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English Gardens & The Chelsea Flower Show

Enjoy the beauty, grace and innovation of English gardens as you attend the famed Chelsea Flower Show, visit the gardens of HRH Prince Charles and tour the Arts & Crafts gardens of Sissinghurst Castle.

Marco Polo Invitational Journeys 2014
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Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive London, England/Amberley

Upon arrival you are met and transferred to your luxury castle hotel surrounded by gardens, where you are greeted by your Tour Director. Enjoy a private welcome dinner with your fellow guests at this 900-year-old castle.

Amberley Castle   |   Meals: D
Day 2: Storrington | Parham House

Journey to Storrington to visit the 16th-century Parham House; its landscaped Pleasure Grounds include Veronica’s Maze. The Walled Garden originated in the 18th century and is designed for a long season. Learn how it is run on organic principles. Visit a local wine estate for a tasting.

Amberley Castle   |   Meals: B L
Day 3: Sissinghurst & Great Dixter | Arts & Crafts Gem

Today, drive to Sissinghurst Castle, and stroll its Arts & Crafts style garden before opening hours. Learn how Harold Nicolson, a diplomat and author, laid down its main lines while his wife, Vita Sackville-West, a poet and garden writer, handled the planting. View the influential White Garden, which exemplifies Gertrude Jekyll’s idea of using color themes. Later, enjoy a tour of the late Christopher Lloyd’s garden at Great Dixter, conducted by one of the gardeners. Also built in the Arts & Crafts style, note how it mingles vegetables and flowers, a large orchard with many pockets of wild flowers and, in summer, a magnificent herbaceous border.

Amberley Castle   |   Meals: B D
Day 4: Cheltenham | Country Manor Gardens

After breakfast, drive north to Cheltenham, stopping en route at the acclaimed Hampshire garden of West Green House, to view its many original and inspirational features. Marvel at its grand water staircase, created by Marylyn Abbott, which provides the focal point to the Nymphaeum fountain designed by Quinlan Terry. Continue to Rodmarton Manor, which was built according to Arts & Crafts ideals, and stroll its charming garden, abundant with hedges and roses.

Ellenborough Park   |   Meals: B L D
Day 5: The Cotswolds | Stunning Sudeley Castle

Today, walk the award-winning gardens of Sudeley Castle, which have been lovingly restored and redesigned to complement the elegance and tranquility of the castle. Don’t miss the Queen’s Garden and the Herbal Healing Garden, which renowned designer Sir Roddy Llewellyn helped develop. Later continue to Barnsley House to view its wonderful gardens, designed and laid out by prolific designer and writer Rosemary Verey, which include terraces, lawns, meadows and wilderness. Enjoy tea and time to wander these lovely spaces.

Ellenborough Park   |   Meals: B L
Day 6: The Cotswolds | Masterpiece at Hidcote

Enjoy a private visit to Kiftsgate Court Gardens. Stroll the upper gardens surrounding the house, which are planted to produce harmonious color schemes, while the sheltered lower gardens re-create the atmosphere of the Mediterranean. Continue to nearby Hidcote Manor, one of England’s greatest gardens and a real Arts & Crafts masterpiece, for a guided tour through a series of outdoor “rooms,” each with a unique character. Nestled in the Cotswolds, a range of hills known for their beauty, the garden furnishes stunning panoramas across the Vale of Evesham. Afterward, drive to the lovely town of Chipping Campden to visit its attractive High Street, Jacobean Market Hall and impressive Church of St. James.

Ellenborough Park   |   Meals: B D
Day 7: Highgrove | Gardens of a Prince

Drive to Highgrove in Gloucestershire, home to HRH The Prince of Wales, for a guided tour of his delightful gardens. Prince Charles has transformed Highgrove’s gardens, making them among the most innovative in the United Kingdom.

The Milestone Hotel, London   |   Meals: B L
Day 8: The Chelsea Flower Show | A World of Inspiration

Attend opening day of the world famous Chelsea Flower Show. As arranged by A&K, enter the show on members-only day and enjoy a four-course luncheon and afternoon tea while here. Stroll through exhibit after exhibit showcasing the finest examples of the craft of gardening in England, including some of the most avant-garde show-garden designs in the world, gathering inspiration and ideas for your own garden as you go. Return to the hotel at the end of the afternoon. Gather this evening for a farewell dinner to share your favorite moments from the journey.

The Milestone Hotel, London   |   Meals: B L D
Day 9: Depart London

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals: B

Dates & Prices

Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

May. 14, 2014 - May. 22, 2014 $10,995 -- Call for Availability
May. 13, 2015 - May. 21, 2015 Call for Details -- Available