While there have been a number of “false starts” during the current pandemic, with the promise of travel apparently opening up only to be dashed by the appearance of a new wave or variant, we do feel there is real cause for optimism as we enter a new year.
Looking forward to renewed opportunities to travel, we are offering a programme to tempt the palate concentrating on southern Europe with, in addition, the possibility of one or more exceptional destinations in Africa. From the rose-filled gardens of Venice to the wine estates of South Africa, our tours cater to a wide range of tastes and encompass public and private, as well as famed botanical, gardens.
In Europe, we focus on the wealth of exceptional gardens in southern France and northern Italy, from Provence to the Italian lakes and Veneto region. Later in the year we make a welcome return to South Africa’s western Cape region where we visit superb gardens and wine estates, and outstanding private reserves with their abundant flora and fauna.
There is also the possibility of a tour to Morocco, encompassing gardens of Taroudant and Marrakech, and the Atlas Mountains. Dates are yet to be finalized owing to restrictions on entry into Morocco currently in place.
Information about all our public tours in 2022 is available HERE. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details, or to discuss a proposed booking. You may rest assured that we will continue to monitor the situation regarding Covid-19 and to keep you informed if changes become necessary to the programme.
In addition, we are happy to arrange bespoke tours for private groups, and we welcome your enquiries in this respect.
We look forward to welcoming you as we set out in spring 2022!
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…