Muses of the Riviera is a special nature tour of the Ligurian Riviera focusing on a journey of discovery of flowers and botanic gardens in Liguria and on the Cote d’Azur

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This is an itinerary that will immerse you in the beauty of nature, giving you the chance to see the most fragrant flowers and the rarest plants;  millions of visitors have been enchanted by the exceptional natural surroundings of the Riviera of Flowers, and they have been an endless source of inspiration for great artists over the ages . 

Not just another holiday, more an essential voyage of discovery for anyone who loves the perfume of the most beautiful roses, the delicate pastels of the most elegant orchids, the majesty of the rarest palms and the silvery-greens of the most ancient olive trees.

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

We invite you to spend a genuinely original holiday with us, alternating between the most spectacular views of our coastline and visits to an authentic gallery of natural art – the botanical gardens of the Italian Riviera. We must not forget to mention the opportunity to see the nurseries where aromatic plants and ornamental flowers are grown – one of the most important facets of the local economy.

Arranged for your enjoyment, an exciting journey amongst the most attractive and impressive gardens and landscapes of the Riviera of Flowers and the Cote d’Azur; there are so many wonderful, enchanting locations to explore, so many amazing treasures to discover.


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 to the park of Villa Ormond, a splendid botanical garden. The villa was built by the local Rambaldi family, 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 most important cacti collection in Italy, in fact one of the best known 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 where the Dorias, the “Dogi” of the proud Maritime Republic of Genoa originated. The excursion winds its way through Dolceacqua, Isolabona, Apricale and Perinaldo where you will discover a flourishing natural environment, a land of olives, of vineyards and of fascinating medieval villages which have managed to conserve and protect their ancient traditions.

You will arrive at Isolabona in time for lunch, where you will be able to feast on a wide selection of local delicacies at the ancient olive oil press: olive pate, sun-dried tomatoes, olives in oil and fresh cheese 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 vintage is produced in Dolceacqua.

In the afternoon your journey will take you to the Hanbury Gardens in La Mortola. This is an exotic paradise of 18 hectares which was created in 1867 by Sir Thomas Hanbury. Here he transplanted species from all over the world, the veritable “fruits” of his innumerable journeys. In every season this garden revels in the splendor 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, created in 1905 by Lord Radcliffe. Today it is also the site of the Mediterranean Observatory of the National History Museum of France, and 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, this garden contains an outstanding botanical collection, as well as 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.

More information on the nature tour of the Ligurian Riviera

Our offer includes:

  • Individual subscription fee covering 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:

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

Optional services:

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