Accommodations & Amenities

Cabins
  • Four cabins each with tiled ensuite bathroom/shower
  • Henry VIII Cabin – 200 sq ft, 1 king or 2 twin beds
  • Christopher Wren Cabin – 200 sq ft, 1 queen bed
  • Shakespeare Cabin – 200 sq ft, 1 king or 2 twin beds
  • Winston Churchill Cabin – 200 sq ft, 1 king or 2 twin beds
Also in Each Cabin
  • Under floor heating in the cabin and bathroom
  • Flat screen television and DVD player
Public Area
  • 117 Feet Long
  • Spacious salon and dining room
  • Lined with picture windows
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • 2 decks
  • Hot tub
  • 4 Mountain Bicycles

Itineraries

Travel from Hampton Court to Henley-on-Thames on the River Thames

Sunday
An English Cream Tea Begins Your Cruise in Stylesunday image
An English Cream Tea Begins Your Cruise in Style
Travel: London to Hampton Court Palace
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Magna Carta at the designated meeting point in London. Enjoy a delightful English Cream Tea before being chauffeured to Magna Carta moored outside Hampton Court, the Tudor Palace of Henry VIII, where we remain overnight. Meet your crew at the traditional champagne reception. Tonight, enjoy the first of many gourmet dinners onboard.

Monday
Tour the Finest Tudor Palace in Existencemonday image
Tour the Finest Tudor Palace in Existence
Travel: Hampton Court Palace to Runnymede
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, explore Hampton Court Palace, the Tudor home of Henry VIII. 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 and the famous maze! This afternoon, the Magna Carta cruises up through Molesey Lock and following the meandering path of the river to our overnight mooring on Bell Weir Lock at Runnymede. Drinks and dinner are served onboard.

Tuesday
Windsor Castle...Where the Royals Livetuesday image
Windsor Castle...Where the Royals Live
Travel: Runnymede to Windsor
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning's cruise takes us through Runnymede where King John put his seal on the Magna Carta in 1215, from which our vessel takes its name. This afternoon, history comes alive at Windsor Castle! Built by William the Conqueror in 1066 and lived in for over 900 years by the British Royal Family, the castle boasts unrivaled displays of art, furniture, ancient armor, and royal treasure. Your Tour Guide returns you to Magna Carta for cocktail hour and dinner.

Wednesday
A Day of Manors and Mannerswednesday image
A Day of Manors and Manners
Travel: Windsor to Cliveden
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning's excursion is a private tour of a Tudor manor that has been in the same family for 13 generations! Authentic and iconic, the manor is regularly used for filming. Then cruise this afternoon into Clivedon Reach where we have special permission to moor. Cliveden, now a hotel, was once owned by the Astor family. Tour the grounds, discussing the political intrigue and scandal for which Cliveden is famous! A late afternoon cruise is the perfect time to laze in the hot tub. Enjoy another gourmet dinner onboard.

Thursday
Traditional Boatbuilding Craftsmen at Workthursday image
Traditional Boatbuilding Craftsmen at Work
Travel: Cookham to Hurley
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning's sightseeing is a visit to the gallery of one of England’s greatest artists, Sir Stanley Spencer. Spencer described Cookham has “heaven on earth” and much of his work was painted in and around the village. A late morning cruise precedes a tour of Peter Freebody’s Boatyard to watch traditional craftsmen work on wooden boats as they have done for generations. Explore an 11th century village, including a tipple at Ye Olde Belle, reputed to be the oldest inn in the country. Your Tour Guide escorts you back to the barge where Chef presents dinner onboard.

Friday
Christ Church College at Oxfordfriday image
Christ Church College at Oxford
Travel: Cookham to Henley-On-Thames and Oxford
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

A morning cruise takes us to Henley-on-Thames to our final mooring situated along the famous Henley Regatta Rowing Course. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to Oxford for a tour Christ Church, Oxford’s grandest college. Founded in 1546, its magnificent surroundings have been the scene of Lewis Carroll writing Alice in Wonderland, welcomed 13 British prime ministers among its students, and just lately served as a set for the Harry Potter films. Return to Magna Carta for the Captain’s Dinner, ending your cruise in style.

Saturday
A Sad Farewellsaturday image
A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Henley-on-Thames
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured back to the designated drop off point in London.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.

2018 Downton Abbey cruises are April 1-7, April 8-14, May 6-13, May 27-June 2, July 8-15 and August 12-18. Travel from Hampton Court to Henley-on-Thames on the River Thames

Sunday
An English Cream Tea Begins your Cruise in Stylesunday image
An English Cream Tea Begins your Cruise in Style
Travel: Arrive to Hampton Court Palace
Meals: Dinner onboard

A member of Magna Carta crew will greet you at the Hotel Stafford in London at the designated meeting time. Enjoy a delightful English Cream Tea before being chauffeured to Magna Carta moored outside Hampton Court, the Tudor Palace of Henry VIII, where we remain overnight. Meet your crew at the traditional champagne reception. Tonight enjoy the first of many gourmet dinners onboard.

