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Italian and French Gardens in Spring.

Enjoy the stunning scenery of the Italian Lakes, on your Botanica World Discoveries tour of Europe.

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13 Days with a Botanical Guide in a small group travelling from Venice to Bordeaux visiting iconic Italian and French gardens and landscapes in spring. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTIFVB13
Duration: 13 days
Accommodation: Hotels offering superior comfort
Journey: Venice to Bordeaux
Meals included: 19


Day 1. Padua Botanic Gardens, Italy

Depart Venice at 9am to visit the World Heritage-listed, Padua Botanic Gardens. Later arrive into Verona and enjoy a Welcome Dinner.
Stay: Two Nights: Verona, Hotel due Torri
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Verona Garden

This morning we visit Giardini Giusti, regarded as one as Europe’s most beautiful Renaissance gardens known for its box and cypress hedges. This afternoon is free to explore Verona, famous for Juliet’s balcony.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 3. Villa Gamberaia

Depart Verona to Villa Gamberaia, located in the hills of Florence, and celebrated by architectural historians and garden designers. Afterwards enjoy free time in Florence or perhaps visit the Boboli Gardens before arriving at your hotel overlooking the Tuscan countryside.
Stay: Two Nights: Florence countryside, Villa Olmi
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Tuscan Garden

This morning visit Venzano garden, designed by Australian Donald Leevers. Afterwards we visit World Heritage-listed village San Gimignano.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 5. Villa Torrigiani

Today we visit Villa Torrigiani garden, a fine example of how Italian gardens were converted to English style parks in the 19th century. Enjoy free time in the beautiful village of Lucca.
Stay: Two Nights: Santa Margherita Ligure, Hotel Metropole
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Cinque Terre

Enjoy a full day to explore the best of the beautiful Cinque Terre towns set in the most spectacular of locations along the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 7. Serre de La Madone, France

Travel along the French Riviera to the town of Menton, where Lawrence Johnson created Serre de la Madone. Continue on to Cannes, in the heart of the French Riviera.
Stay: Three Nights: Cannes, Pullman Cannes Mandelieu
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Villa Ephrussi

Today we visit Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, once home to Baroness Beatrice de Rothschild. Later, visit the acclaimed Renoir Museum in Cagnes-sur-Mer.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 9. Grasse Perfumery

This morning visit Villa Noailles in Grasse and tour a perfumery. This afternoon is free to relax.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 10. La Louve Garden

Explore La Louve Garden, a private French contemporary garden before travelling to Avignon.
Stay: Two Nights: Avignon, Grand Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 11. Avignon Gardens

Visit Brantes Castle, a contemporary garden with a Tuscan influence and tour Saint Andre Abbey and gardens. Have time to explore Avignon, perhaps tour the Papal Palace.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 12. Carcassonne & Canal du Midi Dinner Cruise

Depart Avignon for Carcassonne, a hilltop town famous for its walled fortifications. This evening enjoy a dinner cruise along the famous Canal du Midi.
Stay: Carcassonne, Hotel de la Cite
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 13. French Countryside

Travel through the French countryside. Enjoy a delicious French cuisine Farewell Lunch before arriving into Bordeaux Airport at 2.30pm or Bordeaux Port at 3.30pm
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Trip Highlights

  • Tour Padua Botanic Gardens
  • Visit Giardini Giusti
  • Explore Villa Gamberaia in Florence
  • Enjoy exploring Tuscan villages including San Gimigiano
  • Tour Villa Torrigiani
  • Explore the famous Cinque Terre
  • Visit Lawrence Johnson’s Menton garden
  • Stay on the French Riviera & explore Villa Ephrussi
  • Visit Villa Noailles and a perfumery in Grasse
  • Tour gardens in Provence; La Louve, Brantes Castle & St Andre Abbey
  • Enjoy a dinner cruise on the Canal du Midi


Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Tour Manager & Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & porterage
  • 19 Meals – 12 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch & 6 Dinners

Additional Information

This tour can be combined with:

  • Grand Alpine Express by Luxury Train - BTDE11


Fitness level

  • Our tours and cruises cater to various fitness levels
  • This tour requires a medium level of fitness – Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour, multiple two-night stays in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included

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