Visit London's Chelsea Flower Show and European Gardens in May!

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Visit London's Chelsea Flower Show and European Gardens in May!

Main destination Europe, Anywhere · About Outdoor Activities

The ultimate vacations for lovers of Spring and gardens!

Travel to the most famous flower show in the world, the Chelsea Flower Show in London, England.
AND
Visit some of mainland Europe's most breathtaking gardens and floral experiences.

Chelsea Flower Show & Springtime in the Alps
Departs Tuesday, May 7, 2019 – Returns Friday May 24
18 days 
AND
European Affair with Chelsea Flower Show
Departs Friday May 24 – Returns Saturday, June1, 2019
9 days
 
These two Insight Vacations don't just show you the sites –
they show you the Insights!
(See Tour Details Below)

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Accommodation in premium accommodation 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
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
 

European Affair with Chelsea Flower Show

Departs Friday May 24 – Returns Saturday, June1, 2019

9 days
Visiting: England, Netherlands, Belgium, France
Prices from US$3250/ C$4150
 
INSIGHT EXPERIENCES
  • Explore the famous Chelsea Flower Show
  • London – Thames River Dinner Cruise
  • Experience the famous Aalsmeer Flower Auction
  • Visit a typical Dutch windmill & village of Volendam
  • Enjoy a relaxing canal cruise in Bruges
  • Visit two famous Châteaux of the Loire Valley
  • Experience the magnificent palace and gardens of Versailles
  • Visit Monet’s garden in Giverney

 
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
Day 1 - Arrive London
Welcome to London! On arrival you are transferred to your hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore London. This evening join your Travel Director for a Welcome Drink and trip briefing at the hotel.
Hotel: Amba Marble Arch, London
Day 2 - Chelsea Flower Show
Enjoy a full day to experience the famous Chelsea Flower Show – the ‘mecca’ of all garden shows. A transfer in the morning takes you to the famous show! The Chelsea Flower Show will bring together the very best show gardens, flowers and gardening from around the world. You will see magnificent floral displays, model gardens, English garden tools and a host of garden structures and artifacts. This afternoon a transfer back to your hotel is provided. This evening we dine on a spectacular Thames River Dinner Cruise.
Hotel: Amba Marble Arch, London
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Day 3 - London – Amsterdam
Cross to Dover for the channel crossing to Calais, and transfer to Amsterdam. On the way enjoy an orientation past the Mint Tower, floating Flower Market and Royal Palace in Dam Square.
Hotel: Westcord Fashion Hotel Amsterdam
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Day 4 - Amsterdam
Start your day at the famous Aalsmeer Flower Auction, the world’s largest flower auction, where you experience the bustle of the auction floor, and witness the incredible number of flowers sold every day. Later visit a typical Dutch windmill and the picturesque village of Volendam. Volendam is renowned for its wooden houses, traditional fishing boats and old harbour.
Hotel: Westcord Fashion Hotel Amsterdam
Meals: Breakfast
Day 5 - Amsterdam – Bruges
Continue to medieval Bruges in Belgium. Stroll along the cobbled streets lined with high gabled houses from the Golden Age of the 16th century. Visit the market square dominated by the 272ft Belfry of the Market Hall. Then explore Burg Square with its ornate Gothic town hall and glorious frescoes on the walls of the Holy Blood Chapel. Afterwards enjoy a relaxing canal cruise before dinner at a local restaurant.
Hotel: Hotel De Tuilerieen, Bruges
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Day 6 - Bruges – Paris
Depart Bruges for glittering Paris. Sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you by the Île de la Cité to see Notre Dame Cathedral with its famous tale of Quasimodo. Then around the imposing facades of the Louvre and Garnier’s Opera House. See the obelisk in the Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe. Next, survey the city from the heights of the Eiffel Tower, built for the World’s Exhibition of 1889. The rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure. You could stop at the sidewalk cafés lining the Seine for pastries, view the priceless masterpieces at the Louvre, or hit the designer shops.
Hotel: Hotel Rochester Champs Elysees Paris
Meals: Breakfast
Day 7 - Loire Valley Excursion
Take a day trip from Paris to visit two of the most famous Châteaux of the Loire Valley: beautiful Chenonceau Castle, and, perhaps most magnificent of them all, the Château de Chambord. You’ll witness the glamour and grandeur of French royalty and aristocracy, and gain insights into “castle life” in these Renaissance riverside castles.
Hotel: Hotel Rochester Champs Elysees Paris
Meals: Breakfast
Day 8 - Versailles and Giverny
Taking in two of Europe’s most celebrated gardens; we have a full day to explore Versailles and Giverny. France’s royal history is revealed at King Louis XIV’s majestic palace of Versailles which, along with its magnificent garden, became the quintessential model for palaces in Europe. Visiting the luxurious Grand Apartments, the chandelier-lit Hall of Mirrors and the Chapel of Versailles, you get a glimpse into the lives of 17th century French nobility. Then we head to Giverny to view the gardens that inspired many of Impressionist Claude Monet’s most famous masterpieces, seeing the Japanese Bridge which crosses the illustrious water-lily pond – as painted in Monet’s magnum opus ‘Nympheas’. Back in Paris, the rest of the day is at leisure.
Hotel: Hotel Rochester Champs Elysees Paris
Meals: Breakfast
Day 9 - Farewell Paris
Your memorable journey comes to an end as you bid your Travel Director farewell. Transfers arrive at Charles De Gaulle Airport today at 08:30, 11:00 & 18:00.
Meals: Breakfast
 

