This walk and river boat trip is a wonderfully relaxed way of experiencing the Thames. Each day you board a river boat (ticket included) and float downstream to your next destination. There you have an enviable choice for you can pull on your walking boots and enjoy the best local route we know through the surrounding countryside and along the river or you can revel in the slow pace and just potter about to your heart's content. Each overnight stay is a few minutes walk from the boat pier of these historic towns with riverside cafes, tempting museums and celebrated landmarks claiming your attention.

This is such a great way to discover the sights, sounds and smells of quintessential England for the river threads its way through sleepy rural villages, pretty landscapes and through the heart of bustling historic towns such as Oxford, Henley and Windsor. Royalty and history beckon, whilst water meadows, old inns, wildlife and weirs lead you serenely on your adventure.

For further details of your route, see classic hotel itinerary and luxury hotel itinerary.

Holiday details

Price from
Classic £790 per person for 5 nights based on two people sharing a room or £1,075 per person for 7 nights based on two people sharing a room
Luxury £1,420 per person for 5 nights based on two people sharing a room or £1,920 per person for 7 nights based on two people sharing a room
Extras included
There are no extras, however you’ll love what’s included as standard
Duration
5 or 7 nights
Start & Finish
Starts Saturdays from Oxford. Finishes Henley (5 night tour) or Windsor (7 night tour). Available to start between 14th July and 18th August 2018.
Hotels
Classic All accommodation is land based with centrally located hand picked hotels and inns and 1 b&b
Luxury All accommodation is land based with a characterful and historic 4 and 5 star hotels and a coaching inn
Activity level
Gentle walking. More info...
Self-guided
This tour is priced without a guide and you are free to explore on your own.  If you would like a guide for part or all of your trip, we are happy to provide a knowledgeable, local guide
Mileage
5 or 7 days of optional walking 3 - 9 miles (5 - 14 km) per day with 4 or 6 river boat cruises 1 - 4 hours per day
Terrain
Essentially flat but with some gentle hills
Options
  • Additional nights in Oxford, Henley and Windsor
  • Continue on to London with our Meanders on the lower Thames trip

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