Trains, Planes and Boats featuring Floriade - by Eurostar
Held every ten years at a different venue in The Netherlands, Floriade is one of the premier events of the horticultural world. In 2022 the spotlight falls on Almere, a new city near Amsterdam, where a purpose-built site has been created to provide a ‘living laboratory’ with inspirational and innovative exhibitions by countries, cities and businesses. There will also be a host of impressive attractions, heaps of art and culture and a unique collection of trees, shrubs and flowers. The theme of this, the seventh iteration of the event, is ‘Growing Green Cities’. With the world’s urban population expanding to 70%, cities will have to find creative, green and sustainable solutions to remain safe, healthy and attractive and these proposed solutions will be central to the exhibits at the 2022 Expo.
In addition to our day at Floriade we have arranged an exciting series of transport-themed excursions. We spend a day in north Holland travelling first on a vintage steam tram and then on an elegant 1950s ferry on the Ijsselmeer, plus some free time in the popular picturesque town of Volendam. There are more trains to admire at the national Rail Museum in Utrecht followed by some ‘Queens of the Sky’ at the Aviodrome Flight Museum at Lelystad (these visits are replaced with a day at the magnificent gardens of Keukenhof in May). Finally we cruise the waterways of Amsterdam, admiring the magnificent canal-side residences.
We are based at the 4-star Best Western Plus Plaza Hotel, conveniently situated in the centre of Almere, with many shops, cafés and restaurants just a stone’s throw away. The hotel is close to central railway station and is a just a short drive from the Floriade site. All rooms in the hotel are spacious and fitted with a desk, coffee and tea making facilities and a flat-screen TV with cable channels.
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Day 1 -
We depart by direct Eurostar train from London St Pancras to Amsterdam Centraal and continue by coach to our hotel. We are based at the 4-star Best Western Plus Plaza Hotel, conveniently situated in the centre of Almere, with many shops, cafes and restaurants just a stone’s throw away and is a just a short drive from the Floriade site. All rooms in the hotel are spacious and fitted with a desk, coffee and tea making facilities and a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Dinner is available this evening in the hotel’s restaurant at a supplement. Alternatively, you may wish to dine in one of the local restaurants at leisure.
Day 2 -
An exciting day lies ahead as we skirt round Amsterdam and head north to Hoorn, the starting point for our nostalgic journey aboard a steam-hauled heritage train. The train, or steam tram as it is more correctly known, trundles at a sedate pace through the peaceful West Friesian countryside on a branch line dating from 1887, calling at the stations of Wognum, Twisk and Opperdoes before reaching the terminus at Medemblijk on the shores of the Ijsselmeer (formerly the Zuiderzee).
Here our journey continues aboard the 1956-built heritage ferry ‘Friesland’ on a 90-minute cruise on the IJsselmeer to Enkhuizen. We then return by coach to Hoorn for a visit to the tramway museum where several locomotives and coaches can be seen. On our way back to Almere we will stop for some free time in Volendam, a picture-postcard fishing port where a few residents still wear traditional costume.
Day 3 -
Today, we have a full day at Floriade 2022 in Almere. With its focus on ‘Green Cities of the Future’ there are four main themes: Green, Food, Energy and Health. Exhibits will demonstrate how cities can be made more attractive and resilient by creating more parks and vertical gardens; the latest ideas for sufficient, healthy and affordable food; solutions and inventions in the field of sustainable energy; and how good food, exercise, flowers, plants and trees can help with life in the city. In addition there will of course be extensive displays of horticultural excellence and we can expect a riot of colour and inventive planting.
Day 4 -
This morning we pick up the vintage transport theme once again as we head south to Utrecht, home to The Netherlands’ national Rail Museum, with an extensive collection of diesel, steam and electric locomotives; carriages, scale models, posters, paintings and other railway ephemera.
In the afternoon we swap trains for planes as we visit the Aviodrome Flight Museum at Lelystad, 20km east of Almere. There are over 100 aircraft in this impressive collection, from a tiny Fokker Triplane to a giant Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet, as well as iconic machines such as the Lockheed Constellation, Junkers 52 tri-motor and the Fokker Friendship.
Day 5 -
This morning we transfer to nearby Amsterdam, where we take to the water again as we enjoy a one-hour canal cruise, a great way to see the historic buildings and sights of this unique city, including the magnificent residences from the Dutch ‘Golden Age. After some free time we will assemble at the Centraal Station in time to board our early afternoon direct Eurostar service back London.
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|Tour Departure||Tour ID||Departure date||Return Date||Guided by||Price||Deposit||Single supplement||Offer||Availability|
|10 May 2022||BTBP220510||10 May 2022 (Tuesday)||15 May 2022 (Sunday)||£945
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|14 June 2022||BTBP220614||14 June 2022 (Tuesday)||18 June 2022 (Saturday)||£945
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|15 July 2022||BTBP220715||15 July 2022 (Friday)||19 July 2022 (Tuesday)||£895
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|23 September 2022||BTBP220923||23 September 2022 (Friday)||27 September 2022 (Tuesday)||£945
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