Admire the vivid colors and delicious scents of Britain's blooms as you ramble through manicured gardens and untamed natural landscapes.
See the world-famous Kew Gardens, the luscious rose buds at RHS Garden Wisley and the maze at Hampton Court Palace before enjoying a ride on the Bluebell Railway and visiting the award-winning gardens of Hever Castle.
8 nights, 8 full breakfasts, 1 cream tea, 4 dinners, On-trip discount.
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Chelsea Flower Show: We’ve included Chelsea Flower Show tickets on Day 3 of the May 22, May 23 & May 24 departures, to replace the excursion to RHS Garden Wisley. Hampton Court Palace visit will be moved to Day 2 and Kew Gardens will be visited on morning of Day 4.
Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
Single Room Supplement: from $700 p.p.
Triple Discount: from $10 p.p.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $64 per person.
Early Payment Discount: Pay in full to save the amount listed above. For details, click here.
AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift! Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.
Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.
The currency in the UK is the Pound (£). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination. The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in the UK. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling. It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.
English specialties include fish and chips, Yorkshire pudding, sausages, stilton cheese, and scones with clotted cream. Culinary experiences to not to miss include a traditional pub meal, afternoon tea, and full English breakfast. In larger cities like London you’ll also find restaurants serving a variety of international cuisine.
The climate in the UK and Ireland is temperate, with regular rainfall throughout the year. We suggest packing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. A few important items to bring include sturdy walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.
Tipping is less common than in the U.S. When dining out, some restaurants will add a service charge of 12.5 percent to your bill, especially for groups. If a service hasn’t been added, it’s appropriate to leave 10 – 15 percent gratuity.
At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director. Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit. A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.
Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.
You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions. All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers. In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group.
If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.
We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.
Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.
Adult Price: £25
The coastal city of Brighton is rich in heritage and full of Regency architecture. Your Local Specialist will show you its fascinating past, taking you through the medieval lanes, and for a guided visit of the Royal Pavilion and Gardens.
Adult Price: £25
Take a guided walk with us through the medieval walled city of Canterbury. You’ll visit the exquisite head church of the Anglican Religion and see where the shrine of Thomas A Beckett lay - a medieval pilgrimage site and inspiration for Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
Adult Price: £77
The timeless story of Jean Valjean, set in 19th century France and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years for stealing a loaf of bread.
Adult Price: £71
Wicked tells the musical tale of two unlikely friends in the land of Oz (pre-Dorothy) and their remarkable journey to becoming the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.
Adult Price: £32
This afternoon, enjoy a visit to Leeds Castle in Kent, known as 'the loveliest castle in the world'. You’ll also be able to see its magnificent gardens and surrounding parkland. In Tudor times, Henry VIII visited frequently with his Queen, Catherine of Aragon, and their entire court on the way to the tournament of the Field of the Cloth of Gold, which took place in France in 1520. Henry's son, King Edward VI, granted the castle to one of Henry's courtiers for his services.
Adult Price: £35
Join us for a scenic drive through the winding, leafy lanes of Sussex and Kent to visit a quintessentially British historic village. Have a locally brewed pint and enjoy a two-course meal of the highest calibre in a traditional pub full of charm and character.
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