The Gardens of London
May 17 – 24, 2014
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS - London, City Tour, Diner's Choice, Chelsea Flower Show, Hampton Court Palace, Kew Gardens, Windsor Castle, Wisley Gardens
May 17 - Overnight Flight to London
May 18 - London, England - Your horticultural adventure begins in London, the cosmopolitan and historic capital of Britain. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travelers and representatives from the RHS.
May 19 - See the quintessential sights of London with a local guide. View Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and the changing of the guard. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore at your leisure. Experts will be on hand with maps and information to ensure your day at Chelsea is unforgettable!
May 20 - Today is the opening of the famous Chelsea Flower Show and you are invited to this prestigious event. Enjoy full access on this members-only day. You will be amazed at the sheer number and variety of gardens and plants on display.
May 21 - Discover the wonders of majestic Hampton Court Palace. Chat with Henry VIII and other royals from the Tudor family at this living museum. Listen as they captivate you with their stories as you explore one of Britain’s most important historic buildings. Marvel at the Tudor Kitchens and Great Hall. Lose yourself in the world-famous yew tree maze which consists of over half a mile of winding paths. Stroll in the riverside formal gardens and be transported through five hundred years of royal history during this incredible visit.
May 22 - Visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. This 300-acre site houses one of the world’s great collections and is featured as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Kew Explorer is included for you to discover the many wonders that the gardens exemplify. Explore the iconic Victorian Palm House or tour Kew Palace, former home of George III.
May 23 - Step into the formal world of the British Monarchy when you visit the stately and expansive Windsor Castle this morning. This working Royal residence dates back to the 1070s when William the Conqueror built the original wooden structure, since replaced by grand stone edifices. This afternoon, travel to Wisley, a stunning 60-acre estate. As the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley houses an astounding array of common and exotic flora. Enjoy an exclusive RHS gala dinner at this world-renowned garden. Start with cocktails in the Glasshouse before sharing memories of your spectacular tour experience over dinner in the restaurant.
May 24 - Return home with memories and photos to last a lifetime.
Please email National Trust Tours for questions about this program. Be sure to include your mailing address if you are requesting a paper copy of the brochure for this program.