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2020 Preview


Welcome

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e’re delighted to share with you our brand new preview brochure for 2020. On the following pages, you’ll be able to browse just a selection of what we have on offer for the next year, from our brand new tours to our tried-and-tested most popular holidays. If you’re wondering what’s new, you can look forward to sun-soaked adventures in the far-away destinations of both South Africa and Grenada, where exotic plants and amazing wildlife await. A little closer to home, you can combine a tour of Cornwall’s finest gardens with a day trip to Tresco in the Scilly Isles, home to the fabulous Abbey Gardens, and be among the first to explore RHS Garden Bridgewater, which is due to open to the public for the first time in 2020 and promises to be a major addition to the wonderful gardens curated by the RHS. Elsewhere, we have a range of mesmerising Scottish breaks that will take you from the rugged coastlines to the sprawling countryside in search of birds, standing stones and fascinating heritage sites. Our team has personally visited over 35 Scottish Islands, so there’s no better company to rely on for a holiday here as we’re incredibly wellversed in all things Scotland! We also have a collection of archaeological tours departing in 2020, on which you’ll find yourself wandering around the ancient Palace of Knossos in Crete, the haunting remains of Pompeii or the Gothic castles in rural Romania. Finally, we have our beloved garden tours - both overseas and at home. Whatever kind of trip you’re looking for, multi award-winning Brightwater Holidays can make your travel dreams a reality.

British Travel Award Winners 2018

Last year we were delighted to pick up two awards at the prestigious British Travel Awards – the Oscars of the travel industry. We won awards in the categories of best coach holiday company and best special interest holiday company. Thank you to everyone who voted for us.

How to book

Full financial protection

After you have enjoyed browsing these pages at your leisure and you’re ready to treat yourself with a place on one of our tours, just get in touch and we will do the rest.

All our holidays are fully bonded and protected. The air holiday packages in this brochure are ATOL Protected, since we hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 4498. ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services in this brochure. Holidays without flights are protected by ABTOT. This means that in the unlikely event of our insolvency, your holiday would be completed or refunded.

Give our friendly team a call on 01334 457003, or send us an email at info@brightwaterholidays.com For further details on any of our holidays, including day-by-day itineraries, what’s included as well as any extras, please just head to our website: www.brightwaterholidays.com Happy browsing, and we look forward to hearing from you!

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Early bird offer The early bird catches the worm and in this case it’s a very juicy worm, worth up to £200pp off the price of your holiday! We are offering £50pp off holidays under £1000pp; £100pp off those from £1000pp to £2000pp and £200pp off those over £2000pp. The offer applies to selected departures only, as indicated by the Early Bird symbol, and to a very limited number of places. It runs until 30 June 2019 but may be withdrawn earlier if the Early Bird places are sold, so it really does pay to book early.

2020 PRICES

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e promise that when we launch our new holidays our lowest prices are made available to give you the very best value for money and over 70% of our 2020 prices are the same or cheaper than in 2019. It pays to book early as prices can increase as the departure date approaches.

Early booking offer... We celebrate forward-planning... Here at Brightwater Holidays, we believe that it’s never too early to start thinking about your next adventure! That’s why we’re offering you a great early bird booking incentive. Just book your 2020 holiday by 30th June 2019 and we’ll give you a free, one-year magazine subscription. Choose from The Scots Magazine, BBC Gardeners’ World or Current Archaeology Magazine. It pays to book early… Free Magazine Subscription Terms and Conditions Applies to sales of Brightwater’s 2020 holidays booked up to 30th June 2019. If you would like to receive a year’s free magazine subscription, we will pass your address details supplied during the ordering process to the publisher for the purpose of fulfilling the magazine subscription. Please allow 8 weeks for the start of your subscription. Your information will not be used for purposes other than the fulfilment and management of your magazine subscription including renewals. Offer only available to UK bookers. Subscription queries should be directed as follows: Gardeners’ World – Immediate Media tel no. 03330 162139, The Scots Magazine – D.C.Thomson Media tel. no. 0800 318846, Current Archaeology – Current Publishing tel. no. 08456 447708. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. For full terms and conditions visit www.brightwaterholidays.com/magazinesubscription

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Contents

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Welcome

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Tailor made group travel

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Early booking offer

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Holiday choices

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Contents

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Scenic Scottish tours

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Better service

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New for 2020

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UK and Overseas Garden & Archaeology Tours

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Only in 2020

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Calendar

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Brightwater experience

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Specialist Journeys

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Testimonials

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Better service

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eedback from our guests is simply invaluable and we take all of it on board, which helps us to provide a better service throughout your entire holiday journey – from the moment you first enquire, right through to your return home. Each member of our friendly team understands what it is that you expect from a holiday, and we have worked hard to ensure we can give you exactly that. So, from the travel experts in our office and the accommodation that we hand-pick for each tour, to the comfortable coaches that transfer you between visits and the knowledgeable tour managers who look after your every need, you’re in safe hands with Brightwater Holidays.

We cover the country

A truly varied programme

What we include

UK garden tours depart by coach from London, with further pick-ups depending on the route. Scottish tours depart from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dunfermline, Kinross and Perth, plus Dundee and Aberdeen on certain tours. Flight-inclusive tours depart from London airports, with regional flights or connections available at a supplement. Eurostar tours depart from London St Pancras.

Our programme includes a host of tried and tested favourites with a handful of holidays making a welcome return and a peppering of brand new tours to capture the imagination. As always, we try to ensure that we give our guests a wealth of experiences. Whether it’s special access to gardens, hands-on workshops or visits to historic castles, you can do it all with us!

For 2020 we are continuing our thoughtful approach to what we include in our tours, based on the feedback from our guests. Where you’ve told us lunches don’t need to be included, we’ve taken them out. Where you’ve told us you really enjoyed that delicious meal, we’ve kept them in. All our tours now include porterage (where available), taking that weight off your mind.

Personalise your holiday We understand that you, as a traveller, are an individual. It’s important to us to offer ways in which you can tailor-make your trip to best fit your needs, and there are always things we can do to help:

Room and cabin upgrades

Direct flights

Extra nights either side

Extend pre- or post-tour

Whether you want to treat yourself to a lake-view, a junior suite or a superior cabin, just let us know and we’ll do the rest.

Flights are usually from London, but we can also offer connecting flights or direct flights from regional airports.

Overnight accommodation in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and other pick-up points as well as at airports is available on request.

If you want to explore more of what your destination has to offer, why not extend your trip with an extra week and later flights, for example.

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New for 2020 Be among the first to visit RHS Garden Bridgewater

Tatton Park

RHS Bridgewater Finally opening to the public in 2020, we are delighted to offer you the opportunity to be among the first to visit RHS Garden Bridgewater. This exciting new project is home to an 11-acre walled garden along with a large lake and extensive woodland. It is the RHS’s first new garden in 17 years and a visit here is surely bound to enhance anyone’s grasp of horticultural knowledge. • Encounter the brand new RHS Garden Bridgewater, opening to the public in 2020 • Wander the glorious gardens at Tatton Park • Special access to an intriguing little private garden

On this 4-day tour, we will showcase the true beauty of an English country garden in varying themes and styles. At Trentham Estate, you’ll see a contemporary revival of the famous Italian Gardens, while at Dunham Massey garden, set around a Georgian Mansion, exotic treasures await. Nearby, at Arley Hall, you’ll find yourself enchanted by its charm and character. Discover the very best of the northwest on this wonderful English escape.

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Our Spice Island debut

St George’s

Grenada - Gardens of the Spice Island Its lush, mountainous interior and almost flawless coastline make Grenada the ultimate destination. Breathe in the heady scent of cloves, ginger and nutmeg that fill the air as you travel between private gardens and sun-soaked outdoor spaces that have been designed to highlight the area’s plantlife. • Experience this tour alongside our popular tour manager, Trevor Edwards • Time at leisure to explore the Spice Island or just relax • Visit a trio of magnificent private gardens in the great company of their respective owners

Two bestsellers in one

Also, on this 9-day adventure, you’ll pay a visit to the oldest functioning water-propelled distillery in the Caribbean where you’ll be treated to a tasting of its delicious rums, observe endemic wildlife on a bird-watching tour that showcases the local species, and take a tour of the 17th century Belmont Estate, which allows guests to observe the workings of a fully functioning historic plantation. The experiences to be had on this brand new tour are varied and will be enjoyed from our base at the Blue Horizon Garden Resort, just 300 yards from the beach.

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Cornwall and Tresco A truly stunning part of the UK that is home to romantic ruins, gorgeous beaches and charming towns, Cornwall is worth the trip. You have the opportunity to visit the subtropical Abbey Gardens of Tresco, located on the Isles of Scilly. A family-owned island, the gardens house thousands of amazing exotic plants. • Visit the favourite garden of TV’s Carol Klein, Bosvigo – known as Cornwall’s best-kept secret • Optional tour to Tresco’s unique Abbey Gardens • Discover the natural delights of beautiful Cornwall

Elsewhere on this tour, you’ll visit Lanhydrock Gardens with its 1,000 acres of rare shrubs and trees and in Trelissick, admire colourful blooms that include azaleas and camellias. You will also tour the 26-acre Trebah, the Italianate garden of Lamorran House and Marsh Villa, with its charming meandering paths. Lush gardens, stately homes and coastal landscapes await. Abbey Gardens, Tresco

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Only in 2020

©Passion Play Oberammergau 2020

Oberammergau and the Austrian Tyrol

Taking place only once every 10 years, the bucket-list experience of the Oberammergau Passion Play is upon us. This is your chance to watch locals from this tiny Bavarian village bringing the story that celebrates the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ so vividly back to life. If you miss it, you’ll be waiting another decade.

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Taj Mahal

WAFA 2020 and Palaces & Gardens of India’s Golden Triangle The World Association of Flower Arrangers will bring its 2020 showpiece event to the vibrant city of Jaipur in India. On this tour, along with entry to the WAFA showcase, you’ll pay a memorable visit to the legendary Taj Mahal, the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort and the stunning Lodi Gardens. Explore the best of India’s horticultural delights with us.

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Brightwater experience

Timeless cottage gardens

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rom start to finish, you’ll be taken care of on a holiday with Brightwater. Travelling aboard our comfortable coaches in the company of people who share your interest – whether it’s for gardens, the glorious Scottish Isles or archaeology – we will take you to fabulous sites in all corners of the world. Our friendly tour managers are on hand to ensure your every need is catered to, our itineraries have been designed by a team with significant experience and our working relationships allow us to secure access to private gardens, making your trip truly memorable.

What makes our tours special? • We have over 25 years of experience and knowledge • Unique and innovative holidays • Exclusive access to private gardens • No hidden extras • Well-planned itineraries that are also perfectly paced to suit any traveller • Friendly and authoritative tour managers • Professionally recognised partnerships • Welcoming and friendly service from first contact • Experts in Scottish travel, with our dedicated team having visited a total of 35 of its islands • Enjoy peace of mind with financial protection

Old Man of Storr, Skye

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Testimonials

“I enjoy working with Brightwater Holidays as they are the market leader in specialist horticultural tours. It gives me great pleasure leading groups of people who all have different gardening abilities and sharing my passion for visiting great gardens and seeing incredible plants throughout the world..”

Colin Crosbie | Former curator of RHS Garden Wisley

“We have travelled with tour manager Michael Gill several times - he is always excellent. Knowledgeable, courteous and caring.”

Guest 2018 | Historic West Sussex

“Brightwater travellers come from all walks of life but are united by a love of nature and culture, a desire to ‘walk slowly’, understand where we are coming from and where we are going to. That makes for a relaxed pace, stimulating conversation and a friendly atmosphere. Brightwater people are never ‘holiday-makers’ but are definitely ‘travellers’, in search of authenticity and beauty, a well-organized tour and a relaxed and informative experience.”

“Really nice hotel, beautiful surroundings, fantastic food, cheerful and helpful staff. What more could you want?”

Kate Williamson | one of our most popular tour managers

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Guest 2018 | Knitting in Shetland


“Your office staff are always so cheerful and helpful. They are a joy to speak to.”

Guest 2018 | Malta’s Archaeological Heritage

“Brightwater staff always get and deserve high marks.”

“Having worked with Brightwater for over 15 years, as a tour manager and expert horticultural guide, I can say without hesitation that the itineraries they offer are always packed with interest and the way they look after their clients is second to none. Which is undoubtedly why I have met so many people over the years that come back time and again to travel with Brightwater.”

Tony Russell | Former Head Forester at Westonbirt Arboretum

Guest 2018 | Gardens of Kent & Sussex

“Along with a host of other tours I’ll be leading in 2020, including the fantastic WAFA tour to India, I’m particularly excited to be running the inaugural tour to the Spice Island – Grenada.”

“Best tour guide I’ve ever had on any holiday - his knowledge of places, wildlife and history was very extensive.”

