Only once in a decade, the world’s largest flower show, the Floriade, takes place in the Netherlands. This is the year.

While the Floriade runs from April to early Octobier, Napa-based travel consultant Susan Powers Kennelly is organizing an 11-day tour that will arrive in the Netherlands at the height of the blooming season in May.

 More than 100 countries and organizations take part in the Floriade, which covers 165 acres and includes an international array of flowers, plants, trees, fruits and vegetables.

Called by its organizers an “Ode to Nature,” the Floriade also features music, theater, art and architecture from the participating countries. A global array of food and drink is set forth on a flower-lined boulevard while an amphitheater hosts interactive performances.

The Floriade also offers opportunities for flower-arranging, landscape design, gardening layout, tea rituals and meal preparation in a laboratory.

Kennelly’s tour flies roundtrip from San Francisco. With the Floriade as its centerpiece, it also visits Belgium and Luxembourg in addition to the Netherlands.

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Included is a cruise down the Moselle River, and visits to the Belgian cites Ghent, Bruges and Brussels. The historic battlefields of Waterloo and Bastogne are also on the itinerary. The escorted tour will also visit the Netherlands’ world-famous Keukenhof Tulip Gardens, the port city of Antwerp and end the journey in Amsterdam.

The cost is $3,849 for registration by Jan. 31 ($3,949 after that) and includes roundtrip air first-class hotels, most meals, all entrances, transfers, taxes, gratuities, deluxe motorcoach and the service of an experienced English-speaking tour manager/guide.

For a brochure, detailed itinerary and registration information, contact Kennelly at 257-1804 or spk@napanet.net.

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