Here is the Map of Hampshire, Sussex and Kent, counties located south of London. Tour area is only 90 miles across. Includes South Downs National Park and the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The 8-night tour in 2023 will be Sunday 14th May - Monday 22nd May, giving you the opportunity to visit the iconic Chelsea Flower Show in the following days. And a rare chance to be in London for the Coronation on Saturday May 6th. As usual, the tour will combine visits to exquisite gardens and intriguing historic places, and we will stay in charming hotels that take you back to a bygone age.
We specialize in going off the beaten path, so we will explore private gardens, as well as local treasures and renowned gardens. The history of the places give us a glimpse into the home lives of the famous, such as Anne Boleyn, Kipling, and Winston Churchill as well as lesser-known folk. Sometimes, we even visit the archaeological remains of a Roman Villa and Garden. Each tour is individually planned to according the season and interests of the participants. We would love to take you with us!
Prices: Note: Many tours quote 'days', which often include the overnight flights from the US and early morning departures. We do not - we quote 'nights'.
Tours are 8 nights
Sunday May 14 - Monday May 22, 2023
Groups of 12-18 people
A blend of tours fashioned by local guides and self-guided tours to simply enjoy
Travel by executive minibus with uniformed driver
Stays in carefully selected independent, historic hotels. Luxurious rooms with private bathrooms
All breakfasts and half the dinners
All entry fees for group activities (2-3 gardens/historic places per day)
Optional membership in the Royal Horticultural Society, allowing you to purchase tickets for members-only days at the Chelsea Flower Show. We are holding a limited number of all-day tickets for Members day on Wednesday 24th May.
Transfer from meeting point in Central London
Transfer to London Heathrow departures or Central London
Hosted by the Tour Director, Gillian Gray
This tour does not include flights. Fares currently amazingly low, even before the King's Coronation!
We encourage you to purchase travel insurance.
Prices are based on double occupancy.
8 nights $4280 Single supplement $680 [There may be opportunities to share]
Itinerary: Each tour is unique. We will visit a selection of fascinating places according to the composition of the group, location of the lodgings, season, and special opportunities that may arise. Some places are so amazing that they are always on the list eg Sissinghurst Castle Gardens and Great Dixter. The itinerary will be provided prior to departure.
See the dropdown menu for this page to see many of the public gardens and historical places in my portfolio of over 60. I specialize in visiting out-of-the way places, so my itinerary is really my secret sauce. Activity Level: Expect moderate physical activity over a period of 6-8 hours per day. Historic buildings and towns — built hundreds of years ago — can be challenging. You will encounter cobbled streets, narrow staircases (no elevator), uneven paths, moderate slopes. We visit 2-3 wonderful places a day. You must be able to walk 1-2 miles at a time unaided; climb in and out of the executive minibus several times a day; walk on uneven ground, floors, and stairs. It will be worth it!