Susan Worner Tours


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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A country of contrasts and superb gardens. Tiled courtyard gardens in Marrakech, country gardens richly planted with roses, orange orchards and potager. Visit the Atlas Mountains, meet friendly Berbers and to Taroudant to explore bustling colourful souks and markets. Visit privately-owned innovative contemporary gardens designed by Arnaud Maurières & Eric Ossart.

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We combine formal gardens around Lisbon with those in Sintra with its special microclimate. Private gardens are enjoyed with eye-catching judas trees in bloom, and decorative azulejos tiles. The recently renovated gardens of Quinta da Monserrate are discovered with Gerald Luckhurst who is now assisting with the restoration of the gardens at the Royal Palace of Quelez..

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Welcome to Susan Worner Tours

Our 2016 garden tour programme appears in two editions.  This first one features our superb destinations in spring and summer, mainly in France and Italy, though we venture further afield to Portugal and Morocco.  The fabulous green season safari to Northern Namibia and the Okavango Delta in Botswana will be repeated in March.  Autumn 2016 tours will be announced in January.

For some of our classic tours, our Italian garden tours and those featuring French gardens, I have discovered new gardens to visit, some very special, and our itineraries have been updated.  I shall be excited to show them to everyone in 2016.  I am very conscious of the importance of well-planned itineraries, which give time to enjoy and absorb the atmosphere, design and plants in a garden, especially when owners or head gardeners welcome us so warmly.

Keeping group numbers small – no more than twenty participants – is essential, as it gives the feeling of friends travelling together.  I ensure the travel between gardens is at a minimum and hand-pick our hotels, which are welcoming and charming.

Private, tailor-made tours are our speciality and we offer arrangements for independent holidays as well as add-on programmes at the end of a tour.

Our new destination is to the Atlas Mountains and Desert in Morocco.  Carefully planned, we discover flora, fauna and a different way of life while enjoying the tranquillity of wide open spaces.

Our company is fully independent and established for over nineteen years. Susan Worner Tours is pleased to continue offering individual, innovative tours.  We welcome many people who return again, those from overseas, and are delighted to have those who have found us for the first time.

Looking forward to welcoming you on an enjoyable, stimulating 2016 tour.

Find out more information about French Gardens Today Susan Worner Tours are pleased to be arranging a tour to the gardens of Lake Maggiore for the RHS Fellows in April 2015.

For our 2016 Italian Garden tours, we include some exceptional gardens on our Rome – Gardens from Latium to Tuscia tour. Some of the gardens were mentioned by Robin Lane Fox in the Financial Times recently. The 02 October issue features the Ruspoli Castle at Vignanello with Santino, the gardener and on 09 October Robin visits Giardino di Ninfa, great highlights of our itinerary..

Robin also wrote about French Gardens Today, our affiliated travel company.

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

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 08 – 20 November 2015.

Robin also wrote about French Gardens Today, our affiliated travel company.

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