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ARS 2018 Tour & Conference Packages

Note: The Pre-Tours and Post-Tour are optional.

The following chart shows which package options are available. Pre 1 is Pre-Tour 1, etc. Conf is the Conference in Bremen, and Post is the Post-Tour to Finland. Attendees are responsible to make their own way to the first hotel on their package and to make their way home from the last hotel on their package. Lodging and bus travel is included from the first hotel, on all tours, and to the last hotel. The Post-Tour includes rail from Bremen to Hamburg and one-way air travel from Hamburg to Helsinki. All of the hotels are listed at hotels. All of the gardens visited are listed at gardens. The organizers of the conference can not be held responsible for changes made necessary by events beyond their control. Travel insurance is recommended.

Note: Prices quoted on this page are for Double Occupancy in US dollars. See Registration for Single Occupancy and Canadian dollars.

Pack. Start Finish Included NOT Included Price [See Note]
1-F Mon, May 7, 2018, in Amsterdam Thu, May 31, 2018, in Helsinki Pre 1 Pre 2 Pre 3 Conf Post (NA)  
1-C Sun, May 7, 2018, in Amsterdam Sun, May 27, 2018, in Bremen Pre 1 Pre 2 Pre 3 Conf   Finland  
2-F Sat, May 12, 2018, in Bremen Thu, May 31, 2018, in Helsinki   Pre 2 Pre 3 Conf Post Netherlands  
2-C Sat, May 12, 2018, in Bremen Sun, May 27, 2018, in Bremen   Pre 2 Pre 3 Conf   Netherlands, & Finland  
3-F Mon, May 13*, 2018, in Bremen Thu, May 31, 2018, in Helsinki     Pre 3 Conf Post Netherlands, & RHODO 2018  
3-C Mon, May 13*, 2018, in Bremen Sun., May 27, 2018, in Bremen     Pre 3 Conf   Netherlands, RHODO 2018, & Finland  
C-F Sun, May 20, 2018, in Bremen Thu, May 31, 2018, in Helsinki       Conf Post Netherlands, RHODO 2018, & Denmark-Sweden  
C-C Sun, May 20, 2018, in Bremen Sun, May 27, 2018, in Bremen       Conf   Netherlands, RHODO 2018, Denmark-Sweden & Finland  

*Note, this tour starts with an overnight in Bremen on the 13th before leaving for Denmark on the 14th with a stop at Hachmann's Nursery enroute.

The above packages do not include airfare to and from the conference nor do they include transfers to and from the airport. The Post-Tour does include one-way airfare and transfers from Hamburg to Helsinki. For more information go to Airline Reservations.

The following chart gives a description of the garden tour packages and the conference package. For an overview of the tours and Conference with maps, visit the Home page. For a preview of the garden tours, visit the Gardens page. To see the conference program speakers visit the Speakers page. Note: these are the only options available. You may not leave any gaps.

Note: The Pre-Tours and Post-Tour are optional.

Pre-Tour 1: Netherlands, Dutch Chapter ARS

Sunday, May 6
North Americans leave on overnight flights.
Monday, May 7
Arrive in Amsterdam, Schiphol Airport. Welcome dinner by the Dutch ARS Chapter. Stay at hotel near Schiphol.
Tuesday, May 8
Zaanse Schans Village with Windmills of Zaanse Schans; Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse. Stay at hotel near Schiphol.
Wednesday, May 9
Esveld Nursery in Boskoop; Arboretum Trompenburg in Rotterdam; bus to Wageningen. Stay at hotel in Wageningen. Arboretum Belmonte is next to hotel.
Thursday, May 10
Private garden of Dr. Lou Traas in Blaricum; Utrecht Old City Centre tour; Fort Hoofddijk Botanic Garden. Stay at hotel in Wageningen.
Friday, May 11
Van Gimborn Arboretum in Doorn; Appeltern Gardens; Arboretum Belmonte in Wageningen. Evening program with the Dutch Chapter. Stay at hotel in Wageningen.
Saturday, May 12
Palace Garden of Het Loo; go to Bremen
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Pre-Tour 2: RHODO 2018 at Westerstede, Germany, DRG

Saturday, May 12
Official welcome for all participants. Stay at Swissotel Bremen.
Sunday, May 13
Visit the famous Hobbie Rhododendron Park in the morning, and RHODO 2018 in Westerstede in the afternoon. Dinner at Swissotel Bremen. Stay at Swissotel Bremen.
Monday, May 14
Hachmann Nursery in Barmstedt in the morning. Cross into Denmark.
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Pre-Tour 3: Denmark & Sweden, Danish & Swedish Chapters ARS

Note, this tour starts with an overnight in Bremen on the 13th before leaving for Denmark on the 14th with a stop at Hachmann's Nursery enroute.

