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Royal River Thames Barge Cruise ~
Hampton Court to Henley on Magna Carta

6 Nights | 3 Rounds | Parties of 8 or Less
Dates of your choosing April – October 2016

Exclusive-Use Bookings Only

It gives PerryGolf great pleasure to introduce the splendid Magna Carta hotel river barge, offering no more than just four couples the opportunity to sail a beautiful section of England's Royal River Thames in considerable comfort and style, while enjoying fine golf and history in the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. We are additionally pleased to invite fans of the popular television series Downton Abbey who cruise with us between 13 July – 7 September to tour the stately star of the show Highclere Castle.

The filming of Downton Abbey at Highclere Castle.

Magna Carta offers four staterooms of generous proportion, each beautifully furbished, and each with a spacious bathroom. The main salon and sundeck provide comfortable space to relax. Fine dining onboard is an absolute delight. Breakfast, lunch when taken on board, and dinner are all included in the price, as are Magna Carta’s excellent choice of wines plus on board open bar of beers, spirits, and soft drinks.

It’s beauty is a well kept secret, but only a mere ten miles west of the city of London centre the river meanders through quaint towns and villages, and through expansive and stunning green space. It feels like another world entirely, enjoyed in the shadow of the great metropolis. Each day, generally after golf, Magna Carta will sail for three or so hours at a stately pace to her next river mooring. It is simply splendid to sail each late afternoon watching the world glide by, ideally with a beverage of your choice to hand. Each evening a new mooring brings a new encounter; one evening she will berth in the shadow of Windsor Castle, another she will berth immediately adjacent to Hampton Court Palace.

There is exceptional golf to play and we have selected the very best in Sunningdale, The Berkshire and Walton Heath. We believe this is the perfect balance of golf, sightseeing, and gentle barge cruising.  For guests however with an even greater thirst for golf we will be very pleased to custom build an itinerary encompassing additional golf on some of the outstanding courses in this area.  Our sightseeing program is memorable and includes visits to several venues including  Hampton Court Palace, former Tudor Palace of Henry VIII, Windsor Castle, and to the Magna Carta Memorial, from which the vessel takes its name.

Otherwise, enjoy a stroll by the water along the Thames Path. Chat to the lock keepers who are legendary for their knowledge and stories. Drift past peaceful water meadows rich in wildlife. Whatever you choose, you will encounter constantly changing scenery and discover fascinating delights. No stress, no hassle - just complete relaxation.

Captain Dominic Read will be your host and guide for the week, sharing his experience and great love of the River Thames. His on board crew will ensure you want for nothing.

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Another All-Inclusive PerryGolf CruiseRoyal River Thames Barge Cruise ~
Hampton Court to Henley on Magna Carta

6 Nights | 3 Rounds | Parties of 8 or Less
Dates of your choosing April – October 2016

Exclusive-Use Bookings Only

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Magna Carta Moored
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Magna Carta Approaching a Lock
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Downton Abbey's Highclere Castle
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Departures from 13 July – 7 September can
tour Downton Abbey’s Highclere Castle

Day 1 (Sunday): Hampton Court Palace

Meet one of your Magna Carta hosts at The Stafford Hotel at 3pm for afternoon English Cream Tea, before being transferred to the Magna Carta at 4pm. Champagne reception and welcome by the Captain.

Early evening cruise to Kingston and back to Hampton Court Palace, former Tudor Palace of Henry VIII, where we moor for the night.

Dinner on board.

: Magna Carta by Hampton Court Palace.

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Downton Abbey's Highclere Castle
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Day 2 (Monday): Hampton Court Palace - RUNNYMEDE

Today’s golf is at the Walton Heath Golf Club, GOLF Magazine’s World #86 found less than 20 miles south of London city centre and famous for staging the Ryder Cup and five European Open Championships. Designed by Herbert Fowler in 1903, this heathland masterpiece opened for play in 1904 with an exhibition match between the legendary Triumvirate of Harry Vardon, J.H.Taylor and James Braid.  Braid was the Club's first head profession where he remained until his death in 1950.

NON-GOLFERS:  This morning we explore the magnificent Hampton Court Palace. We tour Henry VIII’s apartments and the Royal Chapel, feel the chill in the haunted gallery and wonder at the Tudor kitchens. Outside, the gardens are breathtaking with The Great Vine, the oldest in the country still producing grapes and the famous maze.

Afternoon cruise through 5 locks, Shepperton and Laleham to Runnymede.

Dinner on  board

Overnight: Magna Carta at Runnymede.

Walton Heath Old
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Sunken Garden at Hampton Court Palace
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Day 3 (Tuesday): Runnymede - WINDSOR

After breakfast guests have the option to use the excellent spa facilities of The Runnymede Hotel including swimming pools, saunas, steam rooms and beauty treatments. (Massages or any treatments should be booked in advance).  Then we cruise to Windsor, past the Magna Carta Memorial and Magna Carta Island where in 1215, King John was forced to put meet the powerful barons and seal the historic document. Our afternoon excursion is to Windsor Castle. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066 and a Royal home for over 900 years, this is the largest inhabited castle in the world. We explore the State Apartments, see Queen Mary's Dolls House, St George's Chapel and enjoy the far-reaching views.