Monday
Tour the Finest Tudor Palace in Existencemonday image
Tour the Finest Tudor Palace in Existence
Travel: Hampton Court Palace to Runnymede
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, explore Hampton Court Palace, the Tudor home of Henry VIII. 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 and the famous maze! This afternoon, the Magna Carta cruises up through Molesey Lock and following the meandering path of the river to our overnight mooring on Bell Weir Lock at Runnymede. Drinks and dinner are served aboard.

Tuesday
Windsor Castle...Where the Royals Livetuesday image
Windsor Castle...Where the Royals Live
Travel: Runnymede to Windsor
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning's cruise takes us through Runnymede where King John put his seal on the Magna Carta in 1215, from which our vessel takes its name. This afternoon, history comes alive at Windsor Castle! Built by William the Conqueror in 1066 and lived in for over 900 years by the British Royal Family, the castle boasts unrivaled displays of art, furniture, ancient armor, and royal treasure. Your Tour Guide returns you to Magna Carta for cocktail hour and dinner.

Wednesday
A Day of Manors and Mannerswednesday image
A Day of Manors and Manners
Travel: Windsor to Cliveden
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning's excursion is a private tour of a Tudor manor that has been in the same family for 13 generations! Authentic and iconic, the manor is regularly used for filming. Then cruise this afternoon into Clivedon Reach where we have special permission to moor. Cliveden, now a hotel, was once owned by the Astor family. Tour the grounds, discussing the political intrigue and scandal for which Cliveden is famous! A late afternoon cruise is the perfect time to laze in the hot tub. Enjoy another gourmet dinner onboard.

Thursday
Visit the Castle where Downton Abbey is Filmed!thursday image
Visit the Castle where Downton Abbey is Filmed!
Travel: Cookham to Hurley
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to Highclere Castle, scene of the popular television series Downton Abbey. Highclere Castle is one of England's most beautiful Victorian Castles set amidst 1,000 acres of spectacular parkland. Our public tour reveals several grand reception, drawing, and dining rooms on the first floor, along with a brief look into a select few of the home’s 50 bedrooms! Return to the barge for an afternoon cruise, a visit to an art gallery, and a stroll around the village mooring. Dinner is served onboard.

Sunday
Christ Church College at Oxfordsunday image
Christ Church College at Oxford
Travel: Cookham to Henley-On-Thames and Oxford
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

A morning cruise takes us to Henley- on-Thames to our final mooring situated along the famous Henley Regatta Rowing Course. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to Oxford for a tour Christ Church, Oxford’s grandest college. Founded in 1546, its magnificent surroundings have been the scene of Lewis Carroll writing Alice in Wonderland, welcomed 13 British prime ministers among its students, and just lately served as a set for the Harry Potter films. Return to Magna Carta for the Captain’s Dinner, ending your cruise in style.

Sunday
A Sad Farewellsunday image
A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Henley-on-Thames

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point in London.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.

Travel from Hampton Court to Henley-on-Thames on the River Thames

Sunday
An English Cream Tea Begins Your Cruise in Royal Stylesunday image
An English Cream Tea Begins Your Cruise in Royal Style
Travel: London to Hampton Court Palace
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Magna Carta at the designated meeting point in London. Enjoy a delightful English Cream Tea before being chauffeured to Magna Carta moored outside Hampton Court, the Tudor Palace of Henry VIII, where the vessel remains overnight. Meet your crew at the traditional champagne reception. Tonight, enjoy the first of many gourmet dinners onboard.

Monday
Welcome to Henry VIII’s Royal Palacemonday image
Welcome to Henry VIII’s Royal Palace
Travel: Hampton Court Palace to Runnymede
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, the immersion into “Royal England” begins in the vast palace of a most iconic monarch: Henry VIII. Discover Henry VIII’s rooms, the Royal Chapel, and the kitchen gardens on a private tour with local expert Lesley Richardson. A resident and guide of Hampton Court for over twenty years, Lesley shares dishy anecdotes and insider's secrets about famous (and infamous) palace residents! Return to the barge for an afternoon cruise. Once moored, explore the riverside path by bicycle or on foot before another gourmet dinner.

Tuesday
Secrets of Windsor Castle with a Noble Military Knighttuesday image
Secrets of Windsor Castle with a Noble Military Knight
Travel: Runnymede to Windsor
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning's cruise takes us through Runnymede where King John put his seal on the Magna Carta in 1215! This afternoon, European history comes alive at Windsor Castle, notable for its long association with the English and later British royal family. A uniformed Military Knight of Windsor introduces a “behind the scenes” tour of the castle, offering access to original art, sophisticated architecture, and royal treasure. Return to Magna Carta, where Chef is putting the final touches on a gourmet dinner fit for a King.

