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FLORIADE – HOLLAND & FRANCE

14 – 25 August 2022

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ITINERARY
Once a decade the horticultural industry of Holland celebrates with a grand expo called Floriade. Each massive event is held in a different location within Holland. In 2022 it will be on reclaimed land at Almere near Amsterdam. It’s a flower filled fantasy you won’t want to miss.

DAY 1
Sunday 14 August 2022
Amsterdam (D)

Arrive into Amsterdam. Meet at our deluxe hotel located near iconic Dam Square for our Welcome Dinner this evening.

DAY 2
Monday 15 August 2022
Floriade (D)

Spend this day at the International Horticultural Exhibition Floriade that is staged once every ten years in Holland. Floriade 2022 will be the seventh such expo, held this time in Almere, built on reclaimed land near Amsterdam. Participating countries and horticultural
companies will showcase the world’s most exquisite horticulture: flowers, plants, trees, fruit and vegetables. The theme is “Growing Green Cities”.

Accommodation: Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel, Amsterdam

DAY 3
Tuesday 16 August 2022
Het Loo Palace & Mien Ruys (B/L/D)

Morning visit to Het Loo, the former Royal residence, with sumptuously furnished interiors, where the Dutch Royal Family lived for three hundred years. Reconstructed ‘Baroque’ gardens breathe the atmosphere of their seventeenth century origins. Lunch included today.
Afternoon visit the influential garden of Mien Ruys, the ‘Mother of Modernism’, one of the most important garden architects of the twentieth century. Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel, Amsterdam

DAY 4
Wednesday 17 August 2022
Appeltern Gardens (B/L/)

You will be buzzing with ideas today at this magnificent collection of model gardens of Appeltern. Garden design and trends, water gardens, Oriental gardens, courtyards, vegetable gardens, products, plants and materials; make this an exciting opportunity. Lunch included today.

Accommodation: Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel, Amsterdam

DAY 5
Thursday 18 August 2022
Amsterdam to Brussels (B/D)

We are travelling to Brussels today with a morning visit to Vlinderhof Garden, near Utrecht. This public garden, designed by
Piet Oudolf, is part of the much larger Maximapark. It occupies a shallow bowl of space, screened from the larger park by a loose circle of hedges and trees. Check into our deluxe hotel located in Grand Place, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in the heart of Brussels. Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Radisson Collection Hotel, Brussels

DAY 6
Friday 19 August 2022
Brussels to Rouen (B/D)

Our destination today is Rouen in Normandy for the second part of our tour. Morning travel to Sir John Monash Centre, near Villers-Bretonneux. Set on the grounds of the Military Cemetery, it tells the story of Australia’s involvement on the Western Front battlefields during the First World War. Arrive in Rouen and check into our 5 star 15th Century historic hotel for 4 nights. Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Hotel de Bourgtheroulde, Rouen

DAY 7
Saturday 20 August 2022
Jardin Plume (B)

Jardin Plume has been designed with flair, dynamic plant combinations and outstanding use of ornamental grasses. Trimmed hedges work well with a nod to the ‘garden room’ design of Sissinghurst and to formal French garden design. Afternoon walking tour of Rouen.

Accommodation: Hotel de Bourgtheroulde, Rouen

DAY 8
Sunday 21 August 2022
Jardin d’Etreat (B)

The Etretat Gardens that overlook the iconic “Needle” rock cliff of the Etretat coast. Madame Thebault was a good friend of Claude Monet who came regularly to her Villa Roxelane in Etretat to paint. He inspired the famous French actress to create an avant-garde garden
in this idyllic clifftop location. Living sculptures give this garden its dimension.

Accommodation: Hotel de Bourgtheroulde, Rouen

DAY 9
Monday 22 August 2022
Chateau de Miromesnil (B)

First stop today is at Chateau de Miromesnil with its classic walled potager. Vegetables, fruits and flowers grow together making a fine tableau with a double flower border at its heart. After lunch to Jardin de Valerianes where the owners have indulged their passion for
plants. Divided into two parts, the English garden with double border and garden rooms. The second, a naturalistic garden with Zen inspired pond garden.

Accommodation: Hotel de Bourgtheroulde, Rouen

DAY 10
Tuesday 23 August 2022
Monet’s Giverny (B/L)

Travel through Normandy to Monet’s Garden at Giverny, where the famous Impressionist painter lived and painted. Claude Monet drew inspiration for his paintings from his garden. Stroll around the Water Garden with its famous Japanese bridge and through the flower
garden, Clos Normand, with roses growing over arches and flowers jostling for space. Check-into our deluxe hotel for 2 nights, located between the historic Opera Garnier and Place Vendome on the famed Rue De la Paix.

Accommodation: Westminster Hotel, Paris

DAY 11
Wednesday 24 August 2022
Versailles (B/D)

Spend this day in the gardens of Versailles, the masterwork of Andre Le Notre in 1660 for King Louis XIV, that took 40 years to build. Our visit includes the grand formal gardens, the Grand and Petit Trianon and the Queen’s Hamlet. The Trianon estate is most closely associated with Queen Marie Antoinette. The wife of Louis XVI regularly sought refuge at the Petit Trianon, where she commissioned landscaped gardens
centred around a hamlet of cottages built in the rustic style then in vogue. Designed for more intimate moments, this royal estate contains architectural gems and magnificent gardens whose diversity and ornamentation give it a unique charm. Farewell dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Westminster Hotel, Paris

DAY 12
Thursday 25 August 2022
Paris (B)

Tour ends after breakfast this morning.

 

HOW TO BOOK

To secure your booking and make your deposit, please complete our online booking form. You will be contacted by a Ross Tours Travel Manager to confirm your details and preferred method of payment.

CANCELLATIONS

Cancellations received 180-120 days prior to departure will incur loss of deposit.
Cancellations received between 119-60 days prior to departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Cancellations received between 59-30 days prior to departure will incur a 75% cancellation fee plus any non-recoverable costs incurred.
Cancellations received within 30 days prior to departure will incur 100% cancellation fee.

Cancellations must be sent in writing.
Cancellation fee is based upon the total amounts paid including tours, airfares and all other travel arrangements.
Please refer to the Ross Garden Tours standard terms and conditions

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TOUR INCLUSIONS
TOUR ESCORTED BY
SANDRA ROSS
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach throughout tour
  • Deluxe accommodation for 11 nights
  • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches & 5 dinners
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including Floriade Almere, Het Loo Palace & Gardens, Mien Ruys garden, Appletern Gardens, Vlinderhof Garden, Jardin Plume, Jardin D’Etreat, Chateau de Miromesnil, Monet’s Giverney, Gardens of Versailles
TOUR PRICE

Twin Share land only $9,995 per person
Single Supplement $2,595

All prices in Australian Dollars.
Prices based on minimum 15 passengers.

DISCOUNTS

Early Bird $300 (Book and pay before 15 April 2022)
Previous Traveller $100
Garden Clinic Member $50

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POSTCARDS

A little sneak peak at Floriade 2022.

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