Gardeners' World presenter Joe swift studied garden design at The English Gardening School in 1990 while he set up his own landscaping company. As well as co-anchoring the RHS Chelsea Flower Show since 2001, Joe has presented, Small Town Gardens, Garden Makers and The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge among other television programmes. He is also the author of three books, and regularly writes for a range of publications.
Enjoy tulips in Amsterdam with Carol Klein and Joe Swift
Amsterdam has so much to offer visitors all year round, but if you're there in spring it means you can't miss out on seeing its colourful fields full of blooming tulips.
On an eight-day river cruise with Emerald Waterways, you'll discover the cuisine and heritage of this historic corner of northern Europe. 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 hear Joe and Carol's tips and stories from their careers during a private talk and question-and-answer session.
At the stunning Keukenhof Gardens, which span 79 acres, you will see more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths in bloom. You will also enjoy an exclusive visit to Antwerp's oasis of green, the Botanical Garden, founded almost 200 years ago to grow medicinal plants for the nearby hospital and now has more than 2,000 herbs, cacti and foreign plants.
Best of Amsterdam
During your trip to the Netherlands, you will have ample free time to explore the canals, windmills and streets of 700-year-old Amsterdam, one of the most cultural cities in Europe.
You will be able to experience some of the highlights of Dutch and Flemish culture, from the immense maritime influence of Antwerp to the culinary delights of the local cheeses as you browse the region's finest stores. You will also explore the Airborne Museum Hartenstein in Arnhem, where you will learn about the infamous battle in 1944.
Reasons to book
Stunning garden visits
Dutch and Flemish culture
Your expert guides
Carol Klein is a regular presenter of Gardeners' World, where her down-to-earth approach has made her a hugely popular figure. She first appeared on the programme in the late 1990s when Geoff Hamilton featured the garden at her North Devon home, Glebe Cottage. In 2014, Life In A Cottage Garden was filmed at her property, and she was also seen on The Great British Garden Revival, a BBC series that won TV Broadcast of the Year at the Garden Media Guild Awards. Carol has a degree in Fine Art and spent many years teaching art in schools. She later ran a nursery from her home, Glebe Cottage, and showed at Chelsea for many year, so her hobby eventually became her career.
- UK return flights
- Seven nights' on-board luxury accommodation
- Select shore excursions
- Talks and Q&A with Carol Klein and Joe Swift
- All meals on board including complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- All port charges, airport taxes and transfers within Europe
- All tips
- Complimentary bicycles and Wi-Fi
- Services of a knowledgeable cruise director and tour guides
- On-board pool and cinema
Fly into Amsterdam today and be met at the airport and transfered to your Emerald Waterways river cruise ship for a tour full of windmills, canals, tulips and historical sites. Take some time to explore 700-year-old Amsterdam today before a dinner on-board the cruise ship.
Day2Zaanse SchansAmsterdam, Netherlands
Take a trip to the recreational village of Zaanse Schans today, to learn about life when people here depended on windmills. See the 12 gorgeous windmills which still function today. Alternative options include a guided bike tour and a clog painting class on-board the ship. The captain invites you to a welcome dinner tonight in his company.
Rotterdam is known for being the Netherlands' architectural capital. Take a guided tour of this fascinating city - Holland's second largest - to see sights such as the Erasmus Bridge and the Beeldenroute Westersingel.
You'll be led on a guided tour of Veere today where you can explore the extraordinary Delta Works, a project commissioned following the destructive floods which hit this seafaring village. Wander around a series of dikes, sea walls and locks to learn about his historical town.
Antwerp is Belgium's largest port. Having played a huge role in the nation's history, its cultural heritage is told through its cobbled streets and historical buildings which you'll visit today on a guided walking tour. See the Renaissance Town Hall, the Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady, the medieval street, Vlaeykensgang and the Antwerp Botanical Gardens.
Tonight, you'll be joined by Joe Swift for a private talk and Q&A.
On your way to Arnhem you'll be able to spot charming wooden windmills and quaint villages. This city plays tribute to World War II in the Airborne Museum Hartenstein, which tells the story of the failed Operation Market Garden and the Battle of Arnhem in 1944. Returning to your ship, Joe will once again join you, this time for the captain's cocktail reception and gala dinner.
Day7Keukenhof GardensKeukenhof, Netherlands
Gardeners' World presenters Carol Klein and Joe Swift will join you today as you explore the fantastic Keukenhof Gardens, a highlight of the trip and Europe's largest spring garden. Admire displays of over seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths and spend free time wandering through the lovely gardens. Carol Klein will give an informal talk and Q&A tonight before your farewell dinner.
Day8Return homeAmsterdam, Netherlands
After breakfast, disembark the ship before transferring to the airport for your flight home
Chic, contemporary and stylish
Comprising over 90 generously-sized suites and staterooms, the ship's four top suites include an outdoor private balcony, a separate living room and bedroom, a walk-in wardrobe, a complimentary minibar and an invitation to dine at the Captain's Table.
The Sun Deck acts as an excellent communal area where you can enjoy the river breeze, raise a toast with new friends and relax as you watch areas of natural beauty pass by.
Emerald Sun offers all the comforts of home as well as exceptional dining options and an array of incredible extras. Chic, contemporary and stylish throughout; Emerald Sun boasts sophisticated social spaces and comfortable suites and staterooms. Contemporary designs include a three-tiered atrium and heated pool that seamlessly transforms into a cinema.
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