From unique English manor houses, an elegant French château and grand gardens steeped in history and tradition - you'll stop and smell the roses on this leisurely tour of South East England's regal towns 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 (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show.
- Wander the fabulous show gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
- Tour the historical and beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew
- Enjoy overnight stays in historic royal towns Tunbridge Wells and Windsor
Day 1 - London
Our tour of England’s green and pleasant land will begin in the country’s iconic capital. After meeting the group at our London hotel, we’ll get to know one another better over a delicious welcome meal. Accommodation: The Wellington by Blue Orchid (or similar)
Day 2 - London – Ightham Mote – Scotney Castle – Royal Tunbridge Wells
We'll begin our journey with a visit to one of the most unique manor houses in Kent: Ightham Mote. This medieval house dates back over 700 years and can only be reached via an ancient stone bridge that stretches over its very own moat. This afternoon we'll visit the charming Scotney Castle, where we'll take some time to wander the house and gardens - before we end our delightful day in Tunbridge Wells. Tonight, there's another sumptuous group dinner on the agenda.
Day 3 - Royal Tunbridge Wells – Sissinghurst Castle – Great Dixter – Royal Tunbridge Wells
This morning our road will turn east to Sissinghurst Castle Garden, an iconic retreat that's renowned for its romantic design and colourful rose arrangements. Then: we'll swap sculpted layouts for a naturalistic approach to planting at Great Dixter. Here, we'll tour the old timber-framed house that was home to famous British gardener Christopher Lloyd - and explore the gardens that were his pride and joy. Upon returning to Tunbridge Wells, we'll have the evening to spend at our leisure.
Day 4 - Royal Tunbridge Wells – Hever Castle – RHS Garden Wisley – Windsor
After breakfast in Tunbridge Wells, we’ll make tracks to the award-winning gardens of Hever Castle – the childhood home of Henry VIII’s second queen, Anne Boleyn. This afternoon will see us wandering the tranquil RHS Garden Wisley, taking in the sounds of the water flowing through the rock garden and enjoying the serene Alpine Meadow. Rich in history and royal tradition, Windsor will be our final stop of the day. This evening, we’ll clink glasses over an included dinner and share plans for the free day awaiting us tomorrow. Accommodation: Castle Hotel (or similar)
Day 5 - Windsor
What better way to spend the day than discovering Windsor’s regal highlights at our own pace? We’ll have plenty of time to visit the Castle, wander the picturesque riverside and sample a delicious afternoon tea at one of the tearooms around town. After a full day of exploring, choose from one of the many cosy pubs and eateries – and enjoy an evening spent at your leisure. Accommodation: Castle Hotel (or similar)
Day 6 - Windsor – The Savill Garden – Waddesdon Manor – London
This morning, we’ll pay a visit to the Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park. As we walk through the themed gardens, be sure to keep an eye out for an array of rare plants from around the world. Then: swap English country houses for an elegant French château – the Grade One listed Waddesdon Manor. After taking some time to wander through the exquisite gardens, house and exhibitions – we’ll make our way back to London. Spending the evening exploring the capital's array of gastronomic options or relaxing at our hotel – we will look forward to tomorrow’s exciting agenda. Accommodation: Wellington by Blue Orchid (or similar)
Day 7 - London – RHS Chelsea Flower Show – London
Today the RHS Chelsea Flower Show will be yours to enjoy. From the world-famous show gardens to the astounding floral displays on offer in Chelsea's Great Pavilion – this truly spectacular event showcases the very best of garden design and is sure to be a highlight of our trip. Accommodation: Wellington by Blue Orchid (or similar)
- 7-nights in hand-picked accommodation
- Experienced tour leader and drive
- Premium mini-coach transportation
- Activities as stated
- 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners
- Based on 2 adults sharing
Additional info - Tours departing on 12th or 13th May will be visiting the Chelsea Flower Show on exclusive Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Member days. These dates provide guests with special access to flower displays in their prime.
When can I go?
This offer is based on 12th May 2021. For alternative dates, please speak to your Personal Travel Consultant.
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