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The Gardens of England and Wales with the Chelsea Flower Show

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The Gardens of England and Wales with the Chelsea Flower Show

Operated by: Insight Vacations

15 Days
MAY 2022
Chelsea Flower Show in London, England

Countries Visited

United Kingdom ...more United Kingdom

Locations Visited

London, Woking, Cornwall, St Austell, Bath, Cheltenham, Cotswolds, Stoke-on-Trent, Welshpool, Wales, Windermere, Hawkshead, Kendal, Bakewell, Nottingham, Blenheim Palace, Bampton ...more London, Woking, Cornwall, St Austell, Bath, Cheltenham, Cotswolds, Stoke-on-Trent, Welshpool, Wales, Windermere, Hawkshead, Kendal, Bakewell, Nottingham, Blenheim Palace, Bampton
  1. Day 1 Arrive London

    On arrival you are transferred from London Heathrow airport to your hotel. Ideally located by Buckingham Palace you have free time to explore, maybe visit the nearby Royal Mews? This evening join your Travel Director for a welcome drink and trip briefing at your hotel.

    hotel The Rubens at the Palace, London.
  2. Day 2 Chelsea Flower Show

    Transfer in the morning takes you to the famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Enjoy the extensive displays of show gardens and magnificent floral displays before a transfer in the afternoon back to your hotel. Later, enjoy a glass of champagne and a bird’s-eye view of London from the London Eye before dinner at a local restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel The Rubens at the Palace, London.
  3. Day 3 London Sightseeing

    Join your Local Expert this morning, 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) before enjoying lunch in a typical English pub. This afternoon you are free to enjoy London at your own pace.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
    hotel The Rubens at the Palace, London.
  4. Day 4 Kew Gardens & Hampton Court Palace

    This morning visit the famous Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. Explore inside the vast Victorian glasshouses and see the indoor galleries. Later, discover the wonders of majestic Hampton Court Palace, home to the Kings and Queens of Britain since the time of Henry VIII. Discover the magnificent State Apartments and explore the riverside gardens.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel The Rubens at the Palace, London.
  5. Day 5 Wisley Gardens to Cornwall

    Today travel to the gardens of Wisley, renowned as the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society. Then continue to the county of Cornwall.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel The Carlyon Bay Hotel, St Austell or similar.
  6. Day 6 Lost Garden of Heligan & The Cornish Coast

    We visit Heligan, one of the most mysterious estates in England. Unveiled in 1992 from under decades of overgrowth, the Lost Gardens were restored on a shoestring budget and hailed by The Times as “the garden restoration of the century”. Today the mysterious gardens and estate offer over 200 acres for exploration! This afternoon is then free for you to relax at our hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel The Carlyon Bay Hotel, St Austell or similar.
  7. Day 7 Cornwall to Cheltenham

    Our journey takes us through the English countryside to Bath. Visit the 18th Century Pump Room and the ancient Baths, then enjoy some free time to browse the quaint streets. Then it’s on to the town of Cheltenham where we stay for the next two nights.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall or similar
  8. Day 8 Cotswolds Excursion

    A full day of sightseeing of the Cotswolds begins with a visit to Hidcote Manor Gardens, once of the greatest arts and crafts gardens in England. Our drive through the Cotswolds brings us to Bibury described as the ‘prettiest village in Britain’.Enjoy a delicious included lunch, before returning to our hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
    hotel Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall or similar
  9. Day 9 Cheltenham to Powis Castle & onto North Wales

    This morning stroll through the award-winning Trentham Gardens with its mile long, Capability Brown designed, Trentham Lake.Later enjoy a traditional afternoon tea. Next, visit Powis Castle gardens with its spectacular terraces and stunning vistas.

    meals Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
    hotel Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia.
  10. Day 10 Bodnant Garden Excursion

    The day starts with a visit to Bodnant Gardens, one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK. Later move onto the village of Llanberis at the foot of Snowdon, Yr Wyddfa, at 3,560 feet, the highest peak in Wales. Enjoy a fabulous trip onboard the Snowdon Mountain Railway.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia.
  11. Day 11 North Wales to English Lake District

    We bid farewell to Wales and continue north to the picturesque English Lake District where you see some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. We visit the village of Hawkshead, famous for its whitewashed cottages and cobbled lanes. Continue to our hotel close to Lake Windermere.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Castle Green Hotel, Windermere or similar.
  12. Day 12 English Lake District Experience

    A day devoted to this scenic wonderland, beginning with a visit to Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter and where she spent much of her life. Next admire the Topiary Gardens, the finest, oldest and most extensive garden in the world at Levens Hall. Later, perhaps take a cruise on Lake Windermere?

