England - Scotland

Cruising Scotland and Barging in England River and Canal Cruising

Cruise from LondonIt would be easy to assume that Great Britain and Ireland have few “hidden corners” left. Just outside big cities like Windsor, Oxford, or Inverness lie beautiful country filled with charming waterside villages, manor homes and castles, gardens, nature parks and friendly local people. Relatively few visitors see England, from a river- or canal-side vantage point, and that’s part of its charm.

Cruise in Luxury and Style

An increasingly popular vacation concept among travelers who have “seen” the world through traditional land tours, barge cruising offers more intimate views of the surrounding countryside from the deck of a luxury “hotel” barge – and gives travelers a hands-on opportunity to experience the local lifestyle, culture, and cuisine. Leisurely cruises represent the ultimate in a luxury vacation, pampering guests on every vessel with regional cuisines created by master chefs, a knowledgeable tour guide, and an experienced, multilingual crew. An air-conditioned minivan follows the barge and takes guests in comfort to all sightseeing attractions on the itineraries; bicycles are also available to explore the region. Prices quoted are for cruise only and include all meals, wines with lunch and dinner, an open bar, and admission to daily excursions on the itineraries. Transfers to and from convenient pick-up locations are also included.

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Barging in England Cruises include:
Cruising and Barging in England River and Canal Cruising

Thames River Cruise RouteCanal and river cruising is one of the most relaxing and intimate ways to experience the beauty of Europe, without crowds and in great comfort. For those who appreciate fine food and wines, peaceful vistas and an exciting new destination each day without ever leaving “home,” this has become a favorite way to celebrate a special birthday, anniversary or time together as a family.

Windsor Castle The 8 Passenger Magna Carta is one of the finest, most luxurious vessels cruising the British Isles. The ambience created by combining a traditional barge hull (1936) and fine mahogany, teak and oak woods is outstanding The most sophisticated modern amenities include underfloor heating. Accommodation is comprised of four full width staterooms that offer color tv/dvd and exceptionally spacious private bathroom facilities.

Magna Carta
Magna Carta BargeThe upper deck saloon and dining areas sport picture windows and stylish furnishings, and there is a jacuzzi on the upper sun-deck. Her experienced Captain knows the Thames well and your Master Chef will produce a range of mouth watering dishes, while you enjoy the sights of London and the home counties from your luxury floating hotel, navigating England's Royal River. Two housekeepers complete the crew of four.

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Cruise highlights
  • Accommodations for 6 nights on the luxurious barge.
  • All-inclusive meals- open bar, free wines, gourmet cuisine, regional specialities s
  • Entry fees to excursions
  • Visit London's world famous sites
  • Moor in beautifully restored St Katharine's dock
  • Moor beneath Windsor's Royal palace
  • Visit Tudor Hampton Court Henry VIII's palace
  • Visit the Stanley Spencer Art gallery
  • Lunch at a top London hotel
  • Optional Hot Air Ballooning

Some of our choices: Loch Fyne Bradon roast Salmon, Malt whisky and horseradish sauce, Roast spiced Duck breast accompanied by pink Grapefruit and Calvados wine cellar A good selection of French and New World wines cheese board Red Leicester, Caerphilly, White Cheshire

HAMPTON COURT PALACE TO HENLEY-ON-THAMES

English villagesSunday, Magna Carta Day 1 LONDON - 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. Dinner on board.

Monday, Magna Carta Day 2 HAMPTON COURT PALACE - RUNNYMEDE Morning excursion to visit the state apartments of Henry VIII, whose 5th wife Catherine Howard is said to haunt the Great Hall and Gallery of Hampton Court, the finest Tudor Palace in existence. Wander through the beautiful Royal gardens and maze. In the afternoon enjoy a meandering cruise upstream following the course of the Thames to Shepperton. Dinner aboard.

