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Explore gardens of the late Sir Winston Churchill.

Visit some of the finest gardens combined with iconic sights on you garden tours of the United Kingdom with Botanica World Discoveries.

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Discover with Botanica World Discoveries the wonderful gardens of England and Wales in Spring with this relaxed tour in Southern UK while accompanied by a Botanical Guide. Highlights include The Chelsea Flower Show and 32 hectares of Bodnant Gardens. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTCW9
Duration: 9 days
Accommodation: Hotels offering superior comfort
Journey: London Return
Meals included: 13

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive London

Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. At 6.30pm enjoy dinner and a lecture from Rosemary Alexander, a regular judge of the Chelsea Flower Show.
Stay: London, May Fair Hotel, an historical hotel centrally located near Green Park
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Chelsea Flower Show and Chartwell Garden

Explore the Chelsea Flower Show’s gardens, marquees and stalls. Depart London to Chartwell – the magnificent home and gardens of the late Sir Winston Churchill.
Stay: Two Nights: Tunbridge Wells, Spa Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Sissinghurst and Great Dixter Gardens

Visit Sissinghurst to see the 1930s White Garden created by Vita Sackville-West and her husband; explore the late Christopher Lloyd’s gardening masterpiece at Great Dixter and admire the wildflower meadow and long border with hot colours.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 4. Abbey House Garden and Malmsebury

Explore Malmesbury and visit The Abbey House Gardens, nestling beside the Avon River. Made famous by the television program The Naked Gardeners, its beautifully clipped topiary, secluded garden rooms, flowery beds and variety of plants make this one of the best private gardens in England. Afterwards visit the Welsh modern romantic garden of Veddw House Garden.
Stay: Gloucester, Hatherley Manor Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Powis Castle

This morning visit Sir Roy Strong’s garden, The Laskett, before travelling to Powis Castle with its spectacular terraces, clipped yews and stunning vistas.
Stay: Two Nights: Betws-y-coed, Royal Oak Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Wales, Bodnant Garden, Plas Brondanw and Portmeirion

Visit the expansive Bodnant Garden, with views across Conwy Valley. Marvel at the stunning laburnum in full spring bloom. Also, see Portmeirion and the Edwardian, Plas Brondanw Garden.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 7. Hidcote Garden and Walking Tour of Oxford

This morning visit Hidcote, one of England’s great arts and crafts gardens and explore its colourful and intricately designed outdoor ‘rooms’, before continuing to Oxford. Later, enjoy a short guided tour.
Stay: Two Nights: Oxford, Randolph Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 8. Waddesdon Manor and Hatfield House Gardens

Explore Waddesdon Manor, known for its colourful parterre, walks, fountains and statuary. Enjoy the West Gardens and park at Hatfield House.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 9. Beth Chatto Garden, Depart London

See garden author Beth Chatto’s beautiful instructive garden in Essex. Your tour ends at Heathrow Airport at 4.30pm or the St James Court Hotel around 5.30pm.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Learn about the history of the UK from your local Tour Manager
  • Visit the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show
  • Enjoy a dinner lecture by Rosemary Alexander about the Flower Show
  • Visit Sir Winston Churchill’s garden, Chartwell
  • Explore the gardens at Sissinghurst & Great Dixter
  • Visit The Naked Gardeners’ Abbey House Gardens’
  • See Beth Chatto’s instructional garden
  • Wander through Waddesdon Manor
  • Visit Hatfield House Garden
  • Explore Hidcote & Bodnant gardens
  • Visit spectacular Powis Castle
  • Visit the private gardens of Sir Roy Strong & Veddw in Wales

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Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Tour Manager & Botanical Guide
  • 13 Meals – 8 Breakfasts and 5 Dinners
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & porterage
  • Stay in centrally-located 4-star hotels

Additional Information

Chelsea Flower Show

  • For over 100 years, this world-famous horticultural flower show has attracted visitors from around the world, and now it’s your turn to visit. Here, you will have the opportunity to see more than 600 exhibits, amazing garden designs, floral displays and new plant varieties as you wander the 4.5 hectare site.

 

Fitness level

  • Our tours and cruises cater to various fitness levels
  • This tour requires a medium level of fitness – Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour, multiple two-night stays in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included

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