Garden Travel Tours

Tour beautiful gardens from around the world with host, Peter Olin, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Director Emeritus. Sample local cuisines and stay in first-class accommodations while enjoying the company of your travel companions. Trips throughout the year feature custom itineraries, behind-the-scenes tours, local attractions and small group sizes.

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Read an interview about traveling with Peter Olin in the Chanhassen Villager!

Gold Coast Gardens and Mansions

Greetings from Long Island Postcard

Long Island, New York
September 19–25, 2018
Distinguished Host: Peter Olin, Arboretum Director Emeritus

Celebrate the spirit of Long Island and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Embark on a seven-day custom tour escorted by Peter Olin, Director and Professor Emeritus of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Enjoy stops at featured arboretums, natural gardens, conservatories, and museum. Spend your nights with accommodations at Southampton First-Class and Gold Coast Mansion.

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"Peru: Lost Lands of the Inca" March 25-April 7, 2018

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in conjunction with Knowmad Adventures is proud to announce an awe-inspiring Peru experience: “Lost Lands of the Inca: An Exploration of Peru, Machu Picchu & the Amazon.” This 14-day trip from March 25th to April 7th will highlight  historic archeological marvels of the Inca, vibrant expressions of  indigenous cultures, and unique flora and fauna of cherished gardens  and forests. Discover ancient mysteries of the Inca while visiting the  legendary citadel of Machu Picchu, breathtaking ruins of the Sacred Valley, and Cusco’s cobblestone streets. See colorful and exotic flora during curated garden walks, journey through parks of tranquil beauty in Lima, and observe unique fauna in the depths of the Amazon rainforest. Dive into bustling marketplaces and connect with local peoples in welcoming communities. Explore the unparalleled  treasures of Peru’s past and present with Knowmad Adventures and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Call Knowmad Adventures at 612.315.2894 (ext. 101 for Jordan) for more information and to register. This trip will likely sell out and space is limited.

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"Montreal, Quebec City and Charlevoix" June 18-25, 2017

Come celebrate Canada! Montreal and Quebec City
offer a touch of the Old World in North America. Experience
the contrast of Canada’s vibrant cities: the more modern,
multicultural Montreal, while Quebec City remains the heart
and soul of French-speaking Canada. The Charlevoix region is
known for its exquisite beauty.
Our journey will highlight the natural and historic wonders of our neighbors to the north, while presenting the opportunity to experience the magnificent gardens that surround and enhance the history and culture of each city, not to mention the French food! Please join Peter Olin in the Gardens of French Canada on this 7-night/8-day personally-escorted tour.

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Informational Links from Knowmad Travel:
For "Lost Land of the Incas" 2018 Tour


Indigenous Andean Culture: Amaru Village in Peru

Blog posts from previous Peru tour:

Lost Land of the Incas: Amazon Jungle & Machu Picchu Travel

Knowmad & the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Present "Lost Land of the Incas"

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