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Oxford: River Thames Sightseeing Cruise

1. Oxford: River Thames Sightseeing Cruise

Cruise along the glorious River Thames on a short but scenic boat ride departing from the quaint Folly Bridge and heading toward the charming Iffley Lock. Admire your beautiful surroundings, made up of lush trees and cozy brick cottages, immersing you in the lovely old-town vibe of Oxford. Board your boat to begin your journey, throughout which your skipper will point out all the major sites and answer any questions you may wish to ask. Marvel at the views of Christ Church meadows, college boathouses, and a mix of wildlife and countryside, whilst enjoying your time on board. You will either ride a stunning traditional-style vessel or a more modern cruiser. Either way, rest assured you'll have a spacious boat to sit back and relax on.

Oxford: Sightseeing River Cruise

2. Oxford: Sightseeing River Cruise

This river cruise takes you on a fascinating stretch of the Thames River, starting with the University Regatta Course and heading towards the quaint Iffley village. This section of the river – referred to by the locals as the Isis – is one of the liveliest, and paints an accurate picture of the bustling river life. As you make your way down the river, you'll see the ancient Folly Bridge, Christchurch College and Meadows, the university rowing houses, and Iffley Lock. The waterways next to you contain rowers, punt boats, and pleasure cruisers, and are equally interesting to watch. During the cruise, your captain will share some history of the river and gladly answer any questions. Your cruising vessel will be one from a fleet of many Edwardian-style river launches. These boats combine the elegant lines and teak interiors of the early 1900s with the environmentally-friendly, zero-emission electric technology of today.

Oxford: Afternoon Tea Sightseeing River Cruise

3. Oxford: Afternoon Tea Sightseeing River Cruise

Traveling down the University Regatta course, the boat passes Christ Church Meadows, the University College Boat Houses, and other landmarks on your way to Iffley lock. This is often a busy and vibrant section of the river where training rowing crews, punts, and pleasure boats jostle for river space in a wonderful display of Oxford at play. Passing through the lock at Iffley is an experience in itself. The river scenery and fascinating buildings combine to form a picture perfect location. Beyond Iffley you will travel into the tranquil water meadows that surround Oxford and there are abundant opportunities to spot wildlife amongst the green banks and overhanging willows. The boat turns for home at Rose Island, a favourite destination of Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell on their river journeys. Aboard the boat an indulgent afternoon tea is provided by the renowned riverside restaurant, the Folly. The traditional menu typically includes: a selection of finger sandwiches, homemade scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, a selection of cakes, tarts, or petit fours, and tea.

Oxford: Scenic Sightseeing Cruise with Gourmet Picnic

4. Oxford: Scenic Sightseeing Cruise with Gourmet Picnic

This cruise travels through the city past famous landmarks including Christchurch College and Meadows, the University boathouses and regatta course, the Head of the River and Folly Bridge . From the river passenegers take in a side of Oxford's heritage rarely seen by visitors to the city. Quaint Osney Island, well-loved allotments and gardens and majestic and ancient Port Meadow are off the tourist trail but represent some of Oxford's most beautiful and intriguing scenery. Port Meadow, a vast area of common land, has remained little changed since prehistoric times and supports plants and bird-life in abundance. At the top of Port Meadow is Godstow. Godstow was the ultimate destination of Alice Liddell and Lewis Carroll when they followed an identical route to this trip while composing 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'. It is also the site of Trout Island, an inspiration for another of Oxfords literary icons, C S Lewis, and his stories of the land of Narnia. Your picnic lunch is provided by riverside restaurant, The Folly, and typically includes: • An selection of finger sandwiches • Homemade quiche or tart of the day • Homemade scones with strawberry jam, clotted cream and fresh strawberries  • Elderflower presse Served in a traditional picnic basket with napkins, crockery and glasses (to be returned to the crew at the end of the cruise). Drinks to take aboard can be purchased at the departure point.

