Join A Taste of Britain for their 2020 trip
Britain in Bloom
July 9th through 19th, 2021
The scent of roses in the air, juicy strawberries ripe for the picking, warm days spent playing croquet and sipping G&Ts, there is truly nothing quite like summer in Britain. Join Ed and Debbie, owners of A Taste of Britain in Wayne, as they embark on their 2020 journey to experience Britain in Bloom.
You will spend a day exploring the world’s largest flower show (located on the grounds of Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace) and visit several famous gardens of the Cotswolds; from the Arts & Crafts style of Hidcote Manor to the Prince of Wales’ beloved Highgrove House. If you’re a fan of Downton Abbey (and who isn’t?) you are sure in for a treat when you visit the village of Bampton and the superlative Highclere Castle.
After exploring the countryside, cap off your time in Britain with a stay in one of the world’s most fabulous cities: London. Enjoy the best the city has to offer, from the splendor of Buckingham Palace to the tragic tales of The Tower of London, climbing the steps to the famous Golden Gallery in St. Paul’s Cathedral, nothing compares to London.
Hampton Court Palace Flower Festival
Highclere Castle (filming location of Downton Abbey)
Afternoon Tea at Blenheim Palace
Hidcote Manor's world famous Arts & Crafts style gardens
The Prince of Wales' gardens at his home, Highgrove House
Accommodation in hand picked 4 and 5 Star hotels
All sightseeing listed in itinerary
Meals including daily breakfasts, 3 dinners, 2 afternoon teas, and 2 lunches
Transportation on an exclusive private coach
Porterage of one piece of luggage at hotels
Here's what you have to look forward to!
Day One: Welcome to Britain!
After being met at the airport as a group by your travel director and driver, travel out to Oxfordshire.
This evening come together with your fellow travelers, for a Welcome Dinner.
Included Meal: Welcome Dinner | Hotel: (4 Star) Macdonald Bear, 6 nights
The 13th century Macdonald Bear has loads of charm and is a perfect base for our stay in the Cotswolds. Nestled amid cafes and boutiques in Woodstock, a delightful village right on the doorstep of Blenheim Palace, the Bear has a cozy lounge and a terrace ideal for relaxing on a summer evening.
Day Two: The World's Largest Flower Show
Today you will have the opportunity to spend the whole day at the Hampton Court Garden Festival. The world's largest flower show, this is surely to be an extraordinary experience for gardeners and garden lovers alike. Featuring show gardens, talks and demonstrations, floral marquees and a number of pavilions. Enjoy live music, garden inspiration for everyone from the classic gardener to those who enjoy something a bit more contemporary, and a wide variety of artisan shops selling all sorts of gifts.
Included Meal: Breakfast
Day Three: Downton Abbey
This morning, visit the beautiful village of Bampton in Oxfordshire, the setting for exterior village scenes in Downton Abbey. Experience The Church; see Matthew Crawley’s mother’s house, the hospital, and current people’s homes, which are transformed into the Post Office as well as various pubs. In the “hospital,” which is the public library, there is also the Vesey room where the Bampton Archive is housed, and various local exhibitions are set out. Leaving Bampton, we now head for Highclere Castle. Built by Sir Charles Berry who also built the Houses of Parliament, this is the country seat of the Earls of Carnarvon. The tour of the Castle’s public rooms includes the magnificent public main hall, the library and sitting rooms in addition to other rooms featured in the show. Why not spend some time enjoying the enjoying the parklands created by Lancelot “Capability” Brown who also designed the grounds of Blenheim Palace or indulge yourself with tea and cake at one of the tea rooms once you have finished touring the Castle.
Included Meal: Breakfast
Day Four: Blenheim Palace
Enjoy Blenheim Palace at your own pace today. Take your time touring the house and extensive gardens, do a little (or a lot) of shopping in the gift shop, all before enjoying afternoon tea in the Blenheim Palace Gardens. If you want to see a bit more of the palace and grounds, you have the option upon arrival to book a number of tours - Upstairs, Downstairs, the Churchill Trail, or try out the Marlborough Maze. The Maze is located in the Pleasure Gardens and is made of over two miles of yew trees! Later, return to Oxford, where you will join your fellow travelers for dinner.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Afternoon Tea & Dinner with wine
Day Five: The Prince of Wales' home, Highgrove House
Experience a scenic drive through the Cotswolds over to Highgrove House, home of the Prince of Wales (availability permitting). The grounds will be positively bursting with color at this time of year, and you will be able to feel the love Charles has for his home and garden as you walk around. Explore the grounds and gardens, before being hosted for Lunch. You will also have a bit of free time to explore the nearby town of Tetbury, before heading back to your accommodation.
Included Meals: Breakfast & Lunch with wine
Day Six: Hidcote Manor
Today, visit and enjoy the gardens of Hidcote Manor, an Arts and Crafts inspired garden with intricately designed outdoor spaces in the rolling Cotswold hills. The garden was started in 1907 and is internationally renowned for its carefully designed garden 'rooms', a hallmark of the Arts and Crafts style. Then, travel down to the quaint village of Burford, where you will enjoy a pub lunch and time at leisure. Burford is a beautiful old Cotswold village where you have beautiful views across the countryside and down to the River Windrush from the High Street.
Included Meals: Breakfast & Pub Lunch with a pint or glass of wine
Day Seven: London Calling!
This morning journey east to the British Capital, where you will spend the final three nights of your holiday. Enjoy an afternoon at Leisure in London, before joining your fellow travelers for Afternoon Tea at your hotel.
Included Meals: Breakfast & Afternoon Tea | Hotel: (5 star) The Rubens at the Palace, 3 nights
The Rubens is a delight - located directly across the road from Buckingham Palace's Royal Mews, right in the heart of London. The Rubens features a number of options for dining including The Curry Room, The English Grill, and the New York Bar. Though my choice would be to pop into their Leopard Bar for a G&T or a whisky tasting (they have over 200 to choose from!) If you want to get outside and enjoy watching the pelicans in St. James Park, the Rubens can, upon request, prepare a picnic feast for you to take along in a wicker basket.
Day Eight: London's Best
You could live years in London and still barely scratch the surface of this diverse capital. That said, get to the historic heart of the city in a day. An experience for tradition hungry travelers, you’ll witness the Changing of the Guard (availability permitting), visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, head to the Tower of London and sit back on a relaxing Thames River Cruise.
Included Meal: Breakfast
Day Nine: London at Leisure
On this, your final full day in Britain, enjoy the city as you please. Perhaps go visit Kensington Palace, take a few stunning photos, or do some last-minute souvenir shopping. This evening, gather with your group to reminisce about the unforgettable adventure you’ve had, at your farewell dinner.
Included Meals: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner with wine
Day Ten: Homeward Bound
Following breakfast, this morning, your group will be transferred to London Heathrow, to meet your homebound flight.
Included Meal: Breakfast
Price: $4,575 per person, double occupancy.
A limited number of twin rooms (rooms with two beds) are available. If you would like to reserve a room with two beds, please do so as soon as possible.
Single Supplement: $985