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

This trip has been cancelled.

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!

"The Gardens, Forests and Culture of Costa Rica" February 27-March 10, 2017

Costa Rica
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in conjunction with Knowmad Adventures is proud to announce a once-in-a-lifetime Costa Rica experience: "The Gardens, Forests & Culture of Costa Rica." This 12-day trip from February 27th to March 10th will highlight the unparalleled biodiversity of Costa Rica's flora and fauna, impressive sights of geological wonders and vibrant expressions of traditional culture. Beginning in the capital city of San José, experience Costa Rica's vastly varied ecosystems while visiting the Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Forest, Sarapiqui River, the
Turrialba Valley and beyond. Enjoy private visits to exotic gardens, impressive research centers and tranquil forest preserves. Live the warmth of tico culture as you sip coffee at peaceful haciendas and visit historic buildings of architectural beauty.

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"Springtime in Spain: When Art, Architecture and Nature Merge" May 8-20, 2017

SpainAhhh....Springtime in Spain. It is the best time to relish the sights, sounds, tastes and culture of Spain. Blossoms abound and the air is alive with their scent. Historic towns have their annual flower festivals; in Cordoba, private patios are opened for all to see. Join Peter Olin, Director Emeritus of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, on this tour to take part in the joys of Spain in springtime.
We will explore the rich history, culture and cuisine of each city we visit. You will be amazed by the beautiful gardens and parks created by renowned artists and architects such as Salvador Dali, Antoni Gaudi, Joan Miro, Picasso, Francisco Prieto-Moreno, Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier, and Lluis Domenech i Montaner, to name but a few. Whatever your interest - gardens , art, architecture, history or haute cuisine - this is a rich and varied trip with something for everyone to enjoy.

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"Gardens of Okanagan Valley, British Columbia" Sept. 14-18, 2017

Okanagan Valley


Please join Peter Olin in the Gardens of Okanagan Valley, British Columbia: Located in southern British Columbia, Canada, the Okanagan Valley is one of the warmest regions in all of Canada. The Okanagan includes the cities of Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Osoyoos. During the summer months, visitors are offered countless sandy beaches, hot sun, and a variety of outdoor and water activities. Okanagan Lake provides the valley not only with excellent swimming but is also a spectacular backdrop to the golf courses and Okanagan wineries and popular ski resorts located in the rolling hills of this wine valley. Blessed with September temperatures with highs in the mid-70s and lows in the mid-40s, the region is cradled within a glorious range of mountains; a sanctuary blessed with pristine lakes, pine forests, abundant gardens, orchards and over 150 vineyards.

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