Guest 2018 | Grand Tour of the Outer Hebrides

Trevor Edwards | Garden Designer & Consultant

“Chris was the best driver ever. So kind, funny and knowledgeable.”

Guest 2018 | New Zealand Garden Festivals

Eilean Donan Castle at sunset

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ince its inception over 25 years ago, Brightwater Holidays has provided tailor-made travel arrangements for many private groups and societies, with a dedicated Group Travel department providing a highly personal service. The itineraries and packages have been as varied as the groups themselves, ranging from a short city break to an extended tour of South Africa. Typically, tours include all transportation, accommodation and entry costs, visiting gardens, stately homes, art galleries and other specialist attractions depending on the group’s individual requirements. On most occasions we also provide an experienced Tour Manager, who will ensure the smooth running of the holiday, leaving the group organisers free to relax and enjoy themselves. We aim to understand fully the requirements of your group, so if you are a group travel organiser or a group of friends and would like some advice or a quotation for a tour, please contact our Private Groups Manager, Jenni Duncan, who would be delighted to help tailor a package for you. Remember it’s your tour, and we will try and supply the perfect holiday to match your requirements and budget.

Oberammergau 2020: Great for Groups

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ccurring just once a decade, the historic Passion Play of Oberammergau is the rarest of rare treats — and it’s also, as luck would have it, the perfect example of how we can tailor a tour around your specific interests or travel goals. With the Passion Play as your tour’s headliner, there’s plenty of room for the supporting acts of your choice.

WAFA 2020 and Palaces & Gardens of India’s Golden Triangle Another key event taking place in 2020 is the World Association of Flower Arrangers show in Jaipur, India. We can arrange an inclusive tour that takes you to all the great sights of the ‘Golden Triangle’ such as the Taj Mahal and the Amber Fort. Contact us for quotations for either of these major events which are sure to be popular.

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“Absolute perfection in all aspects of the holiday.”

Friends of Scottish Opera | Guest, 2018

“The gardens were beautiful and our guide was absolutely excellent.”

Cornwall Garden Society | Guest, 2018

“If I could give a higher ranking, I would. His knowledge of horticulture, Scottish heritage, overall lay of the land, and connections to people there was unbelievable. I have been telling my friends about Scotland. When I tell them about it, I tell them that the tour would be quite different without the most incredible Colin Crosbie. He was so enthusiastic! He was very personable and made everyone feel special. Quite the guide!”

Dayton Ohio Gardeners | Guest, 2018 “I found the Brightwater office service excellent as usual.”

York Association of the National Trust | Guest, 2018

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e put so much thought into the way we craft our private group holidays. There are lots of factors, but no matter your needs, rest assured we’ll be able to combine them into your perfect tour.

Group size

Transport

Tour destination

A small group of friends, a club of fifty, or anything in between — no matter the number, we’ll find the visits and hotels that offer the perfect fit.

Plane, train, or coach — how will you get to your destination? We figure out the cost and itinerary implications so you can make an informed choice.

Let us know where you’d like to go, and for how many days, and we’ll do the rest. Weekend in London? Three-week Caribbean jaunt? Sorted.

Room and board

All-inclusive

5-star luxury accommodation and pre-dinner drinks or rustic hotels and independent meals? You decide on the particulars, and we’ll factor it all into your total price.

All site and garden visits included, or a pick-andmix of optional excursions — just how much you’d like to cover in the cost of your tour is up to you.

Get in touch and get started

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ive our friendly and highly experienced Private Groups Manager Jenni Duncan who has been with Brightwater for over 20 years a call on 01334 657155, or send an email to groups@brightwaterholidays.com to get things started. If you would like some inspiration, have a look at our website www.brightwaterholidays.com No matter what stage of planning you’re at, our team will be able to work with you every step of the way.

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No.1

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Scottish islands featured

Luskentyre Beach

Scenic Scottish tours From our office in rural Fife, our passionate team has travelled the length and breadth of Scotland, including over 30 islands, so it’s no idle boast that we know the country inside out. There’s simply no better company with whom to explore the many facets of our fabled land. • Discover archaeological sites and historic centres • Lose yourself in the wild and often rugged scenery

From the iconic steam train route that sees you glide over the Glenfinnan Viaduct and the famous 5,000-year-old Standing Stones of Callanish, to the beautiful wildlife that awaits on the coastlines of rugged Mull – join us for a Scottish adventure and make lasting memories among stunning landscapes.

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Tour gardens that are not open to the public

Enjoy personal encounters with head gardeners

Spring Garden

Garden tours At home or abroad, the joy of a well-planned and beautifully manicured garden remains the same. Visit some of the world’s most alluring with us. • Discover the delights of the botanical world in a host of unforgettable destinations, from Sissinghurst to South Africa.

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Let an expert guide bring ancient history back to life

Palace of Knossos

Archaeology tours From the mighty Palace of Knossos in Crete to the UNESCO-listed city of Butrint in Albania, we have a range of tours to suit any lover of archaeology. • Visit some of the world’s most iconic sites

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Scenic Scottish tours

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A Grand Tour of the Outer Hebrides

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A Classic Scottish Steam Break

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Highlights of Orkney & Shetland

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Grand Tour of the Inner Hebrides

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Arran, Scotland in Miniature

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Mull, Staffa & Iona

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Up Helly Aa

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Gardens of Dumfries and Galloway

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In the Footsteps of the Picts

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Shetland and its Outer Isles

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Coll and Tiree

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Lord of the Glens

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Kilchurn Castle

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What’s Included Five nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast: two nights at the Dark Island Hotel and three nights at the Cabarfeidh Hotel, Stornoway All visits as outlined in the itinerary and all ferry transfers Comfortable coach travel throughout Services of a professional tour manager

A Grand Tour of the Outer Hebrides Luskentyre Beach

Departures 23 June, 14 July, 25 Aug, 15 Sept 2020

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£995

6 days from per person Single room supplement £195

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ur grand tour takes in the beauty and diversity of this very special environment with ten different islands and four ferry trips. Two comfortable hotels ensure that this holiday is as relaxing as possible, while at the same time offering great variety and the sense of a true journey of discovery. This tour of the Outer Hebrides has proved extremely popular, offering a unique opportunity to travel the length and breadth of the Western Isles. We visit the islands of Eriskay, Vatersay and Barra, including visits to Kisimul Castle and Cockleshell Beach, which is used as the island’s airport. We also see the magnificent mountain scenery of Harris and the rolling moorland of Lewis. We will also have the chance to see the remarkable Standing Stones of Callanish, the tranquil little Norse Mill at Shawbost and the distinctive Black Houses at Gearrannan. This is a true Hebridean adventure that will live long in the memory.

Itinerary Day 1 We depart from our designated pick-up points and head to Mallaig, stopping en-route for refreshments. We catch a ferry to Lochboisdale in South Uist and enjoy dinner on board. Upon arrival, we continue over the causeways to our hotel on Benbecula. Inc. Meals: Dinner.

Day 2 After breakfast, we head for

Barra, travelling via the little island of Eriskay. Upon arrival in Barra, we enjoy a tour of the island, including a visit by boat to Kisimul Castle. Next, we visit Cockleshell Beach, the unique runway whose use is governed by the tides. Finally, we visit Vatersay by the causeway which links the two islands. In the course of today, we hope to see many species of wildflowers.

Standing Stones of Callanish

Day 3 We check out of our hotel

and take the ferry from Berneray to Leverburgh, located on the Isle of Harris. Upon arrival, we visit St Clement’s Church at Rodel. The tombs here are among the most spectacular in Scotland. Next, we travel along the coast to the rolling moorland of Lewis, continuing to our hotel in Stornoway. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Day 4 This morning we visit the

5,000-year-old Standing Stones of Callanish — the most remarkable antiquity in the Western Isles. From here, we move on to the Black Houses at Gearrannan, typical of the crofting settlements. The final visit on our tour is the Norse Mill at Shawbost.

Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

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Day 5 We start our day with a visit

to the Lews Castle and Museum, where we can meet the famous Lewis Chessmen. This afternoon we visit St Columba’s Ui Church, one of the most important archaeological sites on the island. We also see the Port of Ness and the Butt of Lewis, home to the unique Stevenson lighthouse. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Day 6 This morning we check out of

the hotel and take the early morning ferry from Stornoway to Ullapool. We enjoy breakfast on board and then continue to our original pick-up points. Inc. Meals: Breakfast. Note: We also offer a shorter 5-day tour. Please see our website for full details.


What’s Included Three nights’ dinner (with wine), bed & breakfast at the Arrochar Hotel, Arrochar All visits as outlined in the itinerary Comfortable coach travel throughout Services of a professional tour manager

A Classic Scottish Steam Break

Departures 26 June, 9 July, 13 August 2020

Price 4 days from

PS Waverley

£595

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hart a course and set the propeller going ­— it’s full steam ahead! By track and by tide, we discover firsts, lasts, exclusives and superlatives on a unique tour that takes us back to the heady days of the steam era. One of our undoubted highlights is the Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig, on one of the longest and most spectacular scenic, steam-hauled rail journeys in Britain today. We also enjoy the gentle beauty of the Argyll hills and the lucid Kyles of Bute from the deck of an elegant paddle steamer, sail on peaceful Loch Katrine aboard a steam-powered veteran and marvel at a feat of Scottish engineering. There’s simply no better way to explore the many scenic gifts that the Scottish countryside has to offer.

Itinerary

Falkirk Wheel

Day 1 We depart from our pick-up

points and head to the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s first rotating boat lift. From here, we transfer to our hotel where we enjoy dinner. Inc. Meals: Dinner.

Day 2 An early start brings us to Fort

William where we board the legendary Jacobite steam train which takes us to Mallaig. The journey is often heralded as the most scenic in the world, with the crossing of the Glenfinnan Viaduct sitting prominently among its many highlights. After independent lunches in Mallaig, we make the return journey back to Fort William, enjoying champagne and chocolates en route. We arrive back at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 3 Following breakfast we depart

for Helensburgh for a trip on the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer, PS Waverley*. We sail across the Kyles of Bute to the village of Tighnabruaich, where we leave the ship and travel through stunning Argyll scenery back to our hotel. *Subject to the sailing schedule. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Day 4

This morning we embark on a tour through the lochs and glens of the Trossachs. Arriving at Loch Katrine, we take to the waters for a cruise on the SS Sir Walter Scott, before returning to our original pick-up points. Inc. Meals: Breakfast.

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What’s Included Five nights’ half board accommodation: one night on board the ferry, one night at the Busta House Hotel, Shetland & three nights at the Kirkwall Hotel, Orkney All ferry crossings and visits as outlined in the itinerary Comfortable coach travel throughout & services of a professional tour manager

Highlights of Orkney & Shetland

Departures 20 April, 4 May, 8 June, 17 Aug 2020

Price Whale bone

£1095

6 days from per person Single room supplement £375

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ail away to lands steeped in history, wildlife and stunning scenery, far from the jostling crowds to the haunting beauty of the Orkney and Shetland Isles. Many people have landed there before you - some as early as 3000 BC. Most famous of all were the Vikings, but they were not alone and all around you will find historical treasures. Both islands, but particularly Shetland, in summer have virtually no darkness and the beauty of this “Simmer Dim’, as it is called locally, has to be seen to be realised. Orkney & Shetland have their own identity, Orkney being very green and fertile while Shetland has a more rugged cliff and sea loch scenery. However, they both share a colourful rich history of Picts, Norsemen, ancient antiquities, buried treasure and seafaring legends, bound up with an independent spirit that makes them different from the rest of Scotland. We sail with Serco Northlink Ferries and their modern purpose built vessels, the Hrossey and the Hjaltland.

Itinerary Day 1 We depart from our pick-up

points and travel north to catch our overnight ferry to Lerwick. We check in to our cabins and then enjoy dinner as a group in the ship’s restaurant. Inc. Meals: Dinner.

Day 2 After breakfast we leave the

ship and start our tour of Shetland. Our first stop is in Scalloway, where we visit the ruined castle built in 1600 by the infamous Earl Patrick Stuart. As we continue towards the spectacular cliffs of Eshaness, look out for the ‘Otters Crossing’ sign at the narrow isthmus known as Mavis Grind.

Puffins at Sumburgh Head

remains, spanning 3,000 years since the Stone Age. From here we travel to nearby Sumburgh Head and visit the RSPB Reserve, which is home to thousands of seabirds. This afternoon we travel to the island’s capital of Lerwick. Enjoy some free time or take the opportunity to visit the state of the art Shetland Museum. This evening we sail to Orkney. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Day 4 We have a full-day excursion

the Prehistoric and Norse Settlement of Jarlshof, with over three acres of

of mainland Orkney visiting the many archaeological sites including the great stone circles of Brodgar and Stenness. We then continue to Maeshowe, which was raided by the Vikings in the 12th century, and is home to the largest collection of runic inscriptions to be found in any one place in the world.

