4 night's dinner, bed & breakfast
Return Channel crossing
3 course buffet menu
Tea/coffee after dinner
Steamtrain from Hoorn to Medemblik with coffee/tea and tartelette
Boat trip from Medemblik to Enkhuizen with a typical Dutch cold lunch on board
Entrance to Zuiderzee Museum
Entrance to Floriade 2022
Entrance to Cheesefarm and Clogfactory
We head for the Continent, crossing the Channel and arriving at our hotel in time for dinner.
Holland's Historic Triangle (Hoorn-Medemblik-Enkhuizen)
This morning we head North and cross the N302, a 27 kilometre bridge over the Houtribdijk dam offering fabulous water views. On arrival in Hoorn, we embark on our full day ‘Historic Triangle’ adventure, starting with a one-way steam train journey to Medemblik. We enjoy tea/coffee and cake as we trundle along the 1887 railroad, through historical pretty villages and the Dutch countryside. On arrival in Medemblik, we have time to explore the beautiful, historic centre and harbour before we hop aboard our historic motor ship for a cruise to Enkhuizen. As we sail, we tuck into a tasty lunch of various breads, including the West Frisian blackcurrant loaf, and sweet and savoury toppings. Be sure to admire the endless views of the former Zuiderzee sea from the upper deck! We disembark in Enkhuizen where we visit the fascinating Zuiderzee Museum to learn about life by the Zuiderzee sea in bygone times. We can lend craftsmen a hand, walk down the cobbled streets, admire the wooden houses and meet the locals of the past, before enjoying the rest of the afternoon at leisure discovering this historic town.
This morning we make our way to Almere to spend the day at the stunning Floriade Expo. This beautiful event only happens once every 10 years, so we’re treated to a truly spectacular day out. The theme of 2022’s Floriade is Growing Green Cities, so we explore the creative, green and sustainable solutions needed to make our cities more fun, liveable and sustainable. Floriade is truly a treat for the senses; we enjoy the scents, tastes and colours of fabulous flowers, plants, vegetables and fruit as we discover 40 inspiring country presentations, as well as conferences, tasting sessions and a vibrant cultural and arts programme. Other highlights include the magnificent Arboretum, containing an alphabetically organised tree and plant encyclopaedia that we can wander through, and the fantastic 850m cable car journey, which transports us between the north and south of the Floriade park with fabulous views below!
Cheese Tasting, Volendam & Zaandam
We start our day with an authentic taste of Holland, with a visit to Simonehoeve, a traditional cheese farm and clog factory, where we indulge in some friendly competition as we take part in a cheese tasting contest! We are given a drink of our choice and five cheeses to taste (blindfolds are optional!) and must guess the type and age of each one – there’s a gift up for grabs for the winner, so the competition is on! After, we spend some time at leisure in the picture-postcard fishing village of Volendam, where we have some free time to explore and have lunch. This afternoon we head to Zaandam and the beautifully preserved village of Zaanse Schans, with its authentic wooden houses, windmills, sheds, shops and museums. We have time to explore this unique piece of Holland, as well as the shops, sights and attractions in Zaandam centre.
After a buffet breakfast, we make our way back through Holland, across the Channel and home.
4* Leonardo Hotel Lelystad City Center, Lelystad
A modern hotel ideally located on the main market square with restaurant and bar views over the city centre, and within walking distance of shops, bars and restaurants.
Restaurant Bar TV Hairdryer Tea/coffee making facilities Lift