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Experience two fantastic horticultural events, Floriade 2022 and the Keukenhof Gardens.

5 days From £875 per person

2022 Tour code: FDE22

About the tour

Discover two of the Netherlands' most impressive and unique natural wonderlands with tickets to Floriade and a visit to the Keukenhof Gardens. Based in charming Delft, we'll also tour the celebrated Royal Blue porcelain factory.

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Itinerary

Day 1 – London and Delft

After meeting at London St Pancras, we join the Eurostar bound for Rotterdam. On arrival, we board our coach for the transfer to Delft. One of the prettiest towns in the Netherlands, the compact city centre is small enough to explore on foot and boasts tree-lined canals, cobbled avenues and a grand central square known locally as 'Markt'. The famous artist, Johannes Vermeer, spent his life in Delft, and while strolling the quieter streets, it's easy to get an impression of the 17th-century, Baroque town that inspired his lifetime of work. Delft is one of Holland's historical gems and was home to the Dutch royal family, the House of Orange; William of Orange was killed and buried here in 1584 at the end of his battle against the Spanish during the Eighty Years' War.

Day 2 – Delft Royal Blue porcelain factory

Something else Delft is famous for is for its iconic white and blue porcelain and pottery, which originates from an area known as Delftware. Delft ceramics have been an important export for more than 400 years, and Royal Delft, established in 1653, is the last remaining Delftware factory from the 17th century. We make a visit to this historic building, touring the factory floor to learn more about how the distinctive 'Delft Blue' design is created. We see the intricate designs being finished and hand-painted in colours that were actually inspired by Chinese imported pottery. During the Chinese civil war, however, importation stopped and the Dutch Delftware industry seized the opportunity to make their own designs which were popular with the aristocracy across the world. The rest of your day is free to explore Delft further. Why not stop off at a local café or restaurant to sample some popular Dutch dishes, such as poffertjes, bite-size pancakes, or a traditional cheese toastie made with locally-produced Gouda, Edam or Alkmaar?

Day 3 – Keukenhof Gardens

We take a coach trip to the incredible Keukenhof Gardens today. Open for just two months a year, these gardens are the perfect embodiment of spring, with hundreds of different flower species delivering row upon row of vivid colours and set amongst tranquil woodland and trickling streams. Also known as 'the Garden of Europe', Keukenhof is home to the world's largest permanent flower garden, giving us an unbeatable opportunity to admire a range of fantastic floral displays. About seven million tulip bulbs are planted here each year along with crocuses, daffodils, orchids and other seasonal flowers. Across its 80 acres of parkland, Keukenhof also features tranquil ponds, sculpture gardens, greenhouses, a windmill open to the public and several cafés to relax in. Enjoy free time to look around at your own pace and soak in the peaceful atmosphere of this popular outdoor attraction.

Due to seasonal opening times, on departures from May 16th onwards, we visit Amsterdam instead of Keukenhof Gardens today. Arriving at Amsterdam station, we head into the Dutch capital for an insightful tour that takes us to Dam Square, a famous city landmark surrounded by grand buildings. Continuing, we see Begjinhof, a picture-perfect group of houses surrounding a secluded courtyard, as well as the vibrant main street and the colourful flower market. In the afternoon, you have free time to lose yourself in the wonderful culture of Amsterdam. You could visit Museumplein, or museum square, home to three of Amsterdam's major museums, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk. Or, enjoy a taste of the city and sample stroopwafel, a tempting caramel wafer, from one of the many street vendors or cafés.

Day 4 – Floriade

We visit Almere for the once-a-decade horticultural event known as Floriade. A celebration of plants, vegetables, fruit and produce from across the world, the show site is built on land reclaimed from the sea - a true Dutch tradition. This decade's theme is 'Growing Green Cities', and we discover exhibitions from over 30 countries that explore the future development of our city centres. These are split into four sub-themes; green, celebrating the open spaces which make cities a more pleasant place to be; food, looking at how we can embrace more environmentally friendly food production options; health and the effect of green structures on a healthy living environment; and energy. This sub-theme examines possible sustainable energy solutions as well as the effect of green spaces on the well-being of a city's population.

Day 5 – Delft and London

Checking out of our hotel after breakfast, our coach takes us back to Rotterdam station where we catch the Eurostar service to London St Pancras

Additional information

Please note

Please note that due to seasonal opening times, departures from May 16th onwards will visit Amsterdam instead of Keukenhof Gardens.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Hotel de Koophandel

Hotel de Koophandel, Delft

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Hotel Johannes Vermeer, Delft

Hotel Johannes Vermeer, Delft

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Hampshire Hotel Delft Centre, Delft

Hampshire Hotel Delft Centre, Delft

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P Farr

2 stars

Submitted 2/Jul

Pretrip communication very poor , app didn’t have correct information on it & only one lot of tickets , my tickets only received as an email attachment after much work by me ! Train times only given very near departure date leading to more expensive train prices to London &!hotel room cost ! Eurostar to Rotterdam over 2hrs late & despite sending request for a refund to GRJ via suggested email , I have yet to even get an acknowledgement of my email ! Delft lovely & hotel , but factory not working on day we visited . The trip details should have been sent to us early on , not last- minute . Lastly Floriade , the main reason for my trip was very disappointing , there was virtually nothing there of note . It gives me no pleasure to say all this , but it needs to be said . I was greatly unimpressed with the GRJ’s admin team

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Mrs evans

4 stars

Submitted 2/Jul

A lot of walking involved in this trip .Hotel was fine but steep stairs up to second floor rooms .I was disappointed by the garden festival .i think I was expecting more flowers like Chelsea .

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Leo Jurkiw

4 stars

Submitted 27/Jun

Martin the guide was very good. Also the hotel "The Vermeer" at Delft was excellent.

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Alison

4 stars

Submitted 18/Jun

Good 4 night break, Great Hotel.

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John Sparrow

3 stars

Submitted 18/Jun

Arrangements were poor. The hotel could not be reached by coach and required over a half mile walk to and from the coach stop every time you went anywhere. I walk only slowly and there were people far worse off than me as most of us on the tour were elderly. Also the hotel had no lift. Overall this booking should have been advertised as only suitable for people at least moderately fit. Taxis to and from the coach were at our own expense. Finally Great Rail Journeys have not even had the basic courtesy to respond to our email of complaint.

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L Godson

5 stars

Submitted 2/Jun

For me the visit to the Keukenhof Gardens was the highlight … so beautiful and time to explore at one’s own pace. The Floriade was interesting but not as outstanding as I had expected. I suspect it will gather momentum over the summer and be more impressive. Delft was an excellent base and a lovely place to be. I enjoyed it very much. The hotel was good and just a short walk into the centre of Delft. Our tour manager was excellent - efficient, friendly and with a good knowledge of where we were visiting so that we had some idea of what options we would have. We covered a lot in a short time and there seemed to be so much more to see, maybe another day or two could be added.

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