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European Affair with Chelsea Flower Show

Operated by: Insight Vacations

10 Days from $3,295 per person
MAY 2022
Keukenhof Gardens flowers up close, Netherlands

Countries Visited

United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Belgium ...more United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Belgium

Locations Visited

London, Calais, Amsterdam, Aalsmeer, Bruges, Paris, Chenonceaux, Chambord, Versailles, Giverny ...more London, Calais, Amsterdam, Aalsmeer, Bruges, Paris, Chenonceaux, Chambord, Versailles, Giverny
  1. Day 1 Welcome to London!

    On arrival, you are transferred to your hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore London. This evening join your Travel Director for a Welcome Drink and trip briefing at the hotel.

    hotel The Rubens at the Palace, London.
  2. Day 2 Chelsea Flower Show

    Enjoy a full day to experience the famous Chelsea Flower Show – the ‘mecca’ of all garden shows. A transfer in the morning takes you to the famous show! The Chelsea Flower Show will bring together the very best show gardens, flowers and gardening from around the world. You will see magnificent floral displays, model gardens, English garden tools and a host of garden structures and artefacts. This afternoon a transfer back to your hotel is provided. This evening we dine on a spectacular Thames River Dinner Cruise.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel The Rubens at the Palace, London.
  3. Day 3 London to Amsterdam

    Travel to Dover for the channel crossing to Calais, and transfer to Amsterdam. Later we board our canal boat and dine as we gently glide along the canals, past traditional Dutch-gabled houses built right on the water’s edge, and under picturesque bridges.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam., Hilton Amsterdam.
  4. Day 4 Floriade

    Start your day at the famous Aalsmeer Flower Auction, the largest of its kind in the world. Experience the intoxicating bustle of the auction floor and witness the incredible number of blooms sold every day. Later visit the Floriade Expo 2022, a once-in-a-decade horticultural and international garden exposition. The theme is “Growing Green Cities”, you will have time to visit the Green Island and other districts focusing on food, energy and health.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam., Hilton Amsterdam.
  5. Day 5 Amsterdam to Bruges

    Continue to medieval Bruges in Belgium. Stroll along the cobbled streets lined with high, gabled houses from the Golden Age of the 16th century. Visit the market square dominated by the 272ft Belfry of the Market Hall. Then explore Burg Square with its ornate Gothic town hall and glorious frescoes on the walls of the Holy Blood Chapel.Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing canal cruise before dinner at a local restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel NH Brugge.
  6. Day 6 Bruges at Leisure

    A free day to explore medieval Bruges at your own pace. Don’t forget to try some of the tempting chocolates or beers for which Belgium is renowned for.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel NH Brugge.
  7. Day 7 Bruges to Paris

    Depart Bruges for glittering Paris. Enjoy sightseeing with a Local Expert, taking in the imposing facades of the Louvre and Garnier Opera House. See the obelisk in the Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe and see the Eiffel Tower, completed for the World Exhibition in 1899.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Le Méridien Etoile, Paris., Crowne Plaza Paris - Republique.
  8. Day 8 Loire Valley Excursion

    Today take a day trip from Paris to visit two of the most famous Chateaux of the Loire Valley: the picturesque Château de Chenonceau, and perhaps most magnificent of them all, the Château de Chambord. You’ll witness the glamour and grandeur of French royalty and aristocracy, and gain insights into ‘castle life’ in these iconic Renaissance riverside estates.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Le Méridien Etoile, Paris., Crowne Plaza Paris - Republique.
  9. Day 9 Versailles and Giverny

    Spend the day admiring two of Europe’s most celebrated gardens, Versailles and Giverny. France’s royal history is revealed at King Louis XIV’s majestic palace of Versailles which, along with its magnificent garden, became the quintessential model for palaces in Europe. Visit the luxurious Grand Apartments, the chandelier-lit Hall of Mirrors and the Chapel of Versailles. Then we head to Giverny to view the gardens that inspired many of Impressionist Claude Monet’s paintings.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Le Méridien Etoile, Paris., Crowne Plaza Paris - Republique.
  10. Day 10 Farewell Paris

    Your memorable journey comes to an end as you bid your Travel Director farewell. Transfers arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08.30 and 11.00.

    meals Breakfast
European Affair Chelsea Flower Show Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Additional Included Highlights

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

Choice Highlights

Well-being

  • : Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 21 or more guests).
  • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.

Travel Director

  • : "I love to see how guests react to Paris because, despite its fame, it still surprises. It’s a majestic city, which shines in the daytime and sparkles at night."

Insight Experiences

  • London: Experience the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show, an inspiring and enjoyable showcase of fabulous floral displays and cutting-edge garden design. Immerse yourself in colour and ingenuity as you enjoy the very best show gardens, flowers, and gardening from around the world.

Authentic Dining

  • London: Enjoy a Thames River Dinner Cruise.
  • Dining Summary: 9 Breakfast (B), and 3 Dinner with Wine (DW)

Top Rated Highlights

  • Amsterdam: Cruise along the old waterways, discovering the architectural gems of the old city, including mansions dating from the Golden Age of the 17th Century.
  • Aalsmeer: Visit Aalsmeer Flower Auction, enjoy the senses as millions of brilliant flowers are sold worldwide.
  • Almere: Visit the Floriade Expo 2022, a once-in-a-decade horticultural and international garden.
  • Bruges: Visit the Market Square and famous belfry of the Market Hall with your Local Expert. See the Gothic town hall in Burg Square and the frescoes on the walls of the Holy Blood Chapel followed by relaxing canal cruise.
  • Paris: See Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, facades of the Louvre, the River Seine and its romantic bridges, the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and enjoy a drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe.
  • Chambord: Visit two of the most famous Chateaux of the Loire Valley: Chenonceau Castle, and Chateau de Chambord.
  • Versailles: Visit Château de Versailles, one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th century French art.
  • Giverny: View the gardens that inspired many of Impressionist Claude Monet’s most famous masterpieces.

Dates & Prices

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Saturday, June 8, 2019
Service
Booking with GET’s Barbara is always a breeze! She answers all questions & takes care of all the details efficiently and in a timely fashion. She always finds us the best airline deals to suit our schedule!
Vacation
This was an amazing itinerary full of gardens/flowers-centered visits. However, the experiences were marred by cramming too much into each day. A typical day was: early start, on the go all day, not enough time to grab lunch ( partly because of long lines everywhere), no time in the evening to relax or do anything on our own. Adding a day or two to the trip would have made it an amazing trip as it sounds on paper! This is our 5th trip with Insight. We have noticed that these trips mostly attract retirees; as a result sometimes half the coach has mobility- challenged folks. And when the coaches are running full capacity, getting on and off the coach takes time which takes away precious time from the time allotted to a particular stop or site. Just something Insight needs to seriously look into when planning their itineraries!
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