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Uncover Prime Garden Travel Destinations!

Published 3 months ago • 5 min read

Dear JourneyWoman,

Losing yourself in a garden, whether it be your own or another’s beautifully nurtured creation, is surely one of life’s greatest joys.

This month, we're presenting chosen articles from our writers that focus on travel sparked by gardens, drawing inspiration from Lonely Planet's latest guide, "The Joy of Exploring Gardens". While we may know renowned gardens like Monet’s House and Garden, the High Line, and the Jardin Majorelle, this book also uncovers many hidden gems and goes beyond botanical gardens to include sanctuaries, forests, sculpture gardens, and rock gardens – all green spaces for us to find joy and solace in.

You'll also find a selection of garden-inspired tours and accommodation recommendations direct from our Women's Travel Directory. These companies are also offering special, women-friendly tours for 2024. See the bottom of this email for more information.

Wherever you go, purchase travel insurance before you leave: our Booking Resources page has women-recommended websites to help you book and plan travel. Join our private Facebook group for tips, advice, and stories from fellow JourneyWomen.

“The Joy of Exploring Gardens” by Lonely Planet: A New Travel Guide for Garden Lovers

Read more about the world’s most beloved gardens to uplift, thrill and inspire your travels.

A Stroll Through Five Glorious Gardens in France

Some gardens in France are more than interludes – they are so spectacular they become the destination. France has many of these, and here are five that stand out.

Discovering the Musée Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech, Morocco

The museum's garden is abundant with giant bamboo, yucca, palm, cypress and banana tree, bougainvillea and otherworldly cacti, making it a must-see when in Morocco.

Five Awe-Inspiring Sculpture Parks Near New York City

If you’re looking to escape the hubbub of the city, there are five sculpture parks near New York City worth checking out that are a short drive or train ride away.


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START PLANNING YOUR GARDEN-INSPIRED TRAVELS WITH THESE SELECTED TOURS AND ACCOMMODATIONS BELOW!

Our Women's Travel Directory has hundreds of women-friendly tours, retreats, small ships and safe places to stay. We invite you to consider women-friendly companies like European Experiences, Bold Spirit Travel, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, Insight Vacations and more. Here are some of the special offers for JourneyWoman readers below!

COUNTRY ROADS OF BELGIUM, LUXEMBOURG & THE NETHERLANDS

Visit the world's largest flower auction at Aalsmeer with Insight Vacations. This 11-day guided tour whisks you through scenic Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands where you can indulge in a farm-to-table feast at the horse-stables-turned-restaurant, and cruise through Amsterdam’s canal district. Tours start March 2024. Multiple dates available. Black Friday Sale - Secure your space for only $200 and save up to 15% on selected dates when you book before December 5, 2023. Read more here.

THE COTSWOLDS EXPERIENCE - WOMEN'S WEEK

The Cotswolds is the English countryside you’ve dreamed of…an idyllic land of rolling hills, gentle streams, grazing sheep, and quaint stone cottages. Join European Experiences for a one week, women-only trip exploring historic castles, magnificent gardens, quaint villages, traditional pubs, countryside walks, and much more. This tour runs from June 22, 2024 - June 29, 2024. Read more here.

EXPLORE SPAIN: SEVILLE AND GRANADA

Come explore Southern Spain on this seven-day, all-women, small-group journey with Bold Spirit Travel. Experience Spain's varied tapas, passionate flamenco shows, royal palaces and gardens, and sunny towns packed with centuries of history. This tour runs from April 1, 2024 - April 7, 2024. Read more here.

TULIPS & WINDMILLS

From the canals of Amsterdam to the belfry of Bruges, discover the best of the Netherlands and Belgium with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. Stroll through colorful acres of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens to get a sense of the Netherlands’ extraordinary connection to these blooms. Tours start from March 2024. Multiple dates available. Read more here.

BRITISH GARDENS AND THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2024

This grand three-week journey with Insight Vacations showcases the vast Victorian Greenhouses of the Royal Botanical Society at Kew, the exotic floral beds of Bodnant Gardens and the interlaced lakes and colorful blooms of Leonardslee. From the shores of England’s Lake District to Queen Victoria’s retreat on the Isle of Wight, these horticultural highlights are a joy to behold. This tour runs from May 12 - 26, 2024. Read more here.

THE RIVIERA HILLSIDES EXPERIENCE - WOMEN'S WEEK

Populated with Mediterranean gardens, the Riviera Hillsides has evolved as the center of the world’s perfume industry. Alongside European Experiences, discover the surprising and authentic side of the “red carpet” French Riviera: ochre-colored villages, bustling farmers markets, typical café squares, and visits to lush gardens featuring Mediterranean plants such as roses, mimosa, and fig trees. This tour runs from May 18, 2024 - May 25, 2024 (women-only), and May 25, 2024 - June 1, 2024 (mixed). Read more here.

SPRINGTIME IN THE ALPS

On this three week trip with Insight Vacations, visit the world renowned Keukenhof Tulip Gardens to witness 7 million floral bulbs bursting through the earth. Not to be outdone, Louis XIV’s magnificent grounds at the Versailles Châteaux are sure to delight before a glittering evening in Paris and a trip to the lily pond of the Monet Gardens. There's also an option to visit the London’s Chelsea Flower Show at the end of this trip. This tour runs from May 7 - 24, 2024. Read more here.

STAY AT THE CASA SANTO NOME DI GESU IN FLORENCE

If you want to be surrounded by beautiful, Italian gardens, then this beautiful palazzo from quattrocento located in the historic city centre of Florence is the place to be. It is owned by missionary sisters and has private rooms and bathrooms. Read more here.

STAY AT THE CASITA WITH ROOF GARDEN IN MEXICO

Enjoy your own private roof terrace for dining with trees and a flowered garden deck in this beautifully designed home nestled in the heart of Merida, Mexico. Read more here.

STAY AT HOTEL 63 IN LONDON, UK

Heading to London and want to explore the gardens? Stay at Hotel 63! The location is ideal, being located on Bayswater Road directly across the street from Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. Lancaster Gate tube station is steps away, and a couple of nice pubs (The Swan and the Mitre Lancaster Gate) are also close by. Read more here.

Check Skyscanner for flight costs before you book. Don’t forget to use incognito mode and consider combining a less-expensive flight with train travel where possible. Our Booking Resources page has recommended services from other women and you can share or search women-friendly accommodations and hospitality services in our new Places to Stay section. You can also find solo travel-friendly accommodation options on Expedia and shop all the things we love when we travel on our Amazon page. We also want to remind you how important it is to purchase travel insurance. Check prices on insuremyflight.com

JourneyWoman Women's Travel Directory

We connect women to safe, women-friendly travel experiences in over 100 countries around the world. Our highly specialized search engine helps women access the world’s largest resource of women-friendly tours, guides and accommodations including adventure, cycling, expeditions, safaris, slow travel, solo travel, Indigenous, LGBTQ+, accessible travel and more. We do not book travel, nor do we receive a commission on trips sold. Our Women’s Travel Directory merely connects you to hundreds of safe and exciting JourneyWoman Verified trips worldwide!

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