Beautiful greenery, lost gardens, and some of Devon's most beloved beauty spots all combine on this delightful tour which showcases the best of the south-east of England, on a tour culminating in visiting one of the iconic flower shows in the world: the Chelsea Flower Show.
Meet your Tour Manager at the First Class Lounge in London Paddington, ahead of our journey by First Class rail down to Plymouth. On arrival, we transfer to our hotel, the 3-Star Duke of Cornwall hotel. We enjoy our fi rst meal together this evening.
On Day 2, we transfer to the station for a journey on the Paignton Steam Railway, a beautiful and scenic route that takes us through the delightful southern countryside. Following this, we join a passenger ferry to enjoy a delightful cruise up the river at the estuary, venturing to Dartmouth for some time at leisure, perhaps to enjoy lunch.
We take the ferry back to Kingswear, where we transfer by coach to Coleton Fishacre, a rather quaint house that is surrounded by wildly verdant gardens.
After breakfast, we take a drive through atmospheric Dartmoor, stopping off at various scenic points along the way. We venture on to RHS Rosemoor, where we enjoy entrance to the garden as well as a guided tour. These gardens boast of a veritable plethora of flora, from a delightful selection of trees, to bushes and beds just bursting with vibrant and glorious flowers.
Today, after breakfast, we transfer by coach to the station, where we join the train to take us back to London for our final leg of the tour. This evening, you are at leisure in London, perhaps to find dinner at some of the numerous unique restaurants that make London so beloved by foodies around the world.
Today we visit the world-renowned and iconic Chelsea Flower Show. The entirety of your time here is at leisure, to explore the amazing displays that are put together by passionate horticulturists from around the world.
The incredible theatrics that are displayed combine seamlessly with the rather more traditional gardens to give an entertaining and enthralling experience around every corner. This evening, we enjoy a final dinner together at the hotel. After breakfast on Day 6, the tour ends, and you are free to depart at your leisure.
All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.
The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway is a heritage steam railway running the 6.5km between Paignton and Kingswear on the former Kingswear branch line of the Great Western Railway. Recalling the great days of steam travel, this short but scenic route takes passengers over the Broadsands and Hookhills viaducts and through the Greenway tunnel. It offers spectacular views of the Torbay Coast and the Dart estuary and on clear days it is possible to see across Lyme Bay to Portland Bill.
In London, we stay at the 4-Star Hotel NH London Kensington. Situated within the elegant borough of Kensington and Chelsea, this hotel is near numerous beautiful parks and palaces, as well as many public transport links. The rooms are modern and comfortable, and come well equipped with an in-room safe, an en-suite bathroom, a television, and complimentary Wi-fi. The hotel itself offers a lovely restaurant, as well as a comfortable bar, perfect for relaxing in after a day exploring the capital city.
We stay at the 3-Star Duke of Cornwall Hotel in Plymouth. This elegant Victorian hotel is situated near Plymouth Docks, as well as pretty Smeaton's Tower within Hoe Park. The room is decorated in a suitably period style, with floral wallpaper and colourful decorations. The hotel itself benefits from a comfortable lounge, a restaurant serving mouth-watering cuisine, and a tower where you may enjoy a delightful afternoon tea.
An escorted experience and all travel arrangements
Comfortable accommodation in your destination
Delicious meals included
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!
Spending a night in London before your tour can make such a
difference to the first day of your holiday - you can arrive in the
capital in good time, relaxed and ready to join your Tour Manager
the next morning. You may even want to take in a show on the West
End, or dine in one of London's famous restaurants. Perhaps on your
return to London, you would like to break your journey with an
overnight stay before continuing home.
We are able to book a wide range of hotels in central London or, for our holidays beginning with a flight, at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester Airport for the night before or after your holiday. The hotels listed below are some of the more popular hotels our customers book in Central London, others are available on request.
|Hotel||Room Rate From Price|
|The Ambassador Hotel||From £65 per person|
|Pullman London St Pancras||From £110 per person|
|Studios2Let, Cartright Gardens||From £55 per person|
Above prices are approximate, subject
to availability, and per room per night based on two people
sharing. If you require a quote for single occupancy at any of the
hotels please contact us on 01904 734 805.
Buying tickets for UK train services can be a tricky business - there are so many fares to choose from, each with different rules and restrictions. As you are connecting with an international departure, we strongly recommend that you book a fully flexible ticket to ensure that should the departure times for your holiday change, your rail ticket can allow for these changes.
We can book fully-flexible UK rail tickets from your local station to join your holiday whether this be a European holiday from St Pancras or a UK holiday. The prices are competitive and tickets are not restricted to a particular train or time of day, and in most cases offer you a free choice of routes.
For an up to date quote from your local station, please ask one of our Tour Advisors.
Whether as an added luxury, or essential to your enjoyment of the tour, door-to-door luggage collection and delivery services can really enhance your holiday experience. Travelling across Europe by train is so much more relaxing without the burden of your suitcase, and we can help arrange for your case to be collected from home prior to the holiday and for it to be waiting for you at your first main hotel in Europe.
We are pleased to provide the services of the GRJ Luggage Concierge Service - supported by our partner The Baggage Man, offering luggage transport from as little as £50 for one suitcase and £115 for two suitcases.
Please contact us for details of this service.