Fleur Creatif : A Floral Workshop Adventure in Belgium
Join us on a new and exclusive floral workshop tour with master florists behind Fleur Créatif’s show-stopping designs
We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with leading flower magazine and organiser of must-see FleurAmour events Fleur Créatif, on an unmissable tour to Belgium.
Fleur Créatif has opened up its address book for the first time giving flower fans a unique opportunity to visit some of the designers responsible for the extraordinary creations featured in the magazine and at the FleurAmour events.
Highlights of the tour include:
- Hands-on workshops with three of Fleur Créatif’s best known designers – Tom de Houwer, Moniek Vanden Berghe and Geert Pattyn
- A guided tour of a flower farm
- A private visit to Frederiek Van Pamel’s flower shop in Bruges
- Visits two floral whosalers
- An inspirational trip to Rubens House Museum in Antwerp
- Time in four of Belgium’s must-see cities – Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges
Tom de Houwer’s sculptural, cutting-edge designs are made in a studio on his 17th-century family farmstead in Beerse, near Antwerp. Tom will let you into the secrets of his working methods in a two hour workshop.
Moniek Vanden Berghe’s work is firmly rooted in the natural world. She will share her techniques in a three hour workshop at her studio near Ghent.
Geert Pattyn’s pure, simple designs make use of seasonal materials. He will reveal how he achieves his signature creations in a two hour workshop.
Floral designer to the stars Frederiek Van Pamel’s shop is a feast of flowery inspiration. Fresh blooms sit alongside extraordinary installations, interesting objects d'art and beautiful pieces of furniture.
Walking into cut flower and floral accessory wholesaler Euroflor is like entering a treasure chest. Reeds, glass, pottery, feathers, shells, pearls, pins and freeze-dried flowers are just some of the decorating accessories on sale.
With a product range of more than 5,000 items, Van der Vennet is one of Belgium's leading floral wholesalers. If you're looking for the latest silks, ribbons, packaging or artificial blooms to enhance and inspire your own displays, then this is the place to be.
One of the most renowned artist's residencies in the world, this is the elegant palazzo where Rubens lived, worked, housed his art collection and, in 1640, passed away. Now a museum, visitors can tour the house and courtyard, stroll in the garden and soak up the atmosphere in the studio where Rubens painted almost all his masterpieces.
Brussels is not only the city of the EU, it's also the city of artists Pieter Brueghel and René Magritte, the inventor of art nouveau architecture Victor Horta, and Tintin’s creator Hergé. These cultural links can be explored in the Belgian capital’s many museums and galleries, including the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, the Comic Arts Museum and the Music Museum, a fascinating place in its own right housed in a magnificent Art Nouveau building. Brussels also has plenty to tempt shoppers. The big names in Belgian chocolate – Leonidas, Godiva and Neuhaus – all have several branches here and other foodie treats can be found close to the Grand Palace in Rue du Marché aux Poulets and Rue Sainte Catherine. Market lovers will enjoy the lively Place de Jeu de Balle flea market, which has been trading in the city since 1919, while anyone interested in artisan products of all kinds should head for the cobweb of squares and narrow streets that make up Ixelles. This area is also filled with bars, cafes and restaurants from where you can watch the bustle of Brussels go by.
The old city centre of Antwerp is steeped in history, from the imposing Grand Palace in Grote Markt to Ruben's palazzo and the Gothic splendour of the Cathedral of Our Lady. Even the shopping mall Stadfeestzaal is located in what was once the palace ball room.
Belgium's most beautiful city, Ghent is home to a flourishing flower trade. The pedestrianised city centre is a wonderful example of early Flemish architecture and boasts impressive Gothic sites such as St Bavo's Cathedral and the Castle of the Counts.
It would be hard to imagine a more picturesque city than Bruges. Boasting cobbled streets lined with perfectly preserved medieval buildings, romantic canals and more horse drawn carts than cars, it is a UNESCO world heritage city made to be discovered on foot. Key sites in the city centre include the magnificent 14th century Gothic Stadhuis (town hall) from where Bruges was governed for 600 years, the equally impressive Old Civil Registry and the beautifully ornate, gilded façade of the Basilica of the Holy Blood. This unusual double church (there's a lower, Romanesque church and a neo-Gothic upper one) contains a venerated relic of the Holy Blood. The city is also famous for its lace, beer and chocolate and there are plenty of places to pick up examples of each to take home.
