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‘Thames Tales’ Four Cruises and a River 2018 – REDUCED RATES! LAST REMAINING DATES

  • Thames, Head of the River pub at Folly Bridge, Windsor ©VisitEngland, Doug Harding Photography

    Thames, Head of the River pub at Folly Bridge, Windsor
  • The Bridge of Sighs, Oxford ©VisitEngland, Experience Oxfordshire

    The Bridge of Sighs, Oxford
  • Terraced houses along the River Thames, Oxfordshire ©VisitEngland, Experience Oxfordshire

    Terraced houses along the River Thames, Oxfordshire
  • Henley on Thames ©VisitEngland, Experience Oxfordshire

    Henley on Thames
  • View across Marlow Bridge, Buckinghamshire ©VisitEnglandimages

    View across Marlow Bridge, Buckinghamshire
  • Kew Gardens in Autumn ©Visitlondonimages, Britainonview, Pawel Libera

    Kew Gardens in Autumn
  • London skyline with the London Eye and Southbank © Julian Love / London and Partner

    London skyline with the London Eye and Southbank © Julian Love / London and Partner
4 day tour
From £197 per person

The River Thames, the second longest river in the UK, has many stories to tell. In this two-centre short break we reveal many stories as we take four very different, but equally relaxing cruises. These cruises call at Oxford, Henley-on-Thames, Kew, central London and Greenwich.


14th September, 21st September & 19th October 2018

Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Oxford Cruise and arrive at hotel

Travel to Oxford for a relaxing two-hour afternoon cruise on the River Thames to Abingdon.

Day 2

The Thames Valley Cruise

We join our boat at Caversham Bridge in Reading for a gentle two-hour cruise to the delightful riverside town of Henley-on-Thames. There’s free time for lunch and to look around the town, with around 300 buildings designated ‘of special architectural or historical interest’. We then take a scenic drive following the river through Marlow, Cookham and Maidenhead.

Day 3

The Thames into London Cruise

This morning we travel to Kew for our 90-minute cruise to Westminster in the very heart of the capital. In the afternoon there’s free time to explore before we make our way to our London hotel. The evening is free for dinner, or we can arrange dinner at a riverside pub.

Day 4

London to Greenwich Cruise and return home

Our final cruise takes us on a 75-minute journey to Greenwich passing many of London’s best known sights including the London Eye, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, O2 arena and Canary Wharf. There’s free time in Greenwich: perhaps visit the Cutty Sark or the Royal Observatory. Our final ‘tale’ is a visit to the Thames Barrier Park with views of the impressive marvel of engineering that has been protecting central London from flooding since 1984.

Suggested hotels – All recently inspected by Greatdays

Hilton Reading ****

Located just 4 miles from Reading town centre and close to many famous attractions including Windsor Castle and The Oracle, this modern hotel is a great starting point to explore the area. The Hilton Reading has amenities to help you relax including an indoor pool, spa, sauna and Jacuzzi and there is a 24-hour gym to help you stay fit. The restaurant offers delicious International and British cuisine. All of the spacious bedrooms feature en-suite bathrooms, widescreen LCD TV with on-demand movies, hairdryer, iron and tea and coffee making facilities. Accessible rooms are available and there is on-site coach parking.

Doubletree by Hilton Docklands, London ****

Situated on the banks of the River Thames with stunning views of Canary Wharf, this 4-star hotel is the perfect base for exploring London. There is a beautiful Riverside terrace with space for up to 120 people and there is all-day dining available. Most of the spacious bedrooms boast city or river views and they all have en-suite bathrooms, a hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. Accessible rooms are available.


Other hotels available on request.

  4 days
14th & 21st September 2018

19th October 2018

all from £197.00 per person
 2019 Dates From £217.00 per person

Above dates based on 2 nights Hilton Reading & 1 night Hilton Docklands.

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