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Luxury

Royal River Thames

London to Hampton Court
8 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: EUBLH8
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Discover Windsor Castle

Set off on special guided tour of Windsor Castle, the largest inhabited castle in the world, and a royal home for more than 900 years.

Butler’s Talk at Cliveden

During afternoon tea at Cliveden, your butler will reveal the secrets and scandals of this historic house.

Exclusive Palace Tour

Enjoy an exclusive guided tour with Lesley Ronaldson, the world’s leading expert on Hampton Court Palace.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Expert cruise director
  • Luxury dining – a total of 18 meals
  • Experiences in eight destinations
  • Transfers, port charges and gratuities
  • A wide range of onboard beverages

Map & Itinerary

Magna Carta on right with buildings and trees in background
London to Hampton Court

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

Welcome to London. We’ll meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception.

Stay: London, The Athenaeum Hotel

Enjoy free time this morning to explore London. This afternoon indulge in a true British experience, afternoon Cream Tea at the Stafford Hotel with your fellow travellers before being transferred to Henley on Thames. Here your luxurious rive barge, the Magna Carta, is moored along the famous Henley Royal Regatta course. Be welcomed on board by the captain and crew with a champagne reception, followed by your first onboard dinner.

Stay: Six Nights, Magna Carta

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning we step off the Magna Carta and travel through the countryside to Oxford for a tour of Christ Church, Oxford’s grandest college, with a fascinating history, including where Lewis Carrol wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. We return to our barge and after lunch, cruise the Regatta Mile, where the famous five-day rowing event, a highlight on the English social calendar, which first took place in 1839. Passing through Hambledon Lock, we’ll cruise through fairytale countryside to the medieval village of Hurley. Here you’ll visit a traditional boatyard and watch the craftsmen building and restoring classic wooden craft as they have for generations, before dropping in to Ye Olde Belle, reputed to be England’s oldest inn.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Dating back to 1666, Cliveden was once owned by the aristocratic Astor family. Enjoy a tour of the magnificent gardens which include a parterre, Chinese water garden and topiary, before being invited inside the main house where you’ll be served a traditional afternoon tea and be entertained with a ‘butler’s talk’. Your butler will reveal all the secrets and scandals of Cliveden’s history including its intriguing role in the Profumo affair.


This morning the Magna Carta continues along the Thames, past the riverside towns of Marlow, Bourne End before entering into the spectacular Clivedon reach where we have special permission to moor at Cliveden house itself. After spending time at the grand manor, you’ll cruise on this afternoon to the picturesque village of Cookham, where the Magna Carta will moor for the night.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Spend time in the village that Sir Stanley Spencer, one of England’s most famous artists described as ‘Heaven on Earth’. Much of his work was painted in and around the village. Visit his gallery and view some of his paintings. This afternoon we cruise though Maidenhead and Boulters Lock, past fabulous waterside homes in Bray and down to the heart of Windsor. Here you’ll enjoy a visit and private tour of Dorney Court, owned by the Palmer family for more than 13 generations. King Henry VIII has stayed here and the manor is regularly used for filming including Poirot and more recently The Other Boleyn Girl.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today’s royal experiences include a guided tour of Windsor Castle. Famous for being the largest inhabited castle in the world, it was built by William the Conqueror following his victory in 1066 and has been a royal home for over 900 years. Back on board for this afternoon’s cruise, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the castle and down through the fields of Runnymede. Later we’ll moor at Bell Weir Lock which is adjacent to a luxury spa hotel, where it is possible to visit and use the facilities including pool, sauna and steam room. Feeling relaxed and revitalised, our cruise continues on to a secluded overnight mooring near Shepperton.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Set off on a guided tour with Lesley Ronaldson, the world’s leading expert on Hampton Court Palace. Lesley has lived here for almost three decades and she will enthral you with her academic knowledge, humorous anecdotes and tales of the Palace’s famous residents. Wander around King Henry VIII's apartments and the Royal Chapel, feel the chill in the haunted gallery, view Cardinal Wolsey's closet and stroll through the Tudor kitchens. Outside, in the magnificent gardens, see the world-famous maze and the Great Vine, the oldest in the world, which still produces grapes.


Enjoy a relaxing morning cruising through Surrey countryside, passing riverside towns and navigating the locks of Sunbury and Molesey. Arrive at your mooring right outside the gates of Hampton Court Palace. After lunch enjoy an exclusive guided tour of this magnificent palace, the finest Tudor building in existence. This evening your final delicious meal on board will be an extra special Captain’s Gala Dinner.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Following breakfast, disembark and be transferred to London airport for your onward flight.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

The Athenaeum Hotel

Overlooking Green Park, the family-run Athenaeum Hotel offers bespoke luxury in the heart of Mayfair.

Magna Carta, Luxury Barge

With just 8 guests and expert crew, the Magna Carta luxury floating barge hotel is a unique way to cruise the Thames.

Private Chef Onboard

Travelling with you onboard the Magna Carta is your own private chef who will prepare gourmet meals every day.

We know that great service is more than just taking care of you on holiday… it’s the unprecedented warmth, care and consideration you’ll be afforded from your first call until after your return home