Day one, Monday 10th June
Arrive in Brussels and transfer to hotel, 4* NH Louise
Walking/shopping tour of the city
Group dinner at the hotel
Day two, Tuesday 11th June
0830h Breakfast at the hotel and check out
1000h Depart hotel for Tom de Houwer
1130/11.45-1500h Two hour workshop with Tom de Houwer, followed by light lunch on site
1500h Depart Tom de Houwer for Antwerp
1600-1800h Rubens House Museum, Antwerp
1800h Depart for Crowne Plaza Hotel, Antwerp
Evening at leisure
Day three, Wednesday 12th June
Breakfast at the hotel and check out
1000h Depart hotel for Euroflor wholesalers
1200h Depart Euroflor for Moniek Vanden Berghe
1230-1530/1600h lunch and workshop with Moniek Vanden Berghe
1615-1645h Arrive 4* Novotel Gent Centrum
Evening Tour of Ghent
Day four, Thursday 13th June
Breakfast and check out
0900h Visit to grower
1130h Depart grower for Kortrijk
1215h Arrive in Kortijk and lunch
1415/1430h floral workshop with Geert Patyn
1630/1645h Depart Geert Patyn for 4*NH Brugge Hotel
1745/1800 arrive NH Brugge. Evening at leisure
Day five, Friday 14th June
Breakfast at hotel
0900h check out and depart for wholesaler Van der Vennet
0910h Arrive at Van der Vennet
1015h Depart for Frederick Van Paemal flower shop, Bruges followed by free time in Bruges
1330h Coach transfer to Brussels airport
4* NH Louise Brussels is a comfortable, contemporary hotel conveniently located just outside the city's top shopping street and close to key sites, including the Museum of Fine Arts and the Grand Palace. The restaurant serves a buffet breakfast every morning and there is also a 24 hr bar and gym.
Located in the green heart of Antwerp, the 3* Crowne Plaza features a sleek modern restaurant, comfortable contemporary bedrooms, an indoor pool and on-site fitness centre.
4* Novotel Gent is set in a tranquil square in a central location, a 3-minute walk from the Saint Bavo Cathedral, and a 5-minute walk from Gravensteen castle. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and you might like to make use the sauna, or outdoor swimming pool.
Set in a former 17th century monastery close to the medieval heart of Bruges, the 4* NH Brugge is a mix of old and new; guests sleep in modern bedrooms and eat in the traditional beamed dining room. There is also a pretty terrace and garden to sit in on summer evenings.
All flights are with Brussels Airlines
Outbound: Depart 1105h, arrive 1315, SN2094
Inbound: Depart 1650h, arrive 1705, SN2095
Outbound: Depart 1040h, arrive 1250h, SN2038
Inbound: Depart 1705, arrive 1715h, SN2047
Outbound: Depart 1105h, arrive 1325, SN2174
Inbound: Depart 1645, arrive 1700h, SN2177
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Flights from London Heathrow, £1035pp (price guaranteed until end July 2018)
Flights from Birmingham, £1085pp
Flights from Manchester, £1085pp
Single room supplement £215 for the four nights
- Return Flights with Brussels Airlines
- 1 night HB NH Louise,Brussels
- 1 night B&B 4* Crowne Plaza, Antwerp
- 1 night B&B 4* Novotel Gent Centrum
- 1 night BB NH Bruges
- Floral workshop with Tom De Houwer (materials included)
- Light lunch at Tom De Houwer's studio
- Floral workshop with Moniek Vanden Berghe
- Lunch with Moniek Vanden Berghe
- Floral workshop with Geert Pattyn
- Visit to Rubens House Museum, Antwerp
- Visit to floral wholesaler Van der Vennet
- Visit to Frederick Van Pamel floral shop
- Visit to a local flower grower
- Group dinner on arrival evening
- ECT Tour Manager
- 23 kg luggage allowance