Private tour transfers to/from Dover cruises

Customise your own itinerary or use one of our professional guided coach tours

Tour the English countryside from Dover
See the beautiful coastline around Dover

Tour transfer & stopovers between Dover & London

By far the majority of cruises disembark by about 9am at the Dover Cruise Terminals. So why not make your transfer to London or departure airport a tour to remember, rather than a couple of hours along the motorway?

We can supply a vehicle with driver or driver/guide to show you historical places like Canterbury as well as the English Countryside, perhaps taking lunch in a typical English village pub. The vehicle can securely store your luggage and deliver you to your London hotel or airport.

Of course you can tour going in the opposite direction before you board your cruise too.

In addition to the classic tourist places, we can take you off the tourist track and show you the real England, of thatched cottages, Norman churches, country pubs and cream teas.

Along the way we'll explain the history, show you ancient places not in the guide books and tell you about the English themselves.

Value for money private cruise transfers - for groups

It's very cost effective if you can put a group together and hire a small bus, perhaps using the roll call of your cruise on Cruise Critic or similar board, but we're equally at home providing custom tours for couples or at the other extreme large groups.

Book in advance for peak seasons

The quality driver/guides that we use are normally booked up solid several weeks ahead during the peak season of June to September. If you require a custom tour within this period please contact us well in advance to avoid disappointment otherwise you might be dependent on late cancellations for an offer.

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Transfer cruise tour from Southampton to London, visiting Leeds Castle & Canterbury

Private easy access pick-ups from Central London or Dover

From £314pp (based on 2 sharing)

Private Transfer: London to/from Dover Port • Driver/guide • Stop at Leeds • Entrance to Leeds Castle • Stop at Canterbury • Entrance to Canterbury Cathedral

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Transfer cruise tour from Southampton to London, visiting Leeds Castle

Post cruise: private easy access pick-ups from Dover Port

From £293pp (based on 2 sharing)

Private Transfer: Dover Port to London • Driver/guide • Stop at Leeds • Entrance to Leeds Castle

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Transfer cruise tour from Southampton to London, visiting Canterbury Cathedral

Pre-cruise: private easy access pick-ups from Central London

From £269pp (based on 2 sharing)

Private Transfer: London to Dover Port • Driver/guide • Stop at Canterbury • Entrance to Canterbury Cathedral

Fully guided tour transfers from few hours to day

Kent countryside
Garden of England - Kentish countryside

There are so many wonderful places to visit not so far off the route between Dover and London. Combining the transfer between Dover and London with world class sightseeing transforms a monotonous blast down the motorway/freeway into an experience you will remember all your life.

Our professional driver/guides are proud to showcase this region of England. You can choose from classic traditional sightseeing of places like Canterbury, Dover Castle or Leeds Castle.

The countryside on the way between Dover and London is known as the “Garden of England”.

Our free tour planning service take great pleasure in assisting you to formulate an itinerary that fits your own individual requirements. We have a variety of guides with their own specialties and area of interest and will assign one that is right for your tour profile.

Dover to/from London custom tour ideas

Leeds Castle on a Dover transfer
Visit the stunning Leeds Castle on your Dover transfer

Private custom version of our public tours

You could use our popular public tour of the area as a template on which to customise your own private tour. You have total freedom to manipulate this time proven itinerary to your own personal preferences or just follow the established itinerary but with your own private vehicle.

Below are links to pages outlining the cruise bus itinerary and transfer tours to make the most of your transfer day:

Leeds Castle - Visit stunning Leeds Castle on your transfer to London from Dover.

Canterbury - Visit beautiful Canterbury and see the Cathedral on your way to London from Dover.

Dover Castle - Overlooks your cruise ship down below in your port. As the closest point to continental Europe in the UK this has a long and varied history right up the Second World War.

Lesser known fascinating places to visit

Leeds Castle and Canterbury are the most visited attractions in this south-east corner of England but there are many more fascinating places visit including:

Kent & East Sussex Railway - Vintage steam railway linking the picturesque English village of Tenterdon with Bodiam Castle.

Bodiam Castle - Classic English castle complete with moat and drawbridge.

Chartwell - Private home of Winston Churchill.

Hever Castle & Gardens - Childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth I. With extensive gardens.

Driver & guiding options

Everybody's requirements are different! You may just need a professional driver to transport your group to where you want to go or you may need a level of guiding and commentary.

  • Driver Only - If you prefer an experienced driver who is familiar with our touring routes but does not offer tour guiding, please select “Driver only” as your tariff.

  • Driver/Guide - If you would like an experienced driver who can also guide from the vehicle, please select “Driver/guide” as your tariff.

  • Driver with additional guide - For larger groups a separate guide may be appropriate. Particularly at some of the large cities and towns where parking is a problem in the centre.

  • Touring Coaches For Large Groups - Full size coaches that can accommodate the largest groups in comfort are also available with guides. By their nature these tours are very different from each other so just outline your requirements on the enquiry form at the bottom of the page to start a dialogue.

A day tour is a tour of around 9-10 hours at a time of your choosing. Drivers have very strict legal limits on the time they are allowed to drive each day and there are rules also on the frequency of driver breaks too. These are not normally an issue, but if they are the matter will be raised at the quotation stage.

Prices includes all fees except for food/drink and admissions to attractions which can be quoted for separately.

Full size touring coaches for large groups

If you have a large group then that is not a problem either.

The largest coaches are 50-72 seat coaches but we also have access to vehicles half that size.

With large groups on cruise tour transfers the capacity issue is not normally passenger numbers but luggage.

UK coaches are built to European traveller requirements, where one large case is perfectly adequate. A typical 50 seat coach will be able to accommodate around 60 large cases in the luggage hold.

For a group travelling with North American flight allowances a 50 seat coach will typically only be able to accommodate the luggage of 35 such passengers maximum.

With large groups just as small groups multi-drop and pick-ups from hotels is routine and if required we can arrange a guide.

Tour planning & formal quotations

Some people have a tight specification of exactly what they want, others just have a broad idea of what they like and want to see and let us plan something that meets that need. We are comfortable with either type of request.

Tours are customised for each individual group. Go where you want to go at a pace you decide. Use the form below to outline your requirements and start a dialogue.

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