Magna Carta - Christmas Cruise in England
Henley on Thames to Hampton Court
Sunday, 21st December Day 1 Henley on Thames
Meet the Captain or a crew member at the designated meeting point for afternoon English Cream Tea, before being transferred to the Magna Carta, moored along the famous Henley Royal Regatta course. On arrival guests receive a 'Champagne Welcome' by the Captain and crew. Dinner on board.
Monday, 22nd December Day 2 Henley on Thames to Hurley
This morning we take a 40-minute drive to Oxford for a fascinating tour of Christ Church, Oxford’s grandest college. Unusually, it was founded twice, once by Cardinal Wolsey and then by King Henry VIII. The magnificent surroundings were where Lewis Carrol wrote Alice in Wonderland. After lunch we set sail and cruise the famous Regatta Mile. Here, every year in July rowing teams from around the world compete in front of Champagne and Pimms fueled crowds. We pass through Hambledon Lock, and onwards through stunning countryside to the medieval village of Hurley. We wander through Peter Freebody’s boatyard and watch in wonder as the traditional craftsmen build and restore classic wooden craft as they have for generations. Afterwards we have time to explore the ancient village including Ye Olde Belle, reputed to be the oldest inn in the country before returning to the barge. Dinner on board.
Tuesday, 23rd December Day 3 Hurley to Cliveden to Cookham
We enjoy a morning tour of 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” We are lucky to enjoy the house privately. After lunch we cruise through Bourne End and Marlow to Cookham followed by a visit to Stanley Spencer’s gallery and a walk around the village. Dinner on board.
Wednesday, 24th December Day 4 Cookham to Windsor
A morning cruise to Windsor and then after lunch a tour of Windsor with time for shopping. This evening after dinner aboard, we have a guest actor to read from A Christmas Carol while the saloon is candlelit and presents can be put around the Christmas tree. Dinner on board.
Thursday, 25th December Day 5 Windsor to Runnymede
After breakfast a Christmas Day church service at St Georges Chapel in Windsor Castle. Return to the barge and cruise to Runnymede whilst enjoying mulled wine and then in the afternoon we are served our wonderful Christmas feast. Present opening follows and the festivities continue into the evening, which include a traditional English Christmas Tea.
Friday, 26th December Day 6 Runnymede to Shepperton
After breakfast we spend the morning cruising through the delightful riverside towns and locks of to our spectacular mooring in Shepperton. We have a choice today either visit Kempton Horse Race Course for the William Hill Winter Festival, held every Boxing Day or for the more adventurous, we can enjoy ice skating at Hampton Court Palace open air ice rink. If you prefer a Boxing Day walk then we can enjoy a relaxing walk around Windsor Great Park. Captain’s gala dinner on board.
Saturday, 27th December Day 7 Hampton Court Palace to London
Following breakfast, disembark the barge for your transfer to the designated drop off point.
*Family themed cruises are charter only. This sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. **Various pick up and drop off points are avaiable for charter groups.