This tour combines exploration of the regions’ beautiful countryside and quaint villages, in addition to two lovely gardens, a river cruise and free time at a number of seaside resorts.
5 Lakes Hotel and Spa, 4 Star
Colchester Road, Tolleshunt Knight, Maldon
Tel: 01621 868888
Set in 320 acres of English countryside including its own golf course and ornamental lakes, this luxurious hotel offers a great base from which to explore Suffolk and Essex. Lift. Leisure facilities, Indoor swimming pool.
Saturday 18 May 8 Days £665
Saturday 21 September 8 Days £685
Single Supplement £198. Insurance £24
(includes Insurance Premium Tax at 20%)
What’s Included: 7 Nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast, Guided tour of Lavenham, Two hour river cruise from Waldringfield with tea/coffee & biscuits, Admission to Beth Chatto Gardens, Admission to RHS Garden Hyde Hall.
DAY 1 We leave home and make our way to the Best Western Milford, Leeds for our overnight stop.
DAY 2 Travel to Essex with a stop in the historic university city of Cambridge en route.
DAY 3 At Leisure to relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities or to enjoy the 320 acres of grounds.
DAY 4 We make our way to Waldringfield to board MV Jahan for a cruise on the calm waters of River Deben, one of the most beautiful spots on the East Coast. Following the cruise, visit Woodbridge, the largest market town on the river and home to one of only five tide-mills restored in the UK. Continue to the much admired Beth Chatto Gardens, once an overgrown wasteland, the gardens are an inspiration to all visitors.
DAY 5 Our excursion today is to Lavenham for a guided walking tour. Known as ‘England’s Finest Medieval Village’, Lavenham is a quaint village with fine examples of timber framed Tudor buildings. Continue to Flatford, home to the 18th century mill made famous in Constable’s paintings, before visiting the delightful village of Dedham. Time allowing, we will return to the hotel via the exclusive resort of Frinton-on-Sea, an ideal place to enjoy a walk along the prom.
DAY 6 Today we will travel past Chelmsford to RHS Garden Hyde Hall, an eclectic, yet fine garden with wonderful panoramic views over Essex. On then for time at leisure in the traditional seaside resort of Southend-on-Sea, home to the longest pier in the world. At Pier Head, see the active RNLI station and visit its gift shop, stroll along the promenade, or visit one of the town’s shopping centres.
DAY 7 Today we travel north to our overnight stop at the Best Western Milford, Leeds.
DAY 8 Our homeward journey today.