Hampton Court Palace to Henley-on-Thames

If your passion is Antiques and antique furniture hunting, then why not combine this love with a luxury cruise on Magna CartaCruise the Royal river Thames and stop off at many interesting Antique centres and Historic buildings brimming with examples of the finest antiquity available anywhere in the world…

Sunday, Magna Carta Antiques cruise Day 1
London – Kingston-on-Thames – Hampton Court Palace
Meet the Captain at The Stafford Hotel in London at 2pm before being transferred to the Magna Carta.En-route we stop in Twickenham at the Phelps Antique Centre. Phelps’ 20 vast showrooms of well over 12000 square feet contain one of the largest and finest collections of antiques for sale in the south of England.Champagne reception and welcome by the Captain. Early evening cruise to Hampton Court Palace, former Tudor Palace of Henry VIII, where we moor for the night. Dinner aboard.
Monday, Magna Carta Antiques cruise Day 2
Hampton Court Palace – Shepperton
Morning excursion to Antiquarius, another superb center in fashionable Kings Rd Chelsea. Here are a collection of dealers offering silver, jewelry, period costumes, art, glass, sporting memorabilia and much more.Back at Hampton Court Palace, we have time to visit the state apartments of Henry VIII, whose 5th wife Catherine Howard is said to haunt the Great Hall of this, the finest Tudor Palace in existence. Wander through the beautiful Royal gardens and maze. In the afternoon enjoy a meandering cruise upstream following the course of the Thames to Shepperton. This evening we will invite a Guest Speaker from a London centre to entertain and stay for dinner aboard.
Tuesday, Magna Carta Antiques cruise Day 3
Shepperton – Runnymede
Morning cruise after breakfast to Runnymede. We moor at Bell Weir Lock adjacent to a luxury spa hotel, The Runnymede, where we have the opportunity to visit the spa and use the pool and elaborate leisure facilities.We then cruise past Runnymede, where King John faced the powerful barons and signed the ‘Magna Carta’ in 1215 as well as viewing the J F Kennedy Memorial.Optional visit into nearby Wraysbury where we visit Clive Rodgers, a premier dealer of antique oriental rugs. Dinner aboard.
Wednesday, Magna Carta Antiques cruise Day 4
Runnymede – Windsor
This morning we cruise to Windsor before enjoying lunch on board.After lunch we have an afternoon excursion toWindsor Castle. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066 and inhabited for over 900 years by the Royal Family.Moor on a private island with a unique view of the Castle.Walking across the bridge into Eton High Street, we have time to explore the numerous antique furniture and art dealers.We may also view Eton College, England’s most famous school. Dinner aboard.
Thursday, Magna Carta Antiques cruise Day 5
Windsor – Cookham
Leaving Royal Windsor behind us we cruise past fabulous waterside homes through the spectacular Clivedon reach and the open English countryside.We moor in Cookham, once described as ‘Heaven on Earth’ by artist Stanley Spencer, one of England’s greatest and most eccentric painters, whose gallery we visit.Tonight, Willie and Sally Clegg from ‘The Country Seat’ will give an entertaining presentation of antique police truncheons before joining us for dinner aboard.
Friday, Magna Carta Antiques cruise Day 6
Cookham – Hurley – Henley
A morning cruise to the village of Hurley where we have time to wander Peter Freebody�s boatyard where we can watch in wonder at the traditional craftsman at work.Return to the barge for lunch before cruising to Henley on Thames, along the famous Henley Regatta Course.This afternoon we visit the Nettlebed antique merchants and ‘The Country Seat’, a tithe barn full of the most interesting collection of fine antiques. Architect designed furniture from 19th and 20th centuries and related art, pottery, metalwork and glass.Captain’s Farewell Dinner aboard.
Saturday, Magna Carta Antiques cruise Day 7
Henley – London
Following breakfast, disembark at 10 am and return to London.