Due to low reservation numbers we have to decide to cancel this event. If you registered for it you will be contacted by email. The Keukenhof trip on 16 April and 1 May are confirmed.
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 leads us to Holland’s fruit garden De Betuwe region (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! We start our trip in the picturesque town Woudrichem, then have a nice buffet lunch in Holland’s most famous hotel chain, walk around an old castle with many apple trees, look over the big Waal river from a dike with windmill, drive through many orchards, visit the Dutch Royal village Buren, drive over the famous Apple Dike with trees on both sides and finish the day in Holland’s glassblowing town in the middle of the Betuwe.
What is included?
Trip by 4* luxury coach
Sumptuous lunch buffet at Van der Valk hotel, Zaltbommel
Visit to Woudrichem, old fortified town with unique windmill
Ferry service across river
Walk along Slot Loevestein, Holland’s most famous medieval castle
Walk around Waardenburg Castle with apple trees & scenic view over Waal River
Stop at Neerijnen, a small castle with herbs gardens
Bus tour through the Betuwe region, along many orchards
Visit to Buren, the Dutch Royal Village
Drive over famous Appeldijk, a scenic dike-road with apple trees on both sides
Visit to Leerdam, Holland’s glass & cheese town
Great group of international people
A lifetime expat memory
Coach pick-up points
Place Schuman, Brussels (bus stop next to KBC Bank on roundabout)
Who can join?
Expat Club is known for welcoming a wide variety of international people on its trips. This creates a special, open-minded, safe and friendly environment in which everyone should feel comfortable.
Expat Club loves welcoming young expats, too! If you want to bring your child(ren) up until 18 years, please first add the regular adult ticket(s) to the cart and then go to the cart page. On the cart page, there is a child ticket available for €50. This ticket includes the lunch as well. Children up to 3 years can travel for free, but you must contact us at least 1 week in advance (they require their own seat!).
A picture says more than a thousand words, so the below pictures say at least several thousand words. Before going into the trip program and other details, let’s have a look what we will be seeing during this Betuwe Blossom trip.
As with all Expat Club trips, this day has been carefully planned so we can optimally enjoy all destinations. The below schedule stays tentative of course because of traffic conditions and possible road closures. But generally our schedules are rather precise.
08h30 – Departure time at Place Schuman
11h00 – Visit Woudrichem, old fortified town
11h15 – Walk along Loevestein Castle, famous medieval castle
12h15 – Lunch Van der Valk Hotel Zaltbommel
13h15 – Betuwe cherry blossom bus tour
13h00 – Walk around Waardenburg Castle, Waal dike and Nerijnen Castle
14h45 – Visit Buren village
16h15 – Drive towards Leerdam (incl. Appeldijk)
17h00 – Free time in Leerdam
19h00 – Departure to Brussels
21h00 – Return to Brussels
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, windmills, and lovely villages, including the idyllic Buren, a town that has very close connections to the Dutch Royal family.
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. 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!
We depart at 08h30 from Place Schuman (bus stop next to the KBC bank) and travel with a modern 4* coach with extra leg space, reclining comfort seats, an on-board toilet, AC and several flat screen TVs.
We collaborate with one of the top Belgium coach companies that can steer us safely over the smaller roads the leads us along the many orchards. As with every trip, a professional driver will accompany us the entire day. So we suggest to just sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery outside!
We will start our blossoms trip with a healthy lunch in Holland’s favourite hotel chain, the Van der Valk hotel in Zaltbommel. The hotel is perfectly located for this trip, right after our visit to Woudrichem and right before “hitting the orchards” on the opposite side of the river. The Van der Valk chain is known for its big breakfasts, lunches and dinners with its many choices. The lunch is already included in the trip fee (various veg options available). Its’ 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
We visited the hotel also in 2019 for the same buffet lunch and everybody loved it. In 2021 the restaurant was still closed, but they helped our group out with a nice packed lunch. Still, we’re happy to go back there for the real buffet this time.