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Day 3 Today we start with a visit to

A visit to Skara Brae is also included, with its new visitor centre depicting the history of this world famous monument. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Day 5 This morning, we have free

time to explore Kirkwall at leisure. In the afternoon we cross the Churchill Barriers, which were built after the sinking of the HMS Royal Oak in October 1939. We also stop off at the beautiful Italian Chapel, built on the site of a former prisoner of war camp. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Day 6 After breakfast we check out of the hotel and transfer to St Margaret’s Hope to catch the Pentland Ferries sailing to Gills Bay. We then return to our original pick-up points. Inc. Meals: Breakfast only.


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entler, lusher and less wild than their Outer cousins, the Inner Hebrides still have more than their fair share to offer travellers — the sheer drama of sea caves and castles, the friendly warmth of locals and more than a hint of myth and magic, to name just a few. From rocky roads to glassy lochs, there’s more to be discovered on this westerly archipelago.

Itinerary Day 1 Depart from our pick-up points and head to Oban. We

Isle of Iona

take a ferry to Mull and then check into our hotel.

Day 2 After breakfast, we visit Tobermory and enjoy a cruise

What’s Included

to the little island of Staffa and the Treshnish Isles.

Day 3 Today we visit the Isle of Iona and its tranquil Abbey

Six nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast: three at the Isle of Mull Hotel and three at the Port Askaig Hotel, Islay

Day 4 This morning we return to the mainland and drive to

All visits as outlined in the itinerary and one lunch

and explore historic Duart Castle.

Kennacraig, where we take the ferry to Islay and our harbour-side hotel in Port Askaig.

Day 5 We visit Loch Finlaggan, the Bowmore Distillery and the Museum of Islay Life.

Day 6 This morning we travel to Jura. We enjoy a scenic tour here before having some free time in Craighouse.

All coaching and ferry transfers Services of a professional tour manager

Departures

9 May, 20 June, 1 August, 5 September 2020

Day 7 Today, we check out of our hotel and head home.

No single supplement

Price 7 days from

£1595

per person Single room supplement £300

What’s Included Four nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast at the Kinloch Hotel One lunch All visits as outlined in the itinerary All coaching and ferry transfers Services of a professional tour manager

Brodick Castle

Arran, Scotland in Miniature S

cotland in miniature’ might just be the most apt way to sum up the Isle of Arran. Separated into Highland and Lowland, geographically and ecologically diverse, and filled with history, Arran has more in common with the mainland than you think. One of the main highlights on this tour is Brodick Castle — its walled gardens, woodland walks and ravishing rhododendrons are truly a joy to behold.

Itinerary

Day 1 We head to Ardrossan to catch our ferry to Brodick. Upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel in Blackwaterfoot.

Day 2 This morning we embark on a circular tour of Arran and then visit the Arran Distillery for lunch and a tasting. Day 3 Today we are free to relax in Blackwaterfoot and its surroundings or enjoy an optional excursion to Gigha.

Day 4 After breakfast we visit Brodick Castle and its

gardens, which offer views across the Firth of Clyde. The afternoon is free to explore Brodick at leisure.

Day 5 We travel home today.

Departures

Price

25 May, 13 July, 24 August 2020

5 days from

£675

per person

No single room supplement

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What’s Included Three nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast at the Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa, Craignure All visits as outlined in the itinerary & one lunch All coaching and ferry transfers Services of a professional tour manager Duart Castle

Mull, Staffa & Iona T

he Isle of Mull is a place of tumbling burns, high peaks, dramatic views and a silent, lonely beauty. The multi-coloured buildings that line the waterfront of the island’s principal town, Tobermory, will be familiar to many. From here we set sail on a wildlife cruise that takes us to the Treshnish Isles, home to thousands of seabirds and the little island of Staffa. We visit Duart Castle, the 13th century home of the Chief of Clan MacLean, which sits broodingly on a headland overlooking the Firth of Lorne, and follow in the footsteps of St Columba as we visit the sacred Isle of Iona and its Abbey.

Itinerary

Day 1 We head for the Western Highlands and upon arrival in Oban, we board the ferry to Mull and check in to our hotel.

Day 2 Today, we drive to Fionnphort and cross as foot

passengers to Iona. Here, we visit the Abbey and explore the island which attracts many visitors each year.

Day 3 This morning we travel to Tobermory and take a

wildlife cruise to the Treshnish Isles and Staffa. We explore the idyllic Isle of Lunga and Fingal’s Cave.

Day 4 After breakfast we visit Duart Castle, where we have the chance to explore the dungeons and state rooms. We then start our journey back to our original pick-up points.

Departures

Price

15 May, 12 June, 14 August, 11 September 2020

4 days from

£765

per person

Single room supplement

£195

Up Helly Aa F

ight off the lingering gloom of winter with a blazing torch and bone-rattling cry, and watch as warm island hospitality and unabashed merrymaking come together in a festival unlike any other. This is Up Helly Aa, an annual invocation of flame and festivity, when a proud Viking heritage awakes in the sleepy Shetland isles.

Itinerary Up Helly Aa Festival

Day 1 Travel to Aberdeen and join the Serco Northlink ferry

for overnight sailing to Lerwick. Accommodation is provided in comfortable 2-berth cabins with en-suite facilities.

Day 2 Arriving early in Lerwick, we begin with a visit to

Scalloway, the original capital of Shetland. Later, we explore the Prehistoric and Norse Settlement of Jarlshof and Sumburgh Head.

Day 3 After breakfast we have free time to explore Lerwick

at leisure and view the various activities associated with the Up Helly Aa festival. As darkness falls, the squads begin to assemble for the torchlight parade.

Day 4 Today we explore the Isles of Yell and Unst before rejoining our ship for dinner this evening.

Day 5 Upon arrival in Aberdeen, we disembark and transfer to our original pick-up points.

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What’s Included Four nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast: two nights at the Busta House Hotel and two nights on board Serco Northlink Ferries All visits as outlined in the itinerary Comfortable coach travel throughout and services of a professional tour manager

Departures 26 January 2020

Price 5 days from

£875

per person Single room supplement £240 Shetland Hotel, Lerwick: supplement £100

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What’s Included Three nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast at the 4-star Woodland House Hotel All visits as outlined in the itinerary Comfortable coach travel throughout Services of a professional tour manager Drumlanrig Castle

Gardens of Dumfries and Galloway

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n the south-western corner of Scotland, Dumfries & Galloway is home to some of the country’s most attractive gardens. This often over-looked corner of Scotland has so much to offer the garden enthusiast — the Logan Botanic Garden alone will inspire and astound with its vast collection of plants. The artistic highlight of our tour is undoubtedly Dumfries House in Ayrshire, whose future has been secured with the support of Prince Charles.

Itinerary

Day 1 We depart from our designated pick-up points and

head for Dumfries House where we enjoy a grand tour of the house and the impressive Queen Elizabeth walled garden.

Day 2 After breakfast, we visit Glenwhan Garden, where

the slopes above are lavishly planted with trees. Our next visit is the Logan Botanic Garden, whose splendid collection of exotic plants never ceases to amaze.

Day 3 Today we visit Broughton House, the gardens of the Threave Estate and the plantsman’s nursery of Ellenbank.

Day 4 Before we travel home, we explore Drumlanrig Castle and Charles Jencks’ cosmic creation, Crawick Multiverse.

Departures

Price

12 June, 16 August, 4 September 2020

4 days from

£575

per person

Single room supplement

£140

What’s Included Three nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast at the 4-star Links Hotel, Montrose All visits as outlined in the itinerary Comfortable coach travel throughout Services of an archaeology expert as tour manager Pictish Stone, Aberlemno

In the Footsteps of the Picts

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iving beyond the northern frontier of the Roman Empire, the people of northern Scotland in the Dark Ages were known as the Picts — a name given by the Romans meaning the ‘painted - tattooed ones’. They were renowned as one of the most warlike of the Celtic barbarian tribes of Europe, successfully attacking the Roman army, and yet few of their homes or forts have ever been found. They did however leave behind some of the finest carved stones and jewellery.

Itinerary

Day 1 We visit the National Museum of Scotland and enjoy a guided tour of the Pictish jewellery collection.

Day 2 Today, we see a cloaked figure at Eassie, the medieval round tower at Brechin, the Pictish Stones at Aberlemno and the St Vigeans Museum of Pictish Sculpture.

Day 3 Visit the Pictish hillfort at Dunkeld and the Pictish

Monastery at Dunning. We also explore Forteviot and the Perth Museum, viewing its fine display and collections.

Day 4 We drive to St Andrews to see the decorated stone

sarcophagus of a great Pictish king, before sailing out to the Isle of May to visit the monastery. We head home.

Departures

Price

19 June, 7 August 2020

4 days from

£575

per person

Single room supplement

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What’s Included Four nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast: two nights at the Busta House Hotel and two nights on board Serco Northlink Ferries All visits as outlined in the itinerary Comfortable coach travel throughout Services of a professional tour manager Sumburgh Head

Shetland and its Outer Isles

Itinerary

Day 1 We travel to Aberdeen and sail overnight to Lerwick. Day 2 Upon arrival, we visit the Shetland Croft House

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f you want to get away from it all, then Shetland is the place to be. As close to Norway as it is to Scotland, Shetland is rugged and remote, with raw natural beauty, unique culture and wonderful wildlife. With over 100 islands, only 16 of which are inhabited, each with its own individual character, our tour offers the opportunity to visit four of them — providing a real taste of the diversity of the amazing archipelago.

Museum and explore the Norse Settlement of Jarlshof. We also visit the little island of Mousa to view the 2,000-year-old broch — the best preserved in the world.

Day 3 Enjoy a full day touring Yell and Unst. We will visit Muness Castle, Baltasound and Saxa Vord Hill.

Day 4 After breakfast this morning we return to Lerwick and enjoy some free time before boarding our overnight ferry.

Day 5 We disembark in Aberdeen and transfer home.

Departures

Price

15 June, 1 August 2020

5 days from

£985

per person

Single room supplement

£250

What’s Included Four nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast: two nights at the Coll Hotel and two nights at the Scarinish Hotel All visits as outlined in the itinerary and two lunches All coaching and ferry transfers Services of a professional tour manager Tiree

Coll and Tiree

Itinerary

Day 1 We head for Oban to catch the ferry to the isle of Coll. Upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel.

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oll and Tiree are two little jewels basking in the Hebridean Sea. Steeped in the romantic legends and tangled history of the western isles, they abound with natural wonders, abundant wildlife and ancient remains. Offering peace, tranquillity and spiritual calm, they can also be wildly invigorating as the coastal grassland or machair comes alive during the summer months with myriad varieties of wild flowers creating a colourful carpet along the shoreline.

Day 2 After breakfast, we depart for a tour of the island and

Explore unspoilt beaches and the RSPB reserve on Coll, and on Tiree, discover the Skerryvore Lighthouse Museum.

Day 5 This morning we view ‘An Turas’ before we board the

view the machair flowers. Next we visit the RSPB Reserve and Visitor Centre.

Day 3 We take the ferry to Tiree and check into our hotel. Day 4 Today we tour Tiree, visit the Skerryvore Lighthouse Museum and the Treshnish Isles Natural History Museum. ferry and start our journey home.

Departures

Price

23 June, 7 July 2020

5 days from

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£1295

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Single room supplement

£360


What’s Included Accommodation on board the Lord of the Glens in a lower berth cabin. Cabin up-grades available at a supplement All shore excursions as outlined in the itinerary Return coach transfers from Inverness

Departures Highlands and Islands

17 April, 22 April, 28 September, 3 October, 8 October, 13 October 2020

Lord of the Glens

Price Lord of the Glens

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he MV Lord of the Glens has become a familiar sight on the west coast of Scotland in recent years, slipping out of Oban Bay on the morning tide, nosing into remote Loch Nevis, negotiating the locks of Neptune’s Staircase or cruising the calm waters of Loch Ness. Her 27 beautifully appointed and wellequipped state cabins, all with windows and en-suite facilities, provide all the home comforts, with four different cabin types to choose from. The ‘Robert Louis Stevenson’ restaurant presents cuisine using local and freshly sourced produce whilst the ‘Sir Walter Scott’ bar and lounge on the upper deck provides magnificent all-around panoramic views of the Highland scene. There are two cruises to choose from and with all meals and excursions included, they offer excellent value for money, the perfect way to enjoy the unique scenery of Scotland’s western seaboard and inland lochs.

£1345

6 days from per person Single room cabin on application Heart of the Highlands

27 April, 4 May, 18 May, 14 September 2020

Price

£2295

8 days from per person Single room cabin on application

The six-day Highlands and Islands Cruise combines both fresh and saltwater cruising, as the Lord of the Glens sails between Inverness, Fort Augustus and Oban. These are wonderful times of year to make this classic Scottish journey, with the first fresh greens of spring and golden autumn colours reflected in the calm waters of the tranquil lochs. We begin at Inverness at the northern end of the canal and cruise Loch Ness to Fort Augustus, peaceful Loch Oich and onwards to Banavie in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Here we see Thomas Telford’s engineering masterpiece Neptune’s Staircase, a series of eight interconnected locks that takes vessels back to sealevel near Fort William. We then sail out into the sea and cruise south towards Mull and Oban, where the voyage concludes. Shore excursions include a train journey and visits to the Glenfinnan Monument, Duart Castle and Tobermory.

