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Magna Carta

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8 passengers 5 star rating

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

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

Cruise route & itinerary

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Brochure Factsheet

Hampton Court to Henley-on-Thames

Magna Carta cruise file


  • From 4890 USD per person
  • Charters from 35,100 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 Magna Carta barge cruises

Hotel barge Magna Carta

As featured in Cruising with Jane McDonald, the Magna Carta provides a truly relaxing holiday aboard one of the most luxurious vessels cruising in the British Isles.
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.

Magna Carta deck and cabin plans

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Magna Carta cruise route & itinerary

Hampton Court to Henley-on-Thames  map

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

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 Runnymede.
Dinner on board.


Runnymede 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 on board 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 be 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 with 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

2023 USD, for American and Canadian residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 47, 500 USD 40, 500 USD
Whole boat charter for 7 45, 800 USD 39, 000 USD
Whole boat charter for 6 44, 100 USD 37, 500 USD
Suite per person 6, 550 USD 5, 550 USD
Single supplement 2, 100 USD 1, 800 USD
2023 STERLING rates for UNITED KINGDOM residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 £35, 000 £29, 500
Whole boat charter for 7 £33, 700 £28, 400
Whole boat charter for 6 £32, 400 £27, 300
Suite per person £4, 650 £3, 950
Single supplement £1, 500 £1, 300
2023 EURO rates ALL OTHER COUNTRIES Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 41, 000 € 35, 000 €
Whole boat charter for 7 39, 500 € 33, 700 €
Whole boat charter for 6 38, 000 € 32, 400 €
Suite per person 5, 650 € 4, 690 €
Single supplement 1, 800 € 1, 500 €
Prices include transfers between Central London and the hotel barge (approximate transfer duration 1 hour / 1 hour 30 minutes depending on the cruise direction), a luxury 6-night cruise, all meals onboard catered for by the onboard Master Chef, an open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, the services of 4 crew and use of barge facilities, which include DVD players in each cabin, bicycles and a spa pool.
Optional extras
Royal Cruise charter: 16, 000 USD / £11, 500 / 13, 500€ supplement
Golf charters: 1025 USD / £725 / 825€ supplement per player
Walking charter: 3500 USD / £2500 / 2850 €
Tennis charter: 425 USD / £300 / 350€ per player
Antiques charter: No supplement

- Departure Dates 2023-
Value April 2 to April 16
October 1 to October 22
Regular April 23 to September 24

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