Susan Worner Tours

Welcome to Susan Worner Tours

As you will understand, sadly it has not been possible to run our garden tours in spring 2020 due to the exceptional situation arising from the spread of COVID-19. The pandemic has meant their postponement until dates in 2021; we are doing our utmost to ensure each one will coincide with the best flowering period.

For our tours in May and June we continue to monitor the situation according to World Health Organisation assessments, and to take advice from the Swiss Federal Government and the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Further updates will be forthcoming as the situation unfolds.

We are reasonably confident that restrictions will no longer be in place in time for our autumn tours. It will be such a joy to be able to travel again and discover new gardens in unforgettable landscapes.

Autumn Tours 2020

In early September we visit gardens in Tuscany beginning with the area around Florence before travelling south to Pienza and onwards to discover gardens in the Lucca region. Harold Acton’s garden La Pietra has been beautifully restored. The curator, Nick Dakin-Elliot, gives a superb in-depth guided visit. The Tuscan landscapes are inspiringly beautiful, a superb backdrop for our visits. Some wine tasting and delicious local dishes add to the delight of this tour.   01 – 08 September.

Later in September, the beautiful gardens around Lisbon and Sintra offer different styles of design and landscaping. In Sintra we are joined by Gerald Luckhurst, who has created and restored historical gardens in Portugal over a period of many years. We then head north to the Douro Valley to enjoy superb gardens surrounded by vines growing on the steep hillsides – a perfect place to be during the season for grape picking as the autumn colours are emerging.  20 – 26 September.

Our tour to the Gardens of the Western Cape in South Africa (02 – 16 November) encompasses superb private gardens at the peak of their flowering season and an opportunity to discover both wildlife and the indigenous fynbos (wild flowers) while staying in superb lodges in the little Karoo and on the coast.  A few remaining places are available.

Our Namibia tour is a not-to-be-missed chance to discover amazing wildlife and flora, uniquely adapted to the country’s extraordinary landscape and climate, both on the remote Skeleton Coast and inland. 17 – 30 November 2020: Please contact us for further information.

At Susan Worner Tours, we take great care to uphold and even improve on our standards. We pay meticulous attention to detail, always finding special extras to include in the programme. We are delighted to welcome many participants who have been with us before.  Groups are always small with a maximum of sixteen for garden tours and just eight participants for our South Africa and Namibian tours: In our experience, tours with small groups are a great success.

May you keep well in these uncertain times. When we emerge from the restrictions on travel, please rest assured that we will do all we can to ensure an enjoyable holiday for you.

Susan Worner