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British Gardens and the Chelsea Flower Show

Operated by: Insight Vacations

15 Days from $5,750 per person
MAY 2023
Chelsea Flower Show in London, England

Countries Visited

England ...more England

Locations Visited

London, Woking, Chelmsford, Cambridge, Leeds, York, Ripon, Lake District, Hawkshead, Grange-over-Sands, Stoke-on-Trent, Chester, Conwy, Stratford-upon-Avon, Cotswolds, Bath, Wiltshire, Southampton, Isle of Wight, Crawley ...more London, Woking, Chelmsford, Cambridge, Leeds, York, Ripon, Lake District, Hawkshead, Grange-over-Sands, Stoke-on-Trent, Chester, Conwy, Stratford-upon-Avon, Cotswolds, Bath, Wiltshire, Southampton, Isle of Wight, Crawley
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  1. Day 1 Arrive London

    On arrival you are transferred from London Heathrow Airport to your hotel, the Hilton Bankside. Your base for the next two nights. Ideally located by the River Thames you have free time to explore, maybe visit the nearby Tate Modern or take a stroll along the South Bank? This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a trip briefing and Welcome Dinner.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hilton London Bankside, London
  2. Day 2 London Sightseeing and Wisley Gardens

    With a Local Expert, explore the iconic sights and streets of London. See famous landmarks including Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London and Trafalgar Square. Admire the Royal residence of Buckingham Palace and savour a taste of British pageantry as you watch the Changing of the Guard (if operating). The gardens of Wisley were gifted to the Royal Horticultural Society in 1903 and since then it has evolved into a world class garden. Explore the beautiful Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden and delight the senses with roses of all shapes, sizes, colours, and fragrances. Stroll through the picturesque orchard, the huge cathedral like Glasshouse and the Exotic Garden.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton London Bankside, London
  3. Day 3 Garden Hyde Hall and Cambridge

    RHS Garden Hyde Hall, in the heart of rural Essex, in a landscape of rolling hills with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. An oasis of tranquillity, it combines diverse garden styles and inspirational planting, with its eclectic mix of traditional and modern styles. In the university city of Cambridge, join your Local Expert for a walking tour, experience some of the most famous universities, seeing architectural highlights including Kings College and Trinity College.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Cambridge City Centre, Cambridge.
  4. Day 4 Harewood House and Medieval York

    One of the Treasure Houses of England, the historic Georgian Harewood House sits within “Capability” Brown designed landscape. Discover rare Chippendale furniture and stunning interior designs in the State Rooms, and admire the remarkable views form the award-winning Terraces. Enjoy tea and delicious scones before arriving at York. Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during you orientation of the city.

    meals Breakfast, Afternoon Tea
    hotel Hilton York.
  5. Day 5 York to English Lake District

    Visit Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden. The magnificent abbey was established by devout monks seeking a simpler existence. The atmospheric ruins are a window into a way of life which shaped the medieval world, and Studley Royal with its awe-inspiring water garden, follies and lawns, make this a World Heritage Site. Traversing the Yorkshire Dales to the Lake District where you will see some of the most beautiful countryside in the world.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Castle Green Hotel, Kendal., Lakeside Hotel & Spa, Windermere.
  6. Day 6 English Lake District Experience

    Visit the village of Hawkshead, famous for its whitewashed cottages and cobbled lanes. Admire the gardens of Holker Hall. The gardens have evolved over many hundreds of years, under the guidance of generations of the Cavendish Family. Each owner has made their mark, adding new features and plantings, to create a garden that is now rich in character and beauty. Spring time provides a riot of colour with displays of tulips, daffodils, wallflowers and spring meadows, framed by majestic Rhododendrons and Magnolias. Later, perhaps take a cruise on Lake Windermere?

