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Elegant Estates & Magnificent Gardens

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    • Chartwell: home & gardens of Sir Winston Churchill
    • Special tour of Sissinghurst: the most famous gardens in England
    • Private evening reception at The Royal Pavilion, Brighton
    • Tour of Arundel Castle and gardens
    • Overnight stay in Hartwell House, Buckinghamshire
    • Waddesdon Manor
    • Explore Oxford and enjoy a expert-led tour of Oxford’s historic universities
    • Afternoon at Blenheim Palace & Gardens
    • An afternoon exploring the Cotswolds
    • and more!  

    The joy of traveling and exploring new areas of the United Kingdom has been a passion of mine for many years. My own experiences have created a wealth of knowledge that I intend to share with you during this unforgettable tour.

    Each hotel, country house, restaurant, or experience has been carefully selected to ensure that our time together is memorable from start to finish. Not just memorable, but special and unique.

    Apart from the enjoyment of England’s best stately homes, travelers will be exploring many of the nation’s finest gardens, and staying at some wonderful hotels, including Hartwell House in Buckinghamshire – where you will dine privately in the magnificent Doric Dining Room, frequently used by King Louis XVIII, the exiled King of France – during his 5 years of living at Hartwell House. In recent years, Hartwell House has become a favorite spot for celebrities including frequent overnight stays by former President Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and others.

    In my book, traveling is about creating a blend of unique and memorable experiences, paired with delicious meals and superior accommodations. In this tour travelers can be assured of the combination of all three - alongside my personal touches, which will ensure your enjoyment of the entire experience.

    I do hope you will join us for this memorable tour, where we will explore together, the very best of England!

    — Andrew Lannerd, Tour Director

    Elegant Estates & Magnificent Gardens

    Monday, June 1, 2020

    • Morning transatlantic arrivals into London
    • Travel to Central London
    • A convenient journey from Heathrow or Gatwick airports
    • Check in at the Amba Charing Cross Hotel*, located in Covent Garden, just steps from London’s best theatre, shopping and dining
    • Afternoon time to rest or explore London at your leisure
    • 6:30PM | Welcome to London dinner*
    • Overnight accommodations at the Amba Charing Cross Hotel*

    If you are arriving on an overnight transatlantic flight, take the day on your own to check-in to the hotel, rest, relax or explore London at your leisure. In the evening, we will enjoy a 3-course dinner where we will toast the beginnings of our week together exploring the best of England.


    Elegant Estates & Magnificent Gardens

    Tuesday, June 2, 2020

    • Full English or Continental Breakfast*
    • Coach to Chartwell: home & gardens of Sir Winston Churchill*
      London to Chartwell: 36.8 miles | 1 hr
    • Lunch at your leisure at Chartwell
    • Coach to Sissinghurst: the most famous gardens in England*
      Chartwell to Sissinghurst: 32.1 miles | 50 mins
    • Time to explore Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens*
    • Coach to Rye*
      Sissinghurst to Rye: 20.7 miles | 38 mins
    • Gourmet 3-course dinner in Rye*
    • Overnight accommodations at The George Inn, Rye*

    We will begin our day together with a delicious breakfast -- then we are off to Chartwell, the beloved home and gardens of Sir Winston Churchill. The estate remains very much as it was during his lifetime, and was the place from which Sir Winston drew inspiration from 1924 until the end of his life.

    After Chartwell, we head to the most magnificent gardens in England, Sissinghurst. Located in the beautiful, rolling countryside of Kent, Sissinghurst was the renowned home and gardens of novelist, Vita Sackville-West. After Sissinghurst, we will visit Rye, one of the best preserved medieval towns in England, where we will enjoy a gourmet 3-course dinner together and will stay in The George Inn, built in 1575.


    Elegant Estates & Magnificent Gardens

    Wednesday, June 3, 2020

    • Full English or Continental Breakfast*
    • Coach to Brighton*
      Rye to Brighton: 50.4 miles | 1 hr 29 mins
    • Lunch in Brighton*
    • Private evening at The Royal Pavilion, Brighton*
    • Dinner at your leisure in Brighton
    • Overnight accommodations in Brighton*

    After breakfast, we will head to the seaside city of Brighton — renowned for its eccentric Royal Pavilion, amusement pier, and general sense of fun. We will enjoy a lunch upon arrival and then a tour of The Royal Pavilion, Brighton — the opulent seaside home of King George IV (1762-1830).

    After our tour, you will have the afternoon to explore the many great sites of Brighton including the Lanes – renowned for its famous jewelry, vintage and antique shops. Also, why not take a stroll along the World-famous Brighton Pier. After a great day, you’ll appreciate staying in the luxurious Grand Hotel (in a sea-facing room), located on Brighton’s famous seafront – just steps from the sea.


