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Netherlands in a Nutshell – Going Dutch with Floriade

  • Birdseye view of Floriade , Amsterdam, Almere, Netherlands - Courtesy of floriade.com

    Floriade, Amsterdam, Almere, Netherlands - 1b. Floriade Birdseye
  • Zaanse Schans, Zaandam in Holland ©NBTC SM

    Netherlands, Holland Zaanse Schans in Zaandam ©NBTC SM
  • Rotterdam, Holland, Netherlands - Skyline at night © NBTC

    Rotterdam, Holland, Netherlands - Skyline at night © NBTC
  • Rotterdam, Holland, Netherlands - Skyline at night © NBTC

    Rotterdam, Holland, Netherlands - Skyline at night © NBTC
  • Amsterdam Canal - Amsterdam, Holland ©NBTC

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5 day tour
From £232 per person - minimum 25 passengers

Explore the Cultural Highlights of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and visit the Floriade Expo

One of the most popular short breaks of the past few years is back again! During this tour to Holland, take in some Dutch classics and big cities. Zaanse Schans is a treasure trove of tradition. Watch as artisans create baked goods and cheese using traditional methods. Pass by authentic local buildings and step inside windmills, many of which still function, to see how they work. As well as this, explore Floriade Expo and the amazing cities of Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

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Floriade Expo 2022

As well as this, between April and October and visit the wonderful Floriade Horticultural Expo. Once again 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.

Amsterdam

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!

Rotterdam, the City of Many Faces

A port city, a trendy nightlife city, a sophisticated shopping city, and a hip artistic city. Above all, Rotterdam is the architecture city of Holland that stimulates innovation. Its skyline is always changing. There are many things to do amid Rotterdam’s skyscrapers. You can go on a shopping spree, enjoy some excellent food, and visit a range of museums and attractions in and around the city centre. Perhaps visit the Cube Houses (Kubuswoningen) in Rotterdam are one of the city’s most iconic attractions. Or see the sights from above, by visiting one of the highest towers in Holland: the Euromast. Architect Maaskant designed the tower that you will find at Floriade too. Visitors can take an elevator up and enjoy the spectacular view.

This tour encompasses a myriad of Dutch delights: it really is Netherlands in a nutshell!


Dates

14 April - 09 October 2022


Suggested Itinerary

Day 1

Travel to the Netherlands

Take a short sea crossing and travel to the Netherlands, arrive and check in to your hotel.  If time permits, begin exploring and get to know the area

Day 2

Clogs, Cheese and Windmills

Today, drive to Zaanse Schans, a living and working community whose origins date back to the 18th Century. Watch traditional clog and cheese making and visit the historic windmills and buildings. Local charges apply for some attractions. Spend the afternoon in 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?

Day 3

Floriade Expo

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.

Day 4

Rotterdam

Discover the city of Dutch innovation, Rotterdam. The architecture city of Holland that stimulates innovation. Its skyline is always changing. There are many things to do amid Rotterdam’s skyscrapers. You can go on a shopping spree, enjoy some excellent food, and visit a range of museums and attractions in and around the city centre. Perhaps visit the Cube Houses (Kubuswoningen) in Rotterdam are one of the city’s most iconic attractions. Or see the sights from above, by visiting one of the highest towers in Holland: the Euromast. Architect Maaskant designed the tower that you will find at Floriade too. Visitors can take an elevator up and enjoy the spectacular view.

Day 5

Return to the UK

Check out of your hotel and begin your journey back to the UK.


Suggested hotels

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.

Movenpick ‘s-Hertogenbosch ****

Overlooking the man-made Provinciehuis lake, this simple hotel is 4 km from the closest train station and 3 km from the 13th-century St. John’s Cathedral. Rooms offer flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, minifridges, desks, and tea and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms add sitting areas and minibars. Room service is available. Amenities include a restaurant with lakeside terrace dining, as well as a sauna. Coach parking is available.

Hilton Rotterdam ****

Set across the street from both a tram stop and Stadhuis metro station, this upscale hotel is also 2.3 km from the Cube House, a museum in a 1970s residential complex. The rooms mix classic and modern decor, and feature Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Upgraded rooms come with Nespresso machines, and free breakfast and snacks served in an executive lounge. Some suites add separate living rooms.
Dining options include French and Indonesian eateries, as well as a modern restaurant decorated with street art. There’s also a fitness room and terrace bar.


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Dates Hotel Half Twin Single Supplement
22 May 2022 x 3 nights Fletcher Hotel Amersfoort From £239.00 per person From £109.00 per person
10 June 2022 x 3 nights Fletcher Hotel Amersfoort  From £239.00 per person From £109.00 per person
23 June 2022 x 3 nights Fletcher Hotel Amersfoort  From £239.00 per person From £109.00 per person
03 July 2022 x 4 nights Movenpick ‘s-Hertogenbosch  From £275.00 per person From £135.00 per person
11 July 2022 x 3 nights Hilton Rotterdam From £232.00 per person From £100.00 per person
08 August 2022 x 3 nights Hilton Rotterdam From £232.00 per person From £100.00 per person
18 September x 3 nights Fletcher Hotel Amersfoort  From £239.00 per person From £109.00 per person
30 September x 4 nights Movenpick ‘s-Hertogenbosch  From £295.00 per person From £155.00 per person

Dinner is available at all hotel for a supplement. Alternative dates and hotels are also available on request.

Price based on exchange rate of £1.00 = €1.17. All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place in a single room, based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include UK coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Greatdays Holidays Limited is a member of ABTA (Y0380) which means you have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. Greatdays Holidays Limited has an ATOL licence (4279) and all of our air package tours are protected under this licence. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any monies you have paid to us for an advance booking. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this tour are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at info@greatdays.co.uk

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