Bournemouth – Japanese Gardens & Egyptian Treasures
5 days from £315 per person*
*based on sharing on a twin/double basis and a minimum of 40 paying passengers
Bournemouth is one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations and with one of Britain’s warmest climates it is not difficult to understand why. Bournemouth’s award winning gardens and bustling pier are located directly above the miles of blue flag golden sandy beaches and stylish promenades.
Day 1 – Departing our local area this morning, we arrive at our hotel and enjoy a welcome tea or coffee as our bags are taken to our room. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 2 – After breakfast, we make our way to the elegant, palatial mansion of Kingston Lacy (NT), which is set in attractive formal gardens and extensive parkland. The lavishly furnished family home contains paintings by world famous artists as well as the largest private collection of Egyptian artefacts in the world. Outside, we can discover beautiful sweeping lawns, a charming kitchen garden and the ‘perfectly ordered paradise’ of the Japanese Garden, as well as delightful woodland walks. After perhaps enjoying a light lunch (not included) in the authentic tea house, we will return to Bournemouth for the rest of the day at leisure. We may choose to explore the 7 miles of beautiful golden sands and the vibrant, cosmopolitan town of Bournemouth itself. There is a land train that runs from Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Chine Gardens, the Russell-Cotes Museum and Art Gallery and a host of other attractions to enjoy. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 3 – Today we visit the historic gardens of Compton Acres. Designed in 1924, Compton Acres is now regarded as one of the most important gardens in England. It comprises five distinct elements: the Italian Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Heather Garden, the Rock and Water Garden and the Wooded Valley, all spread over 10 acres. There are also two cafes, a specialist plant centre and shops to tempt us during this exquisite day excursion. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 4 – After breakfast we will visit the 12th Century Sherborne Castle & Gardens, Dorset’s “hidden gem”. Once owned by Sir Walter Raleigh, the castle’s state rooms are simply magnificent, while the Tudor kitchen, relics from the Civil War and archaeological treasures in the Castle’s cellars are all fascinating to observe. Outside, we can explore the fabulous Grade 1 listed Garden: a must see for all arborists, horticulturalists and anyone who appreciates a lake landscape. Paths and trails lead us through 30 acres of gardens and Pleasure Grounds commanding spectacular views over more than 1,000 acres of lake and parkland. There will be time for lunch in one of their tea rooms. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 5 – After breakfast we depart our hotel and make our way home.
The exact order of excursions may be subject to change
Appropriate en route visits and stops can be incorporated into the itinerary.
The 3 star, privately owned Trouville Hotel is located close to the town centre (on a slight incline). There is a separate lounge area and a large bar with a relaxed atmosphere and views across to the pier. The restaurant offers sophisticated art deco surroundings and is renowned for its high level of customer service and good food. All 75 traditional en-suite bedrooms have hairdryer, TV and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel’s leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool and sauna.
Please note that reception is reached by 4 steps.
• Executive Touring coach throughout
• 4 nights half board accommodation
• Itinerary as detailed
What’s not included
• Single supplement
• Travel insurance
• Admission fee to NT properties for non NT members
Any of our tours can be tailored to suit your particular groups requirements.
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