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Botanica

Italian Lakes Gardens, Slovenia & Croatian Islands

London to Kotor

Trip Code: BTILCCF18
18 Days
33 Meals
2019

Trip Highlights

Slovenian Wildflower Festival

Visit the colourful Bohinj Wildflower Festival in Slovenia.

Gardens of the Italian Lakes

Visit the exquisite gardens of the Italian Lakes including Isola Bella and Isola Madre.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Sail the Croatian coast to Kotor in a small ship, exploring islands and the Plitvice Lakes National Park.

  • 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 Princess Eleganza
  • Stay in good quality, centrally located hotels
  • 33 Meals

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Group size 30-36 guests
  • 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
Europe Map BTILCCF18 2019
London to Kotor

Commence your tour at 8.30am at the London hotel. Cruise the Thames to visit some beautiful private gardens and barge gardens. Travel to West Sussex for a relaxing two-night stay at a large country estate.

Stay: Two Nights: West Sussex, The Goodwood Hotel

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Visit Sandhill Farm House Garden, the garden of the Principal of the English Garden Design School, Rosemary Alexander. Afterwards visit another exclusive private garden.

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Arrive to the picture perfect Arundel Castle, seat of the Duke of Norfolk set high on a hill overlooking the River Arun. Afterwards visit Loseley Park Castle and Gardens. Gertrude Jekyll provided plans for the garden in 1905 where even today you can still see the Yew hedges, Mulberry and Cedar trees, before arriving into London this afternoon. Enjoy a special dinner and lecture from Rosemary Alexander, regular judge of the Chelsea Flower Show.

Stay: London, May Fair Hotel, an historical hotel centrally located near Green Park

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Depart early this morning to arrive at the famous Chelsea Flower Show before the crowds. For over 140 years, the show has been delighting visitors from all over the world with its amazing show gardens and floral exhibits. Spend the day enjoying the show, and later this afternoon, fly to Milan and check into your hotel.

Stay: Milan, Hotel Galles

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Enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Milan, before continuing to the magnificent Italian Lakes District. Set within beautiful valleys, explore the serene beauty of Italy’s sparkling lakes. Dotted along the lakes are seasonal flowers set amongst the cypress, chestnut, sycamore and palm trees.

Stay: Two Nights: Stresa, Regina Palace Hotel

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Travel by ferry to Isola Bella, an exquisite island situated on the Borromean Gulf which is entirely occupied by its palace with one of the most celebrated privately owned baroque gardens in Italy. Discover many rare and exotic plants and spectacular blossom with marvellous colours and scents. Then visit Isola Madre, the largest island of the Isole Borromee archipelago. Transformed in the early 19th century, this English-style park is often referred to as a botanical garden on water.

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At Villa Carlotta, see a range of plants, stairways, ponds and fountains. Take a ferry to the picturesque town of Bellagio, often referred to as the ‘jewel of the lake’. Explore Villa Melzi Gardens with its exotic trees, Egyptian sculptures and Roman statues that add to the romantic atmosphere of the garden.

Stay: Como, Metropole Suisse in a lake view room

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Today we will travel to the quaint city of Verona, made famous by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Here we will visit the beautiful garden of Giardini Giusti. Spend the night in Verona.

Stay: Verona, Hotel Due Torri

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This morning cross the border into Slovenia where we make our way to the beautiful town of Bled set on a stunning turquoise coloured lake. Take an afternoon tour of Bled including the castle and church set on Bled Island.

Stay: Two Nights: Bled, Hotel Toplice

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Today we go into the hills of Slovenia with a wildflower guide to see the unique and endemic plants of the area. Afterwards visit the Bohinj Wildflower Festival, which showcases alpine flowers in the meadows, hills and mountains of the areas surrounding Bohinj Lake.

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Depart Bled and journey through the scenic European countryside to Slovenia’s most esteemed horticultural facility, Arboretum Volcji Potok. See more than 3,000 roses in bloom with your Botanical Guide. Enjoy some free time to explore Slovenia’s charming capital, Ljubljana. Here you might choose to spend time in the Botanical Gardens, the Museum of Modern Art at own expense or just stroll the beautiful canal, lined with cafes and shops. This afternoon we continue to the town of Opatija, where you will board the Princess Eleganza, which will be your home for the next 7 nights.

Stay: Seven Nights: aboard the boutique small ship, MS Princess Eleganza

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Over breakfast we sail to Senj where we arrive in the late morning and disembark for our excursion to the Plitvice Lakes National Park. This is an area of extraordinary natural beauty with 16 lakes interconnected by a series of waterfalls set within forested hills. There are a number of paths along the wooden walkways that surround the lakes that we can explore this afternoon and enjoy the stunning views. Return to the ship for dinner as we moor overnight.

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Sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean waters. Arrive in Sibenik in the afternoon for a visit to a local Mediterranean garden. This evening take a tour of the historic centre of Sibenik then choose to dine in one of the many restaurants ashore.

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Arrive in Split in the afternoon in time for a short guided walk through this fascinating city. See the 4th century Palace of Diocletian, built by the Emperor for his retirement, the cathedral and walk through the old town. This evening, choose to dine in one of the many restaurants on the Riva promenade as we moor overnight.

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Enjoy a free morning on the island of Hvar exploring the old town. Starting in the main square which is the largest piazza in Dalmatia, visit the cathedral, the palatial quarter of Grad and the more humble residential area of Burg. Rejoin the Princess Eleganza to cruise to Korcula. Said to be the birthplace of Marco Polo, Korcula boasts crooked medieval streets, and elegant squares which are flanked with palaces of the old nobility. Tonight dine independently in one of the local restaurants.

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Arrive in Dubrovnik this afternoon and enjoy a guided walk through the old town. Its many historic and cultural treasures have earned it designation as a World Heritage-listed site. See the Rectors Palace, the Roman-esque-Gothic Dominican and Franciscan Monasteries, and the Sponza Palace or alternatively travel to Trsteno Arboretum the 15th century renaissance summer residence of the Gueti-Gozze family, with its garden which has been cultivated from the 15th century to the present day.

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Sail to Kotor today. Enjoy a tour of the city of Kotor including the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon in the old town, and see the ancient walls which stretch for 4.5 kilometres directly above the city. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner, then enjoy a final evening on board.

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Disembark this morning and be transferred to Kotor’s Tivat airport in Montenegro or Dubrovnik airport in Croatia for your onward flight.

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Everything was wonderful. There were great sightseeing trips and the guides were very knowledgeable.

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