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Iconic Gardens of Italy and France.

Enjoy spectacular views of the Amalfi Coast from Villa Rufolo with Botanica World Discoveries.

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16 Days to discover the highlights of Italy and France and their gardens in spring, taking in the countryside of the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, the Côte d’Azur, Provence, Dordogne and the Loire Valley regions. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTIF16
Duration: 16 days
Accommodation: Hotels offering superior comfort
Journey: Rome to Paris
Meals included: 26

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Rome

On arrival, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel at 6:30pm.
Stay: Rome, Hotel Quirinale or similar
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Villa d’Este & Ninfa Garden

Visit the exquisite Villa d’Este garden, with its impressive fountains, nymphs, grottoes, plays of water, and music. Next visit Ninfa, a garden described as ‘the most romantic in Europe’ set in a medieval ruined village.
Stay: Three nights, Naples, Grand Hotel Oriente
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 3. La Mortella & Ischia Island

Cruise to the island of Ischia and the fabulous La Mortella garden.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 4. Amalfi Coast

Sightsee the beautifully scenic Amalfi Coast including a visit to the picturesque village of Ravello to visit the gardens of Villas Rufolo and Cimbrone.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 5. Villa Lante

Travel to see the gardens at Villa Lante at Bagnaia, with its cascades to fountains and dripping grottoes. ive this afternoon in the countryside near Florence.
Stay: Two nights, Florence countryside, Villa Olmi or similar
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Villa Gamberaia, Florence

Villa Gamberaia, constructed in the early 1600s is famed for its magnificent gardens located in an exceptional position overlooking the Arno Valley. Free afternoon in Florence.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Giardino Torrigiani

Visit Europe’s largest privately owned green space in an historic area, Giardino Torrigiani. Tour this magnificent garden and see how the privileged Florentine’s lived. Travel to Viareggio.
Stay: Viareggio, Grand Hotel Principe Di Piemonte
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Le Cinque Terre and French Riveria

Board a train to discover the famous fishing villages Vernazza and Monte Rosso of Le Cinque Terre. Arrive this evening to the French Riviera town of Cannes.
Stay: Two Nights, Cannes, Pullman Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 9. Villa Ephrussie de Rothschild and the Côte d’Azur

Visit what is sure to be a highlight, Villa Ephrussie de Rothschild. This garden offers breathtaking views with its plaza-style pink villa and French creole style gardens. Later visit Renoir’s house and garden.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 10. Provence Garden

We enjoy the scenery as we drive through Provence countryside to visit the garden of La Louve created by one of Hermes designers.
Stay: Two nights, Avignon, Grand Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 11. Avignon Gardens

Tour Saint Andre Abbey and gardens. Also visit Brantes Castle, a contemporary garden with a Tuscan influence with its magnificent mirror pools, lanes of boxwood, plane tree forest and one of the oldest grandiflora magnolias in Europe - approximately 200 years old.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 12. Dordogne Region

Travel to the Dordogne region of France to Sarlat-la-Caneda, the capital of French cuisine with its honey coloured buildings.
Stay: Two Nights, Sarlat-la-Caneda, Au Grand Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 13. Jardins de Marqueyssac & Eyrignac Gardens

Visit the fairytale garden of de Marqueyssac with 150,000 boxwood trees pruned to resemble the rolling hills. Afterwards visit a delightful formal garden with flowing garden rooms.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 14. Loire Valley

Travel to the picturesque Loire Valley region filled with grand Chateau gardens.
Stay: Two nights, Loire Valley, Domaine de la Tortiniere
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 15. Villa Villandry & Chaumont Garden Festival

A visit to Villandry one of the most famous gardens of the Loire Valley today followed by a visit to Chaumont Garden Festival with superb displays and garden rooms all set in the grounds of Chaumont Chateau.
Stay: Visit the private garden of Jardin de Bois Richeux with its collection of medieval plants today.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 16. Arrive Paris

Visit the private garden of Jardin de Bois Richeux with its collection of medieval plants today.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Learn about the history of Italy and France from your Tour Manager
  • Visit gardens portrayed in Monty Don’s television series
  • Discover Villa d’Este, Villa Lante & Gamberaia Gardens
  • Enjoy the Tuscan, Provence & Dordogne countryside
  • Explore spectacular and colourful Le Cinque Terre villages
  • Visit the French Riviera & Villa Ephrussie de Rothschild
  • Tour Europe’s largest privately owned green space, Giardino Torrigiani
  • Visit Renoir’s House and Garden
  • See the Saint Andre Abbey & Brantes Castle Gardens
  • View Jardins de Marqueyssac & Eyrignac
  • Explore Chaumont Garden Festival & Loire Valley

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Included Experiences

  • Services of a Tour Manager and Botanical Guide
  • Transfers on first and last day, tipping and porterage
  • Travel in a comfortable air-conditioned coach with plenty of room to spread out
  • Stay in good quality 4-5 star hotels
  • 26 Meals – 15 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches and 10 Dinners

Botanical Guide

Botanical Guide - Teena Crawford

  • Teena Crawford, a third-generation nursery woman, studied horticulture at Burnley in Melbourne. She is the long term manager of well-known nursery, Smith & Gordon, suppliers to the landscaping industry throughout Australia. Teena is also a gardening journalist and was a co-presenter of a radio program and has judged flower shows around the world.

Additional Information

Fitness Level

  • Medium - Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour, multiple two-night stays in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries. A good degree of mobility is required.

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Group Size:  15 – 25 guests
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included

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