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Crew
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Print Boat Info

The eight passenger Magna Carta offers four spacious full width staterooms with generous en-suite facilities. The upper deck salon and dining areas sport picture windows and stylish furnishings. Her experienced Captain knows the Thames River well and your Master Chef will produce a range of mouth watering dishes while you enjoy the sights of London and the home counties from your floating country inn. Two housekeepers complete the crew of four. A cruise aboard the Magna Carta is one of endless discovery and an unfortgettable barge vacation.

Boat Details

Boat Size: 117 x 16.5 ft
Number of Cabins: 4
Crew: 4
Cruise Length: 3 | 6 nights
Departure Day: Sunday

Cabin Information

Cabin 1 - Henry VIII
  • Twin or King
  • 200 sq ft
Cabin 2 - Christopher Wren
  • King
  • 200 sq ft
Cabin 3 - Shakespeare
  • Twin or King
  • 200 sq ft
Cabin 4 - Winston Churchill
  • Twin or King
  • 200 sq ft
Note: All cabin sizes are approximate.

Boat Amenities

A/C
Bicycles
DVD
Jacuzzi
Books & Games
Open Bar
Transfers
WIFI
Music System

Cabin Amenities

A/C
Flatscreen TV
Hairdryers
Bathrobes
Music System
Opening Portholes

Pickup Location

3:00 PM, Stafford Hotel London

Note: Pickup locations may be TBD on charter bookings.

Dropoff Location

12:00 PM, Central Location London

Note: dropoff locations may be TBD on charter bookings.

Boat Diagram

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Hampton Court to Henley on Thames
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
Meet the Captain or a crew member at the Stafford Hotel in London at 3pm 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 aboard.
 
Monday
Hampton Court Palace to Runnymede
This morning we have ample time to really explore Hampton Court Palace, the most fabulous Tudor home, once belonging to Cardinal Wolsey until acquired by Henry VIII!  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 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
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
Windsor to Cliveden
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 Clivedon 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.  Cookham was once described as "Heaven on Earth" by artist Sir Stanley Spencer, one of England's greatest and most eccentric painters. Much of his work was painted in and around Cookham. Dinner aboard.
 
Thursday
Cookham to Hurley
After breakfast we visit Stanley Spencer's gallery and take a walk around the village before cruising through Bourne End and Marlow to  Hurley.  We tour Peter Freebody's boatyard and watch in wonder at the traditional craftsman at work, building and restoring wooden boats as they have been 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. Dinner aboard.
 
Friday
Hurley to Henley on Thames and Oxford
A morning cruise to Henley on Thames through fabulous countryside, our final mooring being 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 Captain's Farewell Dinner aboard.
 
Saturday
Henley to London
Following breakfast, disembark at 09:30 am and return to London or Heathrow Airport.

Regional Specialities

Loch Fyne Bradon roast Salmon, Malt whisky and horseradish sauce

Roast spiced Duck breast accompanied by pink Grapefruit and Calvados

Wine cellar

A good selection of French and New World wines

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Cheese board

Red Leicester, Caerphilly, White Cheshire

2017 RATES
ACCOMMODATION 3 NIGHT VALUE REGULAR
Suite per Person $3,050 4,550 $5,350
Single Supplement $900  $1,450  $1,650 
Charter 6 Passenger $20,600 $30,900  $35,900
Charter 7 Passenger $21,400 $32,300 $37,500
Charter 8 Passenger $22,200 $33,700 $39,100

Cruise cost includes

Six night accommodations, chauffeured transfers from London to the barge and return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of bicycles

Cruise cost does not include

Airfare to and from your destination, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

2017 CRUISING SCHEDULE
DEPARTURE DATE ROUTE RATE SEASON
March 26 Between Henley & Hampton Court  Value 
April 2, 9, 16, 23 Between Hampton Court & Henley Value
April 30 Between Henley & Hampton Court  Regular
May 7, 14, 21, 28 Between Henley & Hampton Court  Regular
June 4, 11, 18, 25 Between Henley & Hampton Court  Regular
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Between Henley & Hampton Court  Regular
Aug 6, 13, 20, 27 Between Henley & Hampton Court  Regular 
Sept 3, 10, 17, 24 Between Henley & Hampton Court  Regular 
Oct 1 Between Henley & Hampton Court  Regular 
Oct 8, 15, 22 Between Henley & Hampton Court  Value