Brussels Flower Carpet – NEW TOUR
A Floral Masterpiece in the Heart of Brussels
Once every two years, the beautiful Grand-Place of Brussels is transformed into a floral paradise, as it is adorned with a stunning carpet of flowers. Whether viewed close-up from the cobblestone ground of the square, or from up above on the City Hall balcony, this is an awe-inspiring work of art!
First held in 1971, this event now attracts visitors from all over the world. Begonias make up the 1,800m squared carpet, which is put together by a group of talented volunteers in just a few hours. They weave over 500,000 of the flowers, along with dahlias, grass and bark, into an intricate and vibrant design. Each year there is a special theme for the carpet. Previous years have seen themes such as 18th Century French designs, and other countries such as Mexico and Japan. Coordinating with Assumption Day, this is a very special event and will be unlike anything you have seen before!
One of Europe’s most beautiful cities
During this tour, you will also have the opportunity to explore Belgium’s capital. Brussels has a fascinating history along with an eclectic mix of old and new. In addition to the Grand Place, this city has a range of iconic sights, such as the Manneken Pis and the Atomium. You will truly find yourself spoilt for choice when it comes to sightseeing in this multicultural hub. Brussels has almost 90 museums, a number of stunning parks, elaborate churches, and a variety of wonderful restaurants and cafes serving traditional Belgian cuisine.
Brussels is a fascinating and welcoming city, with iconic landmarks and hidden gems. Combined with the beautiful Flower Carpet, this is a tour you don’t want to miss!
14-17 August 2020
Arrive in Brussels
Travel to Dover for your ferry crossing to Calais. From there, continue through France into Belgium. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and if time permits, begin to explore your surroundings.
Brussels Carpet of Flowers
Today we head to the Grand-Place to see the magnificent Flower Carpet. You will have the opportunity to see the Carpet close-up, taking in all the detail of the stunning begonias and intricate handiwork of the volunteers who put the carpet together. Then, head up to the balcony of the City Hall for an incredible view of the carpet from above. Here you will be able to see the full design as the artist intended, and it is sure to impress!
In the evening, why not head back to the Grand-Place for the sound and light show that takes place every evening? Every year, a different piece of music is composed to coincide with the carpet’s theme. This is played as a stunning light show is incorporated into the floral design, to really make it special.
*Sound and light show subject to confirmation for 2020.
Spend this day at leisure really getting to know Belgium’s capital. This city is filled with stunning architecture such as the Royal Gallery of Saint Hubert. This grand shopping centre under an arched glass roof is the perfect place to treat yourself or simply window shop. Additionally, no trip to Belgium’s capital is complete without sampling the local cuisine. Take some time to fill up on rich Belgian chocolates and delicious local beers.
If you want to see the more modern side of Brussels, then the Atomium is the place to go. This towering structure in the shape of an atom offers fantastic views over the city, along with a range of fascinating temporary exhibitions. It is also located next to Mini-Europe, a fun park which is home to reproductions of some iconic landmarks from around 80 European cities!
Today we bid farewell to Brussels. If time permits, enjoy some final sightseeing before retracing your steps to Calais for your return ferry crossing back to the UK.
Ibis Brussels City Centre ***
Ibis Brussels City Centre is located in the city centre of Brussels, just around the corner from the Grand Place, the famous Manneken Pis, museums and popular shopping areas. The hotel offers free WiFi, air conditioning and a bar. The air conditioned rooms all have desks, telephones, flat-screen TVs and en suite bathrooms with hairdryers. Free on road coach parking close to the hotel.
Ibis Styles Louvain La Neuve ***
Ibis Styles Louvain La Neuve is based in beautiful wooded parkland, located in Louvain-la-Neuve, just a short drive to the theme park Walibi Belgium, and around a 40 minute drive outside of Brussels. The hotel offers free WiFi, air conditioning, a restaurant and an outdoor terrace. The spacious rooms have desks, telephones, flat-screen TVs and en suite bathrooms. Free onsite coach parking available.
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|14 August 2020 x 3 nights||Half Twin||Single Supplement|
|Ibis Styles Louvain La Neuve||From £135.00 per person||From £87.00 per person|
|Ibis Brussels City Centre||From £229.00 per person||From £125.00 per person|