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European Waterways - Magna Carta - England - 2015 Season

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2015 Special Offer !
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(Deposit must be recieved by 22 May 2015)

RIVER THAMES ENGLAND

Rates are for six nights on either: A whole boat charter basis or per person based on double occupancy per cabin for our GoBarging luxury hotel barge cruises with departures every Sunday, from April to November

2015 Rates in EUR ( Euros )
ACCOMMODATION VALUE REGULAR
Charter 6 guests wholeboat €22,800 €26,600
Charter 7 guests wholeboat €23,800 €27,800
Charter 8 guests wholeboat €24,800 €29,000
Suite per person €3,350 €3,950
Single Supplement €1,100 €1,250
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Rates, additional charges and conditions are subject to change, and to
currency fluctuation, without notice - Errors and Omissions Excepted


DEPARTURE DATES - (sundays) RATE ROUTE
March - 29 Value Middle Thames
April - 05, 12, 19, 26 Value Middle Thames
May - 03, 10, 17, 24, 31 Regular Middle Thames
June - 07, 14, 21, 28 Regular Middle Thames
July - 05, 12, 19, 26 Regular Middle Thames
August - 02, 09, 16, 23, 30 Regular Middle Thames
September - 06, 13, 20, 27 Regular Middle Thames
October - 04, 11 Regular Middle Thames
October - 18, 25 Value Middle Thames

THEMED CRUISES

BARGE AREA AVAILABLE FOR COST
Golf Cruises England All Charter €685 per person
Individuals: Some departures are available for 1-2 people to book and join other golfers on board NOTE: Only those golfing pay the supplement. Not all persons on a golf charter must play golf. Golf cruises include 4 pre booked tee times and transfers to and from the clubs 
Walking Cruises England Charter (Max 8) €1,750 per charter
Individuals: Walking Cruise in Burgundy is available on La Belle Epoque for people booking individual cabins. No extra supplement is payable for this individual Walking departure. Walking cruises include daily walking with a professional Walking Guide.
Tennis Cruises
England
All Charter
€300 per person
Tennis Cruises include pre booked and paid courts and transfer to and from the clubs
Flower Show Cruises
England
All Charter
FREE
Flower Show / Garden Cruises include a wonderful itinerary with visits to the famous and beautiful gardens in Southern England as well as a day at either Hampton Court or Chelsea Flower Show. CHELSEA SHOW - CRUISE DEPARTURE 19 MAY EACH YEAR HAMPTON COURT SHOW - CRUISE DEPARTURE 07 JULY EACH YEAR - Click here for Flower Show Cruise Itinerary


Inludes:
Price for Magna Carta 6 night cruise includes: Transfers between Central London and the hotel barge, a luxury 6 night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef, an open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, the services of 4 crew and use of barge facilities, which include DVD players in each cabin, bicycles and a spa pool.

Cruise highlights:

  • Explore Henry VIII's Hampton Court Palace
  • Moor beneath and visit Windsor Castle
  • Visit the Tudor manor house of Dorney Court
  • Tour the Stanley Spencer Gallery at Cookham
  • English cream tea at the Stafford Hotel
  • Visit Henley-on-Thames, the Royal Regatta town
  • Tour of Christ Church College, Oxford
  • Great walking and bicycling opportunities along the Thames Footpath

Cuisine Aboard:

  • regional specialities
    Roasted Guinea Fowl with Wild Mushrooms, Rack of Lamb with a Herb Crust, Sweet Potatoes and Spinach, Breast of Duck with Port Sauce and Cherries
     
  • wine cellar
    A good selection of French and New World wines
     
  • cheese board
    Cropwell Bishop Organic Stilton, Dunsyre Blue Bath Soft Cheese, Applewood Smoked Cheddar, Oxford Isis, Sage Derby

CRUISE MAP

ITINERARY
Magna Carta Classic Cruise Itinerary
Hampton Court to Oxford on England’s Royal River

