Classic & Luxury itinerary day-by-day
1. Day one
Arrive in Henley on Monday and check into your hotel located in the heart of the town. Enjoy a stroll around this elegant town, take in its River & Rowing museum, boats, and waterside cafes. Your host will meet you in the evening to run through the tour itinerary and to give you some local tips.
2. Day two
Henley to Marlow
The shortish walk today allows you time to explore both Henley and your destination town of Marlow. Both are bursting with character and history. The Thames Path takes you beside the course of the Henley rowing regatta, past the old mill and weir at Hambledon to the charms of Hurley village. With great views of the Chiltern hills and plenty of wildlife to enjoy, your hotel in Marlow adjacent to the old suspension bridge and weir will all too soon come into view.
8 miles (13 km)
3. Day three
Marlow to Windsor
What a day! Willow trees are dotted about meadows with boat houses, mini islands rise out of the water and grand houses loom into view. Discover the quirky village of Cookham and marvel at the majestic Windsor Castle in the distance. Visit the gallery in Cookham which celebrates Stanley Spencer's life; relive Edwardian history at Boulter's Lock at Maidenhead; delight at the stunning views at Cliveden House with its (in)famous political past. Approaching Windsor from the meadows of Eton, you cross the river here and stay overnight in the heart of this royal town.
14 miles (23 km)
4. Day four
Windsor to Runnymede
Today's shorter walk has been designed to give you a full morning in which to enjoy Windsor. Still inhabited by the Queen, Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world. You also are lucky enough to walk through the royal estate following the Thames river path. And not far beyond lies Runnymede and its old meadows. This town is where the historic charter was signed by King John. Your hotel here is a 16th Century Inn that lies adjacent to the river.
8 miles (14 km)
5. Day five
Runnymede to Hampton Court
Still very rural, the Thames runs through meadows with kissing gates, past holiday cottages and cosy inns and down a river abundant with wildlife. You will cross the river on the only ferry crossing of the tour and continue on to Hampton Court where you will stay adjacent to the vast palace attributed to Henry VIII.
12 miles (20 km)
6. Day six
Hampton Court to Richmond
At Hampton Court Palace there is 500 years of stunning royal history for you to discover from the Tudor kitchens to the maze, and the astronomical clock to the state apartments of William III. The itinerary offers you time to enjoy the palace and have a gentle stroll along the historic stretch of the river to Richmond where royalty built their houses and gardens over the centuries. Stay in this charming riverside village with a green overnight at our hand-picked boutique hotel.
7 miles (12 km)
7. Day seven
Richmond to Central London
Just 3 miles downstream from Richmond lie the world renowned Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and wonderful Kew Palace. Continue along the Thames Path to encounter ancient wharves, historic pubs, and renowned bridges. This really is hidden gem walking, with a new surprise around every corner and views of London most tourists rarely see. You have an enviable choice of how to spend the day, for you can walk all the way, or take the river boat from Richmond all the way or walk to Kew and take the afternoon boat into London. You will spend the night at a hotel in the heart of London, a short walk from the river path and from the boat pier at Westminster.
Up to 15 miles (24 km)
8. Day eight
Central London to Greenwich and the Thames Barrier and back. Depart
On the final day of your tour before you depart, you have the choice of a further walk downstream to Greenwich if you wish. En route you will get up close with Tower Bridge, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the former warehouses and dockyards of east London now converted into flats, marinas and the new banking zone of Canary Wharf. Once you reach Greenwich, take your time to absorb its maritime history and make the most of a photo opportunity astride the meridian line! And now is your chance to reward yourself with a final boat hop back to central London, taking in the Thames Barrier if you wish. And your adventure draws to an end!
Optional 11 miles (17 km)
There are surprises and intrigues, and views of London most tourists rarely see