London, Maidstone, York and Dublin with Jane Edmanson

May 21
Including flights, accommodation, guided
sightseeing, tours, meals

Visiting London, Maidstone, York and Dublin

Tour highlights

  • Royal Botanic Gardens Kew - it possesses the largest living plant collection and the largest Victorian conservatory in the world
  • The famous Chelsea Flower Show
  • Welcome dinner
  • Sail along the Thames to Greenwich
  • A delicious afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason the 18th century department store
  • The house and gardens at Great Dixter
  • The renowned garden at Sissinghurst Castle
  • Scotney Castle Garden
  • Felley Priory
  • Newby Hall and Gardens, a late 17th-century garden
  • Sutton Park
  • Castle Howard
  • Dublin in Bloom at Phoenix Park
  • A sightseeing tour of Dublin with a local guide
  • Visit Helen Dillon’s new garden near the coast of Dublin
London, Maidstone, York and Dublin with Jane Edmanson Map


  • Economy-class return air travel from Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane/Perth to London and return from Dublin
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in London, 2 night’s accommodation in Maidstone, 4 nights’ accommodation in York and 3 nights’ accommodation in Dublin in 4-star hotels on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Dinner in London and Dublin and afternoon tea.
  • Sightseeing tour in Dublin, Eire; entry to the Chelsea Flower Show, Bloom and all gardens detailed in the itinerary
  • Tour hosted by Jane Edmanson
  • Tour management by a professional Travelrite International tour manager
Jane Edmanson

Jane Edmanson

Jane Edmanson is a well-known garden identity, she presented radio 3AW’s “The Big Backyard” every Saturday and Sunday morning for twenty-seven years. Jane has also been seen regularly on ABC television’s national “Gardening Australia” for the past twenty nine years. She writes gardening articles for magazines and has given talks on gardening during this time. Jane has been awarded the OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia). This will be the twenty eighth year that Jane has accompanied garden tours for Travelrite International.

Day 1 Tuesday 21 May, 2019 Departure
Today we board our overnight flight to London.

Day 2 Wednesday 22 May, 2019 London, England
This morning we arrive at London’s Heathrow Airport. After clearing customs, we will be met by our private coach and travel to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Started in 1750 as a private garden, commissioned by Princess Augusta, it possesses the largest living plant collection and the largest Victorian conservatory in the world. Garden lovers can spend several hours identifying plants and admiring plant combinations. Our group will enjoy the 14,000 mature trees that form stately avenues, woods and towering specimens. After checking in to our hotel the tour manager will meet those wishing to dine with the group in the lobby to suggest restaurants for dinner.

Day 3 Thursday 23 May 2019 London
The highlight of our time in London will be our escorted visit to the famous Chelsea Flower Show. It is the summer event in the English horticultural calendar. It boasts about 20 amazing landscaped gardens built by prominent landscapers and more than 500 displays featuring the best flowers, plants and trees, with many new introductions. For gardeners, it is the experience of a lifetime and a highlight of our garden tour. Jane will make sure we get the most out of the show. We will enjoy a welcome dinner this evening to formally meet tour members.

Day 4 Friday 24 May 2019 London
Late morning we travel to Westminster, where we board a ferry to sail along the Thames to Greenwich. We’ll see the many developments that have recently occurred in the dock area of the river, including the tower at Canary Wharf, which until recently, had been the tallest building in London. Late afternoon we travel to Fortnum and Mason the 18thcentury department store, known for gourmet groceries and where afternoon tea has been a tradition for centuries. We will enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in lovely surroundings.

Day 5 Saturday 25 May 2019 Maidstone, England
We travel to Kent today. Known for its apple orchards and hop oast houses, the county is very lush. Today we visit two of the finest gardens in England. We first visit the house and gardens at Great Dixter, one of the best-known gardens in Britain, which surrounds a thatched 15th-century manor house. The sunken garden was designed and constructed by Christopher Lloyd, a noted plants man, gardener and writer who lived and gardened here all his life composing a series of gardens, including fine topiary and a magnificent mixed long border. This afternoon we visit the renowned garden at Sissinghurst Castle, created by Vita Sackville West and her husband Harold Nicholson. This romantic garden is one of the outstanding gardens of the world – a true gem and Jane will make sure that you get the most out of this inspiring garden. We continue to bustling Maidstone, where we check in to our hotel and the remainder of the afternoon will be free for individual activity.

