Take a Tour with Deryn Thorpe

Deryn first worked as a tour guide in the mid 1980s for "Top Deck Travel", taking young people around Europe while sleeping, cooking and travelling on a double decker bus.

In the late 1990s Deryn started tour leading around Australia and overseas.

She has maintained her enthusiasm for new adventures and passion for sharing the travel experience, but these days prefers to explore the world of gardens, art and history in a little more comfort.

ASA Cultural Tours (Australians Studying Abroad) tours:

 

  Natural Landscapes & Gardens of the Channel Islands: Jersey, Guernsey, Herm, Burhou & Sark  25 May – 7 June 2018 Travel in spring when clifftops are covered with wildflowers and subtropical gardens burst with colour. This unique tour visits five of the Channel Islands and features local experts who will explore each island's distinctive history, culture, geography and wildlife. Limited availability.

Natural Landscapes & Gardens of the Channel Islands: Jersey, Guernsey, Herm, Burhou & Sark
25 May – 7 June 2018
Travel in spring when clifftops are covered with wildflowers and subtropical gardens burst with colour. This unique tour visits five of the Channel Islands and features local experts who will explore each island's distinctive history, culture, geography and wildlife.
Limited availability.

  Gardens of Italy: The Italian Lakes, the Piedmont, Tuscany, Umbria & Rome    29 April – 21 May 2019 This tour features exclusive visits to private gardens opened especially for ASA. They include garden masterpieces by Paolo Pejrone, Russell Page, Paolo Portoghesi and Pearson & Barfoot. Tour many of the gardens with the owners or designers and along the way enjoy delicious meals in the verdant surrounds of a number of private Tuscan and Umbrian villas.

Gardens of Italy: The Italian Lakes, the Piedmont, Tuscany, Umbria & Rome 

29 April – 21 May 2019
This tour features exclusive visits to private gardens opened especially for ASA. They include garden masterpieces by Paolo Pejrone, Russell Page, Paolo Portoghesi and Pearson & Barfoot. Tour many of the gardens with the owners or designers and along the way enjoy delicious meals in the verdant surrounds of a number of private Tuscan and Umbrian villas.

  A Taste of Tasmania: Spring Gardens, Cradle Mountain & Gourmet Delights : 17 Nov – 27 Nov 2018  16 Nov- 26 Nov 2019 This tour explores the gardens, agricultural landscapes and natural scenery of Tasmania during spring, when the roses and peonies are blooming and the landscape is lush and green. Waitlisted.

A Taste of Tasmania: Spring Gardens, Cradle Mountain & Gourmet Delights:
17 Nov – 27 Nov 2018

16 Nov- 26 Nov 2019
This tour explores the gardens, agricultural landscapes and natural scenery of Tasmania during spring, when the roses and peonies are blooming and the landscape is lush and green.
Waitlisted.

  Victoria’s Private Gardens and their Designers  :  17 – 26 March 2018 Visit some of Victoria’s most beautiful gardens and meet the owners and the designers who created them. Waitlisted.

Victoria’s Private Gardens and their Designers:
17 – 26 March 2018
Visit some of Victoria’s most beautiful gardens and meet the owners and the designers who created them.
Waitlisted.

 La Foce garden in Chianciano Terme in Italy is one of Deryn's favourite places, combining dramatic WWII history with a spectacular garden and dramatic vistas.

La Foce garden in Chianciano Terme in Italy is one of Deryn's favourite places, combining dramatic WWII history with a spectacular garden and dramatic vistas.

 Villa Capponi in Florence which we visit on Deryn's tour to Italy in 2019.    

Villa Capponi in Florence which we visit on Deryn's tour to Italy in 2019.


 

 Visit inspiration places like the Japanese garden at Villa Melzi, Italy on Deryn's garden tours.

Visit inspiration places like the Japanese garden at Villa Melzi, Italy on Deryn's garden tours.

 Displays at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show provide lots of inspiration for home gardens.

Displays at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show provide lots of inspiration for home gardens.

  The Garden Vineyard in Moorooduc, visited on Deryn's tour to see the best gardens and designers in Victoria.


The Garden Vineyard in Moorooduc, visited on Deryn's tour to see the best gardens and designers in Victoria.

 Deryn in front of an indoor floral display at the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show.

Deryn in front of an indoor floral display at the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show.

“I had the pleasure of being part of an Italian Garden tour with Deryn as the horticultural guide in May 2014. The trip also included a memorable visit to the Chelsea Flower Show.

Deryn’s plant knowledge with historical context complimented the beautiful gardens and places that we visited. Her relaxed style, gentle good humour and sense of fun ensured that we all had a wonderful experience.”
— Caroline, Mt Lawley
“Thanks for the superb Travelrite French tour. It was very interesting both historically and horticulturally and you made everyone in the group feel very welcome and relaxed.
The choice of hotels was fantastic and the schedule suited me perfectly, it was neither too rushed nor too slow.

You managed everything in such a relaxed and friendly way that it felt like we were a group of friends travelling together rather than an ‘organised tour’.

I have already recommended your tours to my friends who had no idea a tour that took in gardens would include so many other interesting sites.”
”A bientot”
— Aline, Mosman Park
“I booked on to the Melbourne and Ballarat tour rather on a whim, as I knew it went to Paul Bangay’s garden and I have long wanted to see that. However our tour took us to so many wonderful gardens and I know that they were your choice, so it is you I need to thank.

Since I moved to live in Melbourne permanently I have been to see as many great Victorian gardens as I could whilst my knees still allow the walking around, so I have recently seen some magnificent ones. However I think you had chosen the best.

My sincere thanks for the planning, knowledge and commitment you put into our tour. You are an excellent tour guide, good with a group and not intrusive, and it was a very happy week indeed.”
— Anne, Melbourne
Hi Deryn, a belated thank you for the Ballarat and Melbourne Garden Tour - it didn’t only live up to expectations, it exceeded them! It was a wonderful week, made even better by your expert guidance and relaxed manner. A highlight for me was meeting Phillip Johnson, he is such an inspiration and I am enjoying reading his book.
— Regards, Lynne, Fremantle