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Castle Green Hotel, Kendal., Lakeside Hotel & Spa, Windermere.
  7. Day 7 English Lakes to Chester

    Explore the magnificent Trentham Gardens. Enjoy glorious ancient woodland, and discover the Italian Gardens, the Rivers of Grass, and the Floral Labyrinth. At its heart is the spectacular, mile long Trentham Lake, a wildlife haven studded with small islands. During you orientation with your Travel Director see the Jubilee Clock, the cathedral, city walls and famous black and white Rows. Enjoy a delightful Farm-to-Table dinner at a local restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa, Chester., Crowne Plaza, Chester.
  8. Day 8 North Wales Excursions including Bodnant Garden

    Journey into north Wales, passing the massive Conwy Castle before a visit to the beautiful Bodnant Gardens. Bodnant is home to the earliest and grandest laburnum arch built in 1880, and to Britain’s earliest magnolias introduced from China in the late 1800s. Admire the fine collection of exotic plants, from the Blue Poppy of the Himalayas to the Fire Bush of the Andes, and enjoy Wales’ largest collection of UK Champion Trees.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa, Chester., Crowne Plaza, Chester.
  9. Day 9 Chester - Stratford-upon-Avon, Cotswolds and Bath

    Discover how William Shakespeare and his incredible works continue to delight audiences today when you visit his birthplace, full of interesting memorabilia and artefacts relating to his life. Cross the beautiful Cotswold hills, a chocolate box scene of golden stone villages with roses round the doors. Continue to the elegant Georgian city of Bath, built in amphitheatre style on the surrounding hills. Your Travel Director introduces you to the Pulteney Bridge, built in mellow local stone. See the angels climbing Jacob's Ladder on Bath Abbey.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Francis Hotel Bath MGallery.
  10. Day 10 Bowood House and Southampton

    After a relaxed start, we discover the rich and fascinating history of Bowood House and the Lansdowne family, set within 100 acres of beautifully landscaped ‘Capability’ Brown Parkland. Surrounding the Georgian House is the Italian-inspired Terrace Garden, the Private Walled Gardens, and the herbaceous border, all radiating colour throughout the seasons. Driving through the New Forest you arrive in Southampton, on the south coast.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton.
  11. Day 11 Isle of Wight Excursion

    The Isle of Wight was possibly Queen Victoria’s favourite place on earth. Which is why she built her opulent holiday home here. Marvel at the gorgeous Italianate architecture and unearth the royal family’s secrets to relaxation. There was nowhere Queen Victoria loved more than the Isle of Wight, a diamond-shaped pearl in the English Channel. Visit Osbourne House, her opulent holiday home, marvel at the gorgeous Italianate architecture and gardens. Take in the islands stunning scenery, thatched cottages before returning to the mainland.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton.
  12. Day 12 Leonardslee Gardens and to London

    Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens re-opened in 2019 after a major restoration project. Set in a steep-sided valley, the gardens offer a variety of scenic walks, with seven interlaced lakes, extensive woodlands and lovely parkland. During the seasons the estate features outstanding displays of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, magnolias and bluebells in spring, summer wildflowers to its beautiful autumnal colours. From March to June the garden comes alive in a riot of colour. At every turn, you will find flowers in so many different colours, a joy to see. Returning to London, experience London with a bird’s-eye view from the London Eye.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton London Bankside, London
  13. Day 13 Chelsea Flower Show

    Today is dedicated to the famous Chelsea Flower Show, run by the Royal Horticultural Society, this is the ‘mecca’ of all garden shows. Bringing together the very best show gardens, flowers, and gardening from around the world, lose yourself amongst the magnificent floral displays and show gardens. Enjoy elaborate displays featuring courtyard, city and roof gardens, and hear from the experts.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton London Bankside, London
  14. Day 14 Kew Gardens

    Kew Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, houses over 50,000 living plants within its grounds. Visit stunning glass houses and walk through beautiful, sculptured gardens, featuring floras from Asia to the Alps. Enjoy a Thames River Dinner Cruise and admire this magnificent city from the water. Sit back and take in the striking landmarks and bridges, and enjoy the eclectic riverbank architecture along with a delicious meal.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hilton London Bankside, London
  15. Day 15 Farewell London

    After breakfast bid your Travel Director and fellow travel companions farewell, and transfer to London Heathrow Airport to meet your ongoing flight.

    meals Breakfast
Map British Gardens Chelsea Flower Show Guided Tour
Price Includes

Additional Included Highlights

  • From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

Choice Highlights

Well-being

  • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.

Travel Director

  • : "One experience that is not to be missed on this trip is a visit to the Roman Baths, because it’s an incredible relic of Roman times from 2000 years ago."

