Meeting at 9:30 am at the Victoria rail station, the small group is led by a knowledgeable guide who takes them via coach to the castle.
Along the way, passengers enjoy the narrated ride while peering out at the English countryside. Those who travel in spring are likely to see newly born lambs cavorting beside their ewe on velvety green grass.
While other visitors must park a distance from the castle, the Orient-Express motorcoach pulls close to the entrance and remains parked there until departure.
Upon arrival, Orient-Express guests are treated to a sweet roll and coffee or tea in the Leeds Castle restaurant and given a handsome commemorative booklet. They have more than two hours to explore the castle and grounds, which is ample time. (A camera is a must.)
Then it's back on the bus, for a ride to scenic Folkestone Harbor, where the British Pullman awaits. On a clear day, the white cliffs of Dover are visible from the harbor.
The second thrill of the day, after experiencing Leeds Castle, is boarding the historic British Pullman. Aboard a meticulously restored umber and cream 1920s or 30s carriage, passengers enjoy a three-course lunch accompanied with champagne and wine as Britain's countryside unfolds at the window.
All too soon, the train returns the group to London at 5 pm, leaving passengers with unforgettable memories of the world's most romantic castle -- and the elegant journey home from it.