Experience the premier worldwide garden and horticultural events in one fabulous tour. Floriade, The Chelsea Flower Show, Keukenhof Tulips, Monet’s garden of Giverny, chateaux and gardens from Amsterdam to London, via Belgium and Paris. It’s the TOUR of a LIFETIME.
15 DAY ITINERARY
This escorted tour commences in Amsterdam in May and concludes in London. It is recommended to arrive in Amsterdam the day prior to the tour commencement.
Day 1 Sat: Amsterdam
Upon arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights accommodation. The remainder of the day is free to relax or explore. Then please meet the tour escort in the lobby at 6 pm followed by our included Welcome dinner tonight. D Accommodation Park Hotel, Amsterdam or similar.
Day 2 Sun: Amsterdam, Limmen
Amsterdam is a beautiful city of canals and this morning a canal cruise features in our city sightseeing tour. This afternoon we venture into the countryside to the pretty village of Limmen. This is the home of Hortus Bulborum, established in 1928 with tulips dating from 1595 as a gene pool for the Dutch bulb industry. There are 3,500 different tulip, hyacinth and daffodil species. The preservation of heirloom bulbs is a major focus. Many of them have no commercial value for modern mass production; the aim, rather, is to keep these cultivars for future generations. B
Day 3 Mon: Keukenhof
We have a full day absorbing the majestic beauty of one of the world's finest bulb fields, the Keukenhof Garden. Its 80 acres of winding paths, streams and placid ponds offer an exuberant feast for the eyes. There are tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other flowering bulbs, flowering shrubs, ancient trees, indoor exhibitions, flower parades, and massive themed gardens. We return to our Amsterdam hotel this evening. B
Day 4 Tues: Floriade
We depart Amsterdam this morning for the Floriade World Horticultural Exhibition - a global spectacle only held every 10th year, the park where the event is held in Alme and covers 60 hectares. Experience a guided mini-rail tour, the Growing Green Cities exhibitions, 4 unique themed worlds and circular bridges over the extensive waterways. You can also explore the thematic route together with a guide. Another of the highlights at Floriade 2022 will be the “Green Lung” – an amazing building focused on greenery, health and sustainability. B
Day 5 Wed: Brugge, Ghent
Depart Einhoven for picturesque Brugge where we have a walking tour then on to Ghent our base for 2 nights. B
Day 6 Thur: Ghent
Free day to explore the old city centre of Ghent. This afternoon you are invited to join the tour escort in foyer of the hotel, before heading out to a local restaurant for a Belgium dinner (included). B,D
Day 7 Fri: Paris
Today we depart Belgium and head to Paris and our hotel for 5 nights. B
Day 8 Sat: Paris
Today enjoy a city sightseeing tour. B
Day 9 Sun: Chateaux and gardens
Today we visit two of France's grand gardens - Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte and Fontainebleau. “The forerunner of Versailles”, was laid out in 1661, and includes a parterre, immaculately clipped topiary yew, water features, reflective pools, and a grand canal with grottoes on one side and a cascade on the other. Once the noblest garden in all France, Fontainebleau was built for king, Francois I, to rival the great courts of Italy. Enough of the 1528-1547 layout survives to give one a sense of how gardens were arranged in sixteenth century France. Le Nôtre designed a large parterre, between 1661 and 1664, on the site of the former Grand Jardin. The 1200 metre-long canal also remains. The Jardin Anglais made between 1811 and 1812 continues to fascinate.B
Day 10 Mon: Paris
Today we visit the Luxembourg gardens in central Paris, this afternoon why not explore one of the city’s Museums or perhaps the Eiffel Tower? B
Day 11 Tues: Versailles & Monet’s Garden
This morning we visit impressionist artist Claude Monet’s Garden of Giverny. There are two separate parts to Monet's garden: a flower garden called Clos Normand at the front of the house and a Japanese inspired water garden. Both areas contrast and complement one another. Claude Monet did not like organized or constrained gardens. In the Clos Normand he left them to grow rather freely. In the water garden see the famous wisteria covered Japanese bridge, weeping willows and memorable water lilies. This afternoon we visit Louis XIV's magnificent Versailles Palace with its sweeping gardens and water fountains. B
Day 12 Wed: Paris to London
This morning we transfer to London using the Eurostar train – our base for the next 4 nights. B
Day 13 Thurs: Chelsea Flower Show
Today we have a full day today at the Chelsea Flower Show, arguably, the world's greatest and best known flower show. B
Day 14 Fri: London
We have a tour of London highlights, visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Churchill's WW2 bunker or explore the Greenwich Village markets or Kew Gardens. This evening join us for our included farewell dinner in a typical English pub dinner. B,D
Day 15 Sat: London
The tour concludes after breakfast this morning. Stay on for optional extra nights or morning transfer to the airport for your onward travel. B
- Transportation by coach and rail.
- Entrances to attractions specified as included in the final itinerary.
- Entrances and guided visits to Keukenhof, Floriade and The Chelsea Flower Show.
- From May | Twin Share - $8,795 per person | Single supplement $1,995