Baroque Garden of Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore
Baroque Garden of Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore

Brightwater's 'In the Moment' Experiences

If you've been thinking about taking a holiday with Brightwater, or if you're already a guest of ours and you're wondering where to visit next, we have compiled a list of amazing highlights from each of our departures that might just tempt you...

Wonder what makes our tour of Jersey super special or what sets our tour of the Italian Lakes apart from the others? Look no further! To find out more about each of the tours mentioned, just click on the tour name and you'll be taken to its official page. So, from personal encounters with members of the aristocracy to visits at prestigious private gardens, browse the lists below and see what makes each Brightwater Holidays tour experience so special. 

Don't forget, our Black Friday sale is now on - pay in full for your tour by 2nd December and we'll give you 5% off the total price! What's more, all bookings made between 1st November and 2nd December will be entered into a draw to win their booking for free (up to £2,000)

UK Garden Holidays – Our Favourite Highlights

  • Chelsea Flower Show - Our visit to the annual event itself
  • RHS Bridgewater - The chance to visit this brand new garden project
  • RHS Chatsworth - Visits to both RHS Chatsworth and Haddon Hall
  • RHS Cheshire - Arley Hall's famous herbaceous borders
  • Northumberland - A wander around the stunning Alnwick Garden
  • East Anglia - East Ruston's Old Vicarage with its enthusiastic owners
  • North Wales - Hidden gardens of Plas Cadnant and our special tour here
  • Highgrove - Our visit to Highgrove House and Gardens, by appointment only
  • Kent & Sussex - Explore the fantastic Sissinghurst House and its gardens
  • Gertrude Jekyll - Visit her former home of Munstead Wood, open by appointment only
  • Herefordshire - Roy Strong's 'The Laskett' garden, he'll meet the group if he's there!
  • Somerset & Dorset - Tour of East Lambrook Manor
  • Tresco - A memorable tour of Tresco's Abbey Garden
  • Devon - Experience RHS perfection on a visit to Rosemoor
  • Downton Abbey - A tour of Highclere Castle and other filming locations
  • Jersey - Visit the private garden of Creux Baillot with its enthusiastic owner
  • Walmer Castle - Discover the major restoration project that is Walmer Castle
  • Isle of Wight - Osbourne House and Frogmore House (only open in August)
  • Isle of Man - See the famous Laxey Wheel and follow the TT motorcycle route
  • Steam in the Lake District - Travel on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
  • The Peak District - Admire classic parkland at Chatsworth House
  • The Burren - Discover this area in the company of an expert local guide
  • Gardens of Distinction - Eythrope exclusive tour, not available to the public
  • Cornwall & Tresco - Visit the Abbey Garden in the company of Mike Nelhams
  • Irish Rover - Exclusive access to Helen Dillon's private garden and visit to the historic island gardens of Ilnacullin

European Holidays – Our Favourite Highlights

  • Iceland - A chance to hunt the elusive northern lights!
  • The Faroe Islands - An invitation to a very special farmhouse dinner
  • Dutch Bulbfields - The magnificently coloured gardens of Keukenhof
  • Genius of Monet - See Monet's paintings brought to life at Giverny
  • Mallorca - A scenic ride aboard a vintage train
  • French Riviera - The Lemon Festival (February departure) and visit to the gardens of La Mouissone
  • Veneto - Personal encounters with three members of the aristocracy
  • Sicily - Lunch at Monreale Abbey
  • Andalucia - Visits to the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens
  • Italian Lakes - Tour of Villa Cicogna Mozzoni with its owner and tour of the private garden belonging to the President of the Italian Camellia Society
  • Rome - A visit to the amazing Gardens of Ninfa, open by special arrangement

Long Haul Holidays – Our Favourite Highlights

  • Grenada - Enjoy breakfast with the owner of Smithy's Garden, a real treat!
  • Japan - Every single visit included on this itinerary can be considered a highlight
  • Southern Costa Rica - Explore the fabulous Wilson Botanical Garden
  • Gardens of Costa Rica - Visit the Monteverde Cloud Reserve and catch a glimpse of a resplendent quetzal if you're lucky
  • New Zealand - Visits to Garden Festivals, cruise along the Milford Sound and go wine-tasting at Wither Hills
  • Madagascar - Wildlife walks, close encounters with lemurs and 500-year-old baobab trees await
  • South Africa - Visit the Wilderness National Park and go botanising in the Drakensberg

Archaeological Holidays – Our Favourite Highlights

  • Orkney & Shetland - Hands-on experience at the Tomb of the Eagles and a visit to Mousa Broch
  • Denmark & Sweden - A chance to stand before two bog bodies and gaze upon the mighty Vasa ship at its museum
  • Romania - A visit to Dracula's castle
  • Bulgaria - Explore the stunning Rila Monastery and see the Madara Horseman
  • Albania - Visit the UNESCO-listed archaeological site of Butrint
  • The Peloponnese - See the site at Messene, which is off the tourist trail
  • Crete - The iconic bucket-list site of Knossos Palace
  • Malta - Tour the ancient Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, a UNESCO-listed site
  • Pompeii - Discover the haunting ruined city of Pompeii and nearby Herculaneum
  • Portugal - Sintra Palace and wine-tasting in vibrant Porto

Scenic Scottish Holidays – Our Favourite Holidays


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Brightwater's 'In the Moment' Experiences was published on 4 November 2019