Europe and England Garden Trails and Chelsea Flower Show- CFS
Number of Days: 17
This 17-day guided tour explores Europe and England's Garden Trails and also the famous Chelsea Flower Garden Show.
Tour highlights: Chelsea Flower Show, Keukenhof Gardens, Amsterdam, Het Loo, Castle Howard, Chatsworth House, Harewood, Holehird, Heartbeat Country, Hidcote Manor, Stowe, Heriot’s Yorkshire Dales, The Peak and Lake Districts and Cotswold villages.
Day 1, Tues Amsterdam
The tour commences at check-in to our Amsterdam city centre hotel, our home for four nights. This afternoon there is a canal cruise to get your bearings, before meeting our fellow travellers for a Welcome Drink and Dinner at the hotel. D
Day 2, Wed Keukenhof Tulips
Today and every day begins with a buffet breakfast. We spend a full day in one of the world’s finest bulb gardens, the Keukenhof Gardens, with 80 acres of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other flowering bulbs, shrubs, ancient trees, exhibitions, streams, flower parades, and themed gardens. B
Day 3, Thurs Het Loo
We head into the countryside today to the Gardens of the Dutch Baroque Palace Het Loo, the Royal Palace from the 1680s until 1982. Established by LeNôtre, the gardens feature perfect symmetry, axial layout with radiating gravel walks, parterres, fountains, basins and statues. B
Day 4, Fri Aarlsmeer
A visit this morning to the world's largest Flower Market at Aarlsmeer, then to the Dutch city of Delft, home of Vermeer, and imagine what Amsterdam might have looked like centuries ago. B
Day 5, Sat North York Moors
One of the great rail journeys of the world as we farewell Amsterdam and join the 300 kph Eurostar through the Chunnel. From London head north to the mediaeval city of York. We see the Minster and the Shambles, then transfer to our inn in a North York Moors village. A pub dinner tonight. B,D
Day 6, Sun Castle Howard, Heartbeat village This morning we visit the gardens of Castle Howard, laid out by Sir John Vanburgh in the early 18th century. Castle Howard is the palace of the Flyte family in “Brideshead Revisited”. We have a lunch break in the village of Goathland, “Aidens field” in the TV series “Heartbeat”. B
Day 7, Mon Capability Brown, Harrogate
This morning we visit historic Harewood House. Its garden is classic Capability Brown. - forming an idyllic rural setting. We move on to the spa and garden town of Harrogate for a cream tea or a stroll around Harrogate’s famous public gardens. B
Day 8, Tues Yorkshire Dales, James Herriot, Lake District
We journey this morning through the Yorkshire Dales, immortalized in James Herriot’s “All Creatures Great and Small” novels and television series. A village pub lunch stop, then on to the Lake District where we settle into our Lakeside hotel. B,D
Day 9, Wed Holehird, Lake District
This morning we visit a very special Lakeland garden, Holehird, which specialises in Lakeland flora and offers sweeping views of Lake Windermere. A bit of whimsy on the way home: we drop in on Beatrix Potter’s garden. B
Day 10, Thurs Dales, Settle to Carlisle Rail
We travel today through some of the Dales’ and England’s finest scenery to join the historic Settle to Carlisle Railway. Optional pub lunch or an afternoon cream tea and visits to some more of the Yorkshire Dales’ picturesque villages. B
Day 11, Fri Peak District, Cotswolds
We journey today to the Peak District of Derbyshire, to visit the gardens of historic Chatsworth House, dating from 1687. Another Capability Brown garden, Chatsworth has been famous for its beauty since Jane Austen’s Day. We continue this afternoon to the Cotswolds, where we stay near the pretty riverside village of Bourton-on-the-Water. B,D
Day 12, Sat Cotswolds
This morning’s sightseeing takes us to picturesque Cotswold villages of honey-golden stone: Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Campden. After a village pub lunch stop we visit one of England’s favourite gardens - Hidcote Manor with rare and exotic species from around the world and a series of ‘outdoor rooms’. B
Day 13, Sun Cotswolds
Today we visit Stowe Landscape Gardens, covering 750 acres and including 40 listed historic monuments and temples. It is considered one of England’s most important landscape gardens and the greatest names in English garden design were involved in its creation from Bridgeman in the 1710s to Vanbrugh, Kent, Gibbs and “Capability ” Brown. Afternoon tea stop in the Cotswold village of Burford, serious about antiques. B
Day 14, Mon London
Today we journey through more of the Cotswolds’ rolling hills to our London hotel. We enjoy London’s famous sights on our orientation tour. The Oxford Street shops are only a bus or subway ride away from our hotel. Why not check out a West End show tonight? B
Day 15, Tues Changing of Guards, RHS Wisley
See the Changing of the Guard this morning before an afternoon excursion to the RHS Wisley Garden, where keen English gardeners have gone to be inspired for over 100 years. Spread out over 240 acres, Wisley is a picturesque and peaceful garden as well as being a demonstration garden full of practical garden design ideas and cultivation techniques. B
Share twin accommodation in city centre hotels and inns.
Meals B= Buffet breakfasts, L = Lunch, D= Welcome and other dinners as per final itinerary.
Sightseeing and garden entrances with local guides,
Entry ticket to Chelsea Flower Show.
Hotel incidentals (eg. Mini-bars, telephone calls, laundry), airport and departure taxes, local transport in any city,
Optional excursions or discretionary items
- $8,995 per person twin share. Single supplement + $2,095.