As you will understand, sadly it has not been possible to run our garden tours for most of 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. Hopefully, this will bring us all a new lease of life after such a difficult time in 2020.
At present, we are reasonably confident that we will be able to run some of our autumn tours by train to France. It will be such a joy to be able to travel again and discover new gardens in unforgettable landscapes.
Normandy – Gardens of Upper Normandy & Picardy.
12 -17 September 2020
The region has a wealth of remarkable gardens, some contemporary in design, while others are laid out as traditional walled gardens. All are privately owned. Our tour offers a chance to discover some beautiful properties, with exceptional designs and planting, in one of the country’s richest agricultural areas.
NEW Avignon – Cuisine, Markets and Gardens of Provence.
19 – 24 October 2020
Our tour is centred on the tastes and flavours of Provence. It combines an irresistible blend of visits to producers and markets with cooking demonstrations and an opportunity to enjoy hands-on experience in the Michelin-starred kitchen of Hotel La Mirande. Autumn is an ideal time to visit: the days are warm and mellow, and nature’s colours and produce are richly rewarding.
We are carefully monitoring the quarantine situation and public health status/advice to see if our tour: South Africa – Gardens of the Western Cape can take place. If not, it will be postponed to November 2021.
At Susan Worner Tours, we take great care to uphold and even improve on our standards. We are mindful of the need to monitor constantly the prevailing health situation and advice, and to offer a programme of tours that is tailored to the circumstances. In planning our tours, 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 tours in southern Africa: In our experience, small groups work very well and 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.
– Gardens of Marrakech & Taroudant
Morocco, from mountain to desert plain, crowded city to tranquil oasis, is filled with the promise of adventure. Behind high walls in old medinas, within country estates where artists and art collectors have added unique personal touches, and in valleys enfolded in the mountains where fruit trees are covered with masses of blossom in spring – at every turn there are jewels to discover.
We have a few places for the Italian Lakes Garden tour (23 – 30 April), and for Paris: Chateaux and Historic Gardens – modern designers’ influence (10 – 15 June).
LAKE MAGGIORE – FULLY SUBSCRIBED
Autumn Gardens, Market & Cooking
13 – 18 October 2019
Lake Maggiore usually enjoys good clear, sunny days in October when the gardens are still beautiful and no longer crowded. We are combining garden visits with delicious local cuisine and we are including two afternoons in the hotel kitchen with the renowned chef, Giuseppe who is very inspiring. He will demonstrate, offer tastings of each dish prepared and welcome any hands-on assistance. The ingredients used will be seasonal and local. The participants will be a maximum of 10 providing a good ambiance.
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PROVENCE – FULLY SUBSCRIBED
Private Gardens of Leading Designers based in Hotel La Mirande, Avignon
Last few places remaining! 16 – 21 September 2019
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A Namibian Journal
To travel in Namibia is to step into an extraordinary adventure. Its landscape, molded by elemental forces of nature millions of years ago, features spectacular geology and sweeping vistas, where unique flora and fauna – adapted to tough conditions – abound, and where fascinating conservation work is carried out. Namibia has all this, plus an Atlantic coastline of breathtaking grandeur