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English Gardens & the Hampton Court Flower Show 2018


9 Days from $8,995

Limited to 18 guests

Visit some of Britain's most inspiring gardens, exploring designs spanning the grandiose to the intimate. Discover the secrets of Bath's ancient Roman remains, Avebury's Neolithic stone circle and Sudeley Castle's royal past, continuing through the rolling Cotswolds and on to London for the illustrious RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.

A&K Advantages

Explore exclusive estates and gardens on this quintessentially English journey, enjoying privileged access at every turn

Savor a day enjoyed in inimitable A&K style at the Royal Horticultural Society's world-famous Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Stroll one of England's most interesting gardens at Hidcote Manor

Walk in the footsteps of royalty as you explore Sudeley Castle's priceless art collection, enchanting Queens' Garden and the final resting place of Katherine Parr

Set out on a privately guided tour of Sezincote House & Gardens to reveal the history behind its Neo-Mughal fantasy building

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Arrive London, England
Day 2
Bath | Echoes of Austen
Day 3
Wiltshire | Wells & Stourhead
Day 4
Avebury & Tetbury | Neolithic to Victorian
Day 5
The Cotswolds | Intimate Gardens & High Street Cafes
Day 6
The Cotswolds | Retracing Royal Footsteps
Day 7
Batsford & Waterperry | A Blossoming Canopy
Day 8
The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show | A World of Inspiration
Day 9
Depart London
Day 1
Arrive London, England

Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your luxurious accommodations in a former mansion surrounded by stately gardens on the edge of Bath. At 6:00 p.m., gather for a briefing and then enjoy a private welcome dinner with your fellow guests.

The Bath Priory
Meals: Dinner
Day 2
Bath | Echoes of Austen

This morning, enjoy a private tour of Bowood House, a Georgian country manor boasting gardens designed by Lancelot "Capability" Brown. Return to Bath, the Georgian town forever immortalized in the pages of Jane Austen’s classic novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. Venture beyond the town’s Georgian facades to reveal its timeworn Roman baths secluded below street level.

The Bath Priory
Meals: Breakfast
Day 3
Wiltshire | Wells & Stourhead

Journey to nearby Wells, England’s smallest city. Explore the grounds of its Bishop’s Palace during a private guided tour focused on horticulture. Have lunch in Wells and then continue to Stourhead, one of the grandest garden complexes of Southwest England. Later, savor a gourmet dinner at your hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant.

The Bath Priory
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Avebury & Tetbury | Neolithic to Victorian

Visit the small village of Avebury and its vast Neolithic henge monument, one of the world’s largest ancient stone circles. Next, stroll among the stones and gardens of Avebury Manor. Continue to the historic town of Tetbury, enjoying lunch at your leisure. This afternoon, tour Westonbirt Arboretum, a national treasure dating back to the Victorian heyday of exotic plantings.

Dormy House
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5
The Cotswolds | Intimate Gardens & High Street Cafes

This morning, visit an intimate garden at Mill Dene, where the owners host a chat and morning coffee. Discover the remarkable Neo-Mughal architecture of Sezincote House as you are escorted on a private tour of the property. Afterward, drive to the lovely town of Stow-on-the-Wold to visit its attractive High Street and explore its cafes, antique stores and galleries. Later this afternoon, explore the quaint country garden of Snowshill Manor, an intimate, two-acre plot divided into several eclectic vignettes. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Dormy House
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6
The Cotswolds | Retracing Royal Footsteps

Visit Upton House to discover its impressive art collection, authentic 1930s decor and vast country gardens. Continue on to the masterpiece of Hidcote Manor, home to one of England’s most unique formal gardens. Stroll these Arts and Crafts-inspired gardens, discovering a series of unique outdoor “rooms” and stunning panoramas across the Vale of Evesham. Next, drive to historic Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire, enjoying a private tour of the castle’s priceless art collection. Trace the footsteps of Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I through the castle’s elegant Queens’ Garden, pausing at the beautiful 15th-century church where Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s six wives, still rests. This evening, enjoy a Scenic Sundowner overlooking the Cotswolds.

Dormy House
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7
Batsford & Waterperry | A Blossoming Canopy

This morning, visit Batsford Arboretum, a 55-acre botanical garden featuring Japanese maples, magnolias and pines. Pause for a traditional pub lunch at the Trout Inn, a location frequently featured in the long-running television series Inspector Morse. Next, tour eight acres of ornamental plantings at Waterperry Gardens, accompanied by the head gardener. Continue on to London for an evening at leisure.

The Milestone Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8
The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show | A World of Inspiration

Today, attend the world-renowned RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Gain VIP access to the Royal Horticultural Society hospitality area, enjoying a four-course luncheon, open bar, and morning and afternoon teas. Walk countless exhibits showcasing 250,000 flowers and the finest specimens of English gardening, affording a bottomless well of inspiration. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon, gathering in the evening for a farewell dinner.

The Milestone Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Depart London

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure.

Meals: Breakfast


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

  • Jun 28 - Jul 06
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    Price shown is guaranteed for 7 or more guests. For 2-6 guests, the price will be $11,495 per person double occupancy.

    This journey can be combined with the June 18 departure of Britain's Great Stately Homes.

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Journey Details

Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 6:00 p.m. on Day 1.

Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:30 p.m. on Day 8.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.


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