Eden and the Lost Gardens of Heligan
4-Day Coach Holiday
April - October 2016
Global plantlife and splendid gardens
Join us to discover two contrasting, colourful garden masterpieces. Within the gigantic biomes of the Eden Project (which celebrates its 15th birthday in 2016) you'll find plants from across the globe, while Heligan, rediscovered after 70 years of neglect, has become Europe's largest horticultural project and one of the country's most visited gardens.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
- Entry to the Lost Gardens of Heligan
- Eden Project admission
- A visit to Wells, the smallest city in England
- Three nights' dinner, bed and English breakfast accommodation at a good hotel in the Torquay area
- Entertainment in the hotel on one evening
- Coach travel throughout
- The services of a friendly Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Leaving the local area in the early morning, we'll journey to Torquay and our weekend hotel. After check-in, you'll have time to relax until dinner is served.
Today we'll discover the "Lost Gardens of Heligan". During the scenic 90-minute drive from your hotel, your Tour Manager will explain the fascinating story of the manor and its historic gardens, and once there you'll have plenty of time to explore.
See the exotic fruit houses, the Italian Garden and grotto, the 30-acre 'Lost Valley' and the subtropical 'Jungle' garden of this constantly evolving project, before we return to Torquay in time for dinner.
Today's highlight is our visit to the climate-controlled sanctuary of the Eden Project.
Leaving the hotel, we'll cross Dartmoor National Park and Bodmin Moor on our scenic drive this morning, and make a brief stop in bustling Okehampton, on our way to the Project itself. Here you'll find ecosystems far removed from the typical UK countryside - from the mighty rainforests and banana trees of the Humid Tropics biome to the African aloes, olives and citrus of the Warm Temperate biome - not to mention the constantly evolving array of plants that blanket the surrounding landscape.
We take our leave of Torquay this morning, and head to the smallest city in England - Wells. With its ancient cathedral, moated Bishop's Palace and what is said to be the oldest complete medieval street in Europe, Wells is a hidden gem nestled in the Mendip Hills.
After the chance for lunch we'll continue home, arriving back in the local area by mid to-late evening.
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