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Botanica

Italian & French Gardens in Spring with Seine River Cruise

Rome to Paris

Trip Code: BTIFS23
23 Days
46 Meals
2020

Trip Highlights

Monty Don's Favourites

Visit Italian and French Gardens featured on Monty Don's garden series.

Specatcular Scenery

Travel through spectacular countryside and scenery of Europe.

Cruise the Seine

Cruise the Seine River, visiting gardens and historical sites.

  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • All sightseeing & touring as per the itinerary
  • Services of a Cruise Director, local guides & Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & port taxes
  • 7 Nights aboard the MS AmaLyra & 15 Nights in quality hotels
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner aboard your ship
  • 46 Meals

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Small ship up to 100 guests maximum
  • Group size 15-25 guests
  • Medium Fitness level - involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour. A good degree of mobility is required
  • This is an APT Aria Class Ship
  • This cruise is in partnership with our sister company
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included
UK & Europe Map BTIFS23 2019-21
Rome to Paris

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Chaumont Garden Festival

Visit the grounds of the Chaumont-sur Loire Castle which is home to around 30 unique landscape art installations.

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

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Today you will tour the exquisite Villa d'Este garden, with its impressive fountains, nymphs, grottoes, plays of water, and music. Afterwards visit Ninfa, a garden described as 'the most romantic in Europe' set in medieval village ruins.

Stay: Three Nights, Naples, Grand Hotel Oriente

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Cruise to the island of Ischia where you will visit the fabulous La Mortella garden, a wonderful garden designed by renowned architect Russell Page for Lord and Lady William Walton.

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Sightsee the beautifully scenic Amalfi Coast including a visit to the picturesque village of Ravello to visit the gardens of Villas Rufolo and Cimbrone.

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Travel to see the gardens at Villa Lante at Bagnaia, with its cascades to fountains and dripping grottoes. Arrive this evening in the countryside near Florence.

Stay: Two Nights, Florence countryside, Villa Olmi or similar

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Villa Gamberaia, constructed in the early 1600s is famed for its magnificent gardens located in an exceptional position overlooking the Arno Valley. It has been celebrated by garden designers throughout the centuries. This afternoon enjoy time at leisure to explore the sights of Florence, the beautiful city that was at the centre of the Italian Renaissance.

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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 before travelling on to the coastal town Viareggio.

Stay: Viareggio, Grand Hotel Principe Di Piemonte

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Today you will board a train to discover the famous fishing villages Vernazza and Monte Rosso of Cinque Terre. Arrive this evening in the French Riviera town of Cannes, famous for its beaches and film festival.

Stay: Two Nights, Cannes, Pullman Hotel

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Visit what is sure to be a highlight, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. This garden offers breathtaking views with its plaza-style pink villa and French creole style gardens. Later explore the French Riviera on a sightseeing tour including the famous artist Auguste Renoir's inspiring house and garden.

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We enjoy the scenery as we drive through Provence countryside to visit the garden of La Louve created by one of Hermes designers. This exquisite garden has featured on Monty Don's French Gardens series.

Stay: Two Nights, Avignon, Hotel d’Europe

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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.

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Travel to the Dordogne region of France to Sarlat-la-Canéda, the capital of French cuisine with its honey coloured buildings.

Stay: Two Nights, Sarlat-la-Canéda, Au Grand Hotel

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Visit the fairytale garden of de Marqueyssac with 150,000 boxwood trees pruned to resemble the rolling hills.Afterwards visit the delightful Eyrignac Gardens with flowing garden rooms.

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Travel to the picturesque Loire Valley region filled with grand chateau gardens.

Stay: Two Nights, Loire Valley, Domaine de la Tortiniere

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Chaumont Garden Festival

Visit the grounds of the Chaumont-sur Loire Castle which is home to around 30 unique landscape art installations.


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.

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Visit the private garden of Jardin de Bois Richeux with its collection of medieval plants today. Board your river ship the MS AmaLyra, moored close to the city centre of Paris. Tonight meet your fellow cruise guests at a Welcome Dinner on board at 6.30pm.

Stay: Seven Nights, aboard the river ship MS AmaLyra

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This morning, enjoy cruising to Les Andelys. Stroll along the river which offers beautiful views of the Seine Valley's dramatic white cliffs, centuries-old half-timbered houses, and the hilltop ruins of Château Gaillard, the former stronghold of Richard the Lionheart. Athletically-inclined guests may like to hike up to witness the ruins. Then this afternoon travel towards the coast of Normandy, visiting two gardens of major importance at Varengeville -sur-Mer, near Dieppe. Le Vasterival is an expansive woodland garden filled with rare plants and created by Princess Greta Sturdza of Norway and her husband Prince Georges Sturdza of Moldavia in the mid-20th century. Our next garden, Les Bois des Moutiers, is an Arts and Crafts inspired house with the garden created as a collaboration between the home's architect and English Landscape Designer, Miss Gertrude Jekyll.

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Today you have the choice to visit Honfleur, a historic and picturesque port with pastel-colored houses that was a favourite subject of artists such as Courbet, Boudin and Monet. Alternatively you may choose to visit rural Normandy which includes a visit to the Pays d'Auge and 'Routes du Cidre' which translates as 'the Cider Road'.

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Today enjoy a visit to Bayeaux, for a gardens and culture tour including a visit to the remarkably preserved Bayeaux tapestry created soon after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Take time at the museum to learn more about the tapestry or enjoy time at leisure to explore the charming village. Afterwards visit the garden of Chateau de Brecy, considered the most beautiful garden in Lower Normandy.

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Enjoy a morning visit to the private garden Le Jardin Plume. This contemporary take on traditional French gardens sees many wildflower, grasses and perennial plantings. This afternoon perhaps walk or cycle through the medieval city of Rouen and see the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, painted numerous times by Monet, and the square where Joan of Arc was martyred. Afterwards, you will have free time to explore Rouen.

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Spend the morning enjoying the scenery along the Seine as you cruise to Vernon. Explore the town at leisure. Later visit Giverny and the home and gardens of French Impressionist Claude Monet. The artist lived here for more than four decades and immortalised his ponds and flower gardens in some of his paintings.

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Visit Château Malmaison, former home of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine. Josephine was known to be a collector of roses and wanted every species of rose known at that time to be planted at Malmaison. These gardens were probably the most important factor in establishing the popularity of the rose in the 19th century. Depart this afternoon for Paris, arriving in the evening.

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Disembark your ship after breakfast this morning.

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In all we had a fantastic holiday. We would recommend Botanica to all who'll ask.

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