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Short Breaks

17 tours from £350pp

A few days away, or maybe just a long weekend… it may not seem like long time, especially when you’re looking for an exciting experience, taking in the very best of what UK or Europe has to offer.

Colin Simcox & more
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Join us for a Bridge holiday on Devon’s English Riviera in the heart of Torquay. You’ll stay in a fantastic location, just 5 minutes from Torquay’s seafront.

  • 4 nights' half board accommodation
  • Welcome drink
  • Varied bridge sessions
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Services of our EBU qualified bridge director
  • Services of director Colin Simcox in February, and Eddie & Kathy Williams in May and October

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Dr Justine Hopkins
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This tour explores the legacy of Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Glasgow, from private buildings to institutions, considering the ways in which the city shaped his unique and enduring vision.

  • Private coach travel for transfers and excursions
  • 4 nights’ bed and breakfast at the 5-star Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow
  • 2 evening meals and 1 afternoon tea
  • Guided visits to sites listed in the programme
  • Services of your expert lecturer and Tour Manager
  • Detailed programme and study notes

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Keith Wiley & more
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On this exclusive *Gardens Illustrated* tour of Dorset, visit exquisite private gardens and feast at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage HQ.

  • Transportation from Yeovil Junction Railway Station
  • 3 nights’ bed and breakfast in the 4-star Summer Lodge Hotel, Dorchester
  • 3 evening meals with wine at the hotel plus 4 lunches
  • Guided visits to sites listed in the programme
  • Services of the Tour Leader and Hosts
  • Detailed programme and garden notes

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Accompany us to Norfolk, tour the most beautiful gardens and historic homes eastern England has to offer and take in the delightful views of the English countryside. Visit grand gardens and homes such as Hoveton Hall, East Ruston Old Vicarage, Mannington Hall, Blickling Estate, and Sandringham.

  • 4 nights half board at the Holiday Inn Norwich North
  • Coach transfers for our excursions
  • Ploughmans' Lunch
  • Morning tea and coffee
  • Exclusive garden visits and talks with head gardeners
  • Services of our experienced Tour Manager

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Helen Yemm
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Surrounded by a tranquil backdrop of ancient hills, steep limestone valleys and stark moorland plateaus, journey with us as we explore the romantic gardens of the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales.

  • Transportation from Chesterfield Railway Station
  • 3 nights’ bed and breakfast in the 4-star Losehill House Hotel and Spa, Hope Valley
  • 3 evening meals with wine at the hotel plus 3 lunches
  • Guided visits to sites listed in the programme
  • Services of the Tour Leader and Hosts
  • Detailed programme and garden notes

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Dr Sally Dormer
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Travel to Champagne, France, to see glorious Gothic architecture and stained glass, combined with a taste of fine Moët & Chandon champagne on this Art Pursuits tour.

  • Return Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris
  • Connecting rail journeys with SNCF
  • 4 nights’ bed and breakfast at the 4-star Continental Reims
  • 2 evening meals and 1 lunch with wine tasting
  • Guided visits to sites listed in the programme
  • Services of your expert lecturer and Tour Manager
  • Detailed programme and study notes

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Marion Mako & more
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Visit the gardens of Sussex that are home to, or were created by, artists and examine how these gardens influenced their artwork and vice versa.

  • Transportation from Haywards Heath Railway Station
  • 3 nights' accommodation with bed, breakfast and evening meals plus wine and 4 lunches
  • Private coach transfers and excursions
  • Services of the Tour Leader and Hosts
  • Detailed programme and garden notes

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Sasha Kagan
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Discover the colourful history of the Welsh textile industry on this tour, which takes a closer look at Welsh wool and quilting in the picturesque villages of the valleys.

  • 4 nights in 4-star accommodation on a half board basis
  • Lunch and tea/coffee on workshop days
  • 2 full day knitting workshops with Sasha Kagan
  • Services of an experienced Tour manager
  • Gratuities for driver and local tour guide

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Tom Abbott
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This Art Pursuits tour examines the synthesis of gender, politics and art in a transformative historical moment. Explore the works of Kollwitz, Modersohn-Becker, and other women who contributed to the German Modern.

  • Return flights from London to Hamburg, returning from Berlin
  • 3 nights’ bed and breakfast in the Radisson Blu, Bremen
  • 1 night bed and breakfast in the Maritim ProArte Hotel, Berlin
  • 2 evening meals and 2 lunches
  • Guided visits to sites listed in the programme
  • Services of your expert lecturer and Tour Manager
  • Detailed programme and study notes

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Michael Marriott
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Join us for a celebration of the rose, doyenne of the English Garden, as we tour the beautiful county of Shropshire, home of our expert rosarian Michael Marriott.

