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European Canal Barge Cruises

'Magna Carta' - River Thames 2020


7 days from $4,890

Limited to 8 guests

Lovely 'Magna Carta' takes you on a voyage of discovery on the River Thames. Explore the tapestry of English history with visits to 11th-century Windsor Castle and Dorney Court, a Tudor manor house, and the lush gardens of 17th-century Cliveden — home of the Astors. Meet master craftspeople at work in a boatyard.
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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. This afternoon's cruise is through Boveney Lock, one of the most-attractive and photographed along the river.

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

Visit Cliveden, once home to Waldorf and Nancy Astor, to tour the estate's specatcular gardens. At Cookham, visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery with time to walk in the village he loved and frequently painted.

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

At Hurley-on-Thames today, observe traditional craftspeople working at Peter Freebody's boatyard, a fixture on the Thames for more than 300 years. After 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, disembark at Henley-on-Thames and transfer back to London where your journey ends.

Meals: Breakfast

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

Book a 2021 cruise at 2020 pricing when you reserve by May 31, 2020. 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 5 - Apr 19, 2020
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Cabin Class
    Cabin
    Price
    $4,890
    Single Supplement
    $1,550
    Cabin Class
    Private Charter
    Price
    $36,000
    Single Supplement
    How many people are travelling in your group?
  • Departing Every Sunday Between Apr 26 - Sep 27, 2020
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Cabin Class
    Cabin
    Price
    $5,850
    Single Supplement
    $1,800
    Cabin Class
    Private Charter
    Price
    $42,500
    Single Supplement
    How many people are travelling in your group?
  • Departing Every Sunday Between Oct 4 - Oct 18, 2020
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Cabin Class
    Cabin
    Price
    $4,890
    Single Supplement
    $1,550
    Cabin Class
    Private Charter
    Price
    $36,000
    Single Supplement
    How many people are travelling in your group?
Journey Details

Minimum age for Individual Travel is 12 years.

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).

Cruises on May 3, May 24, Jul 12, Aug 2, Aug 9 & Aug 16 include a visit to Highclere Castle; contact A&K for details.


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