Gardens of Holland & Germany – 11 Days
September 4, 2018 Double: $5,995, Single: $6,795 If booking your own airfare reduce price by $800. TOUR DIRECTOR: JEFF MASON A gardener’s trip to Europe is so much more than Holland and its tulips in the spring. Holland is the epicentre of horticulture for the…
September 4, 2018
Double: $5,995, Single: $6,795
If booking your own airfare reduce price by $800.
TOUR DIRECTOR: JEFF MASON
A gardener’s trip to Europe is so much more than Holland and its tulips in the spring. Holland is the epicentre of horticulture for the globe boasting the Aalsmeer Flower Market – the largest in the world! Germany is the quiet trendsetter of the planet for the new naturalistic style of gardens. This small group tour to Holland and Germany will explore all that these countries have to offer when it comes to gardens, from the classical to modern to cutting edge.
A lovely walk through Kasteel Geldrop’s romantic castle and surrounding gardens is a beautiful way to explore modern Eindhoven. At Appeltern, an experience for all of the senses, provides endless inspiration to bring back to your own garden, and the Flower Parade Lichtenvoorde impresses everyone with millions of dahlias in the world’s largest blooming pageant! In Landschafts Park Garden, see how landscape artists have used nature to heal an old industrial site.
Once the site of a medieval castle with lavish Renaissance gardens and conservatories, the University of Bonn’s Botanical Garden maintains 11,000 plant species for ecological study and it’s now one of Germany’s most prestigious gardens! The Rhine Valley World Heritage Garden Route meanders for 65km past vineyards, mountains, and castles perched high above historical settlements. A gardener’s visit to Germany is not complete without visiting Hermannshof Botanical Garden, renowned experimental and trial garden, a benchmark of naturalistic planting design combining ecological prowess and imaginative artistry.
Piet Oudolf: Hummelo and Vlinderhof
Piet Oudolf’s Private Garden
Considered the Rembrandt of gardeners, Piet Oudolf’s renowned perennial plantings are works of art in all seasons. Oudolf looks beyond a plant’s burst of temporary colour selecting hardy wildflowers for their whole form – the height of their stems, the shape of their leaves. Leading the Dutch Wave movement, he uses flowers that spread naturally without fuss or fertilizer. Hummelo is Oudolf’s private garden in the Netherlands. It is where Piet mastered his pairing of textures and past-prime colours to create “beauty in decay.”
Vlinderhof in Maximapark
Named the most popular park in the Netherlands, Maximapark is a special meeting place in Utrecht. Gracing the Binnenhof section, the Vlinderhof garden (designed by Piet Oudolf and spearheaded by resident Marc Kikkert), boasts over 15,000 perennials, creating a peaceful paradise for residents, and putting Utrecht on the world garden map.
Return airfare from Toronto, airport transfers in Europe, motorcoach transportation, 9 nights accommodation, 9 breakfasts, 8 dinners, all highlights listed, a DeNureTours Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST.
• Amsterdam: Aalsmeer flower market, guided walking tour and free time
• Vlinderhof Garden
• De Pullenhof Garden
• Kasteel Geldrop
• Free time in Eindhoven
• Gardens of Appeltern
• Private garden tour at Oudolf
• Lichtenvoorde Flower Festival
• Landschafts Park Garden
• Peter Janke Garden
• Botanischer Garten Bonn
• Travel the Rhine Valley World Heritage Garden Route
• Sichtungsgarten Hermanshoff Botanical Garden
• Munich: tour of city parks and gardens including: Englischer Garden and Weihenstephan Gardens, plus free time to explore!
Amsterdam: Hotel Casa 400 (2 nights)
s’Hertogenbosch: Hotel s’Hertogenbosch Vught (1 night)
Nijmegan: Mercure Hotel (1 night)
Arnhem: Postillion Hotel (1 night)
Cologne Area: Maritim Hotel Königswinter (1 night)
Bingen: NH Hotel (1 night)
Ulm: Miritim Hotel (1 night)
Munich: Maritim Hotel (1 night)
(All hotels are 4 stars with ensuite)
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Gardens of Holland & Germany – 11 Days
Day 1-2: Overnight flight to Amsterdam
You arrive in Amsterdam after your overnight flight, and will be met by you DeNureTours tour director. You can get settled into your hotel or go out and explore the city before a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers.
Stay: Hotel Casa 400, Amsterdam
Day 3: Amsterdam
This morning you have an early start to visit the Aalsmeer flower market. The international trading platform for plants and flowers is a world in itself. At this world-famous auction, you will experience the hustle and bustle of the auction floor, watch traders bidding against the clock and be amazed at the quantity of beautiful flowers traded daily from more than ten countries.
You then have time to explore the city and find a nice lunch spot before going on a guided walking tour of the city centre. Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are 400km of cycle paths.
After your guided tour the rest of the day is free to continue your exploration of this fascinating city.
Day 4: Maximapark, Vlinderhof Garden, Utrecht, De Pullenhof Garden
You check out of your hotel after breakfast and travel to Maximapark for a visit to the tranquil Vlinderhof Garden. The name “Vlinderhof” loosely translates to “Butterfly Garden”, reflecting the desire for the garden to be a draw for wildlife as well as people.
You then travel to Utrecht where you will have free time for lunch. Utrecht has been a religious centre for centuries. It has a medieval old town, canals, Christian monuments and a venerable university. The iconic Domtoren, a 14th-century bell tower with city views, stands opposite the Gothic Cathedral of St. Martin on central Domplein square.
