Thames Cruise aboard the African Queen 2018

River Thames | England, Europe

5 days
per person
  • Goring on Thames
  • Goring on Thames
  • Henley on Thames
  • Henley on Thames
  • Mapledurham
  • Goring on Thames
  • Sonning
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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.

Thames Cruise aboard the African Queen

Enjoy the beauty of the English countryside on the Thames cruise aboard the African Queen 2017 from The River Cruise Line. Relax on this five-day cruise as we sail through the heart England on this fabulous barge, which has been restored into an award-winning floating hotel We’ll pass picturesque English countryside and visit some quintessentially English towns along the famous Thames, and we’ll ensure you enjoy delicious meals, wonderful company and fantastic hospitality. Discover our full itinerary of our Thames cruise aboard the African Queen below, and visit our page on the African Queen to find out more about the ship.

Day 1: Mapledurham – Goring-on-Thames 
We set sail towards the attractive village of Goring-on-Thames. You can then enjoy a stroll along the river to the impressive Goring Lock or simply relax and watch the world go by. On return to the barge, the Captain’s wife will treat you to a wonderful meal.

Day 2: Goring-on-Thames – Wallingford - Mapledurham
We sail to the market town of Wallingford, better-known as the former home of the crime writer Agatha Christie. After a lunch stop at the riverside, we cruise back to Mapledurham for supper.

Day 3: Mapledurham – Caversham – Sonning
Enjoy some free time in historic Caversham before sailing to Sonning, once described by English writer Jerome K. Jerome as ‘the most fairy-like nook on the whole river’. We then dine at the Mill at Sonning Dinner Theatre before watching a performance in this 18th century watermill.

Day 4: Sonning – Henley-on-Thames
We continue on to Henley-on-Thames, globally recognised for its annual royal regatta. You can explore this charming town by walking along the Thames Path, visiting the River and Rowing Museum or even enjoying a 3D exhibition dedicated to the novel ‘The Wind in the Willows’.

Day 5: Henley-on-Thames – Mapledurham
We enjoy a final morning cruising back to Mapledurham where a delicious roast dinner is served on board before disembarking.

Please note: the itinerary may be subject to change due to extreme water levels on the Thames.


• Cruise along the most famous river in Britain and visit some of England’s most charming towns and villages

• Wake up to the beautiful English countryside each morning

• Enjoy first class hospitality with wonderful company
• Explore Wallingford the former home of crime writer Agatha Christie

• Visit the only dinner theatre in the UK – and the venue that inspired Toad Hall in ‘The Wind in the Willows’

• Stroll around picturesque Henley-on-Thames


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, alternatively we can arrange rail travel to Reading Central with a taxi transfer to Mapledurham - please speak to our Holiday advisors for details and additional costs.

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: 5 days

From: Mapledurham

Ends: Mapledurham

Travel options available:

  • Join at the Ship
5 days
per person

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Included in the Price

  • En suite cabin accommodation aboard the African Queen
  • Welcome reception
  • Full board during your cruise
  • A Cape Malay dinner
  • On board BBQ & quiz night
  • Evening meal at The Mill at Sonning Dinner Theatre
  • Lunch in a riverside inn
  • Visits to Mapledurham, Goring-on-Thames, Wallingford, Caversham, Sonning Henley-on-Thames


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