Celebrate Spring with a River Cruise to Floriade
What is the key sign of spring?
Is it the spike in temperatures? Having more hours of sunlight? The chirping of blue birds? Nope. The true sign that spring is here is the blooming of flowers like the cherry blossoms, the tulips and the daffodils.
And this year, 2012, is a special year for flowers. Floriade, the ultimate flower festival, which only happens once every 10 years, is going on right now in the Netherlands. The show covers 163 acres with 1.8 million bulb flowers, 5,000 rose bushes and 3,000 trees. Floriade is a celebration of flowers, gardening and nature and seeks to educate people on the importance of the environment. One exhibit even allows visitors to do the work of bees using scanning devices to digitally collect pollen. Floriade features exhibits from 35 different countries along with cultural programs from dancers, singers and theater troupes.
But you have to act fast to make sure you can be a part of this once-in-a-decade event which runs from April 5 to October 7, 2012. The best way to take in the sights of Floriade is to visit via a river cruise. River cruise operators Uniworld and Avalon Waterways have created special itineraries to take advantage of this amazing and rare event. Keep reading for the details.
Uniworld offers a 7-night Brussels to Cologne Cruise and a 14-night Brussels to Prague itinerary. Both offer a day at Floriade and at least one relaxing day cruising along the Rhine River with views of the beautiful countryside.
Avalon offers an 8-day itinerary titled Tulip Time that offers a roundtrip journey from Amsterdam stopping at Floriade and also visiting Keukenhof Gardens, which has over 100,000 tulips along with charming windmills and impressive sculptures.