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Antwerp, Floralia and Keukenhof Gardens by rail

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2021 Tour code: 21FKE

About the tour

From Antwerp, Belgium's forgotten gem, discover the magnificent flowers of Floralia and the kaleidoscopic displays of Keukenhof Gardens.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Antwerp

Leave London St Pancras by Eurostar to Brussels. Here you connect with a local train to Antwerp, where you check into your hotel for the next four nights.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Floralia Spring Flower Exhibition

Travel by coach to the Floralia Spring Flower Exhibition, hosted at Groot-Bijgaarden Castle, a fairytale 12th-century castle surrounded by a wide moat with an arched bridge. Over a period of four springtime weeks, the grounds of this marvellous stately home are transformed with a magnificent display of more than 400 floral varieties, bringing an array of colour. Indoor gardens here also hold a superb variety of flowers from around the world and are a delight to see and smell.

Afterwards, you journey to back to Antwerp, where you visit the peaceful area of Berchem. This semi-independent district within the city of Antwerp is notable for its Art Nouveau townhouses, which were mostly built towards the end of the 19th century. You have some free time to explore here. Perhaps take a relaxed walk around the Brilschanspark, a leafy park which forms part of the 'green lung of Berchem' together with Wolvenberg Nature Reserve. Or, you could enjoy a spot of lunch in one of the city's many cafés, sampling some authentic local food. Belgium cuisine is often compared with that of the French, due to the proximity of the two countries. Authentic specialities here include sweet waffles, Mosselen-Friet or Moules-frites - mussels served with fries, and Stoofvlees, a hearty Flemish beef stew.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 3 - Antwerp

This morning you discover more of lively Antwerp, as you enjoy a walking tour of the city with a local guide. The tour includes the Grote Markt, the city's main square, which is lined with wonderfully ornate, gabled buildings. The square is home to the large town hall, the Stadhuis, an impressive Renaissance structure which was completed in 1564 and holds UNESCO World Heritage status. You'll also see the famous Brabo Fountain here, a magnificent structure that depicts a Roman army captain named Brabo throwing a giant's hand. The imagery comes from a popular Dutch legend where Brabo defeated a giant in a duel and severed his hand; according to folklore, the name Antwerp comes from this very legend, loosely translating to 'hand throwing'.

You are free to continue exploring Antwerp - with time to visit the beautiful Gothic cathedral or perhaps Rubens House. You could also explore the Diamond District, where 70% of the world's diamonds are traded. Belgium is also renowned for its beer, so pausing in a welcoming beer hall for a glass or two comes highly recommended.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 4 - Keukenhof Gardens

You travel by coach over the border into the Netherlands today, for a spectacular visit to the famous Keukenhof Gardens. Also known as the 'Garden of Europe', Keukenhof boasts the title of the world's largest flower garden. The gardens only open in the spring, displaying a powerful burst of colour and providing an incredible seasonal display of tulips, crocuses, daffodils, and other flowering plants. The fantastic floral exhibitions are truly something to remember. Enjoy some time to wander through the gardens, where amongst the floral displays you'll discover tranquil ponds, sculpture gardens, greenhouses, and striking traditional windmills. There are also plenty of places to stop off for some refreshment amid the beautiful walks and footpaths.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - London

Transfer to Antwerp station today for the train to Brussels. Here, you join your onward connection on the Eurostar to London St Pancras, where your holiday comes to an end.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotel

Ibis Antwerpen Centrum, Antwerp

Ibis Antwerpen Centrum, Antwerp

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4.3 stars4.3 / 5 · 9 reviews

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Mr J Cook

4 stars

Submitted 01 May 2018

The trip to Delft was so disappointing. Not enough time to see this town. The walk from the coach park took such a chunk of our visiting time. Although the coach was not allowed ( seemingly only if you held a German international driving plate ). Both my wife and I were very greatly disappointed with the hotel room. No air conditioning. British station on TV not accessible. A bathroom that did not accommodate the size of an adult. Neither of us are grossly overweight but found using the bathroom extremely depressing inconvenient and bordering on claustrophobic. The toppers on our beds kept moving. To get into and out of one of our beds it was necessary to shuffle sideways. Noise not only of local building works but also in the hotel definitely interrupted my wife's sleep. Insufficient storage space. 5 coat hangers and only open shelving - no drawers. For one night ok but not for 4 nights for two people. No safe in our room as we had believed - only one in reception. Julie,our tour guide was excellent.

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Mr P Makepeace

2 stars

Submitted 14 May 2017

Not enough time at the highlight of the tour. Keukenhof takes a day to complete properly, not 3 hours.

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Mrs A Mills

5 stars

Submitted 14 May 2017

The Eurostar was a new experience for us - a very smooth journey. The trips were well organised & our tour guide very helpful. The highlights were the Keukenhof Gardens & the Floralia Spring Show.

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Mr L Wheeler

4 stars

Submitted 01 May 2017

A well organised short holiday. The only problem was the dinner on the first night (which was included in the cost of the holiday). There was quite a long walk to the restaurant and the service was very slow..

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Miss S Coston

5 stars

Submitted 30 Apr 2017

it was well organised and lead; we were kept informed of developments, timings and expectations of each day

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Mrs K Thompson

5 stars

Submitted 30 Apr 2017

Holiday excellent even though our brochure had printing errors This has been discussed in a telephone conversation and we regard the request to complete a survey as totally unnecessary.

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