Susan Worner Tours

  1. Menton – Autumn 2012

    A good weekend of rain early in September has ensured some glorious gardens for our early October tour. The effect will ensure a second spring as the plants revive after the heat of summer. Italianate in style, on terraces with ancient gnarled olive trees, some formal and some with superb...
  2. New brochure available now

    Our Programme for Spring and Summer 2013 is now available in print. Please request a copy by contacting us: info@susanwornertours.com or +44 (0)1904 651 651.
  3. Tornado damage on Lake Maggiore

    At the end of August during a thunderstorm, a tornado ravaged the wonderful gardens of Villa Taranto and Villa San Remigio and the lakeside of Intra. Magnificent trees were blown over and the gardens will be closed for a couple of years to clear and replant. Very sad but an...
  4. Basel – Private Gardens of the former Prince Bishopric & the Jura Hinterland

    Basel joined the Swiss Confederation in 1501. Situated in a strategic position on the River Rhine, it also acquired agricultural lands of the former Prince-Bishopric state. We visit private gardens in Basel, even a roof-top one, venture into the rolling wooded Jura hills, discover gardens in villages with attractive half-timbered...
  5. Brittany – Gardens of the Côtes d’Armor

    The beautiful unspoilt northern coast of Brittany between Roscoff and St Malo enjoys an exceptional climate due to the Gulf Stream. Alongside the rocky coastline, through deep-cut inlets and in the inland wooded valleys, we will discover some extraordinary gardens in secret locations. Most gardens have been extended by their present owners. They have been inspired by the climate, good soil and the ability to acclimatise plants from other parts of the world.

     
  6. Normandy – Gardens around Dieppe & Bayeux

    Upper Normandy has a wealth of remarkable gardens on the coast with a mild climate and acid soil. Inland country gardens amongst apple orchards, rolling hills and forests are inspirational. Some contemporary, some walled potager gardens, and all with enthusiastic owners. We venture further west to visit two exceptional gardens around Bayeux. All have a rich variety of trees and plants arranged with great panache. The two nurseries visited have excellent collections of plants. On the arrival day we include a visit to Monet’s sumptuous garden at Giverny before our journey to the hotel.

  7. Northern Namibia – Zimbabwe – Botswana – Okavango Delta – A safari in the green season

    05 – 20 March 2018

    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. Namibia and Botswana are two of the last adjoining unpopulated wildernesses and are very safe destinations. Both countries aim for low density, high quality tourism. We have included a day to visit the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, now with its infrastructure and economy improving.

    The Okavango Delta is fed by the floodwaters of Central Africa. These waters fan out into the Delta, forming a wetland system of beautiful palm-fringed channels, lagoons and islands which support a rich diversity of fauna and flora. The waters eventually disappear in the Kalahari Desert. Our lodges have been hand-picked after extensive research. They are well-run, comfortable and typical of their surroundings. During the journey we always stay at least two nights at a lodge to enjoy the activities particular to each region. The lodges are small and often cater just for us. Our guide/driver, Siggi Straube, is from Namibia and is a top-rate guide and photographer. The local lodge guides are well trained and their knowledge of the flora and fauna is excellent.

    The group is small, maximum ten guests. We travel in a coach well-built for the terrain and comfortable. Flights are with South African Airways and the local private charter, Moremi Air, for the Delta.

  8. Northern Namibia – Zimbabwe – Botswana – Okavango Delta – A safari in the green season

    05 – 20 March 2018

    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. Namibia and Botswana are two of the last adjoining unpopulated wildernesses and are very safe destinations. Both countries aim for low density, high quality tourism. We have included a day to visit the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, now with its infrastructure and economy improving.

    The Okavango Delta is fed by the floodwaters of Central Africa. These waters fan out into the Delta, forming a wetland system of beautiful palm-fringed channels, lagoons and islands which support a rich diversity of fauna and flora. The waters eventually disappear in the Kalahari Desert. Our lodges have been hand-picked after extensive research. They are well-run, comfortable and typical of their surroundings. During the journey we always stay at least two nights at a lodge to enjoy the activities particular to each region. The lodges are small and often cater just for us. Our guide/driver, Siggi Straube, is from Namibia and is a top-rate guide and photographer. The local lodge guides are well trained and their knowledge of the flora and fauna is excellent.

    The group is small, maximum ten guests. We travel in a coach well-built for the terrain and comfortable. Flights are with South African Airways and the local private charter, Moremi Air, for the Delta.

  9. Tuscany – Gardens of Florence, Pienza & Lucca

    01 – 08 September 2020

    September is a delightful season to visit Tuscany. We stay initially in the vibrant city of Florence with its art treasures, churches and markets; from there we visit beautiful secluded gardens on hillsides planted with olive trees. Situated a few minutes from the Duomo, our comfortable, welcoming hotel, Il Guelfo Bianco, is a perfect base. A former palazzo or grand town house dating from the 16th century, the hotel has been well restored and retains its frescoed ceilings and architectural features.

    We then move to Pienza, south of Siena, to visit the iconic garden La Foce created by Iris Origo and the designer Cecil Pinsent. Our hotel is situated next to a gateway in the medieval walls of the town...