Botanical Tour to Singapore & Thailand

Botanical Tour to Singapore & Thailand

Twelve day tour to Singapore and Thailand. 

Itinerary

This includes visiting Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Garden and Orchid House and a full day walking tour of Singapore.

In Thailand the first stop is at Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, Pattaya. In Bankok a visit is made to the Pakklong Flower Market. 

Later a dinner while  cruising along the Chaophraya River for sights of the Temple of Dawn, the Grand Palace and  the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

Next, Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai, followed by a visit to the Grand Palace and the Golden Buddha

 

 

 

Cost

Included:

  • Fights in Economy Class Durban, Johannesburg, Singapore, Bangkok, Singapore, Johannesburg, Durban.
  • 5 nights’ accommodation sharing at the Orchard Hotel deluxe room. Bed and Breakfast
  • Return airport/Hotel/airport transfers
  • Private tour of Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Botanical Garden
  • 2 dinners at a local food court in Singapore including a drink.
  • Train and bus ticket for transport around Singapore. Some taxi transport will be included if raining.
  • 2 nights’ accommodation at Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden or similar including breakfast.
  • Private tour of Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
  • 3 nights’ accommodation at the Chatrium: Riverside hotel in Bangkok including breakfast
  • Half day tour of the Grand Palace.
  • Full day tour of the River Kwai which includes a boat and train ride plus lunch.
  • Evening dinner cruise
  • Tour of the Chatuchak Flower Market
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Excluded: 

  • Meals and drinks except for ones in the itinerary
  • Entrance to any other tourist attractions
  • Tickets to the view deck at Marina Bay Sands Hotel
  • Tour of Jim Thompsons house
  • Laundry or private phone calls from hotels
  • Medical insurance

Please note:

  • Cost is subject to confirmation at time of booking due to currency fluctuations and availability of accommodation
  • Travel insurance is highly recommended
  • A deposit is due upon confirmation of booking


Please note your Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your return flight.

Day 1:

Fly Singapore Airlines to Singapore.

Day 2:

Arrive in Singapore and Transfer to the Orchard Hotel. I will try for an early check in but normally it is a 2PM check in. If we get an early check in then we can drop our bags, have a shower and do a hop on hop off bus tour of Singapore to give you a feel of Singapore. Singapore is a walking city so let’s spend time walking and seeing the sites of Singapore away from the City Centre. Dinner.

 

Day 3:

 Breakfast at Hotel.

Early morning visit to Gardens by the Bay before the crowds arrive. We will have a personalised tour by one of the experts from Gardens by the Bay which will take most of the day. Lunch in the gardens. Afternoon free. Evening visit to Gardens by the Bay for light show. Dinner at Gardens by the Bay. Orchard Hotel

Day 4:

Visit the Singapore Botanical Garden and Orchid House. Established by the British in 1859 this is the greatest tropical Botanical Garden in the world. It is also a walking garden and not far from the Hotel so let spend the day and enjoy this magnificent garden. Lunch in the gardens. Afternoon at Leisure.

Before sunset we will travel to the Marina Bay Sands hotel and take the lift to the viewing deck for an evening with cocktails overlooking Gardens by the Bay and views of Singapore. Orchard Hotel

 
 

Day 5:

Full day walking tour of Singapore. This will include a visit to Chinatown, little India, Malay quarter at Haji Lane and Marina Bay. Walk along Orchard road or take in a Singapore Sling at Raffles Hotel. As mentioned Singapore is a walking City so let’s walk and see the City.

 

Day 6:

This morning we will wake early and take a local bus to the western side of Singapore for a walk over the southern ridge to Mount Faber and finally down to Harbour Front, Keppel Bay and Labrador Park. Singapore has some of the best open space systems in the world.

 

Day 7:

Spend the morning relaxing in Singapore. Afternoon transfer to Changi airport for flight to Bangkok. SQ974 at 13h10 arriving at 14h35. Transfer to Nong Nooch Bot Gdns in Pattaya for 2 nights.

Dinner in fish restaurant on the sea.

Day 8:

Breakfast will be served at the garden.

After breakfast we will take a tour of one of the biggest and most beautiful tropical botanical gardens in Southeast Asia, just 15 minutes east of Pattaya. Nong Nooch Tropical Garden has emerged as a fascinating tourist destination renowned for its wide-ranging orchid species, palm, cycad, cactus, bromeliad and bonsai gardens and countless flowers and plants from all corners of the world. Authentic Thai houses, mini zoo and cultural performances with classical dancers, traditional ceremonies, Thai boxing etc. and spectacular Elephant show are the highlights of your visit. Lunch served down at the beach.

