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Combine the best of two countries by staying in the popular resort of Ostend and enjoy the wonderful floral displays at magical Keukenhof Gardens.
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.andlt;andgt;
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.
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 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.
Day One - UK to Ostend
We travel from the UK to Calais and continue on to our hotel in Ostend. (D)
Days Two to Four - Ostend
At leisure in Ostend. Enjoy the attractions and amenities of this popular seaside resort with included excursions to the charming medieval city of Bruges and the glorious Keukenhof Gardens with its wonderful floral displays. (B,D)
Day Five - Ostend to UK
We travel from Calais back to the UK, and then home.
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.
Full Day: Bruges
Enjoy the exquisitely preserved medieval city of Bruges during this excursion. Charming Bruges is known for its winding cobbled streets, pretty gabled houses and attractive tree-lined canals, each crossed by a humpback bridge.
Full Day: Keukenhof Gardens
Experience the dazzling floral displays in the seven themed gardens with a never-ending variety of spring bulbs and flowers. Admire beautiful tulips, daffodils, narcissi, hyacinths and many other varieties of flowers, taking in the kaleidoscope of colour.
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.
Half Day: Ypres And Battlefields
Ypres’ location in Belgium made it a strategic centre for German forces during World War I, as it was seen as the gateway to the rest of Belgium, as well as being their entry into France. Due to this, a number of fierce battles took place in the city, which caused a tragic loss of life on both the German and allied sides.
We’ll be able to learn more about the events of World War I and their effects on Ypres during this interesting Battlefields tour, which will take us to some of the important monuments and locations in and around the Ypres area.
While we’re in Ypres, we’ll also get to admire the beautiful Cloth Hall, which dates from medieval times, as well as other attractions such as Saint Martin's Cathedral and the Menin Gate.
Half Day: Ypres
We'll take a trip to Ypres today to explore this incredibly historical 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.
From Bruges we’ll make our way to Sluis in neighbouring Holland, where we’ll have free time to explore this enticing town. With its popular shopping areas and lovely atmosphere, it’s easy to fall in love with this excellent destination. Sluis is often thought of as the most Flemish town in the Netherlands, and its Flemish-style belfry certainly proves this!