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Chelsea Flower Show, Italian Lakes, Gardens, Slovenia & Croatian Islands Cruise

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Chelsea, Italian Lakes and Cruise.

Explore Villa Balbianello Gardens in Lake Como on your Botanica World Discoveries tour of Europe.

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19 Days including a 7-night small ship cruise. Visit the Chelsea Flower Show then discover the Italian Lakes district then cruise along the Dalmation Coast visiting Plitvice Lakes, Split, Dubrovnik and Kotor. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTILCCF19
Duration: 19 days
Accommodation: Boutique Small Ships and Comfortable Hotels
Journey: London to Kotor or Dubrovnik
Meals included: 33

Itinerary

Day 1. London Private Gardens and West Sussex

Commence at 8.30am at the London pre-tour hotel. Cruise the Thames to visit some private gardens and barge gardens. Travel to West Sussex.
Stay: Two Nights, Chichester, The Goodwood Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Private Gardens of West Sussex

Today enjoy a visit to the Regency State Apartments at Goodwood House to view its art collection. Also visit private gardens of West Sussex and meet their owners.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 3. Arundel Castle, Loseley Park Gardens

Visit Arundel Castle, and Loseley Park Castle and Gardens. Arrive in London and enjoy a special dinner and lecture of the Chelsea Flower Show.
Stay: London, St James Court Hotel, A Taj Hotel behind Buckingham Palace
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Chelsea Flower Show to Milan, Italy

Depart early this morning to arrive at the Chelsea Flower Show. Also take a look at Chelsea in Bloom before flying to Milan later this afternoon.
Stay: Two Nights, Milan, Hotel Galles
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 5. Milan Sightseeing

Today is yours to relax in Milan.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 6. Milan to the Italian Lakes

Enjoy a city sightseeing, before continuing to the magnificent Italian Lakes District.
Stay: Two Nights, Stresa, Regina Palace Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Isola Bella and Isola Madre Gardens

Travel by ferry to the garden islands of Isola Bella and Isola Madre.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Villa Carlotta and Villa Melzi Gardens

See the gardens at Villa Carlotta, and Villa Melzi in the town of Bellagio.
Stay: Como, Metropole Suisse in a lake view room or similar
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 9. Verona, Giardini Giusti

Today we will travel to Verona, and visit the beautiful garden of Giardini Giusti.
Stay: Verona, Hotel Due Torri
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 10. Bled, Slovenia

Cross into Slovenia and take an afternoon tour of the beautiful town of Bled including the castle and church.
Stay: Two Nights, 4-star hotel in Bled, Rikli Balance
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 11. Wildflowers of Slovenia

Today we go in search of wildflowers then visit the Bohinj Wildflower Festival.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 12. Arboretum Volcji Potok, Ljubljana and Embark Ship

Visit Arboretum Volcji Potok then have free time in Ljubljana before boarding your ship in Opatija.
Stay: Seven Nights, aboard the boutique Small Ship, MS Princess Eleganza
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 13. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Today get to explore this area of extraordinary natural beauty.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 14. Å ibenik

Visit a Mediterranean garden in Å ibenik.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 15. Split

Arrive in Split this afternoon in time for a short guided walk.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 16. Hvar and Korcula

Enjoy a free morning on the island of Hvar then cruise to Korcula, Marco Polo's birthplace.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 17. Dubrovnik

Arrive in Dubrovnik and take a guided walk of the old town.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 18. Kotor, Montenegro

Enjoy a tour of the city of Kotor including the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon in the old town. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 19. Disembark Ship and Depart Kotor

Disembark this morning and be transferred to Kotor’s Tivat airport in Montenegro or Dubrovnik airport in Croatia.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy a full day at the Chelsea Flower Show plus a dinner lecture
  • Visit private gardens not normally open to the public in London
  • Learn about the region’s history from the Tour Manager and Cruise Director
  • Spend three nights in the beautiful lakes district of Italy
  • Visit Isola Bella and Isola Madre
  • Explore Villa Carlotta and Villa Melzi
  • Marvel at the Giardini Giusti Garden
  • Discover Romeo and Juliet’s Verona
  • Uncover the history of Dubrovnik
  • Explore the pristine islands of Croatia
  • Visit beautiful Kotor in Montenegro

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Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Tour Manager/Cruise Director and Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers on first and last day, port taxes, tipping and porterage
  • Economy flight from London to Milan
  • 33 Meals - 18 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 10 Dinners
  • 7 nights aboard MS Princess Eleganza cruising the Dalmatian Coast
  • Stay in centrally located 4-5 star hotels

Ship Floor and Deck Plan

Princess Eleganza  

Discover Croatia and the Adriatic Coast aboard this private boutique yacht with just 30 guests, providing an intimate coastal cruising experience up close to the islands.

Please note: this small ship is cosy, comfortable and perfect for enjoying the beautiful scenery and islands of the Dalmatian Coast, but not as luxurious as some of our other ships.

See the deck plans for Princess Eleganza here

Additional Information

Fitness level

  • Medium – Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour, multiple two-night stays in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries. A good degree of mobility is required.

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.
  • Experiences: Flower Show, Private Gardens and History
  • There will be no Botanical Guide on your flight from London to Milan or two nights in Milan
  • Wildflower viewing subject to nature
  • Group Size - 30 guests
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included

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