We meet in the morning at Amsterdam airport, board our private bus and drive to our hotel near Apeldoorn for early checkin and lunch. In the afternoon, we visit Het Loo Palace Gardens , one of Europe’s finest formal gardens, sometimes referred to as the Versailles of the Netherlands. We continue to the Kröller-Müller Museum, home to the second-largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world (after the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam).
We begin the day at the Mien Ruys Gardens. A seminal force in post-war continental garden design, Mien Ruys was the inspiration for the new Dutch wave gardeners Piet Oudolf and Hank Gerritsen. Her experimental gardens are a trove of ideas for planting schemes and design. We also visit 3 private gardens showcasing beautiful seasonal bulb displays.
Today we travel to Amsterdam, driving along the bulb route, lined with tulip fields. We visit 2 private gardens on the way, all with spectacular bulb plantings. We reach Amsterdam in the late afternoon, settle into our hotel and start the evening with a private cocktail cruise in a beautiful old-fashioned boat on the canals of Amsterdam.
This morning we take a walking tour of the center of Amsterdam and its hidden gardens. We attend our very own flower arranging workhop with a a professional Dutch florist before heading to Keukenhof in the early evening light when most of the tourist buses have left. A magical place with over 7 million bulbs planted annually
Today we get an early start to visit Alsmeer Flower Auction Market, the largest in the world with a turnover of 18 million fresh flowers daily. This afternoon is at leisure, to enjoy shopping or explore the city's many museums. We gather again for a farewell dinner in town
Mid-April to Mid-May