Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: A spectacular nine-day trip to the Norwegian fjords with TV cooking stars the Hairy Bikers
Everyone wants to sail along the majestic Norwegian fjords once in their lifetime, and there is no finer way to do it than on this magical cruise from Amsterdam on Holland America Line’s newest five-star ship, the Nieuw Statendam.
What’s more, you will be joined on board by Dave Myers and Si King, the hugely popular TV cooks best known as the Hairy Bikers.
The irresistible duo are huge fans of Norway, having toured the country’s west coast on their epic 5,000-mile journey for the BBC’s Hairy Bikers’ Bakeation.
Stunning scenery: A Holland America Line cruise ship on the Geirangerfjord in Norway
Your exclusive nine-day holiday includes an overnight hotel stay in Amsterdam, and the chance to discover the charming ports of Bergen and Alesund and the stunning natural beauty of Hardangerfjord and Geirangerfjord.
Known for their sense of humour and love of great food, wine and conversation, the Hairy Bikers will host a private cocktail party and cooking demonstration on board, as well as joining readers for a special Q&A and book-signing session. Readers booking this trip will receive a hard-cover copy of the pair’s latest cookbook, The Hairy Bikers’ British Classics, which you can ask them to sign during the cruise.
Dave and Si say: ‘The first time we discovered the wonders of Norway was when we filmed Bakeation back in 2012 and cooked on a ship going down one of the fjords. It was one of the most beautiful places we’d ever been to.
We always promised to go back, and now we are. The food and people are amazing – and Dave is longing to get back to his Viking roots. We sincerely look forward to seeing you on our Nordic adventure.’
OUR SPECIAL GUESTS
Motorbike-loving cooks Dave Myers and Simon ‘Si’ King have written more than 20 cookbooks together as the Hairy Bikers, with their popular diet book, The Hairy Dieters, scooping a National Book Award.
They are a regular presence on TV screens in their own series and as special guests on popular cookery shows such as Sunday Brunch and Saturday Kitchen.
The Hairy Bikers have also toured the UK twice with their sellout live show Big Night Out.
Hairy Bikers Si King, left, and Dave Myers
REASONS TO BOOK
Meet the Hairy Bikers
These passionate, down-to-earth cooks have been working and travelling the world together in search of good food for more than 20 years, becoming national treasures in the process. You’ll get to ask them your own culinary questions in a Q&A session and see them cook some of their favourite dishes in an exclusive cooking demonstration.
Sail in luxury and style
The food on board Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam is superb and there are 12 restaurants and cafes to choose from, where all your food (apart from speciality dining) is included. You’ll enjoy dining in a choice of venues, from the elegant two-tier dining room to more intimate culinary experiences at Rudi’s Sel de Mer (a French bistro serving seafood specialities), the Pinnacle Grill steakhouse or the Pan-Asian Tamarind. There are draught lagers and continental snacks at the Grand Dutch Cafe, and more informal fare at the Lido Marketplace, Italian-style Canaletto and the New York Deli & Pizza.
Your ship boasts spacious and stylish staterooms, a breathtaking central atrium and fantastic entertainment, including the Main Stage, which hosts BBC Earth Frozen Planet and Planet Earth II concerts; The Lincoln Centre Stage, for classical music; Billboard Onboard for 50 years of chart hits; and the incredible BB King’s Blues Club at Music Walk. There’s also a fitness centre, greenhouse spa and salon, and two-tier lido deck with an outdoor cinema screen.
Norway’s breathtaking scenery
Sail past dramatic mountains and stunning fjords as you admire the Norwegian coastline from the deck, seeing for yourself why the country is consistently voted the world’s most beautiful. You’ll enjoy stops at the Unesco-listed port of Bergen and at Alesund, and spend a day sailing the spectacular Unesco-listed Geirangerfjord, where you’ll pass 2,600ft cliffs and towering waterfalls.
Your voyage begins and ends in the charming Dutch capital, where you will enjoy a one-night pre-cruise stay in a four-star hotel. You’ll have time to explore the historic city centre, visit some of the world’s best art galleries and museums, including the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, tour the Royal Palace, or explore this wonderful place by bike or canal boat.
- Return flights from a range of UK airports.
- Private group transfers**.
- One night’s pre-cruise four- star hotel stay in Amsterdam, including breakfast.
- Seven-night full-board cruise on Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam.
- Q&A and book signing with the Hairy Bikers.
- Onboard cooking demonstration and privately hosted cocktail party with the Hairy Bikers.
- Complimentary copy of The Hairy Bikers’ British Classics cookbook (one per booking).
- Day 1 Travel from UK to Amsterdam
- Day 2 Sail from Amsterdam
- Day 3 Day at sea
- Day 4 Eidfjord and Hardangerfjord
- Day 5 Bergen
- Day 6 Geirangerfjord
- Day 7 Alesund
- Day 8 Day at sea
- Day 9 Disembark in Amsterdam and return to UK
HOW TO BOOK
The dates: June 20 to 28, 2020.
The price: From £1,499pp*.
Call 01462 323 663 quoting reference MOS HAIRY BIKERS. To find out more, visit mailtravel.co.uk/hairybikers.
Terms and conditions: *Based on two sharing an inside cabin, flying from Gatwick. Ocean-view from £1,599pp, Veranda from £1,729pp, Vista Suite from £1,969pp, Signature Suite from £2,779. Flights available from Gatwick, Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Newcastle, or travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras. Supplements for single occupancy, regional flight and rail departures apply. Subject to availability. ** From airports only. Timings of the Hairy Bikers’ events may be subject to change and there may be minor alterations to the itinerary due to operational restrictions. No experiences or meals in Amsterdam are included. Drinks aboard Nieuw Statendam are not included and speciality dining is at a supplement. This trip is ATOL-protected and operated by Cruise Direction. For full T&Cs, visit mailtravel.co.uk/hairybikers.