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  New tour for 2020  

Key Features
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Tour feature: Maximum group size 18 passengers
Starting: Central London
Tour Highlights
Towns and Cities: London
  1. Day 1 Ightham Mote and Scotney Castle

    Departing London, our tour begins at one of England's most unique manor houses at Ightham Mote, a medieval, moated manor house dating back over 700 years and home to one of the most popular small gardens in the region. This afternoon we visit the National Trust Scotney Castle, a romantic 14th century fortress nestling amongst picturesque gardens and over 770 acres of parkland. By evening we continue to the historic spa town of Tunbridge Wells where we enjoy a dinner together.

    Overnight: The Spa Hotel (or similar), Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Meals: Dinner included

  2. Day 2 Sissinghurst Castle Garden and Great Dixter

    Today we travel to the beautiful Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, created by novelist Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson in the 1930's. Set around an historic tower house, the stunning formal gardens were designed as a series of rooms each bursting with different colours and themes. Later we continue to another English icon and the largest half-timbered house in England, The Great Dixter parts of which date back to the 15th century; the Arts and Crafts style garden features topiary, an orchard and a wild flower meadow.

    Overnight: The Spa Hotel (or similar), Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Meals: Breakfast included

  3. Day 3 Hever Castle and RHS Garden Wisley

    This morning we visit the magnificent 13th century Hever Castle, once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife. The unique double-moated castle is home to an array of Tudor artefacts whilst the surrounding 125 acres of spectacular gardens including a yew maze, water maze, rose, herb and topiary gardens. Then it's time to while away the afternoon in the peaceful environs of RHS Garden Wisley. Soak up the sounds of water flowing though the rock garden, or relax in the Alpine meadow, before we continue to historic Windsor.

    Overnight: Sir Christopher Wren Hotel, or similar

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  4. Day 4 The Savill Garden and Windsor

    We dedicate today to exploring regal Windsor. Our day begins with a visit to Savill Garden in Windsor's impressive Great Park; themed gardens, rare plants and exotic woodlands abound. Then enjoy some time at leisure to wander this historic town - you may choose to visit Windsor Castle itself, one of the oldest in inhabited forts in Europe. Later we enjoy a cruise on the river with afternoon tea - a very English tradition.

    Overnight: Sir Christopher Wren Hotel, or similar

    Meals: Breakfast included

  5. Day 5 Waddesdon Manor and Cliveden House

    Today we swap English country houses for European extravagance. First stop is Waddesdon Manor; designed by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the late 1800s, Waddesdon is French Renaissance Chateau inspired house. Later, we make our way to Cliveden House, an Itlianate Mansion which would not look out of place in an episode of Downton Abbey and surrounded by 376 acres of magnificent formal gardens and parkland.

    Overnight: Richmond Hill Hotel, or similar

    Meals: Breakfast included

  6. Day 6 Hampton Court Flower Show

    Today the Hampton Court Flower Show will be yours to enjoy. With the majestic medieval Hampton Court Palace as its backdrop, we'll enjoy a wonderful summer’s day out packed with gardening inspiration, stunning floral displays and workshops in a magical setting. From urban gardens with water features to exotic internationally inspired gardens, this spectacular event showcases the very best of contemporary garden design.

    Overnight: Richmond Hill Hotel (or similar), Surrey

    Meals: Breakfast included

  7. Day 7 Hampton Court and Kew Gardens

    We begin today with a visit to Hampton Court Palace, once the opulent home of King Henry VIII. Our final visit of the tour is then to one of England's most famous gardens the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew which is home to over 300 acres of landscaped grounds and enjoys UNESCO World Heritage status. Highlights include the Treetop walkway, the Water Lily House and The Princess of Wales Conservatory dedicated to Lady Diana. Our tour ends this evening in central London.

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: * Please note that as several departures run concurrently, some groups might complete each day of the tour in a different order.

*Journey times and distances are estimates and are based on the direct route between the start location and end location for each day of the itinerary, where applicable. They do not include detours or stops for sightseeing.

Unique features

  • Stroll the fabulous show gardens at the Hampton Court Flower Show
  • Explore historic castles, stately homes and open gardens throughout the South East of England.
  • Enjoy overnight stays in historic royal towns Tunbridge Wells and Windsor
  • Maximum group-size of 18 passengers for that intimate touring experience

What's included

  • 6 nights in charming accommodation
  • Transportation by luxury mini-coach
  • The services of your professional driver and separate tour leader
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 x evening meals
  • A comprehensive touring programme including the following admissions:
    • Ightham Mote
    • Scotney Castle
    • Sissinghurst Castle Garden
    • Great Dixter
    • Hever Castle & Gardens
    • RHS Garden Wisley
    • Waddesdon Manor
    • Hampton Court Flower Show
  • Expert local advice during the planning of your trip.
  • Postage of your vacation documents pack.

Optional extras

  • Pre/post tour hotel accommodation in London.
  • Rail travel to/from London before/after your trip.
  • Airport transfers or transport to/from London.

Departure Dates 2019/20

There are a number of dates where more than one departure will be running at the same time but each group stays in different hotels and visits the Chelsea Flower Show on different days. There are also departures where the itinerary is reversed but all the same gardens will be visited.

Please note, this is a popular tour with limited departure dates. Our advice is to book early to avoid disappointment.

Please select your preferred tour date from the list below.

Please select your preferred tour date from the list below.

Start DateEnd DateStatusPrice
(per person)*
 
July 4, 2020
July 10, 2020
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2079
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July 6, 2020
July 12, 2020
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2079
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July 10, 2020
July 16, 2020
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2079
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* Prices are per person based on two people sharing either a double room or twin room. A single supplement will apply for those bookings where a single room is required.

Pricing 2019/20

Single Supplement: from £420.

 

All tours commence at 8.30am in central Edinburgh on the Start Day and finish at around 5.30pm (approx) in central Edinburgh on the End Day.

 

Please ask for a quote if you require pre/post tour accommodation in Edinburgh.

Pricing Notes

  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room.
  • Prices are for land only tours and all tours are subject to availability.
  • Prices are correct at the time of publishing to website but are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
  • Prices are in British Pounds Sterling (GBP£) currency for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.
  • All trip details are correct at time of publishing to website however due to the nature of small group tours the itinerary is flexible and is subject to change based on a variety of factors.
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