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Chelsea and Dublin Flower Shows

10 Days with a Botanical Guide in a small group visiting some of England’s iconic gardens plus the Chelsea Flower Show before arriving in Ireland to visit the Dublin in Bloom Show and private Irish gardens. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTCFDUB10
Duration: 10 days
Accommodation: Hotels offering superior comfort
Journey: London to Dublin
Meals included: 16

Itinerary

Day 1. Private Gardens of London

Commence your tour at 8.30am at the London hotel. Cruise the River Thames and visit private and barge gardens before arriving in West Sussex.
Stay: Two Nights: Chichester, The Goodwood Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Private Gardens of West Sussex

Enjoy a visit to Sandhill Farm House Garden, the garden of the Principal of the English Garden Design School, Rosemary Alexander. Afterwards, visit another exclusive private garden and meet its owner. This afternoon tour Home Farm at Goodwood Estate.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 3. Arundel Castle & Loseley Park Gardens

Arrive at the picture perfect Arundel Castle and discover its themed gardens. Visit Loseley Park to explore the privately owned gardens. Arrive in London and this evening enjoy a special dinner and lecture from Rosemary Alexander, regular judge of the Chelsea Flower Show.
Stay: Two Nights: London, May Fair Hotel, an historical hotel located near Green Park
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Chelsea Flower Show

Enjoy a full day to experience the famous Chelsea Flower Show which has been delighting visitors for over 140 years. This is the ‘mecca’ of all garden shows, and one that every garden enthusiast should attend.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 5. London to Dublin

After breakfast be transferred to the airport for your flight to Dublin. (BTDUB6 guests start their tour at 2pm at the Dublin hotel or 3pm at the airport.) Arrive into Dublin and be transferred to your hotel in County Wicklow.
Stay: Two Nights: County Wicklow, Powerscourt Spa Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Mount Usher Gardens

This morning visit Mount Usher Gardens set on the banks of the River Varty. Take a tour of the romantic garden and enjoy time for lunch. This afternoon have free time to enjoy the tranquillity of your hotel.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 7. Powerscourt Gardens to Dublin

This morning tour Powerscourt Gardens, then visit a private garden, with a rare fusion of design and plantings.
Stay: Three Nights: Dublin, Shelbourne Hotel set on St. Stephen’s Green
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Dublin Private Gardens

This morning visit a selection of beautiful private gardens in Dublin and meet their owners. This afternoon visit the National Botanic Gardens, with its classically Victorian design and historic glasshouse, this is Ireland’s premier botanic gardens.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 9. Kildare Gardens

This morning visit Lodge Park Walled Gardens, a restored 18th century garden consisting of a box-edged and yew central path. Next see Coolcarrigan House and Gardens, with its unusual collection of trees and shrubs. Then visit the Japanese Gardens, located on the same site as the Irish National Stud, and acclaimed as one of the finest gardens in Europe.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 10. Dublin In Bloom Festival & Depart Dublin

Spend the day at the Dublin in Bloom Festival, showcasing the best from Ireland’s garden plants, garden design, construction, horticulture and gardening as a hobby. Afterwards transfer to Dublin Airport for your onward flight.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Visit private & barge gardens on a river cruise in London
  • See Rosemary Alexander’s own private garden, Sandhill
  • Explore the many garden rooms at Loseley Park
  • Visit the hilltop Arundel Castle
  • Enjoy Rosemary Alexander’s lecture on the Chelsea Flower Show
  • Attend the world famous Chelsea Flower Show
  • Stay two nights at the beautiful Goodwood & Powerscourt hotels
  • Visit private gardens in Ireland & the Dublin Botanic Gardens
  • Explore beautiful Mount Usher & Powersourt gardens
  • Spend the day exploring the Dublin in Bloom Festival
  • Stay three nights at the iconic Shelbourne Hotel on St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin

Map

Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Tour Manager & Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & porterage
  • Economy flight from London to Dublin
  • 16 Meals – 9 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches & 5 Dinners 

Additional Information

This tour can be combined with:

  • Bordeaux Gardens & Châteaux Cruise - BTBD8

 

Fitness Level

  • This tour requires a medium level of fitness – Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour, multiple two night stay in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are for land and flights as specified only

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Testimonial

"The tour and the visits were very good, friendly, informative and relaxing, a job well done by all."

- Geoff

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