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Example 7 Day Cruise aboard Magna Carta
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Experience British royalty in this 7-day cruise embarking the luxurious, 8-passenger Magna Carta. Explore the castles of England and its quaint riverside towns and villages. Take in the Capital's most famous sights and enjoy a unique look at the spectacular waterway that has been so important in London's history. From the Thames Barrier, erected to prevent flooding, cruise westwards to Windsor Castle, the largest inhabited castle in the world. This is a cruise of great contrasts that takes guests from beautiful bustling cultural London into the pastoral English countryside of Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : London | Embark
Day 2 : Runnymede
Day 3 : Windsor
Day 4 : Cliveden | Cookham
Day 5 : Hurley
Day 6 : Henley on Thames and Oxford
Day 7 : London | Disembark

Highlights

  • Taste the authentic English Cream Tea at Stafford Hotel
  • Explore the exquisite Palace of Henry VIII, the Hampton Court
  • Experience British royalty at the excursion to Windsor's Castle

Ship

Magna Carta

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Magna Carta Deck View England Old Bell Magna Carta Memor Dorney Magna Carta Boatyard Windsor Castle

Day 1 London | Embark

Meet the Captain or a crew member at the Stafford Hotel in London for afternoon English Cream Tea, before being transferred to the Magna Carta. Champagne reception and welcome moored outside Hampton Court, former Tudor Palace of Henry VIII, where you remain overnight. Dinner aboard.

Day 2 Runnymede

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning you will have ample time to really explore Hampton Court Palace, the most fabulous Tudor home, once belonging to Cardinal Wolsey until it was acquired by Henry VIII!  Walk through Henry’s great hall and haunted gallery and see his chapel, still used for worship today and with the finest Tudor ceiling in existence. There is much more to see including the stunning privy gardens, the oldest growing grapevine, and the famous maze. After lunch, enjoy your first cruise, up through Molesey Lock and following the meandering path of the river through Sunbury, Chertsey, and Shepperton to our overnight mooring on Bell Weir Lock at Runnymede. Dinner aboard.

Day 3 Windsor

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, you will have the option to use the spa facilities of the newly refurbished Runnymede on Thames hotel including pool, sauna and steam room. Beauty therapies, massages, and other treatments are available but are best booked in advance. This morning, cruise to Windsor before enjoying lunch on board. The 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 the vessel takes its name. From the boat, you will 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. You can explore the State Apartments, See Queen Mary’s Dolls House and St George’s Chapel and enjoy the far-reaching views from its elevated fortress position. Dinner aboard.

Day 4 Cliveden | Cookham

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Leaving Royal Windsor behind, you cruise up 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 13 generations. King Henry VIII has stayed here and the manor is regularly used for filming including “Poirot” and most recently “The other Boleyn girl” you are lucky to enjoy a private tour of the house.  The cruise continues past the fabulous waterside homes of Bray and Maidenhead, Boulters Lock (made famous in Victorian times)  and into the spectacular Clivedon reach where you have special permission to moor at the house itself. Cliveden was once owned by the Astor family, though the original house dates back to 1666. The gardens are simply amazing and include a Parterre, Chinese water garden, and topiary. A late afternoon cruise takes you to a stunning mooring at Cookham Lock.  Cookham was once described as ‘Heaven on Earth’ by artist Sir Stanley Spencer, one of England’s greatest and most eccentric painters. Much of his work was painted in and around Cookham. Dinner aboard.

Day 5 Hurley

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, visit Stanley Spencer’s gallery and take a walk around the village before cruising through Bourne End and Marlow to Hurley.  Tour Peter Freebody’s boatyard and watch in wonder at the traditional craftsman at work, building and restoring wooden boats as they have been done for generations. You will have 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. Dinner aboard.

Day 6 Henley on Thames and Oxford

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A morning cruise to Henley on the Thames through fabulous countryside your final mooring being along the famous Henley Regatta Rowing Course. An earlier lunch followed by a 40-minute drive to Oxford. A fascinating tour of Christ Church, Oxford’s grandest college, founded twice, once by Cardinal Wolsey and then by King Henry VIII. The magnificent surroundings were where Lewis Carrol wrote Alice in Wonderland. For your final night, enjoy the Captains Farewell Dinner aboard.

Day 7 London | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Following breakfast, disembark and return to London or Heathrow Airport.

Magna Carta

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$4,890
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Twin/double air-conditioned suites, with a combination of period furniture and contemporary en suite shower rooms, TV/DVD, WiFi (subject to local reception).

Notes

Cruise includes: Accommodation with private shower, all meals, selected regional wines and alcoholic beverages consumed aboard, all sightseeing tours and admittance fees as stipulated, use of the Vessels’ bicycles and other facilities, and round-trip transfers from the specified meeting point.

Cruise does not include: Air transportation, airport taxes, visas, health or accident insurance, trip cancellation insurance, superior Châteaux vintage wines, crew gratuities, optional activities such as hot air balloon flights or items of a personal nature such as laundry, communication charges or purchases.
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