Enjoy the Beautiful English countryside on a Severn River Cruise:
Cruising the rivers of Europe on board a luxurious river boat is without doubt, one of the most pleasurable ways of enjoying the sights of Europe. Whether its cruising down the Rhine, the Danube, the Seine or one of Europe’s many scenic rivers, this is a fantastic way to discover the many wonders of Europe.
England has many rivers as well, although we haven’t heard a lot about holidaying on English rivers – that is up till recently when Griff Rhys Jones set out in his canoe to rediscover the rivers of England in a BBC documentary.
If you’ve been inspired by Griff Rhys Jones paddling around the rivers of England but don’t think that canoeing is for you, there is a river cruise on the Severn River that you can do which requires very little effort on your part. While not the calibre of the luxurious river cruises on the Rhine or Danube, a cruise on the Severn River is cosier affair and takes passengers through the beautiful English countryside where you can enjoy walks, do some bird-watching and visiting some famous riverside towns.
The River Severn is the U.K.’s longest river, whose source is in Wales and it flows through famous English shires like Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. English Holiday Cruises (www.englishholidaycruises.co.uk) runs river cruise holidays on the Severn River from Gloucester. Most of the cruises are short weekend cruises, however their flagship cruise is a six-night full river cruise on the Severn. Below is a sample itinerary for the cruise from Gloucester up to Stourport-on-Severn and back.
|DAY AND DESTINATION
|Day 1: Boarding in Gloucester and Sail to Tewkesbury
|Board the Edward Elgar Riverboat Hotel at 16:00 before casting off at 17:00. The riverboat cruises up the River Severn for dinner and moors just South of Tewkesbury overnight. Visit the nearby Lower Lode Inn before retiring to your cozy cabin.
|Day 2: Cruise to Worcester
|Cruise to Worcester, passing through two huge locks and enjoying good views of the Malvern Hills on the way. After lunch you could visit the nearby Worcester Cathedral, the Civil War Commandery, or just go shopping.
This evening, enjoy the Captain’s Cocktail Party.
|Day 3: Sail to Stourport
|Cruise up the river through three picturesque locks to Stourport-on-Severn. After lunch, join a guided tour of the restored lock basin opposite the riverboat’s mooring.
|Day 4: Excursion Day
|After breakfast take a short coach trip up to Bewdley and board the acclaimed Severn Valley Steam Railway, for a fascinating rail trip up to Bridgenorth. This is an interesting town to explore, with strong links to the Industrial Revolution.
In the evening the boat sets off again and cruises to a fine riverside restaurant to dine ashore. The mooring is next to Holt Fleet Bridge.
|Day 5: Cruise Back to Upton and Tewkesbury
|Sail back down the river to Upton-upon-Severn. You can take a stroll over the bridge into this pretty little town and visit the ‘Pepperpot’ church tower or Heritage Centre. After lunch, cruise to Tewkesbury where you may like to walk to the 12th Century Tewkesbury Abbey