 

Day 9:

Breakfast will be served at the garden. We can take a walk in the garden before being transferred to the Chatrium Hotel in Bangkok.

Day 10:

Breakfast in hotel

08:00 hrs. In the morning visit at Pakklong Flower Market. The colorful flowers and bustling atmosphere are an essential part of the inordinate charm of this particular market. Here you will see a variety of flowers never seen before.

After the flower market we will take a taxi to visit Jim Thompson’s house. He was responsible for the revival of Thai silk which changes the industry forever. He dissappeared a number of years ago in the Malaysian jungle, never to be seen again. He left a legacy which is reflected through his vast collections of Thai art and antiques now on display at the Jim Thompson’s house and museum, itself a lovely complex of six Thai-style teakwood houses preserve to their original glory.

Afternoon for shopping and lunch at a large departmental store or to have the afternoon to relax by the hotel pool.

We will be picked up at 18h30 to enjoy a Thai & International buffet dinner while you cruise along the Chaophraya River and enjoy beautiful night scenery on both side of the river. The Grand Pearl Cruise will be passing by two most wonderful night in Bangkok,the Wat Arun – The Temple of dawn and the Grand Palace and the Wat Prakae, The temple of Emerald Buddha. You will also enjoy under the moonlight’Live Music ‘in a romantic atmosphere. Chatrium Hotel

 

Day 11:

Full day tour of Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai. Located about 130km west of Bangkok this area gained fame during world War 11 when allied POW’S built this railway line to link Thailand with Burma. It was called the “Death Railway” as so many allied soldiers died under terrible living and working conditions. We will take a boat trip along the river, walk across the famous bridge and take a train trip along the river and original train route before relaxing for lunch. It is a lovely part of Thailand that will be fun to see other parts of the country. Also in this area are temples, caves, waterfalls and the remnants of a 13th century Khmer palace. Return to Bangkok. Dinner in the hotel. Chatrium Hotel

 

Day 12:

After breakfast we visit the residence of the Kings of Thailand, the Grand Palace is one of the most beautiful samples of an ancient Siamese court. Here you will see many palaces which have been used for different occasions: the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guest House, and Wat Phra Keo, the beautiful Emerald Buddha Temple.  Visit Wat Tramit, the beautiful 5 ton golden Buddha, Wat Pho, the largest reclining Buddha.

Transfer to Bangkok Airport to fly to Singapore. SQ 981 BKKSIN 21H10  00H40

 

Day 13:

Depart Singapore on SQ 478 SINJHB  02H10   06H50
Depart Johannesburg on SA 539 at 8h45 and arrive in Durban at 9H50

Namaqualand Flower Tour

Namaqualand Flower Tour

Six days in Namaqualand exploring the splendid fields of blooming spring flowers.

Itinerary

Day 1 & 2. Cape Town – Vanrhynsdorp – Springbok

Day 3.  Springbok – Vanrhynsdorp – Nieuwoudtville

Day 4. Nieuwoudtville surrounds: Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve; Papkuilsfontein

Day 5. Nieuwoudtville surrounds: Kokerboom Forest; Papkuilsfontein waterfall

Day 6. West Coast tour: Nieuwoudtville – Clanwilliam – Graaffwater- Leipoldtville – Elands Bay – Langebaan – Cape Town

Please enquire about dates and costs

Included:
– All transport from pick up to drop off at Cape Town International Airport.
– Accommodation, D. B&B
– All tours and entrance to parks and Botanic Gardens

Excluded: Drinks, Lunches

Detail

Day 1

Meet at Cape Town International Airport Road lodge at 8h15 sharp. This hotel is situated at the airport. Please ensure you fly down at least the day before to prevent delays. Today is a long day of travel as we need to get to Springbok by nightfall. We travel through the Boland which forms the foundation of SA’s soft fruit and wine industries. We follow the N7 over the Piekenierskloof Pass through the Olifants River Valley.

We will have lunch at the Muis Huis in Vanrhynsdorp and spend time in the small succulent nursery that was part of the old Jail. After lunch we will continue on the N7 to Springbok where we will spend the next 2 nights at Mountain View Guest House. The accommodation is very comfortable and after dinner we can walk through the little town of Springbok. Dinner at Tauren Steak House.

D,B&B.

Day 2

After breakfast we travel to Namaqua National Park and the Skilpad wildflower reserve. Here you will see Namaqualand in all its splendour.

