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‘Thames Tales’ Four Cruises and a River

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  • London Eye and view of London, London ©, Jon Reid

    London - London skyline with the London Eye and Southbank © Julian Love, London and Partners, England's Historic Cities EXPIRES 13.6.2021London Eye and view of London, London ©, Jon Reid EXPIRES 16.9.2021
4 day tour
From £239 per person - minimum 20 passengers

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, Reading, Kew, central London and Greenwich.


26th April, 12th May, 15th September - all 2023

Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Travel to your hotel

If time, and your route permits, why not enjoy a relaxing two-hour afternoon cruise on the River Thames from Oxford to Abingdon en route to your hotel.

Day 2

The Thames Valley Cruise

This popular cruise will take you from Caversham Pier in Reading through twists and turns to Mapledurham Lock and Weir. Following the Thames upstream, you will see wildlife, open countryside, islands and look out towards the Berkshire Downs. The cruise will turn at Mapledurham Lock taking a panoramic view of the weir, before cruising back downstream past Mapledurham House back towards Reading. This is the river as it should be, tranquil and stunning in Wind in the Willows Country.

This afternoon we recommend taking a scenic drive following the river through Henley, 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 

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 are available – please contact us for details. 

All below dates based on 2 nights Hilton Reading (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast) & 1 night Doubletree by Hilton London Docklands (Bed & Breakfast)

Other dates are available on request.

Dates 4 days / 3 nights 
28th April 2023 From £239.00 per person
12th May 2023 From £239.00 per person
15th September 2023 From £239.00 per person

A single room supplement will apply – details on request.


All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place for a coach driver or group organiser in a single room, both are based on a minimum 20 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at

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