Tales of the River Thames

Staying at the 4* Bull Hotel

4 DAYS | 27th September 2019

The mighty waterway that is the River Thames is 346 km and today boasts hundreds of attractions on its banks, from the ancient to the modern. Once a great artery of trade and commerce, a genuine gateway to the rest of the world, the Thames stands now more as a symbol, a quintessential part of London’s identity. So, to help celebrate the longest river in England, we visit several of the attractions on its banks including the Thames Barrier, Henley on Thames and the River and Rowing Museum. We will also take a boat trip to Hampton Court Palace, Henry VIII’s magnificent riverside Palace. On our return journey we visit the historic market town of Abingdon-on-Thames set in in rural Oxfordshire.

Our base for the short break is the 4* Bull Hotel situated in the charming town of Gerrard’s Cross in Buckinghamshire. Set in landscaped gardens it boasts an award-winning restaurant, bar and relaxing lounge. All bedrooms are ensuite with modern facilities including TV and courtesy tea tray. The hotel also has a lift.

FRIDAY
We depart the Macclesfield area calling for coffee and lunch en-route to the Thames Barrier. Opened by the Queen in 1984, the Thames Barrier cost £500 million to build and spans 520m (1,706ft) across the River Thames at Woolwich Reach, in south-east London. During our visit we explore the past, present and future of this imposing structure and its vital function in preventing flooding in London. Mid-afternoon we continue on to our hotel and base for the next three nights.

SATURDAY
Firstly we visit the River and Rowing Museum situated at the side of the Thames, and the location of the famous Henley Regatta. We then have a trip on the river. After the cruise we go into Henley where we have time for lunch, a browse around the shops or a stroll along the banks of the river.

SUNDAY
After a leisurely breakfast we take the short journey to Richmond. We will then board one of Salters Cruisers for a trip down river to Hampton Court Palace, where we spend the day. Discover the magnificence of Henry VIII’s favourite royal residence. Here you can immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the bustling Base Court and marvel at the breath-taking grandeur of Henry’s State Rooms. Visit the vast Tudor kitchens and stroll through over 60 acres of enchanting gardens.

MONDAY
Today we head for home calling at the historic market town of Abingdon-on-Thames. You will have time to visit the town museum or perhaps take a stroll along the riverside, browse the shops and have an early lunch before we continue north. Making a comfort stop enroute we aim to arrive in the Macclesfield area early evening.

Tour includes: Luxury coach travel throughout, 3 nights dinner bed and breakfast, entrance to the Thames Barrier, River and Rowing Museum, Hampton Court Palace and two river trips.
£342.00 per person sharing twin/double
£45.00 single room supplement
£25.00 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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