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Trips & Travel

International

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.

 

Oaxaca: Art, Culture and Cuisine

July 2021
Canceled for 2021

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 admin@reefstorockies.com for more information about this trip in 2022.

 

Botanical Wonders of Brazil’s Estrada Royal

Oct. 3-11, 2021

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. Host is Nick Snakenberg, curator of tropical collections and associate director of horticulture at the Gardens.

Itinerary

Price: $3,895 per person for Denver Botanic Gardens members (double occupancy); add $100 per person for non-members. Single room supplement: $545 (subject to availability)

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

 

Día de los Muertos - Mexico

Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2021

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. This 8-day journey takes you to Mexico City, Puebla and Oaxaca. Combining these three cities offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore the rich history and long-standing traditions of this beautiful celebration. Travel & Leisure lists Oaxaca as the World's #1 City for 2020. Host is Dan Johnson, curator of native plant collections and associate director of horticulture at the Gardens.

Itinerary

Price: $4,265 per person for Denver Botanic Gardens members (double occupancy); add $100 per person for non-members. Single room supplement: $935 (subject to availability)

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

 

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

Postponed to 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.

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.

 

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.

Itinerary coming soon.

Price: €4,340 ($5,312 U.S.) per adult, double occupancy. Single room supplement: €1,620 ($1,889 U.S.)

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

 

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 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. 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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