Join Monty in Italy

Italy holiday

Join Gardeners' World lead presenter, Monty Don, and BBC Gardeners' World Magazine Editor, Lucy Hall, for spring in the Italian Lakes, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Gardeners' World programme.

Limited spaces availableExclusive four-night break, from £1,995 per person

Join us on an exclusive tour this spring to the Italian Lakes as we explore some of the world’s most dramatic gardens with special guests, Gardeners' World presenter, Monty Don, and BBC Gardeners' World Magazine Editor, Lucy Hall.

Lake Como

Relax and enjoy an exclusive tour of the beautiful Italian Lakes in spring, with bed, breakfast and dinner all included in the price. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Gardeners' World TV programme in 2017, we invite you on a special gardeners' trip to the Italian Lakes, where you'll have the opportunity to meet Gardeners' World presenter, Monty Don. Monty will join you at Isola Bella for a fascinating tour of the Baroque palace and gardens, and give an entertaining talk that evening.

 

 

Monty in Italy

What's included:

 

  • Four night's dinner, bed and breakfast at the 4-star Hotel Metropole Suisse on Lake Como and the 4-star Grand Hotel Majestic on Lake Maggiore.

 

 

  • Flights from London Gatwick to Milan (regional flight connections and flights from other airports are available on request).

 

 

  • Visits to Isolas Bella, Pescatori and Madre, plus the gardens of the villas Balbianello, Carlotta, Cicogna Mozzoni, Taranto and Pallavicino.

 

 

  • Monty will join the group at Isola Bella on 27 April and give a talk that evening.

 

 

  • Brightwater

    Services of a specialist Brightwater Holiday tour manager during your stay.

 

 

 

 

 

Monty Don

Monty Don's Italian Gardens series

Monty knows the gardens of Italy well, after presenting his landmark series, Monty Don’s Italian Gardens.
Watch a clip from the series here.

 

The departure date is Monday 24 April 2017

 Prices for this exclusive gardeners' holiday start from £1,995 per person for four nights.

 Call to book

 

 Limited spaces

 

 

 

Read what others thought of our previous holidays on our feedback page

Find out more about exclusive holidays and cruises, masterclasses and reader events from BBC Gardeners' World Magazine, in our travel and events video.

 


Special guests

Monty Don

 

 

Monty Don

Presenter of Gardeners' World, Monty Don will accompany you on a tour of Isola Bella, to share his highlights of this extraordinary Baroque palace and gardens. He will also give an evening talk and join us for dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

Lucy Hall

 

 

Lucy Hall

Editor of BBC Gardeners' World Magazine, Lucy Hall, will join the tour from Wednesday 26 April, at Villa Taranto.

 

 

 

 

 


Your itinerary

Hotel Metropole Suisse

 

Monday 24 April 2017

Travel to Milan, where a comfortable coach takes you north to Lake Como, and your base, the lakeside Hotel Metropole Suisse, which has stunning views across the water.

Farry on Lake Como

The afternoon is free to explore or perhaps take a boat trip on the lake (optional). Enjoy a welcome drink with the tour manager and group this evening, followed by dinner.

 

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Explore the beautiful Lake Como and the gardens of Villa Carlotta, clad in spring azalea blossom, where its distinct microclimate sees local and exotic plants flourishing side by side.

Villa Carlotta

After lunch in Tremezzo (optional) you will hop on a boat to the romantic Balbianello, for a VIP arrival at its water gates. Used as a backdrop to the film James Bond Casino Royale, it has breathtaking lake views and exquisite topiary cut by scissors alone.

 

Wednesday 26 April 2017

BalbianelloToday you will head to Villa Cicogna Mozzoni for a private guided tour with the owner of this 16th century garden.

After a picnic lunch (included), you will explore Villa Taranto, an early 20th century garden created to showcase an extraordinary botanical collection. BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine editor, Lucy Hall, joins the rest of the tour here.

 

Thursday 27 April 2017

Villa Taranto

Today you will discover the famous Borromean Islands, starting with a cruise to Isola Madre, haven to tropical and Mediterranean plants. Then on to Isola Pescatori, with its narrow streets full of atmosphere, for lunch (not included).

After lunch you will sail to Isola Bella, where Monty joins the group to share his highlights of this extraordinary Baroque palace and gardens, built in the 17th century as a way of demonstrating the power and wealth of the Borromeo family.

Monty on last year's Italy trip, photo by Kirsy Swinburn

During an evening drinks reception, Monty will give a fascinating talk, before joining the group for dinner.

 

Friday 28 April 2017

After a delicious final breakfast, you will travel to Villa Pallavicino in nearby Stresa to explore the beautiful gardens and zoological park. Later you will return to Milan airport for your flight to the UK.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hotel Metropole Suisse, Lake Como

Hotel Metropole Suisse

The lakeside Hotel Metropole Suisse has stunning views across the water. Find out more about Hotel Metropole Suisse on their website.


Grand Hotel Majestic, Lake Maggiore

Grand Hotel Majestic

Enjoy breathtaking views over Lake Maggiore, at Grand Majestic Hotel. Find out more about Grand Majestic Hotel on their website.

 


 

Tour highlights

Lake Como

Lake Como

Ferry on Lake ComoLake Como


 

Villa Carlotta

Villa Carlotta

Villa Carlotta

Villa Carlotta

 


 

Balbianello

Balbianello


Villa Taranto

Villa Taranto

Villa Taranto


 Isola Madre & Isola Bella

 Isola Madre

Isola Bella


Last year's tour of the gardens of Rome, with Monty Don

Find out what some of our guests thought of last year's tour of Italian gardens, featuring special guest Monty Don at Ninfa, on our holiday feedback page.

 

Monty at Ninfa, Italy. Photo by Kirsty Swinburn Monty giving a talk in Italy, photo by Kirsty Swinburn

Monty on last year's Italy trip, photo by Kirsy SwinburnMonty with guests in Ninfa, photo by Kirsty Swinburn

 


How to book

The date of this holiday is 24-28 April 2017

Prices for this exclusive gardeners' holiday start from £1,995 per person for four nights.

Flights are from London to Milan.

Please note that places are limited, so call now to reserve your holiday or find out more:

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Call 01334 657155 or book online via the Brightwater website.

Quote code GWLS when booking to ensure you are getting the correct holiday deal.

Read what others thought of some of our previous holidays on our feedback page

 


Extras and supplements

If you would like to extend your stay in the Lakes, Brightwater Holidays can arrange further visits and accommodation on request.

Flights from London Gatwick to Milan (regional flight connections and flights from other airports are available on request).

Single travellers are welcome - supplement is £225 per person.

Insurance is available from £39.

 


 

Exclusive travel and events

Find out more about exclusive holidays and cruises, masterclasses and reader events from BBC Gardeners' World Magazine, in our travel and events video.

Travel and events video

 


Terms and conditions

Holiday organised by and subject to booking conditions of Brightwater Holidays Ltd. please note all timings are approximate and may be changed. Confirmation will be sent out with joining instructions approximately 10 days prior to the departure. Single room supplement is £225. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, experts may be substituted.