Tuesday, Magna Carta Day 3 Cruise to Windsor Castle RUNNYMEDE - WINDSOR After breakfast, we have the option to use the spa facilities of the newly refurbished Runnymede-on-Thames Hotel. Afternoon excursion to Windsor Castle. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066 and inhabited for over 900 years by the Royal Family, this is the largest inhabited castle in the world. We explore the State Apartments, Queen Mary's Dolls House and St George's Chapel and enjoy the far-reaching views from its elevated fortress position. Late afternoon cruise to our private moorings. Dinner aboard.After breakfast, we have the option to use the spa facilities of the newly refurbished Runnymede-on-Thames Hotel. Then we cruise to Windsor, past the Magna Carta Memorial and Magna Carta Island where in 1215, King John was forced to 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 by the Royal Family, 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.

Wednesday, Magna Carta Day 4 WINDSOR - CLIVEDEN 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 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.

English countrysideThursday, Magna Carta Day 5 CLIVEDEN - HURLEY fter breakfast, we cruise further upstream to 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.  We tour Peter Freebody’s boatyard nearby 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.

Friday, Magna Carta Day 6 HURLEY- HENLEY A morning cruise to Henley-on-Thames through fabulous countryside to our final mooring along the famous Henley Regatta Rowing Course. Then, an earlier lunch, followed by a 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. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Magna Carta Day 7 HENLEY-ON-THAMES - LONDON Following breakfast, disembark at 10 am and return to London. NOTE: On alternate weeks, cruise will be in reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

Magna Carta Meeting point: Sunday 3 pm, The Stafford Hotel, St James's Place, London, England - The Royal River Thames - Hampton Court to Henley-on-Thames - Magna Carta

England Thames Magna Carta

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2019 Departure Dates (Sunday) Rates Cruise Region
Mar 24, 31; Apr 7, 14, 21 Val River Thames
Apr 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26; Jun 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Jul 7, 14, 21, 28; Aug 4, 11, 18, 25; Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Reg River Thames
Oct 6, 13, 20 Val River Thames

2019 Cruise Rates

Accommodation Value Regular
Suite $4,750 $5,550
Single Supplement $1,500 $1,700
Charter (Whole Barge)
Charter 6 passengers $32,200 $37,400
Charter 7 passengers $33,600 $39,000
Charter 8 passengers $35,000 $40,600

 

Barge Cruising in ScotlandBe sure to see some traditional Scottish dancing

The 8 passenger Scottish Highlander is the premier vessel cruising in Scotland's dramatic Great Glen, deep in the Highlands.

Scottish Highlander BargeThe 8 passenger Scottish Highlander has the atmosphere of a Scottish Country House, with subtle use of tartan furnishings and landscape paintings At 117 feet she is spacious and has every comfort for year-round cruising. Her experienced crew of four ensure attention to your every need while you cruise the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness, arguably the finest inland cruising scenery in the world. The well planned accommodation offers a choice of one double suite and three twin/double staterooms with full private bath facilities.


Scottish Highlander Cruise Itinerary

Cruise highlights

  • Accommodations for 6 nights on the luxurious barge.
  • All-inclusive meals- open bar, free wines, gourmet cuisine, regional specialities s
  • Entry fees to excursions

Barge Suite

Scottish Highlander Cruise Itinerary

Sunday, Day 1 - Inverness to Dochgarroch At 4pm we meet at the Glenmoriston Town House Hotel in Inverness and transfer to Scottish Highlander moored at Dochgarroch. Champagne Welcome and perhaps an early evening stroll to the sea lock with wonderful views over the Moray and Beauly Firths. Dinner on board

Monday, Day 2 - Dochgarroch to Fort Augustus Our first cruise will take us up the Muirtown lock flight and through Tomnahurich swing bridge, with an option to walk alongside River Ness to the hamlet of Dochgarroch. After lunch on board, we visit Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle on British soil in 1746, next it’s on to the Muir of Ord distillery, founded in 1838 by licence holders Robert Johnstone and Donald MacLennan. We are given a fascinating description of the maturing and ageing process of their whiskies, each with its distinctive characteristics, followed by our special tasting of several single malts.  Dinner aboard.

