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Thames Valley Explorer 2022

Thames Valley Explorer 2022

Not too much travelling on this tour

A new holiday for 2022 in an area, not too far from home, which we miss all too often by passing by on the motorways without stopping. The places of interest along the Thames are wonderfully varied, as are the towns and cities. Included extras are a river trip and admission to Hampton Court.


Monday 15th August 2022    5 days


Price per person        £499

Single supplements     £90


Insurance inc. IPT   £35


Your holiday includes:


  • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • l Tea/coffee on arrival

  • l Hampton Court Palace

  • l Thames River Trip



Travel to Berkshire arriving in the afternoon at Crowne Plaza, Reading. 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast. Tea/coffee on arrival



This morning we make our way along the Thames Valley to the town of Henley-on-Thames, famous for its rowing regatta, where we take a break. Onwards to Royal Windsor, we have time to obtain lunch here and explore the town and riverside, dominated by the magnificent castle, the world’s largest and oldest occupied castle. In Windsor we include a 40 minute boat trip on the River Thames, so you can sit back and relax as you pass by homes of the stars and enjoy spectacular views of Windsor Castle and Eton College.

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Today we head for the picturesque Thames-side town of Kingston-upon-Thames with its riverside setting. From here we make our way to the nearby magnificent Hampton Court Palace on the banks of the Thames, where we spend the day. Take a stroll through the elegant Baroque apartments of the Palace as well as the stunning Tudor apartments, much loved by King Henry VIII. Feel the heat in the vast Tudor kitchens then cool off in the formal William and Mary gardens

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This morning we head north, firstly stopping at Wallingford on Thames, a quintessentially English market town in South Oxfordshire with plenty of things to see and do. Wander the cobbled streets and explore more of the history and heritage of this Saxon fortified town – the best surviving example in England. The ever-popular TV series ‘Midsomer Murders’ is filmed in Wallingford and many of the surrounding Oxfordshire villages. Then on to the City of Dreaming Spires – Oxford. We spend the afternoon here and have time to explore the ancient colleges, old buildings, and fascinating little alleyways, along with lots of pubs, cafes and tea rooms.

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After breakfast we head for the Surrey Hills and follow a scenic route home.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL, READING This stylish riverside hotel is located next to Caversham Bridge in Reading, just minutes from the town centre. The stylish Riverside Restaurant offers delicious, fresh dishes with amazing views.


Free wi-fi, ensuite facilities, TV in room, Tea and coffee making facilities, Telephone in room, Hair dryer, Restaurant, Bar, Lift, Swimming Pool, Gym/fitness centre,

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Ashingdon Golden Cross Golden Cross, By Fox (Welcome Homes)
Barking, North St North Street, Barking,outside St Margaret's Church
Barkingside Barkingside, Fulwell Cross, by Swimming Baths
Basildon Southernhay, long layby opposite Bus Station
Billericay Sun Corner Sun Corner, Laindon Road, Billericay
Brentwood Brentwood High St, by Dairyman (Argos)
Canvey Island - Canute King Canute PH, Canvey Island
Canvey Island - Haystack Long Road, Canvey Island, Haystack
Chalkwell Park Chalkwell Park Bus Stop
Chandos Garage Hockley Chandos Garage Hockley
Cricketers Westcliff Cricketers Bus Stop, Southend on Sea
Dagenham Wood Lane Wood Lane, Dagenham, Opp Morrisons
Eastwood - Kent Elms Kent Elms Corner, Eastwood, Rayleigh Road
Eastwood - Rochford Cnr Rayleigh Road, Eastwood, Rochford Corner
Eastwood Jones Corner Eastwood, Rayleigh Road, Jones Corner
Bus Stop by Brookside Tavern
Grays Oak PH Oak PH, Socketts Heath, Grays
Hadleigh - Vic House Cnr Vic House Corner, Kiln Road, Hadleigh
Hadleigh Church Hadleigh Church, Bus Layby
Harold Wood Harold Wood, Bus Stops, Harold Wood Station
Hockley Spa Spa Road Bus Stop, Hockley
Hopes Green, S Benfleet High Road, S Benfleet, by Benfleet Tvl opp Shell G
Hornchurch North Street, Hornchurch, Fire Station
Ilford Clements Road, Ilford, by Travelodge IG1 !BA
Kents Hill Lights Kents Hill Lights Bus Stop, London Road, Benfleet
Kiln Road (Kenneth Road) Kiln Road (Kenneth Road) - Thundersley
Leigh on Sea - Elms Elms PH, London Road, Leigh on Sea
Leigh on Sea - Thames Dr Thames Drive, Leigh on Sea
M25 Thurrock Services M25 Thurrock Services Coach Park
North Shoebury Road Bus Stop , outside Asda (St Marys)
North Shoebury Road, Shoeburyness
Pitsea Old Gala Bingo, Pitsea SS13 3AH
Rayleigh Websters Way Websters Way, Rayleigh, opp Rayleigh Lanes
Rochford Station Bus Stop Rochford Station Bus Stop, Bradley Way
Romford St Edwards Way, Romford, Bus Stop 'H'
Shenfield Shenfield Station
Shoeburyness - Kathryn Ct The Cambridge.(Kathryn Ct.), Shoeburyness
South Benfleet Clare Rd Tarpots Coach Stop (opp Clare Road), Sth Benfleet
South Benfleet St Marys St Mary's Church, Layby, South Benfleet
Southchurch Tyrrel Drive Southchurch Road - Tyrrel Drive (Swintons)
Southchurch White Horse White Horse Bus Stop, Southchurch
Southend Airport Bus Stop, Southend Airport, Eastwoodbury Crescent
Southend Queensway Bus Layby, Rear of Sainsburys, Southend
Stanford le Hope Rookery Rookery Corner, Stanford le Hope (St Cleres Hall G
Thorpe Bay Station Station, Acacia Drive, Thorpe Bay
Upminster Station Approach, Upminster
Vange Barge Vange Barge Bus Stop, High Road, Pitsea
Wakering Crouchmans Wakering High St/ Crouchmans Avenue
West Leigh Schools West Leigh Schools, London Rd, Leigh on Sea
Westcliff on Sea Bell PH Bell PH, Rochford Road Bus Stop
Westcliff on Sea Palace Palace Theatre, Westcliff on Sea
Wickford Halls Corner Halls Corner, opp Police Station, Wickford
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