2016 Tour of Gardens and Castles of England & Wales

with Charlie Nardozzinardozzi-vpr_lrg

Registration Information

Day 1 – July 9, 2016 – RHS WISLEY GARDENS

After landing in London and clearing customs, meet our local guide, Charlie and Deb and board the coach. We’ll travel directly to our first garden, the Wisley Gardens, where we’ll enjoy traditional tea and scones. Wisley features hundreds of feet of perennial flower borders, a majestic glasshouse with three different climatic zones surrounded by more annual and perennial flower gardens, ponds and tree and shrub walks.
Afterward we’ll enjoy an orientation tour of London and check in to our hotel. Tonight a welcome dinner is planned at our hotel.

Meals included: Tea & Scones, Dinner

Overnight: London

hampton-court-palaceDay 2 – July 10, 2016 – RHS HAMPTON COURT PALACE FLOWER SHOW

Today we’ll have the entire day to enjoy the internationally renowned RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Celebrating its 26th year, the Hampton Court Flower Show is now the largest flower show in the world with over 600 exhibitors and gardens featuring a range of gardening ideas. The Hampton Court Flower Show is only one week long, is also home to the British Rose Festival and tickets sell out quickly. The evening is free to enjoy London with its incomparable nightlife.

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight: London


We’ll travel to the suburbs of London to visit the Kew Botanical Gardens. We’ll see one of the largest surviving Victorian kewgardensconservatories, Kew Palace and Royal Kitchens. Other gardens include a water lily house, alpine house, Chinese garden and Japanese pagoda garden. This large botanic garden is best viewed from above. Enjoy the gardens from the 60-foot high treetop walkway, which spans 600 feet between the estate lake and the Palm House Conservatory.

Afterward we’ll continue to the smaller and more intimate Chiswick House and Gardens. This villa and garden has recently been restored back to their 17th century grandeur. The gardens inspired the English Landscape Movement, which includes curved garden beds, open vistas, open lawns and border gardens. The evening is free to explore more of London independently.

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight: London

Day 4 – July 12, 2016 – Optional Tour Day ~ SISSINGHURST CASTLE & GARDEN & LEEDS CASTLE & GARDEN

Enjoy a day in London exploring the city.

Sissinghurst_CastleOptional Tour: For those interested, enjoy a full day excursion to Kent. We’ll travel outside of London to the artist’s refuge of Sissinghurst Castle & Garden. Poet and writer Vita Sackville-West and her husband, diplomat and author, Harold Nicolson, transformed this vast estate in the 1930’s. The gardens, nestled among 450 acres are varied in their content and colors and range from wilderness to English geometric rose gardens and fragrant herb gardens.

Our next stop is Leeds Castle & Gardens. Leeds Castle is over 900 years old and prides itself as being “the loveliest castle in the world”. Gardens include a classic English cottage garden and a Mediterranean Terrace Garden.

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight: London

downtonabbey2Day 5 – July 13, 2016 – SAVILL GARDENS, WINDSOR CASTLE & DOWNTON ABBEY

We’ll check out of our hotel in London. Our first stop will be the Savill Gardens.

Started in the 1930’s by Sir Eric Savill, the Gardens are part of 35 acres of interconnecting gardens and woodlands known as The Royal Landscape. A four-season paradise, the Savill Gardens also includes a new rose garden opened by the Queen in 2010.

After the visit we’ll enjoy time for lunch (paid individually) and then visit Windsor Castle & Royal Town with a local guide. This castle has been home to the British monarchy for almost 1000 years and is the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world.downtonabbey

Afterward we’ll travel to the famous Highclere Castle where the BBC’s production Downton Abbey is filmed. We’ll enjoy an exclusive private tour of the house and gardens for our group only, and tea and coffee with a member of the household. Afterward we’ll continue on to Buckinghamshire where we will overnight. Dinner is served this evening at our hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Buckinghamshire


David austin Rose GardenThis morning, after breakfast, we’ll check out of our hotel and travel to Warwick Castle. Located on the river Avon, Warwick Castle was originally built in 1068. Having a varied history, in the mid 18th century the castle was converted to a country home. At that point Lancelot “Capability” Brown was commissioned to landscape the gardens. In 1986, after the Tussauds Group purchased the estate, the rose gardens were restored and opened by HRH Diana, Princess of Wales. We’ll tour the Castle and Gardens.

Then we will head to Ryton to visit the Garden Organic, the largest organic gardening group in England. They have 10 acres of demonstration gardens covering topics such as bee pollination, herb growing, fruit orcharding, vegetable gardening and children’s gardening.

We’ll continue on to see the David Austin Rose Garden with over 700 varieties of roses on two acres, divided into multiple smaller gardens and considered one of the most beautiful rose gardens in the world.

Tonight we’ll check into our hotel and enjoy a group meal at our hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Conwy


Today our first garden visit is the Bodnant Gardens. This 80-acre garden has cultivated rare plant life for over a century and is world-famous for its botanical collections.

After our visit we travel to CaerCaernarfon_Castlenafon to see the castle. A brute of a fortress, Caernarfon Castle’s pumped-up appearance is unashamedly muscle-bound and intimidating. Picking a fight with this massive structure would have been a daunting prospect. By throwing his weight around in stone, King Edward I created what is surely one of the most impressive of Wales’s castles. In 1969, the investiture of the current Prince of Wales, HRH Prince Charles took place here.

