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Monday
20 August
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Tuesday
21 August
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Wednesday
22 August
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Thursday
23 August
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Friday
24 August
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Saturday
25 August
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Sunday
26 August
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You don’t have to go abroad to appreciate fine wine, history and picturesque countryside; all of these can be found in our very own backyard! Take a tour of the best parts of Kent and Sussex and sample the delights of two popular counties over a summer weekend.

Based in Gravesend our busy itinerary entails two sets of wine tastings at local wine producers, a trip to Brighton, a historical visit to Battle Abbey before finishing in Royal Tunbridge Wells, where we can discover this towns royal connections. Before all of this, meet your Tour Leader for a welcome drink and dinner as we settle in for a great weekend!

 

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East Sussex

On Sunday we travel to East Sussex to visit the first organic vineyard and now the first vineyard to release Biodynamic English Wine. Here at Sedlescombe, another award winning winery, we can see organic and biodynamic farming being accomplished. Visit 3 vineyards and an ancient English woodland before a tasting of 4 wines including sparkling, red, white, rosé and a liqueur in the ‘Bar-in-the-Barn’ in this High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s then a short drive over to Battle Abbey where in 1066, the armies of King Harold and William the Conqueror clashed at the Battle of Hastings. A Benedictine Abbey was founded on the site in 1071 and established as a memorial to atone for the bloodshed. Explore the ruins, hear stories of the battle and perhaps take in the stunning views from the roof.

 

Tunbridge Wells

Our final morning takes us into the historic spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells. Our guide shares tales of the many famous visitors including Queen Anne, Queen Victoria and Samuel Pepys who helped put this picturesque town on the map. We can browse the colonnaded Pantiles or grab a coffee in one of the many buzzy cafés before we head home.

Wine Estate

Ridgeview wine estate nestling at the foot of the South Downs, is a family run company creating some of the highest quality sparkling wines in the UK. Founded in 1995 by Mike and Chris Roberts, we take a tour of this award winning vineyard and taste 3 wines with grape varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. From here, we head over to the bustling city of Brighton for a spot of lunch (own cost) and time at leisure to perhaps walk along the seafront, visit the lovely ‘twitten’ or lanes, or why not take in the views on the British Airways i360 observation tower where on a clear day you can see all the way to the Isle of Wight.

 

Best Western Manor Hotel

Our family-run hotel is based just outside the town of Gravesend with the Garden of England right on the doorstep.

The hotel can be found off the Gravesend East Junction of the A2. Gravesend station is just under 2 miles away. Complimentary car parking is available.

Facilities include

There is a restaurant and bar on site while the stylish bedrooms offer plasma TV, toiletries, tea/coffee-making facilities, hairdryer and free wireless access.

Rooms include 

All of our en-suite rooms feature freeview TV, tea/coffee-making facilities, hairdryer and complimentary Wi-Fi.

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Location & Transport
The hotel can be found off the Gravesend East Junction of the A2. Gravesend station is just under 2 miles away. Complimentary car parking is available.

Gratuities
There is often confusion on the question of gratuities, since it frequently depends on the type of holiday, location and, of course, your attitude towards tipping, as to what is normally expected. In order to give you a rough idea, we have given appropriate guidance below. The Tour Leader will be on hand to offer advice or suggestions if required but gratuities are offered entirely at the sole discretion of the individual.We suggest a group collection at the beginning of your holiday to cover drivers, guides and hotel staff (including restaurant, kitchen and reception staff) of approximately £10. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of bar staff and housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (the rounding up of the drinks bill and a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, restaurants expect a 10% gratuity (do check that service has not already been added to your bill). For taxis 10% of the metered fare.

Dress Code
Dress will be casual for most of the break. However, gentlemen are requested to wear a shirt and tie for dinner. Comfortable shoes for walking and sightseeing are recommended.

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What's included:

  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Transfers to Ridgeview Winery / return from Brighton
  • Guided tour and wine tasting at Ridgeview Wine Estate
  • Free time in Brighton
  • Transfers to Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard / return from Battle Abbey
  • Guided tour and wine tasting at Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard
  • Entrance to Battle Abbey
  • Transfers to Royal Tunbridge Wells
  • Guided tour of Royal Tunbridge Wells
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader

Half Board:
Breakfast & dinner daily

What’s extra:
Insurance see here

Booking Conditions see here

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