Kirker Holidays offers a wide range of escorted Cultural Tours, including garden holidays in the company of expert horticulturalists.
Highlights of its 2019 programme include several itineraries in Italy, such as Gardens & Villas Around Rome, which includes visits to several private gardens in the city itself as well as the spectacular landscapes at Tivoli: Hadrian’s Villa, the Villa d’Este and the wonderfully romantic La Landriana. The itinerary to the Gardens & Villas of the Italian Lakes takes in the most beautiful estates surrounding lakes Como and Maggiore, from the lush grounds of Villa Carlotta to the dramatically situated Villa Balbianello, with the snow-topped Alps in the background.
Just across the border in France, Kirker also has a very popular tour of the Gardens of the Riviera, based in the idyllic seaside town of Menton. Visits include all of the best gardens on this unique stretch of coastline, from the Greek- style Villa Kerylos, to the grand Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, where the collection of art and objects rivals the splendid gardens for one’s attention. Visits are also made into both Italy and Monaco, and the holiday concludes with dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant Mirazur in Menton itself.
Further afield, early May brings a Kirker tour of the Gardens of Marrakech, timed to coincide with the breathtaking rose blooming season. This is perhaps the ultimate holiday for those who enjoy beautiful gardens, spring sunshine and delicious Moroccan cuisine. Led by passionate gardener, writer and editor David Wheeler, the itinerary encompasses the private garden of Prince Ruspoli, a secret garden in the ancient medina, the dazzling colours of Yves Saint Laurent’s Jardin Majorelle, and several gardens in the foothills of the majestic Atlas Mountains.
For those who prefer to explore independently, Kirker also organises tailor-made holidays including flights, transfers and charming four- and five-star hotels, and the London-based Concierge can book entrance tickets, restaurant reservations, or the services of a private expert guide before you go.