Loire Valley, Dordogne & Bordeaux Châteaux Gardens
London to Bordeaux
Iconic Dordogne Gardens
Visit two iconic Dordogne gardens, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac and the Eyrignac.
Loire Valley Chateaux
Explore Villandry and Chateaux Chenonceaux in the Loire Valley.
Chelsea Flower Show
Enjoy time at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show.
Map & Itinerary
- All sightseeing & touring as per the itinerary
- Services of a Tour Manager & Botanical Guide
- Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & porterage
- Stay in good quality, centrally located hotels
- Cruise on the luxurious river ship MS AmaDolce
- 37 Meals
Map & Itinerary
- Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
- Small ship up to 100 guests maximum
- Group size 22-28 guests
- Disrptions to the cruise itinerary may occur due to high and low water
- Medium Fitness level - involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour. A good degree of mobility is required
- Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included
Private Gardens of London
Commence your tour at 8.30am at the London hotel. Cruise along the Thames, seeing private and barge gardens before making our way down to historic West Sussex county to spend two nights on a large country estate, the Goodwood Hotel.
Stay: Two Nights: Chichester, The Goodwood HotelDaily :
Private Gardens of West Sussex
Visit Sandhill Farm House Garden, owned by Principal of the English Garden Design School, Rosemary Alexander. Visit another exclusive West Sussex private garden and meet the owners. This afternoon tour Home Farm, at Goodwood Estate. The present Duchess of Richmond was one of the Soil Association’s earliest members. She ran her kitchen garden on organic principles and passed this passion onto her family.Daily :
Arundel Castle & Loseley Park Gardens
Arrive to the picture perfect Arundel Castle, seat of the Duke of Norfolk set high on a hill overlooking the River Arun. Discover its themed gardens that includes the rose garden, cut flower garden, white garden and organic kitchen garden. At this time of year the Allium display can also be seen throughout the walled gardens. Later we stop at Loseley Park where Gertrude Jekyll provided plans for the garden in 1905. At 6.30pm we enjoy a special dinner and lecture from Rosemary Alexander, regular judge of the Chelsea Flower Show.
Stay: Two Nights: London, May Fair Hotel, an historical hotel located near Green ParkDaily :
Chelsea Flower Show
Have a full day to experience the famous Chelsea Flower Show. For over 140 years, the show has been delighting visitors from all over the world. See the latest garden designs, learn of recent plant and floral releases and take the opportunity to talk to some of the exhibitors. This is the ‘mecca’ of all garden shows, and one that every gardening enthusiast should attend at least once in their life.Daily :
London to Loire Valley, France
Depart London on the Eurostar in Business Class to Paris. (6 Day BTLVD6 & 13 Day BTLVDB13 guests start the tour in Paris.) From Paris we make our way to the private garden of Jardin de Bois Richeux with its collection of medieval plants before arriving into the beautiful Loire Valley where we spend the next few nights in a French château.
Stay: Three Nights: Loire Valley, Domaine de la TortiniereDaily :
Villandry, Clos Luce & Château Chenonceaux
Today visit Villandry, one of the most famous gardens of the Loire Valley. Afterwards we stop at the museum at Clos Lucé, former home of Leonardo da Vinci. Later, visit Château Chenonceaux, which is known as ‘the ladies Château’ for those who have influenced its design and destiny.Daily :
Chaumont Garden Festival & Château Cheverny
See the superb garden displays created by teams of artists, landscape architects and designers at Chaumont sur Loire Garden Festival. This afternoon, visit Château de Cheverny with its colourful kitchen garden.Daily :
Limoges to Sarlat
This morning depart the Loire Valley and travel south to the Dordogne. Visit Limoges and the famous porcelain factory. Explore the Gardens of the Imagination, a garden of note depicting the myths and legends of history. Enjoy a sightseeing tour before continuing through to the beautiful Dordogne.
Stay: Two Nights: Sarlat-la-Canéda, Au Grand Hotel SarlatDaily :
Eryignac Gardens & Dordogne
This morning visit Eryignac Gardens which is a typical example of French formal gardens commanding order over nature. This afternoon enjoy free time to explore the picturesque town of Sarlat-la-Canéda, the capital of French cuisine with honey coloured buildings.Daily :
Jardins de Marqueyssac, Bordeaux, Embark Ship
Depart the Dordogne to Bordeaux. On the way visit the fairytale-like Jardins de Marqueyssac with its topiary garden and some 150,000 boxwood trees pruned to resemble the rolling hills. Arrive into Bordeaux this afternoon. Board your river ship, docked on the Garonne River. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner and meet your crew and guest lecturers.
Stay: Seven Nights: MS AmaDolce, a luxurious small river ship (less than 100 guests)Daily :
Cadillac, Sauternes or Water Lilies, Freedom of Choice
Enjoy a morning sail through French villages and landscapes. From Cadiallac travel to Le Temple-sur-Lot to see a unique water garden where Claude Monet began his obsession with painting water lilies. Founded in 1280, the walled village of Cadillac offers a wealth of historic treasures and sights. Others may choose to visit Château de La Brède, to tour its English style garden. Afterwards, head to the family winery of Château De Myrat for a tour which includes a tasting of Sauternes’ world-famous dessert wines.Daily :
Pauillac, Private Garden, Freedom of Choice
Today, we see the lovely village town on the left bank of the Gironde estuary known, as Pauillac. Situated in the famed Médoc AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée), a government controlled designation of origin which signifies where grapes are grown, Pauillac’s gravelly soils are renowned for producing some of the world’s finest Bordeaux wines. You’ll be able to dabble in local blends this afternoon at an authentic Médoc wine tasting and learn the art of barrel making. There is also the option to visit a beautiful private garden.Daily :
Blaye, Cognac & Châteaux Gardens, Freedom of Choice
Today you can choose to spend a full day visiting Château gardens in the Charente-Maritime region. See the well-known Château La Roche Courbon, also known as ‘Sleeping Beauty’s Castle’, and its magnificent French formal gardens that pre-date those at Versailles. Alternatively, discover the town of Blaye, including a walk along its 17th century citadel, and World Heritage-listed fortress and tunnels. In the afternoon, perhaps journey to Cognac for a tour and a tasting or sail to the town of Bourg and discover the town centre, medieval ramparts and harbour.Daily :
Bergerac, Private Garden & Saint-Émilion, Freedom of Choice
Enjoy a relaxing morning cruising, then explore the historic and picturesque village of Bergerac with a visit to nearby Les Jardins de Sardy, with its Italian style yet English garden feel. Alternatively, travel to World Heritage-listed Saint-Émilion. Explore its remarkable network of cellars and tunnels which have been used in the making of sparkling wines since the 19th century. After a tour, enjoy a glass of bubbles and a selection of Saint-Émilion’s macarons.Daily :
Libourne, Caviar, Art Lecture, Freedom of Choice
This morning tour Libourne and visit a caviar estate. Enjoy an art lecture on board this afternoon as we cruise to Bordeaux where we will dock and indulge in a spectacular dinner. Later on, take in the sights on an illuminations cruise of this magical city.Daily :
Bordeaux, Botanical Gardens, Musee des Beaux Arts, Freedom of Choice
Your choices this morning include seeing the elegant port city of Bordeaux on foot. For those that wish, there will be a visit to the Musee des Beaux Arts with an art expert, or tour the Bordeaux Botanical Gardens that have being recognised as progressive projects of landscape architecture. Enjoy a free afternoon.Daily :
Disembark Ship, Depart Bordeaux
Disembark your ship for the final time after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.Daily :
In all we had a fantastic holiday. We would recommend Botanica to all who'll ask.