A Classic Christmas 2019

River Thames | England, Europe

4 days
per person
  • Champagne
  • Andy and Bonny Cowley
  • Christmas Bauble
  • The African Queen
  • Snowman
ChampagneAndy and Bonny CowleyChristmas BaubleThe African QueenSnowman
Note that there may be small differences between our general Itinerary for this cruise and a specific departure. To view departure specific itineraries please go to the Dates and Prices tab and click "View Itinerary" on a specific departure.


Christmas Cruise aboard the African Queen Itinerary

The African Queen is truly unique – a floating hotel on a peaceful stretch of the Thames, and owners Andy and Bonny take great pride in looking after their guests, with warm hospitality and mouthwatering meals. So join us for a Christmas like no other, combining beautiful scenery with all the comforts of home, except that you get to enjoy the worldly pleasure of doing... absolutely nothing. Relax as we sail through the English countryside and visit some quintessentially English towns. We’ll ensure you enjoy delicious meals, wonderful company and fantastic hospitality.

Day 1: Christmas Eve
Make your own way to the country estate of Mapledurham near Reading and step aboard the African Queen where you will receive a warm welcome with a glass of bubbly. Shortly after, we enjoy a delicious buffet supper as part of our onboard Christmas Eve party.

Day 2: Christmas Day
Merry Christmas! Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and then choose from a number of options: you can join a guided walk to the Folly, visit St Margaret Church for the Christmas Day service, or take some time out to explore the area on your own. We return to the African Queen for a lovely afternoon which starts with our traditional Christmas day lunch. Cheese and biscuits are served later on in the evening.

Day 3: Boxing Day
Sit back and relax as we enjoy a cruise along the Wind in the Willows route (weather permitting), for the perfect way to spend Boxing Day. A two-course lunch is served onboard, and later we indulge in a Cape Malay dinner followed by an evening of parlour games.

Day 4: Return Journey Home
We bid a fond farewell to our hosts and disembark the African Queen.

Christmas Cruise aboard the African Queen

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• Spend Christmas relaxing aboard the charming African Queen

• Wake up to the beautiful English countryside each morning

• Enjoy first class hospitality with wonderful company

• Enjoy a traditional Christmas Day lunch

• Stroll around the country estate of Mappledurham


We offer a number of flexible travel options for you to join your cruise, whether you want to travel to the port of departure or directly to the ship. Please see below:

Join at the Ship

You are of course free to make your own way to and from the ship by booking your flight/ferry or train tickets independently – a small reduction applies. With your joining instructions we will send you a map of where the ship is berthed and also a boarding time.

Dates and pricing

The details below show the travel options, pricing and the available departure dates for this itinerary. If you have any questions about this cruise please do not hesitate to call our Holiday Advisors.


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Length: 4 days

From: Mapledurham

Ends: Mapledurham

Travel options available:

  • Join at the Ship
4 days
per person

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Included in the Price

  • En suite cabin accommodation aboard the African Queen
  • Welcome reception
  • All meals onboard including a traditional Christmas Day lunch & a Cape Malay dinner
  • Christmas Eve party
  • Cruise along the Wind in the Willows route (weather permitting)
  • Parlour games


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