Monday 16th May 2016, London – To celebrate the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, lakes and mountains specialist holiday company Inghams is recommending its top six horticultural-inspired holidays to some of Europe’s most spectacular gardens. Attracting 157,000 garden-lovers each year, the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show kicks off next Tuesday 24th May in Chelsea, London. This year’s show will include a British Eccentrics Garden, Show Gardens, Artisan Gardens and Fresh Gardens as well as photographic exhibits and a floral arch to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday.
Below Inghams shines the spotlight on six of Europe’s most stunning gardens, along with holiday packages for those looking for a garden-inspired trip:
Schynige Platte Botanical Alpine Garden in Bernese Oberland, Switzerland
Set amongst the jaw-dropping scenery of the Eiger, Jungfrau and Mönch mountains, the Schynige Platte Botanical Alpine Garden is nearly 2,000m high and accessible by a scenic mountain railway. The garden houses over 600 native species of Swiss Alpine wild flowers and focuses on the research of high altitude flora. Those interested in learning more about the research taking place can visit the onsite zoology, geology and botany exhibition. The gardens are open from May to October.
For those keen to explore this area, Inghams is offering four nights on a half-board basis at the rustic three and a half star Hotel Alpenblick in Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, from £718 per person. Price includes return flights from London Gatwick to Zurich and transfers, departing on 23rd July 2016. For further information, or to book, visit www.inghams.co.uk or call 01483 791 116.
Ljubljana Botanical Gardens, Slovenia
The oldest botanical gardens in South Eastern Europe, the world-renowned Botanical Gardens at the University of Ljubljana offer more than 4,500 different species and subspecies of flora including many endangered species. From 21st May to 5th June 2016, the Bohinj area of Slovenia will come alive for the annual International Wild Flower Festival which brings a fortnight of flora-related events and exhibitions and attracts visitors from all over the world.
Inghams is offering four nights on a bed and breakfast basis at the three star City Hotel in Ljubljana, Slovenia from £484 per person. Price includes return flights from Manchester to Ljubljana airport and resort transfers, departing on 28th May 2016 (limited availability). For further information, or to book, visit www.inghams.co.uk or call 01483 791 116.
Villa Garzoni in Montecatini, Tuscany, Italy
The gardens at the Villa Garzoni are located on the rolling Tuscan hillside near Montecatini Terme. These magnificent gardens took nearly 170 years to complete and are most famous for their ornate features, water fountains and statues with a combination of Renaissance and Baroque influence. There is also a butterfly house containing hundreds of butterfly species and a labyrinth where it is believed that those who walk through are guaranteed a life time of love, happiness and prosperity.
For culture-enthusiasts in search of a holiday combining art and gardens, Inghams is offering four nights on a half board basis at the peacefully located four star Astoria Hotel in Montecatini, Italy, surrounded by Tettuccio spa gardens, from £598 per person. Price includes return flights from London Gatwick to Pisa airport and resort transfers, departing on 11th June 2016. For further information, or to book, visit www.inghams.co.uk or call 01483 791 116.
Isola Bella and Isola Madre in Lake Maggiore, Italy
Located in on the south side of the Alps, Lake Maggiore is a haven for garden lovers and is home to two spectacular garden islands. Isola Bella which dates back to 1630 attracts enthusiasts drawn by an amazing display of camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas spread across 10 terraces. Nearby, the fairy tale botanical garden of Isola Madre is the biggest of the islands in Lake Maggiore and has its own micro-climate allowing species such as wisteria, rare sub-tropical plants and exotic flowers to flourish.
To experience these truly extraordinary islands, Inghams is offering four nights on a half board basis at the four and a half star Hotel Astoria in Lake Maggiore, Stresa, Italy from £618 per person. Price includes return flights from London Gatwick to Milan Malpensa airport and transfers, departing on 16th July 2016. For further information, or to book, visit www.inghams.co.uk or call 01483 791 116.
Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg, Austria
The iconic Mirabell Gardens of Salzburg are perhaps best known through the film The Sound of Music where fans will remember the Do-Ri-Mi scene when the Von Trapp family paraded in front of the Mirabell Palace. Opened in 1854 by Emperor Franz Joseph, the gardens have been recognised worldwide as a horticultural masterpiece, particularly due to their distinctive features including the Dwarf Garden and quirky marble sculptures.
Salzburg is also home to the 400 year old Water Gardens at Hellbrunn Palace, famous for its trick fountains.
For visitors keen to explore the gardens of Salzburg, Inghams is offering three nights on a bed and breakfast basis at the four star Hotel NZ Salzburg City, Salzburg, Austria, ideally located close to the Mirabell Gardens, from £538 per person. Price includes return flights from London Gatwick to Salzburg airport and transfers, departing on 8th June 2016. For further information, or to book, visit www.inghams.co.uk or call 01483 791 116.
Gardens of Lake Constance, Germany
With 10 impressive gardens to choose from including the islands of Mainau and Reichenau, the park at Arenenberg Castle and the new medieval garden, Lake Constance is the ideal destination for visitors searching for a truly memorable holiday this summer. Mainau is one of the world’s most famous ‘flower islands’ while the World Heritage island of Reichenau is said to be the birthplace of Western horticulture.
Inghams has introduced a new ‘Explorer’ itinerary to its summer 2016 programme where visitors can explore the stunning gardens of Lake Constance in seven days from £1,259 per person. Trip highlights include seven night’s half board accommodation at the five star Steigenberger Inselhotel, a guided tour of Arenenberg Castle and Medieval Garden, the historic Carthusian Monastery Ittingen Charterhouse and of Salem Castle (including wine-tasting) as well as entrance to the ‘Flower Island’ of Mainau. Price includes return flights from London Heathrow to Zurich and transfers, departing on 1st June, 2nd and 20th July, 20th August and 7th September 2016. For further information, or to book, visit www.inghams.co.uk or call 01483 791 116.
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