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Tulips & Gardens of Holland & Belgium with Floralies Flower Show

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Visit the famous Floralies Flower Show in Belgium – departing 29th April 2020

Discover the world-renowned Keukenhof Gardens, when in Holland with Botanica World Discoveries.

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10 Days enjoying the magic of Holland and Belgium in April where the most prized bulb, the Tulip, comes out in flower in many spectacular displays. Relax whilst cruising aboard your luxury river ship with unique botanical inclusions. Visit the famous Floralies Flower Show in Belgium, which occurs every five years plus Floralia Flower Festival.  View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTFL10
Duration: 10 days
Accommodation: Luxury River Ship and Comfortable Hotels
Journey: Amsterdam Return
Meals included: 22


Day 1. Arrive Amsterdam

Be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel for a Welcome Dinner at 6.30pm to get to know your fellow travellers.
Stay: Two Nights, Amsterdam Marriott Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Canal Gardens and Tulips

This morning cruise the canals discovering hidden courtyard gardens and the pretty canal houses before travelling to Limmen to walk amongst the many tulips at Hortus Bulborum.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 3. Aalsmeer Flower Auction and Cut Flower Producer

Early this morning visit the world famous Aalsmeer Flower Markets. Afterwards visit a cut flower nursery to see some of the millions of flowers being grown for export. Enjoy lunch at De Kas, with its own greenhouses and garden. Later, board your river ship moored in Amsterdam.
Stay: Seven Nights, aboard the luxurious river ship MS AmaSerena
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Botanical Gardens in Leiden

Visit the oldest botanical garden in the Netherlands, Hortus Botanicus in the town of Leiden. Arrive back to your ship where we sail away from Amsterdam.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Middelburg and Hoeven Private Garden

Enjoy scenic cruising this morning before arriving in Middelburg. This afternoon visit a private garden in Hoeven known for its special structure.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Ghent, Floralies

Spend a full day to explore Floralies in Ghent. Floralies is the largest inside garden in the world with a surface area of 450,000 m² and exhibits more than 500,000 varieties of plants and flowers.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Antwerp and Floralia Flower Festival

On arrival in Antwerp, take a guided walking tour, with plenty of opportunities to purchase delicious Belgium chocolates. Spend this afternoon at Floralia Flower Festival that will take place on the castle grounds of Groot-Bijgaarden. The natural woodland setting creates the perfect backdrop for the mass of flowering bulb varieties. Also explore the prestigious indoor exhibition in the newly restored greenhouse that will showcase floral displays.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Appeltern Gardens

Cruise back to the Netherlands where we visit the inspiring Appeltern Gardens with its expansive displays and artistic garden rooms.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 9. Keukenhof Gardens

This morning travel to Keukenhof Gardens. Admire the flowers in bloom, plus several ponds, sculpture gardens, greenhouses and a traditional windmill. This evening enjoy a special Farewell Dinner whilst your ship is moored in Amsterdam.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 10. Depart Amsterdam

Disembark your ship after breakfast this morning.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Learn about the countries you visit from your local guides
  • Visit the once every 5 year, Floralies Flower Festival in Ghent
  • Visit the impressive Floralia Flower Festival at Groot-Bijgaarden Castle
  • Admire the Keukenhof Gardens and Aalsmeer Flower Market
  • Tour a private garden in the Netherlands
  • Walk amongst the tulips in Limmen
  • Take a behind the scenes look at a cut-flower producer
  • Explore the inspiring garden rooms at Appeltern Gardens


Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Cruise Director and Botanical Guide
  • 7 nights aboard a luxurious river ship
  • Airport transfers on first and last day, tipping and port taxes
  • 22 Meals - 9 Breakfasts 5 Lunches and 8 Dinners
  • Quality local wine with lunch and dinner when on board your cruise

Ship Floor and Deck Plan

MS AmaSerena  

Cruise along the rivers and waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium in luxurious style on this spacious APT Concerto Class river ship.


See the deck plans for MS AmaSerena here

Botanical Guide

Botanical Guide - Anna Pavord

  • Anna Pavord, is the author of the best-selling book 'The Tulip' and is a world authority and historian on this subject.

Additional Information

Fitness Level 

  • Medium – Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour, multiple two-night stays in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries. A good degree of mobility is required.

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • This tour can be combined with Gardens and Art of Portugal and Spain tour (BTPS10). Savings apply. Enquire for details
  • This is an APT Concerto Class Ship. Disruptions to the cruise itinerary may occur due to high and low water
  • This cruise is in partnership with our sister company
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. FLights not included
  •  Group Size - 25 to 30 guests on tour
  • River Cruise - approximately 100 guests on the cruise

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