As spring turns to summer in northern climes, and gardens and countryside are filled with life and light, there is much to look forward to – particularly in the natural world. Encouragingly, there has been important progress in combatting Covid-19, and there is a gradual opening up in some areas.
However, progress has been quite uneven. As you will understand from government updates in the UK, and the latest news from Europe, it is not possible to go ahead with our tours planned for spring/summer 2021. We have also postponed the programme for southern Africa, including our bespoke tours in Namibia and Botswana, until 2022.
At Susan Worner Tours, we take the utmost care of our clients’ welfare and concerns. We are constantly monitoring the situation regarding travel and any changes to government advisories in the UK and overseas. We remain hopeful that we will be able to offer a selected programme starting in the autumn, subject to a relaxation of Covid-related restrictions. We will continue to keep you informed as the situation develops.
You may rest assured of our commitment to maintaining our distinctive approach to travel. It is a hallmark of the company that we make every effort to uphold and even improve on our standards. We pay meticulous attention to detail, always finding special extras to include in the programme.
It will be a great pleasure to have you join us as we set out once again to discover outstanding gardens and landscapes in Europe and southern Africa.
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.
Gardens of Lisbon, Sintra and the Douro Valley
27 September – 04 October 2021
NEWS UPDATE: Portugal is on the British Government’s “Green List” for passengers travelling from England with effect from 17 May 2021, with the rest of Great Britain expected to follow soon after*
Our Portugal garden tour features a selection of exceptional gardens and wine estates. We discover a wealth of styles and influences, including Moorish walled gardens with their ceramic tiles, pools and citrus trees, formal designs with parterres, and the great gardens in Sintra landscaped in the Romantic style. Magnificent collections of trees are also a notable feature. The tour culminates with visits to gardens and wine estates of the Douro Valley, where we taste the produce of this most beautiful region of the country.Find out more…