This world-renowned horticultural event takes place once a decade, and in 2022 Almere will play host to international exhibitors and bring together a site packed with outstanding displays, tempting food and knowledgeable experts to create a unique unforgettable experience.
Day 1 After our early morning taxi pick up, we make our way to Dover for a mid-morning crossing to Calais. We then travel through Belgium and into Holland, arriving at our hotel late afternoon.
Day 2 We spend the day in Amsterdam including a cruise on a glass topped boat. Sit back and enjoy the sights along the network of over 160 canals and 1000 bridges, travelling through the UNESCO canal district alongside 17th-century gabled houses and beautiful churches. The rest of the day is free and this compact city is easily explored on foot.
Day 3 A full day at Floriade. This magnificent show is themed ‘GrowingGreener Cities’ and features indoor and outdoor exhibitions, show gardens, and events from international horticulturalists and urban planning specialists. The site covers 60 hectares, has cafés and restaurants dotted throughout, hop on/hop off e-trains and an 850m long cableway, giving a fantastic view of the whole event, and beyond.
Day 4 We travel to Arnhem to visit the amazing Netherlands Open Air Museum, which houses a collection of over 80 original houses, farms and windmills. Historic trams will carry you around the park, and you can watch artisans practise traditional crafts, talk with the friendly farmers, blacksmith and fishermen and see the past come alive before your eyes. We also visit the centre of Arnhem.
Day 5 Leaving after breakfast, we have a stop in beautiful Bruges. We then travel to Calais for our crossing to Dover, and continue home.
Our three-star hotel is a former mission house and monastery, located in the Utrecht Heuvelrug National Park, 40 miles south of Amsterdam. Tea and coffee are available at all times in the lounge, and there is a pleasant bar, restaurant and a terrace with views of the forest. Bedrooms are en suite with TV, telephone and WiFi. The hotel has a lift.