Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Back-Roads 8 Day Chelsea Flower Show (Reverse). From unique English manor houses, an elegant French château 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.
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. Stay: The Wellington by Blue Orchid (or similar) (D)
After breakfast, our day will begin with a visit to the splendid Kew Gardens. The palm house, a jaw-dropping example of Victorian engineering, is sure to add a flourish to that holiday photo album. Then, the afternoon will be ours to spend exploring the capital or relaxing back at the hotel. Be sure to recharge those batteries in anticipation for tomorrow's exciting agenda! Stay: The Wellington by Blue Orchid (or similar) (B)
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. Stay: The Wellington by Blue Orchid (or similar) (B)
This morning we'll pay a visit to the Grade One-listed Waddesdon Manor. After taking some time to wander through the exquisite gardens, house and exhibitions of this refined French château–style estate, we'll move onto our next stop: The Savill Garden of 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: the rich history and royal traditions of Windsor await! Tonight, we'll reconvene at the hotel for a delicious group meal. Stay: Castle Hotel (or similar) (B/D)
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. Stay: Castle Hotel (or similar) (B)
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 enjoy the serene 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 historic Tunbridge Wells tonight. Stay: The Spa Hotel (or similar) (B)
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 the rustic, wood-panelled charm of Bateman's: the former home of famed Victorian writer Rudyard Kipling. Here we'll tour the 17th-century house that Kipling and his wife immediately fell for – with time to admire its mullioned windows, period oak beams and quintessentially English gardens. Tonight, we'll clink glasses over a farewell dinner back in Tunbridge Wells. Stay: The Spa Hotel (or similar) (B/D)
For our final day, we'll have the opportunity to visit 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. (B)
Wander the fabulous show gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Tour the historic and beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew
Enjoy overnight stays in historic royal towns Tunbridge Wells and Windsor
7 nights in hand-picked accommodation
Premium mini-coach transportation
Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
7 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
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