Arboretum Travel Tours

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CANCELLED (APOLOGIZE FOR INCONVENIENCE) "Northern France" July 31-August 11, 2014
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Loire Valley

This 12-day tour takes you to the premiere destinations in Northern France. Visit Giverny and its beautiful gardens, from which impressionistic painter Claude Monet drew much of his inspiration. The next stop is Normandy, site of memorials and museums honoring the WWII invasion, as well as the botanical gardens in Bayeux. The next few days will be spent visiting the regions surrounding St. Malo, the spectacular sights of the Loire Valley, and the rolling hills of Chantilly, where there will be samples of the famous Chantilly cream. En route to Paris there will be a stop at Versailles, the palace of King Louis XIV. Enjoy a guided tour of Paris, as well as free time to explore on your own.

"Gardens of the Midwest"September 18-22, 2014
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Milwaukee Lakefront

“Searching for gems in your own backyard” is the theme for the Arboretum’s fall tour. Highlights include visiting some of the beautiful gardens closer to us, in Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison. One weekend will be spent visiting one of the Midwest’s hidden gems in Milwaukee, most recently rated as the #4 destination for 2014 by Jetsetter magazine. Beautifully situated on Lake Michigan, 90 miles north of Chicago, Milwaukee has often been overshadowed by its larger neighbor to the south. But with a rich ethnic mix of German, Polish, Slavic, Irish, Italian and Hispanic cultures, Milwaukee is truly a delight – a Great Place on a Great Lake, as it’s often called. Also included are visits to several great gardens in Chicago and Madison.
"Magnificent India: Gardens, History and Culture" October 17–November 1, 2014
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Agra Fort Garden, India

Join the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for an unforgettable journey to see magnificent gardens, extravagant palaces and historic cultural sites in India. Highlights of this tour include experiencing the Hindu "festival of lights", Diwali; see-ing the Blue City of Jodhpur; and enjoying a sunrise visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. Throughout the tour, you will travel in deluxe air-conditioned vehicles with an expert, English-speaking guide who will escort you to local markets, exquisite gardens and on cultural tours. Enjoy many of India's secrets that you would not be able to find on your own. The tour features premium hotel accommodations offering western style and service.

"Brazil--Landscapes of Roberto Burle Marx and Beyond" March 9–22, 2015
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Rio de Janeiro

This incredible 14-day journey explores several of Roberto Burle Marx's landscaping projects while visiting Rio De Janeiro and the Brazilian Gold Route.See why he was said to "paint with plants". Walk the streets of historic cities, take in the beautiful architecture, visit some of the country's best museums and observe the exotic birds and wildlife found in the world's largest urban forest. The trip is escorted by Arboretum Director Emeritus Peter Olin, Knowmad Adventure's Jordan Harvey and exceptional local guides. Also visit a coffee plantation, an orchid reserve, the country's flagship brewery and the old Imperial Palace. Take in breathtaking views of Rio De Janeiro and white sugar sand beaches from the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain. Travel with a small group of 25 or less and stay in small, boutique-style accommodations.

"Springtime in the Gardens of Italy's Amalfi Coast" April 25–May 3, 2015
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Amalfi Coast, Italy

Stretching about 28 miles along the Southern side of the Sorrentine Penninsula, the Amalfi Coast is one of Europe's most breathtaking sites. Explore all of its riches through visits to its public and private gardens, cliffside towns and and islands of Capri and Ischia. Some of the highlights are visits to Pompeii, a cooking class in a private garden, the Mortella Gardens on Ischia, a lemon estate and the Minerva medical gardens of Salerno, the Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, Villa San Michele in Capri, the Botanical Garden of Naples, Villa Floridiana, and the Royal Palace of Caserta (replicating the courts of Versailles). Most days, lunch with wine will be enjoyed in the garden of a private villa.



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