6 Day Tour: Hogsback & Bedford Flower Festivals Tour starts and ends in Cape Town (Other departures can be arranged)
PRICE for this fully inclusive 6 day tour is R13,205. (Land Arrangements).
There is no single supplement. Airfare,which is subject to change until paid in full, is quoted separately@ R3,200.
Total price is R16,405
Included in the tour:
All transport & transfers
Accommodation & meals as indicated
Gratuities on booked meals (Not drinks)
Items of a personal nature
Refreshments & alcoholic beverages
Third party increases
All optional excursions & activities
Once again, in 2019 Traveltime will be going to Hogsback and we are once again combining our tour to Hogsback with the annual Bedford Garden Festival!
We fly into East London this time, where we will collect our coach and then travel by road to Hogsback, a more acceptable 144kM. (For our 2 previous tours, we have flown into PE—distance PE to Hogsback is 265kM)
Spring, of course, is ‘the’ time when Hogsback puts on its prettiest clothes and it will astound you with flowers and beauty. Lilies grow everywhere and all their gardens are a paradise of colours.
Of course, the Bedford Garden Festival is equally well-known for the natural beauty of the gardens (predominately large farm gardens). “Come to Bedford for more open gardens, plant nurseries, two market hubs, lots of shopping, live music, warm hospitality and the scrumptious food for which we are known”
Day 1: Tuesday 15th October Dinner Following our mid morning flight, our arrival in Hogsback will be early afternoon. Settle into your home for the next 3 nights – The Arminel Cottages situated in central Hogsback. They are nestled in the natural setting of the famous Hogsback mountains, with a tarred road leading up to the entrance and surrounded by some of the Eastern Cape’s most beautiful indigenous forests, inspiring waterfalls and colourful gardens. Settle in and enjoy dinner at the Arminel Hotel.
Day 2: Wednesday 16th October Breakfast / Dinner After breakfast we will go down to the Visitors Info centre, where, at 09h30 we will be taken on a guided tour of two beautiful Spring Gardens, where you can see Camellias & Rhododendrons; enjoy and be inspired! This afternoon will be spent exploring The Eco-Shrine on a guided-tour. Dinner tonight will be at one of the new restaurants in Hogsback—Touraco or The Mountain Table.
Day 3: Thursday 17th October Breakfast / Dinner There are many very beautiful gardens in the Hogsback area. One which we must not miss is the Applegarth Nursery – an absolute delight!
Lunch today will be at NutwoodsPark where Neil Boyle entertains you in his inimitable style!
We will meet some of the crafters, visit the chocolate shop and meet Trevor at the local church where he will tell us all about the history of Hogsback!
Dinner tonight will be spent with the locals at Butterfly Bistro (own account).
Day 4: Friday 18th October Breakfast / Dinner After breakfast we head down to Bedford and immediately start viewing gardens. The Bedford Garden Festival starts today, so we will commence our ’exploring’! We check into our home for the next 2 nights in the late afternoon – The Angler & Antelope Guest House in Somerset East!
Day 5: Saturday 19th OctoberBreakfast / Dinner Today, is the second day of the Bedford Garden Festival and we will have more than enough to keep us occupied the whole day! In addition to the gardens, we plan to visit the two ‘market hubs’ in Bedford. What beauty awaits us with the magnificent gardens of Bedford and the outlying farms!
Day 6: Sunday 20th October Breakfast We will schedule our flight back to Cape Town late on Sunday afternoon giving us all the chance to some more ‘garden visits’ before we head back home filled with a wonderful sense of peace after having spent 5 days at peace with Nature! (They usually have a concert in one of the gardens and if our flight times coincide this will be added to the itinerary)
Once our flight arrives back in Cape Town we will collect our luggage and meet our shuttle drivers, who will return us to our homes.