Pre-Cruise Tour from London to Dover Port via Dover Castle | La Vacanza Travel

Pre-Cruise Tour from London to Dover Port via Dover Castle

Duration: 6 hours
Destination: United Kingdom, United Kingdom, London

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  • 6 hours
  • London
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


Combine your pre cruise transfer from Heathrow and London to Dover, with an optional visit to one of the most impressive and dramatic Castles in the world, Dover Castle.

After completing the hotel pick ups we head east into the county of Kent, known as the 'Garden of England', full of freshly grown produce, orchards, vineyards, market gardens and hop fields. Our scenic drive takes us to the south eastern corner of England to our destination, Dover Cruise Terminals. On arrival in Dover we make a photo stop at the Battle of Britain Memorial. Sitting on top of the famous White Cliffs of Dover, the memorial offers stunning views across the English channel to France. A peaceful place, dedicated to the heroes who fought in the skies above Kent in the Battle of Britain in World War Two. Upon the cliff tops stand replicas of the famous Spitfire and Hurricane fighter planes and the names of those small band of pilots who succeeded in the Allied victory of The Battle of Britain in 1940. *Subject to opening times*

Next stop will be at the impressive Dover Castle. A medieval castle, founded in the 12th century and widely known as the 'lock and key to England' due to its defensive significance and key role in many wars and battles!

If you choose not to enter the Castle, there will be a 10 minute photo stop, followed by a direct transfer to the nearby cruise terminal. You will arrive at your ship at approximately 11:30am - 12:00pm.

If you choose to enter Dover Castle you will have two hours to visit the Castle and grounds, then the coach will be waiting for you at the entrance to take you to the cruise terminal. You will arrive at the ship at approximately 2:00pm.

Dover Castle is the largest, and one of the oldest in England, with parts dating back to the Roman occupations, the fortress has proved critical in battles and wars spread over centuries. Perhaps the most famous feat of Dover Castle was throughout World War II, where the Castle housed an underground hospital built into the chalk cliffs and the command centre responsible for coordinating the world renowned evacuation of the beaches of Dunkirk, Operation Dynamo. The castle has outstanding views across the English Channel to France and boasts a 2,000 year old lighthouse built by the Romans!

Don't forget to reserve your entry tickets online at the time of booking, to avoid the main queues. Please be aware that the entrance to Dover Castle from the coach park does require an uphill walk which may not be suitable to passengers with walking difficulties.

Upon arrival at the port you will walk straight to the check in desk. Porters will take care of your luggage, ensuring it is delivered to your cabin. Please make sure you use the luggage label in your cruise pack to facilitate this.

  • One-way shared transfer
  • Services of a tour manager
  • Photo stop at the Battle of Britain memorial
  • Maximum of 2 items of hold luggage (23kg each) and 1 item of carry-on luggage (10kg) per person.

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance to Dover Castle is not included
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Each person is allowed a maximum of 2 items of hold luggage (23kg each) and 1 item of carry-on luggage (10kg).
  • Should you wish to bring any mobility aids (wheelchairs or walkers) you MUST contact the operator in advance and provide full dimensions and weight. These items must be able to be folded and stored in the luggage hold. Wheelchairs must be counted as 1 item of your hold luggage.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Pickup Details

We collect from any London city centre hotel, guest house and air bnb, and selected Heathrow airport hotels. You will be advised of your pick up time shortly after your booking is confirmed.


Heathrow Airport, Hounslow TW6 England


London, UK

Departure Time

07:00 AM

Return Details

Dover Cruise Terminal, Western Docks, Dover CT17 9DQ, UK

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


6 hours

User's Reviews


05 Sep, 2023

We were misinformed of the pick up time which led to a very stressful morning not knowing if we were going to be picked up at all. Didn’t have very much time at the castle because of so many other pick ups. Horrible communication between customer service and us.


04 Sep, 2023

We got picked up at our hotel at 7:15 am, got to Heathrow at 9:15 after picking ip others, hit traffic on our way to Dover, bus driver needed two breaks. Just tooooo long! We were exhausted from the length of the ride! Had no stops for the battlefield. Would not recommend for the cost! Bus driver and guide were bery nice and professional, but I didn’t care for it. I should have hired a private car for less money!!!


04 Sep, 2023

We booked the hotel to Dover cruise port transfer with a side-excursion to Dover Castle. Sharon was our guide and Paul our bus driver. They collect you from your hotel in smaller vehicle and pool you at a larger location to get on a large motor coach (which for us was near the Tower of London). First driver was actually early and was great as he pointed out a lot of things during that short trip (unfortunately I didn't grab his name). The only hiccup of the day was that there was some mistake done with the bookings and several tour participants were scheduled on this bus but they shouldn't have been given where their hotel was located. So we sat on the bus and waited probably a good hour+ trying to track these people down and then eventually to wait for them to grab a cab to where we were. I felt bad for Sharon and Paul as they made the best of it and I know it was a very stressful situation for them. Clearly International Friends bakes extra time into their schedules as we still got to the castle on time (I would assume this is typically to account for for traffic delays and not administrative mistakes like this one though). Please note that you should have your cruise luggage tags affixed to your luggage by the time you are picked up at your hotel. Once they drop off the people that purchased the Dover Castle excursion, they take the other people plus all of the luggage to the porters at the port, then come back and pick up the side-excursion people and take them to the port. If you choose to carry on your own luggage (vs using the porters) and are doing the castle excursion they said that they will leave any untagged luggage on the bus when they initially go to the port so that you can take it yourself later, but clearly this isn't the norm. On our bus, one person had had luggage that wasn't tagged (intentionally) so they did not give it over to the porters, but this clearly threw off the guide/driver (they were worried it was a mistake). Overall, I wouldn't hesitate to use International Friends again and appreciated the ease of the hotel-to-port transfer.


24 Aug, 2023

The driver was an hour late, but it wasn’t their fault. The air museum was nice. The castle was pretty, but if you’re someone with mobility issues it’s definitely a hike to go see it.


14 Jun, 2023

Only issue, not enough time at Dover Castle. We only had 2 hours there but you need 3 hours. It's super interesting.

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