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Oxford: Afternoon Tea Sightseeing River Cruise

1. 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: River Thames Sightseeing Cruise

2. 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: Scenic Sightseeing Cruise with Gourmet Picnic

3. 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: Evening Sightseeing River Cruise with a Cocktail

4. 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: River Cruise and Walking Tour to Iffley Village

5. Oxford: River Cruise and Walking Tour to Iffley Village

Embark on an active day out to visit Oxford. In the first half hour, you will walk past colleges of the University including Christchurch to reach the departure point for the river cruise boat. Then, glide for about 20 minutes along the Thames river to reach Iffley village. During the river cruise, watch the rowers and hear all about the Oxford rowing tradition. You'll travel along the same stretch of river that writer Lewis Carroll once rowed on and created the story for Alice in Wonderland. When you reach Iffley lock, you can see traditional narrow boats passing through the river lock. Disembark for a 1-hour walking tour to explore Iffley village which is a gorgeous village with many quaint thatched cottages and one of the oldest and most unique churches in England. This includes the option for a short drinks stop at a historic garden pub too. The default itinerary is that you then walk back 2 miles from Iffley village to Oxford city which takes approximately 1 hour. Along the way, your guide will point out specific points of interest and if you choose to learn more, they can also tell you all about Oxford lifestyles and heritage.

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What people are saying about Oxford

coffee and hot chocolate when we arrived as we had come quite a long way. The 5 yr old loved the hot chocolate. Friendly and helpful reception.2 other members of the family arrived and the booking person kindly let us all go together on the next boat as the 11.00am I had booked for two of us was full. The bar staff were v helpful and friendly. The driver of the boat was excellent with history information and nice sense of humour.

A very very enjoyable trip for my family with a 9 and 11 year old children. Will our guide was very professional, Knowledgeable and very pleasant while the boat ride very relaxing with beautiful Oxford sceneries. I’ll do it again and will absolutely recommend. Thank you kindly for a great time!

Great cruise, lovely location, personable guide. Really glad we went on a perfect autumn day

Very good experience!! The guide was very kind and friendly

Excellent guide and good service. A delightful excursion