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Fly to Glasgow and begin a beautiful British Garden Tour, filled with ruins, castles, and more botanic bounty than a gardener’s heart can bear!
Abbotsford House and Gardens gave Sir Walter Scott’s imagination endless inspiration.
A guided tour of Alnwick Castle gives us plenty of time to roam the gardens before touring Harrogate country. Harlow Carr is 68 magnificent acres of woodland and wildflower meadows. Newby Hall’s award-winning 1920s gardens are a 100-year contribution to 20th-century gardening.
South to York for a city tour of England’s walled medieval gem. In the middle is York Minster, arguably the most beautiful gothic cathedral in the world! On to Harrogate, Britain’s ultimate gardening showcase, before a morning to discover Beatrix Potter’s treasured possessions at Hill Top, the house that inspired her tales. Then north to Windermere to amble about.
In the Lake District, we’ll tour lovely Lowther Castle’s roofless ruins and gardens. Broughton house in Kirkcudbright is E. A. Hornel’s Edwardian treasure trove of things that grow on the Galloway coast. We’ll stop at Dumfries House and visit the Queen Elizabeth Walled Garden on our way back to Glasgow for a free day to explore with our Hop-on Hop-off pass.
Harrogate Flower Show
An extravaganza of colour, scents, how-to’s, and shopping, Harrogate Flower Show has inspired gardeners since 1911. Over 5,000 autumn flowers boast their best in Britain’s biggest exhibition. Huge dahlias and giant vegetables vie to win a competition so serious that heirloom tomatoes are DNA-tested to verify they are indeed the old varieties! Come see “colossal carrots, monster marrows, and podgy parsnips weigh in for the battle of the bulge!”
Spend three hours roaming the lovely lush space amid seasonal wreaths, edible herbs, shrubs, vines, and trees of every colour, height, and texture. Learn how to make mouthwatering meals from your homegrown harvest in the “Feast! Cookery Theatre”. Pick up tricks for flower arranging and floristry from over 500 exhibitors offering thousands of garden-related products. Dig It Garden Theatre helps you plan your garden, avoid pests, get the most out of grow-your-own veggies, and prune for perfection. Shop for sundials, shears, and special gifts made in Yorkshire. Peruse the Plant Nursery Pavilion, filled by the UK’s top nurseries, and find inspiration from hundreds of works of art. We’ll leave with exciting new ideas to try in our green spaces back home!
• Abbotsford House and Gardens
• Alnwick Castle and Gardens
• RHS Garden Harlow Carr
• Newby Hall
• James Herriot Museum (Thirsk)
• York Minster including Evensong
• Harrogate Autumn Flower Show
• Wensleydale Creamery
• Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House
• Holehird Gardens
• Free day in Windermere
• Lowther Castle
• Broughton House and Gardens
• Peter Pan Moet Brae House
• Dumfries House and Gardens
• Free day in Glasgow including Hop-on Hop-off day pass
Return flight from Toronto, airport transfers in the UK, motorcoach transportation, 11 nights accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 11 dinners, all highlights listed, a DeNureTours Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST.
Selkirk: Philipburn Country House Hotel (1 night)
York: Doubletree by Hilton (4 nights)
Windermere: TBA (3 nights)
Kirkcudbright: Selkirk Arms Hotel (1 night)
Glasgow: Grand Central Hotel (2 nights)
Flight to Glasgow, Melrose Abbey, Harmony Gardens, Trimontium Museum
Stay: Philipburn Country House Hotel, Selkirk
Meals: B, D
Alnwick Castle & Gardens, York
Stay: Doubletree by Hilton, York
Meals: B, D
Harrogate Country, RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Meals: B, D
Newby Hall, James Herriot Museum, Thirsk
Meals: B, D
Free Day in York
Meals: B, D
Harrogate Flower Show, Wensleydale Creamery, Windermere
Stay: TBA, Windermere
Meals: B, D
Hilltop House, Holehird Gardens
Meals: B, L, D
Free Day in Windermere
Meals: B, D
Kirkstone Pass, Lowther Castle, Broughton House & Gardens
Stay: Selkirk Arms Hotel, Kirkcudbright
Meals: B, D
Peter Pan Moet Brae House, Dumfries House & Gardens
Stay: Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow
Meals: B, L, D
Free Day in Glasgow
Meals: B, D
Return Flight Home
- Sunscreen is an essential product to have, regardless of the climate. Since UV exposure is unavoidable, a hat and sunglasses are also suggested for your protection, even in the winter.
- Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
- Comfort is important when on vacation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. And loose, casual clothing is suggested to keep you cozy.
