Roman gardens to Bordeaux tour- GIF18

Number of Days: 16
Destination: Europe
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  • Explore the highlights and famous gardens of Italy and France.

    •  Villa d’Este garden
    • Vatican Museum or the Vatican gardens
    • La Louve garden
    • Le Temple-sur-Lot
    • Authentic Médoc wine tasting
    • Famous Chateau La Roche Courbon also known as ‘Sleeping Beauty’s Castle’
    • Old city of Bordeaux and the Botanical Gardens
    • AND MORE
  • Day 1. Rome
    On arrival, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening meet the other group members and enjoy our welcome dinner (included) at the hotel. Accommodation:Two Nights: Rome, Hotel Colonna Palace or similar. D

    Day 2. Rome, Villa d’Este, Tivoli
    This morning after breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Rome, including the Colosseum. Depart this afternoon for Tivoli where we visit the exquisite Villa d’Este garden, with its impressive fountains, nymphs, grottoes, plays of water, and music. B

    Day 3. Florence
    This morning you can choose to visit the Vatican Museum or the Vatican Gardens with your Botanical Guide. Travel to the gardens at Villa Lante at Bagnaia, with its cascades to fountains and dripping grottoes. Here, marvel at the Quadrato, a perfectly square parterre, and the famous “Fontana dei Mori” by Giambologna. Arrive this afternoon in the centre of Italian Renaissance - Florence. Accommodation:Two Nights: Florence, Baglioni Hotel or similar. B,D

    Day 4. Villa Gamberaia, Giardino Torrigiani, Florence
    This morning visit Villa Gamberaia, built in the early 1600s it is famed for its gardens overlooking the Arno Valley and has been celebrated by garden designers throughout the centuries. Afterwards we visit Europe’s largest privately owned green space in an historic area, Giardino Torrigiani. Tour this magnificent garden and see how the privileged Florentines lived. This afternoon explore the sights of Florence including the ponte Vecchio, the Duomo and Baptistry “Gates of Paradise” doors, or spend time at your leisure in this great city, famous for it’s leather goods. B,D

    Day 5. La Cinque Terre and Nice
    Travel to La Spezia where we board a train to discover the famous fishing villages Vernazza and Monte Rosso of La Cinque Terre. Arrive this evening to the French riviera town of Nice. Accommodation:Two Nights: Nice, Hotel Beau Rivage or similar. B,D

    Day 6. Nice, Monaco and the Côte d’Azur
    This morning travel to Menton and visit the Lawrence Johnson created Serre de la Madone garden. Very different to his creation at Hidcote, this garden is carved into a Mediterranean slope and uses plants collected around the world. In Monaco see the Princess Grace Rose Garden, a place of serenity where the scent of 4,000 roses hangs in the air. Afterwards we visit Villa Ephrussie de Rothschild with its plaza-style pink villa and French creole style gardens. Later explore the surrounds of Nice including Renoir’s house and garden. B

    Day 7. Aix-en Provence and Avignon
    Depart Nice this morning and stop off in Aix-en-Provence before visiting La Louve garden that featured on Monty Don’s ‘French Gardens’ series. Later we visit Brantes Castle, a contemporary garden with a Tuscan influence featuring mirror pools, lanes of boxwood, plane tree forest and one of the oldest grandiflora magnolias in Europe. Accommodation:Avignon, Grand Hotel or similar. B

    Day 8. Avignon, Carcassonne
    Tour Saint Andre Abbey and Gardens. Admire ancient walls, pretty gardens and narrow streets. This afternoon, head west to the fortified medieval city of Carcassonne. Take a tour of the city within a castle. Wander the cobblestone streets, view the many watchtowers and boutique shops and discover the atmosphere that makes this area of France one of the most visited for filmmakers. Accommodation:Carcassonne, Hotel De La Cite, or similar. B

    Day 9. Toulouse, Rocamadour, Sarlat
    Today we travel via Toulouse to the cliff side and amazing village of Rocamadour. Continue to Sarlat. One of the most famous and picturesque market town in this area of France.

    Day 10. Sarlat, Le Temple sur Lot, Cadillac
    Free morning to explore sarlat. Then from the provincial market town of Sarlat we pass villages and landscapes to Le Temple-sur-Lot to see a unique water lily garden where Claude Monet discovered his obsession with water lilies and painting them. Founded in 1280, the walled village of Cadillac offers a wealth of historic treasures and sights. B

    Day 11. Pauillac
    Today, enjoy a tour of the lovely village town of Pauillac, on the Gironde estuary. Situated in the famed Médoc AOC (the government designation of origin signifying where grapes are grown), Pauillac’s gravelly soils are renowned for producing some of the world’s finest Bordeaux wines - especially those made from the Merlot grape variety. You’ll be able to dabble in local blends this afternoon at an authentic Médoc wine tasting and learn the art of barrel manufacture at a family cooperage. B

    Day 12. Blaye, Cognac, Chateaux Gardens
    Today visit chateau gardens in the Charente-Maritime region including the famous Chateau La Roche Courbon also known as ‘Sleeping Beauty’s Castle’ and its magnificent formal gardens that pre-date those at Versailles. We then explore the town of Blaye, with a walk along its 17th century citadel, and World Heritage-listed fortress and tunnels. B

    Day 13. Bergerac, Dordogne, St Émilion
    Explore the picturesque village of Bergerac on the Dordogne River with a visit to nearby Les Jardins de Sardy, with its Italian style yet English garden feel, then visit World Heritage-listed Saint-Émilion. Explore its remarkable network of winery cellars and tunnels in use since the 19th century. After a tour, enjoy a glass of wine and traditional macaron. B

    Day 14. Gardens of imagination
    Today visit Les Jardins de L’Imaginaire ‘The Gardens of the Imagination’ that displays in 13 different areas the myths and legends of the history of gardens and another delightful French Chateau with its formal style offering stunning views over the Vezere river. B

    Day 15. Bordeaux
    The breath-taking capital of the wine world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with over 360 historic monuments within its borders, it is also classified as a ‘City of Art and History.’ Our tour of Bordeaux includes the old city and the Botanical Gardens - one of the most progressive projects of landscape architecture. Enjoy a free afternoon in Bordeaux. Farewell dinner (included) tonight. B,D

    Day 16. Bordeaux
    Transfer to the airport or rail station for your onward travel. B

  • Roman gardens to Bordeaux tour- GIF18

    Rome to Bordeaux

  • Meals included:B = continental breakfast, D = Welcome and other dinners as per final itinerary.


  • Available Dates

    • 2 May 2018. Price on application

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