HOLLAND & BELGIUM

TULIP TIME

GARDEN TOUR

HOLLAND & BELGIUM
TULIP TIME
GARDEN TOUR 

Includes

Keukenhof Gardens in Holland / Floralia in Belgium

Aalsmeer Flower Auction

Amsterdam & Brussels

7 Days / 6 Nights

 April 5  - 11, 2020

$6,450

Aalsmeer Flower Auction

Keukenhof Gardens

Amsterdam's Historic Canal Belt

A sensational springtime bucket list small group trip for flower and garden lovers.... especially those who love the magnificent colorful beauty of springtime tulips!

The week will be packed seeing world-class gardens in Holland and Belgium in the height of spring when tulips are in full bloom!

 

We'll meet in Amsterdam where we'll be based our first four nights in a luxury boutique hotel located on one of the city's most beautiful canals.

 

With our local Dutch historian guide specializing in landscape and garden architecture, we'll take a day trip to visit the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens, Keukenhof is one of Europe's most beautiful gardens encompassing over 200 hectares with over 7 million spring-flowering bulbs. This year's theme is "Flower Power"!

 

On the way from Amsterdam to Keukenhof Gardens we'll pass the center of the Netherlands's tulip industry seeing carpets of flowers in the Dutch tulip fields. We'll learn about the history of tulips in the Netherlands, leading to the heightened "tulipmania" of the early 17th century. And we'll learn about the development of Holland's industrialized floral farming and the continued importance of floriculture for Holland’s economy in the 21st century.

Our Holland itinerary will also include:

  • Aalsmeer Flower Auction -- the largest flower auction in the world, located in the largest building in the world.

  • Rijksmuseum -- with a local art historian guide we'll take a private tour one of the world’s great museums, learning about and seeing renowned works from Dutch masters -- Rembrandt, Vermeer, Steen, and Ruisdael... and from some more obscure Dutch artists.

  • Amsterdam Boat Tour -- we'll tour through Amsterdam's canal belt (a UNESCO World Heritage site,) with awe inspiring views of the city's 17th-century architecture and quaint bridges.

  • Dutch Cheese Tasting Session -- Holland is one of the world largest cheese producing countries. Its cheeses have distinctive and complex tastes characterizing Holland artisan cheeses from other countries. We'll have a special cheese tasting session with a Dutch expert.

 

There will be free time in Amsterdam for personal sightseeing, shopping and relaxing... to visit the Anne Frank House, tour the Vincent van Gough Museum... see the Red Light District.

 

Thursday we're off to Belgium... another garden lover's paradise!

 

We'll travel by train, going 1st-class, from Amsterdam Centraal railway station to Brussels, the capital of Belgium. We'll be based for two nights in the historic city-centre of Brussels near the picturesque Grande Place, one of the most beautiful squares in Europe

 

Friday morning we'll visit colorful Floralia Brussels, Belgium's major spring flower exhibition located in the park and the greenhouses of the castle of Grand Bigard (Groot-Bijgaarden.) The exhibition is an unforgettable "tulip time" Belgium experience for flower lovers. The park consists of 14 hectares incorporating nearly all spring bulb varieties. Gardeners of the castle plant more than one million bulbs. Special attention goes to the tulips, with almost 400 varieties... hyacinths and daffodils are also well represented.

 

The afternoon will be open to tour Brussels on your own... see the Manneken Pis... taste delicious Belgium chocolate... browse the shops in Saint-Hubert Royal Galleries... relax at a Brussels pub and enjoy a Belgium beer.

 

Friday evening we’ll gather for a traditional Belgium Flemish-French cuisine farewell dinner.

 

Great trip for friends, couples and for solo travelers. Limited to 15 persons.

Holland & Belgium Tulip Time Garden Tour Is Designed To Provide:

  • A fabulous springtime vacation experience in Holland & Belgium when tulips are in full bloom!

  • Friendly and fun small group environment limited to 15 persons. Enjoy the camaraderie and begin friendships with like-minded travelers.

  • A comprehensive week visiting world-renowned gardens in Holland and Belgium... learning about the global tulip industry... staying in premiere/signature boutique hotels located in the historic city centres of Amsterdam and Brussels... learning about & seeing famous works of the great Dutch masters painters... taking a boat tour through Amsterdam's historic canal district... having a tasting session of Holland cheeses... and much more!

  • Free time for personal exploring & sightseeing... shopping... relaxing.

  • Optional group morning pleasure walks led by WalkEurope president, Tom Harter.

  • Recommended restaurants should you want to explore on your own, yet everyone is invited to join for local-cuisine group meals.

  • Connoisseur service & support – fully escorted tour, personal & customized service for a WORRY-FREE vacation!

 

What's Included:

  • Six nights premium accommodations in personally-selected premiere/signature hotels.

  • Daily hotel buffet breakfasts.

  • Welcome Reception -- an opportunity to meet other tour guests and review the week's itinerary

  • Farewell Dinner -- featuring traditional Belgium cuisine hosted by WalkEurope.

  • Visit to private

  • Day trip to Keukenhof Gardens with local Dutch guide specializing in landscape and garden architecture

  • Day trip to Floralia Brussels

  • Morning tour to the Aalsmeer Flower Auction

  • Tour of Rijksmuseum with local Dutch art historian guide

  • Amsterdam Boat Tour -- through the historic canal district

  • Holland Cheese Tasting Session -- with local expert

  • Gardens, museums, palaces, castles, villas entrance fees for all group activities and day trips.

  • Morning Pleasure Walks - optional before breakfast group pleasure walks.

  • 1st-class train transportation from Amsterdam to Brussels

  • Ground transportation for all group activities and day trips.

  • Connoisseur service – with personal & customized service. 

 

Arrival & Departure City:

Arrival - Amsterdam, Holland

Departure - Brussels, Belgium 

 

Trip Cost:

  • $6,450 – 7 days / 6 nights per person in double occupancy shared hotel room. For solo travelers, we will try to find you a roommate. Tour cost does not include airfare.

  • Added cost for private single room hotel accommodation option - $1,475     

        

Space Is Limited -- Reserve Early!

Limited to 15 persons.

Please Note: Walk Europe strives to operate according to our published itinerary. However, in the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond our control or opportunities that would enhance the itinerary, adjustments may be necessary. Hotels and itinerary are subject to changes. Trip subject to eight persons minimum.

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Call: 626.616.3448

Email: tomharter@walkeurope.com

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