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Swiss Castles, Alpine Plants & French Gardens

Zurich to Nice

Trip Code: BTZN7
7 Days
10 Meals

Trip Highlights

Swiss Castle Gardens

Explore the Swiss castle gardens of Wildegg and Oberhofen near the picturesque city of Zurich.

View Spring Alpine Plants

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

Explore Villa Ephrussi

Along the French Riviera, visit the famous Villa Ephrussi and explore the stunning nine themed gardens.

  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • All sightseeing & touring as per the itinerary
  • Services of a Tour Manager & Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & porterage
  • Stay in good quality, centrally located hotels
  • 10 Meals

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • 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
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included
Europe Map BTZN7 2019
Zurich to Nice

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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