Hampton Court Palace in England.  Photo courtesy of Historic Royal Palaces

Thames River Luxury Cruise & England Tour

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Places Visited

London, River Thames, Hampton Court, Hampton Court Palace...

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Suggested Duration

9 Days

The River Thames weaves through an elaborate patchwork of English history. Eclectically turning through the centuries, it connects royal palaces with 11th-century villages and World War II history with lush country gardens. Serene and sublime, this unique 9-day Thames River cruise tour traverses the paradigms, connecting Hurley-on-Thames with Hampton Court. Split your time between tranquilly cruising through rural England and exploring the mysterious charms of the country's past.

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Trip Highlights

  • Spend nine days tranquilly cruising along England's famous waterway on a luxury canal barge
  • Explore the rich tapestry of history that cascades from the riverfront, including quaint millennia-old villages and mazy riverside gardens
  • Discover the scale and detail of Windsor Castle, residence of Her Royal Majesty and the largest inhabited castle in the world
  • Enjoy closed-door access to sublime estates and gardens, such as Dorney Court and Cliveden Reach
  • See an off-the-beaten-track side to England as you slowly cruise down the river and admire local life
  • Wander through the ancient halls of Oxford University and wallow in its grandeur
  • Admire traditional craftsmen that continue centuries of history as they work along the Thames
  • Complete the itinerary with two days of relaxed luxury in the heart of Mayfair, London's premier central address

Detailed Description

Traditional England spills out from its rivers and canals, the old waterways revealing life as it always has been. Mazy gardens hide behind canopies of oak trees; 11th-century villages reveal streets of cobblestone and allure; craftsmen line boatyards and local life slowly cruise by. The River Thames charts a course through the eclectic patchwork of English history, connecting the charms of yesteryear with the stately opulence of royal excess. Weaving a path through the centuries, the river unveils a lesser-seen side to England, one that's far from the elbow-barging crowds of the famous attractions. Serene and sometimes surreal, this luxury Thames River cruise itinerary allows you to admire the charms of historic rural England. Just sit back and enjoy the show.

For the first seven days, you cruise along the Thames in a luxury barge. The traditional craft rekindles the beauty of 17th-century royal cruising, featuring four deluxe cabins, a sumptuous salon area, and a broad split-level sun deck. Panoramic views come from both inside and outside, and there's a feeling of security when you first take a step on the thick hardwood flooring. Meals and alcoholic drinks are included, along with the use of mountain bikes for when the barge docks.

River cruising is slow travel. At the relaxed speed, you can take in all the country's exquisite detail; manor houses poke out through the foliage, smoke emits from the chimney of traditional inns, and ancient architecture leans and crumbles with an air of elegance. You dock in sublime settings, surrounded by green and settled into the beauty of rural England. Day trips unravel the patchwork of life that has always settled close to the River Thames. There's Hampton Court Palace from the 16th century, magnificent Windsor Castle, private Dorney Court, and the glamorous history of Cliveden Reach. Keep traveling slowly and you explore Stanley Spencer's gallery, and then the craftsmen that continue to work in Peter Freebody's boatyard. A day trip to Oxford reveals college grandeur while the country's oldest inn is found beside the river.

For these seven days, it's wonderfully tranquil, just a small handful of passengers cruising along England's famous river. Completing the itinerary is two nights in Mayfair, London's premier address. So much of the iconic city is within easy walking distance from here, enabling you to tick off the famous attractions and explore the shops and theaters of the West End. 

Consider browsing some of our other England tours, and read how you can customize your England vacation to your particular interests and desires. 

Starting Price

$7,600 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

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  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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