LITCHFIELD, Conn. -- Expo Garden Tours here is planning a "secret
garden" itinerary to England from May 20 to 30.
Clients who book the program will experience "behind the scene"
visits to private gardens not normally open to the public, the firm
said. The tour also will feature a visit to the Chelsea Flower
"Garden tours have continued to increase in popularity as garden
lovers all over the world strive to visit many destinations during
peak bloom," said Michael Italiaander, president of Expo Garden
"I added this unique tour to enable garden lovers a chance to meet
and talk with garden owners and head gardeners while experiencing a
trip of a lifetime not normally available to the general public,"
The nine-night trip will begin in London and visit private
gardens in the Cotswolds and Bath, including a stop at a 12th
century manor home and a 14th century property. A traditional
English tea while visiting a property in Bath also will be
Other stops along the way include Stow-on-the-Wold and Chipping
Camden, with time for exploring the towns' antique shops.
"When creating this tour, we kept the needs of our repeat
travelers in mind," Italiaander said. "Many of our clients have
traveled to the ordinary destinations and have been requesting
something new and different. For this reason we took a lot of time
to research this tour."
The trip includes accommodations in deluxe hotels with private
facilities; breakfasts daily; five dinners; two lunches and one
traditional tea; entrance fees; roundtrip air fare from New York;
deluxe private coach for all transfers and excursions, and services
of a tour manager.
The cost of this itinerary is $4,998 per person, double
occupancy. The land-only price is $4,489. Air is available from
The company also will run a program to Scotland from June 16 to
27 for clients who want to combine garden visits with golf.
The trip includes visits to many well-known gardens and
historical sights, such as Inverewe Garden, located in the Scottish
Highlands; Brodick Castle, dating back to the 13th century, and
Bolfracks, a private garden near Alberfeldy.
"I added this program so travelers with interests in both
gardens and golf can join our tours," said Italiaander. "I wanted
to offer something unusual for couples and those who like to travel
together yet are not always interested in the same hobby, such as
gardens," he added.
The Garden and Golf of Scotland program is priced at $4,426 per
person, double occupancy, including air fare from New York (other
gateways available) and first class accommodations.
Also included are all breakfasts; one lunch, seven dinners; tea
with private garden owners; all ground transportation; sightseeing
admissions; service of a tour manager and garden expert; transfers;
luggage handling, and most gratuities.
A golfers supplement is available for $498 per person that
enables participants to play up to five rounds of golf during the
10-night stay. Featured courses include Royal Troon, Royal Dornoch,
Gullane and St. Andrews.
Expo Garden Tours also provides customized group itineraries for
garden clubs, horticultural societies, nonprofit organizations and
botanical institutions. These tours are limited to groups of 15 to
For more information and free catalogs, contact Expo Garden
Tours at (800) 448-2685; fax (860) 567-0381, or e-mail [email protected].
The company's Web site is at www.expogardentours.com.