Gala Dinner with Full Participation of the Expert

Special Event: Garden Building Techniques Presentation

Location: NH Brussels Grand Place Arenberg for gala-dinner

The first special event is an elegant gala dinner where the group will dine with the expert. This exclusive dinner will be held at a renowned Brussels restaurant, offering the participants fine cuisine and the opportunity to engage in personal conversations with the expert. During the evening, the expert will give a presentation on advanced garden building techniques, sharing valuable insights and answering any questions.

Private Tour at Van Buuren Museum

The following day, the group will have a private visit to the Van Buuren Museum, exclusively led by the expert. This unique opportunity allows the group to explore the museum and its beautiful gardens without any other visitors, gaining in-depth knowledge from the expert about the Art Deco house, its fine art collection, and the meticulously designed gardens. This private tour ensures an intimate and enriched experience, tailored specifically for the group's interests.

Event Cost: Included in the tour package.

 

Day 1: Arrival - Meise Botanical Garden - Brussels City Tour

10:40 AM: Arrive at Brussels Midi/Zuid station via Eurostar from London.

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Visit to the Jardin botanique de Meise.
The Meise Botanical Garden is one of the largest botanical gardens in the world, covering 92 hectares and home to over 18,000 plant species. Visitors can explore the beautiful greenhouses, outdoor gardens, and the stunning Plant Palace. Enjoy a leisurely walk through themed gardens and admire rare and exotic plants from all over the globe.

Afternoon: Drive back to Brussels for a city tour.
In Brussels, you'll start your city tour at the iconic Grand Place, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its opulent guildhalls and the magnificent Town Hall. Next, you'll visit the famous Manneken Pis statue and explore the charming streets around it. Finish your tour with a visit to the Royal Palace, where you can see the official residence of the Belgian monarchy.

  • Grand Place Information
  • Manneken Pis Information
  • Royal Palace Information

4:30 PM: Check-in at NH Brussels Grand Place Arenberg.
Hotel Cost: €100 per night

  • NH Brussels Grand Place Arenberg

Dinner: Enjoy a 3-course dinner at a local restaurant.
Cost: €45 per person

Day 2: Mini-Europe, Atomium, Laeken, Tervuren Park, Royal Museum, Horta Museum

9:00 AM: Depart from the hotel.

Morning:

  • Mini-Europe: Discover Europe's most famous landmarks in miniature form at Mini-Europe. Wander through detailed and scaled-down versions of the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, and other iconic structures. It's a fun and educational experience for all ages.
  • Atomium: This unique building is a symbol of Brussels and offers panoramic views of the city from its spheres. Inside, you'll find exhibitions about the history and future of this iconic structure. It's a must-see for architecture enthusiasts.

 

Midday:

  • Laeken Park and Castle: Stroll through Laeken Park, home to the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, a beautiful collection of glasshouses containing exotic plants. Although the greenhouses are only open to the public a few weeks a year, the park itself is always worth a visit.

Lunch: Enjoy a 2-course lunch with a main course and dessert.
Cost: €30 per person

Afternoon:

  • Tervuren Park and Royal Museum for Central Africa: Explore the vast Tervuren Park with its lakes, forests, and formal gardens. Then, visit the Royal Museum for Central Africa, which offers a deep dive into the history, art, and cultures of Central Africa.

4:00 PM: Horta Museum in Brussels.
This museum is dedicated to the life and work of Victor Horta, one of the founders of the Art Nouveau movement. Located in Horta's former home and studio, the museum showcases his stunning architectural designs and furniture.

Dinner: Enjoy a 3-course dinner at a local restaurant.
Cost: €45 per person

Evening: Return to NH Brussels Grand Place Arenberg.

Day 3: Museum Van Buuren, Château de Seneffe, Lunch, Jardins d’Annevoie

9:45 AM: Depart from the hotel.

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM: Visit Museum and Garden Van Buuren.
The Van Buuren Museum is a hidden gem in Brussels, featuring an Art Deco house filled with fine art, tapestries, and period furniture. The surrounding gardens are equally impressive, offering a tranquil escape with beautifully landscaped areas and unique garden art.

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM: Château de Seneffe.
This elegant 18th-century château is surrounded by formal gardens and includes a museum of silverware. The château itself is beautifully preserved, with richly decorated rooms and a collection of art and antiques.

Lunch: Enjoy a 2-course lunch with a main course and dessert.
Cost: €30 per person

3:20 PM - 5:00 PM: Jardins d’Annevoie.
These historic gardens are among the most beautiful in Belgium, blending French, English, and Italian styles. The water features, fountains, and lush greenery make for a picturesque and relaxing visit.

Dinner: Enjoy a 3-course dinner at a local restaurant.
Cost: €45 per person

Evening: Return to NH Brussels Grand Place Arenberg.

Day 4: Dinant, Topiaria Park, Durbuy, Liège

Morning:

  • Visit Dinant attractions such as Town Hall, Mont-Fat Tower, Citadelle, and Bayardi Rock. Dinant is known for its stunning scenery along the Meuse River and its historic sites, including the impressive Citadel and the Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame.

Lunch: Enjoy a 2-course lunch with a main course and dessert.
Cost: €30 per person

Midday:

  • Topiaria Park in Durbuy: Explore this unique park featuring topiary sculptures, beautifully trimmed into various shapes and forms. It’s a whimsical experience and a great place for a leisurely walk.

Afternoon:

  • Drive to Liège. Explore the city known for its vibrant cultural scene, impressive architecture, and the beautiful Liège-Guillemins railway station designed by Santiago Calatrava.

Dinner: Enjoy a 3-course dinner at a local restaurant.
Cost: €45 per person

Evening: Return to NH Brussels Grand Place Arenberg.

Day 5: Japanese Garden, Château Hex, Leuven

11:00 AM: Depart from the hotel.

Morning:

  • Japanese Garden in Hasselt: This serene garden is the largest Japanese garden in Europe. It features traditional elements like koi ponds, tea houses, and meticulously maintained plants and trees. It’s a peaceful spot for reflection and relaxation.
    • Japanese Garden Website

Lunch: Enjoy a 2-course lunch with a main course and dessert.
Cost: €30 per person

Afternoon:

  • Château Hex: Visit this historic castle surrounded by beautiful gardens. The château is known for its well-preserved architecture and charming setting. Guided tours offer insights into its history and the lives of its former residents.

Late Afternoon:

  • Explore Leuven, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe. Visit the Old Market Square, often called "the longest bar in the world" due to its numerous bars and cafes, and the University Library, a striking example of neo-Renaissance architecture.

Dinner: Enjoy a 3-course dinner at a local restaurant.
Cost: €45 per person

Evening: Return to NH Brussels Grand Place Arenberg.

Day 6: Departure

9:40 AM: Depart from Brussels Midi/Zuid station via Eurostar to London.

Total Costs for One Adult:

  • Accommodation+Transfers: €120 per day/night x 5 nights = €600
  • Entrance Fees: €7.00 (Meise Botanical Garden) + €17.30 (Mini-Europe) + €16.00 (Atomium) + €12.00 (Royal Museum for Central Africa) + €10.00 (Horta Museum) + €10.00 (Van Buuren Museum) + €8.00 (Château de Seneffe) + €9.50 (Jardins d’Annevoie) + €20.00 (Dinant attractions) + €5.00 (Topiaria Park) + €6.00 (Japanese Garden) + €8.00 (Château Hex) = €128.80
  • Meals: €30 per lunch x 5 days = €150 + €45 per dinner x 5 days = €225 = €375

Total Estimated Cost: €1103.80 (excluding Eurostar tickets and additional personal expenses)

 

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