    Elegant Estates & Magnificent Gardens

    Thursday, June 4, 2020

    • Full English or Continental Breakfast*
    • Morning departure for Arundel*
      Brighton to Arundel: 22.4 miles | 41 mins
    • Tour of Arundel Castle and gardens*
    • Lunch at your leisure in Arundel
    • Coach to Hartwell House, Buckinghamshire*
      Arundrel to Hartwell House: 87.1 miles | 2 hrs 3 mins
    • Pre-dinner drinks in the elegant Library*
    • Private 3-course dinner*
      Located in the magnificent Doric Dining Room at Hartwell House
    • Overnight accommodations at Hartwell House, Buckinghamshire*

    The day will begin with a lovely breakfast at our hotel by the seaside, then we are off to the charming and picturesque town of Arundel – home to the magnificent Arundel Castle. The castle was established on Christmas Day 1067, and is still today home to the Duke of Norfolk.

    After our tour of the castle’s glorious state rooms, you will have some time to explore the charming village just outside the castle gates. After lunch, we are then off to Buckinghamshire for our luxurious dinner and overnight stay at Hartwell House. Its most famous resident was Louis XVIII, exiled King of France, who lived there with his Court for five years. Situated in 90 acres of landscaped parkland, Hartwell House will provide us with an unforgettable country house experience.


    Elegant Estates & Magnificent Gardens

    Friday, June 5, 2020

    • Luxurious full breakfast at Hartwell House*
    • Travel to Waddesdon Manor*
      Hartwell House to Waddesdon: 7.8 miles | 19 mins
    • Tour of Waddesdon Manor*
    • Lunch at Waddesdon Manor*
    • Coach to Oxford*
      Waddesdon to Oxford: 25.7 miles | 40 mins
    • Time to explore Oxford on a unique tour
    • Overnight accommodations at the Vanbrugh House Hotel*

    After a delicious breakfast at Hartwell House, we will head to Waddesdon Manor, one of the most recognizable and famous of England’s country houses. The house was built in the Neo-Renaissance style of a French château between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. After a few hours of exploring the house and gardens, we will enjoy a delicious onsite lunch. In the afternoon, we will head to Oxford where you will have some time to explore why the city has long influenced and attracted the world’s greatest scholars. Our overnight accommodations for the next two nights will be the chic Vanbrugh House Hotel, located in the heart of historic Oxford.


    Elegant Estates & Magnificent Gardens

    Saturday, June 6, 2020

    • Full English or Continental Breakfast*
    • Morning expert-led tour of Oxford’s historic universities*
    • Traditional Sunday Roast Pub Lunch*
    • Afternoon at Blenheim Palace & Gardens*
    • Evening on your own to relax or see the sites of Oxford
    • Overnight accommodations at Vanbrugh House Hotel*

    After breakfast, we will enjoy a behind-the-scenes, expert-led tour of some of the many universities that make Oxford a worldwide center for higher education. After our tour we will enjoy a traditional Sunday pub lunch, in one of Oxford’s oldest establishments.

    During the afternoon we will visit Blenheim Palace & Gardens, the monumental and breathtaking residence of the Dukes of Marlborough. Back in Oxford, enjoy a relaxing evening at the end of another great day exploring England’s glorious past.


    Elegant Estates & Magnificent Gardens

    Sunday, June 7, 2020

    • Full English or Continental Breakfast*
    • Coach to Tetbury, in the heart of the Cotswolds*
      Oxford to Tetbury: 47.3 miles | 1 hr 16 mins
    • Time to explore the lovely village of Tetbury
    • An afternoon exploring the Cotswolds*
      To include gardens and picturesque villages
    • Coach to London*
      Cotswolds to Covent Garden: 99.5 miles | 2 hrs 3 mins
    • Check-in at the Amba Charing Cross Hotel
      Where our tour began
    • Evening 3-course “Farewell Dinner” in the Covent Garden area*
    • Overnight accommodations at the Amba Charing Cross Hotel*

    Our day begins in Oxford, and then we are off on a picturesque drive into the heart of the Cotswolds. We will have some time to explore the lovely village of Tetbury, home to many wonderful shops and restaurants.

    Following lunch, we will explore some of the Cotswolds most charming villages and gardens – leaving you with definite memories of one of the most charming and picturesque areas of England.

    Following our tour, we will head back to Covent Garden where we will finish the tour with a three-course “Farewell Dinner” at the end of a memorable week.


    Elegant Estates & Magnificent Gardens