English Country Gardens 2022

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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : July - September
Start: London, England
End: London England

English Country Gardens: 1 nt London, 2 nts Royal Tunbridge Wells, 2 nts Windsor, 2 nts London

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book. 

Aromatic gardens, esteemed stately homes and charming countryside vistas – this leisurely tour of South East England’s greatest gardens is certainly one for the photo books. From the romance of Sissinghurst Castle to the opulence of Hampton Court Palace, the historic city of Windsor and the iconic engineering of London’s Kew Gardens – we’ll take the back roads to uncover the best of this green and pleasant corner of England.

Worth Noting… Tours departing on the 9th September 2021, will experience a full day at the RHS Wisley Flower Show on Day 4 of this itinerary. Tours departing on the 5th July 2021, will experience a full day at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show on Day 7 of this itinerary.

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS / MAX 18 GUESTS

Tour Details

The Blue-Roads Difference
– Tour the incredible manor houses, castles and beautiful gardens of South East England
– Enjoy a guided tour of the historic Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew
– Stroll the spectacular grounds of Hampton Court Palace

Pick Up Location & TIme

Wellington by Blue Orchid (London)  (Google Map)
6:00pm – Meet tour guide and group for welcome dinner.

Drop off Location & Time

Wellington by Blue Orchid ( London)
Late Afternoon tour ends.

Price Includes

  • 7 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily full English breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Visit Scotney Castle, Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Hever Castle, Windsor Castle and the quaint town.
  • Enjoy time at Hampton Court and Gardens. Visit tot he Beefeater Gin Distillery. Stroll around Kew Gardens
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 0 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Blue Roads Tours are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place.  Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach.  On a typical day they might leave at 9am and arrive at the hotel at 5pm.  We endeavor to build rest and relaxation time into our itineraries, an most inclusions are not mandatory – so if you’d rather explore on your own, you’re welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point. 

The Blue Roads Tours are designed so that there is as little time as possible on the mini-coach and plenty to see while on board.  We travel along the scenic route wherever possible, meaning you’ll see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.  Inevitable, there are days when travelling between locations may involve motorway driving and more mileage.  Generally, driving time will not last for more than three or four hours per day.

Itinerary

Day 1London

After meeting the group at our London hotel, we’ll get to know one another better over a delicious welcome meal.(D)

Accommodation: The Wellington by Blue Orchid (or similar)

Day 2London – Ightham Mote – Scotney Castle – Royal Tunbridge Wells

Our tour of England’s green and pleasant land will begin at one of the most unique manor houses in Kent: Ightham Mote. This medieval house dates back over 700 years and can only be reached via an ancient stone bridge that stretches over its very own moat. This afternoon we’ll visit the charming Scotney Castle, where we’ll take some time to wander the gardens before we end our delightful day in Tunbridge Wells. Tonight, there’s another sumptuous group dinner on the agenda. (B,D)

Accommodation: The Royal Wells Hotel (or similar)

Day 3Royal Tunbridge Wells – Sissinghurst Castle – Great Dixter – Royal Tunbridge Wells

This morning our road will turn east to Sissinghurst Castle Garden, an iconic retreat that’s renowned for its romantic design and colourful rose arrangements. Then: we’ll swap sculpted layouts for a naturalistic approach to planting at Great Dixter. Here, we’ll tour the old timber-framed house that was once home to famous British gardener Christopher Lloyd – and explore the gardens that were his pride and joy. (B)

Accommodation: The Royal Wells Hotel (or similar)

Day 4Royal Tunbridge Wells – Hever Castle – RHS Garden Wisley – Windsor

After breakfast in Tunbridge Wells, we’ll make tracks to the award-winning gardens of Hever Castle* – the childhood home of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn. This afternoon will see us wandering the tranquil RHS Garden Wisley, taking in the sounds of the water flowing through the rock garden and relaxing in the Alpine Meadow. Rich in history and royal tradition, Windsor will be our final stop of the day – where a hearty included meal awaits. *Tours departing on the 9th September 2021, will experience a full day at the RHS Wisley Flower Show and will be unable to visit Hever Castle due to time constraints. (B,D)

Accommodation: The Castle Hotel (or similar)

Day 5Windsor

What better way to spend the day than discovering Windsor’s regal highlights at your own pace? We’ll have plenty of time to visit the Castle, wander the picturesque riverside and sample a delicious afternoon tea at one of the tearooms around town. After a full day of exploring, choose from one of the many cosy pubs and eateries – and enjoy an evening spent at your leisure. (B)

Accommodation: The Castle Hotel (or similar)

Day 6Windsor – The Savill Garden – London

This morning, we’ll pay a visit to The Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park. As we walk through the themed gardens, be sure to keep an eye out for an array of rare plants from around the world. After some free time wandering the exquisite gardens – we’ll make our way back to London. Spending the evening exploring the capital’s array of gastronomic options or relaxing at our hotel – we will look forward to tomorrow’s exciting agenda. (B)

Accommodation: The Wellington by Blue Orchid (or similar)

Day 7London – Hampton Court Palace – London

This morning we’ll take a look around the splendid Hampton Court Palace and Gardens*. With 60 acres of exquisite formal gardens, three National Plant Collections and the world’s oldest puzzle maze – we’ll have plenty of free time to explore this world-famous estate. Following on from our visit, we’ve an appointment to keep at the Beefeater Gin Distillery – where a guided tour of the facility is in store. Tonight, is your last on tour so we suggest spending your free evening dining at one of the capital’s fantastic restaurants. *Tours departing on the 5th July 2021, will experience a full day at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show and will be unable to visit the Palace and Beefeater Gin Distillery due to time constraints. (B)

Accommodation: The Wellington by Blue Orchid (or similar)

Day 8London – Kew Gardens – London

It may be our last day together, but there’s still time to enjoy some more English treasures. This morning we’ll take a stroll around the splendid Kew Gardens. The palm house, a jaw-dropping example of Victorian engineering, is sure to add a final flourish to that holiday photo album. We will say our farewells upon returning to the hotel. (B)

Dates and Prices: 2022
Departure Date Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2022: June 19 $3,919 $4,899
2022: July 3 $4,119 $5,149
2022: July 31 $3,919 $4,899
2022: September 4 $4,119 $5,149
2022: September 25  $3,919 $4,899

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departures.

We recommend combining with: Highlights of Britain and/or London to Paris via Channel Islands

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.

PLEASE NOTE:

Tours departing on September 9th, 2021, will experience a full day at the RHS Wisley Flower Show on Day 4 of this itinerary.

Tours departing on July 5th, 2021, will experience a full day at te RHS Hampton Court Flower Show on Day 7 of this itinerary.

 

 

 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected]  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes
Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage:  As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited.  You are allowed 1 x suitcase: 20 kg  and 158 cm total (Length plus Width must equal 158 cm) and 1 x Hand Bag / Small Back Pack

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