From unique English manor houses, an elegant French chateau and grand gardens steeped in history and tradition - we'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.
Travel Dates: Selected travel dates 18 - 26 May 2022
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Day 1 London
Our tour of Englands' green and pleasant land will being in the country's iconic capital. After meeting the group at our London hotel, we'll get to know one another better over a delicous welcome meal.
Day 2 London to Ightham Mote to Scotney Castle to 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 to Sissinghurst Castle to Great Dixter to 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 to Hever Castle to RHS Garden Wisley to Windsor
After breakfast in Tunbridge Wells, we will make tracks to the award-winning gardens of Hever Castle the childhood home of Henry VIIIs 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 will clink glasses over an included dinner and share plans for the free day awaiting us tomorrow.
Day 5 Windsor
What better way to spend the day than discovering Windsors regal highlights at our own pace? We will 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.
Day 6 Windsor to The Savill Garden to Waddeson Manor to London
This morning, we will 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 chateau the Grade One listed Waddesdon Manor. After taking some time to wander through the exquisite gardens, house and exhibitions we will 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 tomorrows exciting agenda
Day 7 London to RHS Chelsea Flower Show to 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.
Day 8 London to Kew Gardens to London
It may be the last day of the tour, but there is still time to enjoy some more English treasures before we say goodbye. This morning we will take a stroll around the splendid Kew Gardens. The palm house, a jaw-dropping example of Victorian engineering, is sure to add a final flourish to that holiday photo album. We will say our farewells upon returning to the hotel.
Pricing: From AUD $4,549 per person* twin-share
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