7 incredible cruise holidays to take this year

From exploring Croatia by private yacht to a foodie voyage on Italy’s spectacular Amalfi Coast, these aren’t your average cruise holidays – they’re designed exclusively for Woman & Home readers like you!

1. Private yacht cruise holiday around Croatia

The best way to explore Croatia’s stunning coastline? By private yacht, of course! On our fabulous new Croatia cruise holiday you will sail on a stylish yacht to some of the most beautiful islands in the Adriatic, where you’ll find breathtaking beaches, pretty ports, Venetian architecture and more…

Your private yacht, MS Adriatic Princess, has just 19 spacious en suite cabins – with a restaurant, bar and sun deck. This is a truly exclusive way to explore Croatia, at the very best time of year to visit. See the full itinerary

The details: 29 Sept – 6 Oct (8 days), from £1,549 (incl full board accommodation and return flights)

2. Explore Holland’s tulip gardens with Charlie Dimmock

In spring, Holland’s tulips, daffodils and hyacinths are a rainbow of colour – and who better to guide you around them than one of Britain’s best-loved gardeners, Charlie Dimmock?

Holland tulips holiday with Charlie Dommick

On our new seven-day Holland river cruise holiday, Woman & Home readers will visit the famous Keukenhof Gardens – where more than seven million bulbs are planted each year. Guided by Charlie, you’ll also explore Bouchout Castle, which boasts more than 18,000 species of plants, and the famous Floralia Flower Show – where more than 500 varieties of flowers are on display. See the full itinerary

The details: 3-9 May 2018 (7 days), from £929 (incl full board accommodation and return flights)

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3. Sail the Amalfi Coast with chef Aldo Zilli

There’s no better way to experience the wonders of the Amalfi Coast than on our eight-day Ultimate Italy cruise, sailing in a spectacular tall ship from Rome to Sicily in the company of famous chef and restaurateur Aldo Zilli.

Born in Abruzzo, Aldo will be passing on his knowledge and insights during this exclusive trip. You’ll have the chance to meet Aldo, hear about his life and career, enjoy two cooking demonstrations and join him for a special lunch in Amalfi. See the full itinerary

The details: 11-18 May 2018 (8 days), from £2,249 (incl full board accommodation and return flights)

4. Sail Norway’s spectacular fjords with Julia Bradbury

TV presenter Julia Bradbury will join our new Woman and Home Norway fjords cruise holiday this summer, on an itinerary that promises to showcase this spectacular country in all of its summertime glory. You’ll explore the spectacular coast of Norway, where you’ll see amazing wildlife and experience 24 hours of daylight – a natural summer phenomenon known as the ‘Midnight Sun’.

Julia will entertain us all with an exclusive talk and Q&A, plus she’ll join a nature walk through the fjordlands and a trip to Tromsø Wilderness Centre, where you’ll meet dogsledding huskies and their puppies. See the full itinerary

The details: 11-22 July 2018, from £2,699 (incl full board accommodation and return flights)

5. Dance Down the Danube with Vincent & Flavia

Our Woman & Home river cruise will get you dancing down the Danube through Hungary, Austria and Germany with ballroom stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace – two of the most popular professional dancers ever to perform on Strictly Come Dancing.

They have wowed audiences on BBC One and around the world – and now you have a unique chance to see them perform a one-off showcase in one of the Europe’s greatest cities, Vienna. The waltzing wonders will also teach a private dance masterclass exclusively for guests. See the full itinerary

The details: 31 July – 7 August 2018 (8 days), from £1,695 (incl full board accommodation and return flights)

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6. Join Tim Wonnacott’s Bargain Hunting on the Rhône

If you love to rifle through markets and antiques shops looking for treasures, who better to accompany you than former Bargain Hunt presenter and director of Sotheby’s Tim Wonnacott?

On our Antiques Adventure on the Rhone cruise, departing in June, you’ll learn the secrets of bargain hunting in two entertaining talks from Tim, discover how to spot a masterpiece with his expert advice, and take Tim’s Antiques Challenge at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue’s famous flea market… See the full itinerary

The details: 16-23 June 2018 (8 days), from £1,995 (incl full board accommodation and return flights)

7. Go island hopping in Greece with novelist Victoria Hislop

If you love Victoria Hislop’s best-selling novel The Island, join her on our new Mediterranean cruise holiday to Sicily, Malta, Crete and Santorini. Over 14 days you’ll sail around Sicily and see the ancient temples at Segesta, before cruising across to Crete and meeting Victoria.

She will give an exclusive talk and Q&A, and guide you around the places that have given her so much inspiration. “I am excited to be joining the trip,” says Victoria, “as it takes readers to some of my favourite places in Crete and Athens, which have become like second homes to me in recent years.”

The cruise holidays also includes the stunning Greek island of Santorini and a two-night stay in Athens to visit its ancient sights including the Acropolis and Parthenon. It promises to be a journey that you will never forget…

The details: 13-26 April 2019 (14 days), from £2,445 (incl full board accommodation and return flights)

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