7 Day Chelsea Flower Show (Reverse)
7 Day Small Group Tour from London to London with Back-Roads
Stop and smell the roses on this leisurely tour of South East England’s greatest gardens and show-stealing stately homes. The jewel in the crown? A trip to the green-fingered event of the year, the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show.
Day 1: London – Hampton Court Palace – Kew Gardens – London
After meeting in London, our tour of England’s green and pleasant land will begin at the splendid Hampton Court Palace and Gardens. Then: onwards to Kew Gardens. The palm house, a jaw-dropping example of Victorian engineering, is sure to add a flourish to that holiday photo album!
Day 2: London – Chelsea Flower Show – London
Today the RHS Chelsea Flower Show will be yours to enjoy. From urban patches with remarkable water features to gardens that conjure images of different countries from around the world, this spectacular event showcases the very best of contemporary garden design.
Day 3: London – Cliveden – Waddesdon Manor – Windsor
This morning it’s onwards to Cliveden, which boasts colourful gardens for every season (not to mention glorious views over the River Thames). Then, we’ll swap English country houses for an elegant French château: the Grade One listed Waddesdon Manor. Rich in history and royal tradition, Windsor will be our final stop of the day.
Day 4: Windsor – The Savill Garden – Windsor
What better way to spend the day than discovering Windsor’s regal highlights? First, we’ll visit the Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park. As we walk through the themed gardens, be sure to keep an eye out for an array of rare plants from around the world! After some free time, an afternoon tea cruise awaits us back in Windsor. (B)
Day 5: Windsor – RHS Garden Wisley – Hever Castle – Turnbridge Wells
After breakfast in Windsor, we’ll make tracks to the tranquil RHS Garden Wisley, where we’ll take in the sounds of the water flowing through the rock garden and relax in the Alpine Meadow. This afternoon will see us wandering the award-winning gardens of Hever Castle – the childhood home of Henry VIII’s second queen, Anne Boleyn. We’ll rest our head in Tunbridge Wells tonight.
Day 6: Turnbridge Wells – Sissinghurst – Great Dixter – Turnbridge Wells
This morning our road will turn east to Sissinghurst Castle Garden, an iconic retreat that’s renowned for its romantic design and colourful rose arrangements. Then: we’ll swap sculpted layouts for a naturalistic approach to planting at Great Dixter. Here, we’ll tour the old timber-framed house that was home to famous British gardener Christopher Lloyd – and explore the gardens that were his pride and joy. Tonight, we’ll clink glasses over a farewell dinner back in Tunbridge Wells.
Day 7: Turnbridge Wells – Scotney Castle – Igtham Mote – London
Our final day will begin at the charming Scotney Castle, where we’ll take some time to wander the gardens. We’ll then move on to one of the most unique manor houses in Kent: Ightham Mote. This medieval house dates back over 700 years, and can only be reached via an ancient stone bridge that stretches over its very own moat. Then: it’s back to London, where our tour will come to a close.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
- Stroll the fabulous show gardens at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show
- Tour the historic manor houses and beautiful gardens of South East England
- Enjoy overnight stays in historic royal towns Tunbridge Wells and Windsor
- 6 nights in boutique accommodation
- Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
- Premium mini-coach transportation
- 8 Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
- Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
- Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.
Superior & First Class
- Richmond Hill Hotel (or similar)
- Sir Christopher Wren Hotel (or similar)
- The Royal Wells Hotel (or similar)