& COUNTRY HOUSES
and HAMPTON COURT PALACE
KENT/SUSSEX GARDENS & COUNTRY HOUSES and
HAMPTON COURT PALACE FLOWER SHOW TOUR
Sissinghurst Castle / Great Dixter House / Penshurst Place
Hever Castle / Nymans / Chartwell / Charleston House / Monk's House
8 Days / 7 Nights
July 3 - 10, 2021
Great Dixter House & Gardens
Sissinghurst Castle & Garden
An intimate small group tour for flower & garden lovers... architecture & home decor lovers... all travelers who love the English countryside and nature's summer beauty!
Experience charming rural life in South East England... visit England's spectacular country houses and gardens... see the beautiful English countryside in the height of summer... meander through quaint English villages... capping off the week attending the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, England's largest flower show.
We'll spend a week in Sussex & Kent counties visiting world-famous gardens, seeing magnificent castles... touring stately country houses to include -- Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Great Dixter House & Garden, Penshurst Place, Hever Castle, Nymans and Chartwell.
We'll take a day trip to visit Charleston Farmhouse, the former country house of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant... visit Monk's House, the former country house of Virginia Woolf... where we'll learn about the Bloomsbury Set, a group of English artists, writers and intellectuals in the 1st half of the 20th-century which Bell, Grant and Woolf were part of.
We’ll meet in London and stay our first night at the Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel, a traditional luxury London hotel located in the heart of London in the prestigious Mayfair district, before heading to Sussex and Kent. The hotel is centrally located near prime shopping and a short walk to St. James Park, Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park. Our week-long tour begins Saturday evening at 6:30PM with a Welcome Reception… an opportunity to meet everyone and review the week’s itinerary.
Sunday we'll head to Sussex and Kent for a full week visiting South East England's most stunning gardens and country estates. We'll be based for four nights in Rye, one of England's most charming medieval villages located along the coast in East Sussex. We'll stay in a lovely family-owned inn located in the center of Rye on one of town's most picturesque lanes. Each evening we'll explore & experience the Rye's special restaurants and pubs.
From Rye we'll take day trips on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday visiting Kent & Sussex renowned gardens, grand country homes and ancient castles. Thursday morning we'll travel back to London stopping at gardens on the way.
Friday morning we’ll rise early to be among the first visitors to enter the Royal Horticulture Society’s Hampton Court Place Flower Show. We'll travel from central London to Hampton Court Palace where we'll spend the morning with our private Blue-Badge horticulture guide to experience a memorable day visiting the world's largest flower show. It will be a treasured day to remember for all flower !overs!
The afternoon will be open to have a relaxing lunch at the show... tour the flower show at your leisure... shop at the flower show boutiques...or take the afternoon to visit London landmarks.
Friday evening we’ll gather for a traditional English cuisine farewell dinner.
Great trip for friends, couples and for solo travelers. Limited to 15 persons.
Kent & Sussex Gardens & Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Tour Is Designed To Provide:
A fabulous vacation experience in the beautiful English countryside when the Kent and Sussex landscapes are in glorious summer bloom!
A comprehensive week visiting renowned Kent and Sussex country houses & gardens and historic country villages with our local English guide... capped spending a day at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
A friendly and fun small group environment limited to 15 persons. Enjoy the camaraderie and begin friendships with like-minded travelers.
Optional before breakfast morning pleasure walks.
Recommended restaurants should you want to explore on your own, yet everyone is invited to join local-cuisine group meals.
Concierge service & support – fully escorted tour, personal & customized service for a WORRY-FREE vacation!
Seven nights premium accommodations in personally selected elegant and charming premiere/signature hotels.
Daily English breakfasts.
Tea & Cakes at National Garden Scheme private garden.
Farewell Dinner with Traditional English Cuisine
Visit to private garden(s) associated with the National Garden Scheme.
Day trip to Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Great Dixter House & Garden and Pashley Manor Gardens .
Day trip to Chartwell (former home of Sir Winston Churchill,) Hever Castle & Gardens and Penshurst Place.
Day trip to Charleston Farmhouse, Berwick Church and Monk's House
Day trip to Nyams
Visit to RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Kent & Sussex local English guide.
Admission to all gardens, palaces, castles, and villas.
Admission to the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
Morning pleasure walks - optional before breakfast group walks.
Ground transportation for all group activities and day trips.
Concierge service with personal & customized support.
Arrival & Departure City:
$6,475 – 8 days / 7 nights per person in double occupancy shared hotel room. For solo travelers, we will try to find you a roommate. Tour cost does not include airfare.
Added cost for private single room hotel accommodation option - $1,475
Space Is Limited -- Reserve Early!
Small group tour. Limited to 15 persons.
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Please Note: WalkEurope strives to operate according to our published itinerary. However, in the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond our control or opportunities that would enhance the itinerary, adjustments may be necessary. Hotels and itinerary are subject to changes. Tour is subject to meeting eight person participation.