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Day 1 - The first day of this tour takes us into the tranquil surroundings of the New Forest to spend an afternoon visiting Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway. Home to the Rothschild family, Exbury’s grounds span over 200 acres and presents a dazzling display of flora and fauna all year round, however, during May Exbury is particularly a spectacular place to be as the world famous displays of Rhododendrons and Azaleas adorn the pathways and woodland areas in vivid colours. We’ve also included a trip on-board the Exbury Steam railway which provides a leisurely way of viewing in-accessible parts of the gardens… But more importantly it’s just good fun! From here we take a scenic drive along the coast to our hotel in central Bournemouth to enjoy evening dinner.
Day 2 - Today we make the short trip along the coast to Poole, known for its large natural harbour, sandy beaches and the home of the renowned Poole pottery. Enjoy a stroll around the harbour and a spot of lunch or head towards the Old Town to view it’s charming Georgian houses and the Poole Museum, which explores local history across 4 buildings. Mid-afternoon we then enjoy a leisurely Cream Tea Cruise from Poole harbour on board the Historic 1938 motor Yacht Dorset Queen, believed to have been used in the Dunkirk rescue missions.
Day 3 - This morning you’ll be heading to Compton Acres, one of the finest privately owned gardens in Southern England. Constructed in 1920 by Mr Thomas Simpson, explore and enjoy over 10 acres of horticultural Heaven all laid out on a circular route, rather like jewels on a necklace. This unique layout allows visitors to discover each of the gardens in turn and there is even a step free route around the garden for added convenience.
Day 4 - Today is a free day to explore all that Bournemouth has to offer, you will have plenty of time to explore and enjoy lunch before we depart mid afternoon.
Floral Splendour & The Dorset Coast | 4 Days
★★★★ Connaught Hotel & Spa
The Connaught Hotel and Spa is one of the finest boutique hotels in Bournemouth, with 81 luxury bedrooms split between the main hotel and the adjacent Connaught Lodge. Each stylish room is equipped with a range of useful ammenities along with air-conditioning for the warmer months and a 3-piece en-suite as standard.
The Connaught is also conveniently located on Bournemouth’s West Cliff, just a few minutes from the stunning sandy beaches Bournemouth is famed fo. If you’d prefer to explore the town and soak up some local nightlife then the hotel is also only a five minute walk to Bournemouth town centre.
Inside you will also find the AA Rosette awarded brasserie which serves up an excellent choice of meals throughout the day along with a gin bar featuring over 100 varieties of gin! And once you’ve indulged in the restaurant why not visit the Bluewater Spa and enjoy one of the many treatments on offer or for those that wish to remain active the hotel features an impressive 18 metre azure blue swimming pool and excellent gym facilities.