Enjoy the Netherlands in bloom and the once-in-a-decade floral show in the company of the popular TV gardener

The Netherlands' famous bulb fields burst into flower every spring, covering the countryside in a riot of reds, oranges, pinks and yellows that keen gardeners will love. On this fantastic seven-day river cruise you will see the best of Holland in bloom from Amsterdam to Kampen. The highlight of your trip will be a full day exploring the fabulous Floriade Expo, one of the world's great floral events that only takes place once every 10 years.

Next year's Floriade - which will be held in Almere on the outskirts of Amsterdam - will be a lively and colourful celebration of trees, shrubs, perennials, creepers and flower bulbs.

During this delightful holiday you will also have the chance to enjoy an optional excursion to the magnificent Het Loo Palace, which was built in 1686 for William of Orange. There'll be a chance to stroll around the 17 themed gardens at De Kruidhof Botanical Garden, the largest botanical garden in the Netherlands, and a special opportunity see how delicious Dutch specialties such as 'gevulde koek' (almond paste cookies) and 'speculaas' (gingerbread cookies) are made in a local bakery.

To top it all, you will also meet and hear from TV gardening favourite Charlie Dimmock, the perfect special guest for this wonderful, green-fingered holiday.

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Charlie Dimmock
Gardening expert and TV presenter

One of Britain's best-loved gardeners, Charlie Dimmock, first co-hosted Ground Force and has since presented Garden Rescue and the BBC's coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Price includes

  • Six-night full-board cruise on MS Arena
  • Welcome drink and Captain's Gala Dinner
  • On-board entertainment every evening
  • Services of a Cruise Manager
  • Return travel from the UK by coach (air and rail options are also available)
  • Full-day excursion to Floriade 2022
  • Visits to Amsterdam, Hoorn, Den Helder, Harlingen, Kampen, Lelystad

Availability

From
Wed, Wed, May 11, 2022
To
Tue, Tue, May 17, 2022
Duration
7 Days
Price per person
£1,199*

* PLEASE NOTE price is based on two people travelling by coach and sharing a Mains Deck Standard Cabin and is subject to cabin availability at the time of booking. Upgrades available at a supplement. Deposit £150pp. Single supplement applies. Subject to availability. This trip is exclusive to Mail Travel and other selected media partners.

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    London to Amsterdam
    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Travel to Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, on the Eurostar, and then embark the MS Arena. You're invited for a welcome drink and Captain's Gala Dinner onboard the ship tonight.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Amsterdam to Hoorn
    Hoorn, Netherlands

    This morning, there's the opportunity to join an optional excursion to the Van Loon Museum in Amsterdam's canal district. Its first resident was the painter Ferdinand Bol, a pupil of Rembrandt and in the rooms, you'll see a large collection of paintings, fine furniture, precious silver and porcelain from different centuries on display. Behind the house is a beautiful garden, an oasis of quiet in the modern inner city. You'll return to the ship for lunch onboard and this afternoon, cruise onwards to Hoorn. You'll arrive into Hoorn later this afternoon and have free time to explore this wonderful little city full of history and interesting architecture.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Den Helder
    Den Helder, Netherlands

    Arrive this morning in the unique town of Den Helder, situated at the northernmost tip of the province of North Holland. After lunch, why not join our 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 in Den Helder for a relaxing evening on board as you cruise towards Harlingen.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Harlingen to Kampen
    Harlingen, Netherlands

    This morning you can join an optional excursion to De Kruidhof Botanical Garden, which is the largest botanical garden in the Netherlands. It features 17 themed gardens each with their own plant collections, including medicinal herbs, roses, woodland flowers and wildflowers, fruit, ferns, paint and dye plants and even plants mentioned in the Bible. The Ice Age Museum, which illustrates the prehistory of the Frisian Woodlands, is also housed in the gardens. Return to the ship at lunchtime and sail onwards to Kampen, arriving later this evening.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Kampen to Lelystad
    Lelystad, Netherlands

    This morning you can join an optional excursion to Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn, a Dutch Baroque palace built for William, Prince of Orange and later King of England, Scotland and Ireland. Members of the House of Oranje-Nassau lived and worked at Het Loo Palace for more than 300 years. Return to the ship at lunchtime and sail onwards to Lelystad where there's time to explore this lively little port as you are berthed here overnight.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    The Floriade World Horticultural Expo
    Almere, Netherlands

    After breakfast, you'll be taken by coach to the Floriade World Horticultural Expo in the town of Almere, where you'll have plenty of time to enjoy this horticultural delight. For six months, the focus will be on 'Growing Green Cities'. Visitors will have a unique and meaningful experience: while visiting the expo they will be invited to 'explore, touch and change'. This expo will also be the start of a new city district close to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Almost everything that will be built for the exhibition will become part of the legacy of Almere and the structures will remain and become part of the community. The expo site will be developed as a Green City Arboretum, serving as a model for green structure development in cities. Around 3000 species have been selected that contribute to the green city in terms of biodiversity, air purification, food production and city climate management.

    Return to the ship in Lelystad and enjoy your last night on board as you sail onwards to Amsterdam.

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

    Bid farewell to the captain and crew after breakfast this morning and set off on the return Eurostar journey to the UK.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

Corendon City Hotel Amsterdam

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Four-star hotel a few miles from Amsterdam's main attractions

The Corendon City Hotel Amsterdam is in the city district Nieuw-West (New West). You can reach the centre of Amsterdam by public transport in 10 minutes and the hotel is just over two miles from Museum Square and the Van Gogh Museum too. The hotel has free Wi-Fi and has a restaurant, bar, terrace and lift. There is also a swimming pool, spa area with sauna, jacuzzi, steam room and a gym (all available at small extra cost).

MS Arena

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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
Wed, Wed, May 11, 2022
To
Tue, Tue, May 17, 2022
Duration
7 Days
Price per person
£1,199*

* PLEASE NOTE price is based on two people travelling by coach and sharing a Mains Deck Standard Cabin and is subject to cabin availability at the time of booking. Upgrades available at a supplement. Deposit £150pp. Single supplement applies. Subject to availability. This trip is exclusive to Mail Travel and other selected media partners.

Call now to book 02039930411
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