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.
Cruise the Norwegian fjords with the Hairy Bikers
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With its dramatic cliffs and beautiful fjords, the coastline of Norway has to be seen to be believed, and you'll have the chance to experience it yourself on this eight-day cruise on board Rotterdam - Holland America's wonderful new flagship which hits all the right notes.
You'll be joined by the fantastic Si King and Dave Myers, better known as the Hairy Bikers, who will cook some of their favourite recipes for you in a private demonstration before answering your questions. They'll also sign copies of their new cookbook, The Hairy Bikers' British Classics.
Your tour begins on the Eurostar to Amsterdam, where you also have the option (not included) of enjoying an overnight stay and a chance to explore the historic city before boarding the five-star Rotterdam for your full-board cruise.
As well as extraordinary dining experiences, sophisticated
staterooms and suites, and wonderful craftsmanship, this new ship
is home to the best live music at sea. At the heart of
Rotterdam is Music Walk®: an exclusive collection of five
live music experiences - from the Rolling Stone Rock Room and BB
King's to BBC Earth in Concert - featuring electrifying
performances from accomplished artists every night, which will
provide you with the perfect soundtrack to your cruise.
And what a voyage it is. Making your way up the magical coastline, you'll stop at Eidfjord, Hardangerfjord and the spectacular 2,600-feet-high cliffs and waterfalls of Geirangerfjord. It's then on to Alesund, the city of seven islands famous for its art nouveau design, before finally returning to Amsterdam, where your amazing trip will come to an end.
Meet the Hairy Bikers
The UK's most popular cookery writing duo, Si and Dave have explored Britain, Asia and the Mediterranean on their bikes, as well as the length of the Mississippi and places throughout Europe. Both huge fans of Norway, they will share their love of the scenery and local food during exclusive experiences and their private onboard cooking demonstration is sure to be fun-packed.
As the Bikers say:
The first time we discovered Norway was when we filmed Bakeation in 2012, when we cooked on a ship going down one of the fjords. We always promised we'd go back, and now we are. The food and the people are amazing and the fjords are ridiculously beautiful!"
'Have it All' excursions and dining offer
Enjoy 50% off all of Holland America's best amenities - that's shore excursions, their Signature drinks package, speciality dining and Wi-Fi, all from £306 per person. Call for details.
Reasons to book
Sail on magnificent MS Rotterdam
Cooking demo with the Hairy Bikers
Your expert guides
Eurostar from London to Amsterdam
Return transfers from Eurostar to cruise port
- Seven nights full-board** on Holland America Line's Rotterdam
- On-board cooking demonstration with the Hairy Bikers
- Q&A session with the Hairy Bikers
- Free copy of The Hairy Bikers' British Classics cookbook (one per booking)
- (Not included) Why not extend your holiday with an extra night in Amsterdam to explore the sights of one of Europe's most colourful, dynamic and historic cities?
**Drinks aboard are not included and speciality dining is at a supplement.
Day1UK to AmsterdamAmsterdam, Netherlands
After your Eurostar journey, The Hairy Bikers will join you in Amsterdam where you'll transfer to Holland America's Rotterdam. You'll embark the ship around 5pm and enjoy dinner on-board this evening. You additionally have the option of enjoying a pre-cruise overnight stay in Amsterdam, to explore this historic city before boarding the five-star Rotterdam for your cruise.
Day2Day at seaAmsterdam, Netherlands
Day3Eidfjord and HardangerfjordEidfjord, Norway
In the shadow of snowy peaks and near stunning blue-green fjords, Eidfjord is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful villages in Norway. Even though it has a population of less than 1,000, scores of visitors come here each year to bask in the area's natural splendor.
Hardangervidda, near Eidfjord, is Europe's largest mountain plateau as well as Norway's largest national park. Interestingly, the legendary polar explorer Roald Amundsen, who led the first expedition to reach the South Pole, and Fridtjof Nansen, who made the first successful crossing of the Greenland interior, both used Hardangervidda to prepare for their expeditions. Walking, hiking, cycling and cross-country skiing are popular, and the area is home to Europe's largest population of wild reindeer.
Numerous canyons, including the famous Måbødalen Valley, lead south from the Hardangervidda plateau to the fjords along the coast, and about 16 kilometers (10 miles) south of Eidfjord, visitors can see the dramatic 182-meter-tall (597-foot-tall) Vøringfossen waterfall. In the center of Eidfjord stands the 14th-century stone Eidfjord Kirke, while outside town the famous Kjeåsen Mountain Farm sits on a ledge some 600 meters (1,968 feet) above the Simadalsfjord.
From easy guided hikes and the summer-skiing resort on the Folgefonna glaciers to the serious hiking trails that encompass waterfalls and panoramic vistas, Norway's Hardangerfjord region offers truly exceptional outdoor experiences. Norway's Queen Sonja is known to favor the hiking trails around the village of Kinsarvik so much that a tough 16-kilometer (10-mile) hike is named after her.
At 161 kilometers (100 miles) long, the fjord is the fourth-longest in the world and plunges down almost 914 meters (a half mile) at its deepest point. Take in the best of the landscape from the unique vantage point provided by the fjord as you sail inland from the island of Stord toward the ever-more-imposing mountains of the Hardangervidda National Park. Waterfalls, islands and shoreline villages dot the journey. Dangling more than 610 meters (2,000 feet) above Lake Ringedalsvatnet is the Troll's Tongue, a unique rock formation and one of Norway's most famous hikes-and photo opportunities.
