Floriade 2017

Bill Peach Journeys invites you to immerse yourself in magnificent floral sights on this wonderful five day journey, a garden lovers dream. Beginning at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney, we discover Sydney’s newest must-see attraction, the Calyx, a new world-class horticultural exhibition experience. We then explore Tulip Time Bowral, one of Australia’s oldest and most beautiful floral festivals with over 100,000 tulips and 25,000 annuals on spectacular display in Corbett Gardens.

The highlight for many will be Floriade and Floriade Nightfest, the biggest floral festival in Australia, a spectacular celebration of spring, set in Canberra’s Commonwealth Park. The breathtaking garden beds, made up of more than a million blooms, create large- scale floral pictures to reflect the annually changing theme. Luxury accommodation at Peppers Cragieburn and the Hyatt in Canberra will ensure that this Floriade journey will sell out just like all the others have!

Highlights

  • Spend 3 nights at the multi award winning Park Hyatt Hotel, Canberra
  • Stay a night at the charming Peppers Cragieburn Hotel on it’s own private estate nestled in the beautiful Southern Highlands
  • Experience Sydney’s newest must-see attraction, the Calyx at the Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Enjoy Tulip Time in Bowral’s Corbett Gardens, one of Australia’s oldest floral festivals
  • Discover the spectacular floral displays of Floriade during both day and night festivals
  • Helicopter flight over the splendour of Floriade
  • All meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Uncover the beauty of Floriade and Tulip Time with new friends yet enjoy your own room with no single supplement charge
  • Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director
Day
1

Sydney - Bowral

Transfer to the Royal Botanical Gardens to immerse yourself in Sydney’s newest must-see attraction, the Calyx. Heralded as the longest contiguous green wall in the southern hemisphere containing 18,000 plants, the Calyx is more than just botany, it is a living piece of art. During our morning tour, we will see how the Calyx is both a living art gallery and a theatrical experience.

Built in 2016 to celebrate the Garden’s 200th Birthday, The Calyx is a place to inspire and capture imagination, an enchanting and magical experience where plants will take you on a journey of discovery. Following lunch in the Botanic Gardens, transfer to the beautiful Southern Highlands and our charming accommodation for this evening, Peppers Cragieburn Hotel on it’s own private estate. Your welcome dinner will be hosted by your Journey Director tonight, a perfect chance to get to know your fellow travellers.

Overnight: Peppers Cragieburn Hotel
Day
2

Bowral - Canberra

After breakfast, we enjoy a morning tour of the magnificent Tulip Time display in Bowral, one of Australia’s oldest and most beautiful floral festivals. Over 100,000 tulips and 25,000 annuals are planted each year to transform Bowral’s Corbett Gardens and other parks across the shire into stunning arrangements
of sweeping spring colour. After lunch at a local restaurant, we visit Red Cow Farm, a unique cool climate garden set on 2.5 hectares in the picturesque rural village of Sutton Forest. The simplicity of its presentation disguises a garden of sophisticated structure and ambitious schemes. Transfer on to Canberra and the magnificent sight of Floriade Nightfest.

Explore the whimsy and the beauty in outdoor lighting design and production, a parkland full of impressive lighting installations which will excite and delight as it compliments the stunning flowers. Tonight enjoy the elegant comfort provided by our accommodation, the Hyatt Hotel.

Overnight: Hyatt Hotel Canberra
Day
3

Canberra

After breakfast we depart for a full day to enjoy the festival of Floriade celebrating its 30th year. Over 1 million bulbs and annuals are used each year, depending on the design. Planted in autumn each year, different flowers bloom at different times so that it is constantly changing as the different plants come into flower.

Enjoy new types of blooms every year as Floriade showcases exciting new bulb varieties. Exotic sounding names such as Tulipa Black Diamond, Violetta Tiny Tots, Blueberry Banana and Tulipa Top Parrot bloom together to create sweeping designs of colour throughout the park. Dinner this evening at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Hyatt Hotel Canberra
Day
4

Canberra

This morning we are the lucky few who get to experience the scale and incredible beauty of Floriade as few others do, by helicopter! Lunch and time this afternoon to explore the National Gallery before your farewell dinner.

Overnight: Hyatt Hotel Canberra
Day
5

Canberra - Home

After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer back to Sydney in time for lunch at Centennial Park. Saying a fond farewell to new friends, this once in a lifetime journey concludes and you will be transferred home or to the airport for your flight home.

Dates & Prices

Tour Code Days Departs Returns Price $AUD  
FD1700 5 18th September 2017 22nd September 2017 $5,495

Flights from your home port to Sydney are not included in the journey price. Should you require flights to Sydney, we can provide a competitive quote on airfares and pre and post tour accommodation at the commencement and conclusion of your journey.

About Sojourns
Our Sojourn programmes are short break journeys put together in conjunction with themes, events or experiences. These programmes range from cruising New Zealand’s North Islands to world class sporting events and unique experiences throughout Australia and New Zealand.

About Single Traveller Journeys
We recognise the specific requirements of single travellers and that’s why a number of our journeys are single supplement free, affording you the benefit of your own single room, without any, or with significantly reduced extra cost. In fact over 40% of our guests travel alone, and return to Bill Peach Journeys again and again. In this way you can enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow travellers during the day, along with the safety and security of travelling with an escorted group, but still retire to your own personal room in the evening.  Note: The single supplement free offer cannot be taken in conjunction with any other offer.

Fully inclusive
This journey includes accommodation, all meals as specified, touring throughout, transfers, services of a dedicated Journey Director and admission tickets to Floriade.

Coaches
The coaches that we use for the ground component of this journey are fully air-conditioned.

Pre Tour
Flights from your home port to Sydney are not included in the journey price. Should you require flights to and from Sydney, we can provide a competitive quote on airfares and pre and post tour accommodation in Sydney, at the commencement and conclusion of your journey.

Level of Fitness Required – Easy Going
These journeys are not physically demanding unless you want them to be. They include easy guided walks, which are mainly on flat ground. There will be times when you are required to board a launch for shore excursions. You must be able to walk up to 500 metres unaided and will not need any foreseen assistance throughout the journey. For all clients to fully enjoy this travel experience, excellent health and mobility is required by all.

Travel Insurance
We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover you against such things as personal illness or accident, cancellation, loss of baggage etc. Please make sure you carry a copy of your Travel Insurance policy with you at all times.