Botanica World Discoveries fully charters small ships to create botanically-themed river and sea cruises. For over 16 years the company has offered travellers boutique discovery holidays that grant access to highly acclaimed private gardens, exclusive international flower shows and world-renowned botanical occurrences, while also showcasing history, culture and gourmet experiences in luxurious style.
Across 40 carefully-crafted international river and sea cruises, Botanica hosts tours across Europe (UK, Italy, France, Netherlands, Croatia, Slovenia), Asia (Japan, China & Singapore), North America (Canada and USA), plus Australia & New Zealand. The tours are truly unique as guests travel on small, chartered ships with like-minded people while learning from garden owners, botanical guides and celebrity guest lecturers, such as Monty Don, Dr Toby Musgrave and Simon Rickard.
Australian Botanical Discovery Gardens, Plants, Homesteads & Sights (Tour code: BTUKAU16)
For the first time in 2018, travellers will discover unique Australian plants, private gardens including one created by a Chelsea Flower Show ‘Best in Show’ winner, homesteads, as well as iconic Aussie sights. Starting in Perth guests will travel the Swan River in Fremantle, before exploring by land Sydney’s Botanic Gardens and Opera House, as well as the tropical Cairns of the Karunda Highlands. A 16-day trip to Australia wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the spectacular World Heritage Great Barrier Reef, the exploration of Daintree Rainforest, urban sprawl of Melbourne or the sights of indigenous flora at Grampians National Park.
British Isles Castles, Gardens, History & Birdlife Cruise (Tour code: BTBNC11)
London to Edinburgh. Eleven-Days on an exclusive small ship. History, gardens, castles, birdlife and stunning scenery all combine with personalised small ship cruising and the adventure of zodiac landings, allowing you the unique opportunity to explore the coastline of the British Isles, where larger ships can’t go.
US Mansions & Gardens of the Hudson River & Canadian Lakes Cruise in Fall (BTUS19R)
Nineteen or fifteen-days, including a fourteen-night cruise through the rivers, lakes and fjords of the northwest, travelling from Montreal to New York as the autumn season paints a picturesque backdrop. Discover beautiful gardens and incredible wildlife along Canada’s St Lawrence and Saguenay Rivers through the Erie Canal and down the Hudson River.
Cherry Blossoms in Japan & South Korea Cruise (BTJP12)
Twelve Days including a ten-night exclusive small ship cruise with a Botanical Guide. Venture along the historic shores of Japan and South Korea, exploring ancient castles, peaceful Japanese gardens and opulent temples. In the first flourish of spring, you will enjoy bursts of colour from magnificent cherry blossom trees in full bloom.