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Gin, Gorgeous Gardens & New Forest
This tour takes us to enjoy the pleasures of Hampshire and its quaint towns as well as a tasting and tour of the famous Bombay Sapphire Distillery and a day in Winchester, Portsmouth and a relaxing visit to the gorgeous gardens at Exbury on the edge of the New Forest.
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Sunday 2nd: Depart from your home area travelling to Hampshire, arriving late afternoon at the Norton Park Hotel. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served on arrival.
Monday 3rd: Today we visit the historic town of Winchester. Explore the Cathedral, high Street or perhaps the many museums in the town. Later, we visit the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery for their ‘Self Discovery Experience’. This includes a 15-minute guided tour throughout the Still House and complimentary drink in the Mill Bar. The Bombay Sapphire Experience is in a working distillery, passengers must wear suitable footwear (e.g. Not open-toed shoes or high heels)
Tuesday 4th: This morning we head to the town of Lyndhurst, known as the capital of The New Forest since the times of William the Conqueror. Lyndhurst offers a wide range of shops, cosy tea rooms, old world pubs and cafes. Later, we travel to the market town of Lymington, in the south of the New Forest. Here we have a chance to enjoy lunch and spend some time exploring at our own pace. In the afternoon, we continue through the stunning New Forest, arriving at Exbury Gardens, a spectacular 200-acre woodland garden famous for the Rothschild collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias.
Wednesday 5th: Our day begins with a ride through the South Downs, reaching the market-town of Petersfield where we can enjoy a stop in the heart of the National Park. The town has a variety of local shops, as well as a museum, Psychic Garden and art gallery. Today is also market day! Afterwards, we head to the coast where the rest of the day is yours in the Maritime City of Portsmouth, perhaps visit the Historic Dockyard, home of ‘Victory’ and ‘Mary Rose’, or visit the lovely Cathedral.
Thursday 6th: After breakfast we leave and head for home.
Norton Park Hotel, Nr Winchester ****
Located within 54 acres of parkland, the 4-star Norton Park Hotel is 12 miles from Winchester. It features a spa with 8 treatment rooms and a leisure club with a gym, pool and sauna. The spacious modern rooms at Norton Park are all en-suite and have Sealy beds.
Your Tour Includes
- All Travel by Executive Extended Legroom Coach
- Four Nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
- Excursions as Detailed
- Exbury Gardens
- Bombay Sapphire Distillery
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