Caledonian Canal

The eight-day Heart of the Highlands Cruise also combines sea and inland cruising, with the added attraction of the Isle of Skye and surrounding area. The ship sails from Kyle of Lochalsh to Skye, Mull and Oban and then through the Caledonian Canal to Inverness. Additional highlights include Inverie in Loch Nevis, one of the most remote locations in Scotland, and the picturesque town of Plockton. Shore excursions include Armadale on the Isle of Skye, the little islands of Eigg and Iona, colourful Tobermory and Eilean Donan Castle. In 2020, the Lord of the Glens will be joined by a new sister ship, Lord of the Highlands, offering further cruising opportunities - dates and prices to be confirmed.

The colourful town of Tobermory

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UK & Overseas Garden & Archaeology tours

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RHS Bridgewater

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The Genius of Monet

pg 35

RHS Chelsea Flower Show & Classic English Gardens

pg 29

Gardens & Villas of Sicily

pg 35

Highgrove and the Cotswolds

pg 30

Rome, Ninfa and Castel Gandolfo

pg 36

Gardens of North Wales

pg 31

Dutch Bulbfields

pg 36

Queen Victoria and the Isle of Wight

pg 31

Gardens of the French Riviera

pg 37

Gardens of Mallorca

pg 37

Tresco’s Abbey Gardens

pg 32

Oberammergau & the Austrian Tyrol

pg 38

Cornwall and Tresco

pg 32

Gardens of Kent & Sussex

pg 33

WAFA and Palaces & Gardens of India’s Golden Triangle

pg 39

Irish Rover

pg 33

South Africa’s Garden Route

pg 40

Villas and Gardens of the Italian Lakes

pg 34

Seasonal Gardens of Japan

pg 41

Gardens and Architecture of Andalucia

pg 34

Grenada - Gardens of the Spice Island

pg 42

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Southern Costa Rica

pg 43

The Gardens of Costa Rica

pg 44

An Archaeologist’s view of Orkney & Shetland

pg 45

Pompeii Archaeology

pg 46

Albanian Archaeology

pg 46

Crete Archaeology

pg 47

Malta’s Archaeological Heritage

pg 47

Romanian Archaeology

pg 48

Bulgarian Archaeology

pg 48

Ninfa

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What’s Included

NEW for 2020

Three nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast at a comfortable hotel in Cheshire Comfortable coaching throughout All visits as outlined in the itinerary Services of a professional tour manager

Departures 4 September, 18 September 2020

RHS Bridgewater

Price 4 days from

Trentham Estate

£595

per person Single room supplement £120

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urrently the largest gardening project in Europe, RHS Garden Bridgewater opens to the public in 2020 and we are delighted to be able to offer the opportunity to be among the first to visit it. This once-in-a-generation project will see the Royal Horticultural Society take inspiration from the heritage of the site and transform it into a world-class garden, while also delivering a programme of community outreach and education activities, volunteering and training. Based on an overall design by leading landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith, highlights will include one of the largest walled gardens in the UK, beautifully landscaped grounds, living plant collections and horticultural visits. We will also take the opportunity to visit some of the best gardens in the North West, including an intriguing little private garden.

Itinerary

Deer at Dunham Massey

Day 1

We depart from our original pick-up points and head north west, where we begin with a visit to the gardens of Trentham Estate in Staffordshire, where the contemporary revival of the famous Italian Gardens was led by Tom Stuart-Smith. After, we continue to our hotel in Cheshire.

Day 3 After breakfast, we visit

Inc. Meals: Dinner.

Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Day 2 This morning we travel to the

Day 4 Today we pay a visit to

brand new RHS Garden Bridgewater, which includes an 11-acre walled garden, a large historic lake and extensive woodland. In the afternoon we visit a nearby private garden which in contrast to Bridgewater is much smaller but no less intriguing. We then head back to our hotel in time for dinner this evening.

Dunham Massey, a great plantsman’s garden full of native favourites and exotic treasures set around an elegant Georgian mansion. Next, we explore Tatton Park, whose gardens have developed over 200 years yet retain much of their Edwardian character.

Arley Hall, which preserves the atmosphere of a garden kept for its own delight. The pair of herbaceous borders is one of the great garden sights of England. Later, we return to our original-pick up points. Inc. Meals: Breakfast.

Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

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Arley Hall

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What’s Included Six nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast: three nights at the Holiday Inn, Farnborough and three nights at the Walnut Tree Hotel, North Petherton (or similar) All visits as outlined in the itinerary and comfortable coach travel throughout

RHS Chelsea Flower Show & Classic English Gardens

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Services of a professional tour manager

Departures 21 May 2020

Price 7 days from

£1295

per person Single room supplement £330

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ur tour combines the colour, prestige and excitement of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with some of Southern England’s finest gardens, affording the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of horticultural excellence. Revel in the delights of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, wander around the unmissable gardens of RHS Garden Wisley, and discover the history of glorious Sissinghurst in Kent. We then head west, breaking our journey at the beautiful gardens of Wilton House near Salisbury and finally on to Henry Hoare’s famous landscape garden of Stourhead. From our hotel in the West Country, we stop to visit the ancient Bishop’s Palace in Wells, the Harold Peto designed garden at Iford Manor, and we also have some time in the town of Bath, famous for its Roman baths and its rows of elegant Georgian terraces.

Itinerary

Sissinghurst

Day 1 We start our tour with the

RHS Garden Wisley, the epitome of horticultural excellence. Later, we continue to our hotel for dinner. Inc. Meals: Dinner.

Day 2 We devote our entire day to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, a great British tradition and exciting source of inspiration and advice.

we take a trip to Iford Manor where we have an exclusive private visit. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Day 5 We start our day at The

Bishop’s Palace in Wells, a stunning medieval building where we enjoy a special tour. In the afternoon we visit Hestercombe, one of Gertrude Jeykll’s greatest masterpieces.

Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Day 3 This morning we enjoy a guided

Day 6 Explore the gardens of

tour of Sissinghurst. The history to be explored here is rich and fascinating, and the gardens themselves are simply stunning. We then continue to another classic English Garden, Great Dixter. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Day 4 We drive south to explore

Wilton House and its gardens. Later,

Stourhead today and enjoy some free time in the town of Bath. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Day 7 We travel to Tyntesfield to view

the fine Victorian country house and its immaculate terraced lawns. We then return to London. Inc. Meals: Breakfast.

Display garden at RHS Chelsea

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What’s Included Three nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast at the 4-star De Vere Cotswold Water Park Hotel All visits as outlined in the itinerary Comfortable coach travel throughout Services of a professional tour manager

Departures

Highgrove and the Cotswolds

17 April, 14 May, 12 June, 7 August, 4 September 2020

Price 4 days from

Highgrove

£595

per person Single room supplement £175

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ur tour of the Cotswolds features an exclusive visit to Highgrove House*, the country home of HRH The Prince of Wales. You are unlikely to meet His Royal Highness... but there’s nothing stopping you from talking to his plants! Join us and enjoy the rare opportunity to see the fascinating gardens of Highgrove — which are cultivated using wholly organic methods. Vegetable varieties loved by the Prince are grown here — Charlotte potatoes and Happil strawberries mingle with Welsh leeks, spring cabbage, festive Brussels sprouts and classic carrots. Further visits include the splendid gardens of Rodmarton Manor, Kiftsgate Court and Hidcote Manor. We also explore the private garden of Misarden Park and our final visit is to Westonbirt, the National Arboretum. *subject to successful application

Itinerary Day 1 We depart from our pick-up

points and head for Rodmarton Manor, an ‘Arts and Crafts’ house with a fine eight-acre garden comprising a series of ‘outdoor rooms’. We continue to our hotel in the Cotswolds where dinner will be served. Inc. Meals: Dinner.

Day 2 This morning, we visit the

gardens of Hidcote Manor, one of the best known gardens in Britain. We then visit Kiftsgate Court. The house, in a splendid setting with views to the Vale of Evesham, is surrounded by a series of enclosed gardens, whose formality is blurred by generous planting. We return to our hotel for dinner. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Hidcote Manor

Day 3 After breakfast, we transfer to

Highgrove, the country home of HRH The Prince of Wales. This is a rare opportunity to see these fascinating gardens which are cultivated using wholly organic methods. In the afternoon we enjoy a visit to Misarden Park, near Stroud. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Day 4 We check out of our hotel and

pay a visit to Westonbirt, the National Arboretum, which is perhaps the most important and widely known arboretum in the United Kingdom. It comprises some 15,000 trees and shrubs, over an area of approximately 600 acres. Following our visit, we return to our original pick-up points. Inc. Meals: Breakfast. Westonbirt Arboretum

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What’s Included Three nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast at the Celtic Royal Hotel All visits as outlined in the itinerary Comfortable coach travel throughout Services of a professional tour manager Bodnant Gardens

Gardens of North Wales S

et among glorious scenery that includes the mountains of Snowdonia, dramatic seascapes and ancient castles, North Wales is home to some outstanding gardens. One of the best is Plas Cadnant, which 20 years ago was an overgrown, abandoned wilderness of ivy and decrepit fruit trees. Its new owner has brought it back to life and, rather like Heligan in Cornwall, Plas Cadnant has emerged as a gem of a garden, full of interest. Further highlights include Bodnant Garden and Portmeirion, the eccentric and rather surreal Italianate village.

Itinerary

Day 1 We head for Wales and our first stop, Powis Castle to visit the gardens, which are influenced by French and Italian styles. We then continue to our hotel.

Day 2 After breakfast, we travel to the privately-owned

garden of Maenan Hall, a beautiful property on the slopes of Conwy Valley. This afternoon we continue to Bodnant Garden and then we tour Plas Cadnant.

Day 3 We visit Mynydd Heulog, an 18th century stone cottage and then we explore Plas yn Rhiw.

Day 4 Today we visit Plas Brondanw, Portmeirion and Plas Tan y Bwlch before returning to our original pick-up points.

Departures

Price

5 June, 17 July 2020

4 days from

£595

per person

Single room supplement

£195

What’s Included Three nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast at the 3-star Best Western New Holmwood Hotel, Cowes All visits as outlined in the itinerary and one lunch All coaching and ferry transfers Services of a professional tour manager Windsor Castle

Queen Victoria and the Isle of Wight

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uring Queen Victoria’s reign, Britain went through huge social changes, and this tour takes us to locations that played an important part in her life, as well as offering the opportunity to visit some of the outstanding attractions on the Isle of Wight. The centrepiece, however, must be Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s favourite home, with its beautiful gardens and extravagant Wendy house where the royal children played.

Itinerary

Day 1 We start at Windsor Castle where we tour the State Apartments, Queen Mary’s Dolls House and St George’s Chapel. We then make our journey to the Isle of Wight.

Day 2 This morning we explore Osborne House and its

gardens. Later, we visit the Swiss Cottage, the large Wendy house where the royal children loved to play.

Day 3 We begin at the Rosemary Vineyard before

continuing to Carisbrooke Castle. Next, we visit Godshill before ending our day at Shanklin, to visit the famous gorge.

Day 4 We return to the mainland and travel north to explore Savill Garden and the rarely-opened Frogmore House.

Departures

Price

17 August 2020

4 days from

£695

per person

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What’s Included Three nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast at the New Inn, Tresco Return flight from Land’s End to St Mary’s Return train fare London Paddington/Penzance (£100 reduction for no rail travel) and boat transfers between St Mary’s and Tresco Tresco

Tresco’s Abbey Gardens T

ruly a sub-tropical paradise, this tiny corner of England has remained unpolluted, unspoilt and unchanged for decades. Tresco lies just 28 miles from the Cornish coast, yet basks in a balmy climate where spring comes early, autumn stays late and winter hardly exists at all. The wonderful Abbey Garden is home to more than 3,000 species and magnificent vistas, colours and scents. There is certainly no other garden like this in the world. Even in winter, there are 300 plants in flower here, and as each day lengthens, more and more exotic flowers appear.

Itinerary

Day 1 Upon arrival in Penzance, we transfer to Land’s End in

time for our flight to the Scillies. On St Mary’s, we take a short boat transfer to Tresco, where we check in to our hotel. We enjoy some free time and a welcome talk before dinner.

Day 2-3 We meet at the entrance of the Abbey Garden and enjoy a guided walk around the magnificent gardens, as well as the Valhalla collection of ship’s figureheads with the head gardener or a member of the garden staff. We are then free to explore Tresco at leisure — the ancient castles, beautiful beaches and headland walks are not to be missed!

