8 incredible cruise holidays with Woman & Home

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. Explore Croatia’s secret islands

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 wonderful way to explore Croatia, at the very best time of year to visit. See the full itinerary

The details: 29 Sept-6 Oct 2018 (8 days), from £1,549 (incl full-board accommodation and return flights)

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2. Explore the flavours of France with Raymond Blanc

This August we’ll be joined by Raymond Blanc for a fantastic 11-day foodie cruise through Bordeaux, sampling the very best cuisine that France has to offer. The world-famous chef will join the cruise for two days of exclusive activities, such as a cooking demonstration, exclusive talk, Q&A and a fabulous gala dinner.

“There are few greater pleasures than drifting quietly along the rivers and canals, perhaps with a nice glass of wine in your hand,” says Raymond. “I look forward to meeting you on board and toasting together to beautiful Bordeaux.”

Of course, Bordeaux is famed for its incredible wines – so you’ll also be joined by wine expert Susy Atkins. She is a renowned wine aficionado, who has numerous TV credits and books to her name – so who better to accompany you on tastings at some of the region’s loveliest wineries? Drinking world-class wines in sunny vineyards, under a cloudless sky with excellent company… now that sounds like our idea of heaven. See the full itinerary

The details: 26 August-5 Sept 2018 (11 days), from £3,230 (incl full-board accommodation and return flights)

Why should you travel with Woman & Home?

In every issue of Woman & Home magazine, we launch a carefully-chosen selection of holidays and hotel offers – designed exclusively for our readers. From unforgettable trips to the Northern Lights or India’s Taj Mahal, to fabulous UK mini breaks, these travel experiences are one-of-a-kind – and always fantastic value. We only work with the best tour operators and hotels, so you know you’ll be in safe hands when you’re travelling on a Woman & Home holiday. See the full range of tours & travel offers

3. Taste Portugal’s finest pastries with Mary Berry

With its wonderful vineyards, traditional port, and bakeries bursting with delicious pasteis de nata custard tarts, the Douro Valley is a true gourmet heaven. Little wonder that Portugal is one of Mary Berry’s favourite holiday destinations! We’re over the moon that she’ll be joining our new 8-day cruise down the Douro next summer, for two days of indulgent foodie fun – including an exclusive talk, Q&A and book signing, plus she’ll join you for a fabulous afternoon tea.

You will sail through Portugal and Spain on the Emerald Radiance, a luxury ship custom-built to navigate the Douro. Your itinerary, which starts and ends in the ancient city of Porto, includes the chance to visit some of the region’s best port-producing wineries. Ask the “Queen of Cakes” her baking secrets, and enjoy a four-course gala dinner hosted by Mary on your final evening – an unforgettable end to this once-in-a-lifetime holiday. See the full itinerary

The details: 22-29 June 2019 (8 days), from £2,495 (incl full-board accommodation and return flights)

4. Visit Germany’s fabulous Christmas Markets

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a festive market or two! A few days of mulled wine and gingerbread will cure those winter woes. Europe has Christmas markets aplenty, but Germany’s Christkindlesmarkt are the original and best – which is why we’ve arranged a Fabulous Festive Cruise departing in December 2018.

On this fantastic-value cruise, just £695 including Eurostar, you’ll visit Germany’s best Christmas markets in Cologne, Bonn, Koblenz, Rüdesheim and Mainz – with plenty of gluhwein along the way! On board the cosy MS Serenity river cruise ship, you’ll also enjoy wine tasting workshops, gala dinners, and a festive baking masterclass with Great British Bake Off winner Jo Wheatley. What better way to kick off the festive season in style? See the full itinerary

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5. Discover Japan’s beautiful cherry blossom

In March, Japan’s cherry blossom bursts into life – a truly spectacular sight. The entire country ventures outside to see the pink and white blooms – an annual ritual known as hanami – celebrating with picnics, parties, and festivals.

Our exclusive Woman & Home holiday to Japan takes in the best the country has to offer – including its magical cherry blossom – and departs in March 2019. The exclusive 11-night itinerary includes three nights in the heart of Tokyo, a day at stunning Mount Fuji, and a thrilling trip on one of Japan’s famous bullet trains.

You’ll then board your luxury cruise ship, the Diamond Princess – voted Best International Ship in Japan – for an 8-night round-trip cruise from Tokyo, including stops at Osaka (with the opportunity to visit Kyoto), Kochi and Busan (in South Korea), with plenty cherry blossom along the way. See the details

6. Sail the Amalfi Coast with 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 2019 (8 days), from £2,249 (incl full-board accommodation and return flights)

7. 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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8. 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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