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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.
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.
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.
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.
Today travel to the gardens of Wisley, renowned as the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society. Then continue to the county of Cornwall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
After breakfast bid your Travel Director farewell and transfer to London Heathrow airport to meet your ongoing flight.
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