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Flower Power: Floralia Brussels, Floriade and Keukenhof Gardens

  • Floralia forestry ©Floralia Brussels

    Floralia ©Floralia Brussels
  • Windmill at Keukenhof Gardens

    Keukenhof Gardens NCN
  • Keukenhof Gardens

    Floralia and Keukenhof
  • Floralia White ©Floralia brussels

    Floralia White ©Floralia brussels
  • Floriade, Amsterdam, Almere, Netherlands - Floriculture

    Floriade, Amsterdam, Almere, Netherlands - Floriculture (NCN)
5 day tour
From £295 per person - minimum 25 passengers

Three of Europe’s Finest Flower Shows

Visit some of the best Flower Shows in Belgium and Holland. Combine the Floralia Spring Flower Show at the magnificent Chateau de Grand-Bigard in Belgium with the famous Keukenhof Gardens and the living laboratory that is Floriade in Holland for a vibrant, fragrant group tour. Specialist gardeners and artists from across the globe create unique displays which wow visitors from near and far. Don’t miss your chance to experience three of the best flower shows in the world!

Fabulous Floralia, Colourful Keukenhof & The most prestigious horticultural event of Europe

Just outside Brussels, the Floralia Spring Flower Exhibition offers an unforgettable experience. Open from 04 April to 03 May 2020, the park’s 14 hectares incorporate nearly all spring bulb varieties. Each year, the castle gardeners plant more than one million bulbs by hand, ready for the spring flowering. Almost 400 varieties of tulips are tended to, along with a variety of hyacinths and daffodils.

Keukenhof Gardens, once a modest herb garden, is now the site of the Dutch bulb growing industry’s annual petal spectacular. Between March and May each year, seven million bulbs planted across 70 acres burst into bloom. Thousands of visitors from across the world descend to see not just tulips, but daffodils, hyacinths, narcissi, and crocuses.

Also beginning in 2022, Floriade Horticultural Expo, will once again be showcasing the best Flora and Fauna in the most highly anticipated horticultural event in Europe. The theme of this year’s decennial Floriade Expo will be ‘growing green cities’, focusing on the sustainability of our cities of the future illustrating the most innovative verdure exhibits for following 6 months. Opening in the spring of 2022 in the spacious Almere, a city located a short distance away from Amsterdam, will transform into a living laboratory showcasing fascinating and ingenious horticultural exhibitions provided by many countries, cities and innovative businesses.

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Dates

14 April - 3 May 2022


Suggested Itinerary

Day 1

Travel to Belgium

Depart the UK and travel to your hotel on the outskirts of Ghent. Check-in and get settled for a 1 night stay. Time permitting, why not travel into Ghent to have some time at leisure after dinner in the hotel.

Day 2

Floralia Spring Flower Show

Explore the Spring Flower Show at Chateau de Grand-Bigard including the indoor and outdoor exhibits. Specialist gardeners have planted tulips, daffodils and narcissi to create a unique exhibition as you wander through the grounds of this great castle. Visitors can discover new creations as well as the most beautiful varieties which have become great classics. Guided tours are available on request. Afterwards, make your way to the Netherlands for a 3 night stay.

Floralia is on 2 April to 3 May 2022.

Day 3

Keukenhof Gardens

Head north to the Netherlands to experience one of the world’s finest bulbfields and flower parks. Over 50 years of displaying its floral art with a different theme every year and a fresh look every day, Keukenhof has developed into a showcase for the flower bulb and ornamental plant industry. In the space of eight weeks, Keukenhof presents what the Dutch floricultural sector has to offer. The park features 7 million spring-flowering bulbs, a living catalogue displayed by the 100 participating companies.

There is the possibility to see the gardens from a different perspective on a ‘Whisper Boat’ cruise. Alternatively optional guided tours are also available.

Keukenhof is on 24 March –  15 May 2022

Day 4

Floriade Expo

Spend a full day exploring the living laboratory that is Floriade. Discover new developments and be touched by what you see and see the many attractions, lots of art and culture, and with a unique collection of trees, shrubs, and flowers.

Floriade Expo 2022 will be an extraordinary expo. For six months the attention to the theme ‘Growing Green Cities’ will be focused on the cities of the future. Visitors will have a unique and meaningful experience: while visiting the expo they will be invited to ‘explore, touch and change’.

This expo will also be the start of a new city district close to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Almost everything that will be built for the exhibition will become part of the legacy of Almere. The structures will remain and become part of the community. As part of this innovative exhibition concept, Floriade Expo 2022 will stimulate innovation and the development of solutions that can benefit us all. It will be a living laboratory and a platform for smart solutions.

The expo site will be developed as a Green City Arboretum, serving as a model for green structure development in cities. This arboretum will consist of a variety of trees, shrubs, perennials, creepers, hydrophytes and flower bulbs, all of which contribute to a green, healthy and sustainable city. Around 3000 species have been selected that contribute to the green city in terms of biodiversity, air purification, food production and city climate management.

The arboretum will be planted in alphabetical order. Each lot within the grounds will be allocated a letter of the alphabet. A four-meter wide strip around each lot will contain plants and trees, the Latin names of which starts with the letter allocated to the lot. We invite participants to choose planting that bears a relationship to their exhibit, country or city of origin. Afterwards, return to the hotel for dinner.

Floriade Expo is on 14 April – 09 October 2022

Day 5

Return home

Leave Holland behind and return home filled with wonderful memories and some fantastic photos!


Suggested hotels

Holiday Inn Gent Expo ****

The Holiday Inn Gent Expo is a 7-minute walk from the nearest tram stop, this relaxed, 6-minutes walk from Flanders Expo arena and convention centre and 6 km from Gravensteen castle museum.  The hotel features free Wi-Fi, TVs, minifridges and tea and coffee-making facilities. There is a laid-back lounge bar and a gym, as well as a business centre and event space. The Holiday Inn Gent Expo has free onsite coach parking.

Fletcher Hotel-Restaurant Epe-Zwolle ***

Surrounded by tranquil woodland, this hotel is 60km from Almere and 100km from Amsterdam. Rooms and suites feature wood furnishings with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs; some have terraces. Upgraded quarters add sitting areas, minifridges, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. There’s a restaurant with a bar and a furnished terrace. Other amenities include an indoor pool, a hammam and a sauna. There’s also a bowling alley, a pool table and a tennis court, as well as nature trails. Free parking is available on site.

Inspected by Greatdays Staff in October 2019

In a Bauhaus-inspired building surrounded by wooded gardens, this relaxed hotel is 1 km from the A28 highway, and 3 km from both The Mondriaan House and Koppelpoort, a 15th-century medieval gate. Rooms offer flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi; some have colourful, retro-style furnishings. Upgraded rooms add tea and coffeemakers; some have balconies. here’s a warm bar/lounge with a pool table. Breakfast is extra. Other amenities include an airy restaurant with a terrace, plus a simple cafe, a gym and meeting facilities. Coach parking is available free of charge.


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4 day Half Twin Single Supplement Half board supplement
April – May From £295.00 per person From £119.00 per person From £104.00 supplement

Price above includes stays at the Holiday Inn Gent & Fletcher Hotel Epe-Zwolle

Alternative hotels are available on request

Price based on exchange rate of £1.00 = €1.160. All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place in a single room, based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include UK coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Greatdays Holidays Limited is a member of ABTA (Y0380) which means you have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. Greatdays Holidays Limited has an ATOL licence (4279) and all of our air package tours are protected under this licence. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any monies you have paid to us for an advance booking. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this tour are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at info@greatdays.co.uk

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