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Our Top 5 Off-the-Beaten-Track Cruise Excursions - 25th Aug 2016

One of the best parts about cruising Europe’s rivers and canals is the chance to experience a true slice of local life. As you make your way through France, Britain or Holland away from the madding crowd, you’ll have the opportunity to explore and tour some of the sights that often pass under the radar of the jet-setting tourist crowd.  


‘Downton Abbey’ Cruises a Big Hit - 26th Apr 2016

“Downton Abbey,” the big television series hit, is also a big hit as a hotel barge cruise, says European Waterways, Europe’s largest luxury hotel barge cruising company.  The themed cruises along the Royal River Thames on the Magna Carta are nearly sold out, with just a single cabin remaining on the May 29 and August 21 departures.


500 Years of Royal Food and History - 19th Apr 2016

Hampton Court Palace, sited alongside the River Thames and once King Henry VIII’s grand residence, celebrates its 500th anniversary this year. There are all kinds of events taking place to commemorate this milestone and at the heart of activities will be The Great Kitchen. 


A Cake Fit for a Queen - 19th Apr 2016

April 23 is St George’s Day, celebrating England’s Patron Saint and renowned dragon-slayer. It is an ideal occasion on which to bake that most quintessentially English cake, the Victoria Sponge, which first became popular during the reign of Queen Victoria and is a favourite of HM The Queen, her great, great, grand-daughter. 


Everything’s Coming Up Roses - 8th Jan 2016

To celebrate the Year of the English Garden, you can join us on garden and flower show themed cruises aboard the luxury hotel barge Magna Carta. 


‘Downton Abbey’ Cruises - 4th Nov 2015

Highclere Castle (April 2011)For a number of departures this Spring on hotel barge Magna Carta’s classic cruises, an excursion to Highclere Castle, setting for the renowned period drama series “Downton Abbey”, is included. The hugely impressive Victorian castle sits on an expansive 1,000 acre estate surrounded by gardens and is the iconic home to the fictional Crawley family on the show. 


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