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Ostend & Dutch Bulbfields

 

Keukenhof Gardens - windmill
  • Overview

    highlights

    • Enjoy a break in seaside Ostend
    • Admire the stunning floral displays at Keukenhof Gardens
    • Visit medieval Bruges with enchanting narrow streets and tree-lined canals

    Combine the best of two countries by staying in the popular resort of Ostend and enjoy the wonderful floral displays at magical Keukenhof Gardens. Read More

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    • Great for - Food & Drink
    • Great for - Scenery


    Riverboats in canal of Bruges
      
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    The sensational Keukenhof Gardens are a must-see attraction in Holland, where you can be dazzled by the natural beauty of the excellent floral displays found there. Known for being the second largest flower garden in the whole of Europe, we’ll visit these famous gardens during our holiday, where we’ll be based in Ostend, in Belgium. 

    As well as visiting the Keukenhof Gardens, our holiday will take us to the popular city of Bruges, where we’ll be able to tour the attractions at leisure. There will be more than enough to keep us busy during our break - with the expansive bulbfields and interesting Bruges available, as well as numerous other optional excursions to choose from, we’ll be able to return home feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

    Must See


    Keukenhof Gardens


    Holland is at its dazzling best in spring. Situated in the town of Lisse, Keukenhof is a magical place which has been welcoming garden lovers since 1949. Enjoy the ultimate spring feeling as you tip-toe through the largest flower garden in the world with a myriad of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses and other spring flowering bulbs. The overwhelming kaleidoscope of colour and intense scents cannot fail to impress.
    The Keukenhof theme for 2015 is Van Gogh, commemorating 125 years since his death. The main highlight will be a flower mosaic, measuring 250m2 planted using different colours of tulips, based on a self-portrait by the artist.


    The tulip variety ‘Vincent van Gogh’ will be planted in the Walk of Fame. The works of an Gogh will serve as a wonderful source of inspiration for the many flower shows in the Orange Nassau Pavilion.

     
  • Itinerary

    ITINERARY

    LOCATIONS


  • The Hotel

    YOUR HOTEL


    Royal Astrid Hotel

    • Royal Astrid Hotel
    • Royal Astrid Hotel
    The Royal Astrid Hotel in Ostend provides comfortable accommodation within easy reach of the shops, bars, harbour and parks. The cosy bar with fireplace is the perfect place to unwind with a drink in the evening.
    • All bedrooms have private facilities, including hairdryer, cable TV, phone and safe
    • Lounge
    • Mozart restaurant serving buffet breakfast and 3-course dinner
    • Bar
    • Indoor pool, sauna and steam room
    • Lift access
    • Official three-star rating

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  • Excursions & Extras

    INCLUDED EXCURSIONS


    Bruges centrre with horses
    Full Day: Bruges

    The famous Bruges is the capital city of West Flanders in Belgium and is a stunning medieval city, with charming cobbled streets and stunning architecture that we’ll be able to spend a full day wondering at. 

    Whether we choose to enjoy strolls through the quiet city or head for some of the many attractions in Bruges, we’re sure to have an enjoyable time. We could, for example, visit the well-known Belfry in Bruges, which dates from medieval times and features dramatic architecture. 

    The city is home to many other attractions too, such as the Basilica of the Holy Blood, St. Salvator's Cathedral, and the Groeningemuseum.

    Keukenhof Gardens
    Full Day: Keukenhof Gardens
    Keukenhof Gardens will be the main highlight of our holiday, and we’ll have a full day to explore the gardens. There are many different gardens at Keukenhof, and so we’ll be able to experience a range of landscaping styles, as well as seeing an assortment of flower varieties. 

    Some of these gardens include the English landscape garden, the historical garden, the nature garden and the Japanese country garden, although there are many others as well. In terms of floral displays, the garden is known for its tulips, and there will be many other types of flowers available to see, too. The colours are guaranteed to be mesmerising, and we’ll be able to stroll through the perfectly landscaped gardens at leisure.

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS


    Bruges
    Guided walking tour of Bruges

    While we’re in Bruges, we’ll be given the opportunity to enjoy a guided walking tour, which will help us to find out more about the city itself. We’ll also be taken past some of the city’s most famous attractions, which will allow us to learn more about their history and heritage, so that we can get a better understanding of this excellent location. 

     
    Ypres
    Half Day: Yrpes

    Join us on a fantastic trip to Ypres, which is an incredibly historic town in Belgium. Ypres is home to a great many fascinating sights, such as the 13th-century Cloth Hall and Saint Martin’s Cathedral, which features remarkable Gothic architecture. 

    During our time in Ypres, we’ll be able to tour these attractions at leisure, as well as enjoying walks through the town to see the local sights.

    The Belfort tower, Sluis
    Sluis

    Visit the charming town of Sluis, the most Flemish town in the Netherlands. This fortified town is in the rural province of Zeeland, Holland.

    Ypres
    Ypres Battlefields

    Aside from being a historic town, Ypres is also famous for its involvement during World War I. The town saw heavy fighting throughout the war due to its location - it was in the path of the Germans’ planned route into France. 

    During our time in Ypres on our optional excursion, we’ll also be able to opt into a Battlefields tour of the town, which will take in some of the many World War I related sights. These include the Last Post at Menin Gate and the Flanders Field Museum, which is housed within the Cloth Hall. This tour will provide us with more information about the town’s involvement in the War, as well as allowing us to pay our respects to the brave soldiers who lost their lives during the fighting.

 


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What's included

  • Return coach travel
  • Four nights half-board accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, four evening meals
  • Two included excursions
  • Four optional excursions
Royal Astrid Hotel

Royal Astrid Hotel

The Royal Astrid Hotel in Ostend provides comfortable accommodation within easy reach of the shops, bars, harbour and parks.

Learn more about the hotel

Royal Astrid Hotel

  • Royal Astrid Hotel
  • Royal Astrid Hotel
The Royal Astrid Hotel in Ostend provides comfortable accommodation within easy reach of the shops, bars, harbour and parks. The cosy bar with fireplace is the perfect place to unwind with a drink in the evening.
  • All bedrooms have private facilities, including hairdryer, cable TV, phone and safe
  • Lounge
  • Mozart restaurant serving buffet breakfast and 3-course dinner
  • Bar
  • Indoor pool, sauna and steam room
  • Lift access
  • Official three-star rating

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