9.30am Meet and greet with your English-speaking guide / driver in the hotel lobby, from where you will be taken for a 45-minute drive by luxurious private vehicle to Almere city. Upon arrival, you will be taken for a guided tour of the Floriade, an international horticultural / agriculture expo, held once every ten years, in 2022 between April 14 and October 9.
With the theme ‘Growing Green Cities’, it will focus on the Green City of the Future. The Floriade site will be a living laboratory with inspirational exhibitions by countries, cities, and innovative businesses. But also with impressive attractions, lots of art and culture and with a unique collection of trees, shrubs, and flowers. As a visitor, you can participate and contribute to four relevant sub-themes: green, food, energy and health. That’s why the Floriade site is divided up into the Green Island with three districts, each with their own theme: The Food District, the Energy District and the Health District. The Green City Arboretum will function as the foundation for the 60-hectare Floriade site. This will be the green structure across the entire Floriade site. It is a one-of-a-kind library of trees and plants, planted in alphabetical order, based on their botanical name. The arboretum is an idea by architect and urban planner Winy Maas, who developed the masterplan for this Expo area. Growers from across the Netherlands have sent in almost 2,000 trees. These will form a part of the first phase of planting. Later layers of planting will follow: bushes, plants and then the flower bulbs. When completed, these plants will immediately start contributing to a healthy and sustainable city, for example, by reducing heat or improving air quality. In addition, all kinds of plants have been gifted to the Floriade from abroad. When the Expo opens, visitors can walk through an area as big as 16 soccer fields – they will enter the world of an unforgettable mix of various colors, scents and experiences. For 180 days, a festival will take place in and around the Floriade site: the Green Event. Be amazed by the international cultural shows, live entertainment, talk shows, culinary surprises, art and more. The area will be full of energy and action. Floriade Expo 2022 offers an unprecedented experience of colors, scents, flavors and dynamics with lots of interaction and innovations. You’ll experience the Green City of the Future and learn about new ways to live, reside, eat and drink – all your senses will be engaged. The theme is more important than ever. At this moment, the earth has 7 billion inhabitants. More than 50 per cent of these inhabitants live in cities. By 2050, this will be nearly 70 per cent. To remain safe, healthy, and attractive, cities have to find creative, green, and sustainable solutions, which will be exhibited at the Expo 2022. https://floriade.com/en In between, there is leisure time for lunch. 4.15pm After this exciting day, you will be taken back to your hotel in Amsterdam, where you will have the remainder of the day for your own leisure. You will arrive back around 5pm.