|Menorca & Mallorca:
Art and Gardens
In Support of the University of California
May 22- June 1, 2017
Escorted by Katherine Greenberg
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Come with us to discover the natural beauty and diverse culture of Menorca and Mallorca. We will
experience the best of what Spain’s Balearic Islands have to offer, from ancient stone monuments and
centuries-old country estates to contemporary art collections and gardens. Join us for a memorable
tour and an “insider’s” view of these unique islands.
Monday 22 May: USA to MENORCA
Tuesday 23 May: MENORCA D
Independent arrivals to the island of Menorca.
Check into the Hotel Hamilton Barcelo in Es Castell.
This afternoon we will meet in the hotel for an introduction
to the island of Menorca by Sofia Barroso, our lecturer/
guide. We will walk through the charming old town of
Mahón and enjoy a short organ concert at the Church of
Santa Maria, the town’s most important shrine. Our
welcome dinner this evening will be at Miramar Restaurant.
Wednesday 24 May: MENORCA B, L, D
This morning we will visit an impressive private country
estate, where we will see its indigenous plants, a natural
lake that attracts an abundance of wildlife, and several
coves along the sea. We will enjoy a picnic lunch at one
of the estate’s private beaches.
Later in the afternoon we will visit Camp Sarch, a private
agricultural estate. Starting in the 1990s, Fernando
Caruncho, one of Spain’s leading landscape architects
and a friend of the family, converted the orchards and a small traditional garden into the beautiful
gardens that exist today. The main garden has 16 ponds that alternate with beds of native plants and
two pavilions. The project respects the existing structures, which according to Caruncho are of
Moorish origin. Tapas and drinks will be served.
Thursday 25 May: MENORCA Ciudadella B, L
Today we will drive across the island, stopping to see the megalithic remains in the Talayotic village of
Talati De Dalt. From Mount Toro, the highest point on Menorca, we will have views over the entire
island and see the monument devoted to the Menorcans who migrated to Florida in the 18th Century.
We will also visit the famous megalithic
Naveta of Es Tudons before entering
Ciudadella. We are invited to an impressive
private palace in Ciudadella for lunch, where
we will enjoy a tasting of Menorcan
specialties and its beautiful setting. Later we
will stroll through the town’s historic quarter,
viewing its palaces and churches. We will
stop for coffee in the town’s quaint port before returning to Es Castell. The evening is free for dinner
on your own.
Friday 26 May: MENORCA to MALLORCA B, L
We depart Menorca this morning for a short flight from Mahon airport
to Palma de Mallorca. After arriving in Palma, we drive to Son Oliver,
the private home and garden of Margarita Moragues and Olivier
Winckler. The garden incorporates plants that are native to the
property, and Olivier has created an impressive walled garden for
After lunch at Son Oliver we will drive across the island to the village
of Petra to see the home and parish church of Fray Junipero Serra,
founder of the California missions. We will continue to Palma and
check into our hotel, HM Jaime III, located in the historic center of the
city and a short walk from the sea. This evening we will have drinks at Abaco, a spectacular old
palace near the hotel. Dinner is on your own.
Saturday 27 May: MALLORCA Palma B, L
9.30 am. This morning we will walk through Palma´s
old quarter, to see its distinctive architecture, art
treasures, and hidden gardens. We will visit the
church and cloister garden of the San Francisco
Monastery, followed by a tour of the Bartolome March
Foundation’s art collection and sculpture terrace in
the former home of Mallorcan tycoon Juan March.
We will also see Palma’s impressive Cathedral. It´s
Gothic interior was redesigned by Antoni Gaudí in the early 20th century, and contemporary
Mallorcan architect Miguel Barceló created an impressive chapel in ceramics. After a visit to the
Bishop’s garden, we will visit the old Arab baths and the Convent of St Claire.
Sunday 28 May: MALLORCA Alfabia, Fornalutx & Soller B, L
This morning we will drive into the Soller Valley,
notable for its centuries-old agricultural terraces
planted with orange and lemon trees. We will visit
the Soller Botanic Garden, which is devoted to plants
of the Balearic Islands. The Garden also has an
important seed collection and data base. We will
continue to the lovely village of Fornalutx for lunch.
Later we will visit “Hort del Bisbe” (The Bishop’s
Orchard), the private home and garden of Mallorcan
artist Francesca Martí and her Swedish husband
Gunnar Dahl. We will see Francesca’s paintings in
her studio. The garden has one of the oldest Pistacia lentiscus trees (“Mata” in Majorcan) on
theisland. On our return to Palma we will visit Alfabia, Mallorca’s oldest country estate, created in the
9th century during the Moorish occupation of the island.
