2021 - The Watercress Line, Incredible Exbury Gardens + Sunday Lunch
2021 - Ibis Southampton - 2 Days - (CU2AGG)
Enjoy steam railway rides and English country gardens on a an amazing value 2 day break!
Join us on this short dash to the south coast to discover the lovely English countryside and English gardens, plus ride on the Watercress Line Steam Railway. We have also included delicious Sunday lunch before you head home!
You’ll be based in Southampton, staying at the ibis hotel, and keep in mind there is no evening dinner included on the night of your stay.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Ibis Southampton Hotel
Ibis Southampton Ideally positioned for sampling Southampton's bountiful nightlife and shopping scene, ibis Southampton City Centre features a bright, airy on-site café area for around-the-clock refreshments, modern business facilities, a vast, unlimited continental breakfast spread, and the friendliest service this side of the Solent. So, the bedrooms are comfortable yet simply furnished and West Quay Shopping Centre is a 5 minute walk away.
After joining the coach, we make our way to the hotel with stops en route, including a stop to ride the Watercress Line. We expect to arrive at our hotel in Southampton late afternoon.
Traditional English breakfast followed by our included excursions, plus Sunday lunch. In the early afternoon, join our coach to head back home, with stops along the way.
The Mid Hants Railway, known as the Watercress Line due the line being used to transport watercress, runs between Alresford and Alton and preserves an important piece of 1940s – 70s railway heritage. The fleet of steam locomotives take passengers over hills, called ‘going over the Alps’ and along the way you’ll have lovely views of the Hampshire with stops along the way to see the engines and carriages being restored.
Exbury Gardens, Steam & Sunday Lunch
Created by Lionel de Rothschild in the 1920’s, the Gardens are a stunning vision of his inspiration, offering 200-acres of natural beauty & horticultural variety. Exbury reflects the changing moods of nature. Early spring sees the magnolias and camellias burst into flower, whilst the Daffodil Meadow is a carpet of vibrant gold. In mid-spring the rhododendrons and azaleas are at their peak & full of vibrant colour, and the woodland is carpeted in swathes of primroses and bluebells. The full bloom of the Herbaceous and Grasses Garden and Exotic Garden announces the arrival of summer, with cool and shady riverside walks, family trails and picnics by the ponds. Autumn follows bringing spectacular displays of colour from the Japanese maples, deciduous azaleas & dogwoods that flourish. Exbury’s National Collection of Nyssa and Oxydendrum is not to be missed. You will also enjoy a ride on Exbury's mini (12.25 inch gauge) steam railway and discover wildlife in its natural habitat.
- Reserved coach travel throughout
- 1 night bed and breakfast
- Excursions to Exbury Gardens, Watercress Line Steam
- Sunday lunch
This tour picks up at the following points:
- Cardiff Central
- Cardiff West
- Port Talbot
- Swansea Central
Important NotesImportant Notes
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing. Single rooms may carry a supplement. You will find what rooms and prices are available in the booking process.
Holiday bookings are subject to our Terms & Conditions which you must be familiar with prior to booking. Please make sure that you also read our Important Holiday Information & Enhanced Hygiene Protocols which we update from time to time.
We recommend Travel Insurance for this holiday. If you do not already have cover, please get in touch with us.
Please be aware that coach trips can include lengthy periods of travel and always require some degree of walking. There are steps onto the coach and some hotels/venues will have steps too. Sometimes, the order of excursions can change when you are on tour. We will try not to change things, but want to make you aware that this can happen.
COVID-19 PEACE OF MIND & TRAVELLING SAFELY
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