Chelsea Flower Show (Eastbound) 2024

Chelsea Flower Show (Eastbound) 2024

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Chelsea Flower Show (Eastbound) 2024

8 Days Starting and ending in London

Visiting: London, National Trust - Ightham Mote, National Trust - Scotney Castle, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Sissinghurst Castle, Great Dixter House & Gardens, Hever Castle & Gardens, RHS Garden Wisley, Windsor, The Savill Garden, Eltham Palace, Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Tour operator:

Back-Roads Touring

Tour code:

BCFLL4

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

7 - 18

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-90

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Private Available:

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Tour Overview

From unique English manor houses, an elegant French château and grand gardens steeped in history and tradition – we’ll stop and smell the roses on this leisurely tour of South East England’s regal towns and show-stealing stately homes. And the jewel in the crown? A trip to the green-fingered event of the year, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show.

Highlights

  • Wander the fabulous show gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

  • Tour the historic and beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew

  • Enjoy overnight stays in historic royal towns Tunbridge Wells and Windsor

Itinerary

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Day 1: London (England)
Location: London
Accommodation: Tower Suites by Blue Orchid (or similar)
Meals Included: Dinner

Our tour of England’s green and pleasant land will begin in the country’s iconic capital. After meeting the group at our London hotel, we’ll get to know one another better over a delicious welcome meal.

Day 2: London – Ightham Mote And Scotney Castle – Royal Tunbridge Wells
Location: London, National Trust - Ightham Mote, National Trust - Scotney Castle, Royal Tunbridge Wells
Accommodation: Hotel, Royal Wells (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We’ll begin our journey with a visit 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. This afternoon we'll visit the charming Scotney Castle, where we'll take some time to wander the house and gardens – before we end our delightful day in Tunbridge Wells. Tonight, there’s another sumptuous group dinner on the agenda.

Day 3: Royal Tunbridge Wells – Sissinghurst Castle And Great Dixter – Royal Tunbridge Wells
Location: Royal Tunbridge Wells, Sissinghurst Castle, Great Dixter House & Gardens, Royal Tunbridge Wells
Accommodation: Hotel, Royal Wells (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

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 the quaint, rustic charm of Great Dixter: the family home of famed English gardener Christopher Lloyd. Here we’ll discover how the sublime arts-and-crafts-style gardens inspired Lloyd throughout his career – with time to admire the estate’s vibrant grounds and historic buildings. Upon returning to Tunbridge Wells, we’ll have the evening to spend at our leisure.

Day 4: Royal Tunbridge Wells – Hever Castle And Rhs Garden Wisley – Windsor
Location: Royal Tunbridge Wells, Hever Castle & Gardens, RHS Garden Wisley, Windsor
Accommodation: Hotel, Castle (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast in Tunbridge Wells, we’ll make tracks to the award-winning gardens of Hever Castle – the childhood home of Henry VIII’s second queen, Anne Boleyn. This afternoon will see us wandering the tranquil RHS Garden Wisley, taking in the sounds of the water flowing through the rock garden and enjoying the serene Alpine Meadow. Rich in history and royal tradition, Windsor will be our final stop of the day. This evening, we’ll clink glasses over an included dinner and share plans for the free day awaiting us tomorrow.

Day 5: Windsor
Location: Windsor
Accommodation: Hotel, Castle (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

What better way to spend the day than discovering Windsor’s regal highlights at our own pace? We’ll have plenty of time to visit the Castle, wander the picturesque riverside and sample a delicious afternoon tea at one of the tearooms around town. After a full day of exploring, choose from one of the many cosy pubs and eateries – and enjoy an evening spent at your leisure.

Day 6: Windsor – The Savill Garden And Eltham Palace – London
Location: Windsor, The Savill Garden, Eltham Palace, London
Accommodation: Tower Suites by Blue Orchid (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, we’ll pay a visit to 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. Next, we'll turn our attention to the eccentric charm of Eltham Palace. Featuring a grand medieval hall and a chic Art Deco extension, this is eclectic English architecture at its finest! Spending the evening exploring the capital's array of gastronomic options or relaxing at our hotel – we will look forward to tomorrow’s exciting agenda.

Day 7: London – Rhs Chelsea Flower Show – London
Location: London, Chelsea Flower Show, London
Accommodation: Tower Suites by Blue Orchid (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today the RHS Chelsea Flower Show will be yours to enjoy. From the world-famous show gardens to the astounding floral displays on offer in Chelsea's Great Pavilion – this truly spectacular event showcases the very best of garden design and is sure to be a highlight of our trip.

Day 8: London – Kew Gardens – London
Location: London, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London
Meals Included: Breakfast

It may be the last day of the tour, but there’s still time to enjoy some more English treasures before we say goodbye. This morning we’ll take a stroll around the splendid Kew Gardens. The palm house, a jaw-dropping example of Victorian engineering, is sure to add a final flourish to that holiday photo album. We will say our farewells upon returning to the hotel.

What's Included

  • Meals
    7 breakfasts, 3 dinner

  • Transport

    Premium mini-coach transportation

  • Guide

    Experienced Tour Leader and Driver

What's Not Included

  • Additional Services

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

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  • What is the tipping policy?

