Saga Holidays is in full bloom this season with a broad selection of worldwide garden holidays on offer.
The rich diversity of flora and fauna at Chelsea Flower Show from 22-26 May, will be the perfect opportunity to whet one's appetite for the horticultural delicacies available on each of Saga's inspiring and exotic touring packages.
With over 55 years experience organising holidays, Saga has got the knowledge and expertise to follow the scented trail of the best gardens the world over. Saga's itineraries appeal to anyone with a passion and appreciation for flora and fauna, however there is no need to have a green-fingered background for guests to enjoy themselves; an expert horticultural host accompanies each holiday. Below is a sample of the stimulating packages available with Saga Holidays:
COSTA RICA: Unravel the secrets of Costa Rica on Saga Holidays' 14-night* 'Jewel of Central America' tour. Set between the Caribbean Sea and North Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica offers a diverse ecosystem of varied flora and fauna, from lush jungles inhabited by a variety of wildlife, to active volcanoes and verdant rainforests, coloured with a dazzling array of exotic birds and butterflies. This touring package will give travellers the opportunity to take in these highlights from breathtaking destinations such as La Paz Waterfall, Carara National Park, Manual Antonio National Park and San Jose. Excursions include the Else Kientzler Botanical Gardens and the impressive tropical flower farms at Costa Flores. Prices start from 2,119 per person for 5 December 2007 departures and 2,299 for 16 January 2008 departures. Details Saga Holidays 0800 056 5880 or www.saga.co.uk.
CHINA: Embark on a 14-night* 'China's gardens of Harmony and Balance tour through China with Saga Holidays. This special interest holiday encompasses eight excursions including the exquisite gardens of Suzhou, the gardens of the Summer Palace, the Imperial gardens of the Forbidden City and Beijing's botanical gardens which feature a medicinal herb garden and exhibition greenhouses. Besides this, travellers will have the opportunity to experience the spectacular imperial treasures of Beijing and Xi'an, home to the famous Terracotta Army, and ends with a stay amongst the dynamic attractions of Shanghai. Prices start from 1,969 per person for 2 October 2007 departures, and 1,999 per person for 8 May 2008 departures. Details Saga Holidays 0800 056 5880 or www.saga.co.uk/travelshop.
INDIA: Encompassing the gardens and wildflowers of northern India, Saga Holidays' 12-night** 'Gardens of the Himalayas' tour will visit the magnificent Mughal grounds of the Taj Mahal, the private gardens of former British colonial hill station retreats, the mountain meadows of the Himalayas and much more. Highlights of the special interest holiday include the ancient gardens of Agra Fort and an excursion to the gardens of Humayun's Tomb, formed in 1560 and comprising four gardens divided by paved walkways. Prices start from 2,219 per person for 31 August 2007 departures, and 2,419 per person for 12 and 24 September 2007 departures. Details Saga Holidays 0800 056 5880 or www.saga.co.uk/travelshop.
FRANCE: Explore a selection of France's finest gardens on Saga Holidays' six-night 'Monet's Gardens and the Gardens of Northern France' river cruise. Explore Monet's immortalised gardens in Giverny, the resplendent grandeur of Versailles, more than 15,000 different plant species at Princess Sturdza's gardens at Le Vasterival. Travel by Eurostar to Paris and embark the boat at St Mammes, before continuing through Rueil-Malmaison, Vernon and finishing in Rouen. Prices start from 1,349 per person for 7 July 2007 departure. Details Saga Holidays 0800 056 5880 or www.saga.co.uk/travelshop.
CANARY ISLANDS: The sunny landscapes of the Canary Islands are contrasted with the exotic atmosphere of Morocco onboard Saga Rose's 'Canary Island Rhapsody'. A host of garden experts will be joining this 14-night cruise to give interesting lectures on the gardens of the region. The cruise begins with a journey through Madeira, enabling passengers to sample the exotic greenery and flora, it then continues on to Tenerife with its colonial flavours , diverse Gran Canaria and then on to see the unique volcanic landscapes of Lanzarote. Following this, Saga Rose will call at Agadir and Casablanca to enjoy the architecture and tempting markets of Morocco. Prices start from 2024 per person for 8 November 2007 departure. Details Saga Holidays 0800 056 5880 or www.saga.co.uk/travelshop.
BRITISH ISLES: Saga Rose will uncover some of the British Isles' most beautiful gardens on her new 14-night 'British Isles in Bloom'. The cruise gives passengers the opportunity to explore some of the nation's finest gardens, including the Eden Project in Cornwall, Tresco Abbey Gardens in the Isles of Scilly, Powerscourt Gardens in Ireland and Bodnant Gardens in Wales. Prices start from 1851 per person for 28 May 2008 departure. Details Saga Holidays 0800 056 5880 or www.saga.co.uk/travelshop.
* Includes one night aboard aircraft
** Includes two nights aboard aircraft
Saga holidays are exclusively for people aged 50 and over, a travelling companion may be aged 40 or over.
Saga holidays are only available direct and not through travel agents.