Chelsea Flower Show 2022:
Cotswolds Gardens
May 18th through 27th
From $5,250 per person | Exclusively limited to 12 guests

 Travel to England in the glorious month of May to visit beautiful gardens scattered across the charming Cotswolds and attend the world famous Chelsea Flower Show. Famous for honey colored villages, rolling hills covered with sheep, and manor homes surrounded by fragrant gardens bursting with color, you are sure to fall in love with the Cotswolds. Your stay will be filled with visits to some of the region's loveliest gardens where you will have plenty of time to explore, indulge in afternoon tea, or take notes for your own home garden. Following your time in the Cotswolds we will travel to London where you will be in for a treat with a full day at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show - possibly the world's most fabulous flower show.

  • Small group travel: maximum 12 travelers

  • Visit the iconic Chelsea Flower Show

  • Private tour of Blenheim Palace with a specialist garden talk

  • Hampton Court Palace's 60 acres of gardens

  • Royal Botanic Garden Kew, a UNESCO World Heritage Site 

  • Visits to Snowshill Manor, Bourton House Garden, Sudeley Castle, Hidcote Manor, Kiftsgate Court, and more

 

  • Accommodation in hand selected Five Star hotels in both the Cotswolds and London

  • All sightseeing and touring as listed in itinerary

  • Meals as outlined in itinerary including daily breakfasts in hotel, welcome afternoon tea, and farewell dinner.

  • Transportation on an exclusive private coach

  • The services of an expert Travel Director and guides

 

Highlights

What's Included

Itinerary

Day 1, Welcome to Britain
Fly into London this morning  and meetup with the group after collecting your bags. Grab a cup of coffee before we  head out into the countryside. We will be met at Heathrow by the coach and will be whisked away to Cliveden House in the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside. Enjoy a tour of the extensive gardens and the stunning house itself. Cliveden is famous not just for being a beautiful house and garden, but there has been a long and fascinating history of scandal and intrigue which you will hear all about during your visit! After our tour we will be in for quite a treat with a afternoon tea overlooking the grounds. 
Included Meal: Afternoon Tea

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Day 2, Blenheim Palace
Today we will be visiting the State Rooms of Blenheim Palace on a private after hours tour. The seat of the Dukes of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim is a spectacular place. During our visit we will enjoy a talk with a specialist about the extensive Capability Brown-designed gardens. You will also have time to explore Blenheim at your leisure - take a tour of the Downstairs or the private family apartments, stroll the grounds, have afternoon tea in The Orangery overlooking the Duke's private Italian Gardens, and browse for souvenirs in the gift shop.
Included Meal: Breakfast

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Day 3, Kiftsgate and Hidcote Gardens
Kiftsgate Court Garden was started a century ago, and ever since has been lovingly tended by three generations of women gardeners. Famed for their roses and spectacular views across the countryside, this garden is known for their collection of rare plants and the use of color throughout. There are terraced gardens down the hillside and the sheltered lower gardens feature plants from warm climates that would not usually thrive here. Take a moment to pause from exploring with a stop in the tea room to enjoy homemade scones and delicious sandwiches. Just around the corner from Kiftsgate is the world famous Hidcote Garden. We will be welcomed to Hidcote with an introductory chat with one of their specialists before heading out to explore the garden on your own. Hidcote is one of the world's most influential Arts and Crafts style gardens and its many 'rooms' are a treat to explore.

Included Meal: Breakfast

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Day 4, Sudeley Castle
Sudeley Castle is considered to be a hidden gem in the Cotswolds and today you will discover that for yourself. The castle has 10 gardens covering over 15 acres, including the Knot Garden, Ruins Garden, Secret Garden, and their centerpiece, the Queen's Garden where four Queens of England have walked the paths - Elizabeth I, Jane Grey, Katherine Parr, and Anne Boleyn. During your visit be sure to stop in to St. Mary's Church, where you can view the tomb of Queen Katherine Parr. Also known for their large collection of rare and endangered pheasants, you will see that Sudeley is a very special place indeed. 
Included Meal: Breakfast

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Day 5, Bourton House Gardens
Bourton House's gardens may be small in size, yet they are not to be overlooked as they have been awarded the Historic House Association's prestigious and highly competitive Garden of the Year award. Bourton House features imaginative topiary throughout the Knot Garden and Parterre as well as magnificent herbaceous borders and water features. Beyond the garden there is a pasture walk taking you to visit the specimen trees planted in 1994 and 1995. After visiting the garden you will have free time in the beautiful village, Bourton-on-the-water, to explore the charming shops, galleries, and tearooms.
Included Meal: Breakfast

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Day 6, Snowshill Manor
Set amongst beautiful Cotswold countryside, Snowshill Manor was the home of Charles Paget Wade, whose eccentric style can be enjoyed both in the garden and inside the house where you can see his extensive collection. The manor house itself was intended to display his collection of thousands of beautiful and interesting items, while Wade himself lived in a small cottage next door. The garden features different 'courts' for different moods, yet another reflection of Wade's interests.
Included Meal: Breakfast

