Classic & Luxury itinerary day-by-day
1. Day one
Arrive in Oxford and check into your hotel right in the middle of the city. Enjoy a guided walk in the afternoon along a carefully designed route that gives you the chance to discover the historic university college buildings, numerous art galleries, museums, and famous libraries. Discover too fine restaurants, unique shops and river backwaters where you can see students enjoying a spot of punting or rowing.
2. Day two
Oxford to Abingdon
Your boat ride to Abingdon leaves after lunch so have a final stroll around Oxford or take our walk and discover how rural Oxford slides right into the heart of the city. The Thames Path and the canal offer wide meadows teeming with wildlife. Look upwards and you'll be greeted with a skyline view of those famous dreaming spires. No surprises that this particular landscape inspired Lewis Carroll to write Alice in Wonderland. When you're ready, board your boat from the city centre and float downstream in time for tea in Abingdon. Stay overnight here in the Georgian merchants houses just a stone's throw from where you landed.
Optional 5 miles (8 km) walking with a boat ride of 2 hours
3. Day three
Abingdon to Wallingford
Unravel the history of ancient Abingdon this morning and watch the world go by. Those who like 'doing' can take our circular walk along the Thames Path to pretty Sutton Courtenay with backwaters, islands and gentle hills enroute back. Enjoy a riverside lunch in Abingdon and hop aboard afterwards for the 3 hour picturesque cruise. The Thames on this stretch is unassuming with a serene charm, beautiful bridges and a few remote locks. Arrive in Wallingford late afternoon with time to enjoy this characterful town.
Optional 7 miles (11 km) walking with a boat ride of 3 hours
4. Day four
Wallingford to Sonning
Enjoy a tasty breakfast at your hotel and then head to the boat for a float downstream that is all drama - the river cuts through the stunning wooded area of the Chiltern Hills. Arrive in time for lunch, during which you can contemplate your next move. If you're not in the mood to put your walking boots on, we will transfer you to the Tudor village of Sonning - possibly the most charming Thames village of all. You can also arrive here by taking a short walk along the Thames Path and if you're in the mood for more, the route continues into the hills. Whatever the choice, your overnight stay is at the inn in Sonning.
Optional 3 or 9 miles (5 or 14 km) walking with a boat ride of 3 hours
5. Day five
Sonning to Henley
Take time to explore Sonning before today's short but beautiful boat ride that concludes in Henley where you can have lunch. Famed for its annual rowing regatta, this elegant town offers much for you to discover. The river too boasts some wonderful sites with an ancient mill, gurgling weirs and mini islands. Explore these on foot if you wish today or tomorrow. Your hotel for the night is in the middle of Henley.
Optional 5 miles (8 km) walking with a boat ride of 1 hour
6. Day six
Depart Henley (5 night tour) or Henley to Marlow (7 night tour)
A very relaxing day! Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Henley and enjoy perhaps too a visit to The River and Rowing Museum. If you are moving on to Windsor, your boat departs at tea time and takes you through some of the river's most magical settings enroute to affluent Marlow - a wow of a town. Dock beside the weir and make your way to your hotel nearby.
Boat ride of 2 hours
7. Day seven
Marlow to Windsor
After breakfast we will transfer you to Windsor. Today you will be able to soak up the history of the magnificent castle where the Queen still lives.You should catch the changing of the guard or you might want to take a tour of Eton College but you should if you possibly can head into wonderful Windsor Great Park. Our route gives fabulous views of London and a stroll up the sweeping Long Walk back to the castle. As this is the last evening of your tour, you might treat yourself to a performance at Windsor's theatre.
Optional 5 miles (8 km) walking
8. Day eight
Enjoy Windsor today and depart at leisure.
board your boat from the city centre and float downstream in time for tea in Abingdon