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Come with Us to the Must-See Gardens of the World [Part 2]

Posted by Amy Clyde on 10/3/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Nature, Tauck

The list of gorgeous and inspiring gardens that you will see on your world travels with Tauck continues! And if you missed Part 1, you can read it here.

keukenhof9. Keukenhof Gardens, in Holland, is the country’s most celebrated floral showplace and one of the world’s most iconic places to see spring. Alive with the color of seven million flowering bulbs, Keukenhof will delight you with seven inspirational gardens – tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, lilies, crocuses, bluebells and more in all their glory and landscaped to perfection. See it all on our Holland cruise, Belgium & Holland in the Spring. But hurry! Keukenhof is open just two months a year.



ninfa10. The Garden of Ninfa, an hour south of Rome, is the ultimate Romantic English-style landscape garden. Seldom open to the public, picturesque and haunting, it has been cultivated for a century amid the ruins of an abandoned medieval town. Giving new life to the old stone buildings, 300 varieties of antique roses mass and climb, magnolias flower, calla lilies stand at attention, swaths of iris line the river, cypresses tower, and 152 species of birds fly, protected by the World Wildlife Fund. Visit Ninfa on our newest of tours in Rome, World Cities… Rome.


balianello11. Villa del Balbianello Gardens, on Lake Como, adorn the 18th-century Villa del Balbianello, situated on a hilly peninsula jutting into the lake. Terraced with sweeping views of the water, the gardens – dominated by an elegant loggia – are planted exclusively with trees and flowers in the colours of the Italian flag! Travel Italy and you’d be hard pressed to find another garden so in sync with its surroundings. On Italian Lakes, Venice, Florence, and Rome, climb to the top of the promontory, take in the gardens against the backdrop of lakeside scenery, and you’ll feel like the master of all you survey.


tuileries12. Tuileries Garden, in Paris, started life as a clay quarry for tiles, but Queen Catherine de Medici had a better idea and built a palace with a garden reminiscent of the Italian gardens she grew up with. A century later, André LeNôtre, the mastermind behind the gardens at Versailles, redesigned Les Tuileries in French formal style. Today this popular strolling garden, with views of the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe, is home to two first-class museums, including the Musée de l’Orangerie, designed by Monet to house his large water lily paintings and other great Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. See the Tuileries Garden on The Art of Living: Barcelona to Paris, on a France river cruise or on one of our land tours in Paris.


luxemborg13. Luxembourg Garden, on the Left Bank of Paris, was created by Queen Marie de Medici, in 1612, to go with her new palace, Palais Luxembourg, which is now the residence of the French Senate. The garden is centered on a large octagonal pond, where you’ll find children launching their toy boats; stroll along the tree-lined promenades and you’ll discover both French and English gardens, and statues of French queens and other famous women. Le Jardin du Luxembourg, with plenty of seating, is ideal for people watching. See it during your free time on one of our many river cruises and land tours that go through Paris, including French Waterways and World Cities… Paris.


tiv14. Tivoli Gardens, in Copenhagen, may be the prettiest amusement park in the world – with fifteen charming gardens designed to connect the park’s attractions, including scary and not-so-scary rides and a Chinese-style theatre. Connoisseurs of low-maintenance gardening will be inspired by Tivoli, especially the Parterre Garden, with its oval beds and round concrete vessel fountains. Both our Scandinavia tour and our Russia cruise include tickets for the Tivoli Gardens, conveniently located right in the center of Copenhagen.


rosedal15. Paseo del Rosedal, in Buenos Aires, will enchant rose enthusiasts on tours to South America; 1,000 species of roses, and some 12,000 rose bushes are on display here beside a lake. You’ll also find the tranquil Garden of Poets, filled with busts of famous writers from all over the world, and the Andalusian Patio, a gift from the city of Seville and decorated by tiles and mosaics imported from Spain. Visit Paseo del Rosedal on Essence of South America.


kenroku
16. Kenroku-en Garden, in Kanazawa, Japan,
is often mentioned as one of the three most beautiful landscaped gardens in the country, largely because it so gracefully embodies all six principles of ideal Japanese garden design: spaciousness, tranquility, artifice, antiquity, water courses, and magnificent views. Few other gardens you’ll see during your Japan travel, although lovely, reflect all six principles. On Essence of Japan you’ll stroll through Kenroku-en on a guided visit.
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