Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: See Holland’s tulips next spring with Adam Frost – join the star from TV’s Gardeners’ World on a great Dutch river cruise
Each spring, Holland’s famous bulb fields burst into bloom and cover the countryside in bright reds, oranges, pinks and yellows. It’s a riot of colour that keen gardeners will love, and on this unique five-day cruise you’ll get to see this spectacular display in the company of the popular landscape designer and Gardeners’ World presenter Adam Frost.
Sailing from the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, in April 2021 and travelling along Holland’s pretty canals and waterways, you’ll enjoy picturesque views of the blooms. You will also get to discover the historic maritime city of Hoorn, beautiful Den Helder, the harbour at Harlingen and the lively port of Lelystad.
Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers, you’ll be joined by Adam Frost, who will give a fascinating talk about his life and career, as well as fielding all your horticultural queries in a question-and-answer session.
Bursting with colour: A field of glorious tulips with a classic Dutch backdrop of working windmills
DAY 1 Amsterdam DAY 2 Hoorn DAY 3 Den Helder and Harlingen DAY 4 Lelystad and Keukenhof Gardens with Adam Frost DAY 5 Amsterdam and return home
Adam will also join you for an unforgettable 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.
As Adam says: ‘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 Mail on Sunday readers next year.’
REASONS TO BOOK
OUR SPECIAL GUEST
You will be joined by Adam Frost
Since setting up his own landscape business in 1996, Adam Frost, above, has designed gardens around the world and won seven gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show. He is a popular presenter on the BBC’s Gardeners’ World, an RHS ambassador for education, and founder of the Adam Frost Garden School in Lincolnshire. He has also written two books including Real Gardens, published in 2015, and his most recent, How To Create Your Garden.
Visit Keukenhof Gardens with Adam Frost: The gardens are spread over 80 acres in Lisse, and are known as one of the largest and most beautiful in the world. You’ll enjoy an exclusive visit with Gardeners’ World presenter Adam. As well as thousands of tulips, the gardens feature daffodils and hyacinths amid pretty lakes, trees and pavilions.
Private talk with Adam Frost, and free book: Adam will also give an exclusive talk about his horticultural career and take part in a Q&A session before accompanying you to the Keukenhof Gardens. Plus each booking will receive a complimentary copy (one per booking) of his book How To Create Your Garden, which he will be happy to sign for you.
Sail in style: You will be sailing on one of Arena River Cruises’ premier four-star ships, MS Arena, which boasts a fitness suite, sun deck, library, lounge bar and restaurant, as well as spacious cabins with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows and French balconies which will allow you to enjoy the river views from the comfort of your room.
Enjoy time in Amsterdam: You’ll have the opportunity to wander around the Dutch capital’s picturesque centre, go cycling along the canals or take an optional canal cruise.
Maritime cities: You’ll also stop at Hoorn, a former Dutch East India Company base with a charming 17th Century town centre, as well as 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 specialities: Join an optional excursion to the Medemblik Bakery, a quaint two-storey museum. Here you’ll be able to see how ‘gevulde koek’, a traditional almond paste cookie, and ‘speculaas’, delicious gingerbread cookies, are made.
■ Four nights’ full-board cruise, 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 the 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 Arena River Cruises director and manager.
HOW TO BOOK
The dates: April 20-24, 2021. The price: Cruise-only from £649pp*, travel by air from £899pp*, travel by Eurostar from £949pp*.
Call 01858 588 924, quoting MSAF2903. To find out more, visit mailtravel.co.uk/tulips.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: *Prices based on two sharing a Main Deck Standard cabin. All cabins have two berths, single occupancy at a 50 per cent supplement. £100pp supplement for Main Deck Superior cabins, £200pp supplement for Upper Deck Superior cabins. Our travel partner, Arena River Cruises, is ABTA-bonded and this trip is ATOL-protected. For full terms and conditions, go to mailtravel.co.uk/tulips.