 

This route of today promises to have some of the best flower scenes of the tour. If you did not visit the Namaqualand Klipkoppe during flower time, you did not  visit Namaqualand!

The Namaqua National Park covers an area more than 700km2. This park is part of Namaqualand, covering an area of 55,000km2 located within the semi-desert Succulent Karoo biome.

This biome is a biodiversity hotspot with the largest concentration of succulents in the world.

The park’s main attraction is the abundant spring bloom of brightly coloured wildflowers. Within the biome there are more than 5000 plant species, including more than a third of all the succulent species in the world.  Dinner at Springbok Lodge.

D,B&B.

Day 3

After breakfast we head down the N7 to Vanrhynsdorp seeing flowers all along the route. Our first stops for the day is in Vanrhynsdorp were we will visit a succulent nursery that specialises in growing hybrid Aloe dichotomas owned by Eduardo Cornelisen followed by a late lunch at his restaurant.

We then take a slow drive following the route through the Knersvlakte till we reach the Bokkeveld Mountains where we shall ascent the spectacular Vanrhyns Pass. We will stop to take fantastic photos of this pass and the views over the escarpment. From there we reach the top of the Bokkeveld Plato at Nieuwoudtville – renowned as the ‘bulb capital of the world’. We will check into our accommodation at De Lande Guesthouse and Jan Voorman’s cottage which belongs to the Van Wyk family for the next 3 nights. We shall spend the rest of the day in the vicinity of this beautiful town and Majiesfontein looking at plants. We shall also visit the imposing sandstone D.R. Church with a most interesting history. The congregation believes they are the only church in the world who erected a monument for debt! We shall also do flower watching in this area

Most of the rain on the Bokkeveld falls in the winter and spring with the greatest displays of wild flowers occurring from August to mid-October. This is the time when a kaleidoscope of colors can be seen.

Most of the annuals, geophytes and succulents flower at this time, but even though the bright displays of annuals disappear in October, there are interesting plants to be seen until the end of November Plateau.

During the flowering season, annuals and geophytes cover the ground in a rich carpet of color.

The famous red Bulbinella latifolia var. doleritica, the large red-flowered Romulea monadelpha, yellow and chocolate Hesperantha vaginata, and the dull-colored but highly fragrant Gladiolus scullyi are common.

The annuals include the delicate white Cotula nudicaulis, different species of Nemesia, but especially the striking Nemesia cheiranthus, and m

The geophytes include many RomuleasLachenaliasOrnithogalums, some Hesperanthas and many more genera.auve-flowered basterpershongerblomSenecio cakilefolius

Most spectacular are the brilliant, deep blue Pride-of-Nieuwoudtville, Geissorhiza splendidissima, sky blue bloukalossie, Ixia rapunculoides and the two finest Sparaxis species, the coppery pink Sparaxis elegans and damp loving Sparaxis pillansii.

DB@B.

Day 4

After a big breakfast we will head to the Oologskloof Nature Reserve were we will get spectacular views over the Knersvlakte and the mountain range? This is a time to reflect on the beauty of this part of the world and to think that this is called the Bokkeveld because at one time this area had tens of millions of antelope roaming through the grasslands.

We then travel to Papkuilsfontein and have lunch at Die Waenhuis restaurant. After lunch we will join Willem Van Wyk, the owner of Papkuilsfontein for a tour of Papkuilsfontien. Here you will see flowers especially bulbs in abundance. After the tour we will return to our B&b and relax till dinner. DB@B

Day 5

After breakfast on the penultimate day of our tour  we will head for the Kokerboom Forest where you see many thousands of  large Aloe dichotomas in their natural habitat.

This is one of the highlights of the tour as these imposing prehistoric plants never stop to impress me no matter how many times I see them.

We then travel back to Papkuilsfontein for lunch before taking a drive through Papkuilsfontein and head down to the Waterfall. After a very relaxing afternoon looking at flowers we head back to our accommodation for a final dinner. DB@B

 

Day 6

It is the last day of our tour and we are going to close it along the West Coast. We again travel till Clanwilliam via the dust road where we turn to the west via Graaffwater and Leipoldtville to Elands Bay. The Verlorenvlei is the biggest natural swamp along the West Coast and is a bird watcher’s paradise! Another swamp along the West Coast is Rocherspan reached just before Dwarskersbos. We travel further past Langebaan on our way back to Cape Town. On a good year this drive is a sea of flowers so let’s hope for good rains in winter. After an enjoyable day at the West coast a soul enriching day is ended off in Cape Town.

