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The passionate gardener: Late Summer Gardens of Southern England with Michael B. Gordon
September 6th-15th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
This September, join garden blogger, Michael Gordon,(thegardenerseye.blogspot.com) for a stroll through the best that English gardens have to offer. Experience the expression of Britain’s top garden designers who have set the standard for the rest of the world in horticulture for centuries. Our tour will show that a well-designed garden is one that continues to delight through a variety of seasons. From William Kent’s masterpiece landscape garden, Rousham, to Christopher Lloyd’s innovative garden at Great Dixter, to the contemporary private garden at Pettifers, we will see English garden design from the traditional to the cutting edge. With first class hotels and wonderful meals, this trip is designed for the passionate gardener.
*This is a guaranteed departure*
The Channel Islands: A tribute to the guernsey literary & potato peel pie society
September 6th-15th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Full
Inspired by the wonderful, best-selling novel, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, here is a tour of the Channel Islands. These lovely islands offer a range of experiences, from wildlife sanctuaries to military museums to breathtaking scenery. We’ll see the vestiges of the occupation during the Second World War, in the underground hospital and the old concrete gun emplacements that still dot the cliff tops. It is, however, hard to really imagine the deprivation of those times when surrounded by such incredible natural scenery. And then there are the gardens. There are four Royal Horticultural Society gardens on Guernsey alone! We divide our stay between the two largest islands – Jersey & Guernsey – and take a short ferry ride from one to the other. For logistical reasons and to get our feet on the ground after the transatlantic flight, we’ll begin our tour in London. Join us on an exploration of the history and culture of these unique islands. Gorey Castle, Jersey, The Channel Islands, Covent Garden - The Royal Opera House, and much more!
**This departure is currently capped, if you would like to be added to the wait list, please let us know!
treasure houses of northern england: exploring yorkshire and the lake district
September 20th-29th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
From the ancient city walls of York, a living history book spanning from the time of the Romans, The Viking invasion and its Victorian heyday; to the Lake District, an endless inspiration for the Romantic poets; here is an adventure in Northern England that takes you behind the usual tourist façade. We meander past ruined abbeys, country mansions, and breathtaking scenery, traversing form one side of the country to the other. We will take in several literary locales including Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage and Beatrix Potter’s charming cottage and understand why other Lakeland poets (Coleridge, Southey, et al.) decided to make this area their home. From Castle Howard, immediately recognizable from the BBC television series, Brideshead Revisited, to Fountains Abbey, Britain’s largest and most beautiful monastic ruin, this trip promises to take you back in time exploring the wonderful Treasure Houses of Northern England.
*This is a guaranteed departure*
Kent: The Garden of England: Adventures in Southeast England
October 18th-27th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
The County of Kent takes up most of the southeastern tip of England, the closest point to the continental mainland. The gentle slopes of its chalk hills and the rich clay soils of its central valleys, combined with the mild climate of the south of England have provided such a fertile environment that the area has been known for centuries as the Garden of England. From the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Hever Castle; to Chartwell, the home of Sir Winston Churchill; with stays in ancient Canterbury and Battle, named for the Battle of Hastings, we have opted for a mixture of sites, ranging from the historic to the scenic, from the literary to the whimsical, that we hope will give an accurate flavor of the region.
A Dickensian Feast
November 28th-December 7th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
It’s almost impossible to find a corner of London that hasn’t been immortalized by Charles Dickens, one of Great Britain’s consummate storytellers. And what a treat for those of historical or literary persuasion, as we delve into the nooks and crannies of the legendary writer’s city, and then follow the Dickensian thread through the rolling countryside of Kent to the world-famous Dickens Christmas festivities in Rochester, the medieval magnificence of Canterbury, and the seaside beauty of Broadstairs.
Treasure Houses Of Southern England: Behind the Scenes of the stately homes of england
May 5th-14th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
This spring, join Discover Europe and like-minded friends for a look at the history of English aristocracy in the 20th century. Spanning from the Norman invasion to the Victorian era, we will try to understand how the English class system came about and still exists in the legacy that it has bequeathed the nation. With visits to Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn; Oxford, with its treasured buildings dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries; Waddesdon Manor, the home of Lord Rothschild; Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill; and other stately homes of historic significance, we will gain a deeper understanding of Royalty and its history. With time to stop for a pint in a cozy pub, and picturesque landscapes along the way, we will journey into the tales and traditions housed in the stately homes of England.
The Best of English Gardens: Including the chelsea flower show
May 14th-23rd, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
This spring, join other garden lovers for a stroll through The Best of English Gardens. At a relaxed pace, with wonderful meals, first-class hotels, and a panorama of magnificent blooms unfolding before us, we will explore the most famous gardens from Vita Sackville-West’s crowning achievement at Sissinghurst Castle to magnificent Stourhead Gardens. We’ll visit Royal Horticultural Society’s flagship gardens at Wisley; Mottisfont Abbey, Kiftsgate and Hidcote Manore, along with visits to the Georgian city of Bath, the enigmatic Stonehenge, concluding with a full day visit to Chelsea Flower Show. A quintessential celebration of springtime, this tour will plant colorful memories for years to come.
One Stop Tour:
Let's Unpack in the peaks
May 31st-June 1st, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
The Peak District National Park covers 555 square miles right in the center of Britain straddling the Pennine Mountain range, known as the “Backbone of England.” This tour will introduce you to the Peak District and the surrounding areas with a special, members only entry to the Chatsworth Flower Show. We have included a fascinating array of visits, from a variety of stately homes spanning several centuries, to one of the country’s foremost industrial heritage sites, the Quarry Bank Mill at Styal.