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Down the River to Downton with European Waterways

March 14, 2014 River Cruising No Comments Email Email

Highclere_CastleLuxury hotel barge operator, European Waterways is now offering two additional Downton Abbey cruises along the River Thames in 2014 aboard the luxury hotel barge, Magna Carta.

Meandering along the famous Royal River between Hampton Court and Henley-on-Thames, selected cruises aboard the 8-passenger Magna Carta will offer guests a rare excursion to visit Highclere Castle, the setting for the renowned period drama series, Downton Abbey.

The hugely-impressive Victorian castle sits on a 1,000 acre estate and is the iconic home of the fictional Crawley family on the show. The “real” Downton Abbey has been owned by the Carnarvon family since 1679, where Lord and Lady Carnarvon still live today.   Magna Carta

There are already three ‘Downton cruises’ scheduled for April 13, April 20 and May 4 – and now the cruises departing August 10 and August 17 will also include a visit to the Castle.

“We introduced the tour of Highclere Castle into our shore excursion programme last year and our clients on Magna Carta enjoyed it so much, we decided to bring it back in 2014 for selected departures” says Derek Banks, Managing Director of European Waterways.

The cruise itinerary also features a private tour of Dorney Court, a beautiful Tudor manor house on the banks of theThames, where ElizabethThe Other Boleyn Girl, and Agatha Christie’s TV series Poirot were all filmed.  The cruise concludes with a tour of Christ Church, one of Oxford’s most prestigious colleges and where Lewis Carroll wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Rates for Magna Carta’s 6-night, August 10 and 17, 2014 departures start at €3,780 ($5,800 AUD) per person, and include all meals, wines, an open bar, daily escorted excursions and local transfers and admissions. Rates are based on double occupancy and whole boat charters are also available. 

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