We journey from London to Brussels aboard Eurostar and continue by rail to the Belgian city of Antwerp. Our hotel is within walking distance from the station and tonight, we gather as a group and enjoy an evening meal in a local restaurant.
Our coach collects us from our hotel after breakfast and takes us to Delft, the pretty city renowned for its connections with Johannes Vermeer and Delft Blue earthenware. We have some free time to explore before we continue to the spectacular Keukenhof Gardens for our included visit. Follow the winding pathways through a sea of colour, which surrounds shimmering lakes, mature trees and wonderful works of art. There are also themed pavilions and a hedge maze, along with musical entertainment throughout the day. Later today we return to our hotel by coach.
Today our coach takes us to Floralia, the colourful flower show held in the grounds of Château de Grand-Bigard. Over 1.5 million bulbs have been hand planted by the castle’s gardeners under the ancient trees of the 14-hectare park that surrounds the fortress. In addition there is an exhibition of flowers in the greenhouses, where more than 10,000 flowers from various markets in Europe are brought in. In the afternoon we visit Brussels. This Belgian city is filled with international flair, from its beautiful medieval core filled with ancient buildings to its legendary chocolatiers and reputation as the capital of Europe. Later today we return to our hotel by coach.
We retrace our route to Brussels and join Eurostar for the return to London.
Best Western City Hotel Goderie, Roosendaal
This 4 star hotel is an oasis of comfort, service and hospitality. It is close to the railway station and the town centre, and it also has all the facilities you need including a bar, brasserie and restaurant – the restaurant in particular has an excellent reputation and is widely recommended. All of the bedrooms have an en suite along with free Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities.