The famous Thames winds through the green countryside of southern England, where the picturesque villages have maintained their authenticity "so British". You are in the land of cricket, afternoon tea and picnics by the river. A houseboat vacation awaits you from London to Oxfors! Sail along the Thames to discover Southern England on a houseboat where you can be the captain (no skipper needed)!
|DEPARTURE BASE||Benson, England|
|TIME OF DEPARTURE||Check-in at 2:00 pm on Saturday - Check-out at 9:00 am on the following Saturday|
|NOT INCLUDED SERVICES||
From €2.630 per houseboat.
Discounts available for early booking and last minute.
|CRUISE AND MINI-CRUISE TIPS||
Chertsey - Windsor - Kingstone upon Thames - Chertsey
Benson - Marlow - Benson
|Language||International crew and guests.|
Day 1: Check-in
Check-in at Benson Base at 2pm, the ideal place to see the best of the British countryside. Set out along the Thames to discover the most charming and typical villages in the heart of England and admire the perfectly manicured gardens that stretch along the banks and the beautiful mansions that stand proudly there. Enjoy breaks in the pubs by the water. Don't miss a visit to Oxford and then follow the river to London.
Your first stop will be Abingdon, considered the oldest city in Britain. Take a tour to discover its abbey with gardens, the interactive County Hall Museum from whose roof you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view and other 17th century buildings. This city is also known for the production of MG cars.
The next destination is the wonderful city of Oxford which will surprise you with its historical heritage and its incredible architecture as well as its dream spiers. Walking through the city center you will find the countless buildings that make up the oldest and most renowned university in England, such as Radcliffe with its neoclassical style, is the first round library in England, and Christ Church College, one of the largest colleges , home to the Cathedral Choir, which houses extraordinary collections of books and works of art, and is also the location of some famous Harry Potter scenes. Instead, you will be spoiled for choice among the many museums present, including Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archeology and Museum of Natural History located in buildings with equally interesting architecture.
Today you will go down the river towards London. Stop in Wallingford, the ideal place for mystery fans, the home and setting of Agatha Christie's stories, and the filming location of the television detective drama, Inspector Barnaby. The castle ruins and gardens are also worth visiting. Then you can't miss Henley-on-Thames for its famous Royal Regatta, which attracts the best rowers in the world to compete every year.
Continue sailing to the medieval and picturesque towns of Cookham and Marlow. In the pretty town of Marlow you can take a leisurely stroll among its shops, boutiques and restaurants. Also known for its famous Olympic rowing rowers. In Cookham, on the other hand, you will find the oldest pub in England, The Bel and the Dragon. This city was the home of the writer Kenneth Grahame where he wrote "The Wind of the Willows". The Stanley Spencer Gallery is also worth a visit. Then do not miss the royal estate of Cliveden, the residence has now become a huge luxury hotel, to admire its splendid gardens.
Your journey continues to discover Eton and Windsor. Eton is known for its prestigious schools where you can visit the school yard, cloister yard, college chapel and the Eton Life Museum. Instead, the city of Windsor will charm you with its majestic castle, which has been a royal residence for many years. Be enchanted by the magnificence and royal sophistication of the State Apartments, richly decorated and on whose walls some of the finest works of art are displayed including Rembrandt and Rubens. Finally visit St George's Chapel, one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in England, which houses the tombs of ten rulers including Henry VIII and Charles I. Don't miss a leisurely ride in an old-fashioned carriage from Windsor Castle to the Windsor Great Park.
Today you will spend the day visiting Hampton Court Palace which offers you 500 years of history of the royal family, including Henry VIII, William III and Queen Mary. To admire its splendid gardens, the elegant and sumptuous apartments of Henry VIII and William III, and the Royal Chapel. Then you will arrive in Kingston-upon-Thames, it was the place where the Saxon kings were crowned. Today this city of entertainment retains a strong artistic culture and offers you a very rich program of festivals and events. From here you can then easily reach the wonderful city of London by train.
Day 8: Check-out
Check-out is scheduled in the morning by 09:00.
The itinerary may be subject to variations based on safety weather conditions and the technical assessments of the captain of the boat. This program is intended as indicative and not binding.
CLASS: HOUSEBOAT - MAGNIFIQUE
Double rooms and two rooms with single beds convertible in double. All beds are longer than 200cm and all mattresses have been improved in quality and thickness. USB and domestic electric plugs available at every time to recharge your devices or use a hairdryer. Three en suite bathrooms with electrical WC, water basin and shower.
Spacious living room with wide sofa easily convertible in double bed thanks to the gas pneumatic table legs. Improved visibility from the saloon due to new windows design, and easy access to Fly bridge due to a new stairs and layers design. The full kitchen/galley includes a large microwave, an electric kitchen, a domestic size refrigerator, and for the first time on board on our fleet, a huge washing machine and a kettle. Fly deck is wide and flat, with fix table and seats with led lights.
|Cabins||4 double + dinette|
|Berths||8 + 2 dinette|
|Water tank||1.000 lt|
CLASS: HOUSEBOAT - MINUETTO 6+
This modern boat is ideal for 6 persons but thanks to the convertible dinette can comfortably take up to 8 persons on board. It’s a great boat with a lot of outstanding space to relax and take sun. There’s a fully equipped L-shaped kitchen, a gorgeous saloon with radio/CD player, and a huge elevated sundeck big enough for everyone aboard to relax. Available for wheelchairs (on request).
|Cabins||3 double + dinette|
|Berths||6 + 2 dinette|
|Water tank||920 lt|
|Extra||Available for wheelchairs (on request)|
BeBlue reserves the right to substitute the boat presented in the catalog ( or not included in the catalog ) with another boat of similar class and characteristics.