Exploring Gardens and Historic Sites
from London to Bergen
VOYAGE TO GREEN
AND GENTLE LANDS
With HOLLY H. SHIMIZU
and featuring an exclusive lunch at
EDINBURGH ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS
May 12–22, 2019
The British Isles, Belgium, and Norway in springtime are lovely, verdant places,
and this voyage is carefully designed to showcase the very best they have to offer.
As we sail from London into the North Sea, we pause along the way to explore the
remarkable gardens of both shores.
Our first special engagements occur before we even step foot onboard ship.
Pre-embarkation, spend the day at Kew Gardens, London’s largest UNESCO
World Heritage site with the most diverse collection of living plants in the world.
Before transferring to Le Boréal, your five-star vessel that hosts no more than
264 guests, we’ll also visit Chelsea Physic Garden, tucked away in an almost
secret location beside the Thames and the oldest botanic garden in London.
In other ports along the way, excursions with a focus on gardens, art, and history
will be available. From Ostend, you may travel to Kasteel van Oostkerke to
explore the garden designed by Mien Ruys. Norway’s Stavanger is home to the
exotic gardens of Flor og Fjære as well as a fascinating maritime history. But
the highlight of our voyage lies at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. In
late spring, the Garden’s lilacs put on a magnificent display, its rhododendrons are
bursting, and the star of the show is the Syringa tomentella from western China. As we
take in this lush world of color and scent, we’ll sit down to an exclusive gala luncheon
on site, hosted by the Garden staff.
Our traveling companion and expert guide to this rich horticultural experience
will be Holly Shimizu, recently-retired director of the U.S. Botanic Garden. The
fertile shores of the North Sea are the perfect backdrop for her discussions on
European gardening. Join Holly and Toronto Botanical Garden in May 2019 on an
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