Ken from Vegas wrote:
If these sights don't thrill you, may I suggest a day trip to Bruges (or Brugge in Flemish).
We are on the same cruise and also arriving a day early. We have been to Brussels before, a number of years ago, and, in fact, stayed at the same hotel. The cruise takes us around Brussels, so maybe we could go somewhere we're not seeing with the cruise.
We are on a Delta flight from NY. You?
Dixie Chick wrote:
Hi to bruce 43 and juliarachel
We are Nancy and John from Dallas, and we will be on the same trip, arriving a day early in Brussels, landing around 2:45 on American from Heathrow. I have talked with Tauck about our schedule in Brussels. We will depart from Hotel Amigo on April 14 at 3:00 to get to the riverboat for 4:00 embarkation. The next day we nave a morning tour that is a drive by, look at general overview before departing Brussels.
So we are going to try to see as much as we can in the limited time that we have. If we are lucky, there will be time to do some exploring on Friday afternoon when we arrive. If things do not go as planned, we will be hanging out at Heathrow because we missed our very tight connection that Tauck arranged.
The first thing we will do on Saturday morning is go to see Floralia, the floral exhibit on the grounds of the Groot Palace. It is a floral extravaganza, open just one month of the year. Since we will only have a few hours at Keukenhof, i want to get a head start on the tulips. I contacted the hotel concierge this afternoon. He said that the exhibit is lovely and is a 30 minute drive from the hotel. He suggested a taxi, about 30 euros. I was thinking about leaving the hotel around 9:15. Probably spend a couple hours there, then back to hotel. I will need a few more details from the concierge. There is a website for Floralia; it looks gorgeous.
After that, we can walk around Grand Place, see the cathedral, maybe the royal palace if it is close, and anything else that looks interesting. Maybe eat some chocolate!
Then back to hotel to catch the transfer to the boat. Perhaps some of this might interest you.
We would love to hear from you and what your ideas are. We look forward to meeting you.
We did this trip two years ago and the tour directors devised a way for us to see both Bruges and Ghent while on the tour. The suggestion about mussels and beer is a great one as there are several different ways to request your mussels to be prepared. We never got the city tour of Brussels (because that was the year of the bombing), but from my other trips I can recommend the EU headquarters and other commercial sites (if you like that sort of thing).
Dixie Chick wrote:
My husband and I will be on the same trip, and we are also arriving a day early. On the 14th, for sure I want to go to see Floralia, a flower show on the grounds of Groot Palace. I think it is conveniently located in the center of town??? Other than that, I will probably contact the hotel concierge for other ideas. We won't have a lot of time since we will be needing to catch the transfer from hotel to riverboat for embarkation at 4:00. We can try to make the most of it though.
We are from Dallas, and we will be flying from DFW to London, then Brussels on American. Probably not arriving early enough to do much of anything, but we can hope. This will be our 8th Tauck trip, and the 2nd Tauck river cruise. We are really looking forward to this trip. I can hardly wait to see the tulips!!!!
What about you? Let's talk some more and try to make plans to get together on our first day.
Looking forward to meeting you,
Dixie Chick wrote:
Ok, travelers, it is almost time to depart for our adventure along the canals between Brussels and Amsterdam. The weather forecasts predict lovely weather for our trip, much warmer than the forecasts last week. I still will pack hoodies and sweaters, but I think I can leave my Michelin Man parka at home. I am from Dallas, so I think anything under 70 is chilly.
I am wondering about the evenings on the boat. Other than the welcome and farewell dinners, it does not seem like there is any event that is especially dressy. Mr. Dixie does not like to pack a sports coat unless absolutely necessary. So I wonder what previous travelers think. Sports coat, yes or no?? I know that the ladies can manage with black pants and a nice sweater, top, or jacket.
We are hoping for a speedy connection through Heathrow ?????? and a little time to enjoy Brussels on Friday acternoon. We are doing Floralia on Saturday morning, then anything else we can manage before we transfer to the boat.
Bruce43 and juliarachel, we look forward to meeting you.
Cheers for a fun trip‼️