Group tour operator for holidays to the Netherlands & Belgium
Flower Power: Floralia Brussels and Keukenhof Gardens
Two 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 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 two of the best flower shows in the world!
Fabulous Floralia & Colourful Keukenhof
Just outside Brussels, the Floralia Spring Flower Exhibition offers an unforgettable experience. Open from the beginning of April until May 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.
14 April - 3 May 2023
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.
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 April to May 2023
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 March – May 2023
Free time in Volendam/Amersfoort or visit Het Loo
Today, discover Volendam at your leisure; a town brimming with beautiful coloured houses and the harbour is full of fishing boats bobbing on the tide. The town itself is a traditional one, yet it still offers many shops, restaurants and tourist attractions.
Alternatively, travel to Apeldoorn to visit Het Loo Palace’s wonderful gardens (‘The Woods Palace’). The main Palace building is currently being renovated, but the Palace’s decorations alone are worth a visit, and the gardens, often described as being the ‘Versailles of Holland’, are absolutely stunning. Enjoy a guided tour of these wonderful gardens. We continue to Amersfoort, a well-preserved medieval city, renowned for its historic walls and gates and beautiful canals.
Leave Holland behind and return home filled with wonderful memories and some fantastic photos!
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.
The Old Dutch Hotel, Volendam ***
Inspected by Greatdays Staff in October 2019
This family-run hotel is located on the waterfront in the centre of Volendam. All rooms are equipped with safe, telephone, TV, small desk and shower, and the hotel’s restaurant offers typical Dutch and international cuisine. During the summer, guests can enjoy the hotel’s terrace which overlooks the lake. Coach parking is available at the municipal parking. Direct access to the hotel’s front entrance is limited during selected periods. A luggage service is available.
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.
Fletcher Hotel Amersfoort ****
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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|Dates||Half Twin||Single Supplement|
|April – May 2023||From £280.00 per person||From £119.00 per person|
Alternative hotels are available on request