Holland & Belgium in Bloom with Carol Klein & Joe Swift

8 Days
Amsterdam to Amsterdam
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£ 2,195
£ 1,695
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Carol Klein and Joe Swift
Amsterdam has much to offer visitors but, in April, when the flowers are at their best, you simply can’t miss out on seeing the colourful fields full of blooming tulips. On this eight-day river cruise, you’ll discover the cuisine and heritage of this historic corner of northern Europe and making your stay extra special are exclusive events in the company of BBC Gardeners’ World presenters Carol Klein and Joe Swift. Together, you will explore the renowned Keukenhof gardens, one of the largest and most beautiful of its kind in the world. You will also hear Carol and Joe’s tips and stories from both of their careers during a private talk and Q&A session.

2020 Amsterdam > Amsterdam

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Carol Klein

Carol began exhibiting at RHS shows in 1990 and was awarded the RHS Victoria Medal of Honour last year. A regular presenter of Gardeners’ World, she wrote the bestselling book, Grow Your Own Veg.
Carol Klein

Joe Swift

Gardeners’ World presenter Joe studied garden design at The English Gardening School in 1990. The author of three books, he also writes regularly for a variety of publications.
Joe Swift

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Amsterdam

    Holland in the spring is a truly memorable sight, and the perfect introduction to any river cruising itinerary that touches on the traditional side of Dutch life. You will be met and transferred from the airport to your luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Amsterdam – Zaanse Schans

    This morning, you will have the opportunity to experience one of Holland’s many highlights as you venture to Zaanse Schans. Relax on board your Star-Ship, as your delightful EmeraldPLUS experience this afternoon involves welcoming a local clog painter for a demonstration and the opportunity to try your hand at this unique craft.
    Your tour to the Zaanse Schans historic windmills will highlight the distinctive wooden houses and artisan workshops that make up the quintessentially Dutch town, where the smell of freshly baked goods and the sight of spinning windmills offers a truly memorable experience.
    Alternatively, enjoy a guided bike tour to Waterland, passing picturesque scenery and iconic fields of tulips.
    EmeraldPLUS: Clog painting on board
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour to Waterland
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A tour to Zaanse Schans windmills

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Rotterdam

    Rotterdam is a unique example of a Dutch city because it had to be reconstructed following the air raids of WWII, leaving behind a patchwork of different styles.
    Today you will have the opportunity to explore this contemporary city, perhaps trying to imagine how the gabled houses of Amsterdam would have once sat here.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A tour of Rotterdam
    DiscoverMORE: A visit to a Delft pottery factory (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Veere

    Today, you will arrive in Veere, a delightful historic town where normal houses are adorned with miniature classical palace gardens and elegant architecture adorns the surprisingly quiet streets that you will stroll down during your guided tour.
    Afterwards, visit the Dutch Delta Works. Witness the sheer enormity of the world’s biggest storm surge barrier and be left awe-inspired by the immense feat of engineering. If you are feeling active, then you can also enjoy a guided bike tour of Veere, stopping to learn about how it encapsulates the opulence of a by-gone era.
    EmeraldPLUS: Visit the Dutch Delta Works 
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Veere
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour of Veere

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Antwerp

    This morning you’ll arrive in Antwerp, Belgium’s biggest port, positioned on the River Scheldt with a large harbour linking to the sea. Home to the famous Baroque artist Pieter Paul Reubens, it attracts art-lovers and diamond dealers from all over the world.
    Enjoy a guided tour of the city centre, with its café-filled cobbled lanes, admiring the Renaissance City Hall and Hat Steen, a medieval fortress that was built during the early Middle Ages and one of the oldest buildings in the country. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore Antwerp at leisure.
    Exclusive Event: This morning, visit the Botanical Gardens which lies in the centre of Antwerp. It is home to an array of exceptional trees, shrubs, cactuses, foreign plants and over 2000 herbs. With over 200 years of history, it was originally built to grow medicinal plants to supply St Elisabeth’s hospital next door.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A tour of Antwerp
    DiscoverMORE: An excursion to the medieval town of Bruges (extra expense)
    Exclusive Event: This evening, join Joe Swift in the lounge for an informal talk and Q&A.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Arnhem

    Relax in the comfortable surrounds of your Star-Ship this morning as you sail down Dutch waterways, passing wonderful windmills and quaint traditional villages.
    Arnhem is most famous for its great battle during WWII, best learned about during your EmeraldEXCURSION to the Airborne Museum, where you will have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of British parachutists and immerse yourself in what the battle would have felt like.
    Alternatively, embark on a guided bike tour of Arnhem, famous for its postcard-worthy streets, scenic parks and fine museums.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour of Arnhem
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to the Airborne Museum

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Amsterdam

    Exclusive Event: This morning, meet Carol & Joe at Keukenhof Gardens – the most beautiful spring garden in the world and Europe’s largest. Situated in the heart of the tulip farm area of Holland, it boasts incredible displays of different flower and plants, with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths filling over 79 acres with colour and fragrance.
    Exclusive Event: This evening, join Carol Klein in the lounge for an informal talk and Q&A.
    EmeraldPLUS: A visit to Keukenhof Gardens

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Depart Amsterdam

    After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and quintessential Holland as you disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of wooden windmills and spring-blooming flowers with you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Reasons to book

What's included?

  • EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE excursions
  • All meals
  • All tips, all port charges, airport taxes
  • Exclusive events with Carol and Joe
  • Return flights
  • Special discount of £500 per person
  • Visit the magnificent Keukenhof Gardens

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