Celebrate with us

25th anniversary celebration cruise

Join Carol Klein, Matt Biggs and BBC Gardeners' World Magazine associate editor, David Hurrion, on a cruise of French rivers and gardens to celebrate our 25th anniversary.

11 night all-inclusive cruise from only £1,399

Join members of the BBC Gardeners' World Magazine team, as well as some very special guests, on this relaxing cruise along the coast of France and on some of its most scenic  rivers - the Gironde, Garonne and Seine - to celebrate our 25th anniversary.




You'll travel in style from Southampton along meandering waterways, with mile upon mile of daytime scenic cruising through beautiful French countryside.

There will be trips to a selection of charming gardens, as well as vibrant and culturally rich towns and ports along the way, including Honfleur, La Rochelle, Montoir-de-Bretagne and Lorient, with overnight stays in the historic cities of Bordeaux and Rouen.

Your exclusive tour:

  • Visit to Monet's garden
  • Visit to Bois des Moutiers, with a guided tour by the owners
  • Exclusive on-board programme of talks
  • Exclusive 'Gardeners' Question Time'
  • Welcome drinks reception
  • Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, five-course a la carte dinner, late afternoon buffet and
    self-service tea and coffee, in-cabin sandwiches and snacks, on board Braemar
  • BBC Gardeners' World Magazine anniversary gift


What's included:

  • Comfortable en-suite accommodation
  • All inclusive drinks package
  • All meals, plus tea and coffee
  • Varied daytime activities
  • Pools, jacuzzi and gym
  • Choice of live evening entertainment
  • Overnight stays on board Braemar in Rouen and Bordeaux
  • Two formal nights


The departure date is Tuesday 30 August, 2016

Prices start from just £1,399 per person (based on two people sharing a cabin)


Your hosts

Carol Klein

Joining us for the first three days of the cruise Carol Klein, presenter of BBC Gardeners' World and a host of other TV programmes. Carol has written numerous books on plants and gardening.






Matthew Biggs

A well-travelled gardener and Gardeners' Question Time panellist, Matt has been gardening professionally for more than 25 years and often hosts readers' holidays.





David Hurrion

Gardening journalist and our own associate editor David has travelled the world with groups of gardeners to discover the best plants and gardens.





Tour highlights


Horticultural highlights

Monet's garden

Monet's garden is divided into two halves - the flower garden and the water garden. The flower garden is set around the Grande Allee, with its flowering climbers trailing over iron framework and leafy tunnels. 

In 1893 Monet diverted the River Ru into his meadow to form the water garden with its central pool, water lilies, willows and celebrated Japanese bridge.


 Bois des Moutiers

This garden was created by Guillaume Mallet in 1898. The gardens were planned in collaboration with English landscape designer, Miss Gertrude Jekyll.

The house is officially listed as an historic monument and as an outstanding garden. The Guillaume Mallet family will meet the party as we visit the gardens.




Your itinerary

Day 1 - Southampton
Join Braemar in Southampton.

Day 2 - Honfleur
Join your fellow gardeners for the trip to Claude Monet's House and Gardens.

Day 3 - Rouen
See the city's sights and visit Bois des Moutiers garden, with a guided tour by the owners.

Day 4 - Rouen
Continue your sightseeing before sailing along the picturesque Seine River.

Day 5 - Cruising

Day 6 - Montoir-de-Bretagne
Ideally suited for visiting nearby Saint-Nazaire.

Day 7 - Cruising Gironde and Garonne rivers
Cruise along the Gironde and Garonne rivers, straight into the UNESCO-listed heart of beautiful Bordeaux.

Day 8 - Bordeaux
Continue your sightseeing, wander along the banks of the river or head out to the Medoc Vineyards.

Day 9 - La Rochelle 
Visit the lovely La Rochelle with its lush greenery, and take an optional garden visit.

Day 10 - Lorient
Scattered with engaging and interactive museums charting this popular port's extensive maritime background.

Day 11 - Cruising

Day 12 - Southampton
Just time for breakfast and fond farewells before you make your onward journey back to Southampton. 




Terms & Conditions: Carol Klein will join the cruise for the first 3 days only. ‘What’s Included’ refers to on board your cruise ship, Braemar only.This cruise is organised by www.cruise.co.uk Ltd (ABTA 78024) for BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine and are acting as agents on behalf of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. Please refer to the cruise line’s individual terms and conditions. www.cruise.co.uk, Grosvenor House, Prospect Hill, Redditch, Worcestershire B97 4DL. Please note all tours and places of interest mentioned, with the exception of the FREE tours mentioned, are not included in the cruise fare and may be visited on optional tours. Full details of the shore tours available for you to book will be sent to you prior to the cruise. The experts hosting any of our cruises are subject to personal circumstances permitting. We plan to visit the gardens mentioned in the itinerary, however we reserve the right to change a visit should circumstances become necessary.