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River Thames Boating Holidays

River Thames Boating Holidays
Boating holidays on the River Thames are a relaxing way to travel and explore the landscape and towns and cities along England’s greatest river. There are some great places to stop and eat along the river.

With an amazing selection of boating holidays from self-drive to the ultimate luxury of a hotel barge, where you have your own skipper and all meals prepared, you can be sure you’ll travel in style and comfort.

Luxury boating holidays along the Thames include the newest boat on the Thames, Thames Boat Hotel’s ‘Down the Hatch’, which offers exclusive private charter on a wide-beamed river cruiser. On this boat you’ll be the only guests and your boat is skippered and meals prepared by Wendy and Graham. 

Join a relaxing all-inclusive cruise on a choice of luxury hotel boats offering a unique way to explore the Thames. Choose from the elegant and spacious hotel barge, Magna Carta, which accommodates 8 passengers; heated spa pool and contemporary en suite facilities for the four spacious 200sq ft. suites. Or the award-winning African Queen, offering a remedy to the daily hustle and bustle. Enjoy delicious meals, wonderful company and fantastic hospitality. 

Or fancy luxury self-drive? Hobbs of Henley has 2 luxury Linssen Cruisers; Jacqueline and Midsomer, which are available for weekend or weekly hire. With spacious cabins, showers and well equipped kitchens you’ll be completely self-contained as you explore the Thames and Midsomer Country. Choose from 9 Midsomer Murders villages and 30 different filming locations around the Thames. Take in the historic market towns and villages of Henley, Sonning, Goring & Streatley, Wallingford, Dorchester, Moulsford, Wargrave, Hambleden and Marlow.


Le Boat is Europe’s No 1 boating holiday company and provides a wide selection of boats, with different features and styles and sizes, from 2-12 people. Le Boat operates from two bases on the River Thames – Benson and Chertsey with a huge choice of itineraries and models. The Royal cruise takes you one way from Benson in Oxfordshire to Chertsey in Surrey, passing through Windsor and its famous castle (the Queen’s weekend home) and Runnymede where the Magna Carta was signed. Or take the Scholars’ Cruise to Oxford, England’s city of learning and include some bird-watching at Benson Lock.

Celebrating 50 years in 2016, Kris Cruisers operates a fleet of 15 cruisers ranging in size from a 29ft 2 berth cruiser to a 48ft 10 berth cruiser. Based at Datchet, near Windsor, it’s easy to meander along the Thames to Hampton Court Palace.

Calmer Cruising’s Sancerre, built in 2014, is a luxury self-drive 60ft by 11ft widebeam canal boat. Start from near Marlow to cruise in superior style through the historic town of Windsor to Hampton Court, and visit the quiet villages of Cookham and Bray.

MyRiverCruising has three lovely boats to choose from: A beautiful widebeam boat Geanna 62ft, winner of Channel 4 ‘Four In A Bed.’ Or narrowboats: Gema 69ft or Gina 58ft.

Check out individual boat operators for 2017 discounts. Download our River Holidays PDF for more information.

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Windsor Marina Ltd

Windsor Marina Ltd

There are many places of interest within a day's cruising. Upstream, the Thames is navigable as far as Lechlade. Between Windsor and Oxford there are...