Monday, May 14
Visit Jørgen Jørgensen garden; Go to Denmark's oldest town, Ribe where we will have dinner. Stay at Hotel Dagmarthus and The Old Jail Hotel.
Tuesday, May 15
Visit Finn & Linda Bertelsen and Maren & Søren Tang gardens in Jylland, Bangsbo Park at Frederikshaven. Take ferry to Gothenburg, Sweden. Stay at Hotel Comfort in Gothenburg.
Wednesday, May 16
Visit Gothenburg Botanic Garden, and Torsten Nilsson garden near Helsingborg. Stay at Hotel Good Morning in Helsingborg.
Thursday, May 17
Visit Sofiero Castle garden near Helsingborg and have lunch. Cross the Oresund to Denmark. Visit Kronborg Castle near Helsingor and Nivå gård Park. Stay at Tivoli Hotel in Copenhagen.
Friday, May 18
Visit Kjelds Have, Zen Garden including lunch, and Henning Andersen garden on Zealand. Stay at Tivoli Hotel in Copenhagen.
Saturday, May 19
Mogens Bendix, Svend Hansen Kernehuset and Lulo Tophøj gardens near Copenhagen. Stay at Tivoli Hotel in Copenhagen.
Sunday, May 20
Visit Jørgen Halse garden and Asperup gård garden, and have lunch on the way back to Bremen, Germany.
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2018 ARS/DRG Conference in Bremen Germany, DRG

Sunday, May 20
New arrivals join group in Bremen. Stay at hotel in Bremen.
Monday, May 21
ARS Board Meeting and DRG Meeting. welcome session in the evening; More new arrivals join us in Bremen. Welcome dinner. Stay at Swiss Hotel in Bremen.
Tuesday, May 22
Conference - Part I: "From the wild...." & Explorer's Club. Stay at Swiss Hotel in Bremen.
Wednesday, May 23
Bus 1 & 2: Bremen Rhododendron-Park; Bus 3 & 4: Ammerland bus tour: zu Jeddeloh Nursery, Park of the Gardens, Van den Berk Nursery. Stay at Swiss Hotel in Bremen.
Thursday, May 24
Bus 1 & 2: Ammerland rhododendron gardens & nurseries: zu Jeddeloh Nursery, Park of the Gardens, Van den Berk Nursery; Bus 3 & 4: Bremen Rhododendron-Park. Stay at Swiss Hotel in Bremen.
Friday, May 25
Conference - Part II: "...into your life" & Gardener's Club & signing hour. Stay at Swiss Hotel in Bremen.
Saturday, May 26
Bus 1 & 2 and Bus 3 & 4: Ammerland rhododendron gardens & nurseries: Schroeder Nursery, Bruns Rhododendron-Park and Nursery. Stay at Swiss Hotel in Bremen.
Sunday, May 27
Departure day for those not going to Finland
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Post-Tour: Finland, Finnish Chapter ARS

Sunday, May 27
Train to Hamburg, Flight from Hamburg to Helsinki. Stay at hotel in Helsinki.
Monday, May 28
Haaga Rhododendron Park, Porvoo Old Town, Lunch at Arboretum Mustila in Elimaki, Sapokka Water Garden and Fuksinpuisto Park in Kotka, dinner in Espoo. Stay at hotel in Helsinki.
Tuesday, May 29
Ari Laakso's private Ilola Arboretum in Salo, lunch at Wiurila Manor in Halikko, Osmo Jussila's private Arboretum Apaskeri in Kustavi. Dinner in Turku. Stay at hotel in Turku.
Wednesday, May 30
Rhodogarden, Kristian Theqvist's private garden in Korppoo, lunch in a seaside restaurant in Korppoo. Stay at hotel in Helsinki.
Thursday, May 31
Departure day. Depart from Helsinki airport.
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Airline Reservations

Travel to & from the convention and optional tours.
Depending upon your package choice you will have one of 4 starting dates and cities. You will also have on of 2 dates to finish your package. You are responsible to be at the hotel where the tour starts on the starting date and to make your own reservatons after the finish date.
Starting & ending hotels.

The convention packages include all hotels from the start date until the end date.

If you would like to arrive early or stay after the end, you are responsible for booking your hotel. We will attempt to extend the special convention rates to these dates at the convention hotels.

Need a Travel Agent?

We have made arrangements with an experienced travel agent that knows about our convention and has researched what arrangements are available including industry discounts. She can also arrange travel insurance. She is:
    Kathy Blosenski
    KoKo Travel
    Honey Book, Pennsylvania
    http://www.kokotravelservice.com/
    610-273-2135
    kathy@kokotravelservice.com

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