The Best of English Gardens

May 12th - 21st 2020

Itinerary Highlights

Tuesday, May 12 - Evening departure from your chosen U.S. gateway city. Overnight: Plane

Wednesday, May 13 - Upon arrival at any of London’s airports, you will be met and transported to our hotel in Royal Windsor. After checking in, there will be time to unpack and relax before a welcome dinner at the hotel. Overnight: Windsor

Thursday, May 14 - Our first stop today is the 240-acre flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society at Wisley. We’ll tour the garden’s highlights with one of the local gardeners before paying a visit to Stonehenge. We’ll dine together at our hotel in Salisbury this evening. Overnight: Salisbury

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Friday, May 15 - Our first stop is Mottisfont Abbey. We’ll tour the garden and have lunch before returning to Salisbury for a free afternoon and evening to explore on your own. Overnight: Salisbury

Saturday, May 16 - Leaving Salisbury, our first stop is the magnificent Stourhead Gardens, which surround a series of peaceful lakes in the middle of a 2,650-acre estate. After lunch, we continue to the city of Bath for free time to explore the city. A drive north through the southern Cotswold Hills brings us to our hotel, where dinner awaits. Overnight: Cotswolds

Sunday, May 17 - We’ll spend the morning exploring the Cotswolds’ quintessentially English landscape of honey-colored villages and green meadows. We stop in Bourton-on-the-Water before visiting Hidcote Manor garden. Next, we’ll visit the beautiful Kiftsgate Court gardens, home of Heather Muir, a pioneer in the rediscovery of shrub roses. The evening is free. Overnight: Cotswolds

Monday, May 18 - This morning we visit Barnsley House. We’ll have a tour with the head gardener before enjoying lunch in the appropriately named, Village Pub. From here we’ll visit Highgrove, HRH Prince Charles’ private estate, where we’ll enjoy a private tour (subject to availability) and then head to London. Upon our arrival in the city, the evening is free. Overnight: London

Tuesday, May 19 - Today we spend the day exploring Great Dixter and Sissinghurst. The evening is free. Overnight: London

Wednesday, May 20 - Today we spend a full day at the members-only day at the Chelsea Flower Show. Spend as much time as you choose among the inspiring exhibits and make your way back to the hotel in your own time. This evening we gather for a farewell dinner at our hotel. Overnight: London

Thursday, May 21 - Morning transfer to one of London’s airports for return flights to the U.S.

Quick Facts

  • $4,440 per person based on double occupancy, $5,430 based on single occupancy

  • 8 nights’ accommodation in first-class hotels

  • All ground transportation as detailed in the itinerary

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 4 dinners

  • Discover Europe tour guide throughout and local guides at Great Dixter and Wisley

  • Membership in the Royal Horticultural Society and entrance to the Chelsea Flower Show on members-only day

  • Entrance fees to all sites included in the itinerary

Hotels:

**Please note that we run two departures of 15 passengers each and the different tours are treated separately and will be in different hotels for the Cotswolds and Salisbury portion. The listed hotels are currently confirmed, but are subject to change