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The Chelsea Flower Show 2015 & The Gardens of England
May 16-25,2015

                         
Our annual English Garden and The Chelsea Flower Show 2015 tour in England offers women travelers a tapestry of classic Britain. Our 2015 English Garden tour is for women travelers who enjoy all things English. You will visit beloved English gardens and The 2015 Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show on opening day.  Women travelers who love to garden will be inspired by England's pastoral beauty, history and the pure pleasure of taking time for tea. Whether yours is a secret garden behind a wall, a wildflower meadow open to the sea or a courtyard plot in the urban landscape, you will be enchanted.  Women who love the charming classic British country ways of living will enjoy our trip which embraces English country life and the magnificent landscapes that sweep the English countryside. You will spend your days immersed in the creativity, grandeur, and passion that is gardening in England.  Our women's garden tour to England will join the Royal Horticultural Society's members on The 2015 Chelsea Flower Show member’s only days to experience and relish this stellar world renowned gardening event. If you are a keen gardener or just beginning you will enjoy the exquisite beauty in the gardens of England. You will have the chance to savour classic British country living and the history and architecture of London, Bath and The Cotswolds. This trip is designed for women who appreciate the fine art of traveling well and offers you luxe accommodations, fine dining and private touring in a small group.

Depart for London, England from your nearest gateway for your overnight flight to England. Alternatively you may wish to plan to arrive this evening to be rested when the tour begins Sunday at one, or arrive early Sunday morning as you wish. Our English Garden tour begins at one on Sunday.

Women travelers will arrive at London’s Heathrow International Airport early Sunday morning and proceed to The Knightsbridge Hotel in London; a distinctive, small luxury hotel.  There you will meet our founder, Peggy Coonley, who will accompany you for the duration of your time in England.  Unpack, freshen up, and join us for a delightful afternoon getting to know London.  Our private guide leads us on a walk of the Royal London Parks in the heart of the city.  View Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Parliament while walking the lanes and courtyards of London.  We will then enjoy a brief concert at Westminster Cathedral before a light supper in our Knightsbridge neighborhood.

Following breakfast, we will depart for the world-renowned Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew which comprise over 300 acres and more than 40,000 varieties of plants.  An optional tram ride provides a complete tour and overview of the grounds, or you can explore Kew walking as you wish, perhaps visiting the spectacular greenhouses or other areas that spark your interest.  We will have lunch at a tea room in the quaint village of Kew Gardens before returning to London in time to continue exploring the nearby museums, shops and history that surround us.

This evening, we will savour Tea at The Ritz, a fine British tradition to enjoy prior to the theatre.  Join me for the optional theatre experience following Tea at The Ritz if you wish.

The 2015 Chelsea Flower Show, known as the “grand dame” of flower shows, offers RHS member’s only entrance today.  Our English garden tour will join other members of the Royal Horticultural Society today to wander the breathtaking grounds and world class exhibits.  Stroll Chelsea at your leisure and return to Knightsbridge when you prefer.  Sloane Square and Knightsbridge are shopping areas you may want to explore.  The Victoria and Albert is nearby as is Harrod's and Harvey Nichols. Your Chelsea Flower Show tickets are included for a full day entrance to The 2015 Chelsea Flower Show.

We leave London today for the rolling English Kent countryside known as the Garden of England and visit exquisite gardens enroute.  We will continue our sampler of England as we travel through the heart of Sussex and Kent which is the English countryside at its loveliest.  Late afternoon, we will settle into our comfortable country inn. We are well situated to continue relishing the gardens, castles and landscape in the heart of Sussex and Kent.

 

Today we will meander through the idyllic Kent countryside with our private driver. We begin with a visit to the castle at Bodiam and then wander through the exceptional gardens of the late Christopher Lloyd at Great Dixter. Great Dixter is one of England's most favoured gardens and you will savour the breadth and depth of diversity in  the plantings here amidst the Oasts. Our lunch today will be at a classic country pub.