    At the discretion of the guest

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    All Entrance fees listed are included

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes the Coach is air-conditioned

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    A Tour Leader and separate driver will take you on your journey

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    A Small supplement, but dedicated allocation on every tour

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    Please see your local governments for rulings on destination Visa's

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No they are not.

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    Hand Picked and Boutique

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, All guides are English speaking

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes, please request at time of booking

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Ample free time due to low drive days

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    Yes there is - 20kg and a max dimension of 158cm (W+D+L)

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    Euro

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    This will be provided on final documentation

  • What is the maximum group size?

    18 is the maximum on any tour

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Guests from all over the world could be joining you

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No they are not.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    From the Age of 13

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    We have solo capacity, however no single share.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Upon final payments, we will distribute E-Documentation to all of our guests. Dont forget we also have our App to download as an added feature.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Like-minded travellers awaiting the opportunity to explore the less explored regions. Interests in food, wine, history, art as well as wartimes there will be a great mix of people to connect with on tour.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have our COVID Assurance Policy, Book now and relax knowing you are covered under our new COVID-19 Assurance Policy. At no additional cost to you, new bookings are now 100% refundable in the unfortunate event you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or unable to travel due to government-enforced lock downs prior to your scheduled departure date.

  • What level of mobility do I need?

    You need to be fit enough to get on and off the vehicle on a regular basis, and to walk both to attractions and around towns and villages. You also need to be able to walk up and down stairs in the hotels and use a shower over the bath. We frequently use traditional style hotels and the majority will not have lifts or ground floor rooms.

  • Who goes on Back-Roads tours?

    The majority of our guests come from Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. All tour commentaries are in English. Our tours appeal to those looking for a more relaxing style of travel, and who enjoy culture, good food, meeting like-minded people and exploring destinations in depth.

  • What is the minimum age for any Back-Roads Touring trip?

    The minimum age on all of our trips is 18 years.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    All Hotels in line with protocols following the World Health Organisation meet and exceed requirements for all Touring with us.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Back-Roads Touring has been operating from the UK for over 30 years.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    Inline with our booking flexibility policy, you are able to make as many changes as required up to 60 days from departue - with 1 last included up until 30 days out.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Generally no, but in extraordinary circumstances it can be looked at.

Reviews of this Operator

Elspeth Chalmers (Google Reviewer)  

Wow what an incredible trip!...

22-Jun-2023

Wow what an incredible trip! Backroads thought of everything and the staff were incredible. We had an unbelievable experience.

Cindy Black  

13 trips and still amazed!

04-May-2018

This was my 13th trip with Backroads and it definitely exceeded my expectations, which is harder and harder to do!

Lori Harmon (Google Reviewer)  

Backroads is a premium travel/adventure...

12-Oct-2023

Backroads is a premium travel/adventure company. They provide structure but also promote making the journey your own. Guides highly trained and totally focused on making each person’s experience safe, fun and memorable. They seek out the best opportunities to play hard and rest well. Hands down the best tour company I have experienced.

Roger van den Boogaard (Google Reviewer)  

I had a wonderful experience...

02-Aug-2023

I had a wonderful experience touring Italy, this July 2023, with Backroads. Our tour leader was exceptional in her knowledge of all things around us. Our driver did an amazing job under VERY difficult circumstances. Bravo Luciano. The accommodations were fantastic. The provided meals were delicious.(not to mention the wine tasting🍷 or the ‘two a day’ gelato rule🍦, so we won’t)😁 The scenery as we passed through was astounding, particularly Tuscany and then up into the northern mountains. Breathtaking. Thoroughly enjoyable. Roger.

Debbie Waltermine  

First Experience?

12-Jul-2019

This was our first experience with Backroads and it was wonderful!! Your staff at the office and your group leaders are wonderful—you made it so easy to organize and plan all we needed. Truly a 5 star experience!

julie walton (Google Reviewer)  

We have just come off...

28-May-2023

We have just come off a Back Roads Highlights of Britain Tour 2023! Our tour guide and bus driver were amazing! Shabby our guide absolutely created magic for the whole bus! Magnificent itinerary, incredible commentary from young Shabby with music included to pay homage to the districts we were in! 🎶genius! Talk about an experience of a lifetime! A small group means going to the places the big buses can’t and time to get to know your fellow adventurers! Loved this tour and Back Roads if you’re reading this you have struck gold with your guide Shabby! Highly recommended 👍

Stephanie Breedlove  

Commitment to travellers is brilliant!

26-Sep-2019

The Backroads commitment to a personal level of service is apparent and so very appreciated. The genuine interest and execution of so many detailed extras made a significant difference in the experience. Backroads is truly a Small Giant.

Fiona Balsillie (Google Reviewer)  

Currently on a Portugal tour,...

08-May-2023

Currently on a Portugal tour, at this moment on the Douro river cruise. Sad to say but truely don’t bother. Small little boat we are stuck inside no ventilation limited views and you can’t take pictures due to the closed dirty windows

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    Back-Roads Touring allows you to make 10 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 60 days before the start of the tour.

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Back-Roads Touring allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform back-roads touring, 60 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Back-Roads Touring requires a minimum deposit of 150 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of back-roads touring charges.

    Up to 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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