If Dover is a port on a cruise, a passenger is faced with a dilemma. Where do you decide to tour, London or locally? You can tour locally, meaning in the Dover/Kent area, or you can take a train to London and tour there.
We decided to pass on the London option, partly because we had been there before, but mostly because we prefer to savor an area. We didn’t think that the amount of time allowed in London after a lengthy round trip train ride would do justice to such an amazing city. Rather than running from place to place in the hope of “seeing it all” in just a few hours, we decided to book White Cliffs Geo Tours and tour the greater Dover area.
It was a pleasure working with Simona in setting up our day. She gave excellent advice about what to see in Kent. We chose a tour of the White Cliffs area, which included the Battle of Britain Monument, as well as a tour of Deal and Sandwich.
On the tour day, Simona and her husband, Richard met us promptly at the cruise terminal. Both were charming people with a very interesting personal story, which you will learn if you take the tour. We were soon off in their sparkling van with a professional driver.
I found Dover itself, which is really not part of the tour, to be a real diamond in the rough. I read a lot about it being kind of a down in the mouth seaport and just a way to get to somewhere else. I would prefer to describe it as an area of unrecognized potential. The town itself is cut off from the sea by the unfortunate placement of a highway. If the locals ever bridge that area with a promenade to the cruise terminal, would they have something! The city has a charming residential areas, incredible ferry traffic to the continent, wonderful history, and unsurpassed physical beauty. Dover will be something someday if the citizens have the political will to do what is necessary.
Simona and Richard did a wonderful job on the tour itself. We saw and learned a lot. I enjoyed the White Cliffs and the Battle of Britain site the most. The drive through the Kent countryside was lovely. Deal was picturesque. Sandwich was a medieval charmer.
We made the right choice in choosing this tour company.
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