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Magna Carta

Thames Cruise from Hampton Court Palace to Henley-on-Thames (7 days)

The 8-passenger Magna Carta is one of the finest and most luxurious vessels cruising the British Isles. She has a special ambience created by combining a traditional barge hull with fittings in fine mahogany, outstanding teak and oak. All staterooms are equipped with hair dryers, ample hanging and drawer space, television with DVD and comfortable beds with the finest cotton bedding. The upper deck is home to an air-conditioned saloon with tinted picture windows offering the finest panoramic views to three aspects. Four Italian leather sofas provide extremely comfortable seating adjacent to a fully stocked bar. And last but certainly not least, guests will be indulged with the most exquisite dishes delivered from the professional galley.

 

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Embark

Meet the Captain or a designated crew member in a hotel in central London for afternoon English Cream Tea before being transferred to the barge moored in Hampton Court.

Day 1: London - Hampton Court

Please note that this is a sample itinerary and may be subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise will travel in the opposite direction. Meet the Captain or a crew member at a hotel in London for a traditional English Cream Tea before being transferred to the Magna Carta. A Champagne Reception awaits as you board the barge which will be moored outside Hampton Court, the former Tudor Palace of Henry VIII.

Day 2: Hampton Court Palace - Runnymede

This morning you have plenty of time to explore Hampton Court Palace, the most fabulous Tudor home which belonged to Cardinal Wolsey before it was acquired by Henry VIII. Walk through Henry’s Great Hall and haunted gallery and see his chapel which is still used today and boasts the finest Tudor ceiling in existence. There is still more to see outside, including the stunning privy gardens, the oldest growing grape vine and the famous maze. After lunch enjoy your first cruise, up through Molesey Lock, Sunbury, Chertsey and Shepperton to Bell Wier Lock at Runnymede.

Day 3: Runnymede - Windsor

After breakfast you have the option to use the spa facilities of the newly refurbished Runnymede Hotel, including pool, sauna and steam room. Beauty therapies, massages and other treatments are available but are best booked in advance. Then cruise to Windsor before enjoying lunch on board. Your river journey takes you through Runnymede where King John faced the barons in 1215 and was forced to put his seal on the Magna Carta, the document which was the very first Bill of Rights and from which your vessel takes its name. From the boat you see the Magna Carta Memorial and Magna Carta Island where the sealing took place. Your afternoon excursion is to Windsor Castle. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066 and lived in for over 900 years by the Royal Family, this is the largest inhabited castle in the world. Explore the State Apartments, see Queen Mary's Dolls House and St George's Chapel and enjoy the far-reaching views from the castle's elevated fortress position.

Day 4: Windsor - Cookham

Leaving Royal Windsor, cruise up the Thames to Boveney Lock and take a walk to Dorney Court. This very special home has been owned by the Palmer family for more than 450 years, passing from father to son through no less than 13 generations. King Henry VIII stayed here and the manor is regularly used in films, including “Poirot” and most recently “The Other Boleyn girl”. Then continue your cruise past the fabulous waterside homes of Bray to Clivedon where you have special permission to moor at the house itself. Clivedon was once owned by the Astor family and today you will learn about the political intrigue for which the house is famous as you tour the amazing gardens. In the late afternoon the barge moors up in Cookham, once described as ‘Heaven on Earth’ by artist Sir Stanley Spencer, one of England’s greatest and most eccentric painters.

Day 5: Cookham - Hurley

After breakfast there will be a visit to Stanley Spencer’s gallery and you can take a walk around the village before cruising through Bourne End and Marlow to Hurley. Take a tour of Peter Freebody’s boatyard and watch in wonder at the traditional craftsman at work, building and restoring wooden boats as they have done for generations. There will be time to explore the ancient 11th century village including Ye Olde Belle, reputed to be the oldest inn in the country, before returning to the barge in time for dinner. For sailings on 13th, 20th April and 4th May, you will travel to Highclere castle, set of the TV show, Downton Abbey. Your tickets will be included, on these sailing dates, for this excursion.

Day 6: Hurley - Henley on Thames

Enjoy a morning cruise to Henley on Thames through beautiful countryside to your final mooring situated along the famous Henley Regatta Rowing Course. An early lunch will be followed by a 40 minute drive to Oxford. Here you will enjoy a fascinating tour of Christ Church, Oxford’s grandest college, founded twice, once by Cardinal Wolsey and then by King Henry VIII. You will also see the magnificent surroundings were where Lewis Carrol wrote Alice in Wonderland. Tonight you are invited to the Captain's Farewell Dinner aboard.

Day 7 : Henley-on-Thames

Following breakfast, disembark for your transfer back to London.

Disembark

Disembark in Henley after breakfast on the last day for a transfer back to central London or Heathrow Airport.

Includes

  • Six nights' accommodation on board the Magna Carta
  • Full board during the cruise (from dinner on day one to breakfast on the last day)
  • Chauffeured and guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Use of bicycles
  • French and New World wines with lunch and dinner
  • Open bar with a large selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
  • Transfers between London and the barge

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Personal insurance
  • Crew gratuity
 

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