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

"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.  Ask about referral discounts on trip pricing.

"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.

"Gardens of Northern Ohio" September 10–15, 2015
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cayuhoga scenic railway

Continuing with another journey centered on great cities on the Great Lakes, our 6 day/5 night tour this coming fall will find the Arboretum exploring the gardens of Cleveland and Northern Ohio. Like last year’s visit to Chicago and Milwaukee, Cleveland has the flavor of a hard-working, ethnic city with a lot to see and do. The vibrant lakeside city of Cleveland is filled with world-class arts, hip eateries and bars, cool concert clubs and top-notch attractions like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art and the a lively Theater District. Travel & Leisure Magazine, Fodor’s, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times all have listed Cleveland on their list of must-visit cities for 2015.

The area is also rich in horticultural gems such as the Holden Arboretum, the Cleveland Botanical Garden, and the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Nearby gardens include Stan Hywet Hall and Garden, Kingwood Gardens and Quailcrest Farms.

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