Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 6 miles, approximately 1/2 hour depending on traffic. Walking according to personal preference; largely flat terrain with tarmac paths in most places. Most buildings, and all cafés and shops have level or ramped access.
In the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers a variety of choices such as eggs, bacon, sausages, hash brown, tomatoes, mushrooms, make-your-own muesli, cereals, pastries, toast, milk, juices, coffee, tea, water.
At the hotel, we’ll begin the day with a lecture by our Study Leader, “Glass and Class – royal pagodas to botanical mastery.” After the lecture, we’ll board a motorcoach and ride to the leafy borough of Kew to visit the renowned Royal Botanic Gardens, home of the world's largest and most diverse collection of botanicals with more than 30,000 different types of plants. This is also a UNESCO designated World Heritage site. From the UNESCO inscription: “This historic landscape garden features elements that illustrate significant periods of the art of gardens from the 18th to the 20th centuries. The gardens house botanic collections (conserved plants, living plants and documents) that have been considerably enriched through the centuries. Since their creation in 1759, the gardens have made a significant and uninterrupted contribution to the study of plant diversity and economic botany.”
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. There are a number of venues for lunch in the garden.
Our Royal Botanic Gardens field trip will continue until we reboard the motorcoach and return to the hotel at 4:00 p.m.
At a local restaurant, we will have a plated 2-course dinner with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.