Muses of the Riviera – nature tour of the Ligurian Riviera

Muses of the Riviera – nature tour of the Ligurian Riviera

A journey of discovery of the flowers and botanical gardens along  the Italian Riviera , the Riviera of Flowers and the French Riviera

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Let us take you on an extraordinary nature tour of the Ligurian Riviera to discover the most fragrant flowers and the rarest plants, endless inspiration for the greatest artists of every age.

Not just another holiday, more a vital voyage of discovery for those who love the perfume of the most beautiful roses, the colours of the most elegant orchids, the majesty of the rarest palms and the silvery-greens of the most ancient olives.

A unique opportunity to bring together on one palette all the most beautiful colours of the Riviera: from the splendid Gardens of the French Riviera, to the fascination of the Ligurian hinterland, while enjoying the hospitality of the City of Flowers par excellence, San Remo.

Therefore, we invite you to spend a genuinely original holiday with us, which alternates between the discovery of the most beautiful glimpses of our coastline and the revelation of an authentic gallery of natural art – the botanical gardens of Italian Riviera. We must not forget to mention the opportunity to visit the aromatic growing plants and the ornamental flowers which are one of the bases of the local economy.

For your pleasure, the most exciting journey to enjoy amongst the most beautiful and colourful flowers of the Italian Riviera of Flowers and the French Riviera. Marvelously enchanting locales will surround you: let your steps  lead you, and you will thank them for the discovery of a veritable treasure chest of delights.


1st day

Arrival in late afternoon in San Remo where you will check in to your hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.

2nd Day: The Riviera of Flowers

After breakfast, your tour will spring to life to the west of the city of flowers with a visit of the park of  Villa Ormond, a wonderful botanical garden. The villa was built by the local Sanremese family Rambaldi, before becoming the property of the Parisian Ormond family in 1887. The recently reconstructed parkland is modeled after the late 19th century French style. The plants to be found in the gardens are from every corner of the globe: from the Canaries to Japan, from Tasmania to China and from California to Brazil.

You are then free for lunch.

In the afternoon you will transfer to Bordighera: immediately preceding the Punta Migliarese tunnel you will find a steep, rocky slope. This slope, which climbs to a peak framed by the sea, has terraces and pathways covered in magnificent plants. This is the Pallanca exotic garden, a spectacular naturalistic monument created by the descendants of Bartolomeo Pallanca. There are 3200 species of plants, amongst which is the cacti collection-the most important in Italy and, amongst the most significant in the whole of Europe. The oldest plant to be found here, a “Copiapoa”, which originates on the steep slopes of the Chilean Andes, is 300 years old.

Return to hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

3 rd day: The Riviera of the great botanist

After breakfast you travel to Dolceacqua in the Valle Nervia. From here you will set out for the locations which constitute the roots of the Doria’s, the “Dogi” of the proud Maritime Republic of Genoa. The excursion winds its way through Dolceacqua, Isolabona, Apricale and Perinaldo where you will discover a strong and exuberant environment, a land of olives, of vineyards and of fascinating medieval villages which have managed to conserve and protect their ancient traditions.

Then, you travel to Isolabona where at lunchtime you will feast on a rich selection of local delicacies at the ancient oil press: olive pate, sundried tomatoes, olives in oil and fresh cheese all together on the table alongside the most prestigious local wines. The Valle Nervia is also home to the most prestigious jewel in the local wine crown, Rossese. This superb ruby red varietal is produced in Dolceacqua.

In the afternoon your journey will take you to the Hanbury Gardens which are to be found in La Mortola. This is an exotic paradise of 18 hectares which was created in 1867 by Sir Thomas Hanbury. Here Hanbury transplanted species from all over the world, the veritable “fruits” of his innumerable journeys. In every season this garden revels in the splendour of its avenues, pergolas, hothouses, terraces and wells.

Return to hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

4th Day: The Gardens of the French Riviera

After breakfast departure for Menton, the city of lemons, and a visit to the Val Rahmeh garden. This garden was created in 1905 by Lord Radcliffe and today it is also the site of the Mediterranean observatory of the National History Museum of France. It also contains an exceptional collection of exotic plants.

Afterwards you will be able to visit the enchanting Serre de la Madone. Completed between 1919 and 1939 by Major Lawrence Johnston, the garden of the Serre de la Madone contains an exceptional botanical collection. As well as the exceptional  botanical samples, the Serre de la Madone contains noteworthy architectural landscape features such as small lakes and fountains which create a calm and sheltered atmosphere.

At the end of the visit departure for your home destination.


Our offer includes:

  • Individual subscription fee covering the administrative costs.
  • Accommodation at  our hotels in double rooms with half board.
  • Admission to the Museums and Villas included in the program.

Our offer does not include:

  • The round trip, local transportation and all that is not included under the entry “our offer includes”.
  • Lunches and dinners are intended to conform to the menu of the day or the tasting menu proposed by the chef.  Beverages and à la carte items are to be paid on site.
  • The tours suggested in the program are to be decided on freely, i.e. without the services of a guide.

Optional services:

  • Tour guide to visit the villages.
  • Local transfers by auto or minibus with driver.