Floraliën 2021: A dynamic garden and floral festival in Gent held every 4 years since 1808
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 since 1808, 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.
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 2021 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 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.
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 2021 promises to be a floral festival for all senses!
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.
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.
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 30 April
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 1 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 2 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 3 May
AM Check out of hotel
Coach transfer to Bruges for free time
PM Coach transfer to Brussels airport for return flight to UK
All flights arrive into Brussels Airport - Please note these timings may change
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
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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Prices for twin/double room occupancy
- 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