The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew need little introduction and are rightly renowned the world over.

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We have lunch with the Head Gardener who gives us an insight into the gardens and is on hand to answer any horticultural questions.

Back at the hotel this evening, we enjoy a fascinating after-dinner talk by a guest speaker We journey to the world-famous Highclere Castle, residence of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon and filming location for the much loved Downton Abbey television series.

In the evening you are invited to join the group for a welcome drink, followed by dinner.

After breakfast, we enjoy a guided walking tour of Windsor.

Along with a guided tour of the sumptuous interiors, we also enjoy lunch here, followed by a guided tour of the cellars and a wine tasting session.

We travel first to Hampton Court Palace, former royal residence of Henry VIII.

Special extras included in your itinerary:• Guided walking tour of Windsor• Lunch with the head gardener at The Savill Garden• Guided tour at Kew Gardens• Private tour by the owners of Chenies Manor House• Guided tour of the house, lunch, cellar tour and wine tasting at Waddesdon Manor• Guided tour of Hampton Court Palace and Gardens• Themed evening talk by a guest speaker Royal Oak Foundation members and National Trust for Historic Preservation members receive a 0 US dollar discount on top of the advertised price on this website.

To receive your discount please tick the ‘Royal Oak Foundation Member’ or ‘NTHP Member’ box at checkout.

London and the pastoral landscapes of the Home Counties are home to a veritable treasure trove of impressive stately homes and Royal palaces.