Day 4 We head back to St Mary’s by boat for our return flight to Land’s End. We then travel back to London by train.

Departures

Price

27 March, 17 April, 18 May, 14 September, 5 October 2020

4 days from

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ornwall’s gardens are renowned the world over for their colour and variety, and there are some truly outstanding examples here. Choose between spring when the rhododendrons burst into life or high summer when the hydrangeas run riot. We also offer the opportunity to spend a day at the sub-tropical paradise of Tresco’s Abbey Gardens.

£995

per person

Single room supplement from

£210

NEW for 2020

Itinerary Tresco Abbey Gardens

Day 1 We depart from our pick-up points and make our way to Cornwall. Upon our arrival, we pay a visit to Lanhydrock Gardens, which are rich in flowering shrubs and trees.

Day 2 After breakfast we travel to Bosvigo, which TV

gardener Carol Klein identified as her favourite Cornish garden. Next, we explore Trelissick, a modern garden which is constantly evolving.

Day 3 Enjoy an optional excursion to Tresco in the Isles of

Scilly, including a guided tour of the unique Abbey Gardens.

What’s Included Four nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast at the 4-star Alverton Hotel, Truro Comfortable coaching throughout All visits as outlined in the itinerary Services of a professional tour manager

Day 4 This morning we visit Trebah, a wild and

colourful garden, followed by the Italianate garden of Lamorran House.

Day 5 Visit the private garden of Marsh Villa, the result of

years of hard work by the enthusiastic owner. We return to original departure points later today.

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10 April, 12 June 2020

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What’s Included Three nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast at the 4-star Donnington Manor Hotel, Sevenoaks All visits as outlined in the itinerary and one lunch Comfortable coach travel throughout Services of a professional tour manager Great Dixter

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f there’s one tour that epitomises the joy of strolling around a perfect English country garden, it is this one — with one shining example after another to be savoured and enjoyed. Even if you have visited some of these properties before, such is their allure that you can return again and again, just as you would re-read your favourite novel. First-time visitors will be bowled over by the quality and pedigree of these gardens, which capture the essence of the English country garden. Explore Great Comp, Lullingstone Castle Gardens, Nymans Garden, Sissinghurt, Great Dixter and more!

Itinerary

Day 1 Our first visit is to Great Comp Garden — a beautiful seven-acre garden with many rare shrubs and hardy plants. We continue to Lullingstone Castle and then it’s on to our hotel for dinner.

Day 2 After breakfast, we explore the Sussex Prairie

Garden at Henfield, and then we visit Nymans Garden.

Day 3 This morning, we are privileged to have an ‘early bird

visit’ to the manicured gardens of Sissinghurst. We then journey to the classic English Country Garden: Great Dixter.

Day 4 Today we visit Wakehurst Palace Gardens and Perch Hill, the garden of well-known TV presenter, Sarah Raven.

Departures

Price

28 May, 25 June, 20 August 2020

4 days from

£795

per person

Single room supplement

£195

Irish Rover J

ust like the Van Morrison song, this Irish Rover is wrapped in glory — the glory of some of Ireland’s finest gardens. A feast of horticultural excellence awaits, with memorable and beguiling gardens, enthusiastic and skilful owners, and a backdrop of lush green hills, fertile fields as well as horizons of glittering seascapes.

Itinerary Malahide Castle

Day 1 Depart from Gatwick and upon arrival in Belfast, we visit Mount Stewart. We then transfer to our hotel.

Day 2 Tour Rowallane Garden, packed with rare and venerable plants. We also visit Castle Ward.

Day 3 We explore the gardens of Malahide Castle. Day 4 See the private garden of Carmel Duignan and the

private garden of Helen Dillon. We also visit Corke Lodge.

Day 5 Visit Hunting Brook, June Blake’s Garden and Nursery and Powerscourt Gardens.

Day 6 Today we explore Mount Usher. Day 7 After breakfast, we take the ferry to Ilnacullin and this afternoon we visit Blarney Castle and Gardens.

Day 8 Travel to Cork airport for our return flight to London.

What’s Included Seven nights’ bed and breakfast: two in Belfast, three in Dublin and two in Cork. Five dinners Return flights from London Gatwick to Belfast, returning from Cork and comfortable coach travel All visits as outlined in the itinerary Services of Trevor Edwards as tour manager

Departures

14 May, 13 August 2020

Price 8 days from

£1495

per person Single room supplement £490

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Villas and Gardens of the Italian Lakes T

he fabulous scenery and warming climate of the northern Italian lakes have attracted wealthy and aristocratic families for years. The beguiling beauty of the Mediterranean landscape of colour shows no signs of waning with its scarlet camellias, pink oleanders and cerulean waters.

Itinerary Day 1 Upon arrival in Milan, we transfer to our hotel and enjoy lunch.

Isola Bella

Day 2 Visit the gardens of Villa Taranto and the wholesale nursery, Compagnia Del Lago.

What’s Included

Day 3 Discover the gardens of Isola Bella, explore Isola

Seven nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast: four nights on Lake Maggiore; three nights on Lake Como

Day 4 Tour the private garden of the President of the

Return flights from London to Milan

Pescatori and visit Isola Madre, where citrus fruits flourish. Italian Camellia Society. Later, we visit Villa Pallavicino.

Day 5 Explore Villa Cicogna Mozzoni and transfer to Como. Day 6 Today is free to explore at your own pace. Day 7 Spend the day on Lake Como and see Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo. We also visit Villa Balbianello.

All visits as outlined in the itinerary, two lunches and comfortable coach travel throughout Services of Kate Williamson as tour manager

Departures 11 May, 24 June, 21 September 2020

Day 8 We travel home today.

Price 8 days from

£1895

per person Single room supplement £490

Gardens and Architecture of Andalucia A

ndalucia is unrivalled in Europe for its wealth of history, culture, Moorish architecture, and gardens – all set against the backdrop of the snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada. We visit the gardens which complement the adjoining palaces and discover the wild mountain landscapes.

Itinerary Day 1 Upon arrival in Málaga, we transfer to our hotel. Day 2 Today, we visit the famous Alhambra Palace and the stunning Generalife Gardens.

Day 3 Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Alpujarra and the Sierra Nevada region, visiting some of the local villages.

Day 4 We depart for Córdoba, where we visit the Great

Alhambra Palace, Granada

What’s Included Seven nights’ accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis: three nights in Granada; three nights in Seville; one night in Ronda. Three dinners and three lunches

Mosque before continuing to Seville.

Return flights from London to Málaga

Day 5 Visit the Maria-Luisa Park, the Plaza de España, the

Comfortable coach travel throughout

Gardens of Murillo and the Royal Palaces of Alcázar.

Day 6 Free time to explore Seville. Day 7 We head to Ronda to see the Alameda del Tajo Gardens and the Palacio de Mondragon.

Services of a professional tour manager

Departures 30 March, 11 May, 14 September 2020

Day 8 Transfer to the airport for our return flight to London.

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per person Single room supplement £295


What’s Included Three nights’ dinner (with wine), bed & breakfast at the Cháteau de Montvillargenne, Chantilly Return standard rail travel and coach travel All visits as outlined in the itinerary Services of a professional tour manager Monet’s Garden

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ust as the gardens of Giverny inspired Monet, who spent half his life nurturing and enjoying them, they continue to enthral countless visitors more than 90 years after this legendary artist’s death. Giverny’s lovingly restored gardens offer a vivid impression of Monet’s favourite subjects. Cross Japanese bridges festooned with wisteria and pass the draped fronds of willow, which frame his iconic water lilies. A visit here is a surreal experience — art brought to life right before your eyes, beckoning you in to take a closer look.

Itinerary

Day 1 Depart by Eurostar and upon arrival in Paris, we

transfer to our hotel in the charming town of Chantilly.

Day 2 This morning we travel to the market town of Senlis. We then continue to Château de Chantilly, where we explore the Grands Appartemants and the formal gardens.

Day 3 The world famous house and gardens of Claude

Monet await today. Following our visit, we enjoy free time in Giverny and can visit the church where Monet is buried.

Day 4 We head to Paris to visit the Musée de l’Orangerie

des Tuileries. The highlight of the collection is the 2-metre high murals, Les Nymphéas. From here we travel home.

Departures

Price

22 May, 24 July 2020

4 days from

£855

per person

Single room supplement

£210

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icily has become one of Europe’s best-loved destinations in recent years and it is truly an island of the senses. As soon as you step onto its warm and fertile shores you’ll understand why. Experience its many highlights with us, and be sure to do this unique location justice as our eight-day tour takes in the best this island has to offer.

Itinerary Monreale Cathedral, Palermo

Day 1 Upon arrival in Catania, we check in to our hotel. Day 2 Following breakfast we visit Villa Trinità and after lunch, we enjoy an excursion to Mount Etna.

What’s Included

Day 3 Today we explore Taormina, including a visit to the private garden of Casa Cuseni.

Seven nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast: three nights in Giardini Naxos; two nights in Ragusa; two nights in Palermo. Three lunches

Day 4 See the Gardens of Princess Maria Carla Borghese,

Return flights from London to Sicily

lunch at a cactus nursery and tour the San Giuliano Estate.

Day 5 Tour Gli Armona Sicily and discover an extensive collection of herbs and spices. We also enjoy lunch here.

Day 6 Travel to Monreale and visit its Cathedral and Abbey. Day 7 Visit the Botanical Gardens in Palermo and then continue to the public garden of Villa Giulia.

Day 8 Transfer to the airport for our return flight to London.

All visits as outlined in the itinerary Services of a professional tour manager

Departures

24 March, 21 April 2020

Price 8 days from

£1795

per person Single room supplement £295

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What’s Included Three nights’ bed & breakfast at a 4-star hotel in Rome; dinner and welcome drink on the first evening Return flights between London and Rome Comfortable coach travel throughout Services of a professional tour manager Ninfa

Rome, Ninfa and Castel Gandolfo

Itinerary

Day 1 Depart from London and upon arrival in Rome, we

enjoy a short tour of the city. We then continue to our hotel.

Day 2 After breakfast we depart for Viterbo to see a number

of grand palaces and churches. This afternoon we explore the gardens of Villa Lante, which has a dominant theme of water.

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pen by special arrangement, we are delighted to offer this rare opportunity to visit the ancient and beautiful gardens of Ninfa. Equally rare is the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the popes as we visit the gardens of Castel Gandolfo, and we also enjoy the spectacular water features of the Villa Lante and the Villa d’Este.

Day 3 This morning we visit the gardens of Castel Gandolfo

and later, we visit Ninfa. The garden is deemed by many to be the most beautiful garden in Europe - if not the world.

Day 4 Our final visit it to the Villa d’Este in Tivoli, the 16th

century gardens which are renowned for their use of water. We then transfer to the airport for our flights home.

Departures

Price

12 May, 9 June, 1 September 2020

4 days from

£1295

per person

Single room supplement

£390

What’s Included Four nights’ full board in a lower deck cabin aboard the MS Beethoven. Upgrades are available on request Standard class rail travel from London to Amsterdam; Antwerp to London All visits as outlined in the itinerary and services of a professional tour manager Keukenhof

Dutch Bulbfields

Itinerary

Day 1 Depart from London to Amsterdam and upon arrival, board the MS Beethoven.

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njoy a symphony of colour with the MS Beethoven and the beautiful bulbfields of Holland. For vibrancy and serious charm, nothing quite compares to the sight of not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of flowering bulbs, carpeting the fields in a radiant vision of patterns and patchwork. Here, gardening is not merely a pastime — it’s an art; a spectacular series of natural masterpieces.

Day 2 We explore the Museum Van Loon and this afternoon

Not only do we visit Keukenhof, one of the best and biggest flower gardens in the world, we also have the chance to see the fascinating artwork inside the Rijksmuseum.

Day 5 Disembark the ship and tour the historic centre of

Departures 21 April 2020

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we visit the Rijksmuseum.

Day 3 We have a full day to explore and enjoy the iconic Keukenhof gardens.

Day 4 Enjoy a leisurely cruise from Rotterdam to Antwerp. Antwerp. We visit Rubens House and the Botanic Garden. We then continue our journey back to London.

Price

5 days from

£1195

per person

Single cabin supplement

£300

This tour is also available at the same price including air travel between London and Amsterdam. Flights are also available from regional airports at a supplement.

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enton’s zesty Lemon Festival brings a vibrant burst of colour to our tour of the French Riviera. With elegant dazzling gardens, azure skies and a stunning coastline, it isn’t surprising that a generation of artists were inspired here. Over a century on, it still has that same glamorous allure that was captured on canvas.

Itinerary Day 1 Fly from London to Nice and upon arrival, we visit the

Gardens in the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

historic garden of Serre de la Madone.

Day 2 Our first full day begins with a visit to the Fondation

Ephrussi de Rothschild at St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. After lunch, we continue to Jardin Exotique d’Eze.

Day 3 Today we visit the private garden of Clos du Peyronnet and the gardens of La Mortola.

