• Location: Laeken, Belgium

The Royal Greenhouses at Laeken cover six acres of neo-classical rotundas, domes and galleries.

For the last century, once every year, by the grace of the King, these magnificent greenhouses are open to the public. 

There are many gardens of interest in Belgium and we can create a tour that offers both variety, from gardens of grandeur to the opening times for 2016 have not been confirmed but they will be in the months of April - May.  

Twenty full time gardeners tend the giant palms, ferns, fruit-bearing trees, grottoes, glades and grassy vistas. Some of these plants date back to King Leopold II who commissioned the architect Alphonse Balat to design the greenhouses in 1874. With decorative motifs inspired by plants and flowers used in these spectacular iron and glass dome structures, they represent the beginnings of the Art Nouveau movement.

The floral bloom is spectacular and is at its peak over the three weeks the greenhouses are open. The setting cannot fail to impress with its elegance and grandeur.

The van Buuren Museum is a jewel of greenery in the centre of Brussels. A magnificent Art Deco house designed in the style typical of the Amsterdam School, with a spectacular Art Deco interior, and work by Flemish and Italian Masters. A special part of this museum are the gardens which are arranged in to three parts:
‘The Picturesque Garden’, a masterful Art Deco design by Jules Buyssens (1924), it captivates the essence of the ‘Roaring Twenties’;
and two created by celebrated landscape designer René Pechère :’The Labyrinth’ and ‘Garden of the Heart’, a captivating heart-designed planting.

Itinerary

Friday: Departure by executive coach, arriving at 4* First Euroflat Hotel early evening.

Saturday: After breakfast you will visit the Royal Greenhouses followed by a visit toThe van Buuren Museum.

Sunday: After breakfast visitInternational Flower Exhibition at Groot Bijgaarden. Return to hotel late afternoon.

Monday: Depart hotel and proceed for a garden TBC  visit, then onto Dixmuide for some free time and lunch before continuing your journey back to the UK.


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Tour Includes

  • Entrance to The Royal Greenhouses, International Flower Exhibition, Van Buuren Museum and Marocade Garden
  • 3 nights' bed and American buffet breakfast at 4* First Euroflat Hotel based on sharing a twin room.
  • Executive coach travel with professional tour manager
  • Channel crossing
Not included
  • Single room supplement of £26 per night.
  • Dinner supplement (£24.00 per person)
  • Travel insurance