Afterward we’ll visit the nearby hidden gardens of Plas Cadnant. The house, cottages and gardens have been rediscovered after 70 years of neglect and renovated in 1997. Three different gardens have been discovered, including an unusual walled garden with curving walls and pool, a secret valley garden with three waterfalls and river, and an upper woodland garden with stone outcrops and the remains of a 19th century folly. Tonight dinner awaits in the hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Conwy



After breakfast we’ll explore the Snowdonia National Park (weather pending) with an optional train ride to the top of the tallest mountain in England and Wales.

plas brondanw gardensAfter, we’ll see the masterpieces of Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. We’ll visit the Plas Brondanw Gardens, which were given to Sir Clough by his father in 1902 when Clough was 25. Although not as famous as Portmeirion (which we’ll visit following), this estate, which was Clough’s home for over 70 years, is considered his most beautiful creation.

Portmeirion is a village Clough built on his private peninsula in northern Wales on the edge of the Snowdonian national park. Clough built Portmeirion to show the development of a naturally beautiful site need not lead to its ruin. Clough was an advocate of rural preservation, town planning and design and colorful architecture, all of which are evident in this town.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Conwy

Day 9 – July 17, 2016 – PRIVATE GARDEN TOUR

For our last day in Wales we’ll have a more leisurely, relaxing time by visiting two local private gardens. The Northern Wales Garden Scheme is a program, similar to our Garden Conservancy, where private homeowners open their gardens to the public for a small fee, which is donated to local charities.

Through our connections with the president of the garden scheme, we’ll be able to view and talk to garden owners about the joys and challenges of gardening in Wales.

Afternoon is free to relax.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Conwy

Day 10 – July 18, 2016 – DEPARTURE

This morning, after breakfast, we’ll check out of our hotel and travel to Manchester for our flight home. Depart from Manchester International

Meals included: Breakfast

Please note: Goodspeed & Bach, Inc. reserves the right to alter the order of events or to make changes in the itinerary deemed necessary for the comfort, convenience and safety of the participants. Every effort will be made to adhere to the printed itinerary, but weather conditions and transportation difficulties may arise beyond the control of Goodspeed & Bach, Inc. and local suppliers could force the cancellation or substitution of events or specific services.

Registration Information




  • 4 nights in London,
  • 1 night in Buckinghamshire,
  • 4 nights in Conwy(Wales) in first class hotels
  • Garden expert Charlie Nardozzi will accompany the group and give lectures throughout the tour
  • Transportation throughout by private coach to all destinations included in the itinerary.
  • Full breakfasts (9)
  • Six(6) Dinners at the hotels
  • Executive coach services for your tour including pick up at Heathrow /drop off at Manchester International.
  • Goodspeed Trip director and services of a local guide throughout the tour.
  • Tour of London on arrival day.
  • Cream Tea at Wisley Gardens.


  • Tickets to Hampton Court Flower Show 2016
  • Exclusive private viewing, tour and tea at Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)
  • Private Garden visits with the Northern Wales Garden Scheme
  • Entrance fees / admissions to:
    • Kew Gardens, Chiswick House & Gardens
    • Savill Gardens and Windsor Castle & Royal Town
    • Warwick Castle and David Austin Rose Garden
    • Bodnant Garden, Plas Cadnant and Caernarfon Castle
    • Plas Brondawn Gardens and tour of Portmeirion
  • LAND TOUR COST with 2 travelers sharing a double room. Based on a minimum of 24 travelers*: $5,369 USD per person. Single room supplement fee: $919 USD per person
    *Tour cost will increase if group falls below 24 travelers.


  • Gratuities for local guides and bus driver
  • Drinks such as wine and beer with planned lunches & dinner unless noted.
  • Guided Day Tour of Sissinghurst Castle & Garden, Leeds Castle & Garden: $185 USD per person. Note: Day tour is based on a minimum of 15 paying travelers.
  • Snowdonia National Park train ride: $65 USD per person
  • Passport services
  • Flights round trip to England estimated cost per person:Montreal departures: approximately $995 USD plus any applicable services fees. Boston or New York departures: approximately $1095 USD plus any applicable services fees
  • Travel coverage is highly recommend and available from Goodspeed & Bach.
  • Any other items not mentioned above

Reservation Procedure
To register for the tour, please fill out and return the enclosed registration form along with a per-person deposit of $1000. Registrations will be accepted in the order in which they are received. Space is limited to 24 travelers.

Tour Payment Policy & Schedule
Tour payments may be made by check, payable to Goodspeed & Bach, Inc. After your initial deposit of $1000, the balance payment is due by May 8, 2016. If written notice of cancellation is received after your initial deposit – you will receive a refund less a $100 administration fee. Less than 90 days prior to departure, $1000 penalty applies. We regret that refunds cannot be made for cancellations less than 65 days prior to the departure date. Travel insurance is highly recommended and can be purchased at an additional charge through Goodspeed & Bach, Inc. Cancellation charges also apply to additional accommodations reserved prior to and after the tour. Goodspeed & Bach, Inc. cannot assume responsibility for any fees relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of air tickets. Full terms and conditions are also available at www.goodspeedandbach.com.





GARDENS & CASTLES OF ENGLAND with Charlie Nardozzi July 8-18, 2016

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May 8, 2016.
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