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Chelsea Flower Show & Springtime in the Alps

Duration 18 days

Destinations visited :
  • Netherlands
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  • Belgium
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  • Germany
    ,
  • Austria
    ,
  • Italy
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  • Switzerland
    ,
  • France
    ,
  • England
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From the full blooms of London’s Chelsea Flower Show to the fresh air of the Swiss Alps and springtime along the Seine in Paris, this three week tour recharges and rejuvenates. From Amsterdam , you will witness the floral spectacle of 7 million bulbs bursting through the earth at the world renowned Keukenhof gardens and Floriade. Not to be outdone, Louis XIV’s magnificent grounds at the Versailles Châteaux are sure to delight before a glittering evening in Paris and a trip to the lily pond of the Monet Gardens. Onward to the UK through Royal Tunbridge Wells, the fabulous Sissinghurst Gardens give way to the magnificent floral displays and show gardens—presented by society’s creme de la creme at the Chelsea Flower Show. A sumptuous Thames River dinner cruise ends the vacation in style.

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DAY 1

Arrive Amsterdam
Welcome to Amsterdam! On arrival, complimentary transfers are provided to your hotel, departing the airport at 09. 00, 11. 30 and 14. 30. Later we board our canal boat and dine as we gently glide along the canals, past traditional Dutch-gabled houses built right on the water’s edge and under picturesque bridges.
Hotel: Grand Amrath/Hilton Hotel Amsterdam
Meal: Dinner with Wine

DAY 2

Keukenhof
it’s off to Keukenhof Gardens to view this amazing spectacle. After plenty of time to meander through the fields of flowers return to Amsterdam for some free time.
Hotel: Grand Amrath/Hilton Hotel Amsterdam
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 3

Amsterdam – Maastricht
For those early risers join our trip to Aalsmeer Flower Auction. The size is so tremendous that it will overwhelm the eyes and the senses as millions of brilliant flowers are sold worldwide. Later head to the pretty town of Maastricht on the Dutch/Belgian border. Enjoy guided sightseeing of this city, where the European Union was created in 1993. This evening is at your leisure.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza Maastricht
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 4

Maastricht – Rothenburg
This morning travel to Rothenburg, the most well preserved town on part of the “Romantic Road”. On our orientation, we plunge into the 16th century, walking through the narrow cobbled streets lined with high gabled houses to the market square dominated by its Renaissance town hall. Dinner tonight is in an old town restaurant.
Hotel: Hotel Altes Brauhaus Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 5

Rothenburg – Munich
Continue on the “Romantic Road”, meandering through river valleys and rolling countryside. Before heading for the Bavarian capital of Munich. On arrival your orientation shows the Olympic Stadium, University, Victory Arch and the Marienplatz.
Hotel: Hilton Munich City, Munich
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 6

Neuschwanstein Excursion
Enjoy the scenery as you travel into the heart of Bavaria to the fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein, perched on a spectacular Alpine mountainside. This was King Ludwig II’s favourite castle. Visit the exuberantly decorated apartments, including the Throne Room before returning to Munich via the Alpine Road.
Hotel: Hilton Munich City, Munich
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 7

Munich – The Dolomites
Travel to Innsbruck in Austria, set in a valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains. See the lovely Golden Roof of the Emperor Maximilian and the Royal Palace. Continue through the Italian Alps and some of the most spectacular scenery Europe has to offer before arriving in the stunning town of Bolzano.
Hotel: Parkhotel Laurin Bolzano
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 8

The Dolomites – Italian Lakes
Descending the Dolomites, drive to the walled medieval town of Soave, a middle age wine village situated in the region of Veneto in Italy at the foot of an impressive castle. On an orientation tour of the town, see the churches and palaces of different architectures, like the Palazzo di Giustizia, the 14th century law court and the residence of the Captains of Serenissima. Continue through picturesque scenery to the much loved Italian Lakes District, where we head to our lakeside hotel for our two night stay.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Simplon Baveno
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 9

Italian Lakes
The Italian Lakes District, a favourite haunt for artists and travellers. A full day set aside to relax and enjoy. Take a cruise to Isola Bella, the largest and most famous island, renowned for its incredible palace and stunning Botanical Gardens. There is a guided tour of this privately owned palace with free time to admire the gardens.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Dino Baveno
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 10

Italian Lakes – Swiss Alps
Travel across the border into Switzerland and ascend the Swiss Alps where we stay for the next two nights.
Hotel: Metropol Hotel Interlaken/Linder Beau Rivage Grand Hotel Interlaken
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 11

