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EXCLUSIVE Spring Cruise

Amsterdam & the Bulbfields

Join Adam Frost, David Hurrion & Matt Biggs on this EXCLUSIVE Springtime cruise

7 April 2019 - 7 nights from £1199 per person

Visit world-renowned Dutch and Flemish gardens and shows under the guidance of your hosts Adam FrostMatt Biggs and David Hurrion, while enjoying luxury accommodation onboard a premium ship


Horticultural Highlights 

Keukenhof – One of the world's largest flower gardens

Floralia Brussels -  The spring flower show held in the grounds of Chateau Grand Bigard

The Gardens of Appeltern – Holland’s biggest park for gardening ideas containing over 200 model gardens for inspiration


What’s Included: 

Exclusive 7 night Amsterdam & the Bulbfields River Cruise on board MS Johann Strauss
Hosted by David Hurrion & Matthew Biggs
Guest Host Adam Frost* will join the cruise for 3 nights
Return flights from London to Amsterdam
Welcome cocktail & Gala dinner with 5-course menu
Full board on the ship (buffet-breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea/coffee, 4-course dinner, midnight snack.
House Wines, beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
Fully escorted 
On board Gardeners' Talks, question times, get-togethers
Included Tours to Keukenhof, Floralia Brussels and the Gardens of Appeltern.
Additional Garden tours available at a cost including the famous Amsterdam Flower Market.
(Regional flights and Eurostar available on request)


Itinerary


Day 1 - Fly UK to Amsterdam. 
Transfer to MS Johann Strauss. Welcome with your hosts and introductions before dinner.  Overnight on board in Amsterdam.
 
Day 2 - Amsterdam - Hoorn
Optional early morning visit to the spectacular Aalsmeer flower auction, the largest flower market in the world before sailing at 12 noon to Hoorn. Afternoon Talk before arriving in Hoorn where you'll be able to explore this 13th century town at your leisure.  Dinner on board before sailing towards Rotterdam.
 
Day 3 - Rotterdam
Arrive early in Rotterdam for your full day in this port and prepare for your visit to Keukenhof.  But not before a short stop at Farmer Gracy, one of Holland’s flower bulb growers who show off their palette of varieties at Keukenhof and have been for generations. Gardeners' get-together before dinner, setting sail late evening towards Zierikzee.
 
Day 4 - Zierikzee
Day at leisure in this historic town or take an optional tour to the Zeeuwse Rozentuin, a specialist nursery with the largest assortment of roses and clematis from the Netherlands and far beyond. 
Late afternoon talk. Dinner on board, sailing early evening towards Ghent.
 
Day 5 - Ghent
Day at leisure for sightseeing in picturesque Ghent or an optional visit to the Ghent University Botanical Garden.
Late afternoon talk. Dinner on board, sailing early evening towards Antwerp
 
Day 6 - Antwerp
Your tour today will take you to the Spring International Flower Show with a visit to Floralia Brussels in the grounds of Chateau Grand Bigard. It is said that here, you will experience the most beautiful spring.
Enjoy a Gardeners' Question time before dinner.  Early evening sail towards Dordrecht.
 
Day 7 - Dordrecht
Your exclusive visit today will be the Gardens of Appeltern, bursting with colour and  over 200 model gardens. Holland's biggest park for gardening ideas. 
Back on board enjoy the farewell get-together with your hosts and final talk.
Early evening, sail towards Amsterdam.
 
Day 8 - Amsterdam
Arrive early morning.  Breakfast on board and farewells before your return to the airport and flight home.


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MS Johann Strauss

The MS Johann Strauss – named after the famous Austrian composer of Viennese waltzes – offers travel comfort of the highest quality. The ship has a lobby / reception, a panorama lounge with bar, a panorama restaurant, a library as well as a steam bath and a gym. The spacious sun deck is equipped with sun sails, seating areas and sun beds and the passengers can enjoy plenty of space for peace and relaxation. All cabins are outside cabins and equipped with adjustable air conditioning, shower and WC, flat screen TV, two beds, wardrobe, hair dryer and telephone.
Click here to view ship deck plan



To Book your place on our Gardeners’ Cruise call now on
0800 170 7233 quoting Gardeners’ World.

Alternativley you can email us Click here 

This cruise is organised by Connoisseur Travel Service Ltd for BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine and are subject to their terms and conditions.  Please note all tours and places of interest mentioned, apart from the 3 Included tours mentioned, are not included in the cruise fare and may be visited on optional tours. The experts hosting any of our cruises are subject to personal circumstances permitting. *Guest Host, Adam Frost will join the cruise for the first 3 nights only, leaving on day 4.  We plan to visit the gardens and ports mentioned in the itinerary, however we reserve the right to change a visit should circumstances become necessary. E&OE