The magnificent setting of Hampton Court Palace is a fantastic backdrop for the world’s largest flower show. The show combines quality, innovation and creativity, featuring spectacular show gardens and stunning horticultural exhibitions. Join a delightful small group multi-day tour around this iconic event, taking you to some of the best homes and gardens in London and Kent and then enjoy some independent time before and/or afterwards, availing of any number of private tours or independent exploring.
Consider adding additional days to your trip with the services of a private guide and/or driver to see more of the country - your time on either side of your small group tour can be customized to suit your needs (and private guided tours can be added throughout your small group experience as desired).
Meet your driver at Heathrow airport, and take a private transfer to your hotel.
Experience the city in all its beauty on a comprehensive half day (4hr) private city tour with a Professional Guide, vehicle and driver and be shown all the major sights this world metropolis has to offer. A visit of the colourful "West End" with its well-known shopping streets and elegant parks is up first. Then travel on through both the City of Westminster and the City of London, the oldest part of the capital and home to the financial district. During the course of the tour, you will see all the highlights of the city: Royal Albert Hall, Marble Arch, Hyde Park, Harrods in Knightsbridge, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, and Trafalgar Square with Nelson's Column. The tour ends either in the city centre or back at your accommodation.
Enjoy wonderful sights of the city of London from the London Eye Ferris wheel! The London Eye (also known as the Millennium Wheel), at a height of 135 metres (443 ft.), is the biggest Ferris wheel in Europe, and has become the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, visited by over three million people in per year. At the time it was erected, in 1999, it was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, until it was surpassed by the Star of Nanchang (160 m) in May 2006, and then the Singapore Flyer (165 m) on 11 February 2008. However, it is still described by its operators as "the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel" (because the entire structure is supported by an A-frame on one side only). The London Eye is located at the western end of Jubilee Gardens, on the South Bank of the River Thames between Westminster Bridge and Hungerford Bridge. Fast track tickets for the London Eye allow you to skip the majority of the queue and check in just 15 minutes before the experience booked.
Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.
Meet your small group tour at 8.30am at Grange Wellington Hotel, 71-72 Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2PA. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure.
Today you head out of London to the world-famous Royal Horticultural Society Garden Wisley, which has been gifted to the RHS in 1903 and since then it has eveolved into a world class garden. Explore the beautiful Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden, the picturesque orchard and the huge cathedral-like glass house with its world class tropical plant collection.
This afternoon visit Hever Castle, set in the Kent countryside and once home to Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife. This historic castle with its double moat and 125 acres of spectacular gardens offers visitors plenty to discover.
This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with other members of your tour.
Today you will travel to Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, created by novelist Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson in the 1930's. This outstanding garden showcases strict geometry and an intimate atmosphere. Visit the rose garden, the white garden, the cottage garden and parts of the house are open to the public.
This afternoon you will visit Chartwell, once the rural retreat of Sir Winston Churchill’s. Stroll though around the grounds where there are beautiful rose and water gardens, a restored vegetable garden and wonderful countryside walks offering stunning views.
Today you will spend much of the morning exploring the world-famous Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew, an absolute must on any garden tour.
With over 300 acres of beautiful landscape and an outstanding collection of plants this UNESCO World Heritage Site is an absolute must see. Highlights include the Treetop walkway, the Water Lily House and The Princess of Wales Conservatory.
In the afternoon you will visit the Ham House, a magnificent Stuart mansion with lavish interiors. The beautiful gardens include the famous Cherry Garden, the 17th century Orangery and formal avenues of more than 250 trees.
The last day is devoted to the Hampton Court Flower Show providing a spectacular backdrop for what is the world’s largest flower show. There is something for everyone to enjoy, and you can spend the day amidst the fine show gardens and horticultural exhibitions.
After a wonderful day the tour finishes back in London.
Your tour ends at Grange Wellington Hotel, 71-72 Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2PA.). Bid farewell to your guide and fellow travellers as you end this chapter of your tour. Please bear in mind that drop-off time is an estimate only –traffic can be unpredictable!
Meet your driver at your hotel and be taken to Heathrow Airport by a private transfer.
Built by the Victorian railway pioneers in 1862, The Grosvenor Hotel (formerly the Thistle Victoria) ushered in a golden age of travel. Restored to its former glory in a multi-million pound refurbishment, this Grade II listed building combines modern luxury, including free wi-fi throughout the hotel, with the finest Victorian architecture and unique period features. Enjoy the best of London from the 4-star Grosvenor Hotel, located within walking distance of Buckingham Palace and to Victoria mainline railway station.
The Royal Wells Hotel provides a delightful setting for a stay in the charming spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells.A perfect blend of Victorian elegance and modern comfort and luxury, our individually designed rooms offer a calm haven after a busy day, whilst Chalybeate Restaurant and Beau Nash pub provide an extensive range of eating and drinking options. The Royal Wells Hotel owes it regal title to Queen Victoria, who made frequent visits as a young princess in the early nineteenth century. She later granted the use of her coat of arms, which is proudly displayed at the top of the building.
Please note that your hotel may be the above, or a hotel of similar standard and will be confirmed prior to departure.
Kew Gardens hotel is situated in the heart of Kew Village West London, away from the hustle & bustle of the city life but with a superb location for travel in and out of the city. The hotel features boutique bedrooms, ground floor gastro pub and restaurant, and private dining/ function mezzanine. Kew Gardens is also only a 10-minute walk from the Historic Royal Botanic Gardens and The National Archives, and a quick tube ride to Richmond upon Thames with all of its shopping, restaurants and riverside walks…a perfect escape from the hectic day to day life of the city of London, or leisurely weekend break.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
"We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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