2020 Gardens of Holland & Belgium
with Charlie Nardozzi
April 27 to May 5, 2020
Postponed until 2022! Contact me for more information.
Tuesday, April 28, 2020: Arrival at Brussels Airport/Bruges
Morning arrival at Brussels Airport. Transfer to The Botanical Garden in Meise where we’ll enjoy lunch at the Orangery. Afterward we’ll visit one of the largest botanical gardens in Europe. In spring, it features flowering rhododendrons, magnolias, cherries and other shrubs and trees, as well as spring bulbs and perennial flowers in bloom. Besides the Orangery, there are also three acres of greenhouses..
Afterward we’ll travel to the beautiful city of Bruges and check in to our hotel. A welcome dinner is planned this evening.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Wednesday, April 29, 2020- Bruges
This morning we’ll enjoy a guided walk of Bruges that will include some quaint public gardens. Our visit will end with a canal boat cruise.
Lunch independently today.
You’ll have the option to stay in Bruges or travel with Charlie to visit the home and private gardens of Chris Ghyselen, the famous Belgium garden designer. We’ll visit his 1.5 acre garden featuring wild and native plants. His masterpiece is a 300 foot long, double border flanked by curved beech hedges. Highlights include his greenhouse and a natural stream running through his property.
Visit the Choco-Story Museum. Learn about the sweet’s tale from its Mayan beginnings to its modern European incarnations, with special attention given to the growing and handling of the product. Expect a thorough dip into chocolate’s world, ending with a demonstration and a sampling.
Tonight we’ll enjoy a beer tasting and dinner in Bruges.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Thursday, April 30, 2020 – Royal Greenhouse
This morning after breakfast we’ll travel to see the Royal Greenhouses in Laeken. The Belgium Royal Family opens the six acres of greenhouses only three weeks of the year and we’re here at the right time! The greenhouses feature tropical and subtropical plants, a variety of rare flowers, waterfalls and more. We’ll have lunch at a restaurant near the greenhouses.
Our next stop is the Japanese Gardens in Hasselt. Enjoy the 225 cherry trees in full bloom as well as other spring flowering trees, wisteria, bamboo, water gardens, koi ponds, babbling streams and a Japanese tea house. We’ll return to Bruges in the late afternoon. Dinner will be on your own.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch – Overnight Bruges
Today we check out of the hotel in Bruges and travel to UNESCO world heritage site, Kinderdijk, known for its iconic 18th-century windmills. Its water-management network features 19 mills and three pumping stations, plus dikes and reservoirs that control flooding in the polder (low-lying land). Waterways, footpaths and bike trails crisscross the area, leading to the main visitors center and museums in preserved working windmills. We’ll enjoy a lunch together at a local restaurant.
We’ll continue on to Delft to visit the Blue Porcelain Workshop and learn about this beautiful hand-painted pottery, tableware and artwork. Enjoy a stroll through this charming little town where Johannes Vermeer painted the famous “Girl with a Pearl Earring”. We’ll continue on to Amsterdam and check in to our hotel. Dinner is served at the hotel restaurant.
Optional concert: The Concertgebouworkest is one of the very best orchestras in the world. Time and time again, critics have lauded its unique sound in the exceptional acoustics of The Concertgebouw.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – Overnight Amsterdam
Saturday, May 2, 2020 – Amsterdam
This morning we’ll take a guided tour of Amsterdam.
Afternoon free time options: Choose from the best museums and monuments Amsterdam can offer, for example the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum or Stedelijk Museum. All three are located at the Museumplein (Square), or you may wish to visit the Amsterdam Botanical Garden with Charlie. Dinner will be on your own.
Meals included: Breakfast – Overnight Amsterdam
Sunday, May 3, 2020 – Cheese maker/Leiden/Keukenhof
This morning our first visit is to a cheese maker and farm in Amstelveen –Farmer Kees-Jan milks the cows himself and uses the milk directly to make Gouda cheese. Thanks to the addition of different ingredients and herbs, the cheeses all have their own special flavors. Some of the specialties include chili cheese, garlic & chive cheese, Italian-herb cheese, ginger cheese, nettle cheese and truffle cheese.