Dinner on board.

Overnight: Magna Carta at Windsor.

Windsor Castle
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Day 4 (Wednesday): Windsor - Cookham

Today’s golf is at Sunningdale Golf Club, established in 1901 and ranked World #35 by GOLF Magazine.  The Old Course was designed by Willie Park and opened in 1900. Another of London’s great healthland layouts, this tree-lined track is dotted with heather patches and ingeniously placed bunkers. Architecture buffs will appreciate the par-4 fifth hole where the first man-made water hazard in golf design appears in the form of a pond on the right side of the fairway.

NON-GOLFERS: This morning we take a short drive to the Tudor manor house of Dorney Court, a very special home that has been owned by the Palmer family for more than 450 years and used regularly as a film location.

Later, we cruise upstream past the fabulous waterside houses of Bray and through the spectacular Cliveden Reach to moor at Cookham.

Dinner on board.

Overnight: Magna Carta in Cookham.

Sunningdale Old by Gary Lisbon
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Dorney Court Tudor House
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Day 5 (Thursday): Cookham - HURLEY

This morning our first tour is Cliveden itself. Once home to the Astor family, it has amazing gardens and was, of course, the scene of much political scandal and intrique. Then, we visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham and take a walk around the village he once described as ‘Heaven on Earth’, before cruising through Marlow to Hurley.  Once in Hurley, we tour Peter Freebody’s boatyard  and watch in wonder as the traditional craftsmen build and restore classic wooden craft. We have time to explore the ancient village, including Ye Olde Bell, reputed to be the oldest inn in the country, before returning to the hotel barge.

Dinner on board

Overnight: Magna Carta in Hurley.

Magna Carta cruising past Cliveden
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Day 6 (Friday): HURLEY – Henley-on-Thames

Golf this morning is at The Berkshire Golf Club. Founded in 1928, designed by Herbert Fowler and constructed by the office of Crown Lands on estates once used by Queen Anne for her hunting parties in the 18th century.  This course is an absolute gem.

NON-GOLFERS: After breakfast we drive to Oxford for a fascinating tour of Christ Church, Oxford’s grandest college, founded by Cardinal Wolsey and then again by King Henry VIII. The magnificent surroundings were also where Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland. We see other interesting buildings such as Sheldonian Theatre and Bodleian Library.

This afternoon we take a delightful cruise to Henley on Thames, most famous for the annual Rowing Regatta. We moor at Remenham which is half way along the Regatta course.

Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Overnight: Magna Carta in Henley on Thames

The Berkshire Golf Club
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The War Memorial at Christ Church in Oxford
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Day 7 (Saturday): Henley-on-Thames

Following breakfast disembark Magna Carta in Henley on Thames by 9:30 am.

On alternate weeks, the cruise will sail in the reverse direction. This itinerary and its golf course and sightseeing inclusions may be modified at client request.

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Tour Cost Per Golfer*:

2016 (April to October) Value Dates* Regular Dates
Based on 8 passengers $5,250 $5,915

*Non Golfers deduct $1100 per person

Departures 2016;

*Value dates: April 3, 10, 17, 24, October 9, 16, 23

Route Map

Magna Carta Saloon
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Cruise Highlights
  • Three world class golf courses
  • Explore Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace
  • Moor beneath and visit Windsor Castle
  • Visit the Tudor manor house of Dorney Court
  • Tour the Stanley Spencer Gallery at Cookham
  • English Cream Tea at the Stafford Hotel
  • Visit Henley-on-Thames, the Royal Regatta town
  • Tour of Christ Church College, Oxford
  • Great walking and bicycling opportunities along the Thames Footpath
  • Tour of Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) is available on selected departures

Cuisine on Board

Regional Specialities
Roasted Guinea Fowl with Wild Mushrooms; Rack of Lamb with a Herb Crust, Sweet Potatoes and Spinach; Breast of Duck with Port Sauce and Cherries

Wine Cellar
Les Damnée des Prieur, Sancerre; Domaine de la Croix Jacquelet, Faiveley Montagny; Les Pontilles, Sauvignon Blanc; Don Cayetano Merlot Baroncini Rosso di Montalcino

Cheese Board
Cropwell Bishop Organic, Stilton, Dunsyre Blue Bath, Soft Cheese; Applewood, Smoked Cheddar; Oxford Isis; Sage Derby

Tour Inclusions

  • 6 nights on board in private cabin with ensuite bathroom
  • All meals onboard including beverages. One dinner ashore.
  • Drinks on board
  • 3 rounds of golf with pre-booking of tee times
  • Minicoach transportation throughout, to all planned golf and sightseeing activities. Transfers from Central London to/from Renaissance on arrival/ departure at defined times from defined points.
  • PerryGolf assistance
  • All local taxes

Not Included

  • Drinks off barge
  • Tips and other personal expenses
  • Transfers to/from Magna Carta outwith scheduled transfers
  • Crew gratuities (5% of cruise fare recommended)

Magna Carta Cabin
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Magna Carta Chef
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The Picturesque River Thames
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Fine Dining on board Magna Carta
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