Desert Botanical Garden has teamed with Arizona Outback Adventures to create an incredible itinerary, exclusively for garden members, for a two-week visit to South Africa, during which the travel group will get to discover and appreciate some of the world’s most extraordinary animal and plant life. The tour, October 3-18, will include fascinating behind-the-scenes looks into the botanical gardens of South Africa, as well as meetings with the garden’s knowledgeable directors and curators. Travelers will get to experience all this and more for $7,839, which includes double occupancy accommodations (including taxes and service fees), meals, private transportation, specialist guide services, activities, internal flights and a $250 contribution to Desert Botanical Garden. ($1,798 for single supplement.)
August 24-27, the DBG is planning another trip, this one to a destination that’s significantly closer to home but not any less beautiful: the Canyon de Chelly National Monument. This tour will take participants to one of the most visited areas of natural and cultural importance in all of Arizona. Located within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation, the park there consists of 84,000 gorgeous acres of Southwest landscapes, and is also the location of preserved ruins of the ancient Navajo and Ancient Pueblo Peoples. The tour includes stops at the historic La Posada Hotel in Winslow, accommodations at the canyon’s Thunderbird Lodge, six-wheel jeep transportation into the canyon and a tour with a Navajo guide of the ruins, petroglyphs and caves. The fees are $860 per person (double occupancy) and include motor coach transportation from the Garden with professional driver, three nights lodging, three breakfasts, three lunches, guided tour, professional tour manager and a garden host. ($180 for single supplement.) Dinners and evenings will be open for program participants to explore on their own.
Also in October, on the 22nd, DBG has announced they will be hosting an exciting daytrip to explore wineries in southern Arizona. And there’s no better time to visit the vineyards than in the fall, when the weather is cool and the grapes are in season for harvest. The group will be touring the Wilhelm Family Vineyards, the Kief-Joshua Vineyards and the Sonoita Vineyards, the oldest commercial vineyard in the region. Discover the ways in which the winemakers have implemented sustainable farming and recycling techniques in the processes they utilize in order to turn grapes into wine. The trip will include round-trip transportation in a luxury motor coach, a professional tour guide, a catered lunch, wine tastings at all three wineries and bottled water and snacks on board the coach. The price for members is $138 per person for garden members and $166 per person for non-members.
For further details regarding the itineraries, registration and what’s included and not included in the travel arrangements, visit the DBG’s site here.