Lunch is planned in Leiden at the Botanical Gardens. After lunch we’ll visit the Hortus Botanicus Leiden, the oldest botanical garden in The Netherlands. The oldest section dates back to 1590, and is the current Front Garden. It has been renovated with new plants and in 2000, a new glasshouse was added to form the Winter Garden.
We continue to Keukenhof for a tour of world famous bulb gardens in full bloom. There are more than tulips and daffodils at Keukenhof. It also has themed gardens and acres of greenhouses that occupy the landscape. Dinner options are available at Keukenhof. We’ll return to Amsterdam in the evening.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch – Overnight Amsterdam
This morning we’ll travel to Jacqueline van der Kloet’s Tea Garden. This famous Dutch landscape designer has designed gardens around the world including in Chicago and New York City. In her more intimate tea garden in Weesp, we’ll get to see the plant combinations and design style that has made her famous. Lunch is planned in the teahouse.
Afterward, we’ll travel to the Appletern Idea Gardens with acres of plants featuring 200 model demonstration gardens highlighting various gardening themes and ideas. We’ll return to Amsterdam in the late afternoon and relax at the hotel. That evening we’ll enjoy a festive farewell dinner together.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 – Depart
Breakfast at your hotel and transfer to Amsterdam Airport.
Meals included: Breakfast
Please note: Goodspeed & Bach, Inc. reserves the right to alter the order of events or to make changes in the itinerary deemed necessary for the comfort, convenience and safety of the participants. Every effort will be made to adhere to the printed itinerary, but weather conditions and transportation difficulties may arise beyond the control of Goodspeed & Bach, Inc. and local suppliers could force the cancellation or substitution of events or specific services.
7 nights accommodations in centrally located hotels
- 3 nights Bruges at The Peellaert or similar
- 4 nights Amsterdam at the Radisson Blu Hotel or similar
- Garden Expert and Tour Host Charlie Nardozzi to accompany the group
- Belgium and Holland Tour Guide to accompany the group
- Goodspeed Tour Director to accompany the group
- All listed transports with a luxury air-conditioned bus
- 7 hotel breakfasts
- 5 lunches
- 4 dinners with drinks included
- Admissions to all gardens, tours and entrance fees as listed in the above itinerary
- Private garden visits
Tour Cost: $4,629 USD per person in double room share
Price is subject to increase with fewer than 20 travelers.
Single room supplement fee: $969 USD per person, space is limited!
- Gratuities for Belgium & Holland guide and bus driver
- Drinks such as wine and beer with planned lunches unless noted
- 3 Dinners and 2 lunches
- Evening concerts in Amsterdam
- Museum entrances in Amsterdam
- Botanical Garden entrance Amsterdam
- Passport services
- Flights round trip to Europe, additional fees apply if Goodspeed books your flight.
- Travel coverage is highly recommended and available from Goodspeed & Bach.
- Any other items not mentioned above
Tour Payment Policy & Schedule:
Your deposit of $1000 is refundable until January 3, 2020 less a $50 per person service fee.
Your deposit of $1000 is non-refundable after January 3, 2020.
Final payment due: February 27, 2020
NO REFUND for cancellations after February 25, 2020 Travel insurance is highly recommended and can be purchased at an additional charge through Goodspeed & Bach, Inc. Cancellation charges also apply to additional accommodations reserved prior to and after the tour. Goodspeed & Bach, Inc. cannot assume responsibility for any fees relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of air tickets. Full terms and conditions are also available at www.goodspeedandbach.com.
Flights are NOT included in the package price:
Arrival will be at Brussels (BRU) and departure from Amsterdam (AMS). Please note that only one bus transfer is confirmed from Brussels airport to Bruges. If your flight arrives later than the majority of the group, you are responsible for paying for your own transport to Bruges. Goodspeed will send recommended airline schedules. You have the option to make your own reservations or Goodspeed can book your flights for an additional fee of $65 per person.
2020 Gardens of the Holland and Belgium
April 27th – May 5th, 2020
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