Price from £349.95 per person*
Departs 26th May 2017
Single person supplement : £90.00 per person
Every May the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea are transformed into a patchwork of show gardens, inspirational small gardens and vibrant plant displays as the great and the good of the gardening world gather for the UK's most famous flower show. Set in 11 acres, this is the most prestigious show in the country, showcasing all the latest in garden design innovation. Dubbed 'the garden equivalent of Paris Fashion Week', Chelsea has become an important venue for watching emerging gardening trends.
This show is the one the top professionals want to be known for, with over 550 exhibitors all striving for the horticultural prize of prizes, a Chelsea Gold Medal. The Great Pavilion is the centrepiece, housing a vast exhibition of displays by growers from all over the world, the Floral Design Studio showcases some of the best, most creative and technically accomplished floral designers from around the UK and overseas, while the Show Gardens incorporate tranquil water features, sculptures and carefully conceived plantings, making them an annual highlight and the talking point of every show.
With so many exciting exhibits to see, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is an essential date in any garden lover's diary. You'll want a full day for this, and you'll want to be fresh, so we'll help you make a long weekend of it with return travel, dinner, breakfast and 4 star accommodation, plus free time in London and visits to Kew Gardens and Oxford too.
This tour is organised and operated by Omega Holidays plc ABTA V4782 ATOL 6081
Return coach travel from your chosen local departure point
3 nights stay at a 4 star hotel within 20 miles of central London with 3–course dinner and full English breakfast
Admission to the Chelsea Flower Show on the Saturday, with coach transfers
Admission to Kew Gardens, with coach transfers
Free time in London and Oxford
Free time in Windsor (if time allows)
Services of an Omega coach driver/tour representative
VAT at 20%
* Based on two people sharing a room. A room for single person occupancy is offered, subject to availability, at a supplement of £90 per person for the break.
Friday We depart in the morning from your local area and enjoy a stop on route in Windsor if time allows for free time at leisure. In the mid to late afternoon we'll rejoin the coach and continue on to your hotel in time for your 3–course dinner and overnight stay.
Saturday After a full English breakfast, we head straight for the Chelsea Flower Show. With a huge range of designs, plants and plots there are ideas here for every taste and growing space, whether you have a small yard or a wild flower meadow. There are plenty of refreshments on hand too, everything from cafés, farmer's market stalls, wood–fired pizza and seafood restaurants to a real ale bar and champagne lounge. Or you might want to picnic and relax to the sound of live music at the Ranelagh Gardens bandstand.
We'll return you back to the hotel in the mid to late afternoon for dinner and your second nights' stay.
Please note: Children under 5 years of age are not admitted to the Chelsea Flower Show. For further information please visit the RHS website: www.rhs.org.uk
Sunday Breakfast, and then our coach will transfer you to Kew Gardens for your morning visit. There are over 100 world–class attractions to enjoy. From iconic buildings and glasshouses, to inspirational gardens and landscapes. Discover 250 years of history at the world's most famous Gardens. Our coach will then transfer you into central London for an afternoon at leisure, before returning you back to the hotel for dinner and your final nights' stay.
Monday Fortified by a full English breakfast, we travel to Oxford where you will have several hours' free time to explore and enjoy some lunch. This is the seat of the oldest university in the English–speaking world. Many of the 38 colleges are open to visitors and often charge no fee. Magdalen, with cloisters and a tower which dominates the High Street, is always open; Jesus is famous for its wisteria; Brasenose for its gardens; the Great Hall of Christ Church inspired Hogwarts Hall in the Harry Potter films; Queen's has a clutch of medieval cottages; Merton has a haunted library... We will re–join the coach after lunch for the final leg of the journey home.
Here are some example hotels or similar ones that we use for this break, actual availability may change with the travel date you choose.
Some hotels have an additional supplement per person, as shown below. Supplements are stated for the break (not per night)
4* hotel within 20 miles of Central London,
We take good care with our coach route planning, and then allocate a good quality 4* hotel to each coach. Our route planning is completed about two weeks before departure, so up to that date it is not possible to say which of our selection of hotels you will be staying in. However, for your infomation, the hotels featured below have previously been allocated to this tour on a regular basis and will be used for future departures. For more infomation please click on the 'more details' link to the left of the page.
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All breaks featured are organised by Omega Holidays plc - ABTA V4782, ATOL Protected 6081, part of the Omega Holidays Group plc, White Cross, Lancaster, LA1 4XQ. ATOL Protection extends primarily to customers who book and pay in the United Kingdom. All insurance premiums quoted include IPT. VAT number: GB 483 0044 68