Guests get the royal treatment on the hotel’s houseboat cruises of European waterways
Published on: Wednesday, May 25, 2022
While Her Majesty’s loyal British subjects will celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s historic Platinum Jubilee during the four days of June 2-5, 2022, European Waterways guests are treated like royalty throughout the season. The company’s lavish Magna Carta hotel barge, which cruises Britain’s River Thames, takes guests on daily, sometimes private, tours of some of the lavish royal residences that feature prominently in the celebration of 70 years of reign of the Queen in the United Kingdom. Along the way, they cruise in comfort, enjoy gourmet meals prepared by their personal chef, drink the finest regional wines, and take in views of castles, lavish estates, and the rural beauty of the English countryside fit for dignitaries. .
With Magna Carta cabins selling out quickly for the 2022 season, travelers can still book 2023 and beyond at current prices, which start at $5,190 per person, based on double occupancy. Whole boat charters start at $38,200 and allow guests to indulge in activities such as antiques, golf and tennis, as well as family activities.
Palaces and Castles
Among the many excursions on the Magna Carta itinerary is a private tour of Hampton Court Palace. Guests tour some of Henry VIII’s apartments and the haunted palace gallery, where rumor has it that his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, ran screaming to confront Henry VIII when she discovered he had found out about her affair. Guests will tour the original Tudor kitchens, which feature a hearth that is still used to show how meat was cooked on a spit. They will also visit the great hall with exposed beams which dates from the 16th century, as well as the elegant and well-kept gardens of the east-facing private garden.
Magna Carta guests can also enjoy a cruise to Windsor Castle, Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite residence. Built by William the Conqueror over 900 years ago, it is the largest castle in the world still inhabited today. Guests will be treated to a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of St. George’s College and visit St. George’s Chapel, where the royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry took place. They will also enjoy breathtaking views on the 4 km long promenade that leads to the castle.
Depending on the itinerary, Magna Carta may also offer guests a private tour of Dorney Court. This Tudor mansion has belonged to the Palmer family for over 450 years. It served as a filming location for well-known titles like “Poirot” and “The Other Boleyn Girl”.
The classic Magna Carta cruise includes a trip to Cliveden Estate, once owned by George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham and court favorite of Charles II. Cliveden was also later home to the American Astor family, during which time it became a destination for high society, entertaining prime ministers like David Lloyd George and Winston Churchill.
“An all-inclusive hotel barge cruise on European waterways is the perfect way to celebrate your own jubilee or other special occasion – or simply to spend a week of pampering, sweet sightseeing and relaxation,” said Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways. . “Whichever cruising region you choose, you will always get the royal treatment!”
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