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Paris, Cotswolds & London’s Chelsea Flower Show

14
Nights
2018
May 17
From
$5650
Including flights, accommodation, guided
sightseeing, tours, meals, garden entries

Best Gardens of Paris, the Cotswolds and on to London for the Chelsea Flower Show escorted by Heather Burden

Highlights Include

  • A sightseeing tour of Paris with a local guide
  • visit Claude Monet’s famous house and garden at Giverny out of Paris
  • Attend a fantastic show at the Moulin Rouge, with dinner included
  • Chateau de Versailles, the extraordinary palace set in the grand formal garden designed for Louis XIV
  • The Chateau de Bagatelle, on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne
  • Train journey to London onboard the Eurostar
  • Sightseeing tour of London with a London Blue Badge guide
  • Hampton Court Palace and Garden
  • Mr and Mrs Whittington’s garden, Southwood Lodge
  • Visit a private garden in West London. This is a true collectors’ garden, with perennial borders, a knot garden, bog garden and conservatory and views to a private park
  • The famous Chelsea Flower Show
  • Pettifer’s Garden in Oxfordshire
  • Gothic House, a third of an acre of walled town garden, designed by one of the country’s leading garden photographers, Andrew Lawson, and his sculptress wife, Briony Lawson
  • Hidcote, in Gloucestershire, north Cotswolds, one of the most notable gardens in the world
  • Kiftsgate Court. This garden is full of colour and scent
  • Bourton House, an awardwinning 1.2 hectare garden surrounding a fine 18th-century manor house
  • Barnsley House, designed and planted by Rosemary and David Verey
Paris, the Cotswolds and London’s Chelsea Flower Show Map

Includes

  • Travel in first-class chartered coach
  • Accommodation in first-class and moderate first-class hotels, taxes and service charges
  • Buffet breakfasts during the tour, a dinner and show at the Moulin Rouge and a farewell dinner
  • Sightseeing tours as listed in the itinerary
  • Entry to gardens and attractions with a garden or local guide as detailed in the itinerary
  • Tour management by Heather Burden, who will meet the group on arrival in Paris and travel with the group
Heather Burden

Heather Burden

Heather Burden was born and educated in Sydney. In 1979, through her love of skiing, she travelled to the Italian Alps to do a ski season, promptly fell in love with a ski instructor and has been in Italy for the past 37 years. After selling her business a few years ago, she now divides her time between the north and the south of Italy. She enjoys living surrounded by olive trees and beautiful turquoise seas. Heather has an intimate knowledge and love of the history, culture and day-to-day life of Italy and is happy to share the magic of this beautiful country. She says, “I am looking forward to showing you hill towns, villages and other places that get to the heart of the real Italy, beyond the normal tourist route. I want you to live like an Italian, tasting the wines, meeting the people, visiting craft workshops and experiencing other local activities so you can see what Italian life is really like.” Heather isn’t a garden expert. On each garden visit, we will have the owner or head gardener show us around.

Day 1
Thursday May 17, 2018

Paris, France

Continuing tour members depart on our flight to enchanting Paris. On arrival we will meet tour members arriving from Australia and enjoy a sightseeing tour with a local guide. We will see Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Tuileries, and then drive along the Champs Elysee to the Arc de Triomphe. We will then be transferred to our hotel where the rest of the afternoon will be at our individual leisure.

Day 2
Friday May 18, 2018

Paris

This morning we visit Claude Monet’s famous house and garden at Giverny out of Paris. The garden, with its pond, waterlilies and Japanese bridge, appears in many of the artist’s paintings. Another section of the garden has a more formal layout, featuring espaliered apples and pears and abundant plantings of roses, irises, spring bulbs, poppies and more. It has been magnificently restored and gives a vivid impression of Monet’s inspiration. Our garden guide will make sure that we get the most out of this garden. In the evening, we will attend a fantastic show at the Moulin Rouge, with dinner included. This show is a stunning mix of glamour and traditional Parisian style.

Day 3
Saturday May 19, 2018

Paris

Today we travel west of Paris to visit the Chateau de Versailles, the extraordinary palace set in the grand formal garden designed for Louis XIV. In the grounds of Versailles, we visit the Grand Trianon and the Petit Trianon, with their romantic landscape of meandering paths, streams, rustic bridges and lake. We then visit Le Hameau, featuring thatched cottages grouped around a lake surrounded by woodland. One thatched cottage has a potager of tomatoes, fFrench beans and poppies, edged by box hedges and filled with pelargoniums. We will make the most of the romantic grounds before we return to Paris in the late afternoon.