Day 6 Sunday 26 May 2019 Maidstone
This morning is free to explore Maidstone. In the afternoon we visit Scotney Castle Garden. The formal garden overlooks a quarry garden while the grounds of the old castle enclose a rose garden and the lakeside planting adds an air of informality. Evergreens and deciduous trees provide structure, while many shrubs and flowering plants ensure something is in bloom at every season.

Day 7 Monday 27 May 2019 York, England
Today we drive north to historic York, a walled city founded by the Romans, where we will stay four nights. On the journey we stop at Felley Priory. This gorgeous garden has been developed around the old priory since 1976. Double herbaceous borders undulate from the house through steep, stepped terraces and between yew hedges. There are pergolas, knot gardens and tasteful topiary.

Day 8 Tuesday 28 May 2019 York
This morning we will visit Newby Hall and Gardens, a late 17th-century garden. Jane will guide us through the 25 acres of formal gardens. Features from the 18th century are an east-west walk with Victorian statuary, backed by yew and purple plum. There are many fine herbaceous borders backed by clipped hedges and flowering shrubs. We continue with a visit to Sutton Park. This highly rated garden was first laid out by Adam Meikle, a follower of Capability Brown in the 1750’s. When she inherited the garden in the early 1960’s, Nancy Sheffield developed three large terraces with broad steps leading to each level close to the house. This garden continues to be developed by the present generation of owners. We will return to York for an evening at leisure.

Day 9 Wednesday 29 May 2019 York
This morning we will visit Castle Howard. The castle was used as the location for Brideshead Revisited it’s garden is described as one of the finest examples of ‘The Heroic Age of English Landscape Architecture’, the grounds were first designed by Sir John Vanbrugh to compliment the castle he also designed. He was assisted by Nicholas Hawksmoor. This is one of the largest collection of old fashioned roses in Europe and a very fine collection of magnolias and rhododendrons. We will travel on to visit Nawton Tower. This atmospheric garden of twelve acres on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors was created during the 1930’s by the Earl of Faversham. It consists of a series of formal grassy walks between living tapestries woven from a masterly selection of trees, rhododendrons, azaleas and old shrub roses.

Day 10 Thursday 30 May 2019 York
This morning is free for individual activity. In the afternoon we visit Scampston Hall. This stately home has developed a strikingly beautiful modern design by Piet Oudolf in its former kitchen garden. This adds to the beautiful park designed by Capability Brown.

Day 11 Friday 31 May 2019 Dublin, Eire
In the morning we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland and well-known as being a place of friendliness and ‘craic’, and a city well over 1000 years-old. Ireland’s famous capital is located on the River Liffey and looks seawards to its port and the waters of Dublin Bay. Upon arrival we are transferred to our city hotel. The tour manager will meet those wishing to dine with the group in the lobby to suggest restaurants for dinner.

Day 12 Saturday 1 June 2019 Dublin
Today we visit Dublin in Bloom at Phoenix Park. Thousands of people attend the show to see the gorgeous show gardens, where new garden designs are highlighted. We will be able to see botanical print making, listen to garden experts give talks, and visit the nursery marquee, where specialist nurseries have created stunning displays. In the afternoon we enjoy a sightseeing tour with a local guide. We see elegant Georgian squares and streets including Merrion Square laid out in 1762. We see Trinity College founded in 1592 by Elizabeth I. It was developed according to the traditions of Oxford and Cambridge. Many buildings were added to the university in the 18th and 19th century. We visit Grafton Street, Dublin’s finest pedestrian shopping street. We see Leinster House converted to house the Republican parliament in 1922 and St Stephen’s Green, formally common land, enclosed in 1663. They are now beautifully landscaped gardens.

Day 13 Sunday 2 June 2019 Dublin
This morning we visit Primrose Hill, a gorgeous garden. The herbaceous borders are lovingly cared for and create a stunning display. Iris, lilies, kniphofias and lobelias are favoured plants. In the afternoon we visit Helen Dillon’s new garden near the coast. Helen will be applying all the gardening knowledge she has accumulated over the years in her new garden. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner to say good bye to tour members.

Day 14 Monday 3 June 2019 Dublin
This morning we are transferred to the airport for our flight back to Australia.

Day 15 Tuesday 4 June 2019 Arrival Australia
This evening we arrive in Australia and the tour concludes.

