Your friends and family will be green with envy when they find out you are going to the 2013 centenary year of the Chelsea Flower Show. It promises to be a very special experience. You'll also enjoy an English Cream Tea at Mount Ephraim Stately Home & Gardens on a Be My Guest dining experience, join a Local Expert on a guided tour of Hampton Court Palace and visit the stunning UNESCO World Heritage botanical Kew Gardens, known as the world's most famous garden.
12 days departing 23 May 2013
from $3,599 per person twin share
DAY 1: THURSDAY 23 MAY 2013
ARRIVE LONDON (6 NIGHTS)
Explore the city of London, stroll through one of the Royal Parks or visit one of the world famous historical attractions, London has plenty to keep you entertained. Later, meet with your Travel Director and fellow companions for a traditional English pub Welcome Reception.
DAY 2: FRIDAY 24 MAY 2013
LONDON – CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW
This morning, transfer to the famous Chelsea Flower Show! See magnificent floral displays, model gardens, English garden tools and a host of garden structures and artifacts. This afternoon a transfer back to your hotel is provided.
DAY 3: SATURDAY 25 MAY 2013
LONDON SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
See Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace on your half day introductory sightseeing tour with your Local Guide. The rest of the day is at leisure.
DAY 4: SUNDAY 26 MAY 2013
LONDON - EXCURSION TO HAMPTON COURT PALACE
After a relaxed morning, this afternoon visit Hampton Court Palace, the most modern, sophisticated and magnificent palace of its age. Lose yourself in the most famous Maze and visit the Privy Garden, restored to its former glory.
DAY 5: MONDAY 27 MAY 2013
LONDON – FULL DAY AT LEISURE
Today you are free to explore the city on your own. Shop for fashions in the West End or pop into the most famous toy store in the world – Hamleys on Regent Street – or take a day trip to Windsor Castle.
DAY 6: TUESDAY 28 MAY 2013
LONDON - EXCURSION TO WISLEY GARDENS
This morning, travel to the memorable gardens of 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.
DAY 7: WEDNESDAY 29 MAY 2013
LONDON – CHARTWELL – HEVER CASTLE – ASHFORD (2 NIGHTS)
Enjoy a visit to Chartwell where Sir Winston Churchill lived. Now owned by the National Trust, the house and gardens have been beautifully preserved. Later, visit Hever Castle for a Small Group Sightseeing experience with the gardeners to see these award-winning formal gardens.
DAY 8: THURSDAY 30 MAY 2013
ASHFORD - EXCURSION TO SCOTNEY CASTLE AND BIDDENDEN VINEYARDS
This morning visit Scotney Castle, a 14th century moated castle surrounded by one of the most romantic and picturesque gardens in England. This afternoon travel to Biddenden Vineyard - Kent’s oldest commercial vineyard.
DAY 9: FRIDAY 31 MAY 2013
ASHFORD - MOUNT EPHRAIM COUNTRY HOUSE - CANTERBURY – DOVER - EASTBOURNE (2 NIGHTS)
This morning, visit Ephraim Country House to enjoy a delicious Be My Guest Cream Tea before starting your visit to the historic English cathedral city of Canterbury. Parts of the city have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have free time to explore the city before travelling to Dover for a Unique Insight into the White Cliffs of Dover.
DAY 10: SATURDAY 1 JUNE 2013
EASTBOURNE - EXCURSION TO BRIGHTON
After a leisurely start, enjoy a drive along the coast to Brighton. “The Lanes” form a retail, leisure and residential area near the seafront, characterised by narrow alleyways following the street pattern of the original fishing village.
DAY 11: SUNDAY 2 JUNE 2013
EASTBOURNE - SHEFFIELD PARK AND GARDEN – BLUEBELL RAILWAY - KEW GARDENS - LONDON (1 NIGHTS)
Travel north to Sheffield Park and Gardens. The National Trust acquired this property in 1954 and the garden is comprised of four large lakes and a variety of rare trees and shrubs. You will then enjoy a ride on one of England’s most famous steam trains – the Bluebell Railway. This afternoon, enjoy an included visit to the stunning UNESCO World Heritage botanical Kew Gardens.
DAY 12: MONDAY 3 JUNE 2013
Say goodbye to your fellow travellers at the end of this wonderful English Country Gardens and Chelsea Flower Show experience.
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