Central Asia

Trips & Travel


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

Space is limited for all trips.


Spring in the Stans: Moonflowers, Junos and Turbans

April 6-21 (including pre-tour) or April 10-21, 2023

Discover the spring gems, classic history and sublime landscapes of Central Asia. Of all of the cities along the former Silk Road, none resonates quite like Samarkand, arguably the very nexus of the ancient trade route. Fully restored, the magnificent blue-tiled monuments of Timur gleam and impress. To the south is Shakhrisabz, Timur's birthplace and between the cities lies floral splendor. To the north on the western end of the Tien Shan a completely different selection of species awaits. As the snows of winter recede, the magnificent landscapes of neighboring Kyrgyzstan awaken with a kaleidoscope of bulbs. Led by Mike Bone, associate director and curator of steppe collections at the Gardens.

A pre-tour takes in more of the glorious architecture of the region, visiting Bukhara and Khiva.

Itinerary and Register

Price: $4,350 per adult, double occupancy. Single room supplement: $475
Pre-tour: $1,755 per adult, double occupancy. Single room supplement: $130

Register: Email info@viranatura.com for more information about this trip.


Cape of South Africa

Sept. 23 – Oct. 8, 2023

Explore the magnificent landscapes of the western Cape of South Africa, a botanical holy grail. With an exceptional level of biodiversity, this is the richest of the world’s five Mediterranean climate regions in terms of species per square kilometer. Architectural whorls of Proteas and Leucospermums mingle with a kaleidoscope of Gladiolus, Watsonia, Pelargoniums and some wonderfully different orchids. Led by Denver Botanic Gardens’ Director of Horticulture Phillip Douglas, this 15-day tour starts and ends in Cape Town, with visits to Scarborough, Redhill, the Tienie Versveld Reserve, Paarl Mountain and Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens (to name a few). Some flexibility is built into the schedule to accommodate potential interruptions from wildfires, a crucial part of the cycle of nature in the Cape. 

Price: $5,845 (€5,500) based on single occupancy; single supplement $550
Register: Email Phillip Douglas for more information about this trip.



The Gardens has several future trips in development, with destinations including Japan, China, New Zealand, Galapagos, India and Northern England. If you would like more information on these trips, have general inquiries or would like to be added to a wait list for a sold-out trip (when possible), please contact travel@botanicgardens.org.



National & Local

Join the Gardens’ experts on trips in Colorado and across the country. Some regional trips are in the pipeline. Check back for updates or contact travel@botanicgardens.org to express interest. 


Colorado Day Trips


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

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