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7 Days with a Botanical Guide travelling through spectacular Swiss ‘chocolate box’ scenery visiting castles and gardens, then journeying through France seeing the magnificently designed gardens of Provence. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTZN7
Duration: 7 days
Accommodation: Hotels offering superior comfort
Journey: Zurich to Nice
Meals included: 10

Itinerary

Day 1. Zurich & Wildegg Castle & Gardens, Switzerland

Depart the Zurich Hotel at 9am for a visit to Wildegg, a castle in the midst of gardens, meadows and vineyards. The kitchen and pleasure garden displays rare garden and field plants as well as berries from the ProSpecieRara Foundation. This afternoon enjoy some free time to explore the picturesque city of Zurich, with many fine museums and galleries to discover. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner.
Stay: Zurich, Romantik Hotel Europe
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Lucerne Sightseeing & Oberhofen Schloss

Depart Zurich for Lucerne, known for its preserved medieval architecture, which sits amidst snow-capped mountains on Lake Lucerne. Enjoy a cruise on the lake and some free time to explore the town before departing to Oberhofen Schloss. Built as a summer residence for nobility the surrounding park is landscaped in English style and offers a breathtaking view of the Bernese Alps. It is one of the most beautiful gardens of the alpine region due to the mild climate. Continue onto the picturesque resort town of Montreux.
Stay: Two Nights: Montreux, Hotel Victoria Glion in a lake view room
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 3. Montreux & Alpine Garden

This morning head into the Alps to Thomasia Alpine Garden, to see the stunning array of wildflowers in a spectacular setting. This afternoon enjoy time to explore Montreux with the town’s promenade lined with flowers, sculptures, Mediterranean trees and grand belle époque buildings.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 4. Yvoire, Garden of the Five Senses & Annecy, France

Enjoy the spectacular drive along the lake from Montreux to the medieval village of Yvoire. Upon arrival visit the Garden of Five Senses, where you are invited to explore different roomed gardens including; the garden of smell, cloister of medicinal herbs and garden of touch. Continue onto Annecy set on Lake Annecy where you will have time to explore this quaint French village.
Stay: Annecy, Imperial Palace
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Château de Vizille to Provence

Travel through stunning scenery to Château de Vizille near Grenoble and explore the gardens and Château which house the Museum of the French revolution. Continue on to our boutique hotel located in the heart of Provence countryside, with its iconic French landscape.
Stay: Two Nights: Gargas, Coquillade Village
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 6. French Gardens & Provence Landscapes


Explore La Louve Garden today, a private French contemporary garden designed by the late Nicole de Vésian, former textile designer for Hermès. This afternoon enjoy time to relax and explore your iconic surroundings.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Villa Ephrussi, Nice

Travel along the French Riviera to Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, once home to Baroness Beatrice de Rothschild. Tour the extensive villa with its collections of art, porcelain and stunning views over the garden. Take time to explore the nine themed gardens either on your own or with the Botanical Guide. The tour will finish at the Nice hotel at 3pm or Nice Airport at 4pm.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the Swiss castle gardens of Wildegg & Oberhofen 
  • View spring Alpine plants in their natural setting
  • Explore scenic Zurich, Lucerne, Montreaux & Annecy
  • Tour the Garden of the Five Senses in Yvoire
  • Explore the private garden of La Louve
  • Stay in a spectacular hotel in Provence and enjoy the scenery
  • Explore the Rothschild’s Villa Ephrussi
  • Stay in lake view rooms in Zurich, Montreaux & Annecy

Map

Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Tour Manager & Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfer on first & last day, tipping & porterage
  • 10 Meals – 6 Breakfasts & 4 Dinners

Additional Information

This tour can be combined with:

  • Italian & French Gardens in Spring - BTIFVB13
  • Gardens of Devon, Somerset, Cornwall & the Chelsea Flower Show - BTCFDC8

 

Fitness Level

  • This tour requires a medium level of fitness – Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour, multiple two night stay in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries

 

Alpine Plants

  • Discover the small, hardy and colourful plant species that are endemic to this pristine but harsh alpine environment

Trip Notes

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

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