 
 
 
 

Chelsea: An English Country Garden Tour

Chelsea: An English Country Garden Tour

Ten days in England touring various English country  gardens ending with a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show.

Itinerary

Day 1 & 2.  London – RHS gardens at Wisley –  Losely Park Gardens – Claverton Country House in Battle

Day 3. Rye – GREAT DIXTER – Hastings

Day 4. Kent – SISSINGHURST CASTLE GARDEN – 

Day 5. Winchester  – West Green house and garden – Mere, Wiltshire – Stourhead Gardens – Spread Eagle Inn, Stourton.

Day 6. Cotswolds – Bourton House Garden 

Day 7. Chipping Campden – Hidcote Manor Garden – Kiftsgate Court Garden – White Hart Royal Hotel, Moreton In Marsh

Day 8. BLENHEIM PALACE – Bourton-on–the- water

Day 9. Return to London

Day 10. Full day tour of the Chelsea Flower Show. Flight Home to South Africa

Tour Details

Day 1:
Overnight flight to London. Some of you will be in London and other flying in that morning.

Day 2
Arrive in London. We will meet at Terminal 2 at Café Nero. I am arriving on the Sunday so will pick up the 8 seater VW minivan. We will take a leisurely drive to the RHS gardens at Wisley. I have arranged for a private tour of the gardens with one of the garden staff. The Horticultural Society was given Wisley in 1903, although at that time only a small part of the 24-ha (60-acre) estate was actually set aside as a garden, the remainder being wooded farmland.

The original garden was the creation of George Ferguson Wilson – businessman, scientist, inventor and keen gardener and a former Treasurer of the Society. In 1878 he purchased the site and established the ‘Oakwood experimental garden’, with the idea of making ‘difficult plants grow successfully’.

Included:

  • 8 x night’s accommodation sharing/Single supplement
  • Breakfast daily
  • Entrance fees to all gardens
  • Tickets to Chelsea Flower Show on Members Day
  • Private vehicle
  • Specialist tour guide

Excluded: 

  • Domestic and International Flights
  • Visas
  • Meals not included above and all drinks
  • Excursions not listed
  • Gratuities

Please note:

  • Cost is subject to confirmation at time of booking due to currency fluctuations and availability of accommodation
  • Travel insurance is highly recommended
  • A deposit is due upon confirmation of booking
  • Cost is based on a minimum of 6 people travelling

Land package ONLY and does not include:
International air tickets, insurance, meals unless noted, items of a personal nature and extra hotel charges.
Please note your Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your return flight.
South African passport holders require a British visa.

Please enquire for latest prices

The garden acquired a reputation for its collections of lilies, gentians, Japanese irises, primulas and water plants. The present Wild Garden at Wisley is the direct descendant of Oakwood and despite changes is still true to the original concept.

Lunch at a local pub: The Anchor


(www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley)

After lunch we will travel through to Loseley Park gardens Comparable with gardens considered national treasures, the Walled Garden covers 2.5 acres and is divided into ‘rooms’ each with its own unique planting scheme and personality.

There’s the Rose garden with over one thousand bushes, the Flower Garden with its maze of pathways and hidden corners and the White Garden that contrasts spectacular, showy, blooms with lush yet subtle silver and grey foliage.

Then there is the extensive Herb Garden, the Organic Vegetable Garden with its unusual varieties and, just outside the walls, the wildflower meadow – a haven of calm and tranquility.

Overnight at the Claverton Country House in Battle.

Day 3
After breakfast we start the day with a journey south to Rye in East Sussex to GREAT DIXTER, the family home of the late Christopher Lloyd, who had devoted his lifetime to creating one of the most experimental, exciting and constantly changing gardens of our time.

Incorporating many medieval buildings, the gardens surround the house, each complementing the other.

The original house at Dixter, which dates from the mid-15th century, was acquired by a businessman named Nathaniel Lloyd in 1909. He had a 16th century house in a similar style moved from Kent and the two were combined with new work by the architect Edwin Lutyens to create a much larger house, which was rechristened Great Dixter. 

