Botanica World Discoveries offers botanically themed river and small ship cruises and tours to iconic destinations. Combine your passion for travel, history, gardens and travel beyond the garden gate with a Botanica expert.
Glide through picturesque European landscapes and visit great gardens, iconic attractions and charming secrets of Europe's heartland travelling aboard a luxurious APT river ship. Travel on one of our small group holidays of Europe and the UK, and discover private and public gardens in a relaxed group of like-minded travellers. Take a Botanica Small Ship Adventure cruising the British Isles - Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England. Find out more here.
On our Seine River cruise we will be joined by gardening television celebrity Monty Don, who will host a special cocktail party to meet all our guests and talk about his Around the World in 80 Gardens TV programme. See the trips Monty Don will host below.
Combine private gardens and stunning scenery on your New Zealand Gardens tour. In Australia, visit the Melbourne Flower Show, take in the delights of the Tulip Festival in Canberra and discover quaint historic villages and unique private gardens of Tasmania. Explore nature's gardens, rare and spectacular wildflowers of Western Australia and the world-renowned Barossa Valley on our Wine and Roses tour of South Australia. Find out more here.
Cruise from New York to Montreal as the autumn season paints a pictureque backdrop, discovering beautiful autumn gardens and incredible wildlife. Travel on one of our small group holidays of Canada and explore gardens of Vancouver and Victoria Island or visit the countryside of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island - home of Anne of Green Gables. Take a South American Botanica Discovery and explore this fascinating vast continent. Find out more here.
Welcome to Botanica World Discoveries
If you enjoy visiting gardens and getting off the beaten track when you travel, then you will enjoy our wonderful collection of Australian and International Gardens and Gourmet Discoveries.
Botanica founder, Judy Vanrenen, took her inspiration to begin Botanica from her spectacular Wiltshire landscape near the Southern Grampians in Victoria, Australia.
As part of the APT group of companies, Botanica brings you more than 85 years of touring experience. With offices, suppliers and over 700 staff around the world, we have an extensive network of expertise in researching, planning and operating worldwide tours and cruises. You can travel with confidence, as our professional worldwide team take care of everything.
We invite you to join Botanica somewhere in the world soon.
Why travel with Botanica World Discoveries?
As part of the APT Group, Botanica offers travellers the security of travelling with a global tourism company, the essence of which was born over 85 years ago. With offices and staff around the world, you have the reassurance that you will be well cared for in all circumstances.
Why travel on a garden tour?
Gardens are relaxing and good for the soul. Whether you are a keen gardener or just have a passing interest, a garden tour will give an extra dimension to your sightseeing.
Why visit gardens around the World with Botanica?
Immerse yourself in cultural experiences and visit iconic and private gardens. See unique 'off the beaten track' stunning landscapes and beautiful gardens. Be motivated and inspired by the gardens you visit. Learn from botanical guides and lecturers. Take home new ideas for your own gardens. Travel with likeminded people. Share your botanical knowledge and experience with other travellers. Experience sightseeing that isn't on mainstream cruises and tours.
Will I see the gardens at their best?
Botanica's garden tours and cruises are always scheduled for the peak garden and wildflower viewing seasons.
Will I get bored with gardens?
Botanica chooses a diverse mix of gardens combined with iconic attractions and gourmet experiences, bringing you local flavour and culture of the area you are visiting to maintain and stimulate your interest. We also take you to places that are difficult to find on your own or open exclusively just for Botanica.
Who travels on these tours?
Couples, sole travellers, friends and families. The common thread all share, a botanical interest, an interest in gardening or being in a garden.
Sightseeing and Botanical Experiences
Botanica’s specialised itineraries combine iconic, must-see destinations with the opportunity to tour stately homes, castles, chateaux and magnificent gardens. On some tours you can even combine your land sightseeing with a luxurious cruise.
Travel With Like-minded People
Travelling with people who share a common interest is a great way to make new friends and ensure your comfort as part of a group. Share your botanical knowledge and experience with travellers and likewise learn from others.
Learn From Botanica Guides and Guest Lecturers
On every tour we provide a specialist Botanica Guide to enhance your touring experience. Our Botanica Guides offer a wealth of information about each garden you visit.
Flexibility of Freedom of Choice Touring Options
On many days, we offer you a selection of sightseeing activities so that you can personalise your holiday at no extra cost. Alternatively, choose to have some free time.
Visit Iconic and Private Gardens
Our tours and cruises provide you with an opportunity to see the beautiful gardens you have read or heard about.
Travel ‘Off the Beaten Track’
You will discover hidden gems you didn’t know existed. We will also take you to places that are difficult to find on your own or that are open exclusively for Botanica groups.
Relax Knowing All Gratuities are Included in the Price
With Botanica you never need to worry about tipping as it is all included in the tour price.
Leisurely Touring without Constant Early Morning Starts
Our itineraries are carefully planned to ensure that you can take your time to explore each garden you visit on tour, with minimal driving time between each destination.
Make Your Own Itinerary
Many Botanica tours can be combined; you may just require an extra flight or hotel night between the tours.
Botanica’s Environmental Pledge
At Botanica we are dedicated to caring for our environment and the preservation of the plants that we all enjoy. As gardeners, we have always understood the benefits of recycling, mulching and preserving water. Botanica’s experienced Botanica Guides and private garden owners are all keen to share their knowledge with you. On our tours and cruises, you will also learn more about water-wise plants, environmentally friendly landscape designs, and how the edible garden is helping to reduce food miles. Botanica’s founder and co-owner, Judy Vanrenen, plants thousands of trees each year on her Victorian property, Wiltshire, to assist in creating wildlife corridors, carbon sinks and improve soil salinity to preserve the environment and enhance the landscape for future generations. As part of the APT Group, Botanica is committed to conservation projects and responsible tourism, dedicated to reducing emissions and is focused on ultimately becoming carbon neutral.
Botanica is Part of the APT Group
With over 85 years experience in the travel industry, the APT Group gives you security in your travels. Botanica’s founder, Judy Vanrenen, has 30 years tourism and business experience and was awarded the coveted Centenary Medal by the Australian Federal Government in 2003 for her voluntary services improving the performance of small business. We understand the complexities of business and know how to run a responsible tourism business. Botanica is a truly professional tour operator with suppliers and offices based all around the world.
Our Business Commitment
Your bookings and all of Botanica’s business is run through the APT Group’s sophisticated management, reservation, accounting and operating systems for your peace of mind. You will be cared for by professional staff and management. Our accounts are regularly audited and carefully examined by our experienced Board of Directors.
We are proud to be the preferred garden tour company for Garden Clubs of Australia Inc. providing benefits to all Garden Club members affiliated with their association. Diggers Club members also enjoy special privileges and benefits provided by Botanica.
Once you have travelled with Botanica, we automatically enrol you in our Botanica Club, so you can enjoy special benefits and savings.
When you make your next booking of seven days duration or longer, you can choose one of the following:
- $100 Welcome Back Saving Discount
- Free home-to-airport return transfer if you live within 40km of selected airports
- Membership to the Diggers Club for one year
Note: Only one benefit can apply to each new booking. You must select the benefit you would like at the time of making the initial booking.
All benefits will be provided after final payment is made.
Botanica World Discoveries
ABN 44 004 684 619
Level 4, 1230 Nepean Highway
Cheltenham VIC 3192
Australia Wide Call: 1300 305 202
New Zealand Call: 0800 778 449