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England

The famous River Thames winds its way through the beautiful green countryside of England, past historic towns and cities and quintessential English villages with their riverside pubs and immaculate village greens. This is the home of cricket and afternoon tea, picnics on the riverbank and gentle strolls through Royal Parks, not to mention awe-inspiring towns and cities steeped in history.


Regional Highlights

  • Windsor Castle & Eton College - prestigious landmark buildings, famous the world over. The flag flies when the Queen is at home!
  • Oxford - the city of a thousand church spires where Britain's alumni have been educated for centuries ; go to nearby Boar's Hill for spectacular views over the city
  • Henley-on-Thames - home to England's most famous summer regatta
  • Hampton Court Palace - King Henry VIII's impressive Tudor residence with stunning Baroque additions
  • An amazing variety of birds and wildlife - Kingfishers, herons and graceful mute swans (which all belong to the Queen) as well as otters, llamas and herds of rare-breed cattle.
  • Quintessential English villages such as Marlow, Cookham , Pangbourne and Datchet with 14th century houses and oak-beamed waterside pubs
  • Spectacular homes of pop stars and film stars , the famous film studios at Bray, Windsor and Ascot racecourses, and the magnificent stately home and country house hotel, Cliveden House,

The famous River Thames winds its way through the beautiful green countryside of England, past historic towns and cities and quintessential English villages with their riverside pubs and immaculate village greens. This is the home of cricket and afternoon tea, picnics on the riverbank and gentle strolls through Royal Parks, not to mention awe-inspiring towns and cities steeped in history.

Visit the world-famous historic sites of Windsor Castle, Eton College, Hampton Court Palace and Cliveden House, have family fun at nearby Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures and Legoland and enjoy everything in between from Michelin-starred restaurants to eclectic art galleries and peaceful strolls through nature reserves. This is river cruising at its regal best!

Here are some cruising suggestions...

Short Breaks

The Willow Tree Short Break Cruise
Benson - Goring - Benson
(75 km - 28 locks - 14 hrs)

  • When approaching Henley-on-Thames, you gaze at a postcard-perfect scene — sculling crews row sleek craft, and colourful waterfront pubs and shops look inviting.
  • You know you’re in the midst of quintessential England, so you stop for a lunch of roast beef and Yorksrent pudding washed down with a pint of local ale, a favourite on River Thames cruises!

Duration: 3 nights
Cruise Type: return trip


Week Breaks

The Scholars Cruise
Benson - Oxford - Henley - Benson
(186 km - 30 locks - 32 hrs)

  • England’s city of learning, venerable Oxford, rises in understated grandeur over the shimmering blue of the Thames.
  • You’re all set to go ashore to sightsee , shop, dine and trek the river’s excellent trail.
  • The laid-back quality of the landscape has soothed you, and you’re glad you made sure your Thames riverboat cruise included some bird-watching at Benson Lock.

Duration: one week
Cruise Type: return trip


The Royal Cruise
Benson - Windsor - Benson
(135 km - 36 locks - 30 hrs)

  • You have fun trying to make the palace guards at Windsor Castle smile, but you don’t succeed! Then you take a picnic lunch to the Royal Gardens to relax under the warm sun, vastly content from the rigors of the morning.
  • Royal Cruise boat vacations on the Thames have bewitched with the grand castles and homes you’ve seen so far!

Duration: one week
Cruise Type: return trip

The Majestic Cruise
Chertsey - Windsor - Kingston - upon -Thames - Chertsey
(70 km - 14 locks - 12 hrs)

  • Standing in front of the stately Hampton Court Palace near Kingston-upon-Thames, you think about King Henry VIII, who once lived there.
  • You spend time sightseeing, and then your Majestic Cruise boat vacations on the Thames lure you past Chertsey to incredible Windsor Castle.
  • Along the way, you stop often at waterside pubs for a bit of steak and kidney pie!

Duration: one week
Cruise Type: return trip 

One way cruise

The Heart of England Cruise
Chertsey - Benson (or vice versa)
(128 km - 30 locks - 24 hrs)

  • Hampton Court Palace, once the home of King Henry VIII, looms above you and the circular fountain in front murmurs in the background.
  • You smile as you recall the varied charms of your Thames riverboat cruise, a unique way to travel!
  • The world just looks different from a boat, and you know that now at the end of the trip! Cycling, pubs, historic sites — it was all part of the fun!

Duration: one week


 

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Horizon

5 stars 2 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Horizon boat has been designed exclusively for Le Boat with couples in mind ! Small party crew looking for more features and a higher spec now have the perfect option. A large forward stateroom and a roomy ‘fundeck’ on top-deck area and a high level of equipements are making this...

Horizon

5 stars 4 Permanent Berths
Die Horizon wurde exklusiv für Le Boat entwickelt, immer mit dem Gedanken an Paare im Hinterkopf. Kleine Crews, die auf eine umfangreiche Ausstattung Wert legen, haben hiermit jetzt die perfekte Option. Eine große Bugkabine und ein geräumiges Sonnendeck sowie ein insgesamt sehr...
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Horizon 3

5 stars 6 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Horizon 3 has the same high specs and quality finish as other Horizon models. It offers three en-suite bathrooms allowing larger groups to ejoy a good mix of social and private space. Boat Size: 13. 5m x 4. 3m 1 large forward cabin with convertible double bed 2 side cabins with...
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Horizon 4

5 stars 8 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Horizon 4 sleeps up to 9 guests. It is the same size boat as the Horizon 3, just with the master cabin split into two to create a 4th cabin. All four cabins have the privacy of their own en-suite bathrooms and enjoy a spacious sundeck and saloon. Boat Size: 13. 5m x 4. 3m 2 double...

