Adam Frost has designed gardens worldwide and won seven gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show. Adam is a popular presenter on Gardeners' World, an RHS Ambassador for Education, and an author of two gardening books.
See the glory of Holland’s tulips with Adam Frost
We are delighted to offer this new 2022 date on this sell-out cruise. For up-to-date advice on travel and COVID-19, see our homepage.
Nowhere does spring quite like Holland. Each year, the famous tulip fields burst into bloom and carpet the countryside in vivid reds, pinks, oranges and yellows. On this wonderful five-day cruise, readers will enjoy picturesque views of the flowers as you sail from Amsterdam on Holland's atmospheric canals and waterways.
And you will be joined by landscape designer and gardening presenter Adam Frost, who will give a fascinating talk about his life and career, as well as answer all your horticultural questions in a special Q&A.
Adam will join you for a visit to the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, where more than seven million bulbs are planted each year across 80 acres, including a stunning 800 varieties of tulip.
You will also discover the historic maritime cities of Hoorn, beautiful Den Helder, the harbour at Harlingen, and the lively port of Lelystad. And you will have time to experience and enjoy one of Europe's great capitals, Amsterdam.
"Spring is a magical time of year to visit Keukenhof Gardens when the tulip displays are at their most beautiful and I can't wait to explore alongside readers next year."
REASONS TO BOOK
Visit Keukenhof and enjoy a private talk with Adam
Join Gardeners' World presenter Adam for an exclusive talk and Q&A session at the spectacular Keukenhof Gardens. You'll also have the chance to ask Adam your burning horticultural questions - plus hear his personal insights into one of the world's greatest gardens, which boast dazzling patterns and shapes amid the pretty lakes, trees and pavilions.
A stylish river cruise ship
Sail on one of The River Cruise Line's premier four-star ships, MS Arena, which offers a fitness suite, sun deck, library, lounge bar and restaurant, as well as spacious cabins, all with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows and French balconies so you can enjoy the river views from the comfort of your room.
Discover historic maritime cities
You'll visit Hoorn, a former Dutch East India Company base with a charming 17th Century town centre, the distinctive town of Den Helder, on the northernmost tip of Holland, with its beautiful nature reserve and naval base, and Harlingen, which boasts more than 600 monuments marking its long history of fishing and shipping.
Traditional Dutch specialties
Join an optional excursion to the Medemblik Bakery, a quaint two- storey museum where you'll see how 'gevulde koek', an almond paste cookie, and 'speculaas', delicious gingerbread cookies, are made.
Enjoy time in Amsterdam
Spend time exploring Amsterdam at your leisure or join an optional canal cruise around the city's picturesque centre while enjoying a cheese and wine feast.
Free gardening book
Readers who book this exclusive river cruise will receive a complimentary copy (one per booking) of Adam Frost's new book How to Create Your Garden, which he will be happy to sign in person on the trip.
Reasons to book
Talk and Q&A with Adam Frost
Tour the 'spring gardens of Europe'
Discover Dutch baking
See Holland's prettiest ports
Sail in style
Free gardening book
Your expert guides
- Four nights' full-board cruise in an Standard Main Deck Cabin, including a welcome drink, afternoon tea/coffee and cake, and late-evening snack
- Visits to Amsterdam, Hoorn, Den Helder, Harlingen and Lelystad
Talk, Q&A and excursion to Keukenhof Gardens with Adam Frost
Complimentary copy of Adam Frost's How to Create Your Garden (one per booking).
- Free Wi-Fi on board
- Services of an Arena River Cruises cruise manager
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Day1Arrive in AmsterdamAmsterdam, Netherlands
Arrive in Amsterdam and enjoy a relaxing evening onboard your ship, the MS Arena, with its comfortable bar and lounge. Dinner will be served in the Panorama Restaurant, from which you'll have views of Amsterdam's twinkling lights.
Day2Amsterdam and HoornHoorn, Netherlands
This morning, you sail to the atmospheric city of Hoorn, arriving around lunchtime. Here you'll have free time to explore this wonderful little city, which is full of history and interesting architecture.
Alternatively, you can join an optional excursion to the Medemblik Bakery, a quaint two-story museum where you'll see how traditional Dutch specialities are made, including 'gevulde koek', which is an almond paste cookie and 'speculaas' which are delicious gingerbread cookies.
Return to the ship for a relaxing dinner onboard and sail overnight to Den Helder.
Day3Den Helder and HarlingenDen Helder, Netherlands
Arrive in the unique town of Den Helder this morning, which is situated at the northernmost tip of the province of North Holland. The town has a lot to offer, including beautiful nature reserves, and is also home to the country's naval base and museum. There's free time in the morning to explore this historic town, which was bombed during World War II.
Return to the ship for lunch, before you continue on to the city of Harlingen, which you can explore at your leisure. There are more than 600 monuments in this harbour city and part of the original defences can still be seen in the original canals and old warehouses. Relax onboard this evening as you sail overnight to Lelystad.
Day4Lelystad and Amsterdam's Keukenhof GardensLelystad, Netherlands
You arrive this morning into the lively little port of Lelystad for the excursion to Keukenhof Gardens. Here you'll have plenty of time to explore the 32-hectare site and enjoy the swathes of flowers, themed pavilions and wonderful atmosphere that surrounds the 'spring gardens of Europe'. You'll be joined by Gardeners' World presenter Adam Frost, for an exclusive talk and Q&A, where you can ask Adam all your horticultural questions, and hear his insights into one of the world's greatest gardens.
Rejoin the ship in Amsterdam, where you can experience the true beauty of this capital city on an optional canal cruise, taking you around 17th-century buildings and picturesque little bridges while you enjoy cheese and wine.
Day5Return homeAmsterdam, Netherlands
Bid farewell to your captain and crew this morning, and disembark for the return journey to the UK.
Four-star ship with excellent facilities, comfortable cabins and a stylish lounge bar
Step aboard and feel right at home from the minute you set sail on the stylish and spacious MS Arena. Take advantage of the wellness and fitness suite, treat yourself to a drink or two with new friends in the Ambassador's Lounge or soak up the ambience and spectacular sights from the comfort of the elevated sun deck.
Port visits are the highlights of anybody's cruise, but the crew onboard MS Arena want to make sure your time on the ship is just as special. When you're not at port, the fitness suite, library or sun deck are just a few of the places where you can spend time indulging in the things you love. There's also the onboard shop for stocking up on souvenirs and essentials, and for your convenience there is complimentary WiFi onboard. Panoramic windows throughout the ship's main and upper decks you won't miss any of the stunning river scenery.
Dine on fresh and delicious dishes in the Panorama Restaurant, then head up for a drink at the Ambassador's Lounge Bar. You can also relax in the lounge with a book, chat with fellow guests or simply watch the world drift by.
All of the cabins on board the MS Arena feature outward-facing floor to ceiling panoramic windows with French balconies, allowing you to take in the wonderful views of the river and surroundings from the comfort of your own cabin.
The spacious cabins feature en-suite bathrooms with a shower and toilet. There's plenty of space and storage for your belongings, plus air conditioning, TV, telephone, hairdryer and a safe all come as standard. You can choose from accommodation on the upper deck or main deck; all with contemporary furnishings, providing the ideal home from home on your cruise.
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