A-list celebrities line up at RHS Chelsea Flower Show every year to view the latest gardens and to be seen with the inspirational designers. The world’s most famous flower show lasts for just one week – but Saga offers year-round land holidays and cruises to floral kingdoms where the top designers gain their inspiration. There’s even a top garden celebrity joining one of the cruises so passengers can rub shoulders with a gold medal winner, extend their knowledge and enjoy world-famous gardens and landscapes, too!
South to the Sun
TV gardening celebrity Chris Beardshaw will be offering horticultural tips and attending a Saga version of Gardeners’ Question Time on Saga Pearl II. The 449-passenger ship sails to the sub-tropical garden island of Madeira for garden visits before going on to the Canary Islands of Tenerife, Las Palmas and Lanzarote where flowers bloom all year round. Morocco and Lisbon will be the last ports of call on this winter sunshine cruise.
Price: 13 nights from £1364 departing Southampton on December 8, 2014.
Moorish and Modern Gardens of Spain
Spend a week admiring the spectacular scenery of the Costa Tropical as you view its flora, private estates and formal gardens, including the Generalife gardens at the magnificent Alhambra Palace. Stay in the all-seasons’ cosmopolitan resort of Almunecar on a holiday includes six excursions with
12 garden and wild flora visits.
Price: 7 nights from £769 half board and wine with dinner, departing April and October 2014
Wildflowers of Crete
Discover the diversity and untamed beauty of Crete on this all-inclusive holiday. Stay at Hotel Imperial Belvedere, beneath the village of Koutouloufari, 500 metres from beach. Explore the island on five excursions including the 4,000-year-old Knossos Place and Lassithi Plateau, as well as joining botanical hunts with like-minded passengers in lush valleys and fascinating gorges.
Price: 7 nights from £749 all-inclusive, departing on October 15, 2013.
European Rivers Cruise
Gardens of the Seine
Travel to Paris via Eurostar on this special full-board gardens cruise. Embark Anacoluthe and after a champagne welcome enjoy a pre-dinner cruise to Melun. Cruise highlights include Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte; a cruise through Paris; a tour of Versailles; the Parc de Bagatelle, famous for its iris garden and roseraie; Monet’s garden at Giverny and the Jardins des Plantes, in Rouen.
Price: Six nights from £1499 departing June 2, 2014
Floral Kingdom of South Africa
Explore some of the world’s most incredible gardens in the company of an expert host. From the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on the eastern side of Table Mountain to the Karoo Desert National Botanical Gardens this is a garden-lover’s dream holiday. Stellenbosch University Gardens will also impress with its unique collection of succulents, tropical plants and karoo species. Rustenberg Farm Gardens, also known for its fine wines, is on the tour list as well as the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden and Fernkloof Nature Reserve. The Vergelegen Garden, at Somerset West, was created in the 1700s and will excite garden history enthusiasts. Scenic journeys and visits to a variety of private gardens complete this inspirational journey across the floral kingdom. Stay at the 4Q NH Lord Charles Hotel, on a full-board basis with free bar 10 hours a day.
Price: 16 nights from £2599, departing October 14, 2014.
All holidays include transportation, accommodation, porterage, tour manager, travel insurance and cancellation cover.
For cruise details call free on 0800 056 8986
For land holidays call free on 0800 414 383
These holidays are just a sample of numerous Saga gardens and speciality tours.
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