A rare opportunity to visit the famous Royal private gardens
Enjoy a visit to HRH The Prince of Wales' cherished gardens at his country estate in the heart of Gloucestershire. Since 1980, His Royal Highness has transformed the formerly bleak landscape surrounding the house into one of the most creatively inspired layouts in Britain today. We also include a tour of the gently rolling hills and honey-coloured stone villages of the Cotswolds, together with a visit to delightful Bourton-on-the-Water. This really is a 'must see' for any garden-lover, and definitely a rare horticultural treat.
We leave your local area early this morning and travel to the village of Bourton-on-the-Water, often referred to as the 'Venice of the Cotswolds' due to its picturesque low arched bridges across the River Windrush. Arriving by early afternoon, you may wish to explore St. Lawrence's Church with its unusual domed tower, visit the Model Railway Exhibition and Toyshop, or explore the Perfume or Motor Car museums. Alternatively, simply enjoy a seat by the river in one of the many cafes and tea rooms as you watch the world pass by.
After time to explore, re-board the coach to continue the journey to our overnight hotel, arriving in good time for dinner.
After a leisurely breakfast, board our coach as we head to Highgrove. The Royal Family purchased the estate, just outside Tetbury, in 1980, and it's gardens are a spectacular lesson in blending creativity and tradition with the organic and sustainable principles that are so important to His Royal Highness.
Your visit will include a two-hour tour in the company of one of the estate's expert guides. The tour will reveal the history and stories behind the creation of these extraordinary gardens, normally exclusively enjoyed by the Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall but which, for a limited time only, are opened to the public.
You'll also have time to enjoy lunch at the Orchard Restaurant (payable locally) and explore the Highgrove Estate shop. Then sit back, relax and enjoy a scenic tour of the Cotswolds before we commence your journey home. You should be back in your local area by mid-to-late evening.
Swindon Area Hotel
You will be staying in one of a range of comfortable hotels in the Swindon area, such as the Express by Holiday Inn Swindon West or the Jury's Inn, Swindon. All rooms in all hotels have private facilities, TV, radio, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. All hotels used have good restaurant and bar facilities.
Strict security measures are in place at Highgrove, and you will need to bring photographic identification (such as a passport, driving license or bus pass) or two different utility bills. You will not be admitted without identification. The use of mobile phones, cameras, binoculars and all recording equipment is not allowed while on the Highgrove Estate.
Security at Highgrove
We suggest you wear comfortable footwear and clothing, and bring an umbrella in case of bad weather.
Walking tour conditions
Your seats on the main coach will be allocated for you in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible. Your Tour Manager or driver will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)
Coach seating arrangements
The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.
Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.
Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.
Joining your holiday
In order to ensure the smooth operation of this tour, we reserve the right to reverse the itinerary on Day Two and enjoy the scenic tour of the Cotswolds in the morning and visit Highgrove Gardens in the early afternoon.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. Those bringing a wheelchair must be accompanied by somebody who is capable of pushing them throughout the walking tour.