We arrange bespoke tour itineraries for small groups of friends or colleagues wishing to travel together to a special destination or for specialist horticultural groups. The minimum numbers are eight guests who will be accompanied by Susan or her specialist guides. We have the experience, know the good hotels or lodges and the best itineraries to offer. The itineraries below are examples of bespoke tours. Tailor-made programmes can be arranged for your personal preferences.
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The combination of formal gardens around Lisbon, and Sintra with its own microclimate, gives a contrast in landscape, style and vegetation. The arrival of the Moors in Portugal produced great garden architecture with colourful tiles, pools and citrus trees enclosed by high walls. In Lisbon, the major development of gardens came in the eighteenth century, though some suffered in the great earthquake. The gardens around Sintra came later in the following century, when natural landscape design was used.
For the first few days we stay just outside Sintra in the delightful Hotel Palacio de Seteais, surrounded by beautiful gardens. We then move to the historical centre of Lisbon to enjoy the atmosphere, to a hotel with superb views of Sao Jorge Castle and the river Tagus.
Our travel is by minibus covering only short distances. Some days we are on foot from the hotel.
Terraced hill-side gardens, some fairly large.
Fascinating insight into gardens of Monserrate and Queluz with local garden designer Gerald Luckhurst.