  • Transportation from Wolverhampton Railway Station
  • 3 nights’ bed and breakfast in the 4-star Brockencote Hall Hotel, Worcestershire
  • 3 evening meals with wine at the hotel plus 4 lunches
  • Guided visits to sites listed in the programme
  • Services of the Tour Leader and Hosts
  • Detailed programme and garden notes
  • All entrance fees, taxes and gratuities for coach drivers and waiters

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Kirsty Fergusson
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Let our expert host, Adam Wilkinson and Hortus contributor, Kirsty Fergusson, whisk you on a weekend away to the leafy village of Varengeville-sur-Mer to visit the region’s classical and contemporary gardens.

  • Return Eurostar from London St Pancras to Gare de Calais-Fréthun
  • 3 nights’ bed and breakfast in the 4-star Mercure Dieppe la Presidence, Dieppe
  • 2 evening meals with wine at the hotel plus 3 lunches
  • Guided visits to sites listed in the programme
  • Services of the Tour Leader and Hosts
  • Detailed programme and garden notes

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Dr Ulrike Ziegler
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Discover one of Germany’s oldest cities, wine-growing villages, romantic timbered houses, and excellent Moselle Rießlings on this Art Pursuits tour of Trier and the Moselle.

  • Return Eurostar from London St. Pancras to Brussels
  • Connecting rail journeys with interciti to Luxembourg
  • 4 nights’ bed and breakfast at the 4-star Superior Park Plaza, Trier
  • 2 evening meals and 1 lunch
  • Services of your expert lecturer and Tour Manager
  • Detailed programme and study notes

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Marion Mako & more
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In the golden afternoon of the year, join our host, *The Times*garden writer Stephen Anderton, on an exclusive exploration of some of the finest gardens of the Cotswolds.

  • Transportation from Moreton-in-Marsh Railway Station
  • 3 nights’ bed and breakfast in the 5-star Manor House Hotel, Moreton-in-Marsh
  • 3 evening meals with wine at the hotel plus 3 lunches
  • Services of the Tour Leader and Hosts
  • Detailed programme and garden notes

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Keith Wiley & more
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Join us on this unique tour of the Netherlands to explore the works of leading Dutch horticulturists Piet Oudolf, Jaqueline van der Kloet and Robert Broekema alongside the gardens that inspired them.

  • Return flights from London to Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport
  • 2 nights’ bed and breakfast in the 4-star Kasteel Engelenburg, Brummen
  • 2 nights’ bed and breakfast in the 5-star Hotel Dylan, Amsterdam
  • 4 evening meals with wine at the hotel plus 5 lunches
  • Services of the Tour Leader and Hosts

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Marion Mako & more
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Discover the splendour of the English Lake District, one-time home to William Wordsworth, the Lakeland Poets and Beatrix Potter, on this tour of Arts & Crafts houses and gardens.

  • Transportation from Lancaster Railway Station
  • 3 nights’ bed and breakfast in the 4-star Lakeside Hotel, Windermere
  • 3 evening meals with wine at the hotel plus 4 lunches
  • Services of the Tour Leader and Hosts
  • Detailed programme and garden notes

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This trip takes you on a tour of some of the top Elvis-related locations in the country. From the eateries he frequented and the places he shopped, to various movie and photoshoot locations.

  • Explore sites visited by Elvis on a guided tour of Frankfurt
  • Visit to Freiburg and Ray Barracks, where Elvis carried out his military duties
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Bad Nauheim where we will be showing you all the key locations of Elvis’ time there
  • Take a ride on the cable car used in the Pocketful of Rainbows scene at the river Rhine

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Kathryn Bradley-Hole & more
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Join COUNTRY LIFE contributors Kathryn Bradley-Hole and Kirsty Fergusson on this spellbinding tour of the French Riviera’s finest gardens.

  • Return flights from London to Nice Côte d’Azur
  • 2 nights’ bed and breakfast in the 5-star Hotel Maybourne Riviera, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
  • 2 nights’ bed and breakfast in the 5-star Chateau Saint-Martin, Vence
  • 4 evening meals with wine at the hotel plus 4 lunches
  • Services of the Tour Leader and Hosts
  • Detailed programme and garden notes

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