycles, surfboards, etc. cannot be accommodated. Please provide advanced notice if you have wheelchair or mobility vehicle.
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