Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Tiptoe through Dutch tulips with TV expert Adam Frost
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 seven-day 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.
Waves of colour: On The Mail on Sunday’s seven-day river cruise next spring, you’ll visit some of Holland’s spectacular flower fields
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.
On the tour you’ll travel along Amsterdam’s beautiful canals and waterways (pictured)
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.
Reasons to book
Exclusive events with Adam Frost: Adam will join excursions, talk exclusively about his life as a landscape gardener, answer your gardening questions and sign copies of his new book.
Keukenhof Gardens visit: First proposed as a park in 1949, the gardens now feature more than seven million flower bulbs planted yearly across 79 acres, including an incredible 800 varieties of tulip.
A stylish river cruise: Sail on Arena River Cruises’ premier four-star ship the MS Arena, which boasts a fitness suite, sun deck, library and lounge bar, as well as spacious cabins with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows and balconies so you don’t miss the ever-changing scenery passing by. The bright and spacious restaurant will become a favourite setting as you dine on freshly prepared dishes served by an attentive crew.
Visit Gardens of Appeltern: Be inspired by the gardens on display at Appeltern, a vast collection of ‘idea gardens’ providing practical and creative ideas for your own outdoor spaces. You will also get the chance to see Meise Botanic Garden in Antwerp, one of the world’s most extensive botanic gardens, boasting an enormous glasshouse filled with more than 10,000 plant species.
Stay in Amsterdam: There’s plenty to do in this amazing city: spend time pedalling the canal towpaths, visit the Anne Frank museum or see the world’s largest Van Gogh collection.