The small Dutch village of Zundert is famous for two reasons, it was the birthplace of the artist Vincent Van Gogh and its home to the world’s largest ‘Bloemencorso’, Flower Parade. Each year twenty small towns and villages compete in a massive spectacle with giant, fantastical floats each battling to be crowned champion of the year. Only dahlias are ever used, millions of them, to decorate the floats into elaborate displays. Our tour includes grandstand seats for this incredible event and a visit to the city of Amsterdam
The 4 star Apollo hotel is located in the small town of Papendrecht which is situated on two rivers close to the city of Rotterdam. All the modern comfortable ensuite bedrooms have a room safe, cable TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Public rooms include a restaurant, bar and lounge. Leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool and fitness club. A lift serves all floors.
Friday Our door to door service takes you to the waiting coach for the drive to Folkestone during which a light breakfast is served. Boarding the morning train a glass of champagne and snacks set the holiday mood. On through Belgium, past Bruges to cross the Dutch border and reach our hotel in Papendrecht. We arrive late afternoon with time to settle in and enjoy a welcome glass of beer, wine or soda before dinner.
SaturdayWe include a full day excursion to the vibrant city of Amsterdam with its tree lined canals and wonderful gabled houses. We include a canal cruise then free time to explore the many attractions of this fascinating city including the Rijksmuseum or Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank’s house. We return to the hotel late afternoon.
Sunday This morning we make our way to Zundert for the annual Flower Parade to explore the town and enjoy the entertainment provided by performers dotted around the streets. Browse the local markets before taking your seats for the parade. The afternoon is spent watching the Flower Parade which passes down the main streets of the town, stopping for a break for visitors to inspect and admire the floats before resuming its route around the town and the award ceremony for the best float. Zundert also provides music and theatre performances throughout the town during the day. An amazing occasion.
Monday After breakfast we make our way back to the shuttle terminal in Calais, spending time in the beautiful medieval city of Bruges before catching the afternoon train back to Folkestone. Wer return to our home area early evening at the end of a memorable and colourful break.
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