Wednesday
A Day of Monarchs, Manors, and Mannerswednesday image
A Day of Monarchs, Manors, and Manners
Travel: Windsor to Clivedon
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Manors and manners are on offer today thanks to two tours of fascinating estates. Begin the British adventures with a private visit to Dorney Court, one of England's finest Tudor Manor houses, dating from around 1440. Return to the barge for an afternoon cruise to our mooring on the Clivedon Estate. After walking through the grand gardens, step inside for a tea and a “butler’s guide” to the personalities and scandals associated with over 350 years of aristocratic life at Clivedon House. Relive the day over drinks and dinner.

Thursday
Welcome to One of England’s Oldest Stately Homesthursday image
Welcome to One of England’s Oldest Stately Homes
Travel: Clivedon to Hurley
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Relax on deck this morning as Magna Carta glides past the enchanting scenery of the Royal River Thames. This afternoon, your Tour Guide accompanies you to Stonor Park, the seat of the Stonor family, Baron Camoys, for over 850 years. Tour this astonishingly preserved historic country home with a Stonor family member, discovering the 12th century private chapel, as well as the remains of a prehistoric stone circle. Return to the barge and explore the riverside path with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll before tonight's delicious dinner.

Friday
A Private Tour of Highclere Castlefriday image
A Private Tour of Highclere Castle
Travel: Hurley to Henley-on-Thames
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Regattas and rowing are foundations of the lifestyles along the Royal River Thames; this morning, a visit to Peter Freebody’s boatyard introduces craftsmen who restore vintage vessels using ancient techniques. After an early lunch, it's a but mere drive to Highclere Castle, home to many of the iconic scenes in the beloved drama "Downton Abbey". On this private tour, guests will explore the rooms, grounds, and gardens of this stately home, as well meet and greet members of the Highclere household. Back onboard, a Farewell Feast awaits.

Saturday
A Sad Farewellsaturday image
A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Henley-on-Thames
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point in London.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.

Gourmet Dining

Lunch
  • Tossed Baby Spinach and Watercress Salad with Walnut Dressing
  • Charcuterie with Roasted Tomato, Olive, and Artichoke Salad
  • Cheeses: Claxton Bleu and Cheddar
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas, and Biscuits
Dinner
  • Raw Filet of Salmon cured in Mustard and Dill, Red Chard and Spinach Salad
  • Black Angus Chateaubriand, Bernaise Sauce, Jus de Cuisson
  • Cheeses: Cropwell Bishop Organic, Stilton, and Dunsyre Blue Bath
  • Salted Caramel and Chocolate Profiteroles
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
Wine
  • Cote-du-Rhone 2009, Rasteau, France
  • Rioja 2010,  Baron De Barbon, Spain
  • Don Cayetano Merlot Baroncini Rosso di Montalcino
  • Les Pontilles, Sauvignon Blanc
  • Petit Chablis 2010, France
  • Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Split Rock, New Zealand

Rates & Dates

Accommodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise (up to 6 guests)$30,900$35,900
Private Cruise for 7 guests$32,300$37,500
Private Cruise for 8 guests$33,700$39,100
Double Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)$4,550$5,350
Single-Occupancy Supplement$1,450$1,650
Themed Cruise: Royal Cruise Charter (up to 8 guests) $48,700$54,100

2018 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season
Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

Month
Days
April1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-4
May6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-2
June3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30
July1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-3
August5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
September2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-6
October7-13, 14-20, 21-27

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
  • chauffeured transfers from London to the barge & return
  • English Cream Tea the Sunday of your departure
  • all meals on board
  • from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning
  • all wines with lunch & dinner
  • open bar
  • daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycle
Not included in the rate
  • Airfare to and from England
  • any meals taken on shore during the cruise
  • cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

*All rates are quoted in U.S. Dollars unless otherwise noted.

Accommodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise (up to 6 guests)$30,900$35,900
Private Cruise for 7 guests$32,300$37,500
Private Cruise for 8 guests$33,700$39,100
Double Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)$4,550$5,350
Single-Occupancy Supplement$1,450$1,650
Themed Cruise: Royal Cruise Charter (up to 8 guests) $48,700$54,100

2019 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season
Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

Month
Days
April7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-4
May5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
June2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-6
July7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-3
August4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-31
September1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-5
October6-12, 13-19, 20-26

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
  • chauffeured transfers from London to the barge & return
  • English Cream Tea the Sunday of your departure
  • all meals on board
  • from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning
  • all wines with lunch & dinner
  • open bar
  • daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycle
Not included in the rate
  • Airfare to and from England
  • any meals taken on shore during the cruise
  • cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

*All rates are quoted in U.S. Dollars unless otherwise noted.

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