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Castle Green Hotel, Windermere or similar.
  13. Day 13 Lake District to Chatsworth & onto Nottingham

    Heading through the rolling Derbyshire countryside we arrive at the Chatsworth Estate, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Visiting the house, we see the elegant interiors and admire the art collection of 16 generations of the Cavendish family. Our guided walking tour of the gardens provides an insight into the principle historic features of the garden before an included lunch. Later continue to the historic city of Nottingham.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
    hotel Jurys Inn Nottingham., Jury's Inn Derby.
  14. Day 14 Blenheim Palace to Bampton Village, then onto London

    This morning explore the magnificent house and gardens of Blenheim Palace, home of the Duke of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Continue to the village of Bampton to see the street where many scenes from the “Downton Abbey” TV series* were filmed. Later, return to London for a spectacular Thames River Dinner Cruise! (Dress code for the dinner cruise: Smart attire – dinner jacket recommended). *Disclaimer: This sightseeing is an unlicensed and unauthorized tour of sites featured in the television series "Downton Abbey" produced by Carnival Film and Television and NBC Universal International Limited. Insight Vacations Limited and this trip do not have association with, connection to, sponsorship by or endorsement of the television series "Downton Abbey", Carnival Film and Television or NBC Universal International Limited.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel The Rubens at the Palace, London.
  15. Day 15 Farewell London

    After breakfast bid your Travel Director farewell and transfer to London Heathrow airport to meet your ongoing flight.

    meals Breakfast
Gardens of England Wales Chelsea Flower Show Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Additional Included Highlights

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • 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

  • : Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 21 or more guests).
  • : 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."

Insight Experiences

  • 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.
  • Woking: Explore the beautiful Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden, picturesque orchard and the huge cathedral like glass house.
  • Chipping Campden: Visit Hidcote Manor Gardens, one of the most influential Arts and Crafts gardens in Britain.
  • Welshpool: Explore the gardens of Powis Castle.

Top Rated Highlights

  • London: Sip champagne as you enjoy a bird’s eye view from the London Eye.
  • 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).
  • London: Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.
  • Hampton Court Palace: Discover the wonders of Hampton Court Palace.
  • St Austell: Visit the Lost Garden of Heligan.
  • Stoke-on-Trent: Stroll through the award winning Trentham Gardens.
  • Wales: Explore the Bodnant Gardens in Wales.
  • Llanberis: Embark on the Snowden Mountain Railway Excursion.
  • Hawkshead: Admire the magnificent views of the English Lake District and visit the village of Hawkshead.
  • Hawkshead: Visit Hill Top in Cumbria, home of Beatrix Potter.
  • Kendal: Discover Topiary Gardens, the finest, oldest and most extensive garden in the world at Levens Hall.
  • Bakewell: Explore Chatsworth House and Gardens.
  • Blenheim Palace: Witness a masterpiece of the English Baroque, brimming with priceless art and tapestries.

Authentic Dining

  • London: Enjoy lunch in a typical English pub.
  • London: Enjoy a Thames River Dinner Cruise.
  • Dining Summary: 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 14 Breakfast (B), 3 Dinner (D), 4 Dinner with Wine (DW), and 3 Lunch with Wine (LW)

Make Travel Matter

  • Bath: Visit the incredibly well-preserved Roman Baths. Discover 2000 years of history and learn how this hub of culture is pioneering new educational investments to benefit the community. Its school educational programme actively supports local schools and students to learn about the cultural heritage of the region. The Roman Baths experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education.

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