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This is a reminder for Sunday's trip to the Keukenhof. I just spoke to the management and they confirmed the park is in superb condition, as well as the fields outside the park. The weather is pretty good, with 0% chance for precipitation, partially cloudy and sunny, and 13-15 degrees. Do wear a warm sweater and jacket though.

As the trip is fully booked I want to ask you respect the meeting time of 8h45. It will take extra time to board the bus and to ensure everyone is there. Leaving on time is important as there will be some traffic around the park upon arrival.

If you would rather join us on Sunday 8 May for our 3rd trip, I could free up your seat. If it is taken by someone else and there are no further cancellations I can put you on the trip for next week. Please send an email to info@expatclub.org.

See you on Sunday morning!

Edgar Hütte
0495-345144 | info@expatclub.org
 
Keukenhof daytrip
Sunday 1 May 2016

Thank you for joining us on Sunday to Holland for a wonderful trip to the world's most famous flower gardens. The Keukenhof is a stunning park, and as a Dutchman I am proud to introduce you to our national pride, the lovely tulip. The weather forecast says it will be 12 degrees with sunshine. It won't be too warm, but since there are a lot of trees, it may actually be very comfortable in the sunny spots.

At the moment we still have a few last seats available. If a friend still wants to join us, please send him/her to this page and provide also the code TULIPFRIEND for a last minute discount on the current full fare. If you are also interested in our trip to Versailles (final few seats too) the day before (we come back around 01h00), please send me an email and I can still offer you the early-bird fee.
 

Please read this email carefully. Most important is to come **on time** for departure. We leave from the following pick-up points (see maps and links below):
  • Rond-Point / Place Schuman, on the bus stop next to the KBC and ING banks. Meeting time is 08h45.
Note our departure policy. We may leave before 09h00 if we have not heard from you by 08h50. Just like at airports, our "gate closes" 10 minutes before departure. We need to do so to arrive on time at the Keukenhof and to ensure the driver complies with E.U. driving regulations. Just take one bus/tram/metro earlier than you would normally do. There are many others waiting so time really flies. If you fear you're going to be late, make sure to text or call with 0495-345144. I prefer a text message above a voicemail, and make sure to leave your name. For any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact me.

Edgar Hütte
0495-345144 or info@expatclub.org

(this is our bus from Lauwers Reizen)

Our programme for the day
Our schedule is carefully planned and we should have enough time to enjoy the entire park. Please note that times may change during the day if required by circumstances.
  • 08h45 - Latest meeting time Place Schuman
  • 09h00 - Latest departure
  • 11h45 - Arrival Keukenhof
  • 12h00 - Start guided tour Keukenhof with official guides
  • 13h00 - End guided tours & free time
  • 16h00 - Departure "whisper boat" tour (meeting time 15h50,  behind Windmill, you will not get any tickets, just come there)
  • 18h00 - Departure to Brussels
  • 20h30 - Estimated arrival in Brussels
LUNCH: No group lunch has been planned. There are several restaurants in the park with many options.
 
WHISPER BOAT: if you haven't yet confirmed your spot, you may just send an email to info@expatclub.org. We might be able to arrange a spot for you, although the boats are already rather full.

It is not a problem to find parking around Place Schuman, such as in Rue Froissart. It's free for the entire day. Make sure to take your valuables out of the car, and you may want to leave the glove department open. The bus will drop you here in the evening again.


 

OUR COACH: We travel with a 4* double-decker luxury coach with a professional driver.
* Please keep the on-board toilet clean.
* Don't bring smelly/fatty food and drinks (fries, pizza, milkshakes, etc).
* Be considerate to others (e.g. no loud talking, no strong perfumes etc).
* If you suffer from car-sickness, please request a front-row seat.
* Please ask your host (Edgar) for coach-related questions, not the driver.
* It is customary in Belgium to voluntarily tip the driver (small coins only please, max 1 euro per person for this trip please!)

Expat Club owns a state-of-the-art digital audio system that allows you to listen to the guide without standing close to him or her. This way you can optimally enjoy the tour while having the freedom to sit down, walk around and take some pictures. You will get a small lightweight receiver in the bus, which you must keep with you the entire day. It is, however, only available for the first 75 people on our list.
Other essential information:
  • You won't have to bring a copy of your ticket. Your name is on the list.
  • Wear warm clothes.
  • Take an umbrella or raincoat.
  • Save this number for emergencies and leave your phone on: +32-495-345144
  • Bring a camera. You want to capture the memories!

Meeting point Place Schuman: next to the KBC and ING banks (click here for Google Maps, wait a few seconds for street view). This is right next to Metro Stop Schuman. If you are going in the downtown direction, take a seat in the last car. If you are going in the Montgomery direction, take a seat in the first car. This way you're already on the right side of the station, and just have to follow the exit "Justus Lipsius" and Bus 36. You can't miss it! Please arrive by 08h45 at the latest (at the bus stop) so we can board orderly and leave on time.
(Click and wait for the actual streetview in Google Maps)

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