Sphinx in front of Great Pyramids, Giza, Egypt. Photo by Anton Aleksenko on Unsplash.

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.


Ancient Egypt and the Nile

October 22 – November 2, 2022

Join Gardens CEO Brian Vogt on a tour of Egypt’s finest gardens, including the Orman Botanical Gardens (Giza Royal Palace Gardens), the Persian gardens at Manial Palace and the Aswan Botanical Gardens with flora from Asia, India and parts of Africa. From the comfort of a Nile River ship, cruise from Aswan to Luxor, visiting iconic ancient sites while observing village life along the river. Enjoy the convivial company of our Denver Botanic Gardens group; limited to 30 travelers.



Día de los Muertos - Oaxaca, Mexico

October 28 – November 3, 2022

A national holiday in Mexico, Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is considered one of the most important cultural celebrations in Latin America. With ancient roots in Mesoamerica, the celebration as we know it today is largely a combination of indigenous and European cultural practices that demonstrates the culture’s strong sense of love and respect for one’s ancestors, while celebrating the continuance of life. On this day in Mexico, the streets near the cemeteries are filled with papel picado (tissue paper decorations), flowers, candy calaveras (skeletons and skulls) and parades. It is believed that the spirits of the dead visit their families on October 31 and leave on November 2. Host is Dan Johnson, curator of native plant collections and associate director of horticulture at the Gardens.


Price: $3,785 per adult, double occupancy; add $100 per person for non-members of Denver Botanic Gardens. Single room supplement: $840

Register: Call Reefs to Rockies at 303-860-6045 or email admin@reefstorockies.com for more information about this trip.


Magical Mexico

January 15-21, 2023

Every winter, montane cloud forests in central Mexico host millions of over-wintering monarch butterflies. This aggregation of monarchs in Mexico’s central highlands ranks as one of the most impressive wildlife spectacles on the planet. When masses of butterflies are in flight, it sounds like rain falling. Their cumulative weight can even bend branches of towering oyamel fir trees. In addition to spending two days at monarch butterfly sanctuaries, travelers will also explore vibrant Mexico City known for its thriving art scene, charming neighborhoods, world-class gastronomy and its unique blend of old and new. Host is Yvonne Garcia Bardwell, associate director of community relations at the Gardens.

Itinerary & Register

Price: $3,475 per adult, double occupancy. Single room supplement: $655

Register: Call Reefs to Rockies at 303-860-6045 or email admin@reefstorockies.com for more information about this trip.


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. Host is 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.


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.


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

June 10-19, 2023

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 has been chosen by leading local landscape designers. Cypress trees, country roads lined with majestic plane trees, olive trees and vines, all seen against a backdrop of craggy limestone hills or forested mountains, are just part of the superb Provençal landscape. The lavender fields near Sault and Valensole together with olive trees and sunflowers evoke images painted by Van Gogh. For the final couple of days we are based in the country village of Mazan. Host is Larry Vickerman, director of Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, and a local French guide.

Price: €5,200 per adult, double occupancy. Single room supplement: €2,285
Donation is required to Denver Botanic Gardens of $250 (USD) per person.

Register: Email info@susanwornertours.com 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


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. Some regional trips are in the pipeline. Check back for updates or contact travel@botanicgardens.org to express interest in any of the following:



June 2023 or 2024

It's not just sunflowers, kiddo! Whirl through the heartland state of Kansas. If you’ve only whizzed through on the interstate, be prepared to be dazzled by spectacular rock formations resembling canyonlands, red hills like Arizona and the Tallgrass Prairie National Park—all brimming with showy wildflowers, including four extremely different subspecies of Missouri Evening primrose, and the rare endemic Fremont Clematis with waxy, nodding flowers. Larry Vickerman directed the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains for ten years, and Botanica in Wichita is also worth a visit! Trip is led by Larry Vickerman, director of Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms.


Colorado Day Trips

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