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Chelsea Flower Show & Springtime in the Alps

Departs Tuesday, May 7, 2019 – Returns Friday May 24

18 days
Visiting: Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, England
Prices from US$5900 / C$7,629
 
 
INSIGHT EXPERIENCES
  • Visit the renowned gardens at Keukenhof.
  • Tickets to the renowned Chelsea Flower Show.
  • Visit Monet's Gardens, Sissinghurst and Wisley Gardens.
  • Explore Versailles Châteaux and gardens.
  • Cruise to Isola Bella and visit Borromeo Palace & Garden
  • Visit Newschwanstein Castle
  • Paris: Highlight dinner up the sparkling Eiffel Tower.
  • Thames River Dinner Cruise
 
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
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, meet your Travel Director for a Welcome Drink and Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant.
Hotel: Bilderberg Garden Hotel / Vondel Park Plaza Hotel, Amsterdam
Meals: Dinner with Wine
Day 2 - Keukenhof, Amsterdam Sightseeing
First, an orientation of the city, see the Mint Tower, the floating flower market and the Royal Palace in Dams Square. Then 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.
Hotel: Bilderberg Garden Hotel / Vondel Park Plaza Hotel, Amsterdam
Meals: 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
Meals: 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 / Hotel Eisenhut, Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Meals: 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
Meals: 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
Meals: 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
Meals: 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 Dino Baveno
Meals: 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
Meals: 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: Sunstar Hotel / Hotel Eiger, Grindelwald
Meals: 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. Perhaps take a cog- wheel train ride to the summit of the Jungfrau Mountain?
Hotel: Sunstar Hotel / Hotel Eiger, Grindelwald
Meals: 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: Grand Hotel La Cloche Dijon
Meals: 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. In glittering Paris tonight, perhaps see one of the world famous cabaret shows for an evening of glamour?
Hotel: Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel Paris
Meals: 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: Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel Paris
Meals: 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
Meals: 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: Amba Marble Arch / The Grosvenor Hotel, London
Meals: 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. This evening we dine on a spectacular Thames River Dinner Cruise, a perfect way to complete our memorable holiday!
Hotel: Amba Marble Arch / The Grosvenor Hotel, London
Meals: 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.
Meals: Breakfast


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Netherlands

Netherlands

The Netherlands is a small, densely populated country, a land of colourful tulip fields and canals, sophisticated cities and some of the most striking coastline in Northern Europe. The people, language, and culture of the Netherlands are referred to as "Dutch". At the head of the state sits the country's constitutional monarchy, whose palaces dominate many of the larger cities, including The Hague and the gorgeous capital city, Amsterdam. Its small size, welcoming attitude to travellers and many wonderful sights make it a unique and fairly easy to discover destination and a great addition to any European trip.

London

London

London – noisy, vibrant, diverse range of people, ideas and frenetic energy – is the capital and largest city of both England and of the United Kingdom. Considered one of the world's leading "global cities", the city remains an international capital of culture, arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism, and transport all contributing to its prominence. Today, among international tourists, London is the most visited city in the world!

Paris

Paris

Paris is the capital and largest city in France, situated on the river Seine in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region. The city of Paris, within its administrative limits largely unchanged since 1860, has an estimated population of 2,193,031, but the Paris metropolitan area has a population of 11,836,970, and is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe. In 2009 and 2010, the city has been ranked among the three most important and influential cities in the world, among the first three "European cities of the future" according to a research published by Financial Times and among the top ten cities in the world in which to live according to the British review Monocle.  The city is the home of the most visited art museum in the world; ''the Louvre'' as well as the ''Musée d'Orsay'' noted for its collection of French Impressionist art, and the ''Musée National d'Art Moderne'' a museum of modern and contemporary art. The notable architectural landmarks of Paris include Notre Dame Cathedral (12th century); the Sainte-Chapelle (13th century); the Eiffel Tower (1889); and the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur on Montmartre (1914). In 2014 Paris received 22.4 million visitors, making it one of the world's top tourist destinations. It is also known for its fashion, particularly the twice-yearly Paris Fashion Week, and for its haute cuisine, and three-star restaurants. Most of France's major universities and grandes écoles are located in Paris, as are France's major newspapers, including Le Monde, Le Figaro, and Libération.

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