I grew up in gardens. Every weekend my parents gardened, talking about plants by name, rather like people talk about beloved relatives.
I caught the travel bug early. After college in the US, I wanted to become a travel agent. Economics pushed me into finance where I became an international private banker, holding positions in New York, Switzerland and Germany.
Eventually I quit to raise a family and settled in the country, in Belgium, not far from the borders to Germany and the Netherlands. We drew a garden. We planted trees, hedges, perennials and vegetables. Our children grew. So did the trees.
One day an American friend called. Could I help? She was planning a garden trip to Belgium with a few friends. With only five days, she wanted to make sure they spent their time enjoying the gardens and not worrying about the logistics. I jumped in and made some calls.
Afterwards she said “You should start a business!”. And so ToursbyMarie was born. Since 2010 I create tailor made itineraries for your special garden tour in Europe. I specialize in intimate groups, such as garden clubs and small groups of friends.
Holland, England, Italy and France are some of my destinations. Check out my Tours here.
My clients keep coming back. HERE´s what they say!
A member of the GFG (Belgian Travel Guarantee Fund) I am an accredited Travel Agent in Belgium.