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Gardeners Delight Floriade 2022 & Keukenhof Garden

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  • Duration: 6 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2T2887

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

6 days

A Must For All Garden Lovers! Once Every Ten Years!

Once every 10 years, somewhere in The Netherlands, a town is transformed into a fabulous festival of flowers. Floriade 2022 World Horticultural Expo takes place in the Dutch town of Almere. Floriade is not only the world's ultimate flower show - spread over five themed zones across an enormous 66 hectares - it is also a celebration of plants, vegetables, fruit and produce. Gardeners from all over the world offer you the opportunity to enjoy the most exquisite and exceptional examples of horticulture found anywhere on Earth.

Keukenhof, the best day out among the flowers! Over 7 million bulbs will bloom this spring, with a total of 800 varieties of tulips. A unique, unforgettable experience! Besides the spacious 32 hectares of flowers you can enjoy the spectacular flower shows, surprising inspirational gardens, unique art and wonderful events

The gardens are built on 15th century hunting grounds, and were a source of herbs for Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut’s castle (she was the last Wittelsbach ruler of Hainaut and Holland), which is where the name Keukenhof comes from – it means Kitchen Garden. In 1641, Captain Adriaen Maertensz Block of the Dutch East India Company had a house built there, which he lived in once he had retired.

The garden itself was established in 1949 by the then-Mayor of Lisse. It was meant as a garden where growers from all over the Netherlands and Europe could come to show their hybrid specimens, as well as helping the Dutch export industry.  Holland remains the largest exporter of flowers in the world.

The Keukenhof features many gardens of different styles. For example, the English Landscape Garden, which has winding paths and unexpected vistas. The Historical Garden is an enclosed garden where you’ll find many old types of bulbs.

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Itinerary

Day One

Sunday 17th April 2022

A mid-afternoon departure as we head to Hull for an overnight crossing on the P&O Super ferry to Rotterdam, once onboard settle into your ensuite cabin before exploring the ship.

There’s so much on board our ships for you to enjoy as you journey across the North Sea, from a choice of comfortable cabins to discount shopping and a whole range of different entertainment options on offer, this is sure to be one ferry crossing you won’t forget. Cabn upgrades and meal options are available.

Day Two

Monday 18th April 2022

A morning arrival in Rotterdam and disembark the ship on to your tour coach as we take the one hour drive to Keukenhof Gardens where we spend the day admiring the beautiful indoor and outdoor displays. Mid-afternoon re-join your tour coach as we head to the City of Almere to check in to the 4 star Best Western Plus Hotel. Settle in to tour room before this evenings dinner (included) This hotel was personally inspected by CAB Travel staff in 2019.

Day Three

Tuesday 19th April 2022

A leisurely  start to the day with breakfast included. As we are staying in the centre of Almere the Floriade Exhibition is only 2 miles from our hotel! Re-join you tour coach for a 10 minute journey to the exhibition. Evening meal back at the hotel included.

Day Four

Wednesday 20th April 2022

Another leisurely start to the day before exploring North Holland by steam ship and steam train! Today we have a six hour package provided by Stoomtram where we visit the locomotive workshop, station exhibition and signal box at Hoorn before boarding a steam train to  Medemblik.  Tea or coffee with a tartelette (included) will be served onboard as we pass through the colourful Dutch Build fields. On arrival at  Medemblik we visit the Zuiderzee museum which is a Dutch museum devoted to preserving the cultural heritage and maritime history from the old Zuiderzee region. We later board a boat for a scenic journey across lake IJsselmeer to Enkhuizen where we include a traditional Dutch lunch onboard. After this splendid day out we reutn to our hotel in Almere for this evenings dinner.

Day Five

Thursday 21st April 2022

A leisurely start to the day with breakfast at the hotel before we check out and load the coach for the return journey. We head for Amsterdam which is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum.

On arrival in Amsterdam we board a canal cruiser for a cruise to discover the history of Amsterdam’s canals followed  by a walking tour of the famous Amsterdam’s floating flower market which  is a particularly colourful place in the city. You will find there all sorts of tulips, narcissus, geraniums and many other types of flowers. At the Amsterdam Flower Market you can either buy bouquets, single flowers or bulbs.  Late afternoon we re-join our tour coach and travel back to Rotterdam to board the overnight super ferry back to Hull. Once again settle in to your ensuite cabin before exploring the ship.

Day Six

Friday 22nd April 2022

A morning arrival in to the Port of Hull where we disembark the ship and re-join our tour coach for the short journey back to your home areas.

Look What's Included

  • Coach Travel Throughout
  • Experienced Tour Manager
  • Overnight Ferry Crossing Hull to Rotterdam With Cabin#
  • 3 Nights Half Board At The Four Star Best Western Almere
  • Entrance Ticket To Keukenhof Gardens
  • Boat Ride Through The Build Fields At Keukenhof Gardens
  • Entrance To The Floriade Exhibition 2022
  • A Steam Train Ride Through The Bulb Fields
  • Tea / Coffee And Tartelette On The Steam Train
  • A Steam Boat Journey Across Lake Ijsselmeer
  • A Traditional Dutch Lunch On The Steam Ship
  • Entrance To The Zuiderzee Museum
  • Visit to Ancient Medemblik
  • Visit To Amsterdam
  • Walking Tour Of Amsterdam’s Floating Flower Market
  • A Guided Boat Cruise around Amsterdam’s Canals
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Accommodation

Hotel Best Western Plus Almere Four Star In Central Almere

Best Western Plus Almere is a splendid 4-star design hotel in the centre of Almere, situated opposite Almere Centrum railway station with direct train links to Amsterdam. The hotel is established in one of the city's most striking buildings, a 70-metre high tower that is a true eye-catcher. The hotel has 22 luxury rooms spread across 8 floors. The rooms offer a perfect retreat after a busy day out in Almere or its surroundings. Here you can enjoy the latest technology and high-level comfort. Wonderful to unwind in! All rooms are serviced by a lift.

Almere

Almere has lots to offer. With over 400 shops it's an ideal destination for shopaholics. You'll find large warehouses such as H&M, Costes, Hudson's Bay and Primark in abundance here. Not to mention electronics, home accessories, toys, jewellery and all sorts of specialised sports shops. The railway station opposite the hotel provides good travel links to nearby cities. A 20-minute train ride will take you to Amsterdam Central station

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