Tuesday, Day 3 - Fort Augustus This morning we enjoy Cawdor Castle*, forever immortalised in Shakespeare’s “Scottish Play”, Macbeth. The picturesque gardens have been listed as being amongst the top 100 in the UK. The castle contains a superb collection of tapestries, pictures and furnishings and the Dowager Countess of Cawdor still lives there for part of the year. Then we take a tour through the Clava Cairns, a pre-historic clan chieftain burial site dating back to 2,000 B.C. Later, we cruise through Loch Dochfour and down Loch Ness, where en route we pass Urquhart Castle, navigating closely beneath its spectacular 13thcentury ruins, before continuing our cruise to Fort Augustus. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 - Fort Augustus to Kytra After breakfast, there is time to explore the pretty village of Fort Augustus before our cruise takes us up the “flight” and then on to our pretty mooring at Kytra. After lunch on board, we visit the private, Highland Club, a spectacular exclusive set of residences and a former 19th century Benedictine Monastery with a fascinating history. It is here we are treated to a falconry and birds of prey demonstration*** on the banks of Loch Ness, the majesty of the swooping birds against the backdrop of the sweeping Scottish Highlands is not easily forgotten. This evening we dine ashore at a local restaurant.

Thursday, Day 5 - Kytra to Laggan This morning, we take in some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer as we drive to one of its best known and most photographed castles, Eilean Donan, which has featured in movies such as “Highlander” and James Bond’s “The World Is Not Enough” and overlooks three sea lochs. The afternoon cruise today can be partially walked as we cross the very scenic Loch Oich, perhaps stopping en route for a spot of fishing, and onto the pretty Laggan Avenue. As we approach Laggan, our Highland Piper may greet us with a stirring rendition of traditional Scottish music. Dinner on board.

Fishing ScotlandFriday, Day 6 - Laggan to Banavie Our final cruise today will see us cross Loch Lochy, passing Gairlochy, where there is the option to visit the Clan Cameron Museum. We continue on to Moy Bridge, the last fully hand-operated bridge on the canal to moor at Banavie beneath Ben Nevis and a stroll from Neptune’s Staircase leading down to Loch Eil. After lunch on board, our tour today takes us to the mystical battlefield of Glencoe, famed for one of the darkest days in Scottish history. Alternatively, we can enjoy some breath-taking panoramic views on a cable car ride to the summit of Aonach Mor mountain. If time permits, we can also visit the ruins of Old Inverlochy Castle.  Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 6 - Banavie After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Inverness**.

On alternative weeks the itinerary is in reverse direction. This itinerary is subject to change.

Seven days/Six nights
Scottish Highlander 117 feet long - 8 passengers - 4 crew 3 TWINS/DOUBLE SUITES, 1 DOUBLE SUITE

Cruises include: Fully air-conditioned suites, twin or double staterooms with private bath , gourmet meals aboard and ashore, fine wines and an open bar, fascinating daily excursions, local transfers. Cuisine is traditional Scottish fare - salmon, game, venison and seafood, prepared by your own Master Chef. The experienced crew of four ensure attention to your every need. A cruise along the Great Glen encounters some of Scotland's finest scenery

2 passengers required on all departures to guarantee the cruise except March and November when a minimum of 4 passengers is required.

Scottish Highlands Scottish Highlander
Hebredian Princess

Scottish Highlander

2019 Departure Dates (Sunday) Rates Cruise Region
Apr 7, 14, 21, 28; May 5 Val Scotland
May 12, 19, 26; Jun 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Jul 7, 14, 21, 28; Aug 4, 11, 18, 25; Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Reg Scotland
Oct 6, 13, 20 Val Scotland

2019 Cruise Rates

Accommodation Value Regular
Stateroom $4,450 $5,150
Suite $5,090 $5,890
Single Supplement $1,650 $1,850
Charter (Whole Barge)
Charter 2 passengers $28,000 $31,700
Charter 6 passengers $32,300 $36,900
Charter 7 passengers $33,400 $38,200
Charter 8 passengers $34,500 $39,500

2019 Spirit of Scotland Cruise

Scottish Jighlands

Spirit of Scotland is a deluxe, 12 passenger hotel barge that cruises the Scottish Highlands between Banavie and Muirtown in the Scottish Highlands from June to October

