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Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm

Private Houses & Gardens Of Bermuda

USA & Canada
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS8940

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

8 days

Heritage 2020

PRICE FROM ? £3620 per person
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Itinerary

Description

In 1609, the Sea Venture was bound for the American colonies from England when a storm foundered the ship on the reefs beyond the east end of Bermuda. Eventually, using local cedar to build the aptly named Deliverance, all but two left for Jamestown, with the Admiral of the ship so enchanted by Bermuda that he decided to return. The King of England later granted a charter to colonise the island and the first settlers in 1612 introduced a wealth of customs and traditions, leading to the unique combination of island culture with British charm evident today.

On this break we learn more about Bermuda’s history, from its settlement to the role the territory played in the American Civil War and WWII, earning it the name Bletchley-in-the-Tropics. We discover an abundance of fascinating museums, art galleries, glorious gardens and intriguing private residences and delve deeper into the story of Bermuda with talks and tours from experts and curators. We combine this heritage with the stunning natural beauty of the idyllic British colony, enjoying its sub-tropical climate, mesmerising pink-hued beaches and clear turquoise water.

Itinerary

Wednesday 4th November: Flight to Bermuda
We fly to Bermuda where we are met and transferred to the Fairmont Southampton Hotel, our base for the duration of the tour.

Thursday 5th November: Orange Valley & Verdmont
After a day at leisure, this evening we head to Orange Valley, home of author and historian John Cox. We enjoy cocktails and discover fascinating stories about the private residence. This beautiful Georgian home was built by Captain William Cox in 1802 after he returned from a voyage at sea and the house has remained in the family ever since.

We then head to Verdmont, a Bermuda National Trust Museum that was once the home of Bermuda’s first customs collector. The executive director of the Bermuda National Trust takes us on a tour of the museum and joins us for dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Friday 6th November:  St George’s, Bermuda Perfumery, Somers Trail, Rogues and Runners Museum & Carter House
Our first stop this morning is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St George’s, home for the first settlers from 1612 and capital of Bermuda for 200 years. In 1815, the capital was relocated to Hamilton, a move which preserved the original 18th-century town. We enjoy a guided walking tour, taking in sights such as Their Majesties Chappell at St Peter’s Church, which has been holding services for 400 years, and Stewart Hall, home to the Bermuda Perfumery. Here we learn about its history and how the perfumes are made, as well as sampling the scents.

After our tour we witness a re-enactment of the ducking stool punishment, once used for disorderly women, scolds and dishonest tradesmen.

Next we embark on a tour of Somer’s Trail, including Gates Bay, the Settlement area, the Sea Venture Monument, which honours the ship which carried the first settlers,  and Frobisher’s Buildings Bay where the Deliverance was built and launched.  We also visit the coastal artillery Fort St Catherine’s, a fascinating museum with astonishing views, originally used by the Bermudian Militia and then by regular Royal Artillery units from 1612.

Later we visit the Rogues and Runners Museum, housed in one of Bermuda’s oldest stone buildings. Built in 1699 to serve as Government House, the property was used as headquarters to Confederate agents during the American Civil War and is now owned by the Bermuda National Trust.

Finally we visit Carter House, a fine example of early Bermuda vernacular architecture built by descendants of two crew members of the shipwrecked Sea Venture who remained after the other survivors left for Virginia in 1610. Here we can explore the authentic replica of a Settler’s Cabin and meet the Director of the St David’s Island Historical Society and an award-winning Banana Doll artist.

Meals: Breakfast

Saturday 7th November:  Cooper’s Island, Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, Camden, Tucker’s Farm & Waterville Rose Garden
This morning we discover the wonders of Cooper’s Island, Bermuda’s newest nature reserve. This pristine landscape combines a variety of habitats from upland forest to rocky coast with long stretches of pink hued sandy beaches, and offers a lovely view of famous Nonsuch Island, home to the endangered national bird the Cahow. We are joined by Bermuda’s Director of Wrecks, a marine archaeologist who is extremely knowledgeable about the 350 wrecks off the reefs surrounding the island and Dr Derek Tully who tells us about Bermuda's role in WWII.

After enjoying lunch at Rosewood Bermuda, we head to the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art and join Masterwork’s curator and founder as he recounts the efforts to establish an art collection that reflected Bermuda and her culture. Grit, determination and a stroke of luck culminated in a twelve million dollar collection, including paintings by Homer and O’Keefe.


Our next stop is Camden, an early 1700s Georgian mansion which is the official residence of the Premier of Bermuda. It has played host to foreign dignitaries such as Margaret Thatcher and Princess Margaret, while the gilded mirrors, antiques, artworks and stunning hand-carved furniture create a refined atmosphere.

We continue to Tucker’s Farm, where we can sample the goats’ cheese that’s made here and meet the charming farmer before visiting Waterville, the headquarters of the Bermuda National Trust. We enjoy private access to the Rose Garden, a talk with a Bermuda National Trust antique restorer and learn about Bermuda’s mystery roses with a rose expert.

