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Magna Carta

Cruising between Hampton Court and Henley-on-Thames on the river Thames

8 passengers

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Magna Carta highlights

  • Explore Henry VIII's Hampton Court Palace
  • Moor beneath and visit Windsor Castle
  • Tour of Cliveden and its gardens
  • Tour the Stanley Spencer Gallery at Cookham
  • Enjoy English cream tea at the Stafford Hotel, London
  • Visit Henley-on-Thames, the Royal Regatta town
  • Tour of Christ Church College, Oxford
  • Great walking and bicycling opportunities along the Thames Footpath
  • A tour of Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) is also available on selected departure dates
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Brochure Factsheet

Hampton Court to Henley-on-Thames

Magna Carta cruise file


  • From 3190 USD per person
  • Charters from 21,600 USD


  • Crew members : 4
  • Up to 8 guests
  • Suites : 4

Boat size

  • Length 116′10″ ft (35.6 metres)
  • Width 0′0″ ft (0 metres)


  • Central heating
  • Air-conditioning
  • Spa or pool
  • Wifi
  • TV/DVD in suites
  • Bicycles : 4

About the barge "Magna Carta"

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One of the most luxurious vessels cruising in the British Isles, the Magna Carta provides a truly relaxing holiday.
The ambience created by combining a traditional 1936-built barge hull with fine mahogany, teak and oak wood is outstanding.
Modern amenities include underfloor heating, spa pool and contemporary ensuite facilities for the four air-conditioned /centrally heated, spacious 200sq feet suites, complete with TV/DVD.
The upper deck saloon and dining area feature picture windows and stylish furnishings.
Your master chef produces a range of mouthwatering dishes whilst you enjoy the riverside surroundings from your floating country hotel.

On deck you can make use of the spa pool or take one of the 8 touring bikes for a ride.
4 British crew accompany you throughout your stay attending to your needs both aboard and onshore.

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Magna Carta cruise route & itinerary

Cruising between Hampton Court and Henley-on-Thames on the River Thames

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Hampton Court Palace
We meet our guests in central London at the Stafford Hotel.  Enjoy a traditional English Cream Tea before being transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Magna Carta where a champagne reception awaits.
Dinner on board.

Hampton Court Palace to Runnymede
After a hearty breakfast, we will explore the stunning interior and extensive grounds of Hampton Court Palace.
We then return to Magna Carta for lunch on board and our first cruise passing through several locks including Sunbury and Molesey before mooring at Runnymeed.
Dinner on board.


Runnymeed to Windsor
This morning is to be very relaxing as we use the spa facilities of the recently refurbished Runnymeed-on-Thames Hotel.  Sit back and enjoy the views as we then cruise past the Magna Carta Memorial to our mooring at Windsor.
Do check to see if the Royal Standard is flying; perhaps the Queen is at home today!  We'll visit Windsor Castle, the largest inhabited castle in the world including the State Apartments, St George's Chapel, home of some recent Royal Weddings, and enjoy the far-reaching views.
Dinner on board.

Windsor to Cliveden
We step back in time today as we visit the Tudor Manor House of Dorney Court, which has been in the Palmer family for over 450 years.
In the afternoon, there's time to relax onboard and admire the fabulous waterside houses of Bray as we cruise to our evening mooring on the celebrated Cliveden estate. 
Dinner on board.

Cliveden to Hurley
A busy day awaits!  After an early morning cruise, we will visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham and then continue through Marlow and Hurley.  There will be a chance to tour Peter Freebody's traditional boatyard to discover this noble art, followed by an equally traditional pint of ale at Ye Olde Bell, reputed to the oldest pub in England.
On selected departure dates, we tour Highclere Castle, the real Downtown Abbey.
Dinner on board.

Hurley to Henley-on-Thames
We follow in the oars of many a famous rower this morning, along the Henley Regatta Rowing Course to our mooring at Henley-on-Thames.
Enjoy the views over an early lunch, before we head to the inspirational towers of Oxford's grandest college, Christ Church. A college was initially founded on this land by Cardinal Wolsey in 1525. Christ Church, as we know it today, was founded by King Henry VIII in 1546. Famous alumni include 13 British Prime Ministers, 17 Archbishops, the writer Lewis Caroll, the poet W H Auden and the eminent scientist Einstein.
We return to Magna Carta in time for a fabulous Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in central London.

Magna Carta rates

Hampton Court to Henley-on-Thames

USD rates 2020 for USA and CANADA residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 42500 USD 36000 USD
Whole boat charter for 7 40900 USD 34600 USD
Whole boat charter for 6 39300 USD 33200 USD
Suite per person, based on double occupancy 5850 USD 5890 USD
Single supplement 1800 USD 1550 USD
STERLING rates 2020 for UNITED KINGDOM residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 £29600 £25200
Whole boat charter for 7 £28600 £24400
Whole boat charter for 6 £27600 £23600
Suite per person, based on double occupancy £4050 £3390
Single supplement £1200 £1050
EURO rates 2020 ALL OTHER COUNTRIES Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 36700€ 31200€
Whole boat charter for 7 35300€ 29900€
Whole boat charter for 6 33900€ 28600€
Suite per person, based on double occupancy 5050€ 4190€
Single supplement 1550€ 1350€
Themed cruises:
Antique charter: No supplement
Flower show charter, including visits to various gardens in southern England, and one day in either Hampton Court Flower Show or Chelsea Flower Show: No supplement
Golf charter: 950 USD/ £725 /825€ per player (minimum of 4 required)
Royal Cruise: 15,000 USD / £11,500 / 13,500€ supplement
Tennis charter: 400 USD / £300 / 350€ per player
Walking charter: 3250 USD / £2500 /2850€ supplement

- Departure Dates 2020-
Value April 5 to April 19
October 4 to October 25
Regular April 26 to September 27

Magna Carta availability

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25 April 2021 01 May 2021 2 cabins
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22 August 2021 28 August 2021 1 cabin
05 September 2021 11 September 2021 1 cabin
03 October 2021 09 October 2021 2 cabins
17 October 2021 23 October 2021 3 cabins
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