Sunday, Day 1 Banavie

Guests are met at the Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel in Inverness** and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Spirit of Scotland. A champagne welcome by the Captain and crew and perhaps an early evening stroll before our first dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Banavie to Laggan

Our excursion today will take us to the mystical area of Glencoe, renowned for its geographical beauty and famed for one of the darkest days in Scottish history. Alternatively, we can enjoy some breath-taking panoramic views on a cable car ride to the summit of Aonach Mor mountain. If time permits we can visit the ruins of the 13thcentury, Old Inverlochy Castle, before embarking on our first cruise, through Moy Bridge, the last hand-operated bridge of its type on the Caledonian Canal. En route, we may visit the Clan Cameron Museum, before crossing Loch Lochy. As we approach our mooring at Laggan, a Highland Piper may be there to greet us with a stirring rendition of traditional Scottish music. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Laggan to Kytra

This morning, we take in some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer as we drive to one of its best known and most photographed castles, Eilean Donan, which has featured in movies such as “Highlander” and James Bond’s “The World Is Not Enough” and overlooks three sea lochs.

Our afternoon cruise today takes us across the very scenic Loch Oich, perhaps stopping en route for a spot of fishing and enjoying a walk, then onto our pretty mooring at Kytra. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Kytra to Fort Augustus

This morning we cruise to Fort Augustus and down the “flight” as the locals call it, to moor opposite the Benedictine Abbey at the entrance to Loch Ness. There is time to explore this pretty village, then after lunch on board, we visit the private, Highland Club; a spectacular exclusive set of residences and a former 19th century Benedictine Monastery with a fascinating history. It is here we are treated to a falconry and birds of prey demonstration*** on the banks of Loch Ness, the majesty of the swooping birds against the backdrop of the sweeping Scottish Highlands is not easily forgotten. This evening we have dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

Thursday, Day 5 Fort Augustus to Dochgarroch

This morning we enjoy a picturesque cruise across world-famous Loch Ness, with perhaps a chance of spotting “Nessie”, where en route we pass Urquhart Castle, navigating closely beneath its spectacular 13thcentury ruins, before continuing our cruise to moor at the hamlet of Dochgarroch. After lunch we visit Cawdor Castle*, forever immortalised in Shakespeare’s “Scottish Play”, Macbeth. The picturesque gardens have been listed as being amongst the top 100 in the UK. The castle contains a superb collection of tapestries, pictures and furnishings and is still in use as a home for the Dowager Countess of Cawdor who resides there for several months of the year. Then we end our tour at the Clava Cairns, a pre-historic clan chieftain burial site dating back to 2,000 B.C. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Dochgarroch to Muirtown

This morning, our final cruise will take us through Tomnahurich swing bridge and through the locks to Muirtown, where there will be the opportunity to take a bicycle ride or walk to the sea lock with wonderful views over the Moray and Beauly Firths. After lunch we visit Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle on British soil in 1746, next it’s on to the Muir of Ord distillery, founded in 1838 by licence holders Robert Johnstone and Donald MacLennan. We are given a fascinating description of the maturing and ageing process of their whiskies, each with its distinctive characteristics, followed by our special tasting of several single malts. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Muirtown

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Inverness**.

 

 

Accommodation Value Regular
Stateroom $4,690 $5,450
Single Supplement $1,750 $2,000
Charter (Whole Barge)
Charter 8 passengers $46,400 $53,700
Charter 9 passengers $48,100 $55,500
Charter 10 passengers $49,400 $57,000
Charter 11 passengers $50,700 $58,500
Charter 12 passengers $52,000 $60,000
Departure Dates (Sunday) Rates Cruise Region
Apr 14, 21, 28; May 5 Val Caledonian Canal
May 12, 19, 26; Jun 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Jul 7, 14, 21, 28; Aug 4, 11, 18, 25; Sep 1, 8, 15, 22 Reg Caledonian Canal
Sep 29; Oct 6, 13, 20 Val Caledonian Canal

 


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