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Magna Carta: Luxury River Cruises in England on the Thames River Cruise In England On The Thames River Aboard The Deluxe Hotel-Barge MAGNA CARTA


BARGE CRUISES: SEVEN DAYS/SIX NIGHTS
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The captain's suite is an original part of the ship, and has a living room, bedroom and shower room. For charter only this accommodation may be made available, thus enabling Magna Carta to carry 9 or 10 passengers.

The upper deck has a salon with tinted picture windows and panoramic views on three sides. Four Italian leather sofas provide comfortable seating adjacent to the fully stocked bar. There is also a library with reference books, ames, and a comprehensive CD collection with music to suit many different tastes. The dining area is close to the professional galley where your meals will be created for you by your onboard Chef.

From the salon, you can walk out to the split-level sun decks where you will find a hardwood table with parasol, chairs and steamer chairs. There are safety railings all round and sunk within the upper level is a large Jacuzzi. Service is second to none with a crew of four that includes the Captain/owner, a master Chef, a hostess and deck hand.

The Captain and owner, Dominic Read, will meet you at a top London hotel for tea, before personally escorting you to the Magna Carta where he will be both your Captain and private tour guide for the week. While you are on board, your every need will be taken care of by your crew and you will enjoy the finest cuisine with paired wines.

The wheelhouse is the nerve center of the ship. For anyone interested in another view from the Magna Carta, with the added opportunity of hearing river tales or even trying their hand at the wheel, this is where you need to be.

Experience a unique cruise that combines a tour of the city and Great Britain's most famous river. Take in the Capital's most famous sights and enjoy a unique look at the spectacular waterway that has been so important in London's history. From the Thames Barrier, erected to prevent flooding, cruise westwards to Windsor Castle, the largest inhabited castle in the world. This is a cruise of great contrasts that takes guests from beautiful bustling cultural London into the pastoral English countryside of Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

We have cruised on the Magna Carta and visited it many times and know that Dominic, the owner and captain, will always provide an excellent cruise -- and is a great tour guide himself! Please note that the Magna Carta is offering several excursions to Downton Abbey in April and May 2017 -- see the itinerary below


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Dining Aboard The Magna Carta:
SAMPLE MENU

A taste of the gourmet cuisine served aboard the Magna Carta. BREAKFAST
LUNCH
DINNER
DESSERTS
SAMPLE WINE LIST Les Damnée des Prieur, Sancerre; Domaine de la Croix Jacquelet, Faiveley Montagny; Les Pontilles, Sauvignon Blanc; Don Cayetano Merlot Baroncini Rosso di Montalcino

Passenger Comments:


A great time and lots of personal attention! Accommodations were plush and large and the service was excellent...we felt thoroughly pampered. My wife and I highly recommend a barge trip on the Magna Carta. What a wonderful way to experience the English countryside. There are no worries when you spend a week on the river while being spoiled by such excellent service.
R & P C., MN, USA, October 2010

The barge trip was extremely comfortable; I had a wonderful cabin with a king-sized bed and had a good night's sleep every night of the cruise. I have to add, of course, that the ever-flowing "Cosmopolitans" contributed to the sleep! The meals were prepared by an excellent young chef, Ryan, and it was a delight to look forward to his imaginative and delicious cuisine. The two girls on staff, Laura and Jane, were incredibly hospitable and efficient. Our Captain was a real gentleman, who made us quite "at home" throughout the cruise. The fact that we were blessed with good weather contributed to the experience of the wonderful Thames, with its many locks and charming houses along the way.I found that my expectations were exceeded in every way.
E.K., MA, USA, June 2009

It was very nice. The crew were all great, very helpful. The food was good and all of the excursions were well planned out. Dominic was extremely helpful, above and beyond the call of duty!
D & D A., NJ, USA, April 2008

SAMPLE ITINERARY*
ENGLAND: Thames River
Hampton Court to Henley-on-Thames 2017

Sunday - Hampton Court Palace
Guests are met at the Stafford Hotel in Central London for afternoon English Cream Tea, before being transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Magna Carta. Champagne reception and welcome by the Captain and crew. Dinner on board.

