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

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.

 

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

– SOLD OUT 

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.

 

Mexico's Art, Culture and Cuisine

July 20-28, 2022

Denver Botanic Gardens and Reefs to Rockies are offering an unforgettable trip this summer that highlights Mexico’s art, culture and cuisine. This 9-day journey takes you to Mexico City, Puebla and Oaxaca.

Yvonne Garcia Bardwell, associate director of community relations at the Gardens, guides this off-the-beaten path experience through Mexico City, Puebla and Oaxaca.

Itinerary

Price: $4,795 per adult, double occupancy; add $100 per person for non-members of Denver Botanic Gardens. Single room supplement: $855

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

 

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.

Itinerary

Price: $6,890 per adult, double occupancy. Single room and cabin supplement: $1,030

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

 

Día de los Muertos - 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.

Join Dan Johnson, curator of native plant collections and associate director of horticulture at the Gardens, for this unforgettable experience that acquaints people with the culture, art, and food, and what makes Mexico such a unique destination.

Itinerary

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.

 

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

Summer 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, 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, and a local French guide.

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 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:

 

New Mexico, Chaco Canyon, Taos and Santa Fe

September 2022

Land of Enchantment: Late summer in the Rio Grande valley and surrounds is a magical time, with school-bus-yellow poplars, scarlet ristras and the smell of hot peppers roasting. This is a perfect time to visit some gardens and sites in historic Santa Fe and Taos and enjoy Chaco Canyon in the golden late summer light. Trip is led by Panayoti Kelaidis, director of outreach and senior curator.

 

Kansas

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.

 

Day Trips to Colorado Hot Spots

Check back soon for summer 2022 options!

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