Magna Carta - Golf Cruise in England
Hampton Court to Henley on Thames
Sunday, Day 1 London to Hampton Court Palace
Guests are met at the designated meeting point for afternoon English Cream Tea, before being transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Magna Carta, moored by Hampton Court Palace. Champagne reception and welcome by the Captainand crew. Dinner aboard.
Monday, Day 2 Hampton Court Palace to Shepperton
This morning we take the very short drive from the barge to Hampton Court Palace Golf Course situated on the River Thames. This is the only golf course in Great Britain where you can play golf in the grounds of a Royal palace. This unique inland links design is a deceptively challenging test for golfers of all abilities. The course has a wide variety of flora and fauna including a magnificent herd of 300 fallow deer and an oak tree, probably over a 1,000 years old. In the afternoon enjoy a meandering cruise upstream following the course of the Thames to Shepperton. Dinner aboard. (18 holes Par 71 5953m).
Tuesday, Day 3 Shepperton to Runnymede
Today's golf is at the famous Walton Heath Golf Club. Famous for staging the Ryder Cup and European Open Championships. Once owned by the News of the World, Sir Elmsley Carr would invite MPs, Lords and members of the press to Walton Heath. Designed by Herbert Fowler in 1903. Afternoon cruise to the Runnymede hotel where we have use of the excellent spa facilities including swimming pool, saunas, steam rooms and beauty treatments. Dinner aboard. (18 holes Par 72 6198m).
Wednesday, Day 4 Runnymede to Windsor
This morning we have an option. We can take a short drive to view the Magna Carta memorial where King John faced the powerful barons and was made to sign the document from which our barge takes her name. We also visit the Commonwealth Air Force Memorial, opened by HM the Queen to commemorate those 20,000 airmen who have no known grave. (Or optional golf at Wentworth Golf Club to be paid for by guests directly to the club. Wentworth is considered one of Europe's finest clubs and almost needs no introduction. (Famous for the PGA and World Match Play Tournaments as well as many other events). Afternoon cruise through beautiful countryside to Windsor. We see Windsor Castle, built by William the Conqueror in 1066 and inhabited for over 900 years by the Royal Family. Our mooring is in central Windsor with a unique view of the Castle. Dinner aboard. (18 holes, Par 73 6142m).
Thursday, Day 5 Windsor to Cookham
Today's golf is at Sunningdale Golf Club, established in 1901 and ranked as one of the top 20 courses in the world. The Old Course founded in 1901 was designed by Willie Park. It is classic course with gorse and pine trees, silver birch, heather and immaculate turf. This afternoon we leave Royal Windsor behind us we cruise past fabulous waterside homes through the spectacular Clivedon reach and the open English countryside. We moor in Cookham, once described as 'Heaven on Earth' by artist Stanley Spencer, one of England's greatest and most eccentric painters. Dinner aboard. (18 hole Par 70 5526m).
Friday, Day 6 Cookham to Henley-on-Thames
This morning we cruise to Henley on Thames, and along the famous Henley Regatta Course. Golf this afternoon is at Temple Golf Club. This gently undulating course has panoramic views of the Thames valley and is noted for its firm, fast greens. Captains Farewell Dinner aboard. (18 hole Par 70 5697m).
Saturday, Day 7 Henley-on-Thames to London
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the designated drop off point.
*Golf 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.