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Windsor to Reading/Caversham (4 nights) Sunday 13 October 2024

The Thames at Marlow

Join the Wessex Rose on her very last voyage for a delightful 4-night cruise from the heart of Royal Berkshire to the home of the Oracle shopping centre in Berkshire, Reading.

The Thames between Windsor and Reading offers a wealth of stunning scenery, wildlife, historic buildings and impressive waterway architecture, with much to see and appreciate throughout the cruise. For the avid walker, the Thames Path follows the river along the entire length of the cruise, so cruisers wishing to experience part of the route from the shore can stretch their legs between stops without losing sight of the boat.

Leaving Windsor and its magnificent castle behind, we begin our journey towards Reading with a gentle cruise past the Windsor race course and Eton Dorney Olympic rowing lake to the village of Bray with its wealth of fine waterfront properties and two three Michelin starred restaurants. A little further upstream Bray’s neighbour Maidenhead is a large town hugging the riverbank most popular with shoppers and diners. One of the town’s most famous features is Brunel’s Sounding Arch Bridge which carries the railway line over the Thames. When it was built, the bridge, featured in Turner’s painting ‘Rain, Steam and Speed’ was the widest flattest arch bridge in the world.

Beyond Maidenhead we cruise through Cliveden Deep, arguably one of the most picturesque stretches of the Thames, overlooked by Clivedon House high in the trees above the river. From here the channel passes Cookham and Bourne End as it twists and turns upstream to the charming Georgian town of Marlow with its impressive suspension bridge over the Thames.

Leaving Marlow we follow the river as it meanders gently through scenic countryside passing the splendid Medmenham Abbey near Hurley to Hambledon on the outskirts of Henley. Heading into Henley we cruise the length of the Regatta course, where we are very likely to encounter crews of rowers from Henley’s numerous rowing clubs out training. Henley is a 12th century market town on the banks of the Thames most famed for its reputation for holding the world’s greatest rowing regatta, but it is also a charming town with over 300 buildings designated as being of special architectural or historical interest. A visit stop here allows ample time to explore the town and an opportunity to visit to the Henley River and Rowing Museum.

Following the river upstream we skirt Wargrave on the East bank and Shiplake with its splendid college building set into the hillside on the West as we head towards Sonning, a pretty village which straddles the Thames with the help of an attractive 18th century bridge and has its own theatre housed in the former Sonning Mill on an island close to the lock.

From here we continue our journey upstream towards Reading/Caversham. Along this stretch of the Thames, you’ll encounter more scenic countryside and perhaps even spot some wildlife.

Arrive in Reading/Caversham you may wish to visit the ruins of Reading Abbey or explore Reading and Caversham at your leisure. You can visit attractions such as the Museum of English Rural Life, Forbury Gardens, or the historic Caversham Court Gardens. Alternatively, you may choose to relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the riverside. In the evening, savour a final dinner aboard the Wessex Rose. After breakfast, bid farewell to Reading/Caversham as you disembark from your cruise. Depending on your plans, you may choose to extend your stay in the area or continue your journey elsewhere. This itinerary provides a blend of sightseeing, relaxation, and culinary delights, allowing you to experience the beauty and charm of the River Thames from Windsor to Reading/Caversham.

Cost per person for this cruise £1,050.00*
Deposit required £525.00 per cabin

To book please select the required number of cabins below. Our three cabins are identical and can all be configured as either twin or double bedded rooms according to your preference.

Please refer to our terms and conditions before booking. If you have any questions or specific requirements please contact us.

Twin/Double Cabin Windsor to Reading/Caversham Sunday 13 October 2024

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*Price based on 2 people sharing a twin/double cabin. Cabins booked for 1 person incur a single occupancy supplement of 50%.

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