Why choose us?
We organise and lead specialist botanical and cultural tours to many parts of the world. Over the last twenty years we have led hundreds of such tours to over thirty countries. These tours are aimed at showing our guests beautiful flowers and prime historical sites in outstanding natural environments. We travel in small groups, with smaller flexible transport to allow us to access the best areas and provide our guests with plenty of time in the field to pursue their botanical passion or fascination with ancient history. We use, where we can, smaller more intimate, comfortable accommodation, preferably close to good areas for botanising, accessing historical sites and walking.
Our guides are relaxed, helpful and knowledgeable people who also love wild plants and the places they grow in or have detailed knowledge of the history of their country. Small groups means you each have more time to speak with our guides to learn more. Since we are a small company we take a personal interest in all of our tours and endeavour to provide a high level of service throughout. We (and/or our guides) have personally visited and researched all of our tours first hand to best understand the logistics and potential of each destination.
We are a fully licensed travel agency (TURSAB no. 7938) based in Turkey.
Chris and Basak Gardner
"An excellent well organised trip run by a very confident able leader who was familiar with all the important botanical sites. So I will seriously consider using the same company in the future."
David Thrun, UK (Lilies of the Black Sea tour)
"Our Turkish experience was unique and differed from previous botanical holidays in Europe opening my eyes to a much more middle-eastern influence to the plants and culture; the personal care and attention to detail provided by our lovely guide, Başak, made the holiday special and memorable."
Jill Marsden, UK (Lilies of the Black Sea tour)
"Hi Chris and Basak, Just to "thank you" for a really memorable trip to Turkey. Some of the sights will remain with me for a very long time, especially the displays of Iris and Tulips... and for going the extra mile to find plants when the preferred site was still deep under snow! Looking forward hugely to my next trip."
John Williams, UK (Turkish Silk Road tour)
"Early April, 2015, we did ViraNatura’s Lycia Wildflowers Tour, hiking to see a great variety of blooming flowers, shrubs, and trees, in habitats from the edge of the sea, up into forests and meadows, even mountain ridges. In all locations, Basak Gardner was able to find beautiful, fascinating flowers and plants."
Claire Moore and Paul Murrill, Colorado, USA
For more information on our tours
Turkey: +90 535 4125286 | UK: +44 (0)795 854 6807