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Springtime Gardens River Cruise EBU Congress

Join us for this celebration of colour as we experience one of the Netherlands most famed floral events on this very special EBU Congress River cruise. As we journey through Holland and Belgium, we will see the very best of springtime, but the focal point of the cruise will be the world’s ultimate flower show, the fabulous Floriade Expo which is only held every 10 years! Held in Almere, on the outskirts of Amsterdam, the theme will be ‘growing green cities’, and here we’ll be treated to a cornucopia of trees, shrubs, perennials, creepers and flower bulbs.

Your Tour Includes

  • six-night full board cruise aboard MS Arena in your chosen cabin
  • Welcome drink and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Morning and afternoon tea/coffee and a late evening snack
  • On board entertainment every evening
  • Services of a Cruise Manager
  • Spend six nights on board the recently renovated MS Arena
  • Exclusively chartered ship for Congress guests
  • Green and blue pointed event
  • Fantastic full board package with tea/coffee and evening snack
  • Enjoy the beauty of Floriade, a spectacular floral event which only takes place every 10 years
  • Explore the iconic windmills of Kinderdijk
  • Visit the National Botanic Garden of Belgium (Meise) and the Plant Palace
  • Good allocation of sole occupancy cabins with low single supplement
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Itinerary

Overview

Independent travel to Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, and enjoy a relaxing evening onboard our ship. If you prefer, you can add travel from the UK to your cruise package, either by Eurostar or air.

Overview

After breakfast, we are taken by coach to the Floriade World Horticultural Expo in the town of Almere where you will have plenty of time to enjoy this horticultural delight. Floriade Expo 2022 will be an extraordinary expo. For six months the attention to the theme ‘Growing Green Cities’ will be focused on the cities of the future. Visitors will have a unique and meaningful experience: while visiting the expo they will be invited to ‘explore, touch and change’. This expo will also be the start of a new city district close to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Almost everything built here for the exhibition will become part of the legacy of Almere and the structures will remain and become part of the community. The expo site will be developed as a Green City Arboretum, serving as a model for green structure development in cities. This arboretum will consist of a variety of trees, shrubs, perennials, creepers, hydrophytes and flower bulbs, all of which contribute to a green, healthy and sustainable city. Around 3000 species have been selected that contribute to the green city in terms of biodiversity, air purification, food production and city climate management. We return to the ship in Amsterdam where we are berthed overnight.

Overview

We leave Amsterdam behind this morning and set sail for Kinderdijk, which is renowned for its 19 beautifully preserved windmills. Our included excursion visits one of the mills, where we learn about the lifestyle of a miller and the mechanism of a mill. We return to the ship where we set sail for Dordrecht, arriving around lunchtime. Dinner is served onboard this evening and we are berthed overnight in Dordrecht.

Overview

We set sail from Dordrecht this morning and enjoy a full day cruising before arriving in Antwerp this evening. Dinner is served onboard this evening and we are berthed overnight in Antwerp.

Overview

This morning’s included excursion takes you to the National Botanic Garden of Belgium (Meise) and the Plant Palace. This is one of the largest botanic gardens in the world, which also boasts an enormous glasshouse filled with more than 10,000 plant species. We return to the ship for lunch and dinner on board and spend another evening berthed overnight in Antwerp.

Overview

Today is free to explore Antwerp at your leisure or you can stay on board and play Bridge. This evening we enjoy our final dinner onboard the ship and sail overnight to Amsterdam.

Overview

We bid farewell to our captain and crew after breakfast and disembark for our return journey back to the UK.

Accommodation

Our new 4-star ship has all the ingredients of an unforgettable river cruise; comfort, style and the crew’s unfaltering attention to detail is everything.

MS Arena is completely deserving of its place in our premier cruise collection! Whether you’re cruising the Dutch Waterways, the rivers Rhine, Moselle or Danube, all the way to the Black Sea, this elegant, 4-star ship promises everything you’d wish for – and more – making for an unforgettable river cruising experience.

Travel Options

When it comes to getting you to your destination. Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from

Meet us at the ship

Meet us at the ship

For complete flexibility, make your own transport arrangements to and from the ship. We will provide you with times and locations as well as some useful information for you to make your own arrangements to join your cruise.

If you require any further information to assist with your travel plans, please contact our Holiday Advisors who will be happy to help.

Meet your Coach at Dover

Meet your Coach at Dover

Travel down to Dover and jump onboard your coach for your ferry crossing.

Alternatively, travel the day before your departure and enjoy an overnight stay, with complimentary parking for the duration of your cruise, before being collected after breakfast the following morning.

Travel by Eurostar

Travel by Eurostar

Step aboard Eurostar at London St Pancras for a fast and comfortable journey to mainland Europe. You can even upgrade your reserved seat to Standard Premier – speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information. On arrival in Paris, Lille or Brussels, you will then join connecting services for your onward journey.

Travel by Air

Travel by Air

Return flights from London Heathrow with transfers to and from the ship are included in our package on our specific arrival and departure dates. We also include one item of checked in luggage per person.

If our included flights are not suitable, alternative flights may also be available from other airports on our arrival and departure dates. These may have an additional supplement and are subject to availability at the time of booking.

More flexible travel options

Travelling by Eurostar?

Travelling by Eurostar?

Why not stay overnight in London?

For those travelling from further afield, you can also book overnight accommodation in London, before and after your holiday. Speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information.

Travelling by Eurostar?

Stay overnight near the port

For an even more relaxed start to your European holiday, why not stay overnight in Dover or nearby Ashford the night before your cruise from only £65pp? All our quoted prices include car parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise and cooked breakfast the following morning. Our coach will collect you and return you to the hotel on its way to/from the port of Dover. And if you don’t want that holiday feeling to end, why not do the same on your return journey?