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"Crossing the Andes--An Exporation of Chile, Argentina and Patagonia" January 21–February 2, 2016--SOLD OUT!

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Chile Argentina

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in conjunction with Knowmad Adventures is proud to offer this incredible 13-day group trip. Highlights include the beautiful landscapes of Argentina and Chile as well as the varied cultures throughout these regions, including Santiago, the Chilean wine country and coast, south to the Patagonia and across the Andes by way of fyords and glacial lakes into Bariloche, Argentina and ending in vibrant Buenas Aires. From there you will have the option to extend your adventure and visit magnificent Iguazu Falls. We will enjoy exclusive private garden visits, curated by a variety of designers, architects and garden owners. This is truly the trip of a lifetime!

"The Gardens and Castles of Scotland" May 16-28, 2016--SOLD OUT!

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Gardens and Castles and Scotland

This delightful tour was such a success in 2013 that we decided to go back, this time in spring to take advantage of the spectacular beauty of the Azaleas and Rhododendrons. We have put together an itnerary that visits some of the favorite sites from the 2013 tour, as well as new destinations and gardens. We begin off the west coast of Scotland on the Isle of Bute, continuing on to the Northwest coast and the much-talked-about Inverewe Gardens. We'll cruise Lock Ness in Inverness and then head to the garden city of Aberdeen. Our last stops are Pitlochery and Edinburgh, with its famed castle and Royal Botanic Garden. Book by Oct. 31 for an early bird discount!

"The Gardens and Culture of Melbourne and Tasmania, Australia" October 24-November 8, 2016

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Australia and Tasmania

Explore the natural beauty, gardens, history, culture and culinary delights of Melbourne and Tasmania. The adventure starts with four nights in Melbourne. Here you will have time to explore this vibrant city and charming coastal villages while on your way to visit the private and public gardens of the Mornington Peninsula and Mount Macedon. After a short flight to Tasmania, you will spend nine days traversing Tasmania from Launceston in the north to Hobart in the south. During this time, you will explore the flora, fauna, and history of this island that started out as a convict settlement. In the public and private gardens and national parks, you will be amazed by the rare plants and geological features of the island. Tasmania is where the most ancient plant species on Earth are found, including a high proportion of endemic species such as the Huon pine, deciduous beech and pandani. You will visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed convict settlement; visit historical homes and villages and a sculpture garden; stay in a lodge in the Cradle Mountain Sanctuary to explore the natural park and meet the Tasmanian devil; visit the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to see koalas, kangaroos, and other native species; visit Salamanca Market and the MONA museum (the Museum of Old and New Art) in Hobart plus have free time to explore this vibrant city; and you will have ample opportunities to sample the cuisine of Tasmania and its many wines in addition to enjoying a behind-the-scenes tour of a distillery. Why not spend spring in Australia rather than fall in Minnesota? You'll be amazed by the discoveries you make on this once-in-a-lifetime journey!

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