Fleuramour Winter Moments with Flowers : A Fleur Creatif Event in Brussels
Fleuramour Winter Moments with Flowers in Brussels
Organised by international flower magazine Fleur Creatif and held in Kasteel van Groot-Bijgaarden, just outside Brussels, this brand new event will feature works by floral designers from across the world. Highlights include innovative Christmas-themed displays by both Master florists and amateur floral designers alike, demonstrations and, of course, plenty of stalls selling all the materials you will needs to create your own displays at home.
Our tour includes a special VIP demonstration with one of the exhibiting designers - watch and learn while sipping a glass of festive fizz!
Based at the 4* Crowne Plaza Hotel in the heart of Brussels, and timed to coincide with the start of the festive season, this tour is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some early Christmas shopping. As a special treat, we have arranged for you to enjoy a sumptuous chocolate tasting experience with a Master Chocolatier from chocolate museum, Choco Story
We have also included a visit to Bruges, a place of picturesque cobbled streets, romantic canals and photogenic market squares. Our tour allows plenty of time to explore the sites and soak up the unique atmosphere of one of Europe's most beautiful cities.
DAY ONE - Friday 22nd Nov
1200h (approx) - Flights arrive into Brussels airport
Transfer to Crowne Plaza Le Palace, Rue Gineste 3, 1210 Brussels
Late pm/early evening walking tour of city centre (return coach transfer from the hotel to the start)
Evening at leisure
DAY TWO - Saturday 23rd Nov
Breakfast at the hotel
0910h - Depart hotel for Winter Flower Show at Kasteel van Groot-Bijgaarden
1000h - VIP Demonstration with a glass of fizz, followed by time to explore the event independently
1400h - Depart show for Brussels
1500h - 1 hour exclusive chocolate tasting at Choco Story
1600h - Free time in Brussels centre
1730h - Return to hotel
DAY THREE – Sunday 24th Nov
Breakfast at the hotel
0900h - Depart hotel for Bruges
1045h - Arrive Bruges and free time to explore the city
1630h - Depart Bruges for Brussels airport
2100h - Flights depart for UK
Brussels is not only the of city the EU, it is 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 city is also famous for its delicious chocolate. We have arranged for you to enjoy an exclusive, hour-long chocolate tasting with a Master Chocolatier at the famous chocolate museum Choco Story. You will taste several different chocolates and some pralines and then have the chance to stock up at the museum's own chocolate shop.
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.
Wrap up well, put on some comfortable shoes and begin your walking tour at the 13th century Belfry (or Belfort) in Markt Square. Probably the most famous site in the city, this 83m tall tower was built as a treasury, municipal archive store and observation post. If you have the energy to climb the 366 steps to the top, you will be rewarded with the most magnificent views out across the old spires and red-tiled rooftops of Bruges and on towards Zeebrugge's very 21st century wind turbines and cranes.
Burg Square, which is linked to Markt Square by the short, shop-lined street of Breidelstraat, is the historic heart of the city. Here you will find 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.
A narrow alleyway, Blinde Ezelstraat, next to the Stadhuis takes you to the tree-lined Groenerei (the ‘Green Canal’), the city’s prettiest canal. Often called the ‘Venice of the North', Bruges’ canals criss-cross the city and just wandering along their banks and over the many romantic bridges is a lovely way to pass an hour or two.
St. Bonifacius Bridge, which lies just behind the 13th-century Onze Lieve Vrouwe (Church of Our Lady), home to Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child sculpture, is the quintessential fairy tale bridge, while Augustijnenbrug and Vlamingbrug are believed to be the oldest surviving bridges in the city.
Look out for the low-slung benches carved into the stone which were built as platforms for merchants to display their wares. The Minnewater Bridge over the Lake of Love in the southern part of the city, is reputed to grant eternal love to any couple who kiss as they cross it.
The 15th and 16th century group of artists known as the Flemish Primitives were centred in Bruges and the Groeninge Museum now houses the finest collection of these paintings in the world. Masterpieces on show include work by Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling, Hugo van der Goes and Gerard David.
You will be staying at the fabulous 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.
Outbound: SN2094 11:05-13:10
Return: SN2103 21:10-21:20
Outbound: SN2174 11:05-13:25
Return: SN2183 21:15-21:35
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Each piece of hand baggage may not be larger than 55 x 40 x 23 cm. Except for foldable garment bags which are accepted as hand baggage up to a size of 57 x 54 x 15 cm. In addition to your carry-on bag, you can bring one small personal item with you. The total weight should not exceed 12kg
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Heathrow LHR £550pp*
Land Only Price: £400pp
Single room supplement £90
Deposit payment of £250pp
* Tour Price is based on twin/double room - please note prices are subject to change, with flight costs increasing.
- 2 nights B&B at the Crowne Plaza Brussels Le Palace
- Entry to the show and VIP demonstration with a glass of fizz
- Visit to Bruges
- Exclusive chocolate tasting experience at Choco Story
- ECT Tour Manager
- Return flights with Brussels Airlines
- 1x 23kg check in luggage
- Local Transfers
- Travel disruption insurance