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Royal River Thames Golf Cruise with European Waterways

Royal River Thames Golf Cruise with European Waterways

per person

6 Nights | 5 Rounds | Various dates June 2022 – October 2022

Golf Travel Cruise presents this exceptional 6-night, 4-round golf voyage and sightseeing adventure that cruises the charming upper stretches of the Royal River Thames in England.

This private charter holds a total of 08 guests on board the outstanding Hotel Barge Magna Carta.

Hotel barge Magna Carta will take you on a slow, meandering journey along the prettiest stretches of England’s River Thames, past Royal Palaces, quaint riverside towns, and villages – a captivating mixture of olde worlde England and the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside.

From Henry VIII’s Hampton Court past Windsor Castle to Henley, with frequent stops allowing plenty of time to wander and explore as we follow this old Viking trading route through some of England’s prettiest counties.

During the cruise aboard the hotel barge Magna Carta, there is a diverse programme of escorted visits along the way – art galleries, stately homes including the real “Downton Abbey”, even a boatyard that has been building traditional river craft for centuries.

There are also good cycling and walking opportunities along the ever-present Thames Towpath.

Hotel barge Magna Carta accommodates 8 guests and is one of the finest vessels cruising the waters of the British Isles today.

Originally built in the 1930’s, today she is a luxurious and spacious ‘floating country hotel’ boasting a combination of traditional and contemporary features that create a very inviting ambience on board.

This carefully crafted itinerary will also allow us 4 great golfing opportunities including the stunning Hampton Court Palace Golf Course situated on the River Thames. This is the only golf course in Great Britain where you can play golf in the grounds of a royal palace. Walton Heath Golf Club. Famous for staging the Ryder Cup and European Open Championships.

Wentworth, considered one of Europe’s finest clubs and almost needs no introduction, plus Sunningdale Golf Club, established in 1901 and ranked as one of the top 20 courses in the world.

SHIP HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • Explore Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace
  • Moor beneath and visit Windsor Castle
  • Tour of Cliveden and its gardens
  • Tour the Stanley Spencer Gallery at Cookham
  • Great walking and bicycling opportunities along the Thames Footpath
  • Tour of Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) on selected departures
  • English cream tea at the Stafford Hotel, London
6 Nights Tour
21+ Age
  • Destination
  • Departure
    London - London
  • Departure Time
    Embark / 3:00PM
  • Return Time
    Disembark / 9:00AM
  • Dress Code
    There is no specific dress code for daytime onboard.
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PORTS OF CALL:

  • Hampton Court, England
  • Runnymede, England
  • Windsor, England
  • Cliveden, England
  • Hurley, England
  • Hampton Court, England
  • Hampton Court, England

VOYAGE ITINERARY

Sunday, Day 1 London to Hampton Court Palace

Guests are met at the Stafford Hotel in central London** for afternoon English Cream Tea.
Before being transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Magna Carta. Champagne reception and welcome by the Captain and crew, whilst moored outside Hampton Court Palace, former Tudor Palace of Henry VIII, where we stay for the night.
Dinner aboard.

Monday, Day 2 Hampton Court Palace to Runnymede

This morning we leave the barge and take the very short drive to Hampton Court Palace Golf Course situated on the River Thames.
This is the only golf course in Great Britain where you can play golf in the grounds of a royal palace.
This unique inland links design is a deceptively challenging test for golfers of all abilities.
The course has a wide variety of flora and fauna including a magnificent herd of 300 fallow deer and an ancient oak tree, which is said to be over a thousand years old.
Afternoon cruise to Runnymede hotel where we have use of the excellent spa facilities including swimming pools, saunas, steam rooms and beauty treatments.
Dinner aboard.

Tuesday, Day 3 Runnymede to Windsor

Today’s golf is at the famous Walton Heath Golf Club.
Famous for staging the Ryder Cup and European Open Championships.
Once owned by the News of the World, Sir Elmsley Carr would invite Mp’s, Lords and members of the press to Walton heath.
Designed by Herbert Fowler in 1903.
Afternoon cruise through beautiful countryside to Windsor.
We see Windsor Castle, built by William the Conqueror in 1066 and inhabited for over 900 years by the Royal Family.
Our mooring is in central Windsor with a unique view of the Castle.
Dinner aboard.