- Pack extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
- Always pack an extra jacket or sweater in case of inclement weather or cooler evenings. DeNureTours recommends you dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers if the temperature rises or drops.
- Use every corner, nook and cranny of your suitcase when packing. Rolled sweaters and bulky clothing occupy less space, but clothing that wrinkles easily should be laid flat. Roll socks or underclothing and pack them into shoes, and slip smaller items into side pockets.
- Use sample-sized toiletry items and always transport containers of creams and liquids in a sealed plastic bag.
- Keep an extra set of keys for your luggage.
- Always prepare for the possibility of rain. An umbrella, or rain jacket will easily fit in your luggage, and could prove to be the most useful article you pack. When travelling as a couple, bring two so neither person gets half wet.
- Pack your bathing suit.
- Pack a good book, or a deck of cards to keep you busy during free time.
- Leave items of monetary or sentimental value at home. Costume and faux jewelry always travels well.
- If you require corrective lenses, pack an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
- If you wear dentures, and have a second set, pack them just in case. You’d be surprised how often these important items end up where they shouldn’t.
- Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
- Couples travelling together may find it wise to split their belongings between two suitcases. If one suitcase should go missing, neither person is left without a change of clothes.
- Remember to pack any medications or prescriptions in your carry-on and not in your suitcase in case of emergency or luggage misplacement. Medications should be packed in their original containers for security reasons.
- Keep a listing of your recent medical history with you, including medications you currently take, prescription or otherwise, as well as allergies you suffer from, and any medical conditions you have. Carry the listing in your wallet, and leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home.
- Identify your luggage with an identification tag as well as your DeNureTours luggage tags.
- If you carry travellers’ cheques, record the numbers of the cheques and keep this list in a separate location. When travelling as a couple, put some cheques in your partner’s name so you both have access to funds.
- Always carry your travel insurance policy with you, and read it carefully before you leave.
- Always carry your passport, or other important identification on your person. Make a photocopy to keep in your suitcase.
- Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. This is a requirement for entering certain countries.
- Always check the spelling of your name on all documentation you receive. Often, your travel documents must match your passport or birth certificate. It is imperative that your legal name be listed correctly on your documents. Failure to comply may result in your being denied entry to a country, or boarding on an airplane or cruise ship. Name changes on documents may be subject to a change fee.
- Use extra copies of your travel itinerary and hotel listing to distribute to friends or relatives, so you can be reached in case of emergency.
- Keep a log of your purchases, including what you paid in foreign currency and the equivalent in Canadian dollars. This will assist you in filling out customs forms. Keep all receipts.
- Secure your home before you leave. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to pick up mail and check in periodically. Have someone cut your lawn (or shovel your driveway) and care for your property. Set automatic timers on the lights and television. Empty the refrigerator of perishables. Lower your thermostat to save on energy.
- When flying, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
- To avoid circulatory problems on a plane or coach, walk up the aisle every hour or so. Periodically, stretch your legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
- Arrive early for flights. DeNureTours recommends to check-in 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights, or 2-3 hours prior for international flights.
- An inflatable travel pillow can make you more comfortable on long coach rides or flights. The U-shaped pillow keeps your head from rolling during travel, reducing the risk of neck pain.
- Avoid the use of perfume or scented sprays on the coach or an airplane. These are confined spaces, so be courteous to your fellow travellers who may be allergic or sensitive to scents.
- Get as much rest as possible before you leave.
- Try your best to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen. Your holiday will be more enjoyable if you are open-minded.
Tips to waiters, taxi drivers, step-on guides, tour directors and drivers are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for jobs well done. This practice, though customary, is voluntary and is not included in tour prices. As a guide to the amounts to tip, the following amounts are suggested:
- Taxi Drivers – Drivers should be tipped 10% of the taxi fare.
- Waiters – For meals that are not included in the tour price, tip waiters between 15% and 20% of your bill, but never less than $1.
- Tour Directors and Drivers – A gratuity of $4 per person per day is suggested.
The pace of a tour varies by itinerary, as each destination, its sightseeing and the activities are unique. Pacing is often subject to personal interpretation, but our trip pace indicator on each tour page may assist you in determining if a tour is suitable for you.
Day-by-day itinerary descriptions can be found on our website or requested from our office. Generally, the more activities included, distance travelled in a day, or number of hotel changes, will increase the pace of a tour.
Some of the most unique sightseeing is found in locations that can be a challenge for motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your holiday.
Tours with the highest “On-the-go” ratings require a level of activity that is not suitable for those who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If a trip pace is not ideally suited for you, our reservations team will be happy to help you find your perfect vacation.