Arboretum Travel Tours

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"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.
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"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.
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"Darwin's Galapagos Islands and the Flora & Fauna of Ecuador" February 27-March 11, 2014
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galapagos tortoise

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Botanic Gardens Conservation International in conjunction with Knowmad Adventures is proud to announce an incredible group trip "Darwin's Galapagos Islands & Flora and Fauna of Ecuador." This thirteen-day trip will highlight the incredible landscapes and diverse ecosystems of mainland Ecuador and includes a luxurious 6-day small ship cruise around Darwin's Galapagos Islands which are full of fascinating endemic species and beautiful volcanic landscapes. Join Director Emeritus Peter Olin along with excellent local guides on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, and have unique cultural interactions, explore the cloud forest's plants, orchids and over 132 hummingbird species, visit a rose plantation, and much more! 

THIS TRIP CANCELLED: SORRY FOR INCONVENIENCE--"The Gardens of South Florida" January 18-27, 2014
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Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden

What could be better in January than sun, warm weather, more sun and more warm weather! That's what's in store for the Arboretum travelers next January as we travel to a region that we've visited before on a nine-night tour to the Gardens of South Florida. Our tours in the past have stopped in Miami and Key West, so this year's edition added South West Florida to the journey, with three nights in Naples, Florida. At a time of the year when it's really nice to be away from our part of the country, we've added the ambiance and great weather in southern Florida to offer a relaxing, post-holiday break in 2014.
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