African Queen Thames River Cruises

5 Day Cruise

5 Day Cruises River Thames African Queen
All Inclusive “Five Day Cruise” including an excursion to The Mill at Sonning Dinner Theatre & Lunch at an exclusive riverside restaurant.

From £639.00 per person

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  • Check in from 2:00pm. A ‘Welcome Safety Meeting’ by Andy the Skipper will follow.
  • At 3:00pm the African Queen will set off up-stream to Goring on Thames, following ‘The Wind In The Willows Route’, arriving around 6:00pm.
  • Guests can go ashore & enjoy a ‘Sundowner’ at any one of the old historical pubs.
  • Return to the African Queen by 7:30pm, a three course ‘Cape Malay’ dinner will be served on board. The African Queen will spend the night in Goring.


  • After breakfast the African Queen will continue her journey upstream to Wallingford where we will turn around, the scenery along this stretch of the Thames is beautiful.
  • At around 1:00pm the African Queen will stop for a two course lunch at an exclusive riverside restaurant.
  • After lunch the African Queen will make her way back to Mapledurham which includes cruising through three locks.
  • From 7:30pm a light supper will be served on board. The African Queen will spend the night at her mooring in Mapledurham.

Friday morning

  • After breakfast the African Queen will cruise downstream to Caversham & moor up outside the Grand Plaza Hotel. Some may want to go ashore for a walk about.
  • At 1:00 pm a two course lunch will be served on board

Friday afternoon

  • The African Queen will continue her journey to Sonning arriving around 4:30pm.

Friday night

Saturday morning

  • After breakfast the African Queen will cruise to Henley-on-Thames arriving around 1:00pm.
  • A two course lunch will be served on board.

Saturday afternoon

  • Spend a relaxing time enjoying the beautiful historic town of Henley-on-Thames

Saturday night

  • A ‘BBQ’ will be served on board followed by the ‘Saturday Night Quiz’


  • After breakfast the African Queen will return to Mapledurham arriving around 2:30pm.
  • A two course ‘Sunday Roast’ will be served on board while cruising
  • Check out by 3:00pm

Riverside Restaurant Gallery

The Mill at Sonning Theatre Gallery


Lunch Menu

  • Saturday – Smoked Salmon with Mustard & Dill Sauce or Cornish Pasty with Demi Glaze Gravy served with Green Cabbage
  • Friday – Spinach Puff 0r Warm Chicken Salad
  • Sunday – Stuffed Roast Chicken served with Roast Potatoes & Roast Vegetable

Saturday Night BBQ

Marinated Spareribs, Marinated Chicken Legs, Boerewors & Hamburgers served with Potato Salad, Green Salad,  Rice Salad , Banana Salad & Garlic Bread.

Available Dates

  • 24 April 2018
  • 02 May 2018
  • 09 May 2018
  • 16 May 2018
  • 23 May2018
  • 30 May 2018
  • 06 June 2018
  • 13 June 2018
  • 20 June 2018
  • 27 June 2018
  • 04 July 2018
  • 11 July 2018
  • 18 July 2018
  • 25 July 2018
  • 01 Aug 2018
  • 08 Aug 2018
  • 15 Aug 2018
  • 22 Aug 2018
  • 05 Sept 2018
  • 12 Sept 2018
  • 19 Sept 2018
  • 26 Sept 2018
  • 03 October 2018
  • 17 October 2018

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Phone – 01858 438455
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Here's what people say about us

  • Great weekend – nothing quite like it!

    Seeing our great national river up close while others do all the hard work was well worth the price. You would be hard pushed to find such a combination of excellent food and under-stated seamanship anywhere else. All we had to do was relax and enjoy. Given our weather can be unpredictable the boat was well fitted for all possible circumstances and so was the bar – nice to see a classic paper spreadsheet in use 😉

    Roger C – Mattishall
  • Christmas on the African Queen!

    Last year my fiancee and myself went on the African Queen for Christmas. We enjoyed it so much that we had to take my family and friends there this year. The location it self is probably one of the most beautiful locations in England. Again the crew’s service was excellent, no request is to big for Andy and Bonnie. Their hospitality is also unmatched.
    All I can say about the food is that words can’t do it justice and it needs to be experienced!

    Renier P – UK
  • Spent several days aboard a 100ft Dutch Barge! Excellent food – Bonnie is a superb chef, ably assisted by Bobby. Wonderful atmosphere. Compact accommodation but exceedingly clean and very functional! and “user friendly”. Andy is an excellent mine host – tells very funny stories and has a really good sense of humour. Beautiful countryside. An experience to treasure and to repeat!

    Patrick M – South Africa
  • Have just returned from five days on board the boat hotel, African Queen.

    It was a most enjoyable, relaxing experience. Our expectations were exceeded when we received a phone call from Bonny, the co-owner of the vessel, to welcome us in advance and to check that if we had special dietary needs could be met. She also checked that we had any concerns prior to our departure. Shortly after boarding we were treated to home made scones with jam and cream and that was the start of interesting, quality meals which were cooked to perfection. Delicious!


    Ezanns – Lincoln
  • A weekend with a difference!

    If you are looking for peace, great food, then this is the place to be. Andy, Bonnie and Bobby do everything humanly possible to make their guests comfortable. Andy is the skipper, keeping many people amused with his anecdotes and experiences of life. Bonnie and Bobby keep their guests exceptionally well fed and comfortable.

    Everybody on our trip gelled (young and old) and on Saturday we had a wonderful evening celebrating a guest’s birthday. We sang, danced, laughed and had a thoroughly good time.


    W Spatriciab – Wellington