Day 4 Spend the day at the Lemon Festival in Menton, or if travelling in May, visit the International Rose Festival in Grasse.

Day 5 Drive to Cap d’Antibes for a visit to Villa Thuret,

where 3,000 plant species are grown over acres of exotic jungle. We then continue to the village of St Paul de Vence.

Day 6 We finish our tour on a high at the Exotic Gardens of Monte Carlo before making our journey home.

What’s Included Five nights’ bed & breakfast at the 4-star Hotel Grimaldi; three dinners and four lunches Return flights from London to Nice Comfortable coach travel throughout Services of a professional tour manager

Departures

Departures

Price

Price

20 February 2020 6 days from

£1395

7 May 2020

per person

Single room supplement £295

6 days from

£1595

per person

Single room supplement £425

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way from the busy beach resorts, the Balearic island of Mallorca offers a timeless, verdant landscape of wooded hills, orange groves, sweeping bays and rocky mountains. Dotted around the island is a host of historic gardens whose origins date back hundreds of years, as well as more modern creations, providing a rich range of horticultural delights.

Itinerary Day 1 Fly from London to Palma and transfer to the hotel.

La Seu Cathedral and gardens

Day 2 We start with a visit to the gardens of Raixa, which is divided into seven terraces, with parterres, pergolas, fountains and loggias. This afternoon we continue to the gardens of Son Marroig.

Day 3 After breakfast we explore the Jardínes de Alfabia,

home to bougainvillea-covered pergolas. Later, we visit the monastery of Real Cartuja de Valldemossa.

Day 4 Tour Palma today, including the Cathedral, the

Palacio de la Almudaina, Hort del Rei and the Arab Baths.

Day 5 We depart for the hilltop garden of Sa Torre Cega,

where flowering shrubs, aloe and cacti present a stunning backdrop. We then discover the Albufera Nature Reserve.

Day 6 Transfer to the airport for our return flight to London.

What’s Included Five nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast at the 3-star Hotel Helios, Ca’n Pastilla; four lunches Return flights from London to Palma Comfortable coach travel throughout All visits as outlined in the itinerary and services of a professional tour manager

Departures 22 March 2020

Price 6 days from

£1395

per person Single room supplement £325

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Unmissable, once-a-decade experience

What’s Included Five nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast: four at a 4-star hotel in the Tyrol; one at a hotel in the Oberammergau area. One lunch Return flights from London to Munich All visits as outlined in the itinerary Services of a professional tour manager

Oberammergau & the Austrian Tyrol

©Passion Play Oberammergau 2020

Departures 13 May, 10 August, 12 August 2020

Price 6 days from

£2095

per person Single room supplement £280

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aking place just once every ten years, the legendary Oberammergau Passion Play is a cultural and historic event unlike any other in the world. This bucketlist experience sees over 2,000 citizens of this small German town recreate Christ’s suffering, death and subsequent resurrection. Returning in 2020 for its 42nd performance, this event began in 1634 after villagers vowed a year earlier to recreate the life and death of Jesus once per decade if they were spared the Plague. This tradition has continued without interruption – despite major wars – ever since. It really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it can be yours next year. Prior to the Passion Play we will explore the neighbouring Austrian Tyrol. This is the land of storybook castles, dramatic landscapes and amazing stories. Hop aboard the Zillertal Steam Railway, admire Austria’s old-town streets and gilded architecture, and discover sites where ‘The Sound of Music’ was filmed. This part of the world was also home to Mozart, so lovers of the arts will be in great company.

Itinerary Day 1

Fly from London to Munich and upon arrival we continue to our hotel. Inc. Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Our first morning sees us

embark upon an excursion aboard the historic Zillertal Steam Railway, where we will enjoy a chilled glass of schnapps in the shadow of the Hintertux Glacier. A thrilling cable car ride takes us to a mountainside restaurant for lunch before we return to our hotel. Inc. Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 3 You can choose from two

themed excursions in vibrant Salzburg today – Mozart for the classical music lovers among us or ‘The Sound of Music’. Both trips will include visits to the castle and cathedral.

Oberammergau

Day 4 We begin with a visit to

the Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck, including a guided tour of the old town and a stop at Emperor Maximillian I’s ‘Golden Roof’. This afternoon, we pay a visit to Tratzberg Castle. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Day 5 We bid farewell to Austria as

we transfer to Oberammergau in Germany. In the afternoon we settle down for the epic once-in-a-decade performance of the famous Passion Play, which includes dinner in the interval. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Day 6 After breakfast, we check out of our hotel and transfer to the airport for our return flight back home to London. Inc. Meals: Breakfast.

Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

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What’s Included

Only in 2020

Seven nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast in 5-star hotels and return flights from London to Delhi Four lunches All visits outlined in the itinerary Local travel within India

WAFA and Palaces & Gardens of India’s Golden Triangle

Taj Mahal

Services of a professional tour manager and a local guide

Departures 21 February 2020

Price 9 days from

£1995

per person Single room supplement £525

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eld once every three years, the World Association of Flower Arrangers’ (WAFA) showpiece event has established itself as the premier occasion for anyone with an interest in flower arranging and floral art. Previous shows were based in Dublin and Barbados, and in 2020 it moves to vibrant Jaipur. Our tour begins in Delhi, where we will have the rare opportunity to visit the Mughal gardens at Rashtrapati Bhaven, which are only ever open in February. Wander the teeming bazaar and explore the Lodi Gardens, which have elements of early Mughal garden design and were later developed into a flower garden by the wife of the Governor General. From here, we transfer to Agra, where we visit the gardens at Agra Fort and Mehtab Bagh. We also explore the incredible sights of Jaipur, the striking Amber Fort, the step well at Abhaneri, the elegant gardens of Ramabagh Palace and of course, the Taj Mahal — a truly unmissable sight!

Itinerary

Mughal Garden

Day 1 Take an overnight flight from London to Delhi. Inc. Meals: In-flight.

Day 2 Upon arrival, we meet our local guide and transfer to the hotel. Later, we visit the beautiful Lodi Gardens. Inc. Meals: Dinner.

Day 3 A tour of Old Delhi starts at

the Jama Mosque, followed by a rickshaw ride through the bazaar at Chandi Chowk and we then continue to the Raj Ghat. In New Delhi, we visit Humayun’s Tomb. Our final stop today is at the Rashtrapati Bhaven Mugal Gardens, the Lutyens-designed residence of the President of India. Inc. Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 4 After breakfast, we take the Gatiman Express train to Agra. We

check in to our hotel and then explore the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort and the Mehtab Bagh, also known as ‘The Moonlight Garden’. Inc. Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 5 A visit to the Taj Mahal awaits.

This majestic monument will simply take your breath away. After time in contemplation of its marble glory, we travel to Jaipur, pausing at Abhaneri to visit the Chand Baori, a step well built over 1,000 years ago that featured in Michael Portillo’s ‘Great Indian Railway Journeys’. Inc. Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 6 This morning we visit the

Amber Fort, with a photo stop en-route at Hawa Mahal, known as the ‘Palace of the Winds’. Next, tour the Maharajah’s City Palace, a building

still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. We end our day at the Rambagh Palace Gardens, which are renowned for their elegance and foliage, and attracts many exotic birds. Inc. Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 7 Today is devoted to WAFA

2020 and we enjoy the iconic event’s exhibits and demonstrations. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Day 8 You can return to WAFA 2020

today (admission not included) or you can choose to sightsee in Jaipur at leisure. Later, we travel to Delhi and stay overnight at an airport hotel. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Day 9 After breakfast, we catch our flight back to London.

Inc. Meals: Breakfast & in-flight.

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What’s Included 13 nights’ bed & breakfast at a range of hotels Four dinners and one lunch Flights from London Heathrow to Cape Town and Durban to London Heathrow All visits and excursions Comfortable coach travel Services of a professional tour manager and local guide

South Africa’s Garden Route

Departures 22 September 2020

Price Kirstenbosch botanical garden

£3995

15 days from per person Single room supplement £650

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aking a long overdue return to our programme, South Africa’s Garden Route winds its way for some 200km between richly forested mountains and a crinkle-cut coastline dotted with beautiful beaches and empty bays. Vividly coloured wildflowers delight the eye at every turn and progress tends to be leisurely, as one stunning photo opportunity after another presents itself. Also returning from the wilderness to grace our tour are the Drakensberg Mountains, where we do some gentle botanising and offer the chance to visit neighbouring Lesotho, and delightful Durban, home to some splendid gardens. Of course, we could not visit South Africa without spending some time in the Cape, where we enjoy crisp white wines and rare botanical treasures, and potter among the proteas on Table Mountain.

Itinerary

Knysna

Days 1 & 2 Fly overnight to Cape

visiting the Fernkloof Nature Reserve.

Inc. Meals: Dinner only.

Day 7 Setting out on the Garden

Town, arriving on Day 2. Visit the Old Company Garden before dinner.

Day 3 We explore the trails on top of

Table Mountain, reached by cable car, and then pay a visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. Inc. Meals: Breakfast only.

Day 4 We visit Babylonstoren and the Stellenbosch Botanical Garden.

Inc. Meals: Breakfast only.

Day 11 Enjoy a leisurely botanical

walk within the vicinity of the hotel. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Route, we head to Mossel Bay and visit the Diaz Complex Museum.

Day 12 Free time today, or join an

Inc. Meals: Breakfast only.

Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Day 8 Full day touring the Wilderness National Park with a local guide. Inc. Meals: Breakfast only.

Day 9 Continue along the Garden

option excursion to Lesotho.

Day 13 Travel to Pietermaritzburg

and visit the Kwa-Zulu Natal Botanical Garden en-route to Durban. Inc. Meals: Breakfast only.

Day 14 Full day in Durban, with visits

Day 5 Today we visit the Helderberg

Route via Knysna Heads and Plettenberg Bay to Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River.

Day 10 Fly to Durban and drive up into

Inc. Meals: Breakfast & lunch.

Inc. Meals: Breakfast only.

Day 6 Enjoy an optional whale

Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

direct flight back to London.

Inc. Meals: Breakfast only.

Nature Reserve and the Vergelegen Wine Estate.

Inc. Meals: Breakfast only.

the Drakensberg Mountains.

watching trip this morning before

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to the Durban Botanical Garden, the Japanese Gardens and Makaranga Garden Lodge where we have lunch.

Day 15 Transfer to the airport for our Inc. Meals: Breakfast.

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What’s Included 11 nights’ bed & breakfast; six in Kyoto and five in Tokyo Dinner and welcome drinks on the first evening, dinner with a maiko, three lunches and a farewell dinner on the final night Return flights from London Comfortable coach travel Services of a professional tour manager

Seasonal Gardens of Japan

Departures 25 March, 12 November 2020

Price Senso-ji Temple

£4995

13 days from per person Single room supplement £1500

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ose yourself in the splendours of the Far East with an action-packed itinerary of rare gardens, bamboo forests, ancient temples, golden Buddhas and, of course, the majestic Mount Fuji. The origins of these Japanese gardens lie in simple, gravel-covered forest clearings where the gods could manifest themselves. Experience the otherworldliness of this mystical country on a garden tour unlike any other. Travel aboard the legendary bullet train, visit the historic town of Omi Hachiman, take a cruise beneath Mt. Fuji’s snow-capped peaks on Lake Ashi, and take an optional excursion to Hiroshima with its Peace Memorial Park. Many of the country’s most notable gardens are situated in and around Kyoto, Japan’s former capital, and we enjoy three full days exploring both public and private gardens in this area. We’ve included a variety of different natural styles to bring this tour to life, and a recent addition is dinner with an apprentice geisha.

Itinerary

The Bamboo Forest

Day 1 Fly from London to Osaka. Inc. Meals: In-flight.

Day 2 Upon arrival, transfer to Kyoto for a visit to the Imperial Palace.

Inc. Meals: Breakfast (in-flight) & dinner.

Day 3 See the dry landscape garden

at Ginkaku-ji, the private garden of Hakusasonso, Kyoto Botanical Garden and the Bamboo Forest Path. Inc. Meals: Breakfast.

Day 4 A full day in the Prefecture

of Shiga awaits, including Otsu and the temple of Ishiyamadera, and the historic town of Omi Hachiman. Inc. Meals: Breakfast.

Day 6 The Daisen-in Temple and

dry landscape gardens of Zuiho-in and Ryogen-in await. Next, tour the Kinkaku-ji and Ryoan-ji Temples. In the evening, we have a dinner with a maiko and learn this practice’s history. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Day 7 In Nara, explore the Kasuga

Grand Shrine. Later, tour the Todai-ji Temple, visit Nara Park with its free roaming deer, and see the Kodai-ji Temple later on in the evening. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & lunch.

Day 8 Discover the Heian Shrine, the

Nanzen-ji Temple Complex and travel to Tokyo aboard the bullet train.

Day 5 Free time in Kyoto or join our

Inc. Meals: Breakfast.

