Combine the best of two countries by staying in the popular resort of Ostend and enjoy the wonderful floral displays at magical Keukenhof Gardens. The sensational Keukenhof Gardens are a must-see attraction in Holland, where you can be dazzled by the natural beauty of the excellent floral displays found there. Known for being the second largest flower garden in the whole of Europe, we’ll visit these famous gardens during our holiday, where we’ll be based in Ostend, in Belgium.<> As well as visiting the Keukenhof Gardens, our holiday will take us to the popular city of Bruges, where we’ll be able to tour the attractions at leisure. There will be more than enough to keep us busy during our break - with the expansive bulbfields and interesting Bruges available, as well as numerous other optional excursions to choose from, we’ll be able to return home feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Holland is at its dazzling best in spring. Situated in the town of Lisse, Keukenhof is a magical place which has been welcoming garden lovers since 1949. Enjoy the ultimate spring feeling as you tip-toe through the largest flower garden in the world with a myriad of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses and other spring flowering bulbs. The overwhelming kaleidoscope of colour and intense scents cannot fail to impress. The tulip variety ‘Vincent van Gogh’ will be planted in the Walk of Fame. The works of an Gogh will serve as a wonderful source of inspiration for the many flower shows in the Orange Nassau Pavilion.
The famous Bruges is the capital city of West Flanders in Belgium and is a stunning medieval city, with charming cobbled streets and stunning architecture that we’ll be able to spend a full day wondering at. Whether we choose to enjoy strolls through the quiet city or head for some of the many attractions in Bruges, we’re sure to have an enjoyable time. We could, for example, visit the well-known Belfry in Bruges, which dates from medieval times and features dramatic architecture. The city is home to many other attractions too, such as the Basilica of the Holy Blood, St. Salvator's Cathedral, and the Groeningemuseum.
Keukenhof Gardens will be the main highlight of our holiday, and we’ll have a full day to explore the gardens. There are many different gardens at Keukenhof, and so we’ll be able to experience a range of landscaping styles, as well as seeing an assortment of flower varieties. Some of these gardens include the English landscape garden, the historical garden, the nature garden and the Japanese country garden, although there are many others as well. In terms of floral displays, the garden is known for its tulips, and there will be many other types of flowers available to see, too. The colours are guaranteed to be mesmerising, and we’ll be able to stroll through the perfectly landscaped gardens at leisure.
While we’re in Bruges, we’ll be given the opportunity to enjoy a guided walking tour, which will help us to find out more about the city itself. We’ll also be taken past some of the city’s most famous attractions, which will allow us to learn more about their history and heritage, so that we can get a better understanding of this excellent location.
We travel to Ypres, best known as the site of dramatic First World War battles and where many British soldiers fought and died. Spend time at leisure in this historical city. Maybe visit the In Flanders’ Fields Museum, situated in the Cloth Hall, with its many interesting exhibits.
Visit the charming town of Sluis, the most Flemish town in the Netherlands. This fortified town is in the rural province of Zeeland, Holland.
Aside from being a historic town, Ypres is also famous for its involvement during World War I. The town saw heavy fighting throughout the war due to its location - it was in the path of the Germans’ planned route into France. During our time in Ypres on our optional excursion, we’ll also be able to opt into a Battlefields tour of the town, which will take in some of the many World War I related sights. These include the Last Post at Menin Gate and the Flanders Field Museum, which is housed within the Cloth Hall. This tour will provide us with more information about the town’s involvement in the War, as well as allowing us to pay our respects to the brave soldiers who lost their lives during the fighting.
The Royal Astrid Hotel in Ostend provides comfortable accommodation within easy reach of the shops, bars, harbour and parks. The cosy bar with fireplace is the perfect place to unwind with a drink in the evening.
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