As the winter melts away and flowers begin to bloom, spring is one of the most colorful times of year to visit new destinations. Cherry blossoms take over Japan’s landscape in March, followed by Holland’s famous tulips bursting out of the ground in April, and London’s RHS Chelsea Flower in May welcomes more than 157,000 visitors.
“Floral tourism certainly thrives in spring,” said Terry Dale, president and CEO of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA). “But throughout the year, the tour operator members of USTOA offer even more floral attractions, botanical gardens, and celebrations all over the world.”
The tour operators of USTOA compiled flower-powered itineraries and excursions, many of which also feature immersive culinary and cultural experiences.
Tournament of the Roses Parade
Southern California welcomes the New Year with the Tournament of the Roses Parade, showcasing animated floral floats followed by marching bands with high-stepping equestrians. Mayflower Cruises and Tours’ “Tournament of Roses Parade 2019” itinerary is packed with private events surrounding the parade, including a walking tour of Los Angeles and Hollywood, a private New Year’s Eve gala with a live orchestra, and exclusive seats at the parade for a magnificent view of the celebration. Departure is available December 30 starting at $1,699 per person. http://www.mayflowercruisesandtours.com
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