Sunday, Day 1 - London to Shepperton
Meet at The Stafford Hotel in London for afternoon tea at 3pm and then transfer to Magna Carta moored in Shepperton. Afternoon cruise through the countryside to our mooring at Runnymede. It was here in 1215 that King John sealed the document that was the first ever Bill of Rights and from where our barge got its name. Dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2 - Shepperton to Windsor
Above Runnymede the scenery becomes quite breathtaking as we continue on towards Windsor. The Thames forms a natural moat around the castle and so our view of this mighty fortress and royal home keeps changing. Our afternoon visit is the castle itself. The largest inhabited castle in the world, Windsor has been a royal home for 900 years. Dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 3 - Windsor to Cookham
The river just keeps on getting better! We leave Windsor and cruise through Bray and Maidenhead and into the spectacular Cliveden Reach. High on the wooded hill top we can see the magnificent former home of the Astor family and now one of the world's finest hotels. We continue cruising into Cookham, which the late artist Stanley Spencer called a village "made in heaven", and then we visit Stanley Spencer's gallery by special arrangement. Dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4 - Cookham to Hurley (New Year's Eve)
A morning cruise as the Thames meanders through the open countryside of Bourne End and the delightful riverside town of Marlow where we can take time to stop and explore before continuing on to Hurley. In the afternoon the secrets of this tiny 11th century village reveal themselves and then there is time to rest before the New Year’s Eve celebrations begin. New Years Eve Celebration dinner followed by either a party aboard Magna Carta or we can join the villagers in one of their historic pubs. For charter groups other options can be made available.
Thursday, Day 5 - Hurley to Henley-On-Thames (New Years)
"Welcome in the New Year" Perhaps a slightly later start this morning! And a riverside walk before our chef provides a substantial brunch. Our final cruise takes us through unspoilt beauty into Henley on Thames, the last mile and a quarter being the actual regatta course for which Henley is so famous. Time to discover the town and the River and Rowing Museum before preparing for the Gala Captains Farewell Dinner aboard.
Friday, Day 6 - ???
Looks like we missed a day... This is just a sample itinerary as it depends what day New Year's falls on.
Saturday, Day 7 - Henley-on-Thames
Following breakfast, disembark the barge for your transfer to the designated drop off point.
: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.
It's not how far nor how fast, it's the pleasure of the journey that keeps people coming back for more.
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