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)
OUR SPECIAL GUEST
You will be joined by Adam Frost
Adam Frost has designed gardens worldwide and won seven gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show. Adam is a presenter on Gardeners’ World, an RHS Ambassador for Education and the author of three gardening books.
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.
- Six nights’ full-board cruise, including a welcome drink, afternoon tea/coffee and cake, and late-evening snack.
- Return travel to UK by coach (rail and air options available).
- Excursion to the Gardens of Appeltern with Adam Frost.
- Exclusive talk and Q&A with Adam Frost.
- Visit to Keukenhof Gardens.
- Complimentary copy of Adam Frost’s book (one per booking).
- Free wi-fi on board.
- Services of an Arena cruise manager.
Day 1Travel to Amsterdam Day 2 Amsterdam Day 3 Kinderdijk to Dordrecht to Antwerp Day 4 Antwerp Day 5 Antwerp to Rotterdam Day 6 Rotterdam to Keukenhof to Amsterdam Day 7 Amsterdam to the UK
HOW TO BOOK
The dates: April 4 to 10, 2023. The price: Cruise only £849pp*. Travel by coach via Dover from £975pp*. Travel by air from £1,075pp*. Travel by Eurostar from £1,149pp*.
Call 01858 589 612, quoting TSAF0423MT. To find out more, visit mailtravel.co.uk/adamfrost.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
*From price is per person, based on two people sharing a standard main deck cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement applies. Deposit £350. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. 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 but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Arena Tours Limited.