Calais – Dover: Seven Day Itinerary

If you are planning short break away, take a look and discover why should go to the South East of England.

Day One
Take a short relaxing free trip from Calais to Dover where you can sit back and relax with a breakfast in Boylan’s Brasserie as you wait for the white Cliffs of Dover to come into view.

Made famous by Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the university city boasts some of England’s finest medieval architecture, including one of its oldest cathedrals. A perfect start to your trip.

Royal Tumbridge Wells
The Spa town of Royal Tumbridge Wells was one of the most fashionable destinations of the Georgian England and still has the he elegance and atmosphere of this bygone era is your next stop. The Pantiles - the famous colonnaded walkway where the aristocracy once promenaded - is now home to a wonderful selection of high-quality boutiques, specialist independent shops, bars and cafés and is the perfect location to spend your fist night.

Day Two
Taking a break from towns and getting into the English countryside, a trip to National Trust site Wakehurst, one of the most biodiverse places on Earth and home to Kew's wild botanic garden. Immerse yourself in 200 hectares of ornamental gardens, woodlands and a nature reserve.

Farnham has a magnificent history with Stone Age, Roman and Saxon dwellings all of which can be found here. Many of the Georgian buildings conceal structures of Tudor or even earlier times. Not least, the town is crowned by a 12th Century castle overlooking the heart of Farnham.

Day Three
Winchester is a city on nthe edge of England's South Downs National Park. It’s known for medieval Winchester Cathedral, with its 17th-century Morley Library, the Winchester Bible and a Norman crypt. The Great Hall of Winchester Castle houses the medieval round table linked to King Arthur.

One of the most famous landmarks in the United Kingdom, Stonehenge is regarded as a British cultural icon and is he best known prehistoric monument in Europe and a World Heritage Site. Archaeologists believe it was constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC, it’s a few miles from Salisbury where you will be spending your evening.

Day Four

At the heart of Salisbury is its cathedral which has been a place of worship, welcome, and hospitality for over 800 years. Its Spire (the tallest in the country and a feat of medieval engineering) rises to a breath-taking 123m, guiding travellers, merchants, and pilgrims to the historic city. Salisbury also has a whole array of friendly, welcoming restaurants, cafes and inns where you can enjoy excellent food and drink. Before heading to your next stop of Portsmouth.

Day Five

The UK's only island city, Portsmouth, offers kilometers of coastline and centuries of history to explore. Packed with world-class attractions, fantastic things to do and a year-round programme of Events, there is always something to do from exploring King Henry Eighth’s flagship, The Mary Rose, to learning about the birthplace of the birthplace of Charles Dickens or visiting the D-Day Museum. Combined with great restaurants, shops and traditional pubs, it’s the perfect place to stay for a day.

Day Six

No trip to the South East of England would be complete without a visit to Brighton with its famous pier and its bohemian, artistic and eccentric atmosphere that is unrivalled in the United Kingdom. Don't miss the Royal Pavilion, King George IV's seaside fantasy palace - Europe's most extraordinary royal palace and there is all the fun of the fair on the Victorian Brighton Pier – a perfect way to end your day.

Day Seven

A medieval citadel huddled against invaders and the sea, Rye reveals its history gently. It’s home to a myriad of art, curiosities and cosy pubs, as well as contemporary restaurants serving the best Sussex has to offer, from land and sea. Built on smuggled secrets and timeless tales, it’s the perfect last stop on your shot break. Your short evening sailing gives you a chance to grab a snack at Café Lafayette and pick up some Duty Free before heading home.

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