Monday 29 May: MALLORCA Southern Mallorca B, L
Guest lecturer Alvaro de la Rosa will join us for a visit
to several of the gardens he has designed on the
island. Our morning tour begins with the impressive
cactus garden of S´Avall, the private country estate
of the March family. A light lunch will follow in a private
home with a garden designed by Alvaro.
On our drive back to Palma, we will stop for drinks at
the old fortress of Cap Rocat, now a deluxe hotel with
beautiful gardens and spectacular views across the Bay of Palma. Return to Palma for a free evening
and dinner on your own.
Tuesday 30 May: MALLORCA Valldemossa & Deia B, L
Alvaro de la Rosa will join us for a visit to Raixa, a recently
restored garden and country manor house built by
Cardinal Despuig in the 18th century. We will continue to
Valldemossa for a walk through the village and a visit to
a private garden designed by Alvaro. We will also visit the
town’s Carthusian Monastery and its gardens, where
Chopin and George Sand lived during the winter of 1838.
Our visit to the monastery will include a short concert. We
are invited to the private home and garden of artist Clara
Carvajal for lunch.
Later we will visit the gardens of Miramar Monastery, created by Raymond Lully in the 14th century,
and the nearby Son Marroig, home of the late Archduke Luigi Salvatore Habsburg. We will continue
our drive along Mallorca’s spectacular North Coast to the village of Deia, home of the late poet and
author Robert Graves, before returning to Palma for a free evening.
Wednesday 31 May: MALLORCA Alcudia B, L, D
This morning we will drive across the island to Alcudia for a
visit to the Yannick & Ben Jakober Foundation. We will see
its impressive sculpture park, rose garden, and art
collection, which includes Old Masters paintings of royal
children and contemporary art. Gabriel Barceló, director
of the foundation, will welcome us. We will have lunch
nearby at La Bodega del Sol.
After lunch we return to Palma. Later in the afternoon we
have an optional visit to Es Baluard, Palma´s contemporary
art museum. Our tour concludes with a farewell dinner at Es Baluard Restaurant, overlooking the Bay
Thursday 1 June: MALLORCA - USA
Independent transfers to the airport from the hotel for return flights.
Tour Escort: Katherine Greenberg.
Katherine is a garden designer and author with a life-long interest in Spanish
gardens, history, and culture. She studied at the University of Madrid and the
University of California. A member of the UC Botanical Garden Advisory Board,
Katherine is a past-president of the Mediterranean Garden Society (MGS), the
Friends of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden, and Pacific Horticulture Society.
Katherine has led many tours to Spain, and she has given talks in Mallorca
and Madrid. She started a Branch of the MGS in Mallorca, and this will be her
third tour of the Balearic Islands.
Sofia Barroso: An art collector from Madrid, Sofia has organized tours and lectured for American and
European museum groups in Spain for many years. She lived in Palma de Mallorca for 14 years and
directed a Syracuse University study program in Mallorca called ‘The Art of Living in the
Mediterranean’. Sofia oversees the preservation of her family’s historic garden in Toledo.
Alvaro de la Rosa Maura: A landscape architect and sculptor from Mallorca, Alvaro is now based in
Madrid. He has designed gardens throughout Spain and received the Lausanne Garden Competition
prize. Alvaro has lectured for the Mediterranean Garden Society, the Garden Conservancy, and the
UC Botanical Garden group visiting Spain in 2016.
Physical Endurance level: The tour includes a moderate amount of walking, and some of the
places that we will be visiting can only be seen on foot. Walking surfaces may be uneven, and
comfortable shoes are recommended.
TOUR LAND COST PER GUEST BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY:
Based on a minimum of 15 guests: $6198 per person for members of the University of California
Botanic Garden. Non-members pay a $50.00 supplement. We suggest non-members join before
registering for the tour. Single supplement $884.
• 8 night’s accommodation, all rooms with private bathrooms
• All hotel taxes and service charges
• Breakfast daily/ lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
• Deluxe private coaches and top drivers
• Flight from Menorca to Mallorca
• Special English speaking local guide
• All sightseeing and entrances as per the itinerary
• Deluxe portfolio of documents
• Escorted by Katherine Greenberg
• Donation of $500 to the University of California Botanic Garden
COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE:
• Travel insurance
To view and/or print the itinerary, please click HERE.
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