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Channel Islands Garden Tour – 14 Days

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June 17, 2018 Double: $7,695, Single: $8,895 If booking your own airfare reduce price by $600. Book by December 15, 2017 and SAVE $200 pp or book by February 9, 2018 and SAVE $100 pp.     TOUR DIRECTOR: MARJORIE MASON The Channel Islands tuck along the…

June 17, 2018

Double: $7,695, Single: $8,895

If booking your own airfare reduce price by $600.

Book by December 15, 2017 and SAVE $200 pp or book by February 9, 2018 and SAVE $100 pp.

 

 

TOUR DIRECTOR: MARJORIE MASON

The Channel Islands tuck along the northern edge of the sub-tropics, warmed by the Gulf Stream and protected by England and France. The mild climate and exceptional granitic soil supports an incredible array of flora. The diversity of species and displays of colour are those you find in fairy tales! Gardens thrive on charming plots with ancient stone walls at their edges and immaculate architecture at their entrances. Somewhere nearby, a white-washed cottage wears blooms the size of plates at its door.

This small group tour will enjoy a guided tour of Jersey, the “floral Island,” Guernsey, and Sark to begin their discovery of the glorious gardens and horticultural heritage of the Channel Islands. Breathe in the fragrant air of roses blooming in formal courtyards and glasshouses. Walk through shady fern arbours and meadows wrapping ponds with foot bridges. Our days are filled with immaculate hedge mazes, archways hung with climbing vines, and thousands of unique orchids and subtropicals.

The Isles of Scilly are covered in wildflowers and fringed with white sands. The Abbey Garden on tiny Tresco is a horticultural paradise of over 20,000 exotic plants protected by shelterbelts of elm, sycamore, and cypress. Walk through pretty proteas, spiky furcraea, blue echium spires, and orange/purple strelitzia.

Plant enthusiasts will be happily overwhelmed by this beautiful botanical escape that mixes history, theatre, tastings, and archaeological wonders into two stunning weeks of idyllic perennial joie de vivre!

 

Eden Project

Having restored the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Sir Tim Smit began the Eden Project (for which he was knighted). He sought to gather the world’s most important plants in one place, connect people with the living world, and make the future a better place through renewable energy and sustainability. The Eden Project began in an abandoned clay pit in Cornwall. Massive biome domes were built to hold thousands of botanical species, reinventing a barren crater into a place of unimaginable living beauty.

In the rainforest biome – the largest indoor rainforest in the world – you’ll find the rare Indonesian corpse flower Titan Arum and walk the treetops in tropical humidity beside crashing waterfalls. The Mediterranean biome houses gnarled olive trunks, citrons, herbs, sugar bush, cork, and redwood. This astounding and gorgeous eco-educational experience threads pathways through 20 acres of gardens that support over 3,000 plant varieties. From quarry to oasis, the Eden Project is a social enterprise supporting world-changing green ventures – an extraordinary place that Time calls the 8th wonder of the world.

 

 

Price Includes

Return airfare from Toronto, flights and airport transfers in England, motorcoach transportation, 12 nights accommodation, 12 breakfasts, 9 dinners, all highlights listed, a DeNureTours Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST.

 

Highlights

• Guided tour of Jersey including local gardens
• Guided tour of Guernesy including a nursery visit with Clematis expert Raymond Evison
• Ferry to Sark: Island train and carriage ride plus free time
• Ferry to Scilly: guided tour plus free time
• Ferry to Tresco plus free time
• Tresco Abbey Gardens
• Lost Gardens of Heligan
• Eden Project
• Plymouth Gin tour and tasting
• Stonehenge

 

Accommodation

Jersey: Pomme d’Or Hotel (2 nights)
Guernsey: The Peninsula Hotel (3 nights)
Plymouth: Crowne Plaza Hotel (1 night)
Falmouth: Falmouth Hotel (1 night)
Isle of Scilly: Star Castle Hotel (2 nights)
Torquay: Lincombe Hall Hotel (2 nights)
Gatwick: Hampton Inn by Hilton (1 night)

Please note: Flights within the Channel Islands use smaller aircrafts and have strict luggage restrictions. Call for details.