Oxford: River Cruise with 3-Course Meal

5. Oxford: River Cruise with 3-Course Meal

Step aboard our elegant Edwardian River boats, where you'll be greeted with a chilled glass of Prosecco, and get ready to witness the vibrant tapestry of Oxford's river life unfold before your eyes. Sail along the meandering waters, passing by iconic landmarks such as the picturesque Folly Bridge, the lush Christ Church meadows, and the charming university boathouses. After this enchanting journey, your experience continues at The Folly restaurant, a haven where gastronomy takes centre stage. Be enticed by a carefully curated menu, featuring an exceptional selection of fresh, seasonal ingredients that have been thoughtfully prepared to tantalize your taste buds. Whether it's a leisurely lunch or an evening affair, be prepared for an extraordinary culinary escapade that will leave a lasting impression. Elevate your dining experience to new heights with this truly unique and contemporary way to spend a remarkable afternoon or evening. The blend of a river cruise and an exceptional three-course meal at The Folly promises an unrivaled adventure for the senses that will leave you with cherished memories.

Oxford: Sunset Cruise with a Glass of Prosecco

6. Oxford: Sunset Cruise with a Glass of Prosecco

Discover the River Thames on a sunset cruise in Oxford. Sail downstream from Folly Bridge, take in the beautiful colors of the sunset, and enjoy the evening with a glass of prosecco. Board your beautiful Edwardian ship at Folly Bridge and cruise downstream. Pass through Iffley Lock and continue down the river. Enjoy panoramic views of Rose Island before turning around and heading back upstream. As you cruise, sip on a glass of Prosecco or fruit juice and take in the sights and sounds of the Thames at sunset.

Oxford: Evening Sightseeing River Cruise with a Cocktail

7. Oxford: Evening Sightseeing River Cruise with a Cocktail

Glide down Oxford University's regatta course on the Thames River with a tasty cocktail in hand on this evening cruise. Relax as you admire the Christ Church Meadows and the University College Boat Houses from the water.  Meet your guide at a local restaurant and head to the historic Folly Bridge. Order a handcrafted, seasonal cocktail before you board the covered boat. Sail along Oxford's regatta course. Spot rowing crews, punts, and pleasure boats as they jostle for river space.  Cruise by the lush Christ Church Meadows and iconic University College Boat Houses which as received an Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) prize. Sip on your drink and watch a wonderful display of Oxford at play. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour.

Oxford: Punting Tour with a Student Guide

8. Oxford: Punting Tour with a Student Guide

Relax in the beautiful scenery of Oxford on a punting trip with a student guide along the River Cherwell. Discover the grounds that inspired Lewis Carroll to write Alice in Wonderland as you pass the Botanic Garden and Christ Church Meadow before having the option to see the River Thames. Make your way to the bouthouse to meet your friendly guide for the day. Listen to the serene sounds of the river as you climb into the boat and set off along the River Cherwell. Have a chat about life in the city for locals and students as you cruise past the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world. Be inspired as you pass Christ Church Meadow where Lewis Carroll once taught his students. Reach St. Hilda's College gardens and decide to head back to the boathouse or spend some more time on the river. If you're feeling adventurous continue south and ride in the punt along the River Thames.

Oxford: Sightseeing Boat Cruise with Prosecco

9. Oxford: Sightseeing Boat Cruise with Prosecco

Experience a lovely boat trip down the River Thames, departing from Folly Bridge passing through Iffley lock (The oldest and most beautiful lock on the Thames). Before heading on down river to turn at ‘’Rose Island’’, (formally known as the swan hotel). Take in the sights of Christ Church meadows, college boathouses, and beautiful countryside scenery along the way.

London: Kew to Westminster River Thames Cruise

10. London: Kew to Westminster River Thames Cruise

This Journey takes one and a half hours one way between Kew and Westminster it passes through the city of Westminster, Chelsea, Wandsworth & Putney the Start of the Oxford and Cambridge boat race. The Journey follows the Rivers winding course, passing tree- covered islands & towns before arriving at Westminster Pier, This service is perfect for any one wishing to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Palace, National Archives, Museum of Water & Steam, Brentford Football club. This trip is more of the scenic part of the Thames from Country side to city, with lots of quaint pubs and restaurants to visit.

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What people are saying about Oxford

Absolutely fabulous hour spent learning about lots of random, interesting sights and facts along the river from Skipper Nick. He was informative and very friendly, defo worth booking this up, highly recommend 10/10

The cruise was booked easily on line. Everything was on time &? The the weather was v overcast the guides knowledge was excellent along with his sense of humour.

Lovely river cruise. Very relaxing but also informative. Great guide who provide a fun and informative commentary.

Brilliant !! Thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and Skipper Nick was very entertaining.

Excellent guide and good service. A delightful excursion