Susan Worner Tours

Botswana/Namibia

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 Gardens

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 MauriËres & Eric Ossart.

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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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Welcome to Susan Worner Tours

We are delighted to offer details of our 2018 tours.

A selection of our handpicked Garden Tours to Italy, France and Morocco feature to which we add our Natural History Tours to Northern and Southern Africa. This year we have added a tour to Guadeloupe in the Caribbean and a new exciting tour to the gardens of Iran in April.

Numbers are limited to ensure a small, convivial group of participants and we recommend you enquire about availability. We can offer to hold places for you on option for eight days.

We start the year in January with a tour to the islands of Guadeloupe in the French Caribbean. Gardens and tropical wildflowers, the mangroves in the maritime reserve form part of the programme. Led by our Swiss botanist, Beat Fischer, it’s just a perfect time to escape winter.

Our ever popular tour to the Italian Lakes of Como and Maggiore in April is followed in May by Secret Gardens of Venice and the Veneto visiting stunning hidden gardens and a day in the Laguna whilst staying on the Grand Canal at Hotel Palazzo Stern.

Scotland features again in 2018 with delightful spring gardens of Dumfries and Galloway and early September we visit the Gardens of the North between Inverness and Wester Ross both with exceptionally beautiful gardens. Accommodated in superb lodges or country house hotels, we enjoy the warm Scottish welcome and their cuisine with delicious locally sourced produce.

Our autumn 2018 garden tours are to the ever beautiful Tuscany including Florence, Siena and Lucca in September. Another autumn tour is to the stunning private gardens in Provence for which we have chosen the exceptional Hotel La Mirande in Avignon as our base.

Namibia has much to offer. It is a safe country with sustainable tourism ensuring a chance to discover both wildlife and flora in secluded wilderness areas. We offer both Northern Namibia, Botswana and the Okavango Delta in the green season of March and in October/November the remote regions of the Skeleton Coast in North West Namibia staying at the excellent bases of Hoanib and Desert Rhino Camps.

Morocco is fascinating. We discover gardens around Marrakech and Taroudant and add a day in the Atlas mountains where the cherry blossom is unforgettable. In October, we cross the Atlas mountains, descend the lush Draa valley and spend three nights in luxury tents in the Sahara dunes.

Our success is due to innovative itineraries and careful attention to detail. We are expanding our bespoke itineraries for private groups of friends and for horticultural societies.

Looking forward to meeting you in 2018.

Susan Worner

Guadeloupe – Caribbean Gardens and Tropical Wild Flowers

The islands were fortunately not affected by Hurricane Irma whose disastrous path was further north. The lush gardens and tropical vegetation with the backdrop of the ocean are stunning. Our tour is in January – a perfect escape from winter in the northern hemisphere.
 
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South Africa

Our tour to South Africa is always very popular. In 2018 a private group are taking this tour but we do hope to offer it again in Autumn 2019.
 
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Iran

Our 2018 tour is already fully subscribed. We are repeating this tour with a similar programme and dates in April 2019 which is the best time for gardens and wild flowers.
Please contact the office if you would like your name added to the priority list for our 2019 tour to Iran.
 
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