The deep waters of the fjord are home to plentiful stocks of fish, while brown trout and wild salmon fill the rivers and lakes of the region. The mountainous national parks east of the fjord are the natural habitat of wild reindeer herds, elk and the mountain fox.
Ålesund, a quaint fishing town of approximately 45,000 in western Norway, has been called Norway's most beautiful city. A fire in 1904 destroyed much of it, resulting in the town being rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style-also known as Jugendstil-that was popular around the turn of the 20th century. A year after the fire, Norway gained its independence from Sweden, which led to a campaign to build a "Norwegian town" to mark the creation of the new nation. The colorful buildings feature castlelike turrets and spires with intricate facades of ornamental flowers, gargoyles and Viking-inspired decorations.
Bordering the Norwegian Sea, this area is also famous for its mountain ranges and fjords. For those looking for a more active visit, Ålesund offers great hiking, mountain biking and kayaking. One of the highlights is climbing the 418 steps that lead up Mount Aksla for a spectacular view of the city and the Sunnmøre Alps. Nearby is the Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its beautiful waterfalls. This is also home to Atlanterhavsparken, or the Atlantic Sea Park, one of the largest aquariums in Europe.
Day5Geiranger and GeirangerfjordGeiranger, Norway
Geirangerfjord is one of the most beautiful spots in Scandinavia-if not the world. These are among the planet's longest and deepest fjords, with steep walls of rock dropping some 500 meters below the water's surface and rising 1,400 meters above sea level. Waterfalls tumble down from high above, free-flowing rivers snake through forests and glacial lakes stretch for miles. It's no surprise that these glacially carved masterpieces cut into Norway's western coast were made a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the nearby Nærøyfjord, in 2005.
The small village of Geiranger lies at the head of the Geirangerfjord, and being here is all about being outdoors in the clean, crisp Norwegian air to enjoy the stunning scenery. Cruise ships anchor at the end of the Geirangerfjord and passengers can hike, kayak, bicycle and ski to see the gorgeousness up close.
The coast of Norway is fringed with jagged fjords cut into the shoreline by glaciers eons ago. One of the most spectacular inlets is the mighty Geirangerfjord, a popular cruising destination and, along with the nearby Nærøyfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When Norway's glaciers retreated they left deep valleys in their wake that filled with seawater, in the case of the Geirangerfjord to a depth of nearly 500 meters (1,640 feet). Above the surface, the fjord's sheer rock walls shoot straight up three times as far.
You'll want to wake up early to catch the exhilarating views during the nine-mile cruise up the Geirangerfjord to the tiny village of Geiranger; your ship will likely make this trip in early morning to give you a full day in port. If you've sprung for a balcony cabin, you won't regret it. Otherwise, head for the open decks to soak up the stunning scenery and the crisp, fresh Norwegian air as the ship moves up the calm, glasslike channel.
Beautiful Bergen, Norway's second-largest city, is one of the most popular ports of call on a cruise up the fjords. Step off the ship into the medieval Bryggen wharf area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, where small boats line the harbor and wooden gabled buildings stand proud along the waterfront. Bergen's rich maritime tradition goes back nearly 1,000 years, including the years the town played an important part in the Hanseatic League, the trading empire that dominated maritime commerce in the region between the 14th and 18th centuries. The city is one of Europe's oldest settlements, and its cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways lead to emerald-green parks, medieval cathedrals and stone fortresses that kept enemies at bay centuries ago. It's also eminently walkable, with historic buildings and excellent markets selling everything from fish and produce to trinkets and souvenirs.
Surrounded by mountains and thick forest, and sitting halfway between Geiranger to the north and Stavanger to the south, Bergen offers plenty to do outside the city too. Whether you sign up for a guided excursion or venture out on your own, you'll be sure to fall in love with Bergen.
Day7Day at seaÅlesund, Norway
Day8Return homeAmsterdam, Netherlands
Arrive into Amsterdam at 7am this morning. Enjoy a final breakfast on-board before transferring to the town and returning home via train (or plane). You may have some extra time today to explore Amsterdam's streets and canals at leisure.
Holland America Rotterdam
Holland America Line's newest ship is home to the best live music at sea, creating the soundtrack to the discoveries you make and filling your journey with a rhythm all of its own
Holland America Line beautiful new ship, Rotterdam, is the third
in its Pinnacle class. It is being built at the Italian Fincantieri
Shipyard will feature the highly successful amenities and
innovations of her sisters Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam, brought
to life by leading hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany and designer
and architect Bjørn Storbraaten.
Guests will 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, the Pinnacle Grill or the Pan-Asian Tamarind, draught lager and continental snacks at the Grand Dutch Café, and more informal fare at the Lido Marketplace, Canaletto and the New York Pizza & Deli.
Incredible shows take place at the 270-degree surround screen World Stage, while guests may enjoy classical strings, 50 years of chart hits at Billboard Onboard and BB Kings Blues Club at Music Walk, as well as the Rock Room, in partnership with Rolling Stone Magazine. In the Crow's Nest, Explorations Central (EXC) will offer a range of sophisticated online and personalised destination resources to help travellers make the most of the destinations they are visiting, according to their own interests.
With sophisticated décor and amenities, staterooms will feature thoughtful modern touches such as bedside USB ports, frameless shower doors and customised wood cabinets. Like her sisters, Rotterdam will offer exclusive Family Ocean-view Staterooms that can accommodate up to five people, and specially designed single staterooms for solo travellers.
During Rotterdam's summer season, guests may sail from Amsterdam to the Norwegian Fjords, the Baltic and the stunning Northern Isles in the ultimate style, enjoying the elegance, spaciousness and gracious service of their perfectly-sized ship.
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