March 22 ~ 31, 2011
Day 1: Independent morning arrival at London Heathrow Airport. We stop at Avebury
Manor’s redesigned 20th century topiary and rose gardens for a late afternoon picnic lunch
and visit nearby Avebury Stone Circle, enroute to Bath where we break our journey for
the night. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 2: This morning, tour the famous Roman Baths and visit St Fagin’s Museum of Welsh
Life near Cardiff-a must for any traveller to Wales. See reconstructed homes, buildings and
gardens from all over Wales…a fascinating social history. After an independent lunch in
one of the charming local towns, we visit Poundhill Gardens. Poundhill is made up of a
romantic series of “garden rooms” set around a delightful 16th century Cotswold house.
Proceed to Carmarthen and the Royal Ivybush Hotel for the evening. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 3: A full day today as we first visit the restored Jacobean gardens at Aberglasney. The
site dates back to 1490 and has many of the unusual original features. A real treat awaits
us at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales which features the world’s largest single
span glass house filled with plants from all over the world. Lunch at the garden, and then
visit Laugharne, home of Dylan Thomas. View his famous boat house, the shed where he
wrote, and Browns hotel where he frequently drank. See Carew Castle and Mill, a splendid
medieval castle, near Tenby, a lovely walled town set above two splendid sandy beaches
with excellent views to Gower and Caldy Island. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 4: Enjoy a morning walk at Colby Woodland Gardens; set in a tranquil valley with one
of the finest collections of Rhododendrons and Azaleas in Wales. After lunch and wine
tasting at Cwm Deri Vineyard, visit Picton Castle’s walled, formal and woodland gardens
with a large collection of culinary and medicinal herbs. Stop at Llawhaden Castle; a little
known medieval castle once home to the bishops of St David’s. Our hotel, Gelli Fawr, set in
the Preseli hills, offers a chance to sample great Welsh food and drink, so we advise an
evening stroll around the stunning countryside, before dinner at the hotel.
Day 5: Visit St. David’s, Britain’s smallest city set in stunning countryside. Visit the cathedral
and Bishop’s palace and have lunch at Mathry, a traditional pub in a hill top village dating
back to the Iron Age. Visit Penlan Uchaf Gardens set in the Gwaun valley after lunch. The
owners, Mr. and Mrs. Vaughan, have developed sensory gardens for the disabled and a
raised garden with over 100 different herbs. This evening offers a trip to Pentre Ifan burial
chamber. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 6: Depart for Brecon. Enroute, stop at Tretower Court, a medieval manor house with
reconstructed Elizabethan gardens. Ross on Wye provides our lunch stop today. Visit
Westbury Court Gardens near Gloucester, which features 17th century water gardens.
Take time to wander the historic city of Oxford, before our evening meal at our hotel.
Day 7: Departure to London Heathrow Airport and our return flight to the US.
$3350 per person, double occupancy. Single occupancy, add $500. (Airfare available on
Tour price includes: Accommodations, ground transportation, guide, admission and
meals per itinerary. Hotels and itinerary subject to change.
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