Meet Monty in Holland

6 nights starting from
£1899

  • Appearance of Monty Don on day 3 at Singer Laren and dinner

  • The wonderful garden landscapes of genius Dutch designer, Piet Oodolf

  • The Kroller Muller Museum’s wonderful collection of Van Goghs

  • Mien Ruys Garden – by one of Europe’s pre-eminent designers

  • Farewell dinner at De Kas – whose motto is “Picked in the morning, served in the afternoon”

  • Lunch and tour of DakAkker, Europe’s biggest rooftop farm

Discover breath-taking new gardens and the thriving plant heritage and culture of Holland on our bespoke late-summer tour, which will be joined by Monty Don. Our tour will celebrate the best in modern garden-making with visits to three exceptional recent creations by world leader in garden design,  Piet Oudolf, at Singer Laren, Voorlinden and Utrecht, as well as some wonderful Dutch cities, the Aalsmeer flower auction, a world-renowned nursery, a rooftop farm, one of the world’s best collections of Van Goghs and dinner at the renowned De Kas restaurant. 

Lucy Hall, Editor Gardeners World magazine, says:

“If you love exploring gardens with plants at their heart, then our new reader holiday is for you. We’ve created a bespoke tour of Dutch gardens and growers, from kitchen gardeners and nursery owners to city farmers. It could change the way you garden – and with Monty joining us, this trip is like no other!”

Available Departures

From

09 - September - 2020 £ 1899.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

St Pancras

Departing: 09th September 2020 at 11:04

Returning: 15th September 2020 at 19:28

ITINERARY

Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet direct to Rotterdam and onwards by coach to the Hotel NH Amersfoort for check in for 6 night stay. Dinner with wine and introductory talk from your host and guide, Gardeners World’s David Hurrion in the hotel restaurant.

Day 2: Aalsmeer Flower Auction, Leiden and Voorlinden Museum and Garden
A very early start as we head to the vast Aalsmeer flower auction, the largest in the world. We then spend some time in the beautiful canalside town of Leiden, birthplace of Rembrandt, including a visit to the ancient university’s botanic garden. Time will be allowed for a leisurely lunch before continuing to the privately-owned Museum and Gardens at Voorlinden, which houses an impressive collection of modern artworks as well as a sculpture garden and garden designed by Piet Oudolf, whose designs use bold drifts of plants and grasses. 

Day 3: Singer Laren Museum and Garden with lunch attended by Monty Don and dinner with talk from Monty Don
Morning free, perhaps for a walk around our base, the pretty town of Amersfoort, before heading to the Museum and Gardens at Singer Laren. First of all we will visit the museum’s collection, then enjoy a light lunch in the museum’s Orangery where we will be joined by Monty Don, before visiting Piet Oudolf’s sculpture garden, one of his most recent creations, which opened in June 2019. This evening, we will enjoy a welcome drink, dinner with wine and a talk from Monty Don entitled “The Making of Longmeadow – from inspiration to reality”  in the hotel restaurant, which will open exclusively for our party.

Day 4: Hessenhof and Utrecht
Our first visit of the day is to the outstanding nursery at Hessenhof, where the owner will give us a 45-minute tour.  There will be ample time to buy a plant or two before heading to the attractive town of Utrecht for free time for lunch and a stroll before visting the public Vlinderhof Gardens, another superb example of Piet Oudolf’s genius, where a guided tour will highlight his creativity and expertise.

Day 5: Kroller Muller Museum and Mien Ruys Garden
We first head to the Kröller-Müller, an art gallery and sculpture garden located in a national park – you can borrow a white bicycle to get from the park entrance to the museum if you wish. It is home to one of the world’s greatest collections of Van Gogh paintings and also houses works by Mondrian, Seurat, Redon, Braque, Gauguin and Picasso. We then head east to the garden of Mien Ruys (1905-99), whose life work it was to create a garden that presents an overview of garden design from 1924 to the present day. Lunch on arrival and a guided tour will show us more. 

Day 6: Amsterdam and dinner at De Kas
Today we head to Amsterdam. The day will be free for personal exploration – perhaps visit the canalside colourful flower market, the vast Sloterdijk allotments or the city’s ancient Botanic Gardens. Or you may wish to explore some of the wonderful art galleries that the city has to offer including the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandt’s House or Anne Frank’s house – the options are endless.  Late afternoon we rejoin the coach for the short transfer to De Kas,  a wonderful nursery and restaurant whose motto is “Picked in the morning, served in the afternoon” for a welcome aperitif, 5-course tasting menu with wine and tea/coffee. Return to the hotel for approximately 10pm.

Day 7: Rotterdam and DakAkker Rooftop Farm
Our final day takes us to the innovative DakAkker rooftop farm in Rotterdam, where a guided tour will show us its work and philosophy. Lunch in the rooftop bistro will be followed by visits to some of the city’s public gardens designed by Piet Oudolf before heading to the station for return Eurostar direct to St Pancras.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion 

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers. 

INCLUDED

  • Return standard class Eurostar from St Pancras direct to Rotterdam
  • Six nights' accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the four-star NH Amersfoort
  • Full touring itinerary including entrance fees and transfers as detailed
  • Three dinners and three light lunches
  • Appearance by Monty Don at lunch at Singer Laren on day 3 and evening talk on day 3
  • BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Associate Editor David Hurrion throughout as tour leader

NOT INCLUDED

  • Double for sole use room supplement
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Standard Premier/1st Class upgrade on Eurostar. On the Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink   
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities

PLEASE NOTE: As with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying baggage onto and off the train. Baggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages.Trollies are available at St Pancras and Lille, but bags do need to be carried on to the platform.

Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890

HOTELS

NH Amersfoort, Amersfoort
The four-star NH Amersfoort Hotel is modern and comfortable located just a couple of minutes' walk from the lovely city centre where you will find plenty of medieval streets to wander. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant (please note the restaurant is closed Friday to Sunday), bar, terrace (open in the summer months) and comfortable bedrooms with private en-suite, TV, telephone, minibar, safe, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. 

NH Amersfoort Website

OUR VIEW ON THE HOTEL
The NH Amersfoort is excellently located in the centre of Amersfoort close to both the town's historical attractions and a good selection of cafes and restaurants. Rooms are light, airy and charmingly decorated with spacious bathrooms and are thoroughly modern as well as being clean and comfortable.   
Pre-tour accommodation is available at the Premier Inn, London Kings Cross St Pancras, about a 5 minutes walk from St Pancras International, at an approximate rate of £120 per room. Bookings can be made direct with the hotel on 0871 527 8672 or visit their website