Once every ten years, the Dutch stage Floride, a fabulous exhibition showcasing the best of its own horticultural industry, and of others from around the world. It is the largest event in the Netherlands, held in the garden city of Almere near Amsterdam. You will also spend a day at Keukenhof to see the spectacular displays of bulbs at the worlds largest flower garden.
Your Holiday includes
Return Channel crossings with Eurotunnel
4 nights half board in Breukelen
Admission to Floriade 22 in Almere including a cablecar ride
Admission to Keukenhof Gardens
Visit to Amsterdam with a canal cruise
One of our taxis will collect you from home and bring you to the coach to join your driver and fellow passengers. We cross to France through the Channel Tunnel*, and then drive through Belgium and into Holland. Our hotel is one of the well-respected Van der Valk chain, and is situated in Breukelen to the south of Amsterdam.D
After breakfast we will drive through some of South Holland's pretty villages for our visit to Keukenhof Gardens. Considered by many to be the most beautiful spring garden in the world, and known as 'The Garden of Europe', Keukenhof covers an area of about 79 acres. Approximately 7 million bulbs are planted annually and visiting the garden is like being adrift on a sea of flowers. Discover around 800 varieties of tulips and other spring flowers, together with the sculptures and other works of art that give the park an added dimension.
You can choose to explore on foot, by taking a whisper boat trip or by hiring a bicycle. There are food outlets throughout the park - don't forget to try some tasty poffertjes (tiny Dutch pancakes).
Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, is known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city's 17th-century Golden Age. The history of Amsterdam is intimately connected with water. In 2010 its network of 165 canals was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We include a canal cruise to see some of the city's most beautiful spots. The boat glides under pretty bridges, and passes elegant merchant's mansions, carillon-crowned churches, and historic buildings and famous landmarks. Later there will be time to find lunch, explore further at your own pace and perhaps visit one of Amsterdam's many museums.B, D
Today will be spent visiting the World Expo Floriade at Almere, just a short drive from our hotel. A well as enjoying the flowers and trees, Floriade will fascinate and inspire as a showcase for new technologies, future products, food supplies and energy generation. Your entrance ticket includes a single journey on the cable car for a fantastic bird's eye view over the Floriade park.B, D
After a final breakfast we will load the luggage and return to Calais to take a Eurotunnel train home to the UK. We reach Sussex during the early evening and rendezvous with taxis to your door.B
Your Holiday Hotel
VAN DER VALK BREUKELEN
This 4-star hotel has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment and offers modern and comfortable guest accommodation. Bedrooms are spacious with television, Wi-fi, air-conditioning and tea/coffee making facilities. Dinner is a set menu on arrival night, and a three-course choice menu for the next three nights. A tasty buffet breakfast is included each morning. The hotel has a heated indoor pool, sauna, and steam bath.
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