Sunday, Day 1 London to Hampton Court Palace
Guests are met at the **designated meeting point in London for afternoon English Cream Tea, before being transferred at 4pm to the Magna Carta. Champagne reception and welcome moored outside Hampton Court, former Tudor Palace of Henry VIII, where we remain overnight. Dinner on board

Monday, Day 2 Hampton Court Palace to Runnymede
This morning we have ample time to really explore Hampton Court Palace, the most fabulous Tudor home of Henry VIII! Though used as a Royal home until Victorian times. We walk through Henry’s great hall and haunted gallery and see his chapel, still used for worship today and with the finest Tudor ceiling in existence. There is much more to see including the stunning privy gardens, the world’s oldest growing grape vine and the famous maze! After lunch we enjoy our first cruise, up through Molesey Lock and following the meandering path of the river through Sunbury, Chertsey, and Shepperton to our overnight mooring on Bell Weir Lock at Runnymede. Dinner aboard..

Tuesday, Day 3 Runnymede to Windsor
After breakfast we have the option to use the spa facilities of the newly refurbished Runnymede on Thames hotel including pool, sauna and steam room. Beauty therapies, massages and other treatments are available but are best booked in advance. This morning we cruise to Windsor before enjoying lunch on board. Our river journey takes us through Runnymede where King John faced the barons in 1215 and was forced to put his seal on the Magna Carta, the document which was the very first Bill of Rights and from which our vessel takes its name. From the boat we see the Magna Carta memorial and Magna Carta Island where the sealing took place. Our afternoon excursion is to Windsor Castle. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066 and lived in 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 and St George's Chapel and enjoy the far-reaching views from its elevated fortress position. Dinner aboard.

Wednesday, Day 4 Windsor to Cookham
Leaving Royal Windsor behind us we cruise up to Boveney Lock and take a walk to 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 a private tour of the house. Our cruise continues past the fabulous waterside homes of Bray and Maidenhead, Boulters Lock (made famous in Victorian times) and into the spectacular Cliveden reach where we have special permission to moor at the house itself. Cliveden was once owned by the Astor family, though the original house dates back to 1666. The gardens are simply amazing and include a Parterre, Chinese water garden and topiary. We discuss the political intrigue and scandal for which Cliveden is famous!. A late afternoon cruise takes us to a stunning mooring at Cookham Lock. Artist Sir Stanley Spencer, one of England’s greatest and most eccentric painters, once described Cookham as ‘Heaven on Earth’. Much of his work was painted in and around Cookham. Dinner aboard.

Thursday, Day 5 Cookham to Hurley.
After breakfast we are driven to Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) Highclere Castle is one of England's most beautiful Victorian Castles set amidst 1,000 acres of spectacular parkland. The Carnarvon family has lived at Highclere since 1679, and the current Castle stands on the site of an earlier house, which in turn was built on the foundations of the medieval palace owned by the Bishops of Winchester for some 800 years. Longstanding friend of the Carnarvon family, Julian Fellowes had Highclere Castle in mind as he wrote Downton Abbey. He often commented he wanted a house which spectacularly testified to the confidence and soaring optimism of the Edwardian period. After lunch we visit Stanley Spencer’s gallery and take a walk around the village before cruising through Bourne End and Marlow to Hurley. Dinner aboard. (Because of filming of Downton Abbey, the visit to Highclere Castle is only available on the following departures: 25th August & 8th September)

Friday, Day 6 Hurley to Henley on Thames and Oxford
This morning we tour Peter Freebody’s boatyard and watch in wonder at the traditional craftsman at work, building and restoring wooden boats as they have done for generations. We have time to explore the ancient 11th century village including Ye Olde Belle, reputed to be the oldest inn in the country before returning to the barge and cruising through fabulous countryside to our final mooring situated along the famous Henley Regatta Rowing Course. An earlier lunch followed by a 40 minute drive to Oxford. A fascinating tour of Christ Church, Oxford’s grandest college, founded twice, once by Cardinal Wolsey and then by King Henry VIII. The magnificent surroundings were where Lewis Carrol wrote Alice in Wonderland. For our final night we enjoy the Captains’ Farewell Dinner aboard.

