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Magna Carta
sleeps: 1-8
bedrooms: 4
bathrooms: 4
amenities: Maid or Cook

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Magna Carta luxury cruise vacations along the Royal river Thames, England
The 8 passenger Magna Carta is one of the finest, most luxurious vessels cruising the British Isles. The ambience created by combining a traditional barge hull (1936) and fine mahogany, teak and oak woods is outstanding. Magna Carta has the most sophisticated modern amenities, including air conditioning, underfloor heating, color tv/dvd and exceptionally spacious contemporary en-suite facilities in the four full width staterooms. The upper deck saloon and dining areas sport picture windows and stylish furnishings, and there is a jacuzzi on the upper sun-deck. Her experienced Captain knows the Thames well and your Master Chef will produce a range of mouth watering dishes, whilst you enjoy the sights of London and the home counties from your luxury floating hotel, navigating England's Royal River. Two house keepers complete the crew of four.
cruise highlights
cuisine aboard * All-inclusive - open bar, free wines, gourmet cuisine, entry fees to excursions * Visit London's world famous sites * Moor in beautifully restored St Katharine's dock * Visit Tudor Hampton Court Henry VIII's palace * Moor beneath Windsor's Royal palace * Visit the Stanley Spencer Art gallery * Lunch at a top London hotel * Optional Hot Air Ballooning 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 cheese board Red Leicester, Caerphilly, White Cheshire

Magna Carta Itinerary
Hampton Court Palace to Henley-on-Thames
Sunday, Magna Carta Standard cruise Day 1 - Kingston-on-Thames - Hampton Court Palace Meet the Captain 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 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 Standard cruise Day 2 - Hampton Court Palace - Shepperton Morning excursion to visit the state apartments of Henry VIII, whose 5th wife Catherine Howard is said to haunt the Great Hall and Gallery of Hampton Court, 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. Dinner aboard Tuesday, Magna Carta Standard cruise Day 3 - Shepperton - Runnymeade Morning cruise to Runnymede. We moor at Bell Weir Lock adjacent to a luxury spa hotel. After lunch we have the opportunity to visit the spa and use the facilities including pool, sauna and steam room. Beauty therapies, massages and other treatments are available but are best booked in advance. Our tour for the afternoon takes us a short distance to the Magna Carta memorial. Here in 1215 King John was forced to meet the powerful barons and seal this historic document which took away absolute power from the King and later became the basis for the American Bill of Rights. We also visit the JFK Memorial and the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial before moving on to Savill Gardens, part of Windsor Great Park and containing a wealth of diverse plants and shrubs. Dinner aboard. Wednesday, Magna Carta Standard cruise Day 4 - Runnymeade - Windsor This morning we cruise to Windsor before enjoying lunch on board. Afternoon excursion to Windsor Castle. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066 and inhabited for over 900 years by the Royal Family, this is the largest inhabited castle in the world. We explore the State Apartments, Queen Mary's Dolls House and St George's Chapel and enjoy the far-reaching views from its elevated fortress position. Late afternoon cruise to our private moorings. Dinner aboard Thursday, Magna Carta Standard 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, Spencer would transpose biblical scenes into his surroundings. We visit his gallery and take a walk around the village he loved so much and painted so frequently. Dinner aboard. Friday, Magna Carta Standard cruise Day 6 - Cookham - Henley-on-Thames 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. We have time to explore the ancient village including Ye Olde Belle, reputed to be the oldest inn in the country, before returning to the barge. After lunch we cruise to Henley on Thames, our final approach being along the famous Henley Regatta Course. Once we arrive in Henley we will visit the award winning River and Rowing museum. Afterwards there is plenty of time to explore the town for shopping opportunities and browse in antique shops before returning to Magna Carta for the Captains Farewell Dinner aboard. Saturday, Magna Carta Standard cruise Day 7 - Henley-on-Thames to London Following breakfast, disembark at 10 am and return to London. NOTE: On alternate weeks, cruise will be in reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. Magna Carta Meeting point: Sunday 3 pm, The Stafford Hotel, St James's Place, London, SW1A 1NJ Tel 020 7493 0111 Fax 020 7493 7121 Email Web Site:

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