Friday 10th of July 2020 until Thursday 16th of July 2020
Hampton Court Flower Show - 7 Days / 6 Nights - from $3959* per person (with Back-Roads Touring).
Aromatic gardens, esteemed stately homes, charming countryside vistas - this leisurely tour of South East England's greatest gardens is certainly one for the photo books. And the main event? A trip to the green-fingered event of the year, the Hampton Court Flower Show.
After meeting in London, our tour of England’s green and pleasant land will begin at the splendid Hampton Court Palace and Gardens. Then: onwards to Kew Gardens. The palm house, a jaw-dropping example of Victorian engineering, is sure to add a flourish to that holiday photo album! Accommodation: Richmond Hill Hotel (or similar)
Today the Hampton Court Flower Show will be yours to enjoy. From urban patches with remarkable water features to gardens that conjure images of different countries from around the world, this spectacular event showcases the very best of contemporary garden design. Accommodation: Richmond Hill Hotel (or similar)
This morning it’s onwards to Cliveden, which boasts colourful gardens for every season (not to mention glorious views over the River Thames). Then, we’ll swap English country houses for an elegant French château: the Grade One listed Waddesdon Manor. Rich in history and royal tradition, Windsor will be our final stop of the day. Accommodation: Sir Christopher Wren Hotel (or similar)
What better way to spend the day than discovering Windsor’s regal highlights? First, we’ll visit 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! After some free time, an afternoon tea cruise awaits us back in Windsor. Accommodation: Sir Christopher Wren Hotel (or similar)
After breakfast in Windsor, we’ll make tracks to the tranquil RHS Garden Wisley, where we’ll take in the sounds of the water flowing through the rock garden and relax in the Alpine Meadow. This afternoon will see us wandering the award-winning gardens of Hever Castle – the childhood home of Henry VIII’s second queen, Anne Boleyn. We’ll rest our head in Tunbridge Wells tonight. Accommodation: The Royal Wells Hotel (or similar)
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. Tonight, we’ll clink glasses over a farewell dinner back in Tunbridge Wells. Accommodation: The Royal Wells Hotel (or similar)
Our final day will begin at the charming Scotney Castle, where we'll take some time to wander the gardens. We’ll then move on 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. Then: it’s back to London, where our tour will come to a close.
Departs: 10 Jul 2020
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