Hampton Court Flower Show and gardens tour 2018 - HUK18

Number of Days: 10
Destination: Great Britain
Available Dates
  • This tour is limited to just 6 places and therefore this tour will fill quickly.

    This tour will be popular because of a stay of 4 nights at Hampton Court Palace. The Georgian House which is a stone’s throw from the Tudor kitchens, stunning gardens and Royal Apartments – a very special experience.

    This exclusive small group tour (max 6 persons available) commencing 27th June. You will be attending the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and prince Charles’s Highgrove. The cost of this 10-day tour is only $5,699 per person share twin.


    • All entrances to gardens listed in the itinerary
    • Transport and guidance throughout your stay
    • 5 nights twin share accommodation in Winchcombe and 4 nights at Hampton Court Palace 
    • Daily breakfast

    Tour commences London 27 June 2018 and concludes London.

    Day 1: Wednesday 27th June. London, Cotswolds
    Arrive in London to be met by your driver and guide, Alan Foster. Travel a short distance to Savill Garden, one of Britain’s finest ornamental gardens where you can relax after your journey. After exploring Savill Garden, we drive to the Cotswolds. Winchcombe, in the county of Gloucestershire is an ancient Saxon town, ideally placed to venture in all directions during our tours. Your comfortable accommodation is in part of a 15th Century inn with excellent restaurants and pubs nearby. B
    Day 2: Thursday 28th June. Cotswolds
    We will tour some of the delightful Cotswold villages. The area is a designated AONB – Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with approximately 600 square miles of rural landscape. As we travel through the winding lanes the honey-coloured limestone cottages with their thatched roofs and the countryside that has been by and large unchanged through the centuries gives a sense of travelling back in time.
    There will be time to visit Sudeley Castle and Garden on the outskirts of Winchcombe. Now owned by the Dent Brocklehurst family, Sudeley was once home to Queen Katherine Parr, the last wife of Henry VIII. She survived him and is buried in the chapel at Sudeley. B
    Day 3: Friday 29th June. Highgrove
    Today we will visit Highgrove, near Tetbury. HRH The Prince of Wales has spent over 30 years transforming the grounds of his estate using organic, sustainable methods. This is a beautiful and fascinating garden and the knowledgeable and friendly guides give a fascinating insight into the inspiration behind the design and planting within this continually evolving garden.
    There will a chance to explore Tetbury, a small town filled with independent shops and intriguing buildings and usually decorated with stunning hanging baskets at this time of year. Please note that this day cannot be finally confirmed until HRH Prince Charles diary has been finalised in mid-February. B
    Day 4: Saturday 30th June. Cotswolds
    Two superb gardens await us today. We will drive though the village of Mickleton to Hidcote Manor and Kiftsgate Court. The two gardens are very close in distance yet different regarding design and planting.
    Hidcote Manor Garden, designed by the American, Lawrence Johnson is a series of outdoor ‘rooms’ and is world famous. Johnson gave great attention to sourcing plants from all around the world that would bring colour, texture and perfume to the garden. Pioneering in its day, the ideas here have been adapted and repeated by others over the decades.
    Kiftsgate Court, in contrast has been developed by three generations of women gardeners. It is on an escarpment against a stunning backdrop of open countryside. Heather Muir in the 1920’s was a great friend of Lawrence Johnson, Diany Binny during the 1950’s was responsible for opening the garden to the public and Ann Chambers has added the water garden and continued the family tradition of searching for new and interesting plants to complement the original planting schemes. The Kiftsgate Rose should be in full bloom when we visit and is a stunning sight. B
    Day 5: Sunday 1st July. Bath
    A day visit to Bath – We will visit the ancient Roman city with the finest Georgian buildings in England - the playground of the rich and famous in the 18th C. We drive on to The Courts Garden at Holt. This is a well-established garden of fine herbaceous borders, ornaments ponds and raised beds. We are visiting at its best season. We then visit the architect Harold Peto’s garden at Iford Manor. This is often one of the favourite gardens of the tour as the Italianate style with ancient statuary blends into the Wiltshire hillside. A fabulous garden. We take the scenic drive back through the southern Cotswolds to Winchcombe. B
    Day 6: Monday 2nd July. Hampton Court
    We will leave Winchcombe to travel to Hampton Court Palace, visiting RHS Wisley on our way. Wisley is the showpiece garden of The Royal Horticultural Society. There is much here to interest the serious horticulturist and ‘hobby’ gardener alike. There are plant collections, a stunning rockery garden and many innovative ideas on show here.
    We continue on to Hampton Court Palace. Our home for the next 4 nights will be The Georgian House which is a stone’s throw from the Tudor kitchens, stunning gardens and Royal Apartments – a special experience. B
    Day 7: Tuesday 3rd July. Sissinghurst, Hever Castle.
    The day will be spent in the county of Kent, described by some as the garden of England. We will visit two delightful gardens, Sissinghurst and Hever Castle.
    Sissinghurst, the garden of Vita Sackville West, surrounds a 16th Century tower. Vita was greatly influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement and the prolific garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll. The white garden here has become famous for its style of planting.
    Hever Castle has 700 years of history and award-winning gardens for you to enjoy. It was once the childhood home of Ann Boleyn. The Tudor period of English history will captivate you as you wander through the gardens along ancient pathways. B
    Day 8: Wednesday 4th July Hampton Court
    This day is an opportunity to experience the history at Hampton Court at your own pace. There are stunning gardens beside the River Thames to explore. You will discover the country’s longest herbaceous border and also the oldest grape vine. The Great Vine is the largest and oldest in the world. You can also make your way through the grand apartments within the palace. B
    Day 9: Thursday 5th July Hampton Court
    Stroll across the grounds of Hampton Court to the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. This is the largest of all the shows in the RHS calendar. There will be show gardens, a floral marquee, exhibitors, plant sales, demonstrations, and more. B
    Day 10: Friday 6th July
    Private transport to your departing flight or extend your stay. B
  • Inclusions:

    • All entrances to gardens listed in the itinerary
    • Transport and guidance throughout your stay
    • 5 nights twin share accommodation in Winchcombe and 4 nights at Hampton Court Palace
    • Daily Breakfast
      • Breakfast menu:Your choice of full English breakfast, selection of cereals, porridge, yogurts, fruit/smoked haddock, salmon etc (We cater for individual tastes, allergies and preferences – please let us know 

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    • $5,699 per person

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