Floraliën  2020: A dynamic garden and floral festival in Gent

Florien 2020  Ghent
Price
from £670
Leaving on
1/05/2020
Arriving back on
04/05/2020
Location
Belgium

An escorted tour to this wonderful garden festival with additional visits to Bruges, The Royal Greenhouses and a spectacular flower show at Groot-Bijgaarden

Join our fabulous weekend spring tour to Belgium. Filled with floral and garden delights, this trip is timed to coincide with three spring spectacles: the annual opening of the Royal Greenhouses at Laeken, the unmissable Floralia exhibition of flowering bulbs at Groot-Bijgaarden and the unique flower and garden festival, Floraliën (also known as Floralies) in the city of Ghent.

Held every four years, Floraliën presents the very best in floriculture, showing inspirational gardens, pop-up displays and extraordinary floral concept rooms.  Exhibitors from across the globe gather to display their horticultural and botanical wonders.  Early booking is advised.

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Florien Gent Flower Show 2020

Floraliën is held every four years and showcases the very best in floriculture.

Ghent has a long and flourishing floral and horticultural history. The very first flower and plant exhibition took place in one of the city's inns in 1809. Since then the festival – which is organised, as it has been from the start, by the Royal Society for Agriculture and Botany (KMLP) - has undergone a spectacular metamorphosis, transforming into a dynamic and internationally-acclaimed event that welcomes more than 150,000 flower and plant lovers from all over the world. 

The 2020 edition will take place at the Citadel Park, in the heart of the green belt to the south of Ghent. The buildings in this park will form the setting for a bustling 10-day  flower and plant festival celebrating the magical world of flowers and plants.

Discover sensational floral displays by leading floral artists from all over the world. The 2020 line up is still being finalised, but in previous shows, floral aritsts Tomas de Bruyne, Hitomi Gilliam and Natalie Zhizko transformed a courtyard into a tranquil, contemplative resting place featuring a gigantic flower chandelier, while Tom de Houwer created a monumental bamboo curtain. Other designers who have participated in previous shows include Frederiek Van Pamel, Mark Colle, Geert Pattyn, Stef Adriaenssens, Daniel and Nele Ost, Karin-Borghouts, and from the Sogetsu School in Japan, Akane Teshigahara.
 

 

Flower and Garden show Gent 2020

You will also have the chance to explore beautiful landscaped gardens featuring more than 500,000 flowers and plants. Sustainability and innovation will be very much a part of these gardens, so expect to discover emerging trends and return home filled with ideas of how to transform urban environments into green zones.

Floraliën 2020 promises to be a floral festival for all senses!

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The Royal Greenhouses Laeken

Open to the public for only three weeks each spring by Royal Decree of the King of Belgium, the elaborate complex of Royal Greenhouses at Laeken was designed for King Leopold II in 1873 by the architect Alphonse Balet. It was conceived as a steel and glass city composed of monumental pavilions topped with glass cupolas linked by wide, covered arcades. These were strikingly innovative materials for the time and the finished building left an architectural legacy that spread across the world in the shape of Art Nouveau. (That movement’s architectural inventor Victor Hotz was Balet’s mentee.) The Royal Greenhouses are not only a treat for architectural aficionados, they are also home to all manner of rare and valuable plant species including many varieties of palm tree. The annual opening is timed to show the collection at its very best and no visitor should leave without experiencing the vibrant, fragrant wonders of the Azalea Greenhouse and Geranium Gallery.

Belgium Royal Greenhouses Laeken May 2018

Floralia at Groot Bigaarden Belgium May 2020

Floralia Brussels is an annual exhibition of spring flowers set in a 34 acre park surrounding the 17th century Castle of Groot-Bijgaarden, a few kilometres outside the Belgian capital. Featuring over a million bulbs, including 400 different varieties of tulip as well as many hyacinths and daffodils, it is a colourful and sweet-smelling celebration of spring. There are also 1000 square meters of restored greenhouses in the grounds which will be home to a changing showcase of around 150 contemporary floral displays.

 Flower Show in Belgium Floralia May 2020

 

Crown Plaza Hotel, Le Palace ECT Travel

You will be staying at the 4* Crowne Plaza Hotel Le Palace, a luxurious 4-star hotel set in a prime location in the centre of Brussels within easy reach of main tourist attractions and historic sites. 

Your stay includes buffet breakfast

Day One Friday 1 May

Arrive at Brussels airport and meet your Tour Manager

Transfer to the Crowne Plaza Hotel Le Palace, Rue Gineste 3, Brussels 1210

Welcome get-together with canapes, followed by an orientation walk to the Grand Place

Evening at leisure

Day Two Saturday 2 May

Breakfast at hotel

AM Transfer to Floraliën show in the south of Ghent

Mid-afternoon transfer to Ghent centre, free time to explore

PM transfer back to hotel 

Evening at leisure

Day Three Sunday 3 May 

Breakfast at the hotel

AM – visit to Royal Greenhouses Laeken

PM - Visit to Floralia flower show at Groot-Bijgaarden

Transfer back to your hotel, evening at leisure

Day Four Monday 4 May 

AM Check out of hotel 

Coach transfer to Bruges for free time 

PM Coach transfer to Brussels airport for return flight to UK

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All flights arrive into Brussels Airport

From Birmingham with Brussels Airlines

Outbound SN2038: departing 1020 arriving 1230  

Inbound SN2049: departing 2120 arriving 2135

 

From Heathrow with Brussels Airlines

Outbound SN2094: departing 1105 arriving 1315

Inbound SN2103: departing 2125 arriving 2135

 

From Manchester with Brussels Airlines

Outbound SN2174: departing 1005 arriving 1225

Inbound SN2183: departing 2120 arriving 2135

 

Key Legislation

Additional information:

  • This tour requires a minimum of 10 passenger refer to point 7 in our booking conditions

  • Mobility: this tour is generally suitable for most, if you are concerned or have specific issues please let us know ahead of booking

  • Please ensure you have a valid passport (at least six months from the date of travel) and visa (if travelling on a non-EU passport)

  • Travel insurance is required 

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Flying from Birmingham £730pp

Flying from Heathrow £670pp

Flying from Manchester £690pp

Tour Price without flights: £495pp

Prices for twin/double room occupancy

Single Room Supplement : £194

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Tour Includes

  • Return Flights with Brussels Airlines
  • 3 Nights B&B at 4* Crowne Plaza
  • Services of an ECT Tour Manager
  • Entrance to Floraliën Show
  • Entrance to Royal Greenhouses of Laeken
  • Entrance to Floralia at Groot Bijgarden
  • Free time in Ghent
  • Visit to Bruges
  • Orientation walk to the Grand Place
  • Welcome get-together with canapes and a drink
  • Coach transfers
  • 23kg hold luggage