Luxury Hotel Barge Cruises

Thames on Magna Carta

See the famous sights along the River Thames on this luxury itinerary from Hampton Court on hotel barge Magna Carta, with transfers, excursions, open bar and meals prepared by a Master Chef all included

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  • Windsor Castle
  • Hampton Court
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Henley
  • Oxford University
  • Your hotel barge, Magna Carta

Steeped in history, the upper reaches of the River Thames are leafy, tranquil and a haven for wildlife. Join the elegant Hotel Barge, Magna Carta, in Hampton Court and cruise north to Runnymede, Windsor, Cookham and Henley-on-Thames, visiting important houses, palaces and gardens.

Explore the lavish palace of Henry VIII at Hampton Court before sailing to Runnymede, a water meadow and the site where King John sealed the Magna Carta in 1215. Close by is 11th-century Windsor Castle surrounded by graceful parkland, where a tour takes in the State Apartments and St George's Chapel.

The lovely Dorney Court is an early Tudor manor house mentioned in the Domesday Book and the location for 'Poirot'. Visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery and explore the ancient village of Hurley, before travelling to Henley-en-Thames, where Magna Carta follows the course of the legendary Regatta.

Magna Carta is a a stylish vessel accommodating just 8 passengers with an experienced crew of four. Teak and oak decks and furnishings have been used throughout, and large picture windows afford fantastic views from the saloon and dining areas. Enjoy the passing scenery from the sun deck and spa pool, or enjoy the comforts of your spacious en suite cabin. Bicycles are available for passengers to follow the tow path or explore on their own.


Thames on Magna Carta Itinerary

Day 1 - Hampton Court Palace (England)

Guests are met at the Stafford Hotel in Central London** for afternoon English Cream Tea, before being transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Magna Carta. Champagne reception and welcome by the Captain and crew. Dinner on board.

Day 2 - Runnymede

This morning we explore the magnificent Hampton Court Palace. We tour Henry VIII’s apartments and the Royal Chapel, feel the chill in the haunted gallery and wonder at the Tudor kitchens. Outside, the gardens are breathtaking with The Great Vine, the oldest in the country still producing grapes and the famous maze. After lunch, we cruise through a number of locks including Sunbury and Molesey to moor at Runnymede. Dinner on board.

Day 3 - Windsor

After breakfast, we have the option to use the spa facilities of the newly refurbished Runnymede-on-Thames Hotel. Then we cruise to Windsor, past the Magna Carta Memorial and Magna Carta Island where in 1215, King John was forced to put meet the powerful barons and seal the historic document. Our afternoon excursion is to Windsor Castle. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066 and a royal home for over 900 years by the Royal Family, this is the largest inhabited castle in the world. We explore the State Apartments, see Queen Mary's Dolls House, St George's Chapel and enjoy the far-reaching views. Dinner on board.

Day 4 - Windsor - Cliveden

This morning we take a short drive to the Tudor manor house of Dorney Court, a very special home that has been owned by the Palmer family for more than 450 years and used regularly as a film location. Later, we cruise upstream past the fabulous waterside houses of Bray and through the spectacular Cliveden Reach to moor en route at Cliveden House itself. Once home to the Astor family, it has amazing gardens and was, of course, the scene of much political scandal and intrique. Dinner on board.

Day 5 - Cookham - Hurley

After breakfast, we visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham and take a walk around the village he once described as ‘Heaven on Earth’, before cruising through Marlow to Hurley. We tour Peter Freebody’s boatyard nearby and watch in wonder as the traditional craftsmen build and restore classic wooden craft. We have time to explore the ancient village, including Ye Olde Bell, reputed to be the oldest inn in the country, before returning to the hotel barge. Dinner on board.

Day 6 - Henley-on-Thames

A morning cruise to Henley-on-Thames through fabulous countryside to our final mooring along the famous Henley Regatta Rowing Course. Then, an earlier lunch, followed by a drive to Oxford for a fascinating tour of Christ Church, Oxford’s grandest college, founded by Cardinal Wolsey and then again by King Henry VIII. The magnificent surroundings were also where Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7 - Henley-on-Thames

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to central London.

Itinerary above is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. **Other locations available for private charter bookings

Price Includes

  • 6 nights accommodation on 8 passenger Hotel Barge Magna Carta
  • All meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef
  • Open bar with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
  • All wines served throughout the cruise
  • Excursions and admittance fees as per itinerary
  • Use of barge facilities including bicycles, TV, DVD Player and spa pool
  • Transfers to and from barge