River Thames

Coming Soon – Narrowboat Gema. A New addition to our Narrowboat Holidays River Thames,UK

The winter is nearly upon us and we are as busy as ever, preparing the boats for next season. We are currently in the process of taking delivery for the latest addition to the narrowboat hire fleet: Narrowboat Gema, the sister boat of Narrowboat Gina but bigger, sleeping up to 8 people.

Gema is a 69ft Narrowboat and will be put into service on 1st April 2015 for narrowboat holidays on the River Thames and Kennet & Avon Canal. Fitted to a high standard, this narrowboat will sleep uo to 8 people comfortably in 3 bespoke cabins and in the Dinette area. Built with the boat holiday market in mind, Narrowboat Gema has the flexiblity to have the cabins made up as single beds or as doubles, according to our guest requirements. The boat will have 2 bathrooms and a spacious living area, no mean feat on a narrow boat!

Boating Holidays in the UK are proving to be an ever popular holiday, whether taken as an annual summer holiday or as  Short Break Holidays in the UK, no airport queues or airport taxes to pay. Having had wonderful summer weather this year, many of our guests are returning again next year to hire a narrowboat and explore other parts of the Thames they didn’t manage to get to this year. Fishing holidays on the Thames and Hen Parties are still popular on the River Thames, especially on Boat Geanna in Henley-On-Thames. The Royal Regatta in Henley is already fully booked on our other boats so if you’d still like to book, then book our new canalboat Gema as she is still available for the Henley Regatta week and also for the Henley 80’s Rewind Festival for accommodation.

We’ve kept our boating holiday prices competitive for next year and are currently doing special offers for 2 week holiday breaks (contact us on +44 7780 887172 directly for details).

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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 visitengland.com. 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 http://www.channel4.com/programmes/four-in-a-bed/episode-guide/series-2/episode-53

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

Now is the time to enjoy a River Thames cruise and boating holidays on the Thames

With the Olympics in full swing, the River Thames has been blissfully quiet and combined with the recent sunshine, who needs to go abroad and relax when you can chill out on a boat trip in Henley or a river cruise in Caversham? No need to sit in queues of traffic, we are located in Reading with easy access to the train station and car parks. Our boat trips to Henley are among the most popular with the stunning scenery and the opportunity to see all the rowing boats in action, for which Henley is particularly famous for.

So why do people book a river thames boat trip or river Thames boating holiday with us?

If you’ve ever been thinking about how to celebrate a special occasion and have been searching for 50th birthday ideas, 60th birthday ideas or 70th birthday ideas etc or special occasion ideas in general, then maybe we have the perfect solution for you.

We can offer bespoke private river cruises on the thames where you are the only passengers. From the moment you arrive, you receive VIP treatment with a welcome complimentary glass of bubbly. The boat can be decorated with birthday greetings banners and ribbons and bunting to mark the occasion.

The atmosphere on board is informal and relaxed. River boat cruises are the best way to completely unwind, take in the stunning scenery and a chance to talk with other family members or friends where no one is in a rush.

During your boat trip on the thames, there  is the chance to see all the newly hatched wildlife ducks, swans and other birds. Experiencing wildlife close up is amazing and if we happen to see any newly born birds, we slow the boat right down so as not to disturb them and also it gives you the ideal opportunity to take a photograph.

Not only do we have the privilage to see nature close up, we also get to meet so many interesting people along the way. During a visit to Sonning Lock, it isn’t uncommon for bystanders to start chatting to you. There is a real interest in boating on the Thames and frequent questions regarding boat hire on the Thames, about popular cruising destinations  and even the famous British weather are among the topics discussed.

Life slows down when you cruise along. You lose all concept of time and any thoughts of work are soon forgotten.

To find out more, why not click on the links below.

River Thames evening cruises and party cruises

Cream tea cruises

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!


River Thames boat cruises take on a new theme!

Despite the rain, one type of River cruise has prevailed where the weather isn’t a problem – our new children’s Pirate party cruises. The rain has not put off our young sailors who have bravely sought treasure and enjoyed a voyage of discovery on the River Thames on our good pirate ship ‘GINETTA.’ Muddy wellies and happy children. Result!

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!