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Steaming through Floriade 2022
Don't miss out on the most prestigious horticultural event of Europe, Only once every 10 years!
Beginning in 2022, Floriade Horticultural Expo, will once again be showcasing the best Flora and Fauna in the most highly anticipated horticultural event in Europe. The theme of this year’s decennial Floriade Expo will be ‘growing green cities’, focusing on the sustainability of our cities of the future illustrating the most innovative verdure exhibits for following 6 months. Opening in the spring of 2022 in the spacious Almere, a city located a short distance away from Amsterdam, will transform into a living laboratory showcasing fascinating and ingenious horticultural exhibitions provided by many countries, cities and innovative businesses.
Furthermore, we take a memorable trip back in time, riding on two remarkable examples of historic Dutch public transport. On this fantastic excursion, cruise on the museum ship Friesland. Then, enjoy steam train journey through the Dutch countryside. Stopping at stations along the route, this is a great way to take in Holland’s natural beauty. Look out for iconic Dutch windmills during your journey. Admire the beautiful scenery, including the blooming bulbfields if you travel in April! This is a wonderful and unique way to enjoy the flowers.
This is the perfect tour for flower and garden lovers. Holland has a fantastic reputation for outstanding blooms, and on this tour you can experience them for yourself!
April - October 2022
Travel to the Netherlands
Arrive in the Netherlands and check in to your hotel. Depending on arrival time, begin exploring your area.
Spend a full day exploring the living laboratory that is Floriade. Discover new developments and be touched by what you see and see the many attractions, lots of art and culture, and with a unique collection of trees, shrubs, and flowers.
Floriade Expo 2022 will be an extraordinary expo. For six months the attention to the theme ‘Growing Green Cities’ will be focused on the cities of the future. Visitors will have a unique and meaningful experience: while visiting the expo they will be invited to ‘explore, touch and change’.
This expo will also be the start of a new city district close to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Almost everything that will be built for the exhibition will become part of the legacy of Almere. The structures will remain and become part of the community. As part of this innovative exhibition concept, Floriade Expo 2022 will stimulate innovation and the development of solutions that can benefit us all. It will be a living laboratory and a platform for smart solutions.
The expo site will be developed as a Green City Arboretum, serving as a model for green structure development in cities. This arboretum will consist of a variety of trees, shrubs, perennials, creepers, hydrophytes and flower bulbs, all of which contribute to a green, healthy and sustainable city. Around 3000 species have been selected that contribute to the green city in terms of biodiversity, air purification, food production and city climate management.
The arboretum will be planted in alphabetical order. Each lot within the grounds will be allocated a letter of the alphabet. A four-meter wide strip around each lot will contain plants and trees, the Latin names of which starts with the letter allocated to the lot. We invite participants to choose planting that bears a relationship to their exhibit, country or city of origin.
Afterwards, return to the hotel for dinner.
Heritage Boat and Steam Train Experience
This morning travel to the town of Enkhuizen. From here, you can see the remarkable Houtribdijk, a 17- mile dyke and dam completed in 1975 as part of the Zuiderzee land reclamation project. In Enkhuizen, we board the museum ship ‘Friesland’ for a relaxing cruise on the IJsselmeer to Medemblik. There’s free time for lunch before we climb aboard the ‘Museumstoomtram’, a charming, historic narrow gauge, steam-hauled train that travels for 20km through the bulbfields to Hoorn. The train stops at stations along the route, each a little museum in its own right, with views of windmills and (in season) the fields of tulips.
Amsterdam is one of the most interesting cities in Europe. It is the capital of the Netherlands and known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades. Explore this unique city on foot, walking alongside its many canals or why not enjoy a canal cruise to see the city from a different point of view? Each area of Amsterdam has its own character and its own unique variety of shops, restaurants, cafes, museums and attractions. Museum fans are spoilt for choice with great museums such as Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Anne Franks House. Alternatively visit the Heineken factory and enjoy a self guided interactive tour through the dynamic world of Heineken!
Return to the UK
If time allows, take in some final sightseeing and souvenir shopping. Commence your return journey.
Fletcher Hotel-Restaurant Epe-Zwolle ***
Surrounded by tranquil woodland, this hotel is 60km from Almere and 100km from Amsterdam. Rooms and suites feature wood furnishings with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs; some have terraces. Upgraded quarters add sitting areas, minifridges, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. There’s a restaurant with a bar and a furnished terrace. Other amenities include an indoor pool, a hammam and a sauna. There’s also a bowling alley, a pool table and a tennis court, as well as nature trails. Free parking is available on site.
Fletcher Hotel Amersfoort ****
Inspected by Greatdays Staff in October 2019
In a Bauhaus-inspired building surrounded by wooded gardens, this relaxed hotel is 1 km from the A28 highway, and 3 km from both The Mondriaan House and Koppelpoort, a 15th-century medieval gate. Rooms offer flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi; some have colourful, retro-style furnishings. Upgraded rooms add tea and coffeemakers; some have balconies. here’s a warm bar/lounge with a pool table. Breakfast is extra. Other amenities include an airy restaurant with a terrace, plus a simple cafe, a gym and meeting facilities. Coach parking is available free of charge.
The Old Dutch Hotel, Volendam ***
Inspected by Greatdays Staff in October 2019
Family run hotel, located on the waterfront in the centre of Volendam. 32 rooms in total, all equipped with safe, telephone, TV, small desk and shower. The hotel’s restaurant offers typical Dutch and international cuisine. In summer months, guests can sit outside on the hotel’s terrace overlooking the lake. Coaches park at the public coach parking in town and luggage has to be loaded/unloaded at the back street as there is no coach access at the front of the hotel, however the hotel offers luggage service.
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|Dates||Hotel||Half Twin||Single Supplement|
|any 4 nights in May 2022||Fletcher Hotel Epe-Zwolle||From £289.00 per person||From £120.00 per person|
|22 May 2022 x 3 nights||Fletcher Hotel Amersfoort||From £259.00 per person||From £110.00 per person|
|01 June 2022 x 3 nights||Fletcher Hotel Amersfoort||From £259.00 per person||From £110.00 per person|
|06 June 2022 x 3 nights||Fletcher Hotel Amersfoort||From £259.00 per person||From £110.00 per person|
|Any 3 nights in July 2022||Fletcher Hotel Epe-Zwolle||From £289.00 per person||From £130.00 per person|
|Any 4 nights in Sept 2022||Fletcher Hotel Epe-Zwolle||From £289.00 per person||From £120.00 per person|
|18 September x 3 nights||Fletcher Hotel Amersfoort||From £259.00 per person||From £110.00 per person|
|04 October x 4 nights||Old Dutch, Volendam||From £349.00 per person||From £129.00 per person|
Dinner is available at all hotel for a supplement. Alternative dates and hotels are also available on request.