Held every 10 years, the Floriade World Horticultural Expo is one of the largest events of its kind in the world. The 2012 Floriade was held between April and October at Venlo in the Limburg region of south eastern Holland close to the borders with Germany and Belgium. We arranged tailor made tours to the Floriade for nearly 40 different groups.

Here are some of the nice things they had to say about their Floriade tour:

I am writing to express my appreciation of a well organised tour and an excellent tour manager. Nothing was too much trouble for Elaine. She was well informed and helpful throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed Floriade and the excursions; also the hotels.

EW, Chipping Norton September 2012


Thank you for your arrangements for the holiday to Valkenburg etc. It was a great success and largely due to the organisation of Tailored Travel – thank you. I hope our group will consider using you again!

DS, Shipton-on-Stour September 2012


We would just like to record our thanks to all concerned in a very good trip to Holland. The Hotel in Valkenburg was very welcoming and efficient. The tour manager, Paul, was very informative, entertaining and caring about the group members. The coach driver, Tony was very professional and also helpful and interested in the group and its members.

PW, Beaconsfield July 2012


We've just got back from our Floriade trip and would like to say a huge thank you for a fantastic trip. The whole trip was well organised and we enjoyed the holiday from start to finish. We would also like to say a very big thank you to Ludo our tour manager, he couldn't do enough for anyone and he was so friendly and helpful he really made the holiday. We hadn't used Tailored Travel before but we're sure it won't be the last. Thank you all once again, for all your assistance in making our special wedding anniversary holiday special.

N & CA, Norwich July 2012


My husband and I have recently returned from a trip to the Floriade, Valkenburg and the Belgian Ardennes. We are writing to say a very big thank you for putting together such an interesting and enjoyable trip. Every detail of the holiday was perfect starting with our wonderful tour manager, Paul, who was so professional in carrying out his duties, but was also a fund of information, keeping us all highly entertained on the many coach journeys. Our driver, Tony Fairburn was a perfect driver and was cheerful and helpful at all times. Your choice of hotel was outstanding and the service there too was second to none. We all thoroughly enjoyed the many superb meals, and no doubt many of us put on pounds in weight! The hotel location in Valkenburg, a most interesting town, was superb also. All the visits were varied and full of surprises and added to that we were incredibly lucky with the weather. Altogether it was a most successful holiday and we now look forward to a repeat when we go away in 2013.

EG, Beaconsfield July 2012


Just a line to let you know that we had a fantastic holiday in Valkenburg and at The Floriade. Ludo was a first class guide, very patient, knowledgeable and extremely helpful. He could not have been bettered. Wayne was a first class coach driver, too. He helped to make our holiday even more enjoyable with his knowledge of the roads and routes. The hotel supplied us with excellent meals and it was very clean. We had an excellent holiday and the itinerary which Tailored Travel provided was first class and most enjoyable.

LC, Totnes July 2012


I would like to let you know Judy and I had a very pleasant holiday to the Floriade. I should like to congratulate David our driver who drove us like a dream and was very helpful. Also our tour manager, Paul, who again could not have been more helpful. We were impressed by his homework, he gave us so much information but all done in the right amount of doses and with humour. He was pleasant to everyone of us, making sure he talked to each in turn. I look forward to another of your holidays.

JM, Haslemere July 2012


I'm writing to say thank you for all the work you and the rest of the Tailored Travel team put in to make our recent trip such a success. Comments from the group have been good since they returned. Here's a sample from the unsolicited emails sent to me:

  • I just want to thank you for arranging such a good trip. I thoroughly enjoyed all the outings and we saw a lot in such a short time.
  • Many thanks for all your hard work organising the holiday break. We enjoyed it so much, the hotel, the visits, the scenery and the craic.
  • Just to say I very much enjoyed the Floriade trip! I visited/experienced a wide variety of interesting places and indeed had the opportunity to be in a part of Holland not usually on the package holiday destinations.


On the trip itself, high points from the group were: Ludo was excellent, as were the drivers; Floriade, of course, but a long day; the Chocolate Jacques tour, made especially interesting by the enthusiastic guide; Schloss Augustusburg. So, all in all a very successful trip and I would have no hesitation in recommending Tailored Travel to other U3A groups.

SP, Northern Ireland July 2012


I have just returned from a five day trip to the Floriade, Valkenburg & the Belgian Ardennes with the Watford U3A. This was my first coach holiday and I thought it was very well organised. The tour manager, Paul, was excellent, very knowledgeable, considerate and helpful at all times. The driver, Wayne, was also excellent, very comfortable journey, no sudden stops and always on time for the pick ups. All in all a very enjoyable time.

FK, Watford July 2012


This was my first group travel experience. I was delighted with the help you gave me as a ‘rookie’ organiser. The office staff were excellent and very understanding of every little concern that we had so making the booking very easy. It was great that I did not have to deal with the money side of the holiday too. Our guide Paul was excellent as indeed were the coach operators. Dave the coach driver was very helpful and it was a very comfortable and smooth journey. It then just remains for me to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone at each step of the holiday for making my role as the organiser so easy and rewarding 32 very happy customers. Thank you.

SC, High Wycombe July 2012


As the group organiser for our trip to the Floriade I thought I would write this letter of thanks on behalf of my friends. We felt the trip was well organised and the tour manager, Ludo, was very good and extremely helpful particularly when some of the group needed it. The hotel and staff were excellent and even the weather was kind to us. What more can I say? It was a great trip and we all hope to spend another with you in the future.

BD, St Ives June 2012


I write to offer my thanks and appreciation for your organization of our recent Floriade holiday. The venue and itinerary were an excellent choice and our driver, Tony, was first class and our tour manager, Paul, was friendly and most helpful. In all a most enjoyable holiday.

BW, Chesham June 2012


I am writing to record my thanks for all arrangements made for our successful trip to Holland last week. My particular thanks to Ludo who gelled immediately with our group and coach driver and helped to make the visit so enjoyable. The hotel was very good and the food excellent. I would recommend your company to any group wishing to organise a similar visit.

NS, Petersfield June 2012


I have just returned from a fantastic trip to Floriade and all I can say is what a great tour. Our guide Ludo was brilliant, Rob the driver was excellent and the Hotel Atlanta was very good. Great trips, all in all wonderful, thank you. Would recommend you to everyone who wants a great holiday.

SG, Watford June 2012


Just to say a big ‘thank you’ for giving us such a brilliant trip to Floriade. The whole tour went so smoothly and efficiently that I didn’t get any adverse criticism, just praise. Both Julie our tour mamanger and Paul our driver were exceptional. I have nothing but praise for both of them and to Tailored Travel for arranging such a stress free and enjoyable holiday.

PA, Wallingford June 2012


I recently took a trip with my Horticultural Society to Floriade and Keukenhof. I would just like to say how much I enjoyed it. Praise must also go to our coach driver Tony and guide Tim, a joy to travel with and very knowledgeable. We thought the whole trip was very well thought out and the hotel in Valkenburg was lovely. I would not hesitate to take another trip in the future.

CG, Kettering May 2012

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