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7 Day Chelsea Flower Show

Stop and smell the roses on this leisurely tour of Southeast England’s greatest gardens and show-stealing stately homes.  And the jewel in the crown?  A trip to the green-fingered event of the year, the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show.

 

 




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Tour Highlights

  • Get access to fabulous show gardens at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show
  • Pick up tips for your own garden as we tour the historic manor houses and beautiful grounds of South East England
  • Enjoy overnight stays in historic royal towns such as Tunbridge Wells and Windsor
  • 6 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads driver/tour leader
  • Comfortable mini-coach transportation
  • Daily Full English breakfasts (B), 3 evening meals (D)
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

London, Ightham Mote, Scotney Castle and Tunbridge Wells

Day 2

Tunbridge Wells, Sissinghurst Castle, Great Dexter andTunbridge Wells

Day 3

Tunbridge Wells, Hever castle, RHS Gardern Wisley and Windsor

Day 4

Windsor and The Savill Garden

Day 5

Windsor, Waddesdon manor, Cliveden and London

Day 6

London and The Chelsea Flower Show

Day 7

London and Kew Gardens

Day 1

Our tour of England’s green and pleasant land begins at one of the most unique manor houses in the region.  Ightham Mote dates back over 700 years, and can only be reached by crossing an ancient stone bridge that stretches over its very own moat.  Our next iconic stop transports us to Scotney Castle before we end our action-packed day in Tunbridge Wells, where we enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2

This morning our road turns east to Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, renowned for its romantic design and colourful rose arrangements.  Next, we swap architectural layouts for a naturalistic approach to planting at Great Dixter.  We tour the old, timber-framed house that was home to British gardening royalty, Christopher Lloyd and explore the gardens that were his pride and joy. (B)

Day 3

Today, we venture to Hever Castle with its award-winning gardens where we discover the castle that was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second Queen.

Then it’s time to enjoy the afternoon among the tranquil surrounds of RHS Garden Wisley.  Take in the sounds of water flowing through the rock garden, or relax in the Alpine meadow, before we continue on to Windsor. (B,D)

Day 4

Rise and shine as we have the whole day ahead of us.  What better way to spend it than discovering Windsor’s regal highlights?  We come back together to visit The Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park.  Look out for an array of rare plants from around the world as we walk through its themed gardens that showcase the beauty of the seasons. (B)

Day 5

This morning, we swap English country houses for an elegant French château at Waddesdon Manor.

Next, we marvel at the grand designs at Cliveden.  With colourful gardens for every season and glorious views over the River Thames, this truly is something special.

Then it’s time to travel to London, and look forward to the excitement of the last days to come. (B)

Day 6

The highlight of our adventure, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is yours to enjoy for a full day.  From gardens designed to conjure up a slice of anywhere from Provence to Japan, to urban patches with remarkable water features, this is the place to see the very best of contemporary garden design.  To round off the day, we sit down together for a farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day 7

Our last day dawns, but there are still one or two natural treasures to explore before we say goodbye.  For a finishing touch, we visit the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens.  The palm house, a jaw-dropping example of Victorian engineering, is sure to add a final flourish to that holiday photo album. (B)


Sightseeing Highlights

  • Entrance included to: Ightham Mote, Scotney Castle and Sissinghurst Castle Gardens
  • Hever Castle, RHS Garden Wisley and Savill Garden,
  • Waddesdon Manor, Great Dixter, Cliveden and Kew Gardens

Important Information

  • 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.
  • We pride ourselves on securing charming, intimate boutique accommodation for our guests.
  • On rare occasions, we may be required to substitute a property previously listed in our itineraries.  Please note that any hotel changes will be consistent with our high standards.


FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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Why stop there?


The ever-increasing demand and availability for well-organised, safe and reliable trips means that we now go further afield, so while we love taking people on tours of England, Ireland and Scotland we are pleased to offer that little bit more with river tours of Amsterdam, coach tours of Paris and train trips to the chocolate capital of the world, Brussels!

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