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. 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 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 Windsor, Richmond and London. Royalty and history beckon, whilst water meadows, old inns, wildlife and weirs lead you serenely on your meanders.



Holiday details

Price

Classic

from £990 per person

Luxury

from £1,680 per person

Based on two people sharing a room

What’s included?

There are no extras, however you’ll love what’s included as standard

Duration

5 nights

Start & Finish

Starts Saturdays from Windsor, June 15 -August 31, 2019. Finishes London

Hotels

Classic

All accommodation is land based with centrally Located hand picked hotels and inns

Luxury

All accommodation is land based with a central London 5 star hotel and characterful and historic 4 hotels

Holiday type

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

Activity level

Gentle walking. More info...

Mileage

Optional 6 walks of 1 - 8 miles (2 - 13 km) per day with 4 river boat cruises of 1 - 4 hours per day

Terrain

Flat

Options

Additional nights in Windsor and London


Itinerary day-by-day


Classic

  1. 1. Day one

    Arrive Windsor

    Arrive in Windsor and take time to visit the castle where the Queen still lives. In the evening you might treat yourself to a performance at Windsor's theatre.

  2. 2. Day two

    Windsor to Runnymede

    You might catch the changing of the guard this morning or 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 soaring Long Walk. After afternoon tea, head off for a short boat ride downstream to Runnymede and the meadows where King John famously signed the Magna Carta. Your hotel lies a mile downstream along the Thames path through the meadows and if you are a. non walker, will be transferred there by car.

    Optional 5 miles (8 km) with a boat ride of 1 hour

  3. 3. Day three

    Runnymede to Hampton Court

    Still staggeringly rural, the river ride this morning passes through timeless English riverscape and drops you at the front door of regal Hampton Court Palace. Here 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. Our walk takes you through the hunting grounds of Henry VIII and the palace's extensive grounds. Your overnight stay is adjacent to the palace.

    Optional 5 miles (8 km) with a boat ride of 4 hours

  4. 4. Day four

    Hampton Court to Richmond

    It's your choice when you move on today; but you won't be short of things to see on your boat ride as this 'Arcadian' stretch of the Thames plays host to a wealth of royal and historic treasures. Richmond is brim full of character and our walk leads you by the river to Ham House and into expansive Richmond Park. Stay overnight in a riverside hotel.

    Optional 5 miles (8 km) walking with a boat ride of 1.5 hours

  5. 5. Day five

    Richmond to London

    A short stroll along the Thames from Richmond lie the world famous Botanic Gardens at Kew - an absolute must for those interested in things horticultural. You can board your final boat ride to London from here or Richmond and float serenely into the very heart of London. Wow - what a way to arrive in the capital! Disembark by The Houses of Parliament close to The London Eye where you will stay the night.

    Optional 3 miles (5 km) walking and a boat ride of 3 hours

  6. 6. Day six

    Enjoy London and depart

    We have an eye watering final walk for you through the capital taking in Tower Bridge and many of the famous landmarks along the river. The Thames after all is London's history and the liquid history of England.

    Optional 8 miles (13 km)

Luxury

  1. 1. Day one

    Arrive Windsor

    Arrive in Windsor and take time to visit the castle where the Queen still lives. In the evening you might treat yourself to a performance at Windsor's theatre.

  2. 2. Day two

    Windsor to Runnymede

    You might catch the changing of the guard this morning or 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 soaring Long Walk. After afternoon tea, head off for a short boat ride downstream to Runnymede and the meadows where King John famously signed the Magna Carta.

    Optional 5 miles (8 km) with a boat ride of 1 hour

  3. 3. Day three

    Runnymede to Hampton Court

    Still staggeringly rural, the river ride this morning passes through timeless English riverscape and drops you at the front door of regal Hampton Court Palace. Here 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. Our walk takes you through the hunting grounds of Henry VIII and the palace's extensive grounds. Your overnight stay is adjacent to the palace.

    Optional 5 miles (8 km) with a boat ride of 4 hours

  4. 4. Day four

    Hampton Court to Richmond

    It's your choice when you move on today; but you won't be short of things to see on your boat ride as this 'Arcadian' stretch of the Thames plays host to a wealth of royal and historic treasures. Richmond is brim full of character and our walk leads you by the river to Ham House and into expansive Richmond Park. Stay overnight in a riverside hotel.

    Optional 5 miles (8 km) walking with a boat ride of 1.5 hours

  5. 5. Day five

    Richmond to London

    A short stroll along the Thames from Richmond lie the world famous Botanic Gardens at Kew - an absolute must for those interested in things horticultural. You can board your final boat ride to London from here or Richmond and float serenely into the very heart of London. Wow - what a way to arrive in the capital! Disembark by The Houses of Parliament close to The London Eye where you will stay the night.

    Optional 3 miles (5 km) walking and a boat ride of 3 hours

  6. 6. Day six

    Enjoy London and depart

    We have an eye watering final walk for you through the capital taking in Tower Bridge and many of the famous landmarks along the river. The Thames after all is London's history and the liquid history of England.

    Optional 8 miles (13 km)