Gardens Mindfully Touch Us All

If you are a gardener or simply love visiting gardens and wish to explore some beautiful private and public grounds, being botanical gardens, parks and estates on your trip, Ciao Travels passionate gardener, Cindy, has visited many beautiful gardens around the world.

There are many exquisite gardens in Europe, Britain and Japan, that belong to palaces and stately homes. These gardens have been simply created throughout history to express wealth and prestige by means of their display of plant collections and elaborate designs.

Then there are gardens around the world that have been created for pure fulfilment by avid gardeners, artists and those who prefer to passionately express their creativity through the beauty of nature. Exotic plants collected from around the world are often a subject of interest for these extraordinary gardens and to be visually shared with guests. A real treat, if available, is to be guided by a guide who is a horticulturalist or botanist. Ciao Travel can arrange private garden tours at specific locations.

Gardens and people have come together naturally since the beginning of time, by means of survival, from simply providing food for the table, for therapeutic and medicinal qualities, and the appreciation of engaging with nature. 

Garden Day Tours

Ciao Travel introduce gardens in our Escorted Mini-Group programs and also for private excursions for those keen to explore some of the most beautiful creations. Garden Tours are designed specifically for keen gardeners and admirers of gardens, who are interested in plants, horticulture, creativity, architecture and history: or for those simply wishing to take time to connect with nature.

Luxury Multi-Day Garden Tours

Japanese Gardens

We offer luxury escorted garden tours in many countries around the world and shall be happy to discuss these itineraries and to assist you in choosing and booking a suitable tour, in the destination you plan to travel.

"The earth is not just our environment. 
The earth is our mother". 
We share with not only human beings, but with all other creatures"
His Holiness Dalai Lama 

Special Interests

A variety of special interest activities are listed below along with some suggestions, that may be of interest to you or your group.

If you have some other interest you enjoy, as a hobby or keen to learn more about, please discuss this with us and we can see if we can assist you.

  • Exploring and learning more about the visual arts.
  • Attending a performing arts event.
  • Trying your hand at local cultural activities.
  • Embracing the culture and art of First Nation peoples worldwide.
  • Foodie experiences with tastings, cooking, and visiting producers of olive oil, cheese, chocolate, wine, whiskey and more.
  • Garden tours focused on horticulture, design, creativity, sustainability and therapeutic admiration.
  • Outdoor activities such as walking, hiking and bike riding.
  • Environmental appreciation for close-up viewing of nature, wildlife, birds and marine life.

Art Activities

Are you interested in painting on location to capture your special moment or learning a new technique?

This is a wonderful opportunity for a keen artist or for anyone wanting to try their hand at pottery or a local craft, whilst travelling.


A photography course or excursions with relevant experts can be part of your holiday, if you are on a cruise, a tour or staying at a luxury wilderness retreat.

PONANT Cruises together with National Geographic offer luxury expedition cruises to Antarctica; Alaska; the Arctic; the Caribbean; West Africa; Cape Verde; Australia; the South Pacific; and the Indian Ocean. These cruises offer the opportunity to experience photography tours with professional National Geographic photographers and scientists.

Special Interest Group Touring

Are you a group of friends with a special interest in common?

Our experience in private group touring is our forte.

We would love to assist you to plan your ideal group tour, connecting you with all the professional services that fit the mold of your special interest, in the destination you wish to explore.

"Travel makes you modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world."
Gustave Flaubert