Indulgent Easter Thames Cruise & Mayfair Stay

As seen on Cruising with Jane McDonald on Channel 5

Magna Carta is a deluxe, 8 passenger hotel barge that cruises the Royal River Thames between Hampton Court Palace and Henley-on-Thames. You may have seen her recently featured on Channel 5's Cruising with Jane McDonald! Begin this 7 night Easter cruise with a 1 night stay at the iconic Claridge's Hotel in Mayfair*, the following day you will enjoy afternoon tea at The Stafford Hotel before joining Magna Carta for a 6 night luxury cruise along the River Thames!

Thams River Cruise

Itinerary

Spend 1 night bed & breakfast at the iconic Claridge's Hotel in a Superior King Room*. Room upgrades are available at a supplement and on request.

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.

This morning you explore the magnificent Hampton Court Palace. 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, cruise through a number of locks including Sunbury and Molesey to moor at Runnymede.

After breakfast, you have the option to use the spa facilities of the newly refurbished Runnymede-on-Thames Hotel. Then cruise to Windsor, past the Magna Carta Memorial and Magna Carta Island where in 1215, King John was forced to meet the powerful barons and seal the historic document. Your 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. Explore the State Apartments, see Queen Mary’s Dolls House, St George’s Chapel and enjoy the far-reaching views.

This morning 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, cruise upstream past the fabulous waterside houses of Bray and through the spectacular Cliveden Reach to our exclusive mooring on the Cliveden estate. Once home to the Astor family, it has amazing gardens and was, of course, the scene of much political scandal and intrigue.

After breakfast, cruise further upstream to 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. Tour Peter Freebody’s boatyard nearby and watch in wonder as the traditional craftsmen build and restore classic wooden craft. You'll 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.

A morning cruise to Henley-on-Thames through fabulous countryside to your 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. Tonight, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

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

Price Guide

Date Price From (pp)
17th April 2022 £3,899

What's Included

  • 1 night pre cruise stay at the iconic Claridge's Hotel in a Superior King Room* (upgrades available on request at an additional cost and subject to availability)
  • Welcome drink on arrival at Claridge's
  • Claridge's English breakfast
  • Claridge's luxury robes and slippers for duration of hotel stay
  • Afternoon Tea in Mayfair at The Stafford Hotel
  • Transfers from The Stafford Hotel to the Magna Carta
  • 6 nights full board Thames River Cruise in suite accommodation
  • Fine Wines, Champagne & an open bar for the duration of your cruise
  • Daily Escorted Excursions
  • A Crew to Guest Ratio of 1:2, you’ll want for nothing
  • Champagne reception and welcome by the Captain and crew
  • Captain’s Farewell Dinner