This evening we enjoy dinner in the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, one of the oldest cast iron lighthouses in the world.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sunday 8th November: Hamilton, the Bermuda National Gallery, Bermuda Society of Arts & Par La Ville Park
Today we start with a visit to Hamilton and the Bermuda National Gallery in City Hall and enjoy a private tour with the curator, admiring exhibitions such as the Bermuda Biennial and Landscape Impressionism.

Continuing our art theme, we next visit The Bermuda Society of Arts, affectionately known as The People’s Gallery and the oldest arts society on the island. We take in sculptures and mosaics in stained glass and admire the works of artist Sheilagh Head, who is known for her collection of abstract paintings referencing Bermuda’s land, sea and sky.

The official town crier of the city of Hamilton then escorts us to meet the Mayor of Hamilton in his City Hall parlor for an official welcome to the city. Afterwards we enjoy a tour of Par La Ville Park with the horticulturalist of Hamilton, taking in the beautiful flowers, winding paths and the sculpture garden.

After lunch in the charming Rosedon Hotel, a historically listed property, we enjoy an afternoon at leisure back at our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Monday 9th November:  National Museum of Bermuda, Bermuda Arts Centre & Cocktail Cruise
Our day begins with a re-enactment of the history of Royal Naval Dockyard before visiting the National Museum of Bermuda. The former chairman of the museum board takes us on a tour of the museum, housed within a large fortress and dedicated to Bermuda’s maritime history. Afterwards we head to the Bermuda Arts Centre at Dockyard to meet artist Christopher Marson.

Following lunch at the Frog & Onion pub, we visit the home of local Bermudians Paul and Penne Leseur. They are delighted to welcome visitors to view their special collections, which reflect the couples’ curiosity and extensive travels.

We head back to the resort for a few hours before embarking on a cocktail cruise in the early evening. We cruise along the Great Sound, a stunning ocean inlet known for near-perfect sailing conditions.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Tuesday 10th & Wednesday 11th November: Flight home
After a free morning, we transfer to Bermuda airport for our evening flight back to London, arriving back in the UK on Wednesday.

Meals: Breakfast (on 10th November)

Air Bullets

  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Bermuda*
  • Airport transfers in Bermuda
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • 6 nights at the 4-star Fairmont Southampton Hotel, Bermuda with breakfast
  • 2 dinners & 3 lunches as detailed
  • All excursions and entrance fees
  • Guided tours as detailed

    Flight upgrades available on request

Search Bullets

  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Bermuda*
  • Airport transfers in Bermuda
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • 6 nights at the 4-star Fairmont Southampton Hotel, Bermuda with breakfast
  • 2 dinners & 3 lunches as detailed
  • All excursions and entrance fees

Additional Information

A non-refundable deposit of £750 per person is payable at the time of booking and the remaining balance payment must be received by Just Go! Holidays no later than 100 days prior to departure.

Flights are included with carriers such as British Airways, Virgin Atlantic or other similar scheduled carriers.

Flight timings will be advised on your final itinerary/tickets, although it is possible that times may be changed even after that point.

Holidays are offered on the basis that you are a British passport holder. If you are not a British passport holder you must advise us at the time of booking.

Luggage allowance based on economy class will be 23kg per person.

Just Go! Holidays do not sell travel insurance applicable to holidays in Bermuda; however, it is essential that you have comprehensive travel insurance covering you for unlimited medical expenses in Bermuda. We will require evidence of this insurance prior to travel.

These holidays are offered subject to availability and are based on two people sharing a twin/double room. They are operated by Just Go! Holidays ATOL 10889 and are financially protected by the CAA/ATOL scheme. Terms and conditions apply, these can be found at www.justgoholidays.com/about-us/terms. A copy will be provided to you with your booking confirmation.

Errors and omissions excepted.

Calls to 033 numbers are free within inclusive minutes packages otherwise standard rates apply.

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Booking Flights

Please note the following information when booking flights.

  • We will need passenger names (First and Last name only) as per passport. These names MUST match with your passport (please add in the “notes” section of the booking process)

  • Please note the flights will be booked in the names given to us during the booking and that changes to names will incur a charge from the airline which will be passed on to you, along with a £10.00 Just Go! amendment fee. (If you do not enter a full name during the booking process one of our reservations staff will contact you following your booking)

  • Are you travelling on a British passport? (If not please let us know)

  • Do you or any of you party require assistance at the airport

  • Luggage will be booked as per the flight terms above. Where hold luggage is included this will be the airline minimum usually 15 or 20kg per person.

  • Day time flights will be booked and time sent over by either post or email on the ATOL certificate. (Flights booked outside the hours of 0600-18:00 customers will be contacted.)

  • Flight arrivals/departures are grouped for transfers and passengers may have to wait up to an hour on arrival for incoming/delayed flights.

  • Flights are non-changeable and non-refundable once they are booked by our air department.

  • Where applicable clients must be able to do their own online check in. If you wish us to do this on your behalf the charge is £25 per person and you must complete a form which we will send to you.
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