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European Canal Barge Cruises

'Magna Carta' - River Thames 2019


7 days from $4,750

Limited to 8 guests

The River Thames runs throughout the tapestry of English history, and 'Magna Carta' takes you on a voyage of discovery. Cruising between Henley and Hampton Court, you see picturesque villages and royal palaces, stop at Windsor Castle and the Astors' lush Cliveden Estate and Gardens, raise a pint at what is reputed to be the oldest inn in England, and visit traditional craftsmen at work in a boatyard that has lined the Thames for more than 300 years.

Magna-Carta-Deck-Plan-2019

Vessel Information

117 feet long, 16.5 feet wide with air conditioning and central heating throughout

Capacity for 8 in 3 king/twin cabins and 1 king cabin, each outward facing with en suite bathroom

Salon with stereo system and assortment of CDs

Split-level sun deck, partially shaded for al fresco dining, with spa tub

Bicycles provided

Internet access (limited in some areas)

All meals and beverages (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) included

Deck Plan
Day 1
SUNDAY

Meet in London for a traditional English cream tea before transferring to ‘Magna Carta,’ moored at Hampton Court. After a reception and captain’s welcome, sit down to a gourmet dinner on board. 

'Magna Carta'
Meals: Dinner
Day 2
MONDAY

Visit Hampton Court Palace, built by Cardinal Wolsey in the early 16th century. Wander through the 60 acres of beautiful riverside gardens with their famous maze before an afternoon cruise to Bell Weir Lock at Runnymede.

'Magna Carta'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
TUESDAY

This morning, you may use the fitness and spa facilities at the newly-refurbished Runnymede on Thames Hotel. In the afternoon, visit Windsor Castle, built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror and still inhabited by the modern-day Royal Family.

'Magna Carta'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
WEDNESDAY

Cruise to Boveney Lock for a private tour of Dorney Court, which has been owned by the Palmer Family for 450 years. It has provided a lovely setting for films such as Poirot and The Other Boleyn Girl. After lunch, 'Magna Carta' has special permission to moor at Cliveden Reach. Once home to Waldorf and Nancy Astor, the estate has enjoyed a glittering history as a hub for society events.

'Magna Carta'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
THURSDAY

At Cookham this morning, visit Stanley Spencer's gallery with time to walk in the village he loved and frequently painted. At Hurley-on-Thames, observe traditional craftsmen at work in Peter Freebody’s boatyard, a fixture on the Thames for more than 300 years. Then explore the 11th-century village, perhaps visiting the public bar at Ye Olde Belle, reputed to be the oldest inn in the country.

'Magna Carta'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
FRIDAY

This morning cruise to Henley-on-Thames, where 'Magna Carta' moors beside the famous Regatta rowing course. After an early lunch, take a drive to Oxford, one of England's oldest university towns. Tour Christ Church, Oxford's grandest college, before returning to 'Magna Carta' for a gala farewell dinner to end the memorable week.

'Magna Carta'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
SATURDAY

After breakfast, transfer back to London where your journey ends.

Meals: Breakfast

Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.

2020 Travel | 2020 prices available on request. Please contact A&K for details.


Prices are in USD, per person and based on double occupancy unless noted as charter. Contact A&K for availability. 

  • Departing Every Sunday Between Apr 7 - Apr 27, 2019
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Cabin Class
    Cabin
    Price
    $4,750
    Single Supplement
    $1,500
    Cabin Class
    Private Charter
    Price
    $35,000
    Single Supplement
    How many people are travelling in your group?
  • Departing Every Sunday Between Apr 28 - Oct 5, 2019
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Cabin Class
    Cabin
    Price
    $5,550
    Single Supplement
    $1,700
    Cabin Class
    Private Charter
    Price
    $40,600
    Single Supplement
    How many people are travelling in your group?
  • Departing Every Sunday Between Oct 6 - Oct 26, 2019
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Cabin Class
    Cabin
    Price
    $4,750
    Single Supplement
    $1,500
    Cabin Class
    Private Charter
    Price
    $35,000
    Single Supplement
    How many people are travelling in your group?
Journey Details

Minimum age (for Independent Bookings) is 12 years old.

Reduced pricing available for Private Charters of 6-7 guests.

Antiques, family, garden, golf, tennis and walking theme cruises available for Private Charters (supplements may apply).

 

'Magna Carta' can also cruise from November to March; contact A&K for details.

Visits to Highclere Castle, the setting of Downton Abbey, available on select departures.


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