The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc. takes several tours each year focused on places and events of interest to gardeners and floral designers. Members are encouraged to join us. They may be accompanied by non-member guests. If the tour is not sold out by a specific date, tours are then open to the general public to join the group. Contact Tours@ctgardenclubs.org for all tour information.
Highlights of the tour include:
For information including a detailed itinerary, fees and how to register, see the brochure here.
Be sure your passport is up-to-date and join us!
Experience the garden treasures and scenic delights of Holland and Belgium. Spend 2 days in Amsterdam with FGCCT members and friends before boarding your Avalon Waterways cruise ship, Avalon Vista. Then enjoy a week traveling the waterways of Holland and Belgium, exploring picturesque towns and the countryside along the way. On this garden-and nature-themed Tulip Time cruise, visit spectacular Keukenhof near Lisse, and Antwerp’s Botanical Gardens.
This scenic river cruise gets underway from Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. Explore this 700-year old city before you set sail on your river cruise through Holland and Belgium. Sail through Rotterdam’s harbor, said to be the world’s busiest port, and from here garden enthusiasts will delight in a visit to see the breathtaking colors of Keukenhof, also known as the “Garden of Europe.” Every year 7 million flower bulbs are planted!
Next sail to Antwerp, Belgium’s second-largest city, combining ancient buildings and monuments with modern architecture. The Grote Markt is located in the heart of the old city quarter and includes the splendid City Hall and beautiful homes from the 16th century. Visit the Botanical Gardens in the heart of the city, an oasis of tranquility with many hidden treasures.
In Ghent, Belgium, join a Local Expert for a guided tour of the city, including a visit to St. Baaf’s Cathedral, housing important works of Flemish art. Back in Holland, Middelburg was formerly an important trading city and you still get a sense of its wealth today with its impressive structures like the gothic Town Hall, Abbey Tower, and bustling Market Square. No trip to Holland is complete without a visit to the technical miracle that is the Delta Works, a storm flood barrier almost six miles long.
This beautiful and historic springtime river cruise vacation concludes with a canal cruise along Amsterdam’s elegant grachten, and a visit to some of the city’s best-kept secrets: private gardens and courtyards.
For a detailed itinerary of the trip, click here.