July Tours

Touring The Yorkshire Dales & James Herriot

Staying at the Best Western Burn Hall Hotel

 

3 DAYS | 3rd July 2020

The Yorkshire Dales is a truly stunning part of the country with grand sweeping hills, charming market towns and picturesque villages galore. Join us as we delve into beautiful scenery accompanied by the signature warm welcome of ‘Gods own Country’, with visits to the village of Grassington as well as the Nidderdale Museum in Pateley Bridge. Thirsk is yet another lovely spot and the home of our tour highlight: the James Herriot Museum. James Herriot’s books about life as a young veterinary surgeon working in the farming community of North Yorkshire sold in their millions across the globe. Immortalised in both films and TV series ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ and ‘The Yorkshire Vet,’ this really is a fascinating insight into some of Yorkshire’s social history. Culminating with a trip on the Wensleydale Railway and a visit to the pretty town of Hawes, join us on this lovely break away in one of the most beautiful and intriguing corners of England.


Gardens of Galloway

Staying at the North West Castle Hotel in Stranraer

 

5 DAYS | 5th July 2020

New for this year is our tour to the Rhins of Galloway, home to some of Britain’s most beautiful gardens and Scotland’s famous Garden Route. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Scotland’s south-west corner is warmer than you might expect, and the gardens in the area take full advantage of this. With a visit to Threave Garden, Logan’s Botanical Gardens, Castle Kennedy Gardens, and then Glenwhan Gardens, there are discoveries to be made by even the most experienced enthusiast. Taking in the stunning west coast by rail as well as a trip to Culzean Castle.


Prince Charles’ Gardens at Highgrove

Hotel TBC

 

2 DAYS | Date TBC

We are pleased to offer a short break to Gloucestershire and to Highgrove. Since 1980 when The Prince of Wales first arrived at Highgrove His Royal Highness has devoted much energy to transforming the gardens around the house. With the help and advice of notable individuals and the dedicated assistance of the garden staff, what was once a somewhat bleak landscape is now one of the most creatively inspired gardens of today. A series of interlinked areas, each with their own character and purpose weave magically around the garden, with the house always visible in the distance.


River Cruise – Germany: The Rhine & The Moselle

Staying aboard The Ms Prinses Christina

 

10 DAYS | 10th July 2020

A Rhine Cruise offers a unique kind of holiday, combining the relaxing and peaceful style of river cruising with the opportunity to visit some of Germany’s finest towns and cities. As Europe’s longest waterway traversing no less than six countries, the romantic Rhine welcomes you with unrivalled hospitality and stunning scenery. Come and admire the fairytale world of castles perched on rocky cliff tops and picturesque villages with vine-clad, half-timbered houses nestling along the river bank. Join us on this fantastic cruise, relax and watch the wonderful world of the Rhineland glide by.


Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival & RHS Wisley

Staying at the 4* Bull Hotel

 

2 DAYS | 11th July 2020

Experience the world’s largest annual flower show in the setting of an historic palace; this year’s RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival transforms 25 acres of parkland into a blaze of colour. Garden lovers can marvel at the beautiful flowers and the innovative conceptual gardens showcasing the next big names. Watch demonstrations by celebrity gardeners, pick up new ideas and learn how to implement them via a variety of talks and demonstrations. During the weekend we also visit Wisley, the historic home of the RHS with one of the largest plant collections in the world.


Edinburgh, Dundee & The New V&A

Staying at the 4* Best Western Plus Keavil House Hotel and Spa

 

4 DAYS | 14th July 2020

Join us as we head north of the border on an exploration of some of Scotland’s most fascinating social history and contemporary art, as well as two of its most fabulous cities. Edinburgh is a wonderful mix of the medieval old town alongside the elegant Georgian new town. Dundee is a UNESCO city of design, the famous home of ‘jute, jam and journalism,’ and the location of the new V&A. The world’s only V&A Museum outside of London, this stunning cultural endeavour is not to be missed. With a stop at one of Scotland’s most famous buildings, the Rosslyn Chapel, we complete our tour with a visit to the picturesque village of Culross.


A Relaxing Break in Sidmouth & South Devon

Staying at The Royal York and Faulkner Hotel

 

6 DAYS | 18th July 2020

Sidmouth is one of the most unspoilt resorts in the country and as one of the most beautiful. It is ideal for a relaxing get away. In the resort you will find delightful gardens, cliff path walks, picturesque beaches, and shops that still offer the personal service and friendliness found in a country town.


Great Houses & Glorious Gardens of Kent

Staying at the 4* Bridgewood Manor Hotel in Chatham

 

6 DAYS | 30th July 2020

Known as the ‘garden of England’, Kent’s rolling countryside and abundance of picturesque gardens are some of the most beautiful in England. A favourite of King Henry VIII there is everything from ancient woodland to landscaped parkland, flower gardens to herb gardens, vineyards to orchards.


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