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.
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. Later meet with your Travel Director and fellow companions for a traditional English pub Welcome Reception.
Meal: Welcome Reception
See Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace on your half-day introductory sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. This afternoon, enjoy an included visit to Chelsea Physic Garden, the oldest botanic garden in London. Later explore inside the Garden Museum which is also the burial place of John Tradescant, the first great gardener and plant-hunter in British history.
Meal: English Breakfast
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?
Meals: English Breakfast
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. 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: English Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Hotel: Best Western Linton Lodge
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. Head to Ragley Hall where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the impressive state rooms, and its gardens with a spectacular array of tulips and daffodils in the spring. Next, continue to the pretty Stratford-Upon-Avon, beautifully situated on the River Avon.
Meals: English Breakfast
Hotel: Crowne Plaza
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 artefacts 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.
Meals: English Breakfast
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.
Meals: English Breakfast, Afternoon Tea
Hotel: Francis Hotel
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 at the Hotel Cumberland.
Meals: English Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Say goodbye to your fellow travelers at the end of your holiday. Airport transfers are available to Heathrow.
Meals: English Breakfast
Booking, Deposit & Final Payment: A non-refundable deposit of C$200p.p is due within 3 calendar days of booking. Full balance is due no later than 70 days before departure. Payment in full will be required at time of booking for reservations made less than 70 days prior to the departure date.
Amendment Fees: A fee of C$35 or more per person, per change is charged for any amendment to the reservation unless the change increases the value of the booking. A change to the guided vacation or departure date within 70 days prior to departure will be treated as a cancellation and normal cancellation fees will apply to this trip.
Cancellation Fee: No. of Days Prior to Departure Cancellation Penalty.
Over 45 Days: $200pp, non-refundable deposit
44 – 22 Days: 25% of total price per person
21 – 8 Days: 30% of total price per person
7 – 1 Days: 50% of total price per person
Day of Departure / No Show: 100% of total price
Accommodation: Hotel accommodation includes twin-bedded rooms with private facilities, all hotel servicecharges, baggage handling fees and local taxes. Single and triple rooms are available on a request basis and single supplement applies.
For further booking terms and conditions covering the operation of all our guided vacations, please refer to the appropriate brochure or www.trafalgar.com. Further clauses regarding operator responsibility and other matters are contained within the brochure.
Please note that we operate only non-smoking coaches.
Heathrow Airport Transfer Terms and Conditions:
One inbound and one outbound Heathrow
Airport transfer is included to and from your
Trafalgar London hotel. For included Heathrow
transfers flight details must be provided to
Trafalgar at time of booking or no later than 21
days prior to departure. Guests arriving before
or leaving after the scheduled vacation will receive complimentary transfers provided they also purchase the additional pre and/or post vacation hotel night(s) with Trafalgar. In the event of flight delays, outside of Trafalgar’s control, the transfers will be deemed to be cancelled. All transfers are based on group transfers. No refund is available for missed transfers, or guests not using their service. In the event of unforeseen events (such as road or rail works, strikes or demonstrations), Trafalgar will not be responsible for delayed or cancelled transfers.
Passport and Visas: All guests including children must be in possession of a machine readable passport and applicable visas. Your Travel Agent will advise you as
to information and travel documents (such as passports, visas, affidavits, etc.) that will be needed for each person for whom travel services are being booked. Trafalgar bears no responsibility for such information.
Travel Insurance: Trafalgar recommends that all guests purchase comprehensive Travel Insurance. Certain countries have a requirement for foreign visitors to have valid medical insurance on entry. Trafalgar cannot be held responsible for denied entry if a guest is unable to provide details to authorities of insurance or denial of entry for any reason.
Trip is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Not combinable with other promotions or any early payment discounts, group discounts, friends & family discounts. Combinable with past guest discount only. Quad rooms and guaranteed twin share are not available on this trip.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver is C$91 per person.
Prices are per person, double share in Canadian dollars.