River Thames

River Thames

Historical towns, culture and rural vistas

The magnificent River Thames cruises

Meandering through the beautiful countryside of southern England, the River Thames takes you to Historic towns and quintessentially English villages with their riverside pubs and village greens.

The Thames is England's longest river, with the source at Thames Head in the Cotswolds of Gloucestershire, the waters flow east with various tributaries join such as the Loddon, the Churn and the Wey adding to the water flow which empties into the English Channel.

After passing through the capital of London, it empties into the North Sea. Used for thousands of years for transport and generating commerce, the Thames remains a very active and worthy destination.

Our two bases at Benson and Chertsey are ideally placed to explore what is arguably the most beautiful stretch of the river, and cruising in either direction will take you to some of the oldest and prettiest towns and villages in the heart of England.

 Visit historic towns and cities such as Windsor, Kingston-upon-Thames, Henley-on-Thames, Marlow, Cookham, Pangbourne and Oxford.  With all the locks on the river Thames manned by friendly lock-keepers, you can be sure of a pleasant day's cruising wherever you choose to go.

Self-drive cruises on the River Thames

One week return cruises:

The Majestic Cruise: Chertsey - Windsor - Kingston-upon-Thames - Chertsey

Visit Chertsey, Windsor, Walton on Thames, Hampton Court Palace and Kingston upon Thames

70 km; 14 locks; 10 hours


The Scholars Cruise:  Benson - Oxford - Henley-upon-Thames  - Benson

Visit Benson, Abingdon, Oxford, Wallingford, Beale Park, Pangbourne, Reading, Henley-upon-Thames

186 km, 30 locks; 32 hours cruising


The Royal Cruise: Benson - Windsor - Benson

Visit: Benson, Marlow, Cookham, Clevedon, Eton, Ascot, Windsor

155 km, 36 locks, 30 hours


One week, one-way cruises

The Heart of England Cruise: Chertsey - Benson

Visit: Benson, Marlow, Cookham, Clevedon, Eton, Ascot, Windsor

96 km; 20 locks, 16 hours

Short Breaks: 3 or 4 days

The Willow Tree Cruise: Brenson - Marlow - Benson

Visit: Benson, Wallingford, Moulsford, Beale Park, Goring, Henley-upon-Thames, Marlow

75 km; 28 locks; 14 hours


The Little Thames Cruise: Chertsey - Henley-upon-Thames - Chertsey

Visit: Chertsey, Windsor, Maidenhead, Henley-upon-Thames, Marlow

75 km; 18 locks; 16 hours

Travel Connections:

London Heathrow (Benson 61 km,  Chertsey 17 km)

London Gatwick (Benson 120 km, Chertsey 53 km)

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Magna Carta
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Magna Carta

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Hampton Court to Henley-on-Thames

Self-drive boats for the River Thames

Le Boat

Le Boat have 16 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.

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Calypso self-drive


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Caprice self-drive


6 guests

Classique self-drive


8 guests

Classique Star self-drive

Classique Star

10 guests

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Consul self-drive


4 guests

Continentale self-drive


6 guests

Crusader self-drive


6 guests

Elegance self-drive


6 guests

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Horizon 1

5 guests

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Horizon 3

7 guests

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Horizon 4

9 guests

Magnifique self-drive


10 guests

Mystique self-drive


8 guests

Royal Mystique B self-drive

Royal Mystique B

6 guests

Tango self-drive


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River Thames