Inc. Meals: Breakfast.

Kamakura to see the Great Buddha.

optional excursion to Hiroshima.

Day 9 Visit the seaside town of

Later, visit the Hase Kannon Temple and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & lunch.

Day 10 Explore Onshi Hakone Park,

cruise on Lake Ashi and admire views of Mount Fuji from the boat. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & lunch.

Day 11 See the Kyu Furukawa

garden, Mukojima Hyakkaen Garden and Shunkaen’s Bonsai Museum. Inc. Meals: Breakfast.

Day 12 The Hamarikyu Garden,

Senso-ji Temple, Imperial Palace East Gardens and more await today. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Day 13 Transfer to the airport and

catch a return flight back to London. Inc. Meals: Breakfast and in-flight.

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What’s Included

NEW for 2020

Seven nights’ bed & breakfast; two dinners, one afternoon tea, and welcome and farewell drinks Return flights from London to Grenada All visits as outlined in the itinerary Services of Trevor Edwards as tour manager

Grenada - Gardens of the Spice Island

Departures 2 May 2020

Price St George

£2895

9 days from per person Single room supplement £455

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ying at the southern end of the Lesser Antilles, the little island of Grenada offers a typical slice of Caribbean life, flavoured with spice and full of colour. With a lush, mountainous interior and a coastline fringed with silky smooth beaches, it’s home to some wonderful privately owned gardens, which we have threaded together like a richly flavoured kebab of delicious horticultural morsels. This brand new holiday is led by the ever-popular Trevor Edwards, who has personally inspected all the gardens (a tough job, but someone had to do it!) and it promises to be entertaining as well as enlightening, with a relaxed pace well-suited to both culture and climate. Our base for the tour and home away from home will be the comfortable Blue Horizon Garden Resort, set back 300 yards from Grand Anse Beach in its own extensive gardens.

Itinerary Day 1 We take a flight from London to Grenada, where welcome drinks and dinner are waiting for us on arrival. Inc. Meals: In-flight and dinner.

Day 2 We begin our holiday with an

introduction to our hotel’s gardens and grounds, followed by a bird-watching tour that showcases the local species. Inc. Meals: Breakfast.

Day 3 Today gets off to a fabulous

start with an exploration of the island, with visits to a trio of private gardens in the company of their owners. A cooling drink on the veranda here, an afternoon tea there – it all adds up to an exquisite garden experience. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & afternoon tea.

Trevor Edwards & local guide

Later, we follow a gentle trail filled with botanical wonders at the historic plantation of Belmont Estate, followed by a tour and tasting at the River Antoine Rum Distillery. Inc. Meals: Breakfast.

Day 5 Our day starts at Smithy’s

Garden, where we enjoy a relaxed and delicious Grenadian breakfast with our hostess, before touring the garden with its resident birds. The afternoon is spent at Balthazar Estate, where we will see giant heliconia, musa and ginger, and learn about the introduction of nutmeg here in 1843. Inc. Meals: Breakfast.

Day 6 Visit the breathtakingly beautiful

Day 4 Tour the gardens of Mount

Edgecombe with the Head Gardener.

Sunny Side Garden, with koi ponds and a variety of plants. The afternoon sees us at Palm Tree Gardens, where

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two acres are filled with thousands of flowering trees and plants. Inc. Meals: Breakfast.

Day 7 Our last full day on the ‘Spice

Island’ is free for you to relax in the resort, explore the surrounding areas or take our optional excursion aboard a traditionally-built yacht. Farewell drinks and dinner await in the evening. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Day 8 After a morning in the capital

town of St. George for some last minute shopping and sightseeing, we transfer to the airport for our overnight flight back to London. Inc. Meals: Breakfast.

Day 9 Today we arrive back into London.

Inc. Meals: In-flight.


What’s Included Eight nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast and seven lunches Return flights from London to San José Comfortable coach travel throughout Services of a professional tour manager

Southern Costa Rica

Departures 25 January 2020

Price Garden in San Gerardo de Dota

£3195

10 days from per person Single room supplement £400

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rugged and unexplored wilderness awaits on this off-the-beaten-track adventure. Costa Rica’s unique range of plant, bird and animal life never ceases to amaze, and as we head south we can expect to see an astonishing variety of species on this colourful tour. Among the highlights are the Lankester Garden and the Wilson Botanical Gardens. Introduced by popular demand, this holiday complements our successful tour of the country’s northern parts. It explores the incredible southern regions, including Golfito, which is often referred to as Costa Rica’s ‘last frontier’. Here, the amenities may be more basic, but visitors are invited to experience an alternative to the hustle and bustle of the more popular tourist destinations, where authentic adventures can be had by all. From an aerial tram tour through the tropical treetops to a visit to a Medicinal Plants Garden, this is a holiday for lovers of nature, wildlife and the great outdoors.

Itinerary

Orchid at Lankester Garden

Day 1 Fly to San José – Costa Rica’s

capital – from London, arriving in time for dinner at our hotel. Inc. Meals: In-flight and dinner.

Day 2 After breakfast we pay a visit

to Lankester Garden, which boasts a world renowned variety of orchids. These flowers can be tricky to spot in the wild as they grow high in the canopy on trunks and branches, flowering only for a day or two. We stop for lunch and then head south into the mountains, an area of national parks and reserves. Inc. Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 3 Take a tropical walking tour

of the surrounding cloud forest, where we can see hummingbirds, fly-catchers and finches that dart about the mighty

oaks. There is also time to visit the nearby area of San Gerardo de Dota. Inc. Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Days 4 & 5 We continue south,

stopping en route for lunch. Our destination is the fabulous Wilson Botanical Gardens in San Vito. We will stay on site and explore this extensive garden which is surrounded by natural forest and features a wide variety of endemic plants, including palms, marantas, bananas and bromeliads. Flowering species are being added and a captivating hummingbird garden has been built in a Japanese style. Inc. Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 6 Today we head south towards

Golfito, where we settle into our next base within the jungle of Piedras Blancas National Park, home to over

300 species of birds. A remote and secluded location, this is an unexplored wilderness that offers a truly authentic experience to the intrepid traveller. Inc. Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 7 Pay a visit to Casa Orquideas,

one of the region’s oldest botanical gardens, home to edible plants as well as over 100 species of orchid. Inc. Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 8 It’s time to return to San José

and we break up our day with a ride aboard the Aerial Tram, near Jaco. We also visit the Butterfly Garden and Medicinal Plants Garden. Inc. Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Days 9 & 10 After breakfast, we fly back to the UK, arriving on Day 10. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & in-flight.

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What’s Included 11 nights’ bed & breakfast; eight dinners and ten lunches Return flights from London to San José All visits as outlined in the itinerary Comfortable coach travel throughout Services of a professional tour manager

The Gardens of Costa Rica

Departures 2 February 2020

Price Arenal Volcano

£3895

13 days from per person Single room supplement £960

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he term biodiversity may have been coined with Costa Rica in mind, such is the range of different species within its pristine, tropical forests. Throw in some spectacular scenery and resplendently laid-back citizens, and you have all the makings of a life-affirming holiday experience. From sub-tropical wildlife to amazing endemic plants, we explore it all. Visit a broad range of gardens both public and private, such as the Else Kientzler Botanical Gardens with its world-class collection of plants. In such a beautiful setting, we also spend ample time admiring the spectacular natural features of the country. Lake Arenal is Costa Rica’s largest body of fresh water, and was enlarged to three times its original size when a hydroelectric dam was built here.

Itinerary Day 1 We fly from London to San José, arriving in time for dinner. Inc. Meals: In-flight & dinner,

Day 2 After breakfast, we visit the

stunning Else Kientzler Botanical Garden as well as a private garden, which is home to over 2,000 plants from all around the globe. Inc. Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 3 Today we visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Later, it’s on to the world’s largest butterfly garden. Inc. Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 4 Our day begins at La Tirimbina

organic cacao plantation, where we can make our own chocolate. Afterwards, we learn about pineapple farming at the Organic Paradise Tour. Inc. Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

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Butterfly in Monteverde

Day 5 Explore a medicinal garden

at the majestic Arenal Volcano and learn how plants are used to produce effective medicines. Inc. Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 6 A full day awaits at the Caño

Negro Wildlife Refuge, where we can expect to see a diverse range of flora. Later, we head back to Arenal to visit some of the abundant hot springs. Inc. Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 7 After a boat trip on Lake Arenal, Costa Rica’s largest body of fresh water, we head to Monteverde and to our next hotel. Inc. Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day 8 Wander around orchid and

butterfly gardens today. This evening, there is the opportunity to dine at the

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Tree House restaurant (not included). Inc. Meals: Breakfast & lunch.

Day 9 Tour the Monteverde Cloud

Reserve, with its complex ecosystem. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & lunch.

Day 10 Explore the Manuel Antonio National Park before touring the Rainforest Spices Plantation. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & lunch.

Day 11 Today we tour La Garita’s

Orchid Garden en route to San José. Inc. Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Days 12 & 13 We catch our return flight, arriving in London on Day 13. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & in-flight.


What’s Included Five nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast accommodation: one night on board the ferry, one night at the Busta House Hotel, Shetland & three nights at the Kirkwall Hotel, Orkney All ferry crossings and visits as outlined in the itinerary

An Archaeologist’s View of Orkney & Shetland

Services of an archaeological expert as tour manager

Departures 27 April, 6 July, 31 August 2020

Price Dunnottar Castle

£1195

6 days from per person Single room supplement £375

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tunning, isolated archipelagos carpeted by windswept landscapes and dotted with the remains of ancient cultures make Orkney and Shetland an archaeologist’s dream. Join us for this island-hopping tour, following experts as they bring the extensive relics of these regions vividly back to life. Scotland’s Northern Isles are imbued with an allure that’s hard to pin down. Gain a fascinating insight into Stone Age life at Skara Brae, where everyday objects such as beds and jewellery paint a full and telling picture. Enjoy an enlightening experience at the Tomb of the Eagles, where the mysteries of ancient Orkney can be unpacked. Marvel at the complexity of the former Norse settlement at Jarlshof as we consider the Scandinavian chapters of Scotland’s captivating past. While the human history of these striking areas is our main focus, there is also plenty in the natural world to enjoy here too.

Itinerary

Jarlshof

Day 1 Travel to Aberdeen via the

dramatic coastal ruins of Dunnottar Castle, and board the Serco Northlink ferry for an overnight trip to Shetland. Inc. Meals: Dinner.

Day 2 Upon arrival in Lerwick, we

tour the island and pass through Gulberwick and Cunningsburgh. Weather permitting, we cross to Mousa to visit its 2,000-year-old Broch. Back on mainland, we visit Hoswick Visitor Centre and the Prehistoric and Norse Settlement of Jarlshof, where three millennia of history can be traced. Finally, we visit the cliffs at Sumburgh Head, which are often rich with endemic birdlife, and then we make our way to our hotel for the evening. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Day 3 We make our way up to St.

Ninian’s Isle, with its church dating from the 6th century, and then we head to Scalloway, continuing through Tingwall Valley, site of the old Norse parliament. We return to Lerwick and explore, then sail on to Orkney later. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Day 4 This morning we tour southern

Orkney, crossing the Churchill Barriers, built after the sinking of the HMS Royal Oak in September 1939. We visit the Italian Chapel, built on the site of a prisoner of war camp. We move on to the Isbister chambered tomb and the Liddle Burnt Mound, exceptional sites discovered by the same farmer 50 years ago before enjoying free time in Kirkwall.

Day 5 Today we enjoy an excursion

to the heart of Neolithic Orkney’s UNESCO World Heritage sites. We visit Maeshowe, home to the largest collection of runic inscriptions to be found in one place in the world, the evocative Ness of Brodgar and the world-famous prehistoric stone settlement of Skara Brae. Later we visit the iconic Standing Stones of Stenness and Neolithic village of Barnhouse. Dinner is at our hotel. Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Day 6 We transfer to St. Margaret’s Hope, where we catch the Pentland Ferries sailing to Gills Bay. We then return to our pick-up points. Inc. Meals: Breakfast.

Inc. Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

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Pompeii Archaeology S

ince its rediscovery in 1748, Pompeii has become a major archaeological attraction, offering a unique insight into the lives of ordinary citizens from over 2,000 years ago. Many of the streets and buildings were uncovered and excavated, revealing an astonishingly well-preserved example of a Roman town unlike any other in the world today.

Itinerary Herculaneum

Day 1 Depart from London and fly to Naples, arriving in time for welcome drinks and a group dinner.

Day 2 Our day begins with a fascinating visit to Paestum,

What’s Included

where we stroll among ancient, atmospheric temples. Later, there’s a visit to Paestum Museum and the evening is free.

Five nights’ bed & breakfast at a 4-star hotel in Naples and one dinner

Day 3 A full day tour of Pompeii. Wander the ancient streets,

Return flights from London to Naples

observe the haunting ruins and let the past come back to life at this inimitable archaeological site.

