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In Full Bloom with Chelsea Flower Show

9 Days from $2,999 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Active

This unique itinerary encompasses the best of England's country gardens. Weaving through some of England's prettiest villages, your journey will take you to famous places such as Anne Hathaway's cottage in Shakespeare's Stratford-Upon-Avon, the botanic gardens in historic Oxford and the charming Roman city of Bath.

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This unique itinerary encompasses the best of England's country gardens. Weaving through some of England's prettiest villages, your journey will take you to famous places such as Anne Hathaway's cottage in Shakespeare's Stratford-Upon-Avon, the botanic gardens in historic Oxford and the charming Roman city of Bath.

  1. After your arrival into London Heathrow and transfer to your central London Hotel, why not explore the city of London? Whether you stroll through one of the Royal Parks, shop in the vibrant West End or visit one of the world-famous historical attractions, London has plenty to keep you entertained. At 4:00 pm meet your Travel Director and fellow companions to see some of London's most famous sights, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. Enjoy a traditional English pub Welcome Reception.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Cumberland
  2. Today we visit Kew Gardens, London's largest UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to the world's most diverse collection of living plants and a scientific research centre of international renown. Perfectly in bloom in May here we explore the stunning grounds and architecture. This afternoon, enjoy an included visit to Chelsea Physic Garden, the oldest botanic garden in London.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  3. Your morning transfer takes you to the famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show! The show will bring together the very best show gardens, flowers and horticultural skills from around the world. You will be able to see magnificent floral displays, model gardens, tools and a host of garden structures and artifacts. There will be extensive displays with areas to learn about plants and growing flowers. Tonight consider joining your Travel Director for dinner at a lively restaurant or perhaps take in a West End show?

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  4. Travel to the pleasant RHS Garden Wisley. Renowned as the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley captures the imagination with richly planted borders, luscious rose gardens and the state-of-the-art glasshouse. Here you will enjoy a guided walking tour. You will then have free time for lunch in one of the restaurants in the grounds. View the world's oldest and largest inhabited castle during your visit to Windsor, scene of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Why not enjoy a stroll along the banks of the river or shop for Royal souvenirs? Later arrive at the oldest university city in England, Oxford. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    hotel:Oxford Spires/Belfry Hotel/Oxford Holiday Inn
  5. Enjoy a stroll with your Local Specialist around Oxford's historic University Colleges, where you'll see where Britain's elite students receive their outstanding education. Visit the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, the oldest in Britain and one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world. The rest of the day is yours to explore this university city.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  6. Walk in the footsteps of the magnificent playwright, poet and actor, William Shakespeare, where you'll enjoy a fascinating visit to his birthplace. Hear tales of his family life from the costumed guides and admire rare artifacts from the Trusts world class collections. Continue to Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens. See this historical English home - a thatched farmhouse containing original Tudor furniture - where Shakespeare courted his former bride. Meander the cottage's gardens and grounds overflowing with fragrant blooms and traditional shrubs.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  7. Visit Bourton-on-the-Water, one of the prettiest villages in England with its attractive bridges that cross the gently flowing River Windrush. Then onto the charming village of Bibury; a wonderfully attractive setting along the River Coln. Admire Arlington Row, the quaint group of weavers' cottages dating back to the 16th Century. Visit Painswick for its Rococo Garden, the country's sole surviving example. Enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea prior to arrival in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath, where you'll check in to your hotel and enjoy your evening at leisure.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Apex City Centre/Hilton City Bath
  8. See the impressive Abbey and visit the Roman Baths from which the town derives its name. Continue to Wells and visit Bishop's Palace, which has been the home of the Bishops of the Diocese of Bath and Wells for 800 years. Enjoy the beautiful and tranquil gardens hidden within the ramparts of the Palace. Return to London where you will enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel:Cumberland
  9. Say goodbye to your fellow travellers at the end of your holiday. Airport transfers are available to Heathrow.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • All Gratuities All Gratuities
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips

Meal Summary

10 meals: 8 full breakfasts, 2 dinners. 

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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to UK must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering the UK.

  • The currency in the UK is the Pound (£).  While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in the UK, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. 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.

    Food and drink in Scotland goes far beyond haggis, porridge, and whiskey.  Other specialties to try include kippers, fish and chips, Scotch broth, smoked salmon, sausages, shortbread, and Dundee cake.  For a meal that’s inexpensive and authentic, try a pub meal with a pint of Scottish ale.

  • The climate in the UK 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 in the UK 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 24 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.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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