Great Lives: Dickens, Darwin and Churchill
(July 19 - 26 &  Sept 13 - 20, 2020)
Their homes, their writings and their legacy. Join in as we explore the lives and times of three of England’s great thinkers, Dickens, Darwin and Churchill – geniuses whose creative minds give them a unique place in our consciousness. Stand where they wrote, spoke and created some of the most famous stories in England’s history. Their homes, their writings and their legacy. Discover Victorian Rochester […]
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Dickens, Darwin and Churchill

Their homes, their writings and their legacy

Tour Cost July 18, 2020 - $ Double/$3732 Single Cdn

Tour Cost Sept 12, 2020 - $3041 Double/$4359 Single Cdn

Journey on this two centred tour with three of England’s great thinkers, Dickens, Darwin and Churchill – geniuses whose creative minds give them a unique place in our consciousness. Stand where they wrote, spoke and created some of the most famous stories in England’s history.

Discover Victorian Rochester the inspiration for many of Charles Dickens famous novels. Visit Chartwell, Sir Winston Churchill’s family home and discover not only am extraordinary political career, but also a lifelong passion for art and writing. Stand in the study where Charles Darwin wrote ‘On the Origin of Species’.

In Cambridge, follow in Darwin’s footsteps, visiting the College he attended, seeing some of the plant and animal specimens he collected on HMS Beagle and viewing his correspondence housed at the University Library, culminating with a dinner in Christ’s College.


Key Features

  • Download the full itinerary for Great Lives: Dickens, Darwin and Churchill.
  • Visit Chartwell, Sir Winston Churchill’s family home, enjoy a private tour of his house, garden and remarkable art studio.
  • Tour Cambridge, historic city and world class university, with punting on the river Cam and dinner at Darwin’s college. Experience unrivalled access to Darwin’s letters, and some of the 2500 specimens that he sent back from HMS Beagle.


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Day 1: (Sunday July 19, Sept 13 2020) - Land Gatwick Airport

Group collect at one location at Gatwick Airport at 09.00.

Introduced to Tour Manager, Tour Guide and Motorcoach Operator

Admission included to Down House with guided tour

Overnight Kent – welcome dinner in the hotel with half bottle of wine per person included

Day 2: (Monday July 20, Sept 14 2020) - Kent

Breakfast included in the hotel
Travel to Margate for admission to The Turner Contemporary with private guide
Travel to Broadstairs for admission to Dickens House and time to perhaps enjoy a pint or a coffee in a pub that was used by Dickens
Note that Fort House (Bleak House) is a private house and can be seen from the outside only
Admission included to Canterbury Cathedral with Cathedral guide
Overnight Kent – dinner included in the hotel

Day 3: (Tuesday July 21, Sept 15 2020) - Kent

Breakfast included in the hotel
Admission to Gad’s Hill Place just outside Rochester with cream tea and private guide
Meet costumed guide for Dickens Walk in Rochester
Admission included to Rochester Castle
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Overnight Kent – dinner included in the hotel

Day 4: (Wednesday July 22, Sept 16 2020) - Kent

Breakfast included in the hotel
Travel north and pause for general admission to Chartwell
Cross the Thames
Overnight Cambridge area – dinner in hotel included

Day 5-6: (Thursday-Friday July 23-24th, Sept 17-18th 2020) - Cambridge

Breakfast included in the hotel.
Meet local guide for 2 days walking tour of Cambridge
Christ’s College tour and King's College
The Sedgewick Museum has some excellent Darwin related artefacts and the newly renovated Zoology Museum are options to visit Overnight Cambridge area – dinner in Christ's College

Day 7: (Saturday July 25, Sept 19 2020) - Towards London

Breakfast included in the Hotel
Travel towards London with included pub lunch en route
Overnight London – farewell dinner within walking distance of hotel with half bottle of wine per person.

Day 8: (Sunday July 26, Sept 20 2020) - Departure Day

Breakfast included in the Hotel
Included group transfer (locally escorted) direct to LGW

Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

Group collect at one location at London Gatwick Airport at 09.00.

Meet UK based tour manager (Booked by Select Travel Service
Meet UK based History guide (Booked by Greg)
Meet 35 seat motor coach and driver

Travel east for admission to Leeds Castle (note private guided tours are only possible outside normal opening hour unless you guide knows differently?
Overnight Kent – welcome dinner in the hotel with half bottle of wine per person included

Group collect at one location at London Gatwick Airport at 09.00.

Meet UK based tour manager (Booked by Select Travel Service
Meet UK based History guide (Booked by Greg)
Meet 35 seat motor coach and driver

Travel east for admission to Leeds Castle (note private guided tours are only possible outside normal opening hour unless you guide knows differently?
Overnight Kent – welcome dinner in the hotel with half bottle of wine per person included

Group collect at one location at London Gatwick Airport at 09.00.

