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Place Schuman (Brussels), Antwerp E19 - Merksem (#1)
trip by 4* coach, bottled water, lunch buffet, great group of international people, a lifetime memory
Child ticket available:
Yes, for up to 16 years (€50)
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Did you ever want to see the famous cherry blossoms in Japan? And each year you realise that flying to the land of the rising sun is a bit beyond your budget and would put too much stress on your available holidays. Well, this year you are in luck because Expat Club has a great solution for you.
This special blossom trip will lead us to Holland’s fruit garden “De Betuwe” or “Batavia” in English. This scenic flat piece of land lies between the big rivers the Waal and the Lower Rhine and is known for its many orchards. We’ll be making a lovely bus trip over winding dike roads and through numerous blossoming apple, pear and cherry trees. This time of year the blossoms are just spectacular, so you’re in for a big flowery treat! Our two main flower trips to the Keukenhof and the Hallerbos have been successful for many years, so we’re thrilled to add another colourful destination to our calendar. During the day we enjoy a nice lunch before exploring the region. We’ll drive by many orchards and other lovely places and of course also at a few points for either a shorter panoramic photo opportunity or for a bit longer to walk around and see a village or special place.
Departure and trip information
We depart only at 09h30 from Place Schuman (bus stop next to the KBC bank). We travel with a modern 4* coach with extra leg space, reclining comfort seats, an on-board toilet, AC and several flat screen TVs. Return time in Brussels is about 20h30.
We will start our blossoms trip with a healthy lunch in Holland’s favourite hotel chain, the Van der Valk hotel in Zaltbommel. This lunch is already included in the trip fee. Our lunches are a great way to get to know some other people on our trip.
Live & cooking lunch menu
various warm dishes (croquet, egg dish, pasta)
various breads and rolls
milk, orange juice, coffee/tea
De Betuwe The “Batavia” region, or “Betuwe” in Dutch is a historical region in the middle of the Netherlands. Already in the Roman periods it was known to be very fertile land as it lies in between the main Dutch rivers of the Rhine and the Maas (la Meuse).
We will drive along many nice roads with great views on the big rivers, smaller streams, orchards, several castles and lovely villages, including the idyllic city Wijk bij Duurstede, one of the oldest towns in Holland which history goes back to the Roman era.
Typical landscape in de Betuwe, flat lands with pollard willows
Thousands of apple, pear and cherry trees fill the landscape
The small protestant church in Boven Leeuwen
The Linge river in the Betuwe region with the weeping willows
Castle at Wijk bij Duurstede, honourably mentioned as the Netherlands’ most idyllic city | by Microtoerisme (own work), via Wikimedia Commons
During the day we will drive by many orchards and stop in a few places to enjoy the scenery, take pictures, go for a walk, or discover another lovely village. Just let yourself be surprised with this incredibly scenic region of the Netherlands, while being with a group of lovely international people. Just a perfect day!