Royal Mystique A

5 stars 4 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Le bateau Royal Mystique A constitue un choix idéal pour les groupes accueillant jusqu'à six personnes. Doté du chauffage et de l'air conditionné, ce modèle intègre un système radio/CD, une TV à écran plat 17 pouces avec...
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Mystique

4 stars 6 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Our comforatble and spacious Mystiques have heating and air-conditioning, radio/CD system and 17-inch flat-screen TV/DVD player, en-suite luxury bathrooms in the three private cabins, and a sundeck with dining table and moulded seating. Lavishly appointed with designer fabrics and upholstery,...
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Royal Mystique A

4 stars 4 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Our Royal Mystique A boat hire can accommodate parties up to six. The canal boats feature heating and air-conditioning, a 17-inch LCD flat-screen TV/DVD player, and a media center with MP3/USB connectivity. The huge sundeck has a fixed table and cushioned seating, plus a sun canopy. Cabins have...
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Calypso

3 stars 6 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Three private staterooms and a double bed converted from the settee in the generous saloon give Calypso boat rentals a maximum capacity of eight. The two rear cabins are luxuriously appointed and have en-suite bathrooms. The saloon features an entertainment center, and the boat sports a giant...
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Caprice

3 stars 4 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
A superb choice for a boat hire in the UK, the Caprice is ideal for parties up to six. The two en-suite staterooms (most offer air-conditioning) are located forward, leaving lots of room in the rear for the saloon and aft deck. The saloon has a radio/CD player and MP3/USB connectivity, and most...
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Elegance

3 stars 6 Permanent Berths
Sleeping a maximum of six, the Elegance boasts three staterooms each fitted with single beds that convert to doubles, allowing sleeping flexibility on your boat holidays. The cabins and three bathrooms with showers are all forward of the generous saloon with its two dining tables and glass sliding...

Magnifique

3 stars 8 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Our Magnifique boat hire is an ideal choice for parties up to 10. The cabins are set fore and aft to enhance privacy, and to give the central saloon prominence. A huge sundeck features a fixed table, cushioned seats, a sun canopy and cool box. Speakers pipe music in. About as upscale as you can...
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Tango

3 stars 4 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Boating holidays aboard a Tango are fun for a family or up to three couples. The big sundeck encourages relaxing and socialising, as does the grand saloon with radio/CD player and MP3/USB connectivity. You’ll absolutely love the bow thrusters, which make manoeuvring around locks and docks...
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Classique

2 stars 8 Permanent Berths
With four cabins, Classique boat rentals sleep a maximum of eight. You’ve got cabins fitted with bunk beds for kids, and singles that convert to doubles. The big saloon with U-shaped settee and large dining table has a radio/CD player with MP3/USB connectivity. These recently upgraded...
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Classique Star

2 stars 8 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Canal boat holidays aboard our Classique Star boat hire are second to none! The boat sleeps a maximum of ten, and the two rear private cabins with en-suite baths provide hotel-style living space. Tasteful décor and abundant light from the big picture windows make the boat’s interior...
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Consul

2 stars 4 Permanent Berths
With comfortable sleeping accommodations for four people, a Consul boat hire is well suited as a cruiser for boat holidays with a couple and two children, or with two couples. These fine canal craft offer elegance throughout, and a saloon that’s ideal for entertaining family and friends....
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Continentale

2 stars 6 Permanent Berths
With three private staterooms, your Continentale canal boat hire is a perfect selection for a maximum party of six. Families or groups of friends will find this boat ideally suited for boating holidays in style and comfort. The new upgrades in cabins, bathrooms, the saloon and the kitchen make...
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Countess

2 stars 4 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Sleeping a maximum of six, the Countess is a great canal boat hire well-appointed with warm and inviting wood cabinets and extensive interior space. The grand saloon has a radio/CD player and the large rear deck is an ideal venue for socialising and watching the scenery glide by! Interior &...
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Crusader

2 stars 6 Permanent Berths
Three separate cabins with en-suite bathrooms give these canal boats unparalleled privacy. This model offers a variety of sleeping arrangements from single and double beds to singles that convert to doubles, making it possible for you to cruise with children, single adults and couples. The...
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Capri TS

1 stars 2 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
Ideal for couples with a single child, a Capri TS boat hire features a nicely appointed private cabin forward with a double bed and a closet. The bathroom is easily accessed via the saloon, which has a spacious dining area across from the L-shaped kitchen equipped with an electric fridge and...

Capri TS

0 stars 2 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
Idéal pour les couples avec un seul enfant, le modèle Capri TS est doté d’une cabine privative bien aménagée à l’avant qui comprend un lit double et un placard. La salle de bain est facilement accessible par le salon, qui est doté...

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