African Queen Thames River Cruises

5 Day Cruise

5 Day Cruises River Thames African Queen

Our 5 day

Quintessential Thames River Cruise
brings you a unique combination of truly
memorable experiences

Meander along the river in comfort and style with everything
done for you by our friendly and professional crew

Thames River “5 day cruise” including an excursion to The Mill at Sonning Dinner Theatre and lunch at the exclusive Beetle and Wedge riverside restaurant.

Full Board Price
from £780.00 per person

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  • Historic villages and country estates
  • Stately homes of the rich and famous
  • Tranquil countryside and wildlife
  • Entertaining Dinner Theatre
  • Fascinating locks and ancient bridges
  • Inviting Pubs and quaint markets
  • Cozy, comfortable cabins
  • Wonderful tales of the river
  • Socialising with other interesting people
  • Delicious authentic cuisine



  • Check in from 14:00. A ‘Welcome Safety Meeting’ by Andy the Skipper will follow.
  • At 15:00 the African Queen will set off up-stream to Goring on Thames, following ‘The Wind In The Willows Route’, arriving around 18:00.
  • Guests can go ashore & enjoy a ‘Sundowner’ at any one of the old historical pubs.
  • Return to the African Queen by 19:30, a three course ‘Cape Malay’ dinner will be served on board.
    The African Queen will spend the night in Goring.
  • End the day at the bar and be regaled by our captain, with stories of the river.


  • After breakfast, the African Queen will continue her journey upstream to Wallingford where passengers will go ashore and spend some time in this pretty historical town.
  • At 01h00 pm please make your way to Avanti Italian restaurant on High street for a delicious two-course Italian lunch.
  • After lunch returning to the boat as soon after 02h45 pm as possible for the return journey to Mapledurham, where we will spend the night.
  • A light supper will be served on board from 07h30 pm followed by Thursday night entertainment.


  • Friday morning starts with a hearty breakfast, followed by a walk through the old Village of Mapledurham and a visit to the late 18th century Chapel.
  • On returning to the boat we continue our journey downstream to Caversham to enjoy a two course lunch.
  • Once passengers are all on board we continue our journey to Sonning arriving around 16:00.
  • Excursion to the Mill at Sonning Dinner Theatre. (A list of plays for the year available.)


  • After a hearty breakfast the African Queen will cruise to Henley on Thames at 13:00, a two course lunch will be served on board and followed by a free afternoon to explore the beautiful town on Henley.
  • Saturday evening we serve a traditional South African Braai / BBQ on board followed by the 'Saturday Night Quiz'.


  • After breakfast the African Queen will cruise upstream to Mapledurham arriving around 14:30.
  • A two course ‘Sunday Roast’ will be served on board while cruising
  • Check out by 15:00.


Lunch Menu

  • Saturday – Smoked Salmon with Mustard & Dill Sauce or Cornish Pasty with Demi Glaze Gravy served with Green Cabbage
  • Friday – Dinner at the Theatre
  • 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

Dates From and To

19 -23 April 2023
26 - 30 April 2023
3 - 7 May 2023
10 - 14 May 2023
24 - 28 May 2023
31 May - 4 June 2023
7 - 11 June 2023
14 - 18 June 2023
21 - 25 June 2023
5 - 9 July 2023
12 - 16 July 2023
19 - 23 July 2023
26 - 30 July 2023
9 - 13 August 2023
16 - 20 August 2023
23 - 27 August 2023
30 August - 3 September 2023
13 - 17 September 2023
20 - 24 September 2023
27 September - 1 October 2023
4 - 8 October 2023
18 - 22 October 2023
25 - 29 October 2023


Please contact Bonny Cowley
Email -

Leger Holidays - 01709 787 463 - 5 Day Cruise

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Tel: 01895 83 33 33 | Direct: 01895 83 71 56 - 5 Day Cruise



Here's what people say about us

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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