To go on a Brightwater Holiday is to join a group of like-minded, mature adults with enquiring minds who are looking for that little bit more from a holiday package.

And now, with our 2018 tours, you can get even more. Next year is all about the little extras: the porterage, the drinks at dinner, the extra stars on your hotel. If you're travelling with us in 2018, prepare to get a lot more Brightwater for your buck.

The world is full of beautiful gardens, but there are few better than those in Great Britain and Ireland. From the Northern Isles of Orkney to the High Peaks of Derbyshire — we've got the lot. Biased? Us? Never...

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Organising overseas garden tours is an exercise in admiring life's rich tapestry. The tropical rainforests of Costa Rica, the emerald alpine peaks of Switzerland, and the geometric majesty of the Dutch Bulbfields...we offer you the opportunity to see them all.

 

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Oscillating wildly between aloof drama and friendly warmth, Scotland is a whole world of its own, full of foible, fable, and fantastic experiences to be had. Whatever you hope to get out of a Brightwater tour, you're sure to find it in bonny Scotland.

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Explore Neolithic houses, Bronze Age palaces and millennia-old brochs; get up close and personal with bog bodies and Minotaurs, and admire frescoes and monoliths in the places where they were created thousands of years ago. On our archaeology tours, the past is ever-present.

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They may be the newest additions to the Brightwater Holidays line-up, but Arblaster & Clarke wine tours are of a very fine vintage indeed. Having ably provided luxury wine holidays for over 30 years, our friends at Arblaster & Clarke have built up an address book full to bursting with wineries and restaurants from the Sussex Downs to South Africa, which we find pairs beautifully with decades of insider knowledge and experience.

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According to Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 classic The Secret Garden, ‘if you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden’, and we have to say, we think she was onto something. To put it another way: everything depends on perspective, and that’s what we’ve put into practice in this selection of super tours.

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Of all the differences between us here in the British Isles and our dear cousins across the pond, it’s been said that the biggest is this: While America has the geography, England has the History. True or not it does quite neatly sum up Blighty’s appeal – with a huge wealth of historical treasures within easy reach, the potential for discovery is limitless.

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