Swiss Alps
Marvel at the dramatic glacial views as you travel along Grindelwald Valley, and follow the sparkling Lutschine River to Lauterbrunnen at the head of the “Valley of Waterfalls”. See the Staubbach Falls plunge 300 metres.
Hotel: Metropol Hotel Interlaken/Linder Beau Rivage Grand Hotel Interlaken
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 12

Swiss Alps – Dijon
Visit Chillon Castle today, set on a rocky inlet, immortalised by Byron’s “Prisoner of Chillon”. Later travel to Montreux for a lunch stop before continuing to Burgundy and to historic Dijon. Enjoy a walking tour through the medieval streets where you are sure to appreciate the wealth and elegance of the city’s architectural heritage.
Hotel: Mercure Hotel Dijon City Centre Clemenceau
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 13

Dijon – Paris
Travel through the countryside before arriving at the Château de Versailles, one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th century French art. Visit the Château and the extensive gardens which in Louis XIV’s view were just as important as the Château itself.
Hotel: Concorde Montparnasse Hotel Paris
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 14

Paris & Monet’s Garden
Travel first to Giverny to visit the charming house and gardens of the former home of the greatest impressionist painter, Claude Monet, and inspiration for his famous water lily paintings. Return to Paris where this afternoon is at leisure. This evening, a highlight dinner in true French style, up the Eiffel Tower.
Hotel: Concorde Montparnasse Hotel Paris
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 15

Paris – Tunbridge Wells
After crossing the channel this morning from Calais, continue to Sissinghurst, one of the best known and admired gardens in the world. Explore the amazing series of garden spaces and climb the tower for a fabulous view. Then to your luxury spa hotel in the picturesque Kent countryside.
Hotel: The Spa Hotel Tunbridge Wells
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 16

Royal Tunbridge Wells – London
Garden Wisley was gifted to the Royal Horticultural Society in 1903 and since then it has evolved into a world class garden. Explore the beautiful Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden, picturesque orchard and the huge cathedral like glass house. Continue to London, the rest of the day and evening is at your leisure.
Hotel: The Grosvenor Hotel Victoria, London
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 17

Chelsea Flower Show
A transfer in the morning takes you to the famous Chelsea Flower Show! The Chelsea Flower Show will bring together the very best show gardens, flowers and gardening from around the world. You will be able to see magnificent floral displays and model gardens plus extensive displays of show gardens, courtyard gardens, city and roof gardens with areas to learn about plants and growing flowers. This afternoon a transfer back to your hotel is provided.
Hotel: The Grosvenor Hotel Victoria, London
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 18

Farewell London
After breakfast bid your Travel Director farewell and transfer to the airport to meet your ongoing flight.
Meal: Breakfast

Authentic Dining

  • Dinner Summary: 17 Breakfasts, 9 Dinners with wine

Insight Experiences

  • Visit the renowned gardens at Keukenhof
  • Explore the famous Chelsea Flower Show
  • Visit Monets Gardens, Sissinghurst and Wisley Gardens
  • Explore Versailles Châteaux and gardens
  • Cruise to Isola Bella and visit Borromeo Palace & Garden
  • Visit Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Paris: Savour a highlight dinner up the sparkling Eiffel Tower
  • Enjoy a Thames River dinner cruise

Included Insight Services

  • Accommodation in premium hotels in the best locations
  • Escorted by an expert Travel Director throughout
  • Business class legroom onboard your 40 seater luxury air conditioned coach*
  • Included airport transfer service on first and last day of trip (selected times)
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included
  • Concierge service and luggage handling throughout
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Chelsea Flower Show & Springtime in the Alps

From the full blooms of London’s Chelsea Flower Show to the fresh air of the Swiss Alps and springtime along the Seine in Paris, this three week tour recharges and rejuvenates. From Amsterdam , you will witness the floral spectacle of 7 million bulbs bursting through the earth at the world renowned Keukenhof gardens and Floriade. Not to be outdone, Louis XIV’s magnificent grounds at the Versailles Châteaux are sure to delight before a glittering evening in Paris and a trip to the lily pond of the Monet Gardens. Onward to the UK through Royal Tunbridge Wells, the fabulous Sissinghurst Gardens give way to the magnificent floral displays and show gardens—presented by society’s creme de la creme at the Chelsea Flower Show. A sumptuous Thames River dinner cruise ends the vacation in style.