Monday - Hampton Court Palace to Runnymede
This morning we explore the magnificent Hampton Court Palace. We tour Henry VIII's apartments and the Royal Chapel, feel the chill in the haunted gallery and wonder at the Tudor kitchens. Outside, the gardens are breathtaking with The Great Vine, the oldest in the country still producing grapes and the famous maze. After lunch, we cruise through a number of locks including Sunbury and Molesey to moor at Runnymede. Dinner on board.

Tuesday - Runnymede to Windsor

After breakfast, we have the option to use the spa facilities of the newly refurbished Runnymede-on-Thames Hotel. Then we cruise to Windsor, past the Magna Carta Memorial and Magna Carta Island where in 1215, King John was forced to put meet the powerful barons and seal the historic document. Our afternoon excursion is to Windsor Castle. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066 and a royal home for over 900 years by the Royal Family, this is the largest inhabited castle in the world. We explore the State Apartments, see Queen Mary's Dolls House, St George's Chapel and enjoy the far-reaching views. Dinner on board.

Wednesday - Windsor to Cookham
This morning we take a short drive to the Tudor manor house of Dorney Court, a very special home that has been owned by the Palmer family for more than 450 years and used regularly as a film location. Later, we cruise upstream past the fabulous waterside houses of Bray and through the spectacular Cliveden Reach to moor en route at Cliveden House itself. Once home to the Astor family, it has amazing gardens and was, of course, the scene of much political scandal and intrique. Late afternoon cruise to Cookham. Dinner on board.

Thursday - Cookham to Hurley
After breakfast, we visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham and take a walk around the village he once described as "Heaven on Earth", before cruising through Marlow to Hurley. We tour Peter Freebody's boatyard nearby and watch in wonder as the traditional craftsmen build and restore classic wooden craft. We have time to explore the ancient village, including Ye Olde Bell, reputed to be the oldest inn in the country, before returning to the hotel barge. Dinner on board.

Friday - Hurley to Henley-on-Thames
A morning cruise to Henley-on-Thames through fabulous countryside to our final mooring along the famous Henley Regatta Rowing Course. Then, an earlier lunch, followed by a drive to Oxford for a fascinating tour of Christ Church, Oxford's grandest college, founded by Cardinal Wolsey and then again by King Henry VIII. The magnificent surroundings were also where Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday - Henley-on-Thames

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Central London.

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

SAMPLE ITINERARY*
ENGLAND: Thames River
Henley-on-Thames to Hampton Court 2017
Downton Abbey Visits on April 9, 16, 30, May 28, July 9, 16, 30 and August 6, 2017

Sunday - London to Henley-on-Thames
Guests are met at the Stafford Hotel in central London for afternoon English Cream Tea, before being transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the Magna Carta.  Enjoy a champagne welcome and an introduction to your crew, and perhaps an evening stroll along the towpath. Dinner on board.

Monday - Henley-on-Thames to Hurley

After breakfast, we drive to Oxford for a fascinating tour of Christ Church, Oxford's grandest college, founded by Cardinal Wolsey and then again by King Henry VIII. The magnificent surroundings were also where Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland. After lunch, we cruise the famous Regatta Mile, where every July, rowing teams from around the world compete in front of Champagne and Pimms-fuelled crowds, then continue through fabulous countryside to Hurley. Here we tour Peter Freebody's boatyard nearby and watch the traditional craftsmen build and restore classic wooden craft.  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 hotel barge.  Dinner on board.

Tuesday - Hurley to Cliveden to Cookham

This morning, we drive to Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey), one of England's most beautiful Victorian Castles set amidst 1,000 acres of spectacular parkland. The Carnarvon family has lived at Highclere since 1679, and the current Castle stands on the site of an earlier house, which in turn was built on the foundations of the medieval palace owned by the Bishops of Winchester for some 800 years. Longstanding friend of the Carnarvon family, Julian Fellowes had Highclere Castle in mind as he wrote Downton Abbey. He often commented he wanted a house which spectacularly testified to the confidence and soaring optimism of the Edwardian period. After lunch, we cruise through Marlow to Cookham where we visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham which celebrates the paintings of one of England's greatest and most eccentric artists. We also take a walk around the village he once described as "Heaven on Earth" and where he painted much of his work. Dinner on board.