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Day 7, Hampton Court Palace
Today we will check out of our hotel in the Cotswolds, and drive back towards London. Before getting to the city we will stop at Hampton Court Palace. Set amidst 750 acres of parkland, Hampton Court Palace's world famous formal gardens cover over 60 acres alone. The former home of Henry VIII, Hampton Court is a feast for the senses. Here you will discover the longest herbaceous border in Britain, the world's oldest puzzle maze, and over a million flowering bulbs blooming every spring. Following our visit the Hampton Court we will continue into the city and check in to our London hotel.
Included Meal: Breakfast

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Day 8, Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew
What started as a nine acre pleasure garden for Princess Augusta in 1759 has grown over the centuries to be the UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 50,000 varieties of plants that you will see today. Visit the Victorian Palm House, stroll along the treetops, see Kew Palace (the summer home of George III), explore the magnificent Rhododendron Dell where you will see unique hybrids found nowhere else in the world, and so much more.
Included Meal: Breakfast

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Day 9, Chelsea Flower Show
Considered the world's finest, and certainly most famous, flower show, Chelsea is an event not to be missed. Bursting with color and fragrance, the Great Pavilion is the centerpiece of Chelsea, while you can spend hours exploring the numerous displays of the finest English gardening styles and avant-garde designs. This evening we will gather together for a farewell dinner in London where we will raise a toast to memories made, new friends, and safe travels home. 
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 10, Departure
After breakfast check out of your room and settle any extra charges at the desk before your transfer to Heathrow for your flight home. 
Included Meal: Breakfast

From $5,250 per person/double occupancy airfare not included
Single Supplement: $1,250

Details
 

Five Star Accommodation in Cheltenham; Ellenborough Park
Ellenborough Park is a sumptuous Cotswold manor house on the outskirts of Cheltenham in The Cotswolds. The main house built from iconic honey hued Cotswold tone, dates back to the 15th Century, and is steeped in centuries of history and intrigue. A quintessentially British destination, with a unique streak of individuality inspired by Lady Ellenborough herself, Jane Digby who  married Lord Ellenborough at the height of her fame as she took 19th Century English society by storm with her striking beauty and scandalous behavior. Today, Ellenborough Park has become the classic Englsih countryside retreat and is waiting to make you feel right at home. 

Five Star Accommodation in London; The Stafford
A true hidden gem in St. James’s, the heart of London, The Stafford is traditional and welcoming with a top-notch cocktail bar and restaurant. In the immediate area you will find St. James’s Palace, built by Henry VIII in 1536; and some truly iconic shops – from Lock & Co (Winston Churchill’s favorite hat shop) to Berry Bros Wine Merchants (founded in 1698, Berry Bros has supplied fine wine to Kings, Queens, and the ill-fated Titanic). A short walk from Buckingham Palace, Westminster and the West End, you will find that Duke’s is ideally located for exploring the city on foot.

Booking
A deposit of $500 per person is due at the time of booking and your reservation will be confirmed upon receipt of payment. We accept payment by all major credit cards and bank transfers. Prices are in US dollars. The full balance is payable by 60 days from departure.

Travel to and from London
Guests are responsible for getting themselves to London Heathrow Airport on Day 1 by 8 am and home from London Heathrow Airport on Day 10. 

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is not included in the price. While not required, it is strongly recommended that you purchase travel insurance.

Single and double occupancy rates are available.

Cancellation policies
61+ days from departure: Deposit non-refundable
30 to 60 days from departure: 50% non-refundable
0 to 29 days from departure: 100% non-refundable

FAQs
 

Can I arrive early or stay later than these dates?
Yes, you certainly may extend your trip on either end. If you arrive early you must get to London Heathrow Airport by 8am on Day 1 to meet the group to begin our journey together. 

 

What meals are included?
Meals are included as noted in the itinerary. Daily breakfast in your hotel is included.

Are children able to attend?
While children may certainly attend, we encourage you to bring no children under 15 years of age. This is simply because the sites and tours planned might not be interesting to a younger child and we want everyone to enjoy the trip.

What should I plan to wear?
The sites we will be visiting do not have a dress code so feel free to dress as you please. We do recommend shoes that are comfortable for walking and standing for several hours at a time. For some dinners and afternoon tea we recommend smart casual.

Can special diets be accommodated?
Gluten-free and vegetarian options are typically available. Vegan might be available. Please indicate dietary restrictions and allergies upon booking.

How much physical activity can I expect?
Although we will enjoy a private coach for most of our getting around, walking will be required for tours and other sightseeing. You should expect to be able to walk for 15 minutes at a time without a break.

What does double and single occupancy mean? Will the room have two beds?
Double occupancy means two people in a room, either one or two beds. If you would like two beds, you must indicate this at time of booking since these room types are limited in number. Single occupancy means one person in their own room.

Will we have free time? What if I don’t know what to do during free time?
Yes you will have free time to explore the area at your own pace. And not to worry, if you do not know what to do we will provide you with plenty of our own suggestions!