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  • "My river boating holiday gave us the freedom of living on wide-beam canalboat, but with the luxury of sleeping in a hotel"

  • The River Thames is truly stunning. We could moor up in so many picturesque places.

  • Extensive training is provided before your holiday so that you are happy & confident in driving the boat.

  • If you are thinking of owning a boat, book our RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman course on the Thames. Ladies only courses also available.

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Luxury Wide Beam & Narrow boat Boating Holidays, hire & tuition in Oxfordshire

Welcome to MyRiverCruising canal boat holidays on the River Thames. We are based in Reading Berkshire, and pride ourselves in offering luxury self-drive narrowboat and wide beam boating holidays on the River Thames Oxfordshire.

Spring Sale 15% off all narrowboat holiday bookings  & 10% off all wide beam boating holidays for holiday dates from 12th April to 31st May 2019. Offer starts 20th March and ends 1st May 2019

Our beautiful narrow boats and widebeam canal boats provide luxurious accommodation which meet the exacting requirements of guests expectations, in boats which are easy to drive. We are dog friendly too. Please feel free to contact us if you have any query. We’re   happy to help and discuss your holiday requirements.




Sleeps 8 – 11




Sleeps up to 8




Sleeps up to 8


Gina 2


Sleeps up to 6

NEW – Day boat hire on the River Thames

Enjoy a day out and explore the River Thames at your own pace in our beautiful day hire boat

Flat rate £240 for day hire.

This is an ideal boat for day boat hire and can accommodate up to 6 people by day and can also be booked as a self-drive boating holiday  on the Thames for weekend breaks, mid-week breaks or longer

Gina is a charming 58ft narrowboat and her size makes her very easy to drive as well as providing generous living space inside.

The front deck has seating for 4 persons and the extremely spacious stern deck allows more people to enjoy the views and of course provides ample space for the helmsman.

Boat Tuition in Reading

Learn how to drive a narrowboat or widebeam boat in a relaxed informal atmosphere.

RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman Course and Inland Waterways Crew Course

  • RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman Course and Crew course offered
  • ICC  CEVNI test offered at our centre. This is required if you wish to cruise on the waterways in Europe
  • Tuition on your own boat or on one of our narrowboats or widebeam
  • Learn how to go through Thames Locks and Canal locks
  • Boat tuition tailored to your requirements
  • Ideal if you are thinking of purchasing a narrowboat or widebeam boat or have just bought your own
  • Book an individual place, 2 places or 3 places. Discounted rates for 2 and 3 people booking together
  • With a max of 3 students on any one course, this provides ample opportunity for practising your skills
  • Ladies only courses available and very popular
  • Courses are 2 days but can be completed in a day depending on prior experience and successful completion of course criteria.


We had the most fabulous time, cruising down the Thames. Couldn’t recommend highly enough! The boat is beautiful and we loved watching the amazing houses, waving at people on the bank and having a good girlie catch-up in the sunshine. Thank you so much.

Julie, Reading

We enjoyed an excellent four days cruising on the Thames, travelling through some beautiful and unspoilt stretches of river from Reading as far as Clifton Hampden near Oxford and returning to Henley via the beautiful villages of Sonning and Shiplake.

Nicholas W, Dorking

After watching Four in a bed seeing your boat Geanna I knew you deserved to win. I worked for a hotel boat company and I have to say what a beautiful boat you have. I will doubt you will need to advertise and I would like to say you both deserved to win the all way through.


Just a quick email to say a very big thank you for such a wonderful stay!! We had a memorable time on your amazing boat! You have thought of everything to make for a VERY comfortable stay…I’d like to move in! Also thank you for taking time out on Boxing day to take us for a trip! It was brilliant!

Lee Mitchell
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Boating holidays on the River Thames

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