Day 4
Sunday May 20, 2018

Paris

We enjoy a free morning to explore Paris. This afternoon we join a garden guide to visit the Chateau de Bagatelle, on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne. In addition to the noted rose garden with its climbing roses, there is a waterlily pool, grotto, potager and iris garden.

Day 5
Monday May 21, 2018

London

Today we travel to Paris’s Gar du Nord, to board the Eurostar for our interesting train journey to London. To begin our exploration of this fascinating and historic city, we meet our London Blue Badge guide for a comprehensive tour of the main sights. We visit Buckingham Palace, Whitehall, Trafalgar Square, The Strand, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to shop or sightsee amidst the bustle of the city. The tour manager will meet those wishing to dine with the group.

Day 6
Tuesday May 22, 2018

London

This morning we visit Hampton Court Palace and Garden. The Palace is an interesting place to visit to study the activities of British monarchs from Henry VIII onwards. The garden is most famous for its Great Vine, planted in 1768. The newly restored Privy Garden of William III is a spectacular example of the baroque garden, with parterres, cut work, clipped yews and spring and summer displays of 17th-century plants. We continue our day with a visit Mr and Mrs Whittington’s garden, Southwood Lodge, in north London. This is a imaginatively designed garden created in 1963 from a much larger one. By the house, dense planting and container displays surround a paved area enclosed on two sides by tall hedges.

Day 7
Wednesday May 23, 2018

London

This morning is free to explore London as your wish. Mid-afternoon, we visit a private garden in West London. This is a true collectors’ garden, with perennial borders, a knot garden, bog garden and conservatory and views to a private park.

Day 8
Thursday May 24, 2018

London

The highlight of our time in London will be our escorted visit with our garden guide to the famous Chelsea Flower Show. It is the summer event in the English horticultural calendar and boasts about twenty amazing landscaped gardens built by prominent landscapers, and more than five hundred displays featuring the best flowers, plants and trees, with many new introductions. For gardeners, it is the experience of a lifetime and a highlight of our garden tour.

Day 9
Friday May 25, 2018

Stratford-upon-Avon

We travel south through the gorgeous British countryside to visit Pettifer’s Garden in Oxfordshire. The eighteen-year old garden was designed by the Hon. Mrs Gina Price and has developed into a plantsman’s garden. Paths feature elegant patterns and the borders are deep and varied. The Botticelli meadow at the bottom of the garden, alongside two crocus lawns, looks beautiful in Spring. After the garden visit we will stop to take time for lunch before continuing to Stratford-upon-Avon, where the rest of the afternoon will be free.

Day 10
Saturday May 26, 2018

Stratford-upon-Avon

We visit Gothic House, a third of an acre of walled town garden, designed by one of the country’s leading garden photographers, Andrew Lawson, and his sculptress wife, Briony Lawson. Artistic flair abounds, from the intriguingly furnished conservatory, to dead trees painted electric blue. This garden has amassed a fascinating collection of unusual plants for more than one hundred years. The tour manager will suggset restaurants for dinner.

Day 11
Sunday May 27, 2018

Stratford-upon-Avon

Today we will visit two of the finest gardens in England. We first visit Hidcote, in Gloucestershire, north Cotswolds, one of the most notable gardens in the world. It was created by self-taught gardener, Lawrence Johnson, in the early part of the 20th century, with a fabulous design and great planting skills, using mainly 19th-century plant varieties in outstanding herbaceous borders. After a lunch at leisure at Hidcote, we travel the short distance to Kiftsgate Court. This garden is full of colour and scent. The magnificent old species of roses are the glory of the garden. We return to Stratford-upon-Avon, where the evening is at leisure.

Day 12
Monday May 28, 2018

Stratford-upon-Avon

We travel south through the beautiful Cotswolds today. We first visit Bourton House, an awardwinning 1.2 hectare garden surrounding a fine 18th-century manor house. The geometric potager is a particular delight. Well-kept lawns, quiet gardens, a knot garden and Cotswold-stone walls are set off by herbaceous borders. In the afternoon, we visit Westwell Manor which is made up of three hectares of highly individual outdoor rooms. This is a highly rated garden you are sure to love. We will enjoy a farewell dinner this evening.

