Silver Travel Advisor Partner - African Queen of London
The Thames awaits you onboard the elegant African Queen, a delightful hotel boat which sleeps just 12 passengers in cosy en-suite cabins. Hosted by Bonny and Andy Cowley, you’ll be able to let the cares of the world slip away as you take to river-speed, which is leisurely, and river-life, with country views, charming villages and welcoming waterside pubs. And history in every twist and turn of the water, on every bank.
Take a cruise for five days, starting at pretty Mapledurham in South Oxfordshire on Wednesdays, heading upstream to Wallingford, for a tour of the village and lunch at the renown Beetle and Wedge. Then spend the next couple of days escaping from modern day hustle and hassle, with a real ‘Wind in the Willows’ feel to your cruise. Friday brings a voyage downstream and dinner with a play at the Mill at Sonning, a really lovely treat and a perfect Thameside experience. You’ll head to Henley on Saturday, a town perfect for a wander whatever your interests with an onboard South African Braai / BBQ to round off the day. Your final day, Sunday, is a cruise back to Mapledurham with a delicious roast lunch as the grand finale!
Or perhaps a weekend cruise will give a taste of the enchantment to be found whilst messing about on the river from Mapledurham up to Goring-on-Thames via Whitchurch and its unique lock, through quintessentially English countryside, with the addition of ‘local’ alpacas!
Corporate, Friends and Festive breaks are also available – what a superb option for celebrating success or an anniversary, whatever the time of year.
“The Mole was bewitched, entranced, fascinated. By the side of the river he trotted as one trots, when very small, by the side of a man who holds one spellbound by exciting stories; and when tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.” ~ Kenneth Grahame in Wind in the Willows