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  • The African Queen
    Sailing from Mapledurham near Reading, the African Queen, a spacious converted barge over 100 ft long with a large deck, was once moored in Holland and also Ireland, from where the owners bought her.
  • Mapledurham House
    Away from the distractions of town, business or busy hotels, Mapledurham is an oasis of peace, natural beauty and history. The location has attracted many film and television productions and continues to be enjoyed by visitors and holiday- makers alike.You could visit the Mapledurham House and Watermill, both of which date back to Doomsday England and have a varied history.
  • Henley on Thames
    A picturesque town on the edge of the Chilterns, Henley on Thames was founded in the 12th-century and is well-known today as home of the annual Royal Regatta, attracting the world’s finest rowers.
  • Goring weir
    Goring lock and weir are located between the twin-villages of Goring-On-Thames in Oxfordshire and Streatley in Berkshire.
  • Inside the African Queen
    Owned and run by Andy and Bonny Cowley, who also cooks the very good food served aboard, African Queen has a bar and restaurant which serves Dutch and Cape Malay style cuisine such as milk tart, koeksisters and babotie. The African Queen accommodates 12 passengers.
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The African Queen Escorted Journeys
The African Queen

Sailing from Mapledurham near Reading, the African Queen, a spacious converted barge over 100 ft long with a large deck, was once moored in Holland and also Ireland, from where the owners bought her.

Cruise the Thames aboard The African Queen

  • Full board
  • One excursion
  • The hosting services of the owners
  • Captain’s welcome drink
  • A Cape Malay dinner
  • An evening BBQ and a quiz night 
  • Porterage
  • Cancellation cover

4 nights
from
£569
per person


Cruise the Thames aboard The African Queen

Small Group

Customer reviews

This cruise reveals a magical stretch of Britain's most celebrated waterway. Sailing through the heart of Wind in the Willows country, you'll explore historic riverside towns such as Mapledurham, Wallingford and Caversham, glide past the picturesque Chilterns and stop at some lovely waterfront inns. You'll also cruise through eight locks.

The holiday includes an excursion to the 18th-century mill theatre in Sonning to see a show and an optional visit to the River and Rowing Museum in
Henley-upon-Thames.

Just as memorably, you'll have the chance to experience life aboard a real riverboat. You and your fellow guests can look forward to excellent hospitality, including delicious food, a BBQ, a quiz night and a special Cape Malay dinner.

Escorted Journey

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See the sights at a laid-back pace. On these tours you'll rarely spend more than three or four hours travelling a day and there will usually be a few days for you to simply stay put and relax. Typically, any walking during the excursions will be at a leisurely pace and will amount to just a few hours of the course of the day.

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Day 1 Mapledurham to Goring-on-Thames

After you board the African Queen in Mapledurham, a reception will introduce you to the boat, captain and crew. In the afternoon, your cruise begins with a relaxing journey upstream along the celebrated 'Wind In The Willows' route.

Here, you'll enjoy some free time ashore in picturesque Goring-on-Thames, perhaps with a 'Sundowner' at one of the historic pubs. This evening, a three-course Cape Malay dinner will be served on board before you moor overnight in Goring.

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