Meet UK based tour manager (Booked by Select Travel Service
Meet UK based History guide (Booked by Greg)
Meet 35 seat motor coach and driver

Travel east for admission to Leeds Castle (note private guided tours are only possible outside normal opening hour unless you guide knows differently?
Overnight Kent – welcome dinner in the hotel with half bottle of wine per person included

Group collect at one location at London Gatwick Airport at 09.00.

Meet UK based tour manager (Booked by Select Travel Service
Meet UK based History guide (Booked by Greg)
Meet 35 seat motor coach and driver

Travel east for admission to Leeds Castle (note private guided tours are only possible outside normal opening hour unless you guide knows differently?
Overnight Kent – welcome dinner in the hotel with half bottle of wine per person included

Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

Day 1: (Sunday May 24th, 2020) - Overnight Kent

Group collect at one location at London Gatwick Airport at 09.00.

Meet UK based tour manager (Booked by Select Travel Service
Meet UK based History guide (Booked by Greg)
Meet 35 seat motor coach and driver

Travel east for admission to Leeds Castle (note private guided tours are only possible outside normal opening hour unless you guide knows differently?
Overnight Kent – welcome dinner in the hotel with half bottle of wine per person included

Group collect at one location at London Gatwick Airport at 09.00.

Meet UK based tour manager (Booked by Select Travel Service
Meet UK based History guide (Booked by Greg)
Meet 35 seat motor coach and driver

Travel east for admission to Leeds Castle (note private guided tours are only possible outside normal opening hour unless you guide knows differently?
Overnight Kent – welcome dinner in the hotel with half bottle of wine per person included

Group collect at one location at London Gatwick Airport at 09.00.

Meet UK based tour manager (Booked by Select Travel Service
Meet UK based History guide (Booked by Greg)
Meet 35 seat motor coach and driver

Travel east for admission to Leeds Castle (note private guided tours are only possible outside normal opening hour unless you guide knows differently?
Overnight Kent – welcome dinner in the hotel with half bottle of wine per person included

Group collect at one location at London Gatwick Airport at 09.00.

Meet UK based tour manager (Booked by Select Travel Service
Meet UK based History guide (Booked by Greg)
Meet 35 seat motor coach and driver

Travel east for admission to Leeds Castle (note private guided tours are only possible outside normal opening hour unless you guide knows differently?
Overnight Kent – welcome dinner in the hotel with half bottle of wine per person included

Please choose July 18th or September 12th as your departure date.

If you wish to make a deposit rather then full payment at this point to secure your seat with this tour, please CLICK here and go to the deposit page.
You may make a deposit reservation until 35 days before departure at which point the full amount is rquired to secure your reservation. The $400 deposit per person reservation is 100% refundabe until 90 days before the tour departure and 50% refundable between 90 and 60 days before tour departure. If you make a deposit reservation, you will receive a final payment email request fro the outstanding amount of your tour approximately 35 days before travel. All payments will be required by 60 days before departure. If you have questions or would like to speak with one of our travel specialists, please conact us at (604) 708-2527 or Toll Free: 1 855 900-9249.

Services to be provided:

Hotels

  • Kent – 3 nights at The Rose and Crown in Tonbridge
  • Cambridge outskirts – 3 nights at The Holiday Inn Cambridge
  • London – 1 night at The Hilton Kensington
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Meals

  • Full Cooked Breakfast daily in the hotels
  • Day 1 – welcome dinner with half bottle of wine per person in the hotel
  • Day 2 – dinner in the hotel
  • Day 3 – dinner in the hotel
  • Day 3 – cream tea
  • Day 4 - Dinner in the Hotel
  • Day 7 – Pub Lunch
  • Day 7 - Farwell dinner in London with half bottle of wine per person

Admissions and other services included

  • Porterage of 1 bag person in and out of hotels only
  • Whispa headsets daily
  • Room, meals and tour manager.
  • Down House with guide
  • Margate – Turner Contemporary with curator guide
  • Broadstairs – Dickens House
  • Canterbury Cathedral with cathedral guide
  • Rochester – Gad’s Hill Place with guide
  • Rochester – costumed guide for Dickens Walk
  • Rochester Castle
  • Chartwell
  • Cambridge – local step on guide for 2 days during the day
  • Cambridge – Kings College
  • Cambridge Botanic Gardens
  • Transfer assistant for departure day 1 x group transfer