This afternoon enjoy a visit to De Pullenhof Gardens. The initial design of the De Pullenhof was made in 1994 by Henk Gerritsen, one of the pioneers of the Dutch Wave or New Perrenial Movement. Henk’s work is defenitely inspired by his strong ecological views. His gardens have formal foundations with plants waving through each other in a lush and informal way, in perfect harmony with the surrounding landscape.
Enjoy an included dinner at your hotel with your fellow travellers.
Stay: Hotel s’Hertogenbosch Vught, s’Hertogenbosch
Meals: B, D
Day 5: Kasteel Geldrop, Eindhoven, Gardens of Appeltern
Your days touring begins with a visit to Kasteel Geldrop. In the past 650 years the castle has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. The gardens and outbuildings date from 1870. The castle is located in a 140-year-old English landscape park and flower garden.
You then travel to Eindhoven where you will have some free time to explore and have lunch. The city is known as a technology and design hub of the Netherlands.
This afternoon explore the spectacular Gardens of Appeltern. A walk through our 23-hectare park is an experience for all your senses. Flowering borders, the most recent garden materials, accessories, plants and furniture provide endless inspiration. Here you will find the latest gardening trends and developments.
Stay: Mercure Hotel, Nijmegan
Meals: B, D
Day 6: Private garden at Oudolf, Lichtenvoorde Flower Festival
Start your day with a visit to a private garden in Oudolf. Then a special treat awaits you at the Lichtenvoorde Flower Festival. The Flower Parade Lichtenvoorde is a floral show resulting from months of work by the sponsoring organization, the designers of the huge parade floats. Attracting tens of thousands of visitors, enjoy the flower parade and the corresponding presentation of the prize for the most creative design, the fun fair, open-air market, and entertainment organized by the many pubs and hotels.
Stay: Postillion Hotel, Arnhem
Meals: B, D
Day 7: Landschafts Park Garden, Peter Janke Garden
Visit the Landschafts Park Garden which extends over an area of about 180 hectares. Nature, industrial heritage and a fascinating light installation combine to create a park landscape unlike any other in the world. At the center stands a disused ironworks whose old industrial facilities have been put to a wide variety of uses; alpine climbing gardens have been created in ore storage bunkers; in a former casting house a high ropes course has been set up; and an extinguished blast furnace has been modified to provide a viewing tower.
This afternoon you will visit the renowned Peter Janke Garden. His garden is a true Masterpiece. You can feel the passion, which has made this garden come alive, in every single plant – whether on it’s own or part of the wonderful gravel garden, woodland walk, meadow, avenue to name a few features of the garden.
Stay: Marutun Hotel Konigswinter, Cologne Area
Meals: B, D
Day 8: Bonn Botanic Gardens, Rhine Valley World Heritage Garden Route
This morning visit Bonn Botanic Gardens, known as Botanischer Garden. It was constructed around 1720, and has not changed in structure since. Enjoy a guided tour of these beautiful gardens.
This afternoon enjoy a spectacular drive south through the Rhine Valley World Heritage Garden Route. The 65km-stretch of the Middle Rhine Valley, with its castles, historic towns and vineyards, graphically illustrates the long history of human involvement with a dramatic and varied natural landscape. The river breaks through the Rhenish Slate Mountains, connecting the broad floodplain of the Oberrheingraben with the lowland basin of the Lower Rhine..
Stay: NH Hotel, Bingen
Meals: B, D
Day 9: Sichtungsgarten Hermanshoff Botanic Gardens, Heidelberg, Ulm
A short drive this morning brings you to the Sichtungsgarten Hermanshoff Botanical Garden. The garden cultivates about 2500 taxa arranged in naturalistic plantings, including two themed gardens: a peony collection, and North American prairie-garden containing over 350 plants. It also contains a number of notable trees.
Enjoy free time to wander the streets of Heidelberg. It’s known for Heidelberg University, founded in the 14th century. The Gothic Heiliggeistkirche church towers over the cafe-lined Marktplatz and the town square in the Altstadt (Old Town). The red-sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle, are an example of Renaissance architecture, which stands on Königstuhl hill.
Stay: Miritim Hotel, Ulm
Meals: B, D
Day 10: Munich
Today you travel to the city of Munich and take a tour of the city parks and gardens. One of the highlights includes the Englischer Garden, which is a large public park in the centre of Munich, stretching from the city centre to the northeastern city limits. It was created in 1789 by Sir Benjamin Thompson. With an area of 3.7 km2 (910 acres), the Englischer Garden is one of world’s largest urban public parks.
The Munich Botanical Garden is one of the most important botanical gardens in the world. It is home to approximately 16,000 plants. Take a botanical journey to the hot and humid regions, visit the evergreen mountain forests of the more temperate tropical regions, or explore the hot and arid deserts within the 4,500 m² (approx. 1.1 acres) of the Glasshouse Complex. The Botanical Garden is used for scientific research and a place for the training and further education of gardeners.
Enjoy free time to wander round Munich, the capital of Bavaria. It is home to centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. The city is known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration and cavernous beer halls, including the famed Hofbräuhaus, founded in 1589. In the walkable Old Town, Marienplatz is a central square containing landmarks such as Gothic Neues Rathaus (town hall), with a popular glockenspiel show
Stay: Maritim Hotel, Munich
Meals: B, D
Day 11: Return flight home
After breakfast at your hotel you will be transferred to Munich airport for your return flight home.