Luxury river barge cruise vacations on the English hotel barge MAGNA CARTA cruising the Royal River Thames. Based in London England. English Hotel Barge MAGNA CARTA - Royal Thames River Cruises -

English Hotel Barge MAGNA CARTA
Cruising the Royal River Thames
between Hampton Court to Henley-on-Thames, England

West End Theatre Cruise — Sample Itinerary

Thames map
Map of Magna Carta's Route Along The Thames

Sunday, Day 1 - London to St Katharine's Dock

Afternoon High Tea at London's beautiful Stafford Hotel. At 16.00 hrs you will be transported to The Magna Carta, moored at St. Katharine's Dock and invited to our Champagne Reception. You will be welcomed by the Crew and your West End Theatre Host will be on board to explain the week's plans and Theatre Itinerary. Dinner is aboard.

Monday, Day 2 - Thames Barrier

Today we take a round-trip cruise to the Thames Barrier, seeing some of London's most historic sights; The Tower of London, Greenwich and the famous tea clipper Cutty Sark, the Royal Naval College and the Millennium Dome. Return to St Katherine's Dock, renovated in the 1970's with its swing bridge, boutique shops and Yacht haven. Lunch is on board. We may take the celebrated "Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Backstage Tour" in the afternoon, followed by a pre-theatre dinner in the West End. 19.30 hrs. curtain up on your first West End Theatre Performance, following which you will be chauffeured back to the Magna Carta for canapés and drinks.

Tuesday, Day 3 - St Katherine's Dock to Chiswick

We cruise from St Katherine's Dock to Chiswick. Lunch is on board. We may visit Covent Garden Market and the Theatre Museum. There may also be time for shopping and other London sights, depending on the River Thames' tides. A light dinner on The Magna Carta is at 17.00. Then transfers into The West End for your second Theatre Performance. Return to The Magna Carta for canapés and drinks.

Wednesday, Day 4 - Chiswick to Richmond

Today you cruise from Chiswick Pier to Richmond. In the morning, conducted by your Theatre Host, you may take "Shakespeare's Globe" tour, followed by a smoked salmon and champagne picnic lunch, specially prepared by the chef of the Magna Carta. 14.00 hrs. enjoy the matinee performance in the Globe Theatre's top price seats - your third Theatre visit. Transfers back to The Magna Carta, for your special mid-cruise cocktails and dinner on board. This evening also sees a surprise visit to the Magna Carta by one of the top Theatre or Variety artistes. Your after-dinner entertainment will round off the perfect West-end Theatre cruise Day and will be a hilarious evening you are unlikely to forget.

Thursday, Day 5 - Richmond to Hampton Court

In the morning, we cruise from Richmond, past the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew, to Hampton Court, the former Tudor Palace of Henry VIII. Lunch is on board. In the afternoon, there will be a guided tour of Hampton Court and you may wander through the beautiful Royal Gardens and get lost in the late seventeenth century maze. An early light dinner on board will be served before your chauffeur transfers you to your theatre for your fourth and final evening performance. As before, your host will be there to greet you at the theatre and delicious late-evening snacks and drinks will be served on board following your return to The Magna Carta.

Friday, Day 6 - Hampton Court to Windsor

The final cruise of the week is from Hampton Court to Runnymede and then onto Windsor in the afternoon. Upon arrival at Runnymede, we moor at Bell Weir Lock adjacent to a luxury spa hotel. You have the opportunity to visit the spa before cruising through Runnymede itself, where King John faced the powerful barons and signed the "Magna Carta" in 1215. Lunch is served on board. Arriving at Windsor in the afternoon, we visit Windsor Castle, built by William the Conqueror and inhabited for over 900 years by The Royal Family. You are then invited to the Captain's Dinner, which will be followed by a wonderful "Farewell Musical Soiree", performed on board by West End Artistes.

Saturday, Day 7 - Windsor

Following breakfast, disembark the barge for your transfer to the designated drop off point.

NOTE: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.

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