Ghent Floralies 2020 – A Burst of Beauty in the City
Floralies: A piece of paradise
Once every 4 years, the heart of Ghent is transformed into a floral paradise. For 10 days next May, the city’s conference centre is completely unrecognisable as it is adorned with flowers and plants of all varieties. The largest park in the city is also found here and it is already described as the green lung of Ghent. During the exciting event of Floralies, this really becomes the case. More than 500,000 types of plants and flowers can all be found under one roof. Everywhere you look there are bursts of bright colours. Furthermore glorious scents fill the air meaning that there is something to awaken all the senses.
2020’s Theme – “My Paradise – A Global Garden”
Nowadays, less and less greenery can be found in cities around the world. Floralies and Ghent are aiming to counteract this by creating a green space that can provide something different for everyone. During this floral event you can watch fascinating demonstrations that are run by experts. You can also sign up to one of the many workshops each day to create your own floral masterpiece. Or if you would rather, wander through this vast world of flowers and simply admire the beauty. Art displays that are made solely from plants provide something to marvel at. Both local and international horticulturalists contribute to create this blooming environment of floral delights. As such an amazing event only happens every 4 years; it is something not to be missed by gardening enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.
Additionally the tour also gives you the chance to explore the delightful city of Ghent. After a morning discovering plants and flowers, head out into the streets of the town. Admire the canals and the charm of this historic town. You can also go further afield on a day trip to Bruges and learn about the city’s medieval buildings and its link to delicious chocolate.
5th May 2020
Suggested itinerary by coach
Arrive in Belgium
Travel to your hotel in Blankenberge, your base for the next three nights.
Floralies 2020 and Ghent
Today is the day we experience all the wonders of Ghent Floralies. Spend the morning enjoying all the floral delights that the event has to offer. The indoor gardens span over 1.5 hectares and they aim to portray the migration of plants and flowers. The floral show also aims to show us how Ghent was, and still is, a very green and liveable city.
After a busy morning at the flower show, relax on a boat cruise along one of the city’s canals. Admire the countless bridges and churches that you will pass and then round off the day in Ghent with a delicious alcoholic drink that is of course inspired by some of the flowers you have seen!
Today we spend the day in nearby Bruges, the ‘Venice of the North’. Enjoy a guided tour to discover the medieval city, which boasts many canals and waterways, a maze of winding cobbled streets, some remarkable architecture, and more than a few specialist chocolatiers. For the athletic, scale the lofty Belfry or for those who prefer a more relaxed afternoon, perhaps enjoy a scenic canal cruise.
Return to the UK
It’s time to leave Belgium and return to the UK.
Alfa Inn, Blankenberge***
The family-run Alfa Inn is 5 minutes walk from Blankenberge’s beach, a short drive from Flander’s main towns of Bruges and Ghent. This hotel, situated in an old monastery, offers modern guest rooms, with cable TV and a work desk. Each morning a continental buffet style breakfast is served, and you will also enjoy soft piano music in the bright breakfast room one morning during your stay. The hotel also features a wellness area and a tranquil garden terrace. Rooms have been refurbished in 2018 and 2019. Free coach parking available 750m away.
Looking for an alternative flower tour or trip to Belgium? Then here’s some inspiration:
|Arriving 5th May 2020||Half Twin||Single Supplement||Evening dinner|
|Alfa Inn||From £185.00 per person||From £52.00 per person||£22.00 supplement per person per night, 3 course set menu, no drinks|
Prices are available on request for travel by overnight North Sea crossings or by air.