In spring, the Netherlands is alive with vibrant displays of colourful tulips, bright daffodils and exquisitely perfumed hyacinths.
There's nowhere better to celebrate the season and this year, the once-every-decade Floriade Expo takes place too, bringing you horticultural marvels to witness in one place.
With it being such a big year for the Netherlands, Prima has created an exclusive holiday for you to experience the Floriade Expo in spring - and we've asked TV gardener Charlie Dimmock to come along so you can meet her and pick up some gardening tips and tricks along the way.
During this unique trip to the Netherlands in May, there'll be time to see plenty of beautiful tulip fields. You'll want to see the amazing scenery of Holland too and a cruise is the perfect way to see an array of destinations in one trip.
You'll visit the likes of Hoorn, Den Helder, Harlingen, Kampen and Lelystad as you sail around the Netherlands' pretty canals and rivers.
Explore Holland in spring with Charlie Dimmock
We’ve invited TV gardening expert Charlie Dimmock to join Prima readers on a seven-day cruise as you take in the best of Holland this May.
Charlie will be on board with our readers, making the most of the activities on offer, like a visit to the De Kruidhof Botanical Gardens, the largest in the Netherlands, featuring 17 themed gardens.
You'll get to ask Charlie all your gardening queries during a fun Q&A session on board the cruise ship. Having worked on Ground Force, Garden Rescue and with a number of charities, Charlie has plenty to say about showbiz, as well as how best to care for plants and flowers.
The Floriade 2022 Expo
A real highlight of the trip will be our full-day visit to the once-in-a-decade floral show, Floriade. The Floriade Expo is one of the world's greatest floral events, and in 2022 it’s going to be held in Almere, just outside Amsterdam.
You’ll have a whole day there to explore the lively and colourful celebration of trees, shrubs, perennials, creepers and flower bulbs, alongside our expert, Charlie.
What else will I see on the trip?
There’s even more to get excited about, including optional excursions to the regal Het Loo Palace and its spectacular gardens.
You can also visit Medemblik Bakery, a quaint two-storey museum where you can see how traditional Dutch specialities are made, including 'gevulde koek' - an almond cookie, and moreish 'speculaas' gingerbread biscuits. We’re getting hungry just thinking about it…
A full-board sailing
All meals are included on board your home-away-from-home, a wonderful place to relax after a full day of exploring.
MS Calypso has welcoming cabins (each with floor-to-ceiling windows) and an inviting sun deck for you to while away the hours when you're not soaking up the beauty of Holland.
This ship has a spacious restaurant for dining and a lounge for sipping drinks with friends. There's an onboard musician for entertainment, as well as a dance floor.
How to book
Prima will be river cruising in Holland with Charlie Dimmock for a week from 13th May 2022, with prices starting from £895 per person.
Visit our holiday website to read all the details about our once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Peace of mind
Our partner TS Tours is ABTA-bonded and all trips are ATOL-protected, so you can book this voyage with confidence that it's 100% protected.
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