 

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Channel Islands Garden Tour – 14 Days

Day 1-2: Fly to Jersey via London Gatwick

Fly into Gatwick and transfer by plane to Jersey for a panoramic island tour by coach. The Channel Islands have a mild climate, with more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in the UK. St Helier has won several Britain in Bloom prizes, and the streets are lined with a fantastic display of hanging baskets every year. You will see why Jersey is known as the Floral Isle!’ 

Stay: Pomme d’Or Hotel, Jersey
Nights: 2
Meals: D

Day 3: Guided tour of Jersey

Today we’ll enjoy a full day touring the island with a local guide and exploring it’s gardens.

Stay: The Peninsula Hotel, Guernsey
Nights: 3
Meals: B

Day 4: Flight to Guernsey, Guided tour of Guernsey

This morning we’ll flight to Guernsey and enjoy a tour of the island with a local guide including a nursery visit with Clematis expert Raymond Evison.

Meals: B, D

Day 5: Isle of Sark

Board a ferry for the quaint island of Sark. With a population of approximately 600 people, pedestrians and cyclists rule the roads – there are no cars here! A carriage ride around the island gives you free time to explore. The afternoon ferry takes you back to your hotel in Guernsey.

Meals: B, D

Day 6: Flight to Exeter, Eden Project, Plymouth Gin

This morning board a short flight to Exeter, where you will meet your coach and head south the Eden Project. Once an abandoned clay pit, the Eden Project is a complex of huge enclosures consisting of hundreds of inflated plastic cells, supported by steel frames. Each enclosure emulates a natural biome and is built to hold thousands of plant species and connecting people with the living world.

Next we’ll stop for a tour and tasting at Plymouth Gin. Once a monastery, this is the oldest working gin distillery in England.

Our day ends with dinner at our hotel in Plymouth.

Stay: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Plymouth
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day 7: Lost Gardens of Heligan, Tregothnan Tea Plantation

Today begins with a visit to the Lost Gardens of Heligan one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. Twenty-five years ago, Heligan’s historic gardens were unknown and unseen; lost under a tangle of weeds. The chance discovery of a door in the ruins led to the restoration of this once great estate. Today, the gardens are typical of the 19th century Gardenesque style with areas of different character and in different design styles.

Next we’ll stop for a spot of tea at Tregothnam Tea Plantation which began supplying England’s first and only tea in 2005.

Finally we’ll end our day in Falmouth for dinner at our hotel this evening.

Stay: Falmouth Hotel, Falmouth
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day 8: Isle of Scilly

Today begins with a ferry to The Isles of Scilly and a guided tour. Sparkling turquoise seas, deserted white sandy beaches, small fields with high hedges awash in wildflowers – even the stone walls grow interesting plants here on this island paradise.

Stay: Star Castle Hotel, Isle of Scilly
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day 9: Ferry to Isle of Tresco, Tresco Abbey Garden

Board a morning ferry for a full day excursion to the Isle of Tresco. First we’ll visit Tresco Abbey Garden, a horticultural paradise of over 20,000 exotic plants protected by shelterbelts of elm, sycamore, and cypress. Following that you will have free time to discover this tiny island before we return to Scilly by ferry in the afternoon for dinner at the hotel.

Meals: B, D

Day 10: Free time on Scilly, Ferry to Penzance

Walk this beautiful island and soak in the local flavour before catching a late afternoon ferry to Penzance followed by dinner at the hotel.

Stay: Lincombe Hall Hotel, Torquay
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day 11: Dartmoor National Park, Torquay

We’ll being our day exploring the area of Dartmoor National Park, a vast moorland defined by forests, rivers and wetlands and dotted with villages.

Next we’ll visit Torquay, another English Channel favourite. Known for its beaches, you’ll enjoy some free time here to discover the shops and cafes in the town centre.

We’ll return to our hotel and share your adventures with fellow travellers over dinner.

Meals: B, D

Day 12: Stonehenge, Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden

We’ll depart early this morning for Stonehenge where you’ll have some free time to explore one of the world’s best known, prehistoric monuments in Europe. Our next stop will be at the Royal Horticultural Society’s garden at Wisley, one of the world’s great gardens, packed with horticultural inspiration.

We’ll end our day in Gatwick and enjoy a farewell dinner this evening.

Stay: Hampton Inn by Hilton, Gatwick
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day 13: Return flight home

After breakfast you will be transferred to Gatwick Airport for your return flight home.

Meals: B

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