English Gardens & The Chelsea Flower Show - A Marco Polo Journey (2023)

Savour the joys of spring with privileged access at every turn on this quintessential English journey spanning exclusive estates and gardens, culminating in a Royal Horticultural Society Members’ Day at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Journey Overview

Savour the joys of spring with privileged access at every turn on this quintessential English journey spanning exclusive estates and gardens, culminating in a Royal Horticultural Society Members’ Day at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Journey Highlights

  • Attend the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show in a style befitting a member, enjoying all-day access to an exclusive RHS hospitality pavilion where you are invited to savour a full breakfast, lunch with Champagne and a traditional high tea
  • Stroll through the Arts and Crafts-style gardens of Sissinghurst Castle, planted by Vita Sackville-West
  • Spend an afternoon at Hidcote Manor, one of England’s greatest gardens
  • Explore the private walled garden of the owners of historic Bowood House & Garden, on an exclusive experience
  • Gain exclusive access to Badminton House, enjoying tea at the country home of the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort
  • Privately explore the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace, with a local expert leading the way

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive London, England

Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your luxury hotel set among gardens. Enjoy a private welcome dinner at this historic manor house.

Ockenden Manor | Meals: D

Day 2: West Sussex | Heritage Gardens

Journey to Storrington for a private tour of the 16th-century Parham House and its landscaped Pleasure Grounds. Stroll Veronica’s Maze and The Walled Garden, learning how they are organically maintained. After lunch at Parham House, visit nearby Borde Hill Garden, set on 200 acres of traditional English landscape.

Ockenden Manor | Meals: BL

Day 3: Sissinghurst & Great Dixter | Arts & Crafts Gems

Today, enjoy a private tour of the late Christopher Lloyd’s garden at Great Dixter, conducted before opening hours. Built in the Arts and Crafts style, it mingles vegetables and flowers, a large orchard with pockets of wildflowers and a magnificent herbaceous border. Later, drive to Sissinghurst Castle and stroll its garden. Learn how Harold Nicolson, a diplomat and author, laid down its main lines, while his wife, Vita Sackville-West, a poet and gardening writer, handled the planting. View the influential White Garden, which exemplifies early 20th-century garden designer Gertrude Jekyll’s use of colour themes.

Ockenden Manor | Meals: BD

Day 4: Hampshire | West Green House

Drive north to the quaint and charming Cotswolds area, pausing in a wooded corner of North Hampshire for a visit to the gardens of West Green House. Learn how acclaimed designer Marylyn Abbott fused neoclassical and contemporary influences as you tour the grounds with the senior gardener. Then, stay on site for lunch. Later, toast your day with a Scenic Sundowner before dining at your hotel.

Dormy House | Meals: BLD

Day 5: The Cotswolds | Kiftsgate & Hidcote Manor

Enjoy a private visit to Kiftsgate Court Gardens and stroll the harmonious, colour-schemed upper gardens. Afterward, drive to the lovely town of Chipping Campden to visit its High Street, Jacobean Market Hall and impressive Church of St. James. Continue to nearby Hidcote Manor — one of England’s greatest gardens and a true Arts and Crafts masterpiece — for a guided tour through a series of unique outdoor “rooms.” Nestled in the Cotswolds, a range of hills known for their beauty, the garden offers stunning panoramas across the Vale of Evesham.

Dormy House | Meals: BD

Day 6: The Cotswolds | Exclusive Bowood Garden Visit

Visit the storied grounds of Bowood House & Gardens, a 100-acre country estate that is home to the Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne, for an A&K-exclusive tour of their private walled garden. Then enjoy time at leisure to explore inside the house or break for lunch on your own. This afternoon, privately visit Badminton House, the country home of the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort. Explore the house and gardens, pausing for a quintessentially English Chef ’s Table experience, a traditional cream tea.

Dormy House | Meals: B

Day 7: Blenheim Palace | Birthplace Of Sir Winston Churchill

Drive to Blenheim Palace, a magnificent edifice set on 2,100 acres of beautiful parkland landscaped by Lancelot “Capability” Brown. Enjoy a special talk and tour focused on the life of Sir Winston Churchill, who was born here in 1874. Examine the breadth of his talent and achievement, from bricklayer to the “Greatest Briton.” After lunch at leisure, continue to London.

Brown's Hotel | Meals: B

Day 8: The Chelsea Flower Show | A World Of Inspiration

Attend the world-renowned Chelsea Flower Show on an exclusive Royal Horticultural Society Members’ Day. Enjoy a four-course luncheon and an open bar, as well as morning and afternoon tea, in an exclusive Royal Horticultural Society hospitality area. Walk countless exhibits showcasing the finest examples of English gardening and some of the most avant-garde show-garden designs in the world. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon, gathering in the evening for a farewell dinner.

Brown's Hotel | Meals: BLD

Day 9: Depart London

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals: B

Journey Details

Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 6:30 p.m. on Day 1.
Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:30 p.m. on Day 8.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Please note: Proof of COVID-19 full vaccination is required for this program.

Included with every Marco Polo Journey

  • English-Speaking Resident Tour Director and Local Guides
  • Hand-Selected Luxury Accommodations (Where Available)
  • Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
  • Travelling Bell Boy Luggage Handling
  • Breakfast in Bed on Select Days
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
  • Traveller’s Valet Laundry Service
  • Internet Access (Where Available)

Customise this Journey

Talk to one of our expert Journey Designers or your travel agent about booking this tour as a private journey for your own small group with family or friends. Or, if you would prefer to travel privately, find out more about creating the perfect bespoke tailor-made journey based on this itinerary.

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

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Brown’s Hotel

English Gardens & The Chelsea Flower Show - A Marco Polo Journey (2023)

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

May 17, 2023 - May 25, 2023
Price AU$17,315pp Single Supplement AU$7,460 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire

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