Wednesday - Cookham to Windsor
We cruise this morning into the spectacular Cliveden Reach where we have special permission to moor at the house itself. Cliveden was once owned by the Astor family, though the original house dates back to 1666. The property has glorious gardens that include a Parterre, Chinese water garden and wonderful topiary and was, of course, the scene of much political intrique and scandal. Our afternoon cruise takes us through Maidenhead and Boulters Lock (made famous in Victorian times), past the fabulous waterside homes of Bray to our mooring right in the heart of Royal Windsor. Dinner on board.

Thursday - Windsor to Shepperton

A morning tour of Windsor Castle, a short walk from our mooring. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066 and a royal home for over 900 years, this is the largest inhabited castle in the world. We explore the State Apartments and St George's Chapel, see Queen Mary's Dolls House and enjoy the far-reaching views. During lunch, we cruise and enjoy breathtaking views of the castle past the meadows of Runnymede and Magna Carta Island where in 1215 King John was forced to meet the powerful barons and seal the historical document which became the very first Bill of Rights. We have the option to us the spa facilities of the Runnymede-on-Thames Hotel, then continue our cruise to our secluded overnight mooring near Shepperton lock. Dinner on board.

Friday - Shepperton to Hampton Court Palace

After breakfast we spend the morning cruising through countryside and the delightful riverside towns and locks of Sunbury and Molesey to our special final mooring right by Hampton Court Palace. After lunch, we explore the magnificent Palace, touring Henry VIII’s apartments and the Royal Chapel, feel the chill in the haunted gallery and wonder at the Tudor kitchens. Outside, the gardens are stunning, with The Great Vine, the oldest in the country still producing grapes and the famous maze. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday - Hampton Court Palace to London
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to central London.

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




Magna Carta
2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 2 Henley-Hampton Court Value
Apr 9 Hampton Court-Henley Value
Apr 16 Henley-Hampton Court Value
Apr 23 Hampton Court-Henley Value
Apr 30 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
May 7 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
May 14 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
May 21 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
May 28 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Jun 4 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Jun 11 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Jun 18 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Jun 25 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Jul 2 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Jul 9 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 16 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Jul 23 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Jul 30 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Aug 6 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Aug 13 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Aug 20 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Aug 27 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Sep 3 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Sep 10 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Sep 17 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Sep 24 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Oct 1 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Oct 8 Hampton Court-Henley Value
Oct 15 Henley-Hampton Court Value
Oct 22 Hampton Court-Henley Value

2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 2 Henley-Hampton Court Value
Apr 9 Hampton Court-Henley Value
Apr 16 Henley-Hampton Court Value
Apr 23 Hampton Court-Henley Value
Apr 30 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
May 7 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
May 14 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
May 21 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
May 28 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Jun 4 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Jun 11 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Jun 18 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Jun 25 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Jul 2 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Jul 9 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 16 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Jul 23 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Jul 30 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Aug 6 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Aug 13 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Aug 20 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Aug 27 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Sep 3 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Sep 10 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Sep 17 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Sep 24 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Oct 1 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Oct 8 Hampton Court-Henley Value
Oct 15 Henley-Hampton Court Value
Oct 22 Hampton Court-Henley Value

Magna Carta
2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Mar 25 Hampton Court-Henley Value
Apr 1 Henley-Hampton Court Value
Apr 8 Hampton Court-Henley Value
Apr 15 Henley-Hampton Court Value
Apr 22 Hampton Court-Henley Value
Apr 29 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
May 6 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
May 13 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
May 20 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
May 27 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Jun 3 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Jun 10 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Jun 17 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Jun 24 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Jul 1 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Jul 8 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 15 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Jul 22 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Jul 29 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Aug 5 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Aug 12 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Aug 19 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Aug 26 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Sep 2 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Sep 9 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Sep 16 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Sep 23 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Sep 30 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Oct 7 Hampton Court-Henley Value
Oct 14 Henley-Hampton Court Value
Oct 21 Hampton Court-Henley Value

