Santorini, Greece

Trips & Travel


The Gardens’ Center for Global Initiatives offers trips that traverse three continents.

Space is limited for all trips. COVID-19 vaccinations required for all participants.


Garden of the Gods: A Springtime Journey to the Greek Islands

April 26 – May 7, 2022

Greece in spring is a magical experience. It’s the time of the year when the entire country becomes a vast natural garden. Greece is home to a stunning number of plant species, comprising the richest flora in Europe. More than 6,000 species thrive in the country, of which about 10 percent are endemic and can be found nowhere else in the world. On this springtime journey we will witness the beautiful display of wildflowers that cover the land among ancient sites, old villages and notable islands. Host is Dr. Sarada Krishnan, director of horticulture and center for global initiatives at the Gardens.


Price: $5,990 per adult, double occupancy. Single room supplement: $790

Register: Call Thalassa Journeys at 866-633-3611 or email

Thalassa Journeys is a tour operator whose principals are from Greece and bring five decades of experience in serving America’s leading cultural, educational and scientific institutions on high-quality educational travel programs.


Superb Gardens of the Côte d’Azur and Provence, France

June 22 – July 1, 2022

Our tour starts in Nice on the Côte d’Azur visiting beautiful gardens along the coast. Then on to Provence, where a selection of private gardens have been chosen by leading local landscape designers. Cypress trees, country roads lined with majestic plane trees, olive trees and vines, massive lavender fields in bloom near Sault and Valensole – all seen against a backdrop of craggy limestone hills or forested mountains – are just part of the superb Provençal landscape. The climate is challenging: Hot summers with the fierce Mistral blowing down the Rhône valley, a lack of water, and even cold winters. Yet the gardens are stunning. Host is Larry Vickerman, director of Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms. Tour includes a local French guide.


Price: €4,570 (U.S. dollar amount will vary due to the daily exchange rate) per adult, double occupancy. Single room supplement: €1,620

Register: Email for more information about this trip.


Oaxaca: Art, Culture and Cuisine

Canceled for 2021, will be rescheduled for 2022

Join Denver Botanic Gardens and Reef to Rockies as we explore one of the most culturally rich places in Mexico, Oaxaca City. Immerse yourself in traditions, culture and cuisine, and learn what makes this region so unique. Declared a Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO in 1987, Oaxaca’s diverse history, culture, cuisine and charm offers visitors a unique opportunity to learn about the soul of the region, and what makes this region a cultural and culinary gem. We’ve combined an exploration of the city and its surrounding valleys with demonstrations by artists working in traditional methods and even a special cooking class to create an engaging tour that is sure to get you into the spirit of Oaxaca. 

Register: Call Reefs to Rockies at 303-860-6045 or email for more information about this trip in 2022.


The Gardens has several future trips in development, with destinations including Egypt, Japan, China, New Zealand, Galapagos, India and Northern England. If you would like more information on these trips or have general inquiries, please contact

Past International Travel

Travel Talk: Greece

Travel Talk: China

Travel Talk: New Zealand

Travel Talk: Tibet

Travel Talk: Georgia (Eastern Europe)

Travel Talk: Central Asia

Travel Talk: Turkey

National & Local

Join the Gardens’ experts on trips in Colorado and across the country. Discover wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain region, take nature hikes and learn the language of birds, identify life-saving plants, practice the art of forest bathing and more. From the river to the desert to the mountains, explore the West and beyond.

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