Lovely 'Magna Carta' takes you on a voyage of discovery on the River Thames. Explore the tapestry of English history with visits to 11th-century Windsor Castle and Dorney Court, a Tudor manor house, and the lush gardens of 17th-century Cliveden — home of the Astors. Meet master craftspeople at work in a boatyard.
Day 1 - SUNDAY
Meet in London for a traditional English cream tea before transferring to ‘Magna Carta,’ moored at Hampton Court. After a reception and captain’s welcome, sit down to a gourmet dinner on board.
Day 2 - MONDAY
Visit Hampton Court Palace, built by Cardinal Wolsey in the early 16th century. Wander through the 60 acres of beautiful riverside gardens with their famous maze before an afternoon cruise to Bell Weir Lock at Runnymede.
Day 3 - TUESDAY
This morning, you may use the fitness and spa facilities at the newly-refurbished Runnymede on Thames Hotel. In the afternoon, visit Windsor Castle, built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror and still inhabited by the modern-day Royal Family.
Day 4 - WEDNESDAY
Cruise to Boveney Lock for a private tour of Dorney Court, which has been owned by the Palmer Family for 450 years. It has provided a lovely setting for films such as Poirot and The Other Boleyn Girl. This afternoon's cruise is through Boveney Lock, one of the most-attractive and photographed along the river.
Day 5 - THURSDAY
Visit Cliveden, once home to Waldorf and Nancy Astor, to tour the estate's spectacular gardens. At Cookham, visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery with time to walk in the village he loved and frequently painted.
Day 6 - FRIDAY
At Hurley-on-Thames today, observe traditional craftspeople working at Peter Freebody's boatyard, a fixture on the Thames for more than 300 years. After lunch, take a drive to Oxford, one of England's oldest university towns. Tour Christ Church, Oxford's grandest college, before returning to 'Magna Carta' for a gala farewell dinner to end the memorable week.
Day 7 - SATURDAY
After breakfast, disembark at Henley-on-Thames and transfer back to London where your journey ends.