Wednesday, Day 4 Windsor to Cliveden

This morning we have an option.
Golf at Wentworth is to be paid for by guests directly to the club.
Wentworth is considered one of Europe’s finest clubs and almost needs no introduction.
Famous for the PGA and World Match Play Tournaments as well as many other events.)
Later, we cruise upstream past the fabulous waterside houses of Bray and through the spectacular Cliveden Reach to our exclusive mooring on the Cliveden estate.
Once home to the Astor family, it has amazing gardens and was, of course, the scene of much political scandal and intrigue.
Dinner on board.
Thursday, Day 5 Cliveden to HurleyToday’s golf is at Sunningdale Golf Club, established in 1901 and ranked as one of the top 20 courses in the world.
The Old Course founded in 1901 was designed by Willie Park.
It is classic course with gorse and pine trees, silver birch, heather and immaculate turf.
This afternoon we leave Cliveden House behind us we cruise past fabulous waterside homes, before cruising through Marlow to Hurley where we moor for the night.
Dinner aboard.

Friday, Day 6 Hurley to Henley-on-Thames

This morning we cruise to Henley on Thames, and along the famous Henley Regatta Course.
Golf this afternoon is at Temple Golf Club.
This gently undulating course has panoramic views of the Thames valley and is noted for its firm, fast greens.
Captains Farewell Dinner aboard.

Saturday, Day 7 Henley-on-Thames

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to central London**.
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.
 
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
**Other locations are available for Private Charter bookings

Location

HAMPTON COURT PALACE GOF COURSE, HAMPTON COURT, ENGLAND

Many may be aware of the palace at Hampton Court but not necessarily its golf course.
Within the grounds at Home Park, it offers a truly unique opportunity to play a traditional parkland course at one of the country’s most famous royal parks.
As golfers of ability, the new owners take great pride in the presentation of their courses.
At 6,500 yards, the par 71 design meanders through hundreds of mature trees in a naturally free-draining location.
Under the gaze of fallow deer, it’s easy to forget how close you are to the City of London but not hard to see why Golf Monthly features it on its ‘must play’ shortlist.

WALTON HEATH GOLF CLUB, WALTON ON THE HILL, ENGLAND

Walton Heath is one of the world’s most highly regarded golf clubs, famous for its rich golfing and political history and the quality of its two exceptionally challenging heathland layouts, described by Jack Nicklaus as “wonderfully pure.”
Both courses feature in the UK and Ireland’s Top 50 rankings.
The Old has earned its place in the World’s Top 100 every year since the inception of the rankings in 1938.

WENTWORTH GOLF CLUB, WENTWORTH, ENGLAND

There are very few tournaments in the world where the golf course takes most of the attention.
The Augusta National course at the Masters Tournament is probably the best example, but the West Course at The Wentworth Club isn't too far behind.
Home to the world-famous HSBC World Matchplay Championship, the West Course has been played by some of the greatest players in the world and is considered one of the finest inland venues in Europe.
The East Course is often overshadowed but is, in fact, the older of the two courses.
The Edinburgh course is the newer of the trio and is very much a challenge to any player.
Ernie Els has a house not too far from the closing stretch of holes on the West Course.

SUNNINGDALE GOLF CLUB, ASCOT, ENGLAND

There are many clubs, both ancient and modern, that are lucky enough to have two courses; courses that complement one another, one perhaps more difficult, one easier, one for fourballs at the weekend, one for singles, one may be long and wide open, one short but narrow.
Few though would argue that Sunningdale’s pair are as fine a set of thirty-six holes as you’ll find anywhere.
For many the Old is quite simply the best inland course in the country, scarcely altered since Willie Park Jnr wove it in amongst undulating heather and pine more than a century ago, yet still a test to intrigue stranger and old friend alike.
Despite the advent of metal heads and titanium shafts, it still demands care and attention to get around, while at the same time charming all who play it.
Above all, it creates that most important of golfing emotions – the desire to play another nine holes after tea.
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