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The Passionate Gardener: Late Summer Gardens of Southern England with Michael B. Gordon

September 5th-14th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Wait list only

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 tour is sold out. Please fill in the below form to join the wait list!**


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Treasure Houses Of Northern England: Exploring Yorkshire And The Lake District

September 13th-22nd, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Limited availability

From the ancient city walls of York to the Lake District; here is an adventure in Northern England that takes you behind the usual tourist facade. We meander past ruined abbeys, country mansions, and breathtaking scenery, traversing from 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. Please call for availability **


Victoria & The Crown

September 14th-24th 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria. Until very recently, Victoria was the longest-reigning monarch in British History. Born in 1819, she acceded to the throne in 1837, at the tender age of eighteen, and ruled for 63 years. Such was her impact on world history that almost a whole century is named the Victorian Age in her memory. Our tour will be led by Alexandra Messervy and follows in the great Queen’s footsteps from her birth at Kensington Palace, through her coronation in Westminster Abbey, to her final years in Windsor Castle. We’ll spend two days on the Isle of Wight, where she and Albert built Osborne House - their “little paradise” – and also visit other country homes and estates with connections to her life and times (several of which were used in recent films about Victoria).

** This is a guaranteed departure **


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Tales of Wessex: Exploring Hardy Country and the Isle of Wight

October 10th-18th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Originally derived from the “West Saxons,” who lived here after the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, the name of “Wessex” for this region of south central England was popularized by the late Victorian novelist, Thomas Hardy.  Though technically not a part of the region, the Isle of Wight is so close, that it would be a shame to miss this opportunity to pay it a visit.  A favorite haunt of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s, their patronage turned the island into a popular destination for English holidaymakers for many decades.  Nowadays, of course, the English tend to forsake their own seaside for warmer Mediterranean shores, leaving the island a very tranquil place, even in the summer – and one that not many American visitors get the chance to explore. Our tour of the region encompasses all its varied aspects; from the ancient to the modern, from the historical to the literary, country pubs to stately homes, charming village churches to great gothic cathedrals, but throughout run the gentle green rolling hills that are the hallmark of this beautiful area.  Please come and join us this spring and enjoy some Tales of Wessex.

** This is a guaranteed departure **


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In search of the corn wall: Adventures in the West Coutry

April 24th-May 4th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Limited Space

Starting in Windsor, we’ll make our way through the counties of Devon and Cornwall. Join tour guide Gavin Miller for an exploration to his childhood vacation spot, Cornwall.Highlights include Tintagel Castle, Stourhead Garden, Castle Drogo, Highclere Castle (subject to availability), Montacute House, Stonehenge and much more!

**This is a guaranteed departure with limited availability**


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Treasure houses of Southern England: Behind the scenes of the stately homes of england

May 3rd-12th, 2020 | 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.


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The Best of English Gardens: Including the chelsea flower show

May 12th-21st, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

This spring, join fellow 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 England’s most famous gardens from Vita Sackville-West’s crowning achievement at Sissinghurst Castle to magnificent Stourhead Gardens. We’ll tour the Royal Horticultural Society’s flagship gardens at Wisley, Mottisfont Abbey, Kiftsgate and Hidcote Manor, along with visits to the Georgian city of Bath, the enigmatic Stonehenge, and concluding with a full day visit to Chelsea Flower Show on members-only day. A quintessential celebration of springtime, this tour will plant colorful memories for years to come.


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The Cotswold Hills: Exploring the by-ways & hidden corners of the Cotswold Hills

June 11th-20th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Dreamy spires and picturesque villages capture the romance and gentle beauty of the Cotswolds, a corner of England where lush, rolling hillsides meet the horizon. From the soaring towers of Oxford University where we will take a walking tour, to the quaint, tumbling thatched roofed cottages, along the riverside, to the gorgeous Georgian architecture of ancient Bath, we will slow down, stay a while, and dream. We begin and end our tour in Royal Windsor, convenient for meeting the various arriving flights of our group members. From here we will wend our way with stops at Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare, to the beautiful gardens of Sudeley Castle and the romantic ruins of Kenilworth. Come experience the gentle scenery in the full glory of an English summer and be transfixed by the Captivating Cotswolds!


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Treasure Houses Of Northern England: Exploring Yorkshire And The Lake District

September 18th-27th, 2020 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

From the ancient city walls of York to the Lake District; here is an adventure in Northern England that takes you behind the usual tourist facade. We meander past ruined abbeys, country mansions, and breathtaking scenery, traversing from 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.