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Gardens of the Czech Republic

Jun 23 - Jul 03, 2024

10 days | Czech Republic | alumni UBC Travel Club

Join Gary Lewis in the enchanting world of Czech gardens, where history, culture, and nature intertwine to create landscapes of timeless beauty.

Begin amidst the cobbled streets and medieval charm of Prague visiting the Renaissance and Baroque Royal Gardens, the formal Wallenstein Gardens, and a number of special access private gardens. The fabulous Pruhonice Park is a work of art with masterfully chosen vistas creating an harmonious whole. Heading south to the exquisite village of Cesky Krumlov we’ll admire an historic rose garden and tour the Castle gardens with the head gardener. Two spectacular UNESCO-listed sites await in Brno; the Tugendhat Villa which we visit by special permission and the garden complex of Valtice-Lednice with its remarkable series of follies.

Throughout our tour we will meet with resident horticulturalists and head gardeners, and enjoy special access to private gardens and selected sites. We’ll experience a mix of historic gardens, some with revived planting, botanical gardens, and new plant-focused gardens with modern design.

Comfortable accommodation including an historic five-star Art Nouveau hotel in Prague and special attention to meals ensure a most enjoyable experience of the Czech Republic from a botanical perspective.

Our optional extension to Wachau Valley takes us through the UNESCO-listed landscape famous for its steep terraced vineyards, picturesque orchards, and marvelous gardens associated with castles and country houses. Over four days, we’ll visit many lovely gardens (some by special arrangement) as well as the spectacular Melk Abbey, and enjoy a wine tasting and dinner at Schloss Gobelsburg.
alumni UBC Travel Club
Tour Cost (per person):
C$7495 includes taxes and gratuities
Group Size:
14 - 20 participants

What’s included: Accommodations based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar; ground transportation; all activities as described in the detailed itinerary; entrance fees to all sites visited with the group; services of English-speaking specialized guides; meals as specified in itineraries; gratuities for guides, driver, and included meals; all taxes; services of your Tour Leader Gary Lewis; fully escorted by our Czech Republic Tour Director

"Gary was great! He created a relaxed and fun environment for the tour. His plant knowledge was incredible! He was wonderful to spend time with." - Quest traveller on our Gardens of France tour with Gary Lewis
"Gary Lewis was an excellent host. Gracious in his thanks to our garden/lunch/ hosts and always positive." - Susan M. (Quest traveller on our Gardens of Ireland tour with Gary Lewis)

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Prague
2Prague Castle and Gardens, Wallenstein Gardens in the Mala Strana, Troja Botanic Gardens
3Important Plant Gardens in Pruhonice
4Private Gardens: Velvary, Trebesice Castle, afternoon at leisure
5South to Bohemia: Knopsite, Ceske Budejovice, travel to Cesky Krumlov
6Jindrichuv Hradec Gardens, travel to Brno
7Travel to Morania, Garden complex of Valtice-Lednice
8Summer Palace and Gardens of the Archbishops of Olomouc in Kromeriz
9Neoclassical Gardens in Lysice Manor, Mendel University Botanical Gardens
10Depart Brno
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Your Tour Leader

UBC alumnus Gary Lewis is the owner of Phoenix Perennials, a cutting edge retail nursery in Vancouver, and an expert on perennials and horticulture. He is one of Canada’s most knowledgeable plant experts with a deep and special interest in rare and unusual herbaceous perennials. He recently published The Complete Book of Ground Covers.

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alumni UBC Travel Club
Tour Cost (per person):
C$7495 includes taxes and gratuities
Group Size:
14 - 20 participants

What’s included: Accommodations based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar; ground transportation; all activities as described in the detailed itinerary; entrance fees to all sites visited with the group; services of English-speaking specialized guides; meals as specified in itineraries; gratuities for guides, driver, and included meals; all taxes; services of your Tour Leader Gary Lewis; fully escorted by our Czech Republic Tour Director

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