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The Gardens of England and Wales with the Chelsea Flower Show




15 Days from $6,999* per person

Departing 24 May 2018

 

Highlights:

  • Explore the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show
  • London – Thames River Dinner Cruise
  • London Eye excursion with champagne
  • Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew
  • Discover the wonders of Hampton Court Palace
  • Visit the Gardens of Wisley and the Lost Garden of Heligan
  • Bodnant Gardens excursion, Wales
  • Snowden Mountain Railway Excursion
  • Visit Hilltop, the home of Beatrix Potter
  • Visit Blenheim Palace
  • Enjoy morning tea at the David Austin Nursery for roses



Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive London

Welcome to London! On arrival you are transferred to your tour hotel. This evening, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Drink and debriefing at your hotel.

Day 2: Chelsea Flower Show

A transfer in the morning takes you to the famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show! Enjoy the extensive displays of show gardens and magnificent floral displays before a transfer in the afternoon back to your hotel. Later, enjoy a glass of champagne and a bird’s eye view of London from the London Eye before dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 3: London Sightseeing

On your guided sightseeing this morning see Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square. Witness the pomp and pageantry of the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (if operating) before enjoying lunch in a typical English pub. This afternoon you are free to enjoy London at your own pace.

Day 4: Kew Gardens & Hampton Court Palace

This morning visit the famous Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. Explore inside the vast Victorian glasshouses and see the indoor galleries. This afternoon, discover the wonders of majestic Hampton Court Palace, home to the Kings and Queens of Britain since the time of Henry VIII. Discover the magnificent State Apartments and explore the riverside gardens.

Day 5: London – Wisley Gardens – St Austell

Travel to the gardens of Wisley today, renowned as the flagship garden of the Royal Agricultural Society. Then continue to the Cornish Riviera and our hotel, perched high on the rugged cliffs of St Austell Bay.

Day 6: Lost Garden Of Heligan & The Cornish Coast

We visit Heligan, one of the most mysterious estates in England. Unveiled in 1992 from under decades of overgrowth, the Lost Gardens were restored on a shoestring budget and hailed by The Times as “the garden restoration of the century”. Today the mysterious gardens and estate offer over 200 acres for exploration! This afternoon is then free for you to relax at our beautiful hotel.

Day 10: Bodnant Garden Excursion

The day starts with a visit to Bodnant Gardens, one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK. Later visit the village of Llanberis at the foot of Snowdon, Yr Wyddfa, at 3,560 feet the highest peak in Wales including a fabulous trip onboard the Snowdon Mountain Railway.

Day 11: Liandudno – Lake District

Farewell Wales and continue north to the English Lake District where you see some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Admire the Topiary Gardens, the finest, oldest and most extensive garden in the world at Levens Hall. Then continue to our traditional hotel set on the shores of Lake Windermere.

Day 12: Lake District Experience

A day devoted to this scenic wonderland, beginning with a visit to Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter and where she spent much of her life. We then visit the picturesque village of Hawkeshead, famous for its whitewashed cottages and cobbled lanes. Then there is free time to relax in your tranquil surroundings. Perhaps take a cruise on Lake Windermere?

Day 13: Lake District – Chatsworth RHS Flower Show – Nottingham

Head into the rolling Derbyshire countryside, where the Chatsworth Estate offers a glorious backdrop for the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, offering a new celebration of plants and gardens. You can expect to see all your favourite RHS Show features, including a fantastic range of specialist nurseries, outdoor lifestyle shopping and garden inspiration at every turn! Later continue to the historic city of Nottingham.

Day 14: Nottingham – Blenheim Palace – Bampton Village – London

This morning explore the magnificent house and gardens of Blenheim Palace, home of the Duke of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Continue to the village of Bampton to see the street where many scenes from the “Downtown Abbey ”TV series were filmed. Later, return to London for a spectacular Thames River Dinner Cruise!

Day 15: Farewell London

After breakfast your trip comes to an end with a transfer to London Heathrow Airport for your onward flight.


Day 7: St Austell – Cheltenham

Our journey takes us through the English countryside to Bath. Visit the 18th Century Pump Room and the ancient Baths, then enjoy some free time to browse the quaint streets. Continue to Hidcote Manor Gardens, one of the greatest arts and crafts gardens in England. Then it’s on to the town of Cheltenham where we have a two night stay. Our journey takes us through the English countryside to Bath. Visit the 18th Century Pump Room and the ancient Baths, then enjoy some free time to browse the quaint streets. Continue to Hidcote Manor Gardens, one of the greatest arts and crafts gardens in England. Then it’s on to the town of Cheltenham where we have a two night stay.

Day 8: Cotswolds Excursion

Full day sightseeing of the Cotswalds begins in Burford, where there’s time to visit the small tea houses before heading south to Bibury described as the ‘prettiest village in Britain’ for an included lunch. Later we return to Cheltenham.

DAY 9: Cheltenham – Powis Castle – Llandudno

Today we travel to the David Austin Nursery for roses where we enjoy morning tea followed by a tour of the gardens. Next, visit Powis Castle gardens with its spectacular terraces and stunning vistas.


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