Twin Fare Single Fare
$7,995 $8,945
Air Taxes $140 $140
Total $8,135 $9,085


Jane Edmanson Iceland and Ireland Tour 2019 Details here


  • Economy-class return air travel from Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane/Perth to London and return from Dublin
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in London, 2 night’s accommodation in Maidstone, 4 nights’ accommodation in York and 3 nights’ accommodation in Dublin in 4-star hotels on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Dinner in London and Dublin and afternoon tea.
  • Sightseeing tour in Dublin, Eire; entry to the Chelsea Flower Show, Bloom and all gardens detailed in the itinerary
  • Tour hosted by Jane Edmanson
  • Tour management by a professional Travelrite International tour manager


  • Travel insurance
  • Additional travel arrangements not detailed in the itinerary will be quoted for separately
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Drinks on board
  • Lunches when not on the ship
  • Meals only when mentioned during the first tour
  • Air taxes at 1 October 2018 of $140


You can stay longer in Ireland for minimal extra cost. Please contact 1800 630 343 for more information.


Tour Operator:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. Refection is operated by Celebrity Cruises and the Reflections fly/cruise arrangements are subject to the terms and conditions and general information detailed in the Celebrity Cruises 2019 brochure. All passengers must complete and sign a Travelrite International booking form and complete the cruise personaliser on the Celebrity website.

Deposit and Payment:
A deposit of $500 per passenger should be sent with a completed Travelrite International booking form that lists your requested cabin category. As soon as the booking is confirmed (usually within 24 hours) the confirmation advise sent to each client will contain all details. The client must also complete an online check-in with Celebrity Cruises. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 120 days prior to the commencement of the fly/cruise. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to all payments made by Visa and Master Card. 3% administration charge will be added to payments by Amex and Diners Club cards. If fares and air taxes change due to government and airport regulations and currency fluctuations Travelrite International reserves the right to charge additional amounts.

Cancellation Charges:

Days prior to Departure Cancellation Fee
Over 90 days $900
90 - 61 days 50% of full fare
60 days or less 100% of full fare
Non appearance/no written notice 100% of full fare

The tour is based on arrangements that do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals, airfare or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced. Travel Documents: All passengers will require a valid passport. If you are not an Australian passport holder, check with Travelrite International for visa requirements. Travel Insurance: Adequate travel insurance is highly recom-mended to cover cruise members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the cruise and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accident, death etc.

Passengers qualify for a 20kg free baggage allow-ance on flights to join or return from the cruise. Minimum Tour Numbers: The fly/cruise arrangements have been made on the basis of a minimum number of passengers travelling. In the event that less than the required number of passengers have confirmed their booking 120 days from the date of departure, Travelrite International reserve the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of monies paid, or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified fare.

Children under 5 years of age are ineligible on coach & cruise tours. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Passengers with disabilities are welcome on Travelrite & Cruise Offers tours provided they are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance, and do not require special assistance from Travelrite & Cruise Offers personnel. Travelrite and Cruise Offers reserves the right to refuse to carry anyone if it is felt the individual cannot cope with the requirements of coach & cruise tour travel and who may require services and facilities that Travelrite & Cruise Offers cannot guarantee will be available. You agree to not hold the Travelrite & Cruise Offers responsible for any decision made by any of them or any service provider to refuse to carry you, provide any facilities or accommodation to you or to provide any service to you.

Travelrite International Pty Ltd is the tour organiser. Travelrite International Pty Ltd, its agents, officers, affiliates, and/or suppliers of services pursuant to or in connection with this fly/cruise shall act only as agents in making arrangements for hotels, transportation, including transportation by ship, restaurants, or any other service and do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in fly/cruises, acts of terrorism, acts of God, acts of Government or any other authorities. Further, no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery breakdown, quarantine, government restraints, weather or other causes beyond their control. No respons-ibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, re-routing or acts of any government authority. Baggage is at owners risk throughout the fly/cruise. The passage contract between the carriers concerned when issued shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this fly/cruise and/or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any fly/cruise and/or make such changes in the fly/cruise as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the fly/ cruise. This contract shall be construed in accordance of the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any legal action must be undertaken in the State of Victoria. Attention is also directed to the terms and conditions of the fly/cruise passage contract with Celebrity Cruises, detailed on the back of the reservation form. If you do not have a copy of this form please contact us and we will send one to you.

How to Book:
Bookings can be made by completing a booking form and sending it with a deposit of $900 per person to:

Travelrite International Pty Ltd 423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103
Further information can be obtained by telephoning

Toll Free: 1800 630 343
Phone: (03) 9836 2522
Fax: (03) 9836 8068

About Travelrite International:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is a well-established travel company which has been marketing throughout Australia for over 30 years and operating in Victoria for more than 35 years. It has two fully ATAS (no. A10538) and IATA accredited offices at Balwyn and Heathmont. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.