Saturday, Day 7 Henley - London
Following breakfast, disembark at 9.30am and return to the **designated drop off point..

NOTE: On alternate weeks, cruise will be in reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

**The designated meeting point is the Stafford Hotel in central London and the drop off point is the Stafford Hotel or Heathrow Airport. Other options are available for charter groups

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Magna Carta England Family Cruise Itinerary
Oxford to Hampton Court on England's Royal River

Sunday, Day 1 London to Henley on Thames
Guests are met 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, Day 2 Henley on Thames to Hurley
Henley on Thames is surely one of the most picturesque riverside towns and famous for the annual regatta, the most important amateur rowing tournament in the world. We have time this morning to explore the fantastic River and Rowing Museum. Learn in a "hands on" environment, see the story of Henley, its people and history and experience the thrills of rowing and its quest for speed. This afternoon we cruise down the famous Regatta mile, through spectacular countryside and to the ancient village of Hurley where we tie to mature trees adjacent to a field and stay overnight. Plenty of time for a cycle ride or a game of boules by the riverside. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Hurley to Cookham
We start the day with a walk around the village Hurley. We visit Peter Freebody's boatyard where craftsmen build and restore wooden launches, the men will lay down their tools for a moment to share with us their love of their trade. Within the village we discover the church (1067) and Ye Olde Bell (1135), the oldest inn in the country. Back aboard Magna Carta we cruise down through Marlow and Bourne End to Cookham. This afternoon we are taken to Bekonscot, an unforgettable day out for everyone. This unique piece of our heritage is just waiting to be explored by children and adults alike. The world famous model villages and model railway continue to delight. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Cookham to Windsor
Our morning cruise to Windsor takes us through some of the most spectacular river scenery in existence. Below Maidenhead some fine riverside dwellings are home to the rich and famous, while the approaches to Windsor give the finest views of the Castle. This afternoon we have two options: A tour of Eton College. Founded by King Henry VI in 1440 Eton now educates 1270 boys between the ages of 13 and 18. The history is tangible as we explore the Chapel, Cloisters, Museum and other fascinating areas OR A visit to Legoland. This award winning park has every thing needed for a magical afternoon. Educational attractions, fantastic rides, 4D Theatre, Stunt shows, Boat driving schools etc. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 Windsor to Runnymede
Again this morning we have two options: A chance to visit Windsor Castle. Built by William the Conqueror soon after 1066, the castle is the largest inhabited in the world, and one of the present Queen's favourite homes. We see the State Apartments, St George's chapel, Queen Mary's dolls house and the grounds OR Ice Skating at a local rink. In the afternoon we cruise to Runnymede. The river forms a natural mote around the castle and our view of it keeps changing as we cruise through Datchet and Old Windsor. We pass Magna Carta Island where in 1215 the powerful barons confronted King John and forced him to sign the document from which our barge takes her name. Moored outside the Runnymede hotel we can visit the luxurious spa and make use of the pool. Sauna and steam rooms. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Runnymede to Hampton Court
Morning cruise via Shepperton and Sunbury to Hampton Ct Palace. This afternoon once again we have a choice. Hampton Court Palace is best known through its connection with King Henry VIII between 1528 and 1547 but it has seen 500 years of royal occupation. Adults will be enthralled by the history, architecture and gardens while the younger guests may get lost in the world famous maze or enjoy a tour with an expert guide in full historical costume; OR Thorpe Park, a fabulous theme park! Here are just a sample of the rides. Feel the heat on the Nemesis Inferno, fall through time on the Quantum, ride Colossus the world's first ten looping roller coaster, defy gravity and plummet 100ft on Detonator. Captain's gala dinner aboard Magna Carta.

Saturday, Day 7 Hampton Court to London
Following breakfast, disembark the barge for your transfer to the designated drop off point.

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

** Designated meeting and drop off point is The Stafford Hotel in central London. Other options are available for charter groups

 

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