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European Affair with Chelsea Flower Show

Operated by: Insight Vacations

9 Days from $3,295 per person

Countries Visited

England, Netherlands, Belgium, France ...more England, Netherlands, Belgium, France

Locations Visited

London, Paris, Bruges, Amsterdam ...more London, Paris, Bruges, Amsterdam
  1. Day 1 Arrive London

    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 Amba Marble Arch, 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 artifacts. This afternoon a transfer back to your hotel is provided. This evening we dine on a spectacular Thames River Dinner Cruise.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Amba Marble Arch, London
  3. Day 3 London – Amsterdam

    Cross 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(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Moevenpick City Centre, Amsterdam
  4. Day 4 Amsterdam

    Start your day at the famous Aalsmeer Flower Auction, the world’s largest flower auction, where you experience the bustle of the auction floor, and witness the incredible number of flowers sold every day. Later visit a typical Dutch windmill and the picturesque village of Volendam. Volendam is renowned for its wooden houses, traditional fishing boats and old harbour.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Moevenpick City Centre, Amsterdam
  5. Day 5 Amsterdam – 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.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Radisson Blu/De Tuilerieen Hotel - Bruges
  6. Day 6 Bruges – Paris

    Depart Bruges for glittering Paris. Sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you by the Île de la Cité to see Notre Dame Cathedral with its famous tale of Quasimodo. Then around the imposing facades of the Louvre and Garnier’s Opera House. See the obelisk in the Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe and see the Eiffel Tower, built for the World’s Exhibition of 1889.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hyatt Paris Regency Etoile, Paris
  7. Day 7 Loire Valley Excursion

    Take a day trip from Paris to visit two of the most famous Châteaux of the Loire Valley: beautiful Chenonceau Castle, 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 Renaissance riverside castles.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel : Hyatt Paris Regency Etoile, Paris
  8. Day 8 Versailles and Giverny

    Taking in two of Europe’s most celebrated gardens; we have a full day to explore 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. Visiting the luxurious Grand Apartments, the chandelier-lit Hall of Mirrors and the Chapel of Versailles, you get a glimpse into the lives of 17th century French nobility. Then we head to Giverny to view the gardens that inspired many of Impressionist Claude Monet’s most famous masterpieces, seeing the Japanese Bridge which crosses the illustrious water-lily pond – as painted in Monet’s magnum opus ‘Nympheas’.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hyatt Paris Regency Etoile, Paris
  9. Day 9 Farewell Paris

    Your memorable journey comes to an end as you bid your Travel Director farewell. Transfers arrive at Charles De Gaulle Airport today at 08:30, 11:00 & 18:00.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Included Insight Services

  • Accommodation in premium hotels in the best locations
  • Escorted by an expert Travel Director throughout
  • Business class legroom onboard your 40 seater luxury air conditioned coach*
  • Included airport transfer service on first and last day of trip (selected times)
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included
  • Concierge service and luggage handling throughout

Authentic Dining

  • Dining Summery: 8 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners with Wine

Insight Experiences

  • Explore the famous Chelsea Flower Show
  • Enjoy a Thames River Dinner Cruise
  • Experience the famous Aalsmeer Flower Auction
  • Visit a typical Dutch windmill & village of Volendam
  • Enjoy a relaxing canal cruise in Bruges
  • Visit two famous Châteaux of the Loire Valley
  • Experience the magnificent palace and gardens of Versailles
  • Visit Monet’s garden in Giverney

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
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Start Date: Fri, May 22, 2020
Return Date: Sat, May 30, 2020
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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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