Tallulah Rose Floral Tour to the Netherlands
This three day tour offers you the opportunity to go to the heart of the flower industry and explore the city of Amsterdam with Rachel Wardley of Tallullah Rose Flower School in Bath
You will visit the beautiful garden of Keukenhof with its annual display of over seven million flowering bulbs; stroll past the heady swathes of tulips, anemones, daffodils, freesias and hyacinths that fill the garden and be treated to extraordinary displays of floral artistry created by the world’s leading floriculturists.
Flora Holland is the world’s largest flower and plant auction and the heart of the international flower trade. We take you there in the early morning so that you can experience all the buzz and excitement first hand. A visit to the family run rose breeding company, Meijer Roses makes a peaceful contrast. Established in 1970, Meijer Roses specialises in the production of the award winning Avalanche roses, the wedding rose of choice for floral designers. This tour also includes a shopping trip to floral wholesalers Dillewijn Zwapak and entry to the Frans Hals Museum to see their annual tulip exhibition which features floral arrangements created each day by Friends of the Museum and Dutch floral designer Paul Wijkmeijerfrom Bloemenatelier displayed among their collection of paintings by Dutch and Flemish masters.
Keukenhof’s annual festival of spring flowering bulbs is one of the world’s most spectacular floral events and this tour offers a once-a-year opportunity to witness the garden’s seven million bulbs in flower. We will walk along pathways between breathtaking displays of tulips, anemones, daffodils, freesias and hyacinths and past the extraordinary floral tapestries and tableaux created each year by leading international floriculturalists. We will also visit the sculpture garden, home to a wide variety of floral displays, and the many exhibition pavilions, including the William Alexander Pavilion with its thousands of tulips, the orchid-filled Beatrix Pavilion and the Orange Nassau Pavilion where florists give daily demonstrations.
An oasis of tranquility in the middle of the city and one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, Hortus Botanicus is the site where, one autumn day in 1593, the botanist Carolus Clusius planted a handful of bulbs he had been given and so introduced the tulip to Netherlands. It is also the place where the Latin naming system was developed. We have time to explore this historic garden's vast collection, which includes some rare and notable species such as the famous Queen of the Waterlilies, Victoria Amazonica and several of the world's oldest pot plants.
The Netherlands are known for tulips, but this region is also home to family run rose breeding company Meijer Roses. Established in 1970, it specialises in the production of the award winning Avalanche rose. With its long stem and large, blowsy flower head, this rose has become the UK's most sought after wedding flower and is the bloom of choice for royalty and celebrities.
The tour price includes visit to the Frans Hals Museum. Hals, the principal portraitist of the Dutch Golden Age, lived and worked in Haarlem and the eponymous museum holds the largest collection of his work in the world. Set in the heart of the region’s bulb growing area, Haalem is also a city of flowers and each spring the Museum invites florists, including Paul Wijkmeijer, to create floral arrangements which are displayed in both historic vases from the collection and contemporary ones designed by students at the Rietveld Academy. Cleverly placed among the paintings, this unique flower exhibition is not to be missed – particularly in 2018 when it will accompanied by a display of wild tulips in the Museum courtyard.
With its ancient buildings, cobbled streets and winding waterways, Haarlem is certainly one of the Netherland’s most beautiful cities. Keen shoppers will find plenty of Dutch specialities to take home at Grote Markt, the country’s best street market, while those after an archetypal Dutch experience should head straight for the 18th century smock windmill Molen de Adriaan.
Auctions are a key part of the floriculture business and with 20 million flowers moving through its halls every day, FloraHolland is the largest in the world. we will visit this famous auction and experience the buzz and excitement of the international flower trade first hand.
4* NH Leeuwenhorst, located in the heart of the tulip fields. It is a large, modern hotel with a selection of bars and restaurants and has a swimming pool, spa and gym. Breakfast and dinner are included.
Sunday 22 April 2018
Flight from Bristol to Amsterdam and transfer to the NH Leeuwenhorst Hotel in Noordwijk. Group dinner in the hotel.
Monday 23 April 2018
A full day starting with an early morning coach departure for FloraHolland (flower auction) in Aalsmeer before a visit to Dillewijn Zwapak wholesaler. Then onwards to rose grower, Meijer Rozen, and some free time in Amsterdam before returning to the hotel by coach.
Tuesday 24 April 2018
This morning brings a visit to Frans Hals museum of art in Haarlem before onward travel to the Keukenhof bulb fields. An afternoon coach transfer will take you to Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport for your return flight.
Flight number EZY6161
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Flight number EZY6168
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PRICE OF TOUR:
£715pp* based on two sharing a twin room
Single Room supplement £82 for the two nights
To secure your place on this tour please make a deposit payment of £250pp
*Please note this price is subject to change, according to fluctuations in airfares
We recommend you book as soon as possible to secure published price.
Optional Hold Luggage allowance: 15kg £35.00 / 23kg £41.00
- Return flights with Easy Jet from Bristol
- 2 nights' B&B at 4* NH Leewenhorst
- Visit to Keukenhof
- Visit to the Frans Hals Museum
- Visit to Meijer Roses
- Visit to floral wholesalers
- Free time in Amsterdam
- Group dinner in the hotel first evening
- Coach travel in Holland
- Services of ECT Tour Manager
- Cabin bag max 56x45x25cm 1 per person
- Travel insurance
- Hold luggage