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GardenSMART :: Tour Gardens With the GardenSMART Crew

Tour Gardens With the GardenSMART Crew

By Alki Tours
Photographs courtesy of Alki Tours

A first of its kind partnership brings GardenSMART lovers river boat cruising in Holland and Belgium. Amadeus Cruises and Alki Tours Worldwide have teamed up with the PBS television show to provide garden lovers an opportunity to see Holland and Belgium's most beautiful gardens aboard the newest luxury river boat in the Amadeus fleet–the Silver III. Give your loved one a holiday present: book by January 1st for a $1200 dollar discount.

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In celebration of the partnership, Alki Tours Worldwide will launch a signature sailing departing May 6, 2018. In addition to the wonderful sights the cruise will unveil along the way, onboard will be Eric Johnson, host of GardenSMART. Passengers will delight in watching the GardenSMART crew film shows for the upcoming season. Alki Tours has arranged a number of special insider experiences that guests will enjoy during their daily sightseeing, including opportunities to join Eric and his film crew on intimate, personally-led excursions where he will share his exceptional knowledge of all growing things. Whether he's talking about the very latest in flower fashion, old time favorites in the vegetable garden, landscape architecture or plant propagation, travelers will be in the front row for it all.

"We're absolutely thrilled to announce our partnership with PBS GardenSMART and Amadeus Cruise Lines," said Claire Nolan, President and CEO, Alki Tours Worldwide. "After all, it's a trip that blends things we love most – great food, luscious gardens, poignant history, charming towns – and you will see it all from the comfort of a luxurious riverboat." As enticing as the daily activities are, the nights are filled with stimulating conversations, local wines and picturesque scenery. In 11 magical days expert guides will show you the highlights of Amsterdam, Arnhem, Utrecht, Bruges and Ghent.

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"We are excited to partner with Alki Tours Worldwide and Amadeus Cruises," said Jim McCutcheon, CEO and Producer of the PBS show GardenSMART. "Being able to extend the audience beyond our television show to those onboard the Amadeus Silver III brings gardening adventures to life in a unique and fun way."

This exclusive trip has only 80 spaces available. Details on Alki Tours GardenSMART cruise and early booking discounts can be found on the company's website at or by calling Alki Tours Worldwide at 800-895-2554.

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About Eric Johnson, host of GardenSMART on PBS

Hard-to-propagate woody ornamental plants, including oaks, birch, magnolia, and maple have been a large part of Eric's business life. He has patented the first three clonal oaks, as well as many important ornamental tree and shrub selections. Eric continues to work on new plant introductions and growing techniques but he remains an avid gardener, sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with the GardenSMART audience.

His friendships with innovative breeders and some of the foremost gardeners and growers across the U.S. and Europe open up a whole new world of excellence for GardenSMART's viewers. We are the winners as we visit some of the grandest gardens and impressive growing operations around the world. From Eric you can learn gardening information in everyday terms. Gardening might not be easy; however, learning how to grow can be uncomplicated. Tune in each week as Eric Johnson shares his knowledge in easy-to-understand language with the GardenSMART audience.

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About Amadeus Cruises

The elegant Amadeus fleet of river cruisers was the first to offer spacious cabins, suites, and public spaces designed expressly to inspire and indulge, along with the most modern amenities to match the priceless landscapes slipping by. The Amadeus vessels boast outside cabins, each a spacious 160 sq. ft., and suites featuring large panoramic windows – many with French balconies – for viewing the glorious scenery along the river banks. All cabins are air-conditioned, with private bath, shower, telephone and satellite TV. Ship highlights include the comfortable Panorama Lounge, Lido Bar on the Sun Deck, Walking Track, Amadeus Club, Internet station, Hairdresser, Fitness Room and on-board shop. The company website is

About Alki Tours Worldwide

For over 25 years, Alki Tours Worldwide has offered a collection of land journeys, along with a selection of popular European river cruises. Alki Tours travelers enjoy one-of-a-kind, intimate tour experiences with local experts. Their deep knowledge and personal connections around the world allow them to create the enriching itinerary you're yearning for. Whether it's a private piano recital in Franz Liszt's home or making empanadas with an Argentine chef, Alki helps transform every journey into a trip of a lifetime.

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