International

The Gardens’ Center for Global Initiatives is offering three trips in 2020 that traverse three continents from one end of the globe to the other: Greece (Europe), China (Asia) and Brazil (South America). There is also a trip to Mexico for the annual celebration of La Guelaguetza in Oaxaca.

 

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

April 26 – May 7, 2020

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. Tour leader is Dr. Sarada Krishnan, director of horticulture and center for global initiatives at the Gardens.

Itinerary

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

Register: Call Thalassa Journeys at 866-633-3611 or email Reservations@ThalassaJourneys.com.

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.

 

Mother of Gardens: Sichuan

June 9-23, 2020

The Sichuan province in southwest China is best known, perhaps, as the homeland of the giant panda—and the lofty mountains that harbor the last of this species contain an astonishing array of choice wildflowers and alpine plants which will be in peak flower late June. This is a botanically focused foray, hiking at lofty altitudes (even over 15,000 feet) with longer stays at botanical hotspots (Balangshan, Huanglong). Here you can expect to see many species of Meconopsis, Corydalis, Primula, Androsace, Saussurea, Arisaema and orchids galore among the other treasures of the Himalaya. Activities also include hiking through gorgeous alpine landscapes in Yajiangeng and visiting the Panda Breeding Center in Chengdu. Tour leader is Panayoti Kelaidis, senior curator and director of outreach at the Gardens.

Itinerary

Price: $5,965* per person based on double occupancy. Single room supplement: $555* (subject to availability)

*Pricing and availability are subject to change until domestic flight is booked, deposit received and confirmed in writing.

Register: Call Reefs to Rockies at 303-860-6045 or email admin@reefstorockies.com.

Reefs to Rockies is a Colorado-based tour operator that develops curated custom itineraries that weave the themes of nature, wildlife and culture throughout. Their award-winning itineraries have been featured in a variety of publications and their strong network of international partners allows them to develop one-of-a-kind itineraries for organizations like Denver Botanic Gardens. Join us on an adventure to remember.

 

Oaxaca's La Guelaguetza

July 18-24, 2020

Join us for the annual celebration of La Guelaguetza in Oaxaca, Mexico. The Zapotec word guendalezaai gives the festival its name—it means to give or share, or to offer a service to someone. This annual celebration brings together the most diverse communities in the state to showcase music and dances as well as exhibitions, concerts and other events of cultural importance.

Itinerary

Price: $3,595 per person for Denver Botanic Gardens members (double occupancy); add $100 per person for non-members. Surcharge for private accommodations: $630 (subject to availability)

*Pricing and availability are subject to change until domestic flight is booked, deposit received and confirmed in writing.

Register: Call Reefs to Rockies at 303-860-6045 or email admin@reefstorockies.com.

 

Botanical Wonders of Brazil’s Estrada Royal

October 5-13, 2020

This trip to Brazil offers a rich cultural and botanical experience, exploring 17th-19th century architecture, local cuisine, natural history, art, culture and landscapes. The journey will trace the Estrada Real, which opened in the 18th century to support gold mines. It was officially declared a tourist route in 1999 and is the most important tourist destination in Minas Gerais, encompassing historical cities, woodland parks, mountain, rivers, waterfall and lakes. Tour leader is Nick Snakenberg, curator of tropical collections and associate director of horticulture at the Gardens.

Itinerary

Price: $3,855 per person for Denver Botanic Gardens members (double occupancy); add $100 per person for non-members. Single room supplement: $670 (subject to availability)

Register: Call Reefs to Rockies at 303-860-6045 or email admin@reefstorockies.com. Space is limited to 24 travelers.

 

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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