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Excursion Floralia Spring Flower Show

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Join The River Cruise Line for a Floralia Spring Flower Show trip – the perfect addition to a springtime Belgian waterways cruise. This spectacular exhibition first took place in 2004 and has become a popular event thanks to the participation of major Dutch bulb producers and exporters. During our excursion you can explore the beautiful grounds set around Château de Grand-Bigard and discover 500 varieties of flowering bulbs, including muscari, violets, azaleas, daffodils, hyacinths and rhododendrons, as well as 400 tulip varieties. The tulips are divided into three categories: early flowering, midseason and late flowering. These categories are further divided into different types. There are also floral displays in the greenhouses and beautiful arrangements in the chapel and the tower, plus you can purchase bulbs for your garden back home.

Facts:

• Tulips were first brought to Europe by a Flemish diplomat in the 16th century

• 2016 will be the 13th year for the Floralia Spring Flower Show

• Grand-Bigard Castle dates back to the 12th century

• All the bulbs – more than 1 million of them – are planted by hand by the castle’s gardeners, under direction of specialists from the Netherlands

Highlights:

• You are free to explore the 14-hectare (34-acre) park which incorporates nearly all spring bulb varieties

• Look out for the tulip display by the lake near the entrance

• Browse the indoor exhibition which houses around 150 beautiful flower arrangements reflecting the latest trends and fashions

• Bulbs can be purchased at the entrance to the castle

Book your Floralia Spring Flower Show excursion as part of a package and save money. For more fascinating destinations, take a look at our range of cruises online or contact our Holiday Advisors for further information.