Botanica Garden Tours


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 enormous expertise in researching, planning and operating worldwide tours and cruises, which means you can travel with confidence, as our professional team take care of everything.

Our small group size and personalised boutique experiences are designed for discerning travellers, which mean you have the opportunity to travel with people who have a similar interest to you. It's a chance to share ideas, engage in stimulating conversation and make new friends.  

“Botanically themed boutique cruises & small group discoveries for the discerning traveller.”

Sightseeing & Stunning Gardens

Botanica's specialised itineraries combine iconic, must-see destinations and picturesque landscapes with the opportunity to tour stately homesteads, castles, chateaux and magnificent gardens. On select tours you can even combine your land sightseeing with a relaxing and luxurious cruise. Most importantly, our tours and cruises are a chance to see the beautiful gardens you have read or heard about, and also to discover the hidden gems you didn't know existed. We also take you to places that are difficult to find on your own or open exclusively for Botanica groups.

Small Group & English Speaking Tours

Our personalised touring is in small groups of usually around 20 people (sometimes less) and our cruises are on small ships. This gives you the opportunity to chat with the private garden owners or your Botanical Guide as you walk around the gardens. You will also enjoy the company of like-minded travellers who share similar interests to you, without the large crowds. All our tours are exclusively English speaking for your convenience and enjoyment. We provide luxury coaches with plenty of space for your comfort.

Tour Managers & Botanical Guides

Your professional Tour Manager is at hand throughout your tour or cruise to provide extensive commentary on all the sights you will see. These experienced and knowledgeable people ensure everything runs smoothly and that you are well cared for. In Australia and New Zealand, Coach Captains lead our tours and private garden owners guide you around their gardens. Most international tours include an English-speaking Tour Manager and Botanical Guide who will share with you their plant and botanical knowledge. Walk around the gardens with them, or take time to wander on your own.

Our Partnerships

Botanica is proud to be the preferred garden tour company for Garden Clubs of Australia Inc. providing special benefits to all the Garden Club members affiliated with their association. Digger's Club members also enjoy special privileges and benefits provided by Botanica.


Make Your Own Itinerary

Many Botanica tours can be combined; you may just require an extra flight or hotel night between the tours.

Information Seminars

Botanica holds regular information seminars to inform you about the tours and destinations we travel to. For details, call us or visit our website For larger groups or clubs, we can provide you with a group discount or tailor an information seminar for you.

Our Experience

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 Club

Once you have travelled with Botanica, we automatically enrol you in our Botanica Club, so you can enjoy special benefits and savings

Botanica Deposit Cancellation Cover

If you choose to pay an up-front fee of $75**, you can then cancel your holiday prior to the due date for final payment and retain a holding credit with Botanica of the deposit paid, less any 3rd party cancellation fees. This deposit held by Botanica can then be used towards a new Botanica booking without further penalty, provided the new booking is made within five years of the original cancellation.

Guest Lecturers

On our exclusive Botanica sailings, we are bringing you an amazing selection of Guest Lecturers presenting on all things botanical and much more. You will have the opportunity to learn and be entertained as you listen to some of these world-wide botanical leaders in their individual fields of expertise.  

“Many tours enjoy high quality dining experiences.”

Comfortable Accommodation & Dining

Botanica uses hotels which offer superior comfort (4-5 star or best available) and friendly service in special chosen locations. Many tours enjoy high quality dining experiences with most breakfasts and some lunches and dinners included. On some evenings we don't include dinner so you can choose your own dining experience. Some tours feature cooking classes and special dinners in local restaurants.   

“Botanica�s custom-designed river ships and small expedition ships are the newest and most innovative on the waterways.”

Your luxurious floating five star hotel will take you to your destination

Relax, unpack and make your suite your home for the duration of your cruise . Botanica's river ships and small ships are the most innovative on the waterways, providing the perfect complement to your discovery of stunning gardens and iconic sights of the region you're in. Cruising between destinations we bring you an amazing selections of Guest Lectures presenting on all things botanical and much more

Onboard Bicycles

Take one of the onboard bicycles and explore on your own (MS AmaVerde only)

Europe River Cruising

The MS AmaVerde - Cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest along the Rhine and Danube Rivers. Botanica offers award-winning river ships, exquisite dining, stylish fittings, revolutionary Twin Balcony Suites and an exclusive level of service. Wake up each morning to find new and undiscovered attractions on your doorstep. Our private small group shore excursions offer choice, variety, value and botanical options at no extra cost.   

Vietnam and Cambodia: Mekong River Cruising

The RV AmaLotus - Experience the essence of Vietnam and Cambodia in the finest manner imaginable cruising aboard the newest and most luxurious ship on the mighty Mekong. Our Twin Balcony concept is a feature of most suites, while the variety of stylish public areas provides the ultimate in recreational choice and comfort. Every feature contributes to a truly opulent discovery of this region at the height of spring time when tropical plants are flowering and the weather is at its coolest and driest.

Japanese Small Ship Cruising

The MS Caledonian Sky - Offers a whole new way to explore this region's seldom-seen treasures. Embark on a journey beyond the tourist trail with like-minded gardening enthusiasts. Enjoy the luxurious freedom of an all-inclusive lifestyle aboard the MS Caledonian Sky. Timeless elegance is reflected in every detail. Experience sheer luxury onboard the resplendent MS Caledonian Sky with spacious suites, private ensuite bathrooms and sophisticated public areas.

British Isles Small Ship Cruising

The MS Island Sky - Cruise aboard the MS Island Sky and discover one of the finest small ship experiences in the world. History, gardens, castles, birdlife and stunning scenery all combined with personalised small ship cruising and the adventure of zodiac crossings. A unique opportunity to explore the splendour of Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the British Isles coastline, where larger ships can't go. Onboard, lavish and spacious suites are complemented by world class service, refined public areas and spacious outside decks.  

“Sightseeing combined with great gardens, both natural & created, historic & iconic sights, botanical lectures and culinary gourmet discoveries.”

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