Not Included

  • Health, trip cancellation/interruption or baggage insurance. All are strongly recommended.
  • Passport & visa costs.
  • Items of a personal nature (hotel extras, laundry, phone calls etc.).
  • Any Cambridge admissions and events not listed above
  • Items not specifically mentioned above.
  • Lullingstone Castle
  • Fort House
The availability of single rooms is dependent upon individual hotel properties and in some cases, where a large number of singles is required, it may be necessary to restrict reservations of single rooms. A Single suppliment fee is applied to all single bookings for individual rooms.
We do our best to avoid or mitigate cancellation charges. All participants are strongly encouraged to take out cancellation insurance. Participants who are replaced will normally just incur an fee for the reissue of any airline tickets, typically in the range of $150-250. Event tickets or special pre paid activities or specific hotel deposits, may incur charges in addition to those listed below. If a cancelled participant is not replaced, the following maximum charges may be levied. Final Payment for all tour programs is due 90 days before Travel. After this date, full payment is required for all bookings and is non-refundable.
UK Countryside Tours is a small, specialist tour operator that will help you travel beyond the boundaries of our great capital city, exploring the deeper and more authentic British regions. We will work hard to ensure you have a memorable, fulfilling and enjoyable stay. Our programmes are designed by our friendly team of tour directors, who are as passionate as we are about Telling the Stories of England.
Through a shared interest in special places, art, literature, science and endeavour, combined with great food and special places to stay, we hope you will have a rich experience of the quintessential Britain.
We work with the best suppliers of executive travel to maximise your comfort and safety whilst travelling. We have selected our accommodation, itinerary and catering with great care to ensure that you have a quality, relaxed and exclusive experience that will enlighten and entertain you.
If we do not feel that the tour can go ahead to the standard we would want for reasons outside our control we will cancel, giving you a full refund of any money already paid to us.

All breakfasts are full and include juices, tea and coffee. Programmed lunches and dinners include table water but do not include sodas, branded mineral water, wine, beer or other alcoholic beverages unless where stated.

Our tours do not include items of a personal nature such as laundry, room service, telephone charges. Internet access charges or other hotel extras. All passengers are responsible for settling any such costs incurred before checking out of each hotel.

If airline tickets are included in the agreement, they include all US, Canadian and European government taxes, airline taxes and fuel surcharges as levied as of the date of this proposal. In the event that additional taxes are introduced by national or local governing bodies or existing taxes increased, Select Travel may have to pass these on at the time of ticketing. Land prices include all local, city and state taxes/VAT levied as of the date of this proposal. Any changes to, or additional, government taxes will be passed on to the agent with the final invoice.

We start from a simple premise. When you travel with us, we take responsibility for your safety and wellbeing. In return, we expect you to work constructively with our tour leaders, partners and the people who run the places we visit. We also expect you to tell us about anything that we need to know, such as any medical or other special needs, that may affect your experience of travelling with us.
All of our tours are fully insured and compliant with UK tour operator legislation, although we would ask you to take out appropriate travel insurance that ensures that in the event of an accident or illness that you will get access to the best medical treatment and that you will be able to get home safely.
We strongly recommend that all passengers are adequately insured for medical expenses, baggage loss or damage and trip cancellation or interruption. This is the responsibility of the booking agent. Optional medical, trip interruption and cancellation coverage is available through us and pricing and coverage details are available upon request. UK Countryside Tours is covered both in Canada by General Liability Insurance and Errors and Omissions Coverage in the amount of $2 million. Our UK operation carries coverage of £10 million.

As of the time of going to print, US and Canadian citizens require a full and valid passport to enter the European Community. Entry visas are currently not required. Non US or Canadian Citizens may require an entry visa and should check with the appropriate local consulate offices, allowing good time to complete the necessary paperwork prior to departure. All travelers may require entry visas for countries outside the European Union e.g. Russia or former Soviet Union States.

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Mildly active: getting on and off the coach and walking a short distance on well surfaced paths.
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Moderately active: walking in the countryside / parkland estate of a country estate – walking moderate distances on unsurfaced paths.
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Active: walking up hills, or destinations involving lots of steps, uneven surfaces, sturdy shoes needed.

If UK Countryside Tours is unable to carry out all services due to circumstances beyond our control, we will do all possible to secure services of comparable or better standard or refund all monies in full. UK Countryside Tours accepts no responsibility for loss or additional expenses incurred due to delays, changes, omissions or errors made by our suppliers including but not limited to air, sea, ground transportation, war, weather, quarantine and strikes of Acts of God. All persons working with us will be deemed to have accepted the conditions contained herein by submitting the initial deposit. We have read this agreement and understand and agree to adhere to the terms and conditions herein. We agree that this supersedes all previous agreements and understandings both written and verbal and this document constitutes the entire agreement. All amendments or modifications to this agreement must be in writing and signed by both parties.





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