Day 13
Tuesday May 29, 2018

Departure

Late morning we travel to visit Barnsley House, designed and planted by Rosemary and David Verey, from 1951. The 17th-century stone house is now a country house hotel. Borders create vistas and divide the whole into a number of distinct areas of individual character. The laburnum, allium and wisteria walk have been seen in many photographs. We continue to London airport to board our flight to Australia.

Day 14
Wednesday May 30, 2018

In flight

Day 15
Thursday May 31, 2018

Australia

The group arrives in Australia and travel arrangements conclude.

Twin Fare Single Fare
Without flights $5,650 $7,195
With flights from Australia $7,495 $8,995

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Travel in first-class chartered coach
  • Accommodation in first-class and moderate first-class hotels, taxes and service charges
  • Buffet breakfasts during the tour, a dinner and show at the Moulin Rouge and a farewell dinner
  • Sightseeing tours as listed in the itinerary
  • Entry to gardens and attractions with a garden or local guide as detailed in the itinerary
  • Tour management by Heather Burden, who will meet the group on arrival in Paris and travel with the group

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Passport and visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing and general expenses unless specified in the itinerary
  • Additional travel arrangements not detailed in the itinerary – these will be quoted for separately

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

International touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the need of assistance from others.

Tour Operator

Travelrite International Pty Ltd, ATAS Number A10538 (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour operator

Deposit and Payment

A deposit of $900 per passenger for is required at the time of booking. Full payment will be required 90 days before departure for the Garden Tour. Paying by cheque or cash a 1.5% administration fee will be charged on payment by Visa or Mastercard and 3% on payment by AMEX or Diners Club cards

Air Taxes

from Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane/Perth as listed in the itinerary. Please contact us for air taxes from different cities. Air taxes are as at 20/4/17. If they change due to government and airline charges and currency variations, Travelrite International reserves the right to charge additional amounts.

Cancellation Conditions

Cancellations within 90 days of departure will result in the loss of all monies paid. Cancellation outside 90 days from departure will result in a cancellation fee of $800 per person.

Refunds

The tour is based on arrangements that do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals, airfare or other services not utilized after the tour has commenced.

Travel Documents

All passengers will require a valid passport. Visas for countries visited are not required for Australian passport holders. If you hold another passport please check with Travelrite. BAGGAGE: All passengers qualify for the 20kg (441b) free baggage

Travel Insurance

Adequate travel insurance is highly recommended to cover cruise members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the cruise and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accident, death etc.

Baggage

All passengers qualify for the 20kg (441b) free baggage allowance

Minimum Tour Numbers

The tour has been priced on the basis of a minimum number of passengers having booked 90 days prior to departure. Travelrite reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of all monies paid or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified cost. Travelrite reserves the right to change advertised entrances if necessary for the smooth operation of the tour.

Air Taxes

from Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane/Perth as listed in the itinerary. Please contact us for air taxes from different cities. Air taxes are as at 20/4/16. If they change due to government and airline charges and currency variations, Travelrite International reserves the right to charge additional amounts.

Tour Costs

The tour costs are based on airfare, general transport, accommodation costs and foreign exchange rate at 20/4/17. Travelrite reserves the right to alter the costs if any of these factors change, giving any passenger that has booked the right to withdraw with full refund of monies paid or modify arrangements. No alterations to price will be made within 60 days of departure from Australia.

Responsibilities

Travelrite International Pty Ltd. (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organizer. Neither Nationwide News Pty Limited nor any of its subsidiaries, nor any of its newspapers have any involvement in the tour, and have no liability of any kind to any person in relation to the tour. Travelrite acts only as an agent in the making of arrangements for hotels, transportation, restaurants or any other service and do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in the tour, or by act of God. Further no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery break-down, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, re-routing or acts of any government authority. The passage contract between the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this tour and/or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any tour and/or make such changes in the tour as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the tour. This contract shall be construed in accordance of the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any action must be taken in the State of Victoria.

How to Book

Bookings can be made by sending full names and addresses of intending tour members with a deposit of $900 per person for the Garden Tour.

Postal Booking
Travelrite International Pty Ltd
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103.

Online Booking
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Further information can be obtained by telephoning
Toll Free:1800 630 343
Telephone (03) 8803 6868
Fax (03) 9836 8068
Email balwyn@travelrite.com.au

About Travelrite International

Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a well-established travel company which has been operating in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne for more than 30 years. It is a member of ATAS (No. A10538) and has two accredited IATA offices, Heathmont and Balwyn. As such, it directly represents the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international tour and transport operators. Travelrite International has been operating special interest tours for 30 years, and now runs 100 tours a year. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.

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