2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Mar 25 Hampton Court-Henley Value
Apr 1 Henley-Hampton Court Value
Apr 8 Hampton Court-Henley Value
Apr 15 Henley-Hampton Court Value
Apr 22 Hampton Court-Henley Value
Apr 29 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
May 6 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
May 13 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
May 20 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
May 27 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Jun 3 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Jun 10 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Jun 17 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Jun 24 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Jul 1 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Jul 8 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 15 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Jul 22 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Jul 29 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Aug 5 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Aug 12 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Aug 19 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Aug 26 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Sep 2 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Sep 9 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Sep 16 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Sep 23 Hampton Court-Henley Regular
Sep 30 Henley-Hampton Court Regular
Oct 7 Hampton Court-Henley Value
Oct 14 Henley-Hampton Court Value
Oct 21 Hampton Court-Henley Value

*Note: Cruise directions and sample itineraries may be in reverse and are subject to change and may depend on bookings and local navigation conditions. Alternate excursions of equal appeal are substituted when needed. For charter cruises special itineraries can be arranged.




MAGNA CARTA
2017 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE VALUE
Mar 26 thru Apr 29
Oct 8 thru Oct 28
REGULAR
Apr 30 thru Oct 7
Suite (per person, double occupancy)
$4,550
$5,350
Suite Single Supplement
$1,450
$1,650
Charter for 6
$30,900
$35,900
Charter for 7
$32,300
$37,500
Charter for 8
$33,700
$39,100
Three Night Suite (per person, double occ)
$3,050
NA
Three Night Single Supplement
$900
NA
Three Night Charter for 6
$20,600
NA
Three Night Charter for 7
$21,400
NA
Three Night Charter for 8
$22,200
NA
Walking Charter Supplement for 6-8
$2,800
$2,800
Tennis Supplement (4 person minimum)
$410
$410
Golf Supplement (pp w/ 4 players minimum)
$940
$940


NOTES:
- Walking cruises include daily walking with a professional Walking Guide.
- Tennis Cruises include pre booked and paid courts and transfer to and from the clubs.
- Only those golfing pay the supplement. Not all persons on a golf charter must play golf.
- Golf cruises include 4 pre booked tee times and transfers to and from the clubs.

Magna Carta is also available for Flower Show & Garden Cruises.
- Includes a wonderful itinerary with visits to the famous and beautiful gardens in Southern England
  as well as a day at either Hampton Court or Chelsea Flower Show.
- Chelsea Show: Cruise departure May each year
- Hampton Court Show: Cruise departure July each year

MAGNA CARTA
2018 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE VALUE
Mar 25 thru Apr 28
Oct 7 thru Oct 27
REGULAR
Apr 29 thru Oct 6
Suite (per person, double occupancy)
$4,550
$5,350
Suite Single Supplement
$1,450
$1,650
Charter for 6
$30,900
$35,900
Charter for 7
$32,300
$37,500
Charter for 8
$33,700
$39,100


What's Included
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge, all cabins with private bath
- Transfers from London to the barge and return
- All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday
- All wines with lunches and dinners
- Open bar
- All escorted side-excursions (golf, etc. at additional cost)
- Use of bicycles

3-night cruise:
- 4 days and 3 nights on the barge, all cabins with private bath
- Transfers from Windsor and Eton Riverside train station to the barge and return
- All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Wednesday (or Wednesday to Saturday)
- All wines with lunches and dinners
- Open bar
- All escorted side-excursions
- Use of bicycles

What's Not Included
- Overseas air transportation to London and return
- Suggested 5-10% gratuity for the crew, to be paid in equivalent British Pound Sterling to the captain




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