This morning, we will take the short ride through pastoral landscapes to Sissinghurst.  You will experience the infamous beauty of Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens and wander the garden rooms, learn of the life of Vita Sackville-West and be inspired by the beauty.  Sissinghurst is a National Trust garden and the most famous 20th century garden in England.   Many believe it to be one of the world’s finest gardens.. indeed the quintessential English romantic garden.  Vita Sackville West, author and poet, along with her husband, Sir Harold Nicholson, created the gardens around an Elizabethan house.  There is a long and lovely walk to enjoy across the open meadows. After lunch, we will depart for Bath, the World Heritage City famous for its hot springs, Roman period baths, Medieval heritage, and stately Georgian architecture. 

 

This morning, you can opt for a walking tour of Bath provided by the Mayor’s office.  Perhaps, after the two hour walk, catch a bite to eat at infamous Sally Lunn’s, the oldest house in Bath, or lunch and tea at the Jane Austen Centre. After lunch, you can take an informative tour and lecture on the life of Jane. Perhaps visit #1 Crescent or The Pump Room.  Whatever you choose, the wonder and history of Georgian Bath surrounds your remaining days of classic Britain. 

Today, we will savour a full day touring the quintessential Cotswolds villages; including the villages of Castle Combe, Stow on the Wold, Upper and Lower Slaughters, and Bibury, often referred to as the prettiest village in all of England.  The Cotswolds are a land where you dream of Kings and Queens and fairytales. The beauty is magnificent as landscape , gardens and architecture create a world apart.

This evening, we will celebrate our time together in England with our farewell dinner at one of Bath's historical restaurants.

You will depart independently for Heathrow this morning or afternoon, depending on your individual flight times, and bid farewell for flights home with memories, dreams, and colorful garden inspirations.  Transportation from Bath to Heathrow is independent and often shared with fellow travelers. I recommend you plan your flights home in the afternoon for easier travel today.

 

 

 

 

 

Our itineraries are thoughtfully crafted to provide you with the best experiences in travel wherever we go.   The itinerary gives you a generous idea of what to look forward to and what to plan on.  There will be spontaneous elements that will happen as we travel.   You will add the rest when letting the essence of serendipity weave a rich tapestry of memories long after we all have said goodbye.   Serendipity Traveler offers you personal service, unparalleled value, and exceptionally fine travel. 

 
$8295.00 USD Private luxe accommodations* and all noted inclusions. Single supplements are waived on all  Serendipity Traveler tours. All women travelers will savour their own private room on all Serendipity Traveler tours.
 

Highlights and inclusions  of Serendipity Traveler's 10 day Gardens of England and The 2015 Chelsea Flower Show tour include a private walking tour of London's Royal Parks, concert at Westminster Cathedral, Afternoon Tea at the Ritz,  transportation and visit to Kew Gardens, full day ticket to The 2015 Chelsea Flower Show on RHS Member’s only opening day, visits to Nyman's Garden or Penshurst Place, delightful garden visit to the garden of Vita Sackville-West at Sissinghurst Castle Gardens in Kent,  two authentic pub lunches, visit to Great Dixter, visit to Bodiam and the medieval towns, a full day touring in The Cotswolds including Castle Combe, Upper and Lower Slaughters, Stow on The Wold,  travel to Bath from Kent, a walking tour of Bath, Our welcome and farewell dinners as noted in London,  and Bath.  The evening of theatre is optional. Our accomodations are luxe and we will dine around local neighborhoods while touring. Join our English Garden and Chelsea Flower Show Tour 2015 for the glories of  the world class Chelsea Flower Show 2015 and English Gardens Tour.  The final tour price will be adjusted to reflect the current GBP two weeks prior to departure.*


 
Reserve now for The Gardens of England and 2015 Chelsea Flower Show Tour  via email securely at:res@serendipitytraveler.com 

Our women's travel groups are intentionally small and  delightful.

 

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