Nathaniel Lloyd and Lutyens began the garden at Great Dixter, but it was Nathaniel’s son Christopher Lloyd, a well-known garden writer and television personality, who made it famous. The garden is in the arts and crafts style, and features topiary, a long border, an orchard and a wild flower meadow. The planting is profuse, yet structured, and has featured many bold experiments of form, colour and combination. The garden is currently managed by Fergus Garrett, who worked closely with Lloyd up until his death in 2006 where they were constantly experimenting at this great garden which no garden enthusiast should miss. Fergus will give us a private tour of the gardens which will be fantastic.     (www.greatdixter.co.uk)

After lunch we will drive to Hastings. The Battle of Hastings was fought on 14 October 1066 between the Norman-French army of William, the Duke of Normandy, and an English army under the Anglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinson, beginning the Norman conquest of England. Today peaceful with wild flowers and birdsong, this evocative landscape once played host to thousands of men, fighting for the future of king and country. Explore the battlefield and picture it full of life (and death) on the day that England’s history changed forever. The Anglo-Saxons held the ridge – now under the abbey buildings – whilst the Norman invaders attacked. Follow the full course of the battle with our audio guide, and special children’s version. See the impressive new wood carved sculpture trail. During wet weather, a shorter route along the terrace provides views out over the battlefield landscape and allows visitors to listen to the audio tour from a more comfortable vantage point. Explore the atmospheric ruins of William the Conqueror’s famous abbey. Stand on the very spot where King Harold is said to have died. Admire the stonework and acoustics of the 13th century rib-vaulted dormitory range, including the Novices Common Room. You can now also climb the staircase to explore the first floor too. This room was used to record a live performance of Sovereign Light Café by Keane.

It took place approximately 7 miles (11 kilometres) northwest of Hastings, close to the present-day town of Battle, East Sussex, and was a decisive Norman victory.

Overnight at the Claverton Country House in Battle.

Day 4
After breakfast we will travel to County Kent where we will visit Sissinghurst Castle Garden.  The internationally famous SISSINGHURST CASTLE GARDEN was created by Vita Sackville-West and her husband, Sir Harold Nicolson.

A romantic garden around a slender brick-built castle tower, this is one of the most enjoyed visits on any tour. In the words of its creator Vita Sackville-West: “Profusion, even extravagance and exuberance within the confines of the utmost linear severity”. Connoisseur’s gardens are divided by walls and hedges into enclosed gardens around the remains of an Elizabethan mansion. Famous for its roses in June & July, its white herb & cottage gardens and lakeside walks.

Overnight at the Claverton Country House in Battle.

(www.nationaltrust.org.uk/places/sissinghurst)

Day 5
After breakfast we check out of the hotel and head west towards Mere, Wiltshire to visit Stourhead Gardens. On the way we will stop for a walk through Winchester. Winchester is a city in the county of Hampshire, on the edge of England’s South Downs National Park. It’s known for medieval Winchester Cathedral, with its 17th-century Morley Library, the Winchester Bible and a Norman crypt. Nearby are the ruins of Wolvesey Castle and the Winchester City Mill, a working 18th-century corn mill. The Great Hall of Winchester Castle houses the medieval round table linked to King Arthur.

After lunch we will continue through to West Green house and garden.  Nestling in a woodland corner of Hampshire is this ravishingly attractive 1720′s manor house, where busts of gods, emperors and dukes now framed with roses, watch over the gardens.

West Green House Gardens demonstrate how creative energy is poured into garden making. It is a garden with a special and distinctive sense of place, made by Marylyn Abbott selected as one of the top 20 living garden makers by Stephen Lacey for the Telegraph. He writes “her swash buckling annual potage displays, fountain gardens and torch lit operas reflect her energy and zest. Through her books she has pumped fresh air and sparkle into the world of period gardening”

The garden combines neo-classical style with contemporary design. A grand water staircase provides a focal point to the Nymphaeum Fountain designed by architect Quinlan Terry. The magnificent Walled Garden, faithfully restored to its original lines, is entered through an arbor of wisteria. An allee of apple trees divides its elaborate potager with its berry filled fruit cages, annual flowers and colourful vegetables from its signature perennial borders exuberantly planted in subtle hues of mauve, plum and blue. Beyond the walls is the Lakefield carpeted in the spring with fritillaries and daffodils and which embraces one of England’s most eclectic collections of garden follies. A path leads from the serenity of the lake to the Paradise Water Garden and contemporary Garden of the Five nexium online pharmacy Bridges with its serpentine ribbon of Iris sibirica crossed by chinoiserie inspired bridges. It meanders on through a woodland glade to the terraced Theatre Lawn surrounded by tall tapestry hedges. It offers four seasons of beauty, contrast and inspiration, with its stunning planting, dazzling colour and touch of humour.

