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Botanica

British Isles, Castles, Gardens & History Cruise

London to Glasgow

Trip Code: BTBHS11
11 Days
24 Meals
2020

Trip Highlights

The Castle from Downton Abbey

See Highclere Castle made famous by the television show Downton Abbey and visit Stourhead gardens.

Famous UK Gardens

Visit Tresco, Mount Stewart and Inveraray Castle.

Highlights of Northern Ireland

See the Titanic Exhibition in Belfast and the Giants Causeway.

  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • All sightseeing & touring as per the itinerary
  • Services of a Cruise Director, local guides & Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & port taxes
  • 8 Nights aboard the Small Ship MS Hebridean Sky & 2 Nights in quality hotels
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner aboard your ship
  • 24 Meals

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • This cruise is in partnership with our sister company
  • Small ship up to 100 guests maximum
  • Group size 22-28 guests
  • Medium Fitness level - involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour. A good degree of mobility is required
  • Can be combined with: London and Sussex with Chelsea Flower Show BTCFSS5
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included
UK & Europe Map BTBHS11 2019-21
London to Glasgow

Depart London at 9am from the pre-tour hotel and travel to Highclere Castle made famous by Downton Abbey. Continue on to Bowood Estate surrounded by acres of Capability Brown landscape.

Stay: Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort or similar

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Visit the famous gardens at Stourhead before travelling to Plymouth to board the MS Hebridean Sky, your floating home for the next eight nights.

Stay: Eight Nights, Aboard the small ship, the MS Hebridean Sky

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Today cruise around the beautiful Isles of Scilly and disembark on Tresco. Here, you can explore a wonderful 40-acre sub-tropical garden near Tresco Abbey. You’ll also have the opportunity to stroll along the traffic-free lanes and white-sand beaches.

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Arrive in Waterford on Ireland’s south eastern coast and travel to Mount Congreve Gardens, a visually inspiring woodland garden set on the banks of the River Suir. Later visit Lismore Castle and the oldest continually cultivated gardens in Ireland.

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Arrive in Dublin through the mouth of the River Liffey. Visit Mount Usher garden on the banks of the River Vartry followed by a special private garden. Later, enjoy free time in Dublin.

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Today spend time on the scenic Isle of Man, which was recently awarded status as a UNESCO Biosphere. Explore a number of secluded gardens including Milltown Estate which has an impressive 15 acres of grand gardens and woodland parks.

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Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Belfast including a visit to the Titanic Exhibition. Later visit Mount Stewart, an 18th century house and garden. Here, a series of outdoor ‘rooms’ and vibrant parterres contain many rare plants.

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Berth this morning in the historic walled-city of Derry. On a guided walk through the Inch Wild Fowl Reserve, Ireland’s premier wetland site, look out for grebes, herons and terns. Perhaps join an afternoon tour to the Giant’s Causeway, a series of basalt columns which became widely known from the 1700s as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’.

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Cruise to the Isle of Iona, a place of natural beauty, steeped in history. Visit the twenty-acre Arduaine Gardens created on bare lands in the early 20th century, it is well known for its collection of rhododendrons.

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Disembark in picturesque Oban and travel to Inveraray Castle. Take a look at the enchanting interior that includes the armoury hall and many stately rooms as well as taking the time to explore the gardens with its vibrant spring colours. Arrive later in Glasgow.

Stay: Glasgow, Dakota Deluxe or similar

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Your tour comes to a conclusion after breakfast this morning. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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Everything was wonderful. There were great sightseeing trips and the guides were very knowledgeable.

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