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Florimundi Orchid Show & Brussels
Note that there may be small differences between our general Itinerary for this break and a specific departure.
Discover a paradise of tropical scent and colour this November during a visit to one of the largest botanical gardens in the world. The annual Flormundi orchid show held in the Plant Palace of the Botanic Garden Belgium is a little-known gem among British garden enthusiasts; but with over 25,000 visitors last year alone, the word is spreading about this amazing event and this is your chance to be there. The building itself is an incredible spectacle, with 13 interconnecting glasshouses that represent a different region of the world and house around 18,000 different plant species. And with the addition of hundreds of elegant and fascinating orchids, along with many other exotic flowers, you will be whisked along on magical horticultural adventure.
Day 1: UK – Belgium
Your holiday begins when you board our private coach for the journey to Dover. We then take the ferry to Calais and continue to our hotel in Belgium.
Day 2: Florimundi
This morning we travel to the National Botanic Garden of Belgium (Meise) on the outskirts of Brussels for the annual Florimundi event held in the Plant Palace. This spectacular building is made up of 13 interconnecting glasshouses, 11 of which replicate the climate of a different region of the world, including South America, Australia, South Africa and the Mediterranean. Together, there are around 18,000 plant species, and at this time of year there is an equally impressive number of brightly coloured orchids to admire. Other highlights include Evolution House, which takes you on a journey through 500 million years of plant evolution, and Mabundu, which celebrates edible tropical fruit and demonstrates their influence on our daily lives. In the afternoon we head into Brussels for our included visit to the Atomium. This is the unmistakable symbol of the city and a unique feat in the history of architecture, shaped on the model of an elementary iron crystal enlarged 165 billion times. You can walk through the tubes and spheres which house various exhibitions and offer spectacular views across Brussels.
Day 3: Brussels
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Brussels, a surprising capital city which is compact and easy to get around. Grand Place is the bustling heart and an attraction in its own right, with a stunning and eclectic mix of buildings adorned with gilded statues, which testify to the city’s rich history. So beautiful is this cobblestone square that it is listed as a Unesco world heritage site. Other highlights include the gothic cathedral, the Royal Palace and Manneken Pis, the infamous statue which serves as a symbol of the spirit and humour of the city. Brussels is also an upcoming destination for style, art and design, so there are plenty of shops and galleries to browse, along with plenty of choice for food – you could even treat yourself to a meal in a famous restaurant such as Léon de Bruxelles, renowned for its moules frites. Please note: places are given as suggestions only, no entrance fees are included.
Day 4: Belgium – UK
We check out of our hotel after breakfast and set off on the return journey to the UK.
Included in the Price
- Private coach travel from your local area.
- Return ferry crossing from Dover to Calais
- Three nights bed and breakfast accommodation (continental)
- Entrance to Florimundi at the Plant Palace, Botanic Gardens
- Entrance to the Atomium, Brussels
- Free time in Brussels
- Services of a Tour Manager
Coach from the UK
THU 10 NOVEMBER 16
From £239.00 per person
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