Susan Worner Tours

The Italian Lakes

Concentrating on the wealth of beautiful gardens around Lakes Como and Maggiore, this tour gives a balance between interesting botanic gardens and those of classic Renaissance and later Italian style. The exuberant spring flowers are set against breath-taking scenery with many varieties of azalea, wisteria, cornus, and magnolia.

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Venice & the Veneto

The history and beauty of the Veneto region combined with the elegance of formal gardens along canals and behind high walls in Venice. Palladio influenced the country villas and gardens built along the Brenta in the seventeenth century. We stay in the Dorsodoro district just off the Grand Canal and use private boats to visit the gardens. One of our favourite Italian garden tours.

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A particularly good selection of private gardens in Provence, created by leading local landscape designers, has been chosen for this tour. Those in the Luberon are influenced by Nicole de Vesian who created her personal garden, La Louve, in Bonnieux. An impressive Land Art garden near Eygalières at the foot of Les Alpilles.

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The mythic garden of Persephone is abundant with colour and luminosity. Gardens in the east of the island, some created by the English in former times, others planted more recently, and add some cultural elements to the programme. Mount Etna is part of Sicilian life with its rich volcanic soil assuring delicious fruit, vegetables and excellent wine.

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Diverse verdant green landscapes, dramatic skies, unspoilt wilderness with game, bird-life, insects attracted by the fruiting trees and lush vegetation. We visit Northern Namibia, the Etosha National Park and the Zambesi region (formerly the Caprivi Strip), Kwando/Linyanti delta continuing to Botswana, the Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta.

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Morocco Desert

Combining three contrasting regions of Morocco: lush valleys, the high Atlas Mountains passes and the Sahara desert. Intertwined come elements of history, agriculture, Berber and nomads’ culture, and a chance to experience life in the desert.

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Welcome to Susan Worner Tours

We are delighted to offer details of our 2017 tours with a limited selection of our handpicked Garden Tours to Italy, France and South Africa to which we add our Natural History Tours to Northern and Southern Africa.

Our ever popular tour to the Italian Lakes of Como and Maggiore in April is followed in May by our Secret Gardens of Venice and the Veneto. Autumn tours are to the stunning private gardens in Provence for which we have chosen the exceptional Hotel La Mirande in Avignon as our base. Gardens of Eastern Sicily is one of our favourites with gardens featured recently in Country Life. The Western Cape in South Africa in late October has superb gardens and we add conservation reserves in the hinterland to the programme.

Namibia has much to offer. It is a safe country with sustainable tourism ensuring a chance to discover both wildlife and flora in secluded areas. We offer both Northern Namibia, Botswana and the Okavango Delta in the green season of March. The deserts, Sossusvlei dunes and canyons in Southern Namibia in November plus our new destination to the remote regions of the Skeleton Coast in North West Namibia.

Morocco is fascinating. We discover the Atlas mountains, the lush Draa valley and the Sahara dunes in April. An innovative itinerary including desert flora, geology and another way of life.

In 2017, a landmark year, we celebrate twenty years of garden and natural history travel, a success due to tailor-made itineraries and careful attention to detail. We are expanding our bespoke itineraries for private groups of friends and horticultural societies to various destinations within our repertoire.

I look forward to meeting you on a tour in 2017.

Susan Worner

Last-minute availability

01-07 JUNE – Limited Availability – 2 places available but no singles
PROVENCE – Gardens from the Alpilles to the Luberon

20-25 JUNE – Limited Availability – 2 places available only
BASEL – Private Gardens of the former Prince Bishopric and the Jura Hinterland

Latest News

Lynda Harris, our guide for both private Paris garden tours and elsewhere in France has been selected to create a garden for the Chaumont-sur-Loire Garden Festival in 2017. Lynda has her successful landscape architect practice in Paris’.

The 12 May marks the opening of the Chaumont Garden Festival in the Loire Valley. The show garden created by Lynda and her colleagues can be viewed with this link:

We were delighted to sponsor some plants for her garden. The Festival is open until October 2017 and is well-worth a visit. We shall be there later in May with a group of nurserymen and women from California for whom we have arranged a three-week garden tour in France including Paris, the Loire Valley and the Dordogne.

Namibia – Deserts, Canyons and Dunes 21 November – 05 December

Due to demand, a second tour will take place from 21 November – 05 December 2016. Good wildlife viewing, the bush is coming into leaf, stunning Sossusvlei dunes. Good lodges, small group of maximum 10. Click here to view this tour.
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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.

Susan Worner Tours are pleased to be arranging a tour to the gardens of Lake Maggiore for the RHS Fellows in April 2015.