Our family cruise charter is tailored to your indivdual needs and there are plenty of opportunities for family fun as we cruise along the Royal river Thames
|Sunday, Magna Carta Family cruise Day 1|
|Your Captain, Dominic Read, meets you for Afternoon Tea at 3pm at The Stafford Hotel in London before all departing at 4pm for Magna Carta, moored in Henley, to be shown to your Suites before a Champagne Reception on board. Dinner on board|
|Monday, Magna Carta Family cruise Day 2|
|Henley-on-Thames is surely one of the most picturesque riverside towns and famous for the annual regatta, the most important amateur rowing tournament in the world.We have time this morning to explore the fantastic River and Rowing Museum.Learn in a hands on environment, see the story of Henley its people and history and experience the thrills of rowing its quest for speed.
This afternoon we cruise down the famous Regatta mile, through spectacular countryside and to the ancient village of Hurley where we tie to mature trees adjacent to a field and stay overnight. Plenty of time for a cycle ride or a game of boules by the riverside. Dinner on board.
|Tuesday, Magna Carta Family cruise Day 3|
|We start the day with a walk around the village Hurley.We visit Peter Freebody’s boatyard where craftsmen build and restore wooden launches, the men will lay down their tools for a moment to share with us their love of their trade. Within the village we discover the church (1067) and Ye Olde Bell (1135), the oldest inn in the country. Back aboard Magna Carta we cruise down through Marlow and Bourne End to Cookham.This afternoon we are taken to Bekonscot, an unforgettable day out for everyone. This unique piece of our heritage is just waiting to be explored by children and adults alike. The world famous model villages and model railway continue to delight. Dinner on board.|
|Wednesday, Magna Carta Family cruise Day 4|
|Our morning cruise to Windsor takes us through some of the most spectacular river scenery in existence.Below Maidenhead some fine riverside dwellings are home to the rich and famous, while the approaches to Windsor give the finest views of the Castle.This afternoon we have two options: A tour of Eton College. Founded by King Henry VI in 1440 Eton now educates 1270 boys between the ages of 13 and 18. The history is tangible as we explore the Chapel, Cloisters, Museum and other fascinating areas.
Alternatively, we can visit Legoland. This award winning park has every thing needed for a magical afternoon. Educational attractions, fantastic rides, 4D Theatre, Stunt shows, Boat driving schools etc. Dinner on board.
|Thursday, Magna Carta Family cruise Day 5|
|Again this morning we have two options:A chance to visit Windsor Castle. Built by William the Conqueror soon after 1066, the castle is the largest inhabited in the world, and one of the present Queen’s favourite homes. We see the State Apartments, St George’s chapel, Queen Mary’s dolls house and the grounds.Alternatively, we can go Ice Skating at a local rink.In the afternoon we cruise to Runnymede. The river forms a natural mote around the castle and our view of it keeps changing as we cruise through Datchet and Old Windsor.
We pass Magna Carta Island where in 1215 the powerful barons confronted King John and forced him to sign the document from which our barge takes her name. Moored outside the Runnymede hotel we can visit the luxurious spa and make use of the pool. Sauna and steam rooms. Dinner on board.
|Friday, Magna Carta Family cruise Day 6|
|Morning cruise via Shepperton and Sunbury to Hampton Court Palace.This afternoon once again we have a choice.Hampton Court Palace is best known through its connection with King Henry VIII between 1528 and 1547 but it has seen 500 years of royal occupation. Adults will be enthralled by the history, architecture and gardens while the younger guests may get lost in the world famous maze or enjoy a tour with an expert guide in full historical costume.Alternatively, we can visit Thorpe Park - a fabulous theme park. Here are just a sample of the rides – feel the heat on the Nemesis Inferno, fall through time on the Quantum, ride Colossus – the world’s first ten looping roller coaster, defy gravity and plummet 100ft on Detonator.
Captain’s gala dinner aboard Magna Carta.
|Saturday, Magna Carta Family cruise Day 7|
|Following breakfast, disembark at 10 am and return to London.|