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Keukenhof and Floriade 2022: two of the world’s greatest horticultural events

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5 nights, 6 days
Availability : Monday 18th April 2022
Longacres, Millbrook, Merriments Gardens, Notcutts, Coolings
Max People : 50
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The Netherlands is one the world’s greatest horticultural nations and not only hosts the wonder that is Keukenhof, with its millions of spring-flowering bulbs, but also, every ten years, Floriade comes around, which is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest horticultural shows.

Basing ourselves at the 4-star Museumhotel in Delft, voted the Netherlands’ most romantic city, we visit these great experiences as well as some less well publicised – but equally spectacular – places.

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For anyone in-the-know, Keukenhof is one of the places in the world that must be visited at least once, though if you have already been, you’ll want to go again!

Imagine millions of tulip bulbs (yes, MILLIONS) mixed with other flowers such as daffodils and muscari, to create a sea of floral delight.

Combine this with a visit to a globally renowned horticultural show, on a much grander scale than RHS Chelsea, and any plant lover will be in heaven.

We mix this heaven with a visit to other attractions, which will surprise and even overawe you: Aalsmeer Flower Market; the World Heritage site at Schokland; the ‘Venice of the North’ that is Giethoorn, and a visit to Royal Delft China factory in Delft, with free time to visit the beautiful old centre of this romantic town.

Helpfully, almost all Dutch (92%) speak English, so you can be sure of an easy time when you need to speak to the locals.

 

 

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Departure Date

Monday 18th April 2022

Price Includes

  • Transfers to and between all venues and the hotel by luxury coach
  • Eurotunnel crossing
  • Entry to all named venues
  • 5 nights’ accommodation in the 4-star Best Western Museumhotel, Delft on a bed and breakfast basis with an extra dinner on the on the first night
  • Group leader to smooth your way and explain each stage of the trip
What to Expect

Our aim at Pennywood Tours is to give you a relaxing and carefree time where we do all the work so you can sit back and enjoy the trip.

To this end, all tours are escorted by a group leader who will check you on board and make sure you can find your allocated seat. We’ll seat you with the person/people you are booked with but if you know of anyone else on the trip who has booked separately please let us know in advance and we’ll try to seat you all together. The coach will be a super deluxe vehicle with a toilet and is incredibly comfortable.

Our Group Leader will advise you of all the details of travel times, stops, when to return to the coach etc. so you will be in no doubt about what and when. He or she will be available for any additional questions you may have.

We will do our best to stick to our itinerary but you will understand that when there are traffic jams or adverse weather conditions, we may struggle to do everything as planned but we will let you know what information we have in these situations when we have it.

We look forward to seeing you and welcome any questions you may have by contacting us at info@pennywoodtours.com or on 01622 434 981.

Itinerary

Day 1Travel to The Netherlands

We will take the Eurotunnel between Folkestone and Calais and then travel northwards.

Stopping at least twice, one of these stops will be at the Delta Works Museum.

You may have heard of the devastating 1953 flood which killed 1,836 people in the Netherlands, so you’ll understand that water and its management is critical to the Dutch, especially as 20% of the country is below sea level!

The museum chronicles the development of the world’s largest flood defence system, (described as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers), and they have a café and toilets!

Finally, we will arrive at the Best Western Museumhotel for our five-night stay. The hotel is a beautifully converted traditional building in the heart of Delft. Alternatively, if you’d like to spend an afternoon in Amsterdam we ca transport you there and back on our luxury coach

Day 2Delft and it’s Royal China

We allow for an easy day after the travelling and start with a mid-morning visit to Royal Delft China. Here you can enjoy the factory tour to see how this beautiful china is made and, if you’re tempted to buy something, there’ll be time to visit the shop.

There is a café for a post-tour drink and something to eat, if you’re inclined, and after the tour, you have free time to explore the beautiful town centre of Delft at your leisure.

Day 3Floriade day

The Floriade Expo occurs every ten years, lasts six months and is as renowned internationally as any RHS show or garden you may think of.

Located at Almere around an hour-and-a-half from our hotel, we’ll aim to arrive close to opening time to give as much time as possible at the show and depart after a full day’s enjoyment.

There will be a large number of refreshment outlets at the show for lunch and drinks.

Day 4Out-and-about in Holland

This will be a day packed with wonder and awe!

We start by leaving the hotel at 7.30 am and travel to the Aalsmeer Flower Market.

When you hear the term ‘Dutch Flower Market’ you may think of people carrying baskets on their shoulders to and from sales, and if so, this will be an eye-opener!

The Dutch control around 90% of the world’s cut flower market and the auction at Aalsmeer trade billions of euros of stock using systems which are quite remarkable. You’ll even get to see the ‘Dutch Auction’, as traders try to hold their nerve and buy at the lowest price as the price falls and falls before competitors buy first.

We will then travel north into the ‘polder’, which is land reclaimed from the sea, where our next stop will be at the World Heritage Site of Schokland.

It’s tempting to think that nobody was much affected by this land reclamation, but the reality is that the sea was shallow, with islands of small communities, who suddenly found their lives dramatically changed. The experience of these communities was very much mirrored when the fens of East Anglia were drained in the 18th and 19th centuries. The site also has a café!

Moving on from Schokland, we travel a short distance to visit Blokzijl, which was formerly a fishing village but, cut off from saltwater, now serves as a leisure harbour and is very scenic – and there are a number of cafés!

Moving along from Blokzijl, we finally reach Giethoorn, known as the ‘Venice of the North’. Giethoorn is a traditional Dutch village, but instead of a traditional high street and other roads, it’s served by canals. Here we will enjoy a boat tour of the village.

Within the village, there is a small history museum and a rock shop with a stone and mineral museum attached. We haven’t included a visit to these, but I can recommend the rock shop as worth a visit. There are also a number of cafés in the settlement.

As this is quite a full day we may be late returning to the hotel, but our aim is to return by 7.30 pm.

Day 5Keukenhof day!

Our trip is perfectly timed, not only to enjoy Floriade but also because we will be visiting Keukenhof during the peak fortnight when the planting reaches a crescendo.

If you’ve never been to the garden before you’ll be amazed at endless drifts of millions of bulbs in full flower. A truly stunning vision to behold and a link to the fact the Netherlands is a major producer and trader of these beautiful plants.

Indeed, love for the humble tulip bulb reached astonishing levels during what is known as the ‘golden age’ when the Dutch became wealthy global traders in lots of commodities like coffee and spices. However, the tulip became such a highly sought-after item that prices ballooned to the point where, in modern money, a bulb was worth a Ferrari! Of course, the bubble didn’t last, and the resulting crash nearly broke the economy.

Day 6Return to the UK

With a number of comfort stops en route, we’ll make our way to Calais to catch our Eurotunnel back to the UK, with the aim of arriving back at our departure points in comfortable time to get dinner and unpack without being too late to bed.

Please note that all destinations will require walking, with steps and slopes, which may be slippery. Sensible shoes are a requirement, and you should dress for the weather.

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