NEW About the tour: Floralies Ghent & Floralia

Join us on this wonderful short break to Belgium to enjoy the horticultural treasures of Floralies Ghent. Taking place every four years, this colourful exhibition is a must-see, with over 500,000 types of flowers and plants all under the same roof! We combine your visit with an included excursion to Floralia, the spring flower exhibition in the park and greenhouses at the castle of Groot Bijgaarden, near Brussels.

Tour Includes


  • 3 or 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Convenient local joining points

4 days from $748 pp

Departure Dates

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 1300 811 500 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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For your convenience, you may choose to start this tour in the UK or at the first city in Europe.

See the city of Ghent burst into bloom and a sea of colour.

Taking place every four years, Floralies opens its doors in early May 2020 at Ghent's Citadelpark, drawing inspiration from the great artist Van Eyck. The theme for 2020 is 'My Paradise, a Global Garden'. This flower and plant exhibition showcases some of the finest horticultural treasures. The first exhibition took place in a pub in 1809 where around 50 plants competed for the honour.

Over the years the event has built up a strong reputation for itself as the must-attend exhibition of the horticultural industry in Belgium.

More than 500,000 types of plants and flowers can all be found under one roof, with the indoor gardens spanning over 1.5 hectares. It's no wonder that Ghent is regarded as the 'Flower Capital of Belgium'

  • Included meals: Breakfast
Citadelpark
Citadelpark

Included Highlights

  • Floralies Ghent

This morning, our included excursion takes us to Floralia, the spring flower exhibition in the park and greenhouses at the castle of Groot Bijgaarden. The park, which is approximately 14 hectares in size, incorporates many spring bulb varieties. The castle’s gardeners plant by hand, under direction from The Netherlands, more than one million bulbs. See tulips, lilies, narcissi, daffodils and numerous botanical varieties. A sea of muscari, wild tulips, violets, azaleas and rhododendrons spreads out under the ancient trees.

  • Included meals: Breakfast
Groot-Bijgaarden
Groot-Bijgaarden & Floralia

Included Highlights

  • Groot-Bijgaarden & Floralia

If you are leaving the tour in Europe, you will say farewell to the group after breakfast this morning. If you joined the tour in the UK, today you will return and continue to your original joining point.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

For your convenience, you may choose to start this tour in the UK or at the first city in Europe.

See the city of Ghent burst into bloom and a sea of colour.

Taking place every four years, Floralies opens its doors in early May 2020 at Ghent's Citadelpark, drawing inspiration from the great artist Van Eyck. The theme for 2020 is 'My Paradise, a Global Garden'. This flower and plant exhibition showcases some of the finest horticultural treasures. The first exhibition took place in a pub in 1809 where around 50 plants competed for the honour.

Over the years the event has built up a strong reputation for itself as the must-attend exhibition of the horticultural industry in Belgium.

More than 500,000 types of plants and flowers can all be found under one roof, with the indoor gardens spanning over 1.5 hectares. It's no wonder that Ghent is regarded as the 'Flower Capital of Belgium'.

  • Included meals: Breakfast
Citadelpark
Citadelpark

Included Highlights

  • Floralies Ghent

This morning, we will visit the National Botanic Garden in Meise, one of the largest botanical gardens in Europe in the morning of Day Three. This will be followed by an afternoon visit to the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, open to the public for only three weeks a year.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

This morning we enjoy an included excursion to Bruges. With its quaint, historic buildings and network of canals, it is one of the architectural gems of Europe.

  • Included meals: Breakfast
Bruges
Bruges

Included Highlights

  • Bruges

If you are leaving the tour in Europe, you will say farewell to the group after breakfast this morning. If you joined the tour in the UK, today you will return and continue to your original joining point.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

NEW Floralies Ghent & Floralia 4 days from $748pp

Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
1300 811 500

Accommodation

If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500.
Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500 for more information.
Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500.
Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

4-Day Break
You will stay for three nights at a minimum 3-star hotel in Belgium, such the Tower Hotel or Ibis Aalst Centrum in Aalst, Novotel Leuven Centrum in Leuven, or the Hotel Olympia in Bruges.

5-Day Break
You will stay for four nights at the 4-star Hotel Weinebrugge on the outskirts of Bruges. The hotel has a bar, restaurant and a lift.

Travel Options

Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

Front row seats can be reserved for $35pp (up to 6 days' duration), $55pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and $60pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for $18pp (up to 6 days duration), $35pp (7 & 8 days duration) and $42pp (9, 10 and days duration) $50pp (12 days and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately $1.80 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500 two weeks before you are due to travel. With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours, an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
All coaches feature air-conditioning.
All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
Alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. If joining in the UK, you may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

When it comes to getting you to your destination, McLachlan European Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from.

All of our coaches are modern and comfortable, and you can be assured of a high level of service. On selected air holidays, the executive coach may not have an onboard toilet or drinks facilities.

Executive Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Drinks machines
  • Onboard toilet
  • Reclining seats
Silver Service, refreshments

Silver Service Features

  • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
  • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
  • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
  • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
  • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
  • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
  • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
  • Onboard toilet

Silver Service Seating Plan

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