with Northwest Horticultural Society
September 10-20, 2017
Join Gillian Mathews and Dominique Emerson of the Northwest Horticultural Society and fellow guests for a garden lover’s in-depth exploration of the Italian Lake District, Monaco, the French Riviera and Provence. We are committed to interspersing viewing gardens with time spent walking the lovely villages of the regions we visit.
Your garden adventure commences in Varenna, Italy, on beautiful Lake Como, where you will spend two days visiting stunning gardens and their accompanying gorgeous lakeside villas. On our way to Menton, we will visit the Italianate garden at Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore. Menton is our home for three nights as we explore the garden gems on the French Riviera, including the Jardin Exotique of Monaco and Lawrence Johnston's (Hidcote Manor) Jardin Serre de la Madone. Provence is next; via the charming university town of Aix, we make our way to Arles, one of Van Gogh's homes in Provence, our home for the next four nights. From Arles we will explore the surrounding area, visiting the market in Gordes and a number of private gardens, including La Louve, a contemporary garden in the Luberon region, created in 1986 by Hermes textile designer, Nicole de Vesian. Join the Northwest Horticultural Society to savor the beauty these dazzling regions offer: lush gardens, delicious food and wine, colorful villages and Roman architecture.
Stunning villas & gardens of Lake Como
Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore
Hanbury Botanical Gardens
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
Private & public gardens of Provence
Markets & Wine tasting
Roman arena of Arles
11 Days/ 10 Nights *
$4,395 Per person double occupancy land package only
$995 Single Supplement (waived if you are willing to share and a roommate is found)
September 10 Journey Begins in Varenna, Lake Como
September 20 Journey ends in Arles