Fleuramour Alden Biesen - by air
Meaning ‘Passion for Flowers’, Fleuramour is one of Europe’s most prestigious floral events and has been a highlight of the ECT tour calendar for many years. Set in the historic grounds of the National Commandery at Alden Biesen in Bilzen, Belgium and hosted by Rekad, publishers of Fleur Créatif magazine, the show takes place every September, attracting exhibitors and visitors from all over the world.
Fleuramour is a showcase for the best in floral art and every year the exhibiting designers are asked to respond to a particular theme. In 2016 for example, it was ‘Fire, Air, Water, Earth’, a subject that inspired European Master Certification students and instructors to create an extraordinary field of more than 5,000 David Austin wedding roses, while in 2017, the ‘Culture’ theme prompted florist Natallia Sakalova to transform the Church of the Commandery into an idyllic, sustainable suburbia.
The breath-taking masterpieces that are created in the 35 rooms of the 16th century castle and across its grounds are a celebration of flowers, colour and floral artistry. Annual highlights include the chapel of bridal displays and the Court of the Commandery, where this year acclaimed Belgian florist Tom De Houwer will be designing what he enticingly describes as 'a large scale object'. There is also a fashion show featuring glamorous gowns made entirely from flowers. (‘Hat Day’, the show’s opening day, is a treat for fashionistas as everyone attending is invited to wear a hat made from flowers and prizes are awarded for the best. Please ask us to quote for your tour to include Friday.)
Fleuramour doesn’t simply aim to inspire, it also hopes to teach and there is an excellent programme of demonstrations and workshops where visitors can watch some of the world’s best floral designers in action. Previous years have featured demonstrations from internationally-acclaimed names such as Lana Bates, Moniek Vanden Berghe, Nadine Van Acker, Erika Oldenhof and, Carles Fontanillas, founder of Floos A Crafter’s Secret.
Depart from your regional airport and transfer to hotel in Hasselt.
Full day at Alden Biesen Fleuramour event
After breakfast, transfer to Fleuramour event for second visit - depart early afternoon
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
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All flights are with Brussels Airlines
- 1 x 23kg max hold luggage
- 1 x 12kg max hand luggage
21/09/2018: Birmingham - Brussels | 10:40 - 12:50 | SN2038
23/09/2018: Brussels - Birmingham l 17:05 - 17:15 l SN2047
From London Heathrow
21/09/2018: Heathrow - Brussels | 11:05 - 13:15 | SN2094
23/09/2018: Brussels - Heathrow | 15:45 - 17:00 | SN2095
21/09/2018: Manchester - Brussels | 11:05 - 13:25 | SN2174
23/09/2018: Brussels - Manchester | 16:45 - 17:00 | SN2177
Stay at the 4* Holiday Inn, Hasselt
The 4* Holiday Inn, Hasselt
Holiday Inn Hasselt places you close to the city's central bars and restaurants.
Around the corner from the hotel, Modemuseum Hasselt traces the history of fashion with collections from the 18th century to the present. Five minutes away, the Jenevermuseum examines jenever, Belgium's juniper-flavoured national liquor. Stroll past cherry trees and koi ponds in the Japanese Garden, 20 minutes' walk from the hotel. Opposite the park, the Ethias Arena and Grenslandhallen host international concert and event programmes.
Enjoy city or canal views from the stylish guestrooms of this welcoming hotel. Start your day with a buffet breakfast in the hotel's modern Brasserie De Boulevard, and enjoy traditional Belgian cuisine or Starbucks coffee. Unwind with a mini gym workout, a swim in the heated indoor pool or a sauna session before meeting friends for drinks at the bar.
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If staying in the Holiday Inn: £117.00
*IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Prices shown are per person, based on 2 guests sharing a twin/double room
£250.00 per person
- One day & one morning entrance to Fleuramour with coach transfers
- Two nights' bed and breakfast in 4* Holiday Inn hotel
- Brussels Airlines return flight
- 23kg hold luggage + 12kg hand luggage
- Return airport transfers Brussels/Hasselt