7 Days
From £849
In association with Arena Travel
Get inspiration from the gardens of Holland and Belgium on a seven-day cruise to Keukenhof and Appeltern Gardens

Spring is the perfect season to visit the Netherlands as its seemingly endless flower fields burst into oceans of bright reds, oranges, pinks and yellows. And on this memorable sevenday cruise along the Dutch and Belgian waterways, you'll get to see the spectacular displays of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths in the company of landscape designer and Gardeners' World presenter Adam Frost. Guests can look forward to a fascinating talk about Adam's life and career, he'll answer your horticultural queries in a special question and answer session and you'll receive a signed copy of his latest book. Adam will also accompany guests on an unforgettable visit to the stunning Gardens Of Appeltern, situated between the Meuse and Waal rivers, where there are more than inspirational 200 gardens laid out. He says: 'Spring is a magical time of year to visit, when the tulip displays are at their most beautiful, and I can't wait to explore them alongside Mail on Sunday readers.' On a visit to the 79-acre Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, known as one of the largest and most beautiful gardens in the world, you'll see millions of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths amid pretty lakes, trees and pavilions. From your accommodation in Amsterdam you'll travel along beautiful canals and waterways, enjoying picturesque views of the blooms and iconic windmills before crossing into Belgium to explore Antwerp where you'll get the chance to join optional tours of Kalmthout Arboretum and Meise Botanic Garden.

You'll sail on the stylish MS Arena, with a superb crew taking care of your every need. All the 98 contemporary cabins on MS Arena feature floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows or a French balcony.

Meet our special guest

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.

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Adam Frost
Garden designer

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.

Price includes

  • Six nights cruise
  • Included excursions to Appeltern Gardens and Keukenhof Gardens
  • Exclusive talk and Q&A with Adam Frost
  • Signed copy of Adam's latest book
  • Welcome drink and Captain's Gala Dinner
  • All meals included, plus afternoon tea, coffee, cake and late evening snack
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Services of a Cruise Manager and Cruise Director
  • Choose to arrange your own transport or travel by air, coach via Dover or Eurostar. See pricing below.

Availability

From
Tue, Tue, Apr 4, 2023
To
Mon, Mon, Apr 10, 2023
Duration
7 Days
Price per person
£849*

* From price is per person for a cruise only package, based on two people sharing in a main standard cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. Single supplement on request. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included.

From
Tue, Tue, Apr 4, 2023
To
Mon, Mon, Apr 10, 2023
Duration
7 Days
Price per person
£975*

* From price is per person travelling by coach via Dover, based on two people sharing in a main standard cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. Single supplement on request. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included.

From
Tue, Tue, Apr 4, 2023
To
Mon, Mon, Apr 10, 2023
Duration
7 Days
Price per person
£1,075*

* From price is per person travelling by air, based on two people sharing in a main standard cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. Single supplement on request. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included.

From
Tue, Tue, Apr 4, 2023
To
Mon, Mon, Apr 10, 2023
Duration
7 Days
Price per person
£1,149*

* From price is per person travelling by Eurostar, based on two people sharing in a main standard cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. Single supplement on request. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included.

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Travel to Amsterdam
    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Travel to Amsterdam for a relaxing evening aboard the MS Arena. Special guest Adam Frost joins the cruise this evening.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Amsterdam
    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    This morning there's the opportunity to join an optional excursion to the Aalsmeer Flower Auction to experience the hustle and bustle of the auction floor. It's an early start, but worth it to admire the colourful array of flowers traded daily from over ten countries.

    This afternoon is yours to explore Amsterdam at leisure. This evening, join an optional excursion that reveals the best views of Amsterdam on a cruise around the city's canals, with cheese and wine included. Tonight, the ship sails for Kinderdijk.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Kinderdijk to Dordrecht to Antwerp
    Antwerp,

    This morning, you'll reach Kinderdijk, renowned for its beautifully preserved windmills. Take an optional excursion to one of the mills and learn about a miller's life and the mill's mechanism.

    Later, you'll set sail for Dordrecht, where you'll visit Appeltern Gardens with Adam Frost, home to 200 gardens bursting with colour and inspiration. Dinner is served on board this evening, and you'll sail to Antwerp overnight. Tonight, there's an exclusive talk and Q&A from Adam.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Antwerp
    Antwerp,

    On arrival in Antwerp, there's the option to visit Kalmthout Arboretum. Its origins can be traced back to 1857, but today the Kalmthout Arboretum is a botanical paradise covering 12 hectares and a collection of over 7,000 rare trees, shrubs, and perennials. It has grown into one of the world's most prestigious collections. Entrance and a guided tour are included on this optional excursion, with free time to explore at your leisure.

    Back on board, Adam will be signing copies of his new book with a complimentary copy for guests on the trip.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Antwerp to Rotterdam
    Rotterdam, Netherlands

    Adam Frost will depart the cruise at Antwerp today, but your adventure continues. This morning's optional excursion takes you to Meise Botanic Garden. This is one of the world's most extensive botanic gardens, boasting an enormous glasshouse filled with more than 10,000 plant species. You'll return to the ship for lunch and cruise to Rotterdam overnight.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Rotterdam and Keukenhof
    Keukenhof, Netherlands

    After breakfast, the coach departs for an excursion to Keukenhof Gardens, where over seven million flowers are on show. Follow the pathways surrounding shimmering lakes, ancient trees, and beautiful works of art. Browse the pavilions, find your way around the hedge maze, and enjoy the entertainment throughout the day.

    This evening, there's a final dinner on board before sailing overnight to Amsterdam.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Amsterdam to the UK
    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    After breakfast, you'll bid farewell to the captain and crew for the return journey home.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

MS Arena

4
Cruise ship

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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Availability

From
Tue, Tue, Apr 4, 2023
To
Mon, Mon, Apr 10, 2023
Duration
7 Days
Price per person
£849*

* From price is per person for a cruise only package, based on two people sharing in a main standard cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. Single supplement on request. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included.

From
Tue, Tue, Apr 4, 2023
To
Mon, Mon, Apr 10, 2023
Duration
7 Days
Price per person
£975*

* From price is per person travelling by coach via Dover, based on two people sharing in a main standard cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. Single supplement on request. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included.

From
Tue, Tue, Apr 4, 2023
To
Mon, Mon, Apr 10, 2023
Duration
7 Days
Price per person
£1,075*

* From price is per person travelling by air, based on two people sharing in a main standard cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. Single supplement on request. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included.

From
Tue, Tue, Apr 4, 2023
To
Mon, Mon, Apr 10, 2023
Duration
7 Days
Price per person
£1,149*

* From price is per person travelling by Eurostar, based on two people sharing in a main standard cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. Single supplement on request. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included.

Call now to book 01858582715
Quote ref: MOS AR FROST