2022 - Floriade - The World's Ultimate Flower Show
4 daysIn 2022 Holland once again plays host to the world-famous Floriade, the unique and unmissable International Horticultural Expo. Staged only every ten years, this remarkable 180-day festival will take place in Almere, a modern city at the southern end of the former Zuiderzee, with an array of impressive attractions, art and culture and a unique living collection of trees, shrubs and flowers. It will focus on cities of the future with the theme of 'Growing Green Cities' and the Floriade site itself, a living laboratory of inspirational exhibitions, pavilions, themed gardens and entertainment, will ultimately become a new and sustainable city district. Enjoy a relaxed day in the delightful compact city of Amersfoort with its historic centre or take an optional excursion into cosmopolitan Amsterdam
PRICE FROM ? £459 per person
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
ItineraryDAY 1 - From your chosen joining point your feeder vehicle will take you to the designated interchange point where your holiday begins. After joining your holiday coach, you travel to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais, then continue to Holland via the auto-routes of France and Belgium and check into your hotel in Amersfoort for your 3-night stay. Dinner, bed & breakfast
DAY 2 - 3 - At leisure with two included excursions
The highlight of the weekend is your included visit to Floriade, the World Horticultural Exhibition. Occupying a 60-hectare site in the heart of the contemporary city of Almere, Floriade promises to excite and inform where visitors will discover many innovations that will make cities of the future more fun, more liveable and more sustainable. Arboretum is the green core of the site where you can walk through a plant world that's alphabetically arranged! A living library and an oasis of over 3,000 species of trees, shrubs, plants and flowers. An unforgettable mix of colours, scents and experiences with all the trees and plants representing one of the four sub-themes - greening, nutrition, health and energy. There will also be a spectacular 850-metre cableway ride giving a breath-taking view of the Floriade Park and the skyline of Almere
An included short transfer will take you from your hotel into Amersfoort centre for time at leisure. The old town is full of striking merchants' houses, a lively café and bar scene, an historic canal network and it is the perfect place for a gentle stroll. Art lovers may like to visit the Mondriaanhuis art gallery and museum, dedicated to the life and works of the artist Piet Mondriaan in the house where he grew up (entrance not included - approx. €12.50 in 2020/21). Other highlights of Amersfoort include the magnificent Onze Lieve Vrouwentoren, the 15th century Gothic church tower and the city's defining architectural icon and also the beautiful Koppelpoort, the old city gate. How about a walk along the 'Muurhuizen' or wall houses, which are built on what used to be the city wall
Amsterdam is a compact and likeable city. It has loads of appeal with its intriguing mix of small-town character and cosmopolitan savvy. Amsterdam is a youthful city and a heavy weight in the world of art with more than its fair share of masterpieces at the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Take time out to sip a coffee in one of the traditional, bare-floored brown cafés or one of the many designer bars or grand cafés. Your driver may be able to offer you an optional guided city tour and canal cruise - details available locally.
DAY 4 - Drive back to Calais today and the return ferry crossing to Dover, arriving home during the evening. Back to top
AccommodationBest Western Plus Berghotel Amersfoort
Opened in 1903, this charming 4* hotel enjoys beautiful green surroundings on the Amersfoortse Berg, just over 2 miles (30 minutes' walk) from the centre of Amersfoort and is well situated for the Floriade in Almere.
It features 88 well-equipped guestrooms with stylish décor, modern amenities, air-conditioning and free WiFi. There is a cosy brasserie restaurant and bar as well as a large sun terrace and garden. There is a small fitness area and bicycles are available for hire. There is a lift. Back to top