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Botanica World Discoveries

Find your common ground with Botanical World Discoveries

In 2020 Botanica celebrates 20 years of providing botanically themed tours and cruises for discerning travellers with curious minds. Travel into the world’s finest gardens – public and private, natural and created – and enjoy unique cultural and historical experiences along the way.

Why choose Botanica

Botanica is unique: you won’t find it’s itineraries and botanically themed cruises anywhere else in the world. Visit beautiful gardens and places ‘off the beaten track’, not normally open to the general public, that have been carefully selected by it’s garden experts.

Learn from the experts

Your travel experience will be greatly enhanced by our professional and knowledgeable team of botanical guides and guest lecturers. They will provide informative talks on specific topics and themes, as well as be on hand to answer questions during informal chats. Past and present botanical guides and guest lecturers include Rosemary Alexander, Dr Toby Musgrave, Monty Don, Anthea Guthrie, Anna Pavord and Tracy Foster.

How we travel

Botanica’s hand-picked, custom-designed river and coastal vessels are often the most innovative and stylish on the waterways. Unpack once and relax enjoying some of the world’s most enchanting places and sights from the comfort of your Small Ship. On a Botanica small group land tour you will travel by luxury coach with plenty of room to spread out. Stay in carefully selected 4-5 star hotels, dine on quality meals and enjoy hand-picked sightseeing inclusions.

A balanced approach to travel

Botanica understands that being able to explore on your own or having time to simply relax is important when you’re travelling. Botanica carefully plan it’s itineraries to try and incorporate free time and, where possible, multiple nights stays so that you can take your time to explore each destination you visit.

Solo travellers are very welcome

One in three of Botanica’s guests travels on their own. Botanica’s Tour Managers and Botanical Guides will ensure that you are well looked after every step of the way. And with so many other solo travellers on tour sharing a common interest you will never feel ‘on your own’.

More than just gardens 

It’s not all about gardens. Botanica’s specialised themed itineraries are carefully planned to ensure there is something to please everyone and combine iconic, must-see destinations and the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities and touring options. All are included in the price.

Marvel at iconic architecture, explore World Heritage-listed sites, visit museums and memorials to learn more about the history of the places you visit.

Encounter classical masterpieces and contemporary works, watch demonstrations or hear lectures. On some trips you have the chance to create your own masterpiece!

Showcasing musical experiences, these tours or cruises provide a symphony for the ears, with a selection of performances in a variety of locations.

Immerse yourself in the country or region you are visiting by enjoying a culturally authentic experience. Share a special meal, see a performance or demonstration, or meet a local.

Savour the finest produce fresh from the garden, enjoy wine tastings at the cellar door and take the opportunity to try local produce or dine in iconic restaurants.

Travel with Botanica to:

Australia & New Zealand
Explore private gardens and unique landscapes.

United Kingdom & Europe
To see behind-the-scenes and private gardens

North & South America
For diverse gardens, architecture and landscapes

From the lush tropics of Singapore and Sri Lanka, to the tempered beauty of Japan and China

Botanica’s Top Picks for travel in 2020/21

Japanese Culture, Art & Gardens in Autumn
Splendour 12 Days, Tokyo to Osaka, travelling by bullet train, departing November 2020.

Travel by bullet train to see Japanese gardens in the beautiful autumn season.

South America History, Landscapes & Botanical Discoveries with Patagonia Cruise
31 Days, Guayaquil to Rio de Janeiro, departing October 2020.

Be amazed by the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, the gardens of Roberto Burle Marx and the mighty Amazon jungle.

British Isles, Castles, Gardens, History & Birdlife Cruise
11 Days, London to Edinburgh, departing May 2021.

Experience personalised small-ship cruising aboard MS Hebridean Sky visiting English, Irish, Welsh and Scottish ports, towns, islands and gardens.

Scottish Gardens & Norwegian Fjords
12 Days, Edinburgh to Tromso, departing June 2021

On this exclusive cruise aboard MS Hebridean Sky, venture from Northern Scotland to the Lofoten Islands.
Botanica is part of the APT Travel Group with over 90 years’ worldwide experience in the travel industry.


To book or order a free copy of Botanica’s latest brochure please call 0800 046 3377 in the United Kingdom; 1300 305 202 in Australia, or 0800 525 300 in New Zealand.
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