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Springtime Gardens of Holland

 

Het Loo Palace
  • Overview

    highlights

    • Marvel at Keukenhof Gardens
    • Admire the majestic Het Loo Palace and Gardens
    • Explore Antwerp during an en route visit

    Discover the jewel in the crown of Dutch gardens at Het Loo Palace, a former residence of the Dutch Royal Family, and admire the vibrant displays at Keukenhof Gardens. Read More

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    • Great for - Gardens
    • Great for - Scenery


    Gardens at Keukenhof
      
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    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


    Princess Hotel

    • Princess Hotel
    • Princess Hotel

    This gorgeous 4-star hotel boats a unique location on the Loosdrecht Lakes. You can enjoy meals in the restaurant or a relaxing drink in the popular bar and lounge.

    • All bedrooms have private facilities and satellite TV
    • Buffet Breakfast and three course dinner
    • Restaurant
    • Bar Area
    • No. of rooms: 66
    • Lifts: 1
    • Official rating: 4 star
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  • Excursions & Extras

    INCLUDED EXCURSIONS


    Antwerp
    En Route: Antwerp

    A visit to the delightful city of Antwerp, best known as the world's diamond capital. There are a number of ‘must-see’ sights in the city, such as the Cathedral of Our Lady, Rubens House, the Museum aan de Stroom (MAS) and the Museum Plantin-Moretus. Admire some of these attractions during our time here, or simply wander through the streets to admire the pretty architecture.

    Het Loo Palace
    Full Day: Het Loo Palace and Gardens

    Het Loo Palace is the most stunning palace in Holland. The former royal residence of Het Loo was built in the late 17th-century for the Stadtholder William III of Orange and his consort Mary II Stuart, the King and Queen of England. 

    The sumptuous interiors feature items of furniture, objects and paintings belonging to the generations of royal family members. The authentic fabrics used for the wall coverings and windows are quite exceptional. The stables at Het Loo Palace house many of the carriages, sleighs and vehicles belonging to the royal family and are still in use today when the Queen is in residence. 

    Meanwhile, the layout of the gardens have a characteristically strict symmetry. Many of the rare plant specimens were brought from all over the world. The gardens are designed to be viewed as a seasonally-changing flower and plant exhibition, thus the flowers are planted individually, rather than in groups. 

    To each side of the palace are William and Mary’s private gardens, aptly named the King’s garden and the Queen’s garden. The King’s Fountain at the rear of the Upper garden rises up to 13 metres, and it is the highest spouting fountain in Europe. The garden statues, which depict gods and goddesses from Greek myths, all have to do with the growth and flourishing of the garden - Venus, the goddess of love, takes centre stage.

     
    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


    Amsterdam
    Amsterdam Canal Cruise

    During our time in Amsterdam, we’ll get the option of taking a scenic canal cruise, which will take us along one of the many canals in the city. This will allow us to see why Amsterdam’s canals are so popular, and will give us a chance to learn more about how and why they were built.

    Antwerp Town Hall
    Antwerp Guided Walking Tour

    Antwerp is the second largest city in Belgium, but it wasn’t always this way. During this intriguing walking tour, we’ll be able to find out more about how Antwerp has become the city it is today, by enjoying a tour of the city and its assorted highlights.

    These include attractions such as the Cathedral of Our Lady, St. James' Church and St. Boniface Church, as well as particular areas of the city. Zurenborg, a popular area known for its art nouveau architecture, is often included, although the exact route of our walking tour may differ.

    We’ll also be able to find out more about the Marian statues which are dotted about the city, and will get to see some of them for ourselves.

 


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What's included

  • Return travel by coach
  • Four nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, three evening meals
  • Three included excursions
  • Two optional excursions
Princess Hotel

Princess Hotel

This gorgeous 4-star hotel boats a unique location on the Loosdrecht Lakes. You can enjoy meals in the restaurant or a relaxing drink in the popular bar and lounge.

Learn more about the hotel

Princess Hotel

  • Princess Hotel
  • Princess Hotel

This gorgeous 4-star hotel boats a unique location on the Loosdrecht Lakes. You can enjoy meals in the restaurant or a relaxing drink in the popular bar and lounge.

  • All bedrooms have private facilities and satellite TV
  • Buffet Breakfast and three course dinner
  • Restaurant
  • Bar Area
  • No. of rooms: 66
  • Lifts: 1
  • Official rating: 4 star
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