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GardenSMART :: The Thrill Of Travel Meets The World’s Great Gardens

The Thrill Of Travel Meets The World’s Great Gardens

By Collette
Photographs courtesy of Collette

For those not familiar with guided touring, it is one of the most exciting ways to travel. There are so many benefits to letting someone else take on all the details that come with having the perfect trip.


Chelsea Flower Show

A leader in guided travel since 1918, Collette is one of the world’s most experienced travel companies. With tours to all seven continents, their diverse travel collection features land tours, river cruises, rail journeys, small group tours, single-hotel stays and garden tours.

The collection of tours often includes beautiful gardens and landscape architecture. Whether it’s the grounds of an Irish castle, the Palace of Versailles, or the beautiful Fairmont properties in the Canadian Rockies, the best in travel seems to naturally coincide with the best in gardening.

That is why Collette and Royal Horticultural Society have come together to create several garden-focused travel itineraries. This line of tours brings together RHS’s knowledge of and passion for all things gardening with Collette's expertise in creating truly memorable travel experiences.

These tours are designed to inspire all, from the greenest of gardeners to more experienced horticulturists, with visits to exclusive gardens, private or expert tours of exceptional public and botanical gardens, and the chance to see many plants in their natural habitats. The tours also carefully balance this horticultural content with cultural highlights, making them equally appealing to any non-gardening travel companions, and ensuring that every traveler gets the most from their trip.


Tower Bridge

Each tour is accompanied by an expert tour manager (with local guides also used where appropriate). They accompany you for the entire tour and will provide information on everything and anything, including travel tips, restaurant recommendations, shopping for those all-important souvenirs, as well as information on local traditions and gardens. On some departures, an RHS horticulturist such as a Curator or specialist in their field will accompany you.

The best part is that garden enthusiasts and their fellow travelers will experience the best in touring while gaining privileged insider access to the world’s finest gardens, and have the chance to explore new cultures and marvel at must-see sites around the globe. From finding the perfect hotel to those dramatic ‘bucket-list’ inclusions, Collette does it all for you. All you have to do is enjoy the adventure.

As a guest, you are treated like a VIP from start to finish. Relax while they seamlessly handle the logistics in the background and eagerly lend a helping hand. All you have to do is enjoy the one-of-a-kind blend of inclusive touring and first-class guest service.

The Collette team is particularly happy to present travelers with the opportunity to attend the renowned Chelsea Flower Show as part of the Gardens of London tour. This is a cultural tour of Britain that is highlighted by the annual Chelsea Flower Show. As a special treat, you will enjoy the ‘members only’ opening day at this spectacular event. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is a must for any gardener.

In addition the following tours are available:


Azores Botanical Garden

Portugal’s Gardens

10 Days • 15 Meals
Enjoy touring through Portugal’s exotic gardens and inspiring vistas in a wonderful climate with delightful hospitality, and delicious food and wine.

Gardens of American History

10 Days • 14 Meals
Travel on a historical journey, featuring some of America’s most magnificent and diverse horticultural wonders linked to American history.


Golden Temple Pavillion

The Beauty of Japan

13 Days • 21 Meals
Embark on a journey to Japan, a nation internationally acclaimed for its gardens and appreciation of horticulture.

So Much More!

No matter how you want to see the world, Collette can take you there. Whether you want to travel across an entire country, dive into a local culture on a small group tour, or come to know one of the world’s great cities, Collette has the travel experience that is right for you.

For more information and special offers visit or contact your travel professional.

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