We continue onto Mere, Wiltshire and Stourhead garden. This 1072 HA estate, created by Henry Hoare 11was the family Harry Hoare family garden. The lakeside paths take you on a journey of concealment, and surprise, with glimpses of classical temples, mystical grottoes and breathtaking views both into the garden and out into the wider countryside. You will be amazed by the collection of rare and champion trees and plants, set around a central lake which glistens with their reflections.

Overnight at the Spread Eagle Inn, Stourton.

Day 6
The next 3 days will be spent in the Cotswolds. The Cotswolds is a rural area of south central England covering parts of 6 counties, notably Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. It’s rolling hills and grassland harbour thatched medieval villages, churches and stately homes built of distinctive local yellow limestone. The 102-mile Cotswold Way walking trail follows the Cotswold Edge escarpment from Bath in the south to Chipping Campden in the north.

After an early walk through Stourhead Garden we will have a leisurely breakfast then take a slow drive through to the Cotswold’s. After lunch we will visit Bourton House Garden. An award winning three acre garden surrounding an 18th century manor house and Grade 1 listed 16th century tithe barn.  Stunning herbaceous borders, imaginative topiary including a knot garden, parterre and topiary walk. Water features, unusual shade house and many creatively planted pots. Unusual and exotic plants make this a plants man paradise.

Overnight – White Hart Royal Hotel, Moreton In Marsh

Day 7
After breakfast we will visit one of the true great gardens of England called Hidcote Garden. Hidcote Manor Garden is a garden in the United Kingdom, located at the village of hidcote Bartrim, near Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire. It is one of the best-known and most influential Arts and Crafts gardens in Britain, with its linked “rooms” of hedges, rare trees, shrubs and Herbaceous borders.

Created by Lawrence Johnston who was influenced in creating his garden at Hidcote by the work of Alfred Parsons and Gertrude Jekyll, who were designing gardens of hardy plants contained within sequences of outdoor “rooms”. The theme was in the air: Hidcote’s outdoor “rooms” have various characters and themes, achieved by the use of box hedges, hornbeam and yew, and stone walls. These rooms, such as the ‘White Garden’ and ‘Fuschia Garden’ are linked, some by vistas, and furnished with topiaries. Some have ponds and fountains, and all are planted with flowers in bedding schemes. They surround the 17th century manor house, and there are a number of outhouses and a kitchen garden.

Johnston’s care in selecting the best plants is reflected in the narrow-leaved lavender, Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’, in the Penstemon’Hidcote Pink’ and in the hybrid Hypericum ‘Hidcote Gold’, acclaimed as the finest hardy St John’s.

After lunch we visit Kiftsgate Court Garden. Perched on the edge of the Cotswolds with wonderful views to the west, the gardens of Kiftsgate reflect gardening through the 20th century. The original garden around the house is planted in colour themes separated by yew hedges. The sheltered lower gardens and pol were added later to create a Mediterranean atmosphere. A contemporary water garden has recently been added.

Overnight – White Hart Royal Hotel, Moreton In Marsh

Day 8
After breakfast we visit one of Britain’s Greatest Palace BLENHEIM PALACE where you will be inspired by the majesty of the Palace, with its carvings by Grinling Gibbons, delighted by the interior filled with treasures and intrigued by the apartments devoted to Sir Winston Churchill. There are gardens in a variety of styles, an adventure play area for children and even a narrow-gauge railway to take you from car park to the Palace.

Blenheim Palace was built for the National Hero John 1st Duke of Marlborough and his Duchess Sarah, given by Queen Anne as a gift in reward for his military services.

The palace was built between 1705 and 1722. The architect chosen to complete this task was Sir John Vanbrugh and his clerk of works Hawksmoor, who had already proved their ability with the masterly designs for Greenwich Hospital and Castle Howard. Set in glorious parkland, Blenheim can be exciting to look at in all seasons

And is the supreme example of English Baroque architecture.

(www.blenheimpalace.com)

We will drive through to Bourton-on–the- water for lunch and a walk through this quaint little town. The village of Bourton-on-the-Water is known for its picturesque High Street, flanked by long wide greens and the River Windrush that runs through them. The river is crossed by several low, arched stone bridges. These arched bridges have led to Bourton-on-the-Water being called the “Venice of the Cotswolds”.

Overnight – White Hart Royal Hotel, Moreton In Marsh

 
Day 9
Leisurely drive to London with visits to places of interest along the way. I need to drop the vehicle off at Heathrow once I have dropped you at the hotel.

Overnight – Montagu Place or Similiar

Day 10 
Full day tour of the Chelsea Flower Show. 

Transfer to airport for flight home

 
 

Day 11
Arrive back in South Africa