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					The Gardens of England and Scotland
Day 1 Greeted at Gatwick Airport and head south to Worthing, where we visit our first gardens, Highdown Gardens, created in a chalk pit overlooking the downs, to prove that plants could grow in chalk. Many of the plants were collected from the Himalayan regions. We will spend time here, also have time to visit the Highdown Tearoom, where we can have lunch (not inc.) or just tea and scones, before we continue on to the nearby town of Arundel, where we will visit the historical castle or have time just to explore the town and local shops. Late afternoon head to our hotel for the next few nights. Welcome Dinner. Overnight Langshott Manor. (D) Day 2 Today we head east from our hotel on the southern edge of London to one of the most beautiful gardens in England at Sissinghurst Castle, the White Garden. Created by Vita Sackville-West and her husband Sir Hector Nicolson, they are one of the most celebrated gardens in England. You will have the chance to visit the Castle, Library and Study as well as the intimate gardens before we head south to Hastings where we tour the area where the Battle of Hastings took place in 1066. We return to our hotel for the evening. Dinner on own. Overnight Langshott Manor. (B) Day 3 After breakfast we transfer to London where we will head to the Chelsea Flower Show on one of the Member’s Only Days. We will have an exclusive tour of the show, meeting many of the floral designers, gardeners and landscapers from around the world. See all of the beautiful flowers and plants that makes Chelsea the leading Flower Show in the World. We enjoy our day and have the option of getting tickets to a London Show (optional) or having dinner in a top notch London restaurant (optional/on your own). Overnight in Central London hotel for the next two nights. (B) Day 4 Free day to explore the city on your own to shop or visit one of the many museums or tourist sites available in the city, including the London Eye, Tower of London or Tate Gallery (not inc). Overnight Hotel in Central London. Dinner on own. (B) Day 5 We depart from our hotel to the airport and catch our midmorning flight to Glasgow where we meet our Scottish coach and driver and head off on our next adventure. We stop at a local tea room in the quaint village of Luss and have lunch (not inc) they are famous for their home made soups and baking. We then head over the back roads towards the Rest and Be Thankful, where we stop for a photo opportunity. Continue on to the town of Inveraray where we can shop at the best Whisky shop in the country if not the world, Loch Fyne whiskies, if they don’t have it, no one does, (or they will get it for you)! Then we head to our hotel for the evening. Overnight in a Country House Hotel in the countryside outside of Oban. Dinner. (B) (D) Day 6 Day trip south to the historical hill fort of Dunadd, where the history of Scotland began, and we have the chance to climb to the top of this historical site with commanding views over the haunted glens surrounding it. We hear the story of the haunted valley of Kilmartin Glen, with a visit to the museum. Then we continue north to visit the gardens of Ardmaddy Castle and on to Seil Island and the small garden of An Cala. Continue north to Oban with some free time in the town and an early dinner in town before returning to our hotel for the evening. Dinner. (B) (D) Day 7 After breakfast we head North to Castle Stalker view, where we stop at a quaint shop which has commanding views over Castle Stalker, sitting out on an islet on its own small island. Great photo opportunities here. Then we continue on past Glencoe, where the MacDonald’s were slaughtered in their beds in 1692, where we stop for photos (we do this often) followed by yet another short stop at Neptune’s Staircase on the Caledonian Canal. At this point we are heading west through the beautiful scenery of the highlands to the small fishing village of Mallaig. When we get to the Isle of Skye, we arrive at Portree and head to our hotel. Dinner on own. (B)

Day 8 We take a boat ride around the Isle of Skye, viewing some of the wonderful scenery, then we have lunch at a wonderful local restaurant. Next a tour of Dunvegan Castle and its beautiful gardens, home of the McLeod Clan and site of the Fairy Flag, drive past the Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock. Overnight Portree. (B) Day 9 After breakfast we head south over the New Bridge that connects the island to the mainland. We head north through some stunning scenery which takes us to Loch carron. We stop and take some photographs of this beautiful Loch and we continue north into the very northern Highlands past LochMaree which also boasts a Monster like Loch Ness. On to Poolewe, where the most famous of Scottish gardens are, Inverewe Gardens. Originally Designed by Osgood McKenzie, this sub-tropical garden is located further north than Moscow, but thanks to the North American drift, all kinds of tropical plants grow on 50 acres of land. Guided walk with the gardener and learn all about this very unique garden. After our enjoyable day exploring we head to our hotel for the evening, approx. 30 miles away. Dinner. (B) (D) Day 10 Today we head to the other coast, to the home of the Dukes of Sutherland. Dunrobin Castle with its marvelous formal gardens with a French Influence, laid out by Barry who built the extension to the Castle and also the Houses of Parliament in London. Enjoy touring the castle and the gardens. We head south to Inverness where we check into our hotel for the next two nights. Culloden House Hotel. Dinner. (B) (D) Day 11 Day trip to Elgin to Johnston’s Cashmere Woollen Mill where you can see how woollens are made. Purchase some wonderfully made products before we head to Cawdor Castle and its beautiful gardens and Maze. Our final visit of the day is to the haunted Culloden Battlefield where the last land battle on British soil was held on April 16, 1746 where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated. Return to hotel. Second to Final Night Dinner. We meet the Culloden Ghost at the Battlefield. (B) (D) Day 12 After our good Scottish breakfast we depart south for our final day in Edinburgh where we arrive early afternoon and take a short city tour and check into our hotel. You can visit one of the many free Museums in the city, Edinburgh’s famous Castle (ticket inc.), Holyrood Palace (not inc.), the Royal Botanic Gardens at Edinburgh, Mary Kings Close Haunted Undergroud Tour (not inc.) or shop on either Princes Street or George Street. Hang out in one of the many pubs or tea rooms around the city. Lots to do here. Dinner on own. Enjoy your final night of the tour! (B) Day 13 After breakfast, Transport to Edinburgh airport to flight back to London or directly to USA. (B) This is a Small Group Tour and this is reflected in the price. Tour is strictly limited to 14 people, children over 14 only allowed. Tour Includes Full English or Scottish Breakfast Daily, 6 gourmet 3 or 4 course Dinners, Entry into all sites visited (unless noted), services of a Tour Director throughout the tour. Experienced Coach Driver. One way flight from Gatwick to Glasgow. (Please advise if you need a return flight from Edi to London and we will add that on to your itinerary) with cost TBA. 12 nights accommodation. All hotels and guest houses are historical properties, minimum 3 or 4 star. Please call or email us for a list of the properties we use. We do not use big modern hotels, we use historical properties to enhance your experience. All hotels do have ensuite bathrooms, most have t.v’s, telephones and tea makers in each room. All hotels are subject to availability and if need be we will substitute another hotel of equal grade. Cost: $5495/person, double occupancy. Single supplement of $1,000. Everything IS included that is mentioned. We cannot accommodate special requests while en-route. Please make any requests in advance and we will try to accommodate them. Notes: Coaches are non-smoking. Scotland is a non-smoking country also. Please advise us if you are a smoker and we will make arrangements. Also please advise if you have any disabilities however mild so we can accommodate this also. Not all hotels, however luxury, have elevators. Meals: (B) full Scottish breakfast (L) lunch (D) gourmet dinners