Belinda Szonert was a guest of Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions and P&O Ferries.
Venlo is close to Rotterdam by road and rail. Admission to Floriade 2012 costs 25 euros (adult) and 12.50 euros (child).
B&B, in deluxe room at Bilderberg Hotel De Bovenste Molen in Venlo from 105 euros per night. To check availability and prices, see www.lustforlimburg.com/accommodations/hotels
P&O Ferries offers daily Hull-Rotterdam crossings, with minicruises from £83, or £119 each way for car with two passengers, incl standard cabin.
P&O Ferries has teamed up with Superbreak to offer Floriade minicruises from £220 on selected dates throughout festival. Package incl return ferry crossings ex-Hull, two nights in four-star hotel in Amsterdam, day’s entry and transport to Floriade and coach transfers.
Fares on P&O Dover-Calais crossings start at £35 each way (car and up to nine passengers).
Ferry reservations: 0871 664 6464/www.poferries.com
By coach, Shearings four-day Floriade packages start at £199.
Shearings Holidays: 0844 209 7143 or www.shearings.com