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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