Day 4 This morning we visit Herculaneum and then we

return to Naples and tour its Archaeological Museum along with the incredible Flavian Amphitheatre.

Day 5 Explore the Villa San Marco and Villa Arianna at

Stabiae, before visiting the great volcanic crater of Vesuvius.

All visits as outlined in the itinerary Comfortable coach travel throughout Services of an archaeological expert as tour manager

Departures 12 March, 5 November 2020

Day 6 We transfer to the airport and fly back to London.

Price 6 days from

£1395

per person Single room supplement £395

Albanian Archaeology H

aving emerged from almost five troubling decades of Communism, Albania is opening its doors to the world. Behind those doors lies a range of wonders, from ancient Greco-Roman theatres to archaeological parks.

Itinerary Day 1 Fly from London to Tirana, arriving in time for dinner. Day 2 A walking tour of Tirana includes the Mosque of

Et’hem Bej, Skanderbeg Castle and the National Historical Museum.

Day 3 Drive to the Bay of Vlora, stop at Llamani beach and

Temple ruins in ancient Apollonia

What’s Included

visit the springs of Borshi before moving on to Saranda.

Seven nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast in 3 and 4-star hotels

Day 4 Our entire day is spent at the UNESCO-listed site of

Return flights from London Gatwick to Tirana

Butrint. We also visit the Lekuresi Castle before dinner.

Day 5 We journey to the town of Gjirokastra and visit the

8th century Castle Museum. Later, we tour the Antigonea Archaeological Park and Ethnographic Museum.

All visits as outlined in the itinerary Comfortable coach travel throughout Services of an archaeological expert as tour manager

Day 6 We visit the 4th century ruins of Byllis, tour the Cobo Winery and continue to the mountain town of Berat.

Day 7 A morning exploring Berat awaits.

Departures

5 May, 13 October 2020

Day 8 Tour the archaeological site of Apollonia before

visiting Durrës and the amphitheatre. Later, we fly home.

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Price 8 days from

£1395

per person Single room supplement £175


Crete Archaeology A

rich tapestry of archaeological treasures, sleepy villages and lively towns all set in a Homeric landscape – the Greek island of Crete is an unforgettable destination. Join our archaeological expert here to discover its delights.

Itinerary Day 1 Fly from London to Heraklion, where dinner awaits. Day 2 Tour Heraklion’s Archaeological Museum and the iconic Palace of Knossos, a remarkable Bronze Age site.

Day 3 Take a boat trip to Spinalonga, a former leper colony.

After a walking tour here, there’s free time in Aigos Nikolaos.

Day 4 Explore Gortyn with its ancient law codes inscribed in stone, visit Phaistos, Zaros and finally it’s onto Rethymnon.

Palace of Knossos

What’s Included Seven nights’ accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis: three nights in Heraklion and four in nights Rethymnon

Day 5 A guided walk around Rethymnon gets our day off to

One dinner and a farewell taverna meal with wine

an interesting start and later we move on to beautiful Chania.

Return flights from London to Heraklion

Day 6 Today is free. Alternatively, join our optional excursion

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to the pottery village of Margaritas and the Arkadi Monastery.

Day 7 Visit the Minoan cemetery of Armeni and Byzantine

monuments in the Amari Valley. A farewell meal follows later.

Departures

28 April, 6 October 2020

Price 8 days from

£1595

per person Single room supplement £280

Day 8 Today we make our return journey back to London.

Malta’s Archaeological Heritage F

rom the Neolithic to the present day, Malta is home to an array of riches. Venture inside the walled citadel of Mdina, explore the narrow tomb-lined passages of St. Paul’s catacombs and take a boat to the spectacular Blue Grotto.

Itinerary Day 1 Fly from London to Malta, arriving in time for dinner. Day 2 Tour the vibrant capital of Valletta, including visits to Valletta Living History, the Upper Barrakka Gardens and the Grand Master’s Palace.

Day 3 A visit to Mosta Church follows breakfast, then we

tour the Skorba Temples, the walled citadel of Mdina and finally St. Paul’s Catacombs.

Day 4 A full day excursion takes us to Ħaġar Qim and the

Hagar Qim, an ancient megalithic temple

What’s Included Six nights’ dinner (with wine), bed & breakfast at the 4-star Dolmen Hotel, St. Paul’s Bay in Malta

Mnajdra Temples, then via boat to the stunning Blue Grotto.

Return flights from London to Malta

Day 5 Today is free to spend as we wish. Alternatively, join

All visits as outlined in the itinerary

our excursion to Malta’s neighbouring island of Gozo, where myriad archaeological sites are waiting to be discovered.

Day 6 Tour the southern part of Malta today, including stops at the Tarxien Temples, Marsaxlokk and also the world renowned Hal Saflieni Hypogeum.

Day 7 We make our return to the airport and catch our flight back to London today.

Comfortable coach travel throughout and services of a professional tour manager

Departures 10 March, 12 May, 3 November 2020

Price 7 days from

£1345

per person Single room supplement £175

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Romanian Archaeology D

iscover over 2,000 years of history in Romania. A journey of Transylvanian tales, magnificent castles, medieval art and ancient civilisations await exploration on this tour, which begins in the glorious capital city of Bucharest.

Itinerary Day 1 Fly from London to Bucharest, arriving for dinner. Day 2 A tour of the charming medieval town of Sibiu awaits. Day 3 Visit Ulpia Traiana, Hunyadi’s Castle and more today. Day 4 Explore Sarmizegetusa Regia, the capital of

pre-Roman Dacia, the region of Alba Iulia and Sighișoara.

Day 5 Today we explore Brașov, resplendent with Gothic,

Baroque and Renaissance architecture, as well as rich history.

Day 6 A visit to Bran Castle - often referred to as Dracula’s Castle. Later, we tour the stunning Peleș Castle.

Day 7 We depart for Constanța and then visit Histria. Day 8 Admire the monument of Tropaeum Traiani this morning and then enjoy a panoramic tour of Bucharest.

Day 9 After breakfast we make our return journey to London.

Peles Castle

What’s Included Eight nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast in 3 and 4-star hotels Return flights from London to Bucharest All visits as outlined in the itinerary Comfortable coach travel throughout Services of an archaeological expert as tour manager

Departures 28 April, 15 September 2020

Price 9 days from

£1895

per person Single room supplement £280

Bulgarian Archaeology H

idden in hills and forests are some of the oldest Neolithic settlements, Thracian tombs and exuberantly painted Medieval churches. We also pay a visit to Plovdiv, a city named as one of the 2019 European Capitals of Culture.

Itinerary Day 1 Fly to Sofia and visit Boyana Church and the National

Museum of History. Dinner follows a panoramic tour of Sofia.

Day 2 Today we explore the Underground Museum, Arena di Serdica, Nicopolis ad Istrum and Veliko Tarnovo.

Day 3 See the Madara Horseman, the Mosaics Museum

Rila Monastery

What’s Included

and tour Varna before returning to our hotel for dinner.

Eight nights’ bed & breakfast in 3 and 4-star hotels. Seven dinners

Day 4 Discover Varna’s Archaeological Museum, tour the

Return flight from London to Sofia

Roman Baths in Odessos and the Aladja Rock Monastery.

Day 5 The historic town of Nessebar awaits with its Neolithic Dwellings Museum and then it’s on to Kazanlak.

Day 6 A busy day of site-seeing is ours. Visit Stara Zagora’s

All visits as outlined in the itinerary Comfortable coach travel throughout Services of an archaeological expert as tour manager

Roman Forum and the Goliama Kosmatka Thracian tomb.

Day 7 The delights of Plovdiv lie ahead today.

Departures

12 May, 6 October 2020

Day 8 Today we visit Rila Monastery. Day 9 Free time to explore is followed by our flight home.

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£1595

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f you’ve enjoyed browsing these pages and letting our best-selling tours inspire your travels, you’ll be glad to know that our full range of holidays will be making its way to you this summer in our main brochure. The full edition will contain our entire collection of trips, from glorious gardens and scenic Scotland, to archaeological adventures that will take you to all corners of the ancient world. However, if you simply can’t wait to get packing those bags, take a look at our calendar below as there’s bound to be a Brightwater Holidays experience for you...

January

April

Southern Costa Rica

25 Jan

Cornwall and Tresco

10 Apr

Up Helly Aa - 5 day

26 Jan

Highgrove and the Cotswolds

17 Apr

Tresco’s Abbey Gardens

17 Apr

Highlights of Orkney and Shetland

20 Apr

Dutch Bulbfields

21 Apr

Gardens and Villas of Sicily

21 Apr

An Archaeologist’s View of Orkney and Shetland

27 Apr

Crete Archaeology

28 Apr

Romanian Archaeology

28 Apr

February Gardens of Costa Rica

2 Feb

Gardens of the French Riviera

20 Feb

WAFA and Palaces & Gardens of India’s Golden Triangle

21 Feb

March Malta’s Archaeological Heritage

10 Mar

Pompeii Archaeology

12 Mar

Gardens of Mallorca

22 Mar

Gardens and Villas of Sicily

24 Mar

Seasonal Gardens of Japan

25 Mar

Tresco’s Abbey Gardens

27 Mar

Gardens and Architecture of Andalucia

30 Mar Kinkakuji Temple

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May Grenada

2 May

Highlights of Orkney and Shetland

4 May

Albania Archaeology

5 May

Gardens of French Riviera with Rose Festival

7 May

Grand Tour of the Inner Hebrides

9 May

Gardens and Architecture of Andalucia

11 May

Villas and Gardens of the Italian Lakes

11 May

Rome, Ninfa and Castel Gandolfo

12 May

Malta’s Archaeological Heritage

12 May

Bulgarian Archaeology

12 May

Oberammergau and the Austrian Tyrol

13 May

Irish Rover

14 May

Tresco’s Abbey Gardens

18 May

Highgrove and the Cotswolds

19 May

Chelsea Flower show and Classic English Gardens

21 May

The Genius of Monet

Pincushion flower in Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens

June Gardens of North Wales

5 Jun

Highlights of Orkney and Shetland

8 Jun

Rome, Ninfa and Castel Gandolfo

9 Jun

22 May

Cornwall and Tresco

12 Jun

Arran, Scotland in Miniature

25 May

Gardens of Dumfries and Galloway

12 Jun

Gardens of Kent and Sussex

28 May

Highgrove and the Cotswolds

12 Jun

Shetland and its Outer Isles

15 Jun

In the Footsteps of the Picts

19 Jun

Grand Tour of the Inner Hebrides

20 Jun

Coll and Tiree

23 Jun

Grand Tour of the Outer Hebrides

23 Jun

Villas and Gardens of the Italian Lakes

24 Jun

Gardens of Kent and Sussex

25 Jun

A Classic Scottish Steam Break

26 Jun

July An Archaeologist’s View of Orkney and Shetland

6 Jul

Coll and Tiree

7 Jul

A Classic Scottish Steam Break

9 Jul

Arran, Scotland in Miniature

13 Jul

Grand Tour of the Outer Hebrides

14 Jul

Gardens of North Wales

17 Jul

The Genius of Monet

24 Jul

White-necked Jacobin in Grenada

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August Grand Tour of the Inner Hebrides

1 Aug

Shetland and its Outer Isles

1 Aug

Highgrove and the Cotswolds

7 Aug

In the Footsteps of the Picts

7 Aug

Oberammergau and the Austrian Tyrol

10 Aug

Oberammergau and the Austrian Tyrol

12 Aug

A Classic Scottish Steam Break

13 Aug

Irish Rover

13 Aug

Gardens of Dumfries and Galloway

16 Aug

Highlights of Orkney and Shetland

17 Aug

Queen Victoria and the Isle of Wight

17 Aug

Gardens of Kent and Sussex

20 Aug

Arran, Scotland in Miniature

24 Aug

Malta’s Archaeological Heritage

3 Nov

Grand Tour of the Outer Hebrides

25 Aug

Pompeii Archaeology

5 Nov

An Archaeologist’s View of Orkney and Shetland

31 Aug

Seasonal Gardens of Japan

12 Nov

Jarlshof

November

September Rome, Ninfa and Castel Gandolfo

1 Sep

RHS Bridgewater

4 Sep

Gardens of Dumfries and Galloway

4 Sep

Highgrove and the Cotswolds

4 Sep

Grand Tour of the Inner Hebrides

5 Sep

Tresco’s Abbey Gardens

14 Sep

Gardens and Architecture of Andalucia

14 Sep

Grand Tour of the Outer Hebrides

15 Sep

Romanian Archaeology

15 Sep

RHS Bridgewater

18 Sep

Villas and Gardens of the Italian Lakes

21 Sep

South Africa’s Garden Route

22 Sep

Tresco’s Abbey Gardens

28 Sep

Lanhydrock

October Tresco’s Abbey Gardens

5 Oct

Bulgarian Archaeology

6 Oct

Crete Archaeology

6 Oct

Albania Archaeology

13 Oct Tresco

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