Top Rated Highlights

  • London: See Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square. Witness the pomp and pageantry of the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (if operating).
  • Cambridge: Join your Local Expert for a walking tour of a city renowned for its unique, ornate buildings and culture, Cambridge is a historic city full of character.
  • York: Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during your orientation of the city.
  • Hawkshead: Admire the magnificent views of the English Lake District and visit the village of Hawkshead.
  • Stoke-on-Trent: Explore the magnificent Trentham Gardens. Enjoy glorious ancient woodland, and discover the Italian Gardens, the Rivers of Grass, and the Floral Labyrinth. At its heart is the spectacular, mile long Trentham Lake, a wildlife haven studded with small islands.
  • Chester: During your orientation with your Travel Director see the Jubilee Clock, the cathedral, city walls and famous black and white Rows.
  • Conwy: See Conwy Castle, the magnificent medieval fortress still towering over the town after 700 years. Climb the restored spiral staircase, scale the great towers and walk a complete circle around the battlements. Admire the unbroken town walls of Conwy down and enjoy amazing views out across the craggy mountains of Snowdonia. The spectacular castle was built by King Edward I and his architect Master James of St George in just four years between 1283 and 1287.
  • Wales: Bodnant is home to the earliest and grandest laburnum arch built in 1880, and to Britain’s earliest magnolias introduced from China in the late 1800s. Admire the fine collection of exotic plants, from the Blue Poppy of the Himalayas to the Fire Bush of the Andes, and enjoy Wales’ largest collection of UK Champion Trees.
  • Stratford-upon-Avon: Learn about the life of William Shakespeare, arguably history's most famous writer, when you visit his birthplace. Then enjoy some time to explore this pretty town with its iconic Tudor houses.
  • Cotswolds: This breathtaking area is about as quintessentially British as it gets. Honey-coloured stone houses line the winding streets of the area’s most beautiful towns and villages, while rapeseed fields decorate this colourful part of the UK in splashes of gold. See Bourton-on-the-Water and the pretty market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, before heading to the historic city of Bath, with its Roman and Georgian architecture.
  • Bath: During an orientation you will see the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey.
  • Isle of Wight: Enjoy an orientation drive of this diamond shape island just off the off the south coast of England.
  • London: Enjoy amazing 360-degree views over London from the London Eye, a rotating observation wheel which is 135 metres (443 ft) high.
  • London: Kew Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has over 50,000 living plants within its grounds. Its magnificent scientific collection contains plants from tropical, temperate, arid and alpine climates. Visit stunning glass houses and walk through beautiful, sculptured gardens, featuring floras from Asia to the Alps.

Insight Experiences

  • Woking: Visit the beautiful gardens of Wisley, which is one of the world's great gardens, packed with horticultural inspiration.
  • Chelmsford: Visit one of the finest gardens in the East of England with its 365-acre site is a haven of peace and tranquillity, encompassing a diverse mix of garden styles from traditional to modern.
  • Leeds: During your visit of one of the Treasure Houses of England, Harewood captures your imagination and feeds your curiosity. It's a place filled with art, culture and heritage.
  • Ripon: Explore a great abbey and elegant water garden at this World Heritage Site. Cistercian monks chose this place to establish Fountains Abbey, then follow the riverside path to Studley Royal, a playful water garden.
  • Grange-over-Sands: Visit to Holker Hall and its Gardens, the home of the Cavendish Family and is one of the best-loved stately homes in Britain.
  • Wiltshire: Enjoy a guided visit of the Bowood House has been home to the Lansdowne family since 1754.
  • Isle of Wight: Visit Osbourne House, a former royal residence designed by Prince Albert himself, in the style of an Italian Renaissance palazzo.
  • Crawley: Visit this magnificent Grade 1 listed garden was nearly lost forever and has been the subject of the largest garden restoration in England and possibly Europe.
  • London: Experience the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show, an inspiring and enjoyable showcase of fabulous floral displays and cutting-edge garden design. Immerse yourself in colour and ingenuity as you enjoy the very best show gardens, flowers, and gardening from around the world.

Authentic Dining

  • Chester: Enjoy a delightful farm-to-table dinner at a local restaurant.
  • London: Enjoy a Thames River Dinner Cruise and admire this magnificent city from the water. Sit back and take in the striking landmarks and bridges, and enjoy the eclectic riverbank architecture along with a delicious meal.
  • Dining Summary: 6 Dinner with Wine (DW), 14 Breakfast (B), and 1 Afternoon Tea (AT)

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