International Orchid Tours

Orchid Conservation Alliance Orchids in the Wild Tours for 2017

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April: Crete and Greece (15 Days: April 10 – 24)

Our trip to Crete and Greece will be a relaxing holiday filled with a feast of Mediterranean flowers including Orchids, Tulips, Anemones, and many others. Our base for the first part of the trip will be Chania, a beautiful seaside town. Chania prefecture is the greenest part of Crete, thanks to the rainfall provided by the White Mountains. For the second part of our visit to Crete we will move to Spili, famous for its plethora of Orchids and Bulbs. Finally, we will move to Athens to see yet more orchids and also some Greek Archeology.

June: Two Rio Negro trips in the Brazilian Amazon
(Botanical Art and Illustration: 10 Days, June 6 – 15)
(Botanical Photography: 10 Days, June 17 – 26)

For these two trips we will cruise the Rio Negro’s Anavilhanas Archipelago, just upstream of Manaus, Brazil. Because we are there at flood stage, our trips into the flooded forest carry us through the forest canopy where the Orchids are. Our home on the river will be the Otter, a 10 stateroom cruise boat. All of the Otter’s staterooms are air conditioned with en suite baths. Our Captain is Gilberto Castro who piloted Margaret Mee to paint the Moonflower cactus. Each trip will have its own professional instructor, in art or photography, respectively.

November: Ecuador after the World Orchid Conference
(16 Days: November 13-28)

Ecuador is incredibly rich in Orchids, Birds, Tropical Plants, and almost every other face of Mother Nature. Our trip will begin in southwestern Ecuador, in Guayaquil, just after the World Orchid Conference, and swing through many regions to end up in Quito after passing through Tulcan, very near to the northern border with Colombia. Our guide will be Gilberto Merino, whose experience and knowledge of Ecuadoran orchids is unexcelled. Along the way we will also visit native markets, orchid reserves and orchid nurseries, making a stop at the equator, where we can stand in the northern and southern hemispheres at the same time.