holidays UK – Boating holidays on the River Thames – no airport tax or Air passenger Duty

Having just been on line searching for a ‘cheap holiday break’ for our family, we couldn’t believe how expensive it was to go abroad this Christmas period. As we are working during the summer months with river cruises and our boating holidays on the Thames, the winter time is the only time we can take our annual holiday. Having made a few enquiries as to why the prices per person to go on a package holiday were so high, it transpires it is largely due to Air passenger Duty (APD) and other related airport taxes.

So, may be a holiday in the UK is the best idea for our family holiday this year.

We are fortunate to operate our cruises in some of the most stunning countryside in England which provide the perfect holiday setting for our boat trips on the Thames.

Henley-On-Thames is an idyllic town combining a market town full of cafes, restaurants and pubs with countryside setting and an abundance of festivals such as the Henley 80’s Rewind Festival, Henley-On-Thames Royal Regatta, Henley Music Festival and many more. This makes our cruise destination Henley a popular choice with our guests. Henley is also close to Windsor and many guests use this as a base to visit Windsor castle, Legoland, Ascot Races as these places are only 25 minutes or so away by car or by train from Henley Train station.

Each week, we are featuring another video which we had made this summer to give our potential guests more of an idea of what our boat cruises and boating holidays. This week, the video is of Boat Geanna.

Hotel Boat Geanna is a skippered hire boat on the River Thames. We drive the boat and then having arrived at the destination, we moor up safely and leave guests to enjoy their holiday, whilst being only a few minutes away by car should they need us. Boat Geanna is 4 star rated with The aim is to provide a comfortable, luxury boat with all the facilities one would expect from a 4 star holiday cottage, but on water. This is an ideal way for holiday makers to experience a boating holiday without all the stress of having to drive the boat. As the boat can accommodate up to 11 people, it is the perfect venue for hen parties, get-togethers, family holidays and other social events. Everyone under one roof, but with seperate cabins for privacy etc.

This boat has already been featured in the channel 4 programme ‘Four In A Bed’ which is a programme where B&B owners and hoteliers stay in each other’s establishment and then rate their stay. We were delighted to have won this competition and if you would like to watch it, here is the link to view it

Alternatively why not have a look at our own video of boat Geanna. We’ve thought outside the box for our video’s and this one is no exception. Guess which advert on TV inspired this one! here’s the link to our Geanna boating holiday page where the video is located.

Boat Geanna river cruise video

Olympic Torch passes by Boat Geanna River Thames Henley-On-Thames

Our guests on board Hotel boat Geanna were treated to an unexpected close up of the Olympic torch as it was carried by Steve Redgrave on a rowing boat, right past boat Geanna. The crowds came out in force along the bank of the Thames. The best vantage point was Geanna’s stern deck as Steve Redgrave’s boat stopped right outside to turn around. We were definitely in the right place at the right time!

River Thames Henley Royal Regatta on Boat Geanna

Last weekend saw loads of action at the famous Royal Regatta Henley-On-Thames. Hotel boat Geanna, winner of Channel 4 ‘Four In A Bed’,’hosted a hen party over the weekend. Spectators passing by were in for an unexpected treat when the girls hired ‘Chippendale’ arrived for the occasion!

Special offer 50% off mid week break on Boat Geanna 2nd July 2012 River Thames Henley

The sun is shining and to celebrate, we are offering a half price 4 night mid-week break on Hotel boat Geanna for Monday 2nd July and departing Friday 6th July and for Monday 9th July – departing Friday 13th July. Prices work out at only £21 per person per night (based on 6 sharing in your party and 4 nights minimum stay)

This is a bargain and Henley-On-Thames is a perfect place to get away from it all and you’ll be in time to catch some of the Henley Festival too! The offer is for 4 nights acommodation on a self catering basis for up to a maximum of 6 people. You will board and dis-embark at Henley. Extra guests (up to a total of 10 in the party) are welcome at £50 per person per night. Offer excludes mooring fees which are paid locally. This offer is only valid for the above dates where you stay for a minimum of 4 nights. First come first served!


Boating holiday on River Thames special offer on Boat Geanna, winner of ‘Four In A Bed’ Channel 4

If you fancy getting away from it all, how about a luxurious boating holiday on the Thames? Cruise on the Thames to Henley-On-Thames with us driving the boat for you. No  need to bring anything except your suitcase and a bottle of something nice while you sit on the deck watching the sunset. As a special offer we are offering a 3 night weekend break from  Fri 15th June – Mon 18th June for £550 for the boat hire, based on up to 6 people in your party occupying the boat (additional guests are £50 per person per night – max 10 guests in total). This offer will only be available up until 10th June. we will even do our best to get some sunshine for you!

All our boats in Henley on the River Thames during the Flotilla Pageant 2nd June 2012

After the sucessful launch of Boat Gina, it was a wonderful sight to see all our boats in MyRivercruising: Geanna,Ginetta and Gina on the River Thames in Henley during the weekend of the River Thames Pageant. All our guests had a fantastic vantage point of the flotilla and the weather held for us!

Special Offers

January Sale – save up to £250 on a River Thames Boating Holiday

Save up to £250 on a 4 night mid-week holiday or 3 night weekend holiday

This offer is for Boating Holidays River Thames on Boat Geanna. For larger groups of over 6 people (up to 11 people max) pay only the 6 person price, meaning your extra guests go free.

Extra guests (above 6 people) are usually £50 per person in addition to the base price, so for bookings of 11 people, this means 5 guests go free saving £250.

This offer is only valid for bookings made from 1st January 2015 – 30th January 2015 on Boat Geanna for holiday dates up to 23rd May 2015.


So if you are planning a hen party and are looking for a bargain, then this deal is for you. Offer expires 30th January 2015


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Call 07780 88 71 72 to reserve your special offer!

Winter bookings

Despite the snow we have still been cruising on Geanna.

If you fancy a short break, why not give us a call and book a weekend break on Boat Geanna. We have a lovely mooring spot at ‘The Bel and the Dragon’ restaurant, only a 10 minute walk from reading Town centre but in a really delightful quiet area. The restaurant / pub is excellent and who needs to cook when you have this next door!

We’re offering excellent last minute rates so why not give us a call?

Winner of Four In A Bed Channel 4

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has sent us their lovely comments. It’s been a real roller coaster of emotions for us and we are so thrilled to have won! Well Done GEANNA!

Thank you again to all of you who have taken the time to email us.