Susan Worner Tours

The Italian Lakes

Lake Como with Villa Carlotta and the Balbienello gardens just a short boat ride from Bellagio, we then head for Lake Maggiore. From Cannero, we enjoy exuberant spring gardens with a balance between botanic and those of classical Renaissance and later Italian-style.

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Namibia & Botswana

Diverse verdant landscapes, unspoilt wilderness with game, bird-life attracted by the fruiting trees and lush vegetation. We visit Northern Namibia, the Etosha National Park continuing to Botswana – the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park. A day in Zimbabwe to see the Victoria Falls is included.

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Cannero – Markets,
Gardens and Cucina

October is perfect to discover local dishes after visiting colourful markets and wine producers. The attractive village of Cannero on Lake Maggiore is our base. Head chef Giuseppe Saglio-Ponsi demonstrates the preparation of seasonal recipes.

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The warmth of the sun, the scents of mimosa and genista in full bloom, trees laden with oranges and lemons provide a perfect reason to escape the northern winter. Time to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the vivid colours at the Lemon Festival.

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Welcome to Susan Worner Tours

Our Spring and Summer tours start in Menton on the French Riviera but so close to Italy. The mimosa is in flower and citrus trees are laden with fruit, the Menton Lemon Festival is taking place.

Italy and France are our main destinations though we venture further afield to Portugal visiting gardens around Lisbon. Moroccan gardens in Marrakech and Taroudannt are well worth discovering in April. Our riad-style country hotel with its extensive gardens and rose fields is a perfect base.

In March our new tour is a natural history safari in northern Namibia and the Okovango Delta in Botswana. Lush vegetation in the green season, migrating birds, wildlife with their young, waterlilies lining the water channel. A spectacular tour to two adjoining wildernesses and safe destinations.

Our classic tours to Italy in April include the Italian Lake gardens and further south in Tuscany where in Florence superb private gardens are featured. Our garden tour to Sicily was a great success in 2014. The beginning of May is a perfect time to visit gardens in Eastern Sicily. An autumn tour is also being prepared. The Giardino di Ninfa south of Rome is just stunning with rambling roses climbing an ancient town ruined in the fourteenth century and wonderfully restored by the Gaetani family. It forms part of our Rome garden tour itinerary. The visit is private. Secret gardens in Venice and the Veneto mainland at the end of May is always in muchdemand. Breakfast on the hotel terrace overlooking the Grand Canal to a rose-filled Palazzo garden is not to be missed.

In early June we return to gardens in Provence to discover superb private gardens, some in the Luberon influenced by the late Nicole de Vesian, garden designer and some rarely visited gardens around St Remy-de-Provence. A tour to Normandy and Brittany is being prepared for late June and full details are available in January. In the autumn we head south to the Western Cape in South Africa, combining stunning gardens with a few days visiting wildlife conservation reserves. The rich fynbos vegetation is breath-taking.

What makes our tours special is our care and attention to detail while always retaining quality as our hallmark. Our groups are small, convivial and we use superb hotels of character. Good contacts with garden owners and with hotels we use regularly give that extra touch.

Private, tailor-made tours are our speciality and we offer arrangements for independent holidays.

Your financial security is important and we offer full ATOL protection for tours with air flights and IPP protection for tours with no flights. Established for eighteen years, we are fully independent.

Looking forward to welcoming you on an enjoyable, stimulating 2015 tour.

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Menton - Mimosa and the Lemon Festival Find out more information about French Gardens Today

Robin Lane Fox wrote about us in the Financial Times on 07 February 2014 commending our tour to South Africa -The Western Cape Exceptional Gardens and Private Reserves 06-18 November 2014

Robin also wrote about French Gardens Today, our affiliated travel company, and the May trip Spring Gardens of Leading Landscape Gardeners in Provence 13 – 15 May 2014.

To view the article on the Financial Times website, click here.

Advent in Basel Loire and Le Berry – Fruits of the Decorative Potager Garden Tuscany Gardens from Lucca to Siena We have added these exceptional reserves to our South Africa garden tour to offer a more comprehensive aspect of the tour. ” />

Robin Lane Fox wrote in his ‘Tour Talk article’ published in the FT:

“…I can recommend her quiet grasp of every itinerary, all carefully vetted in advance… She runs tours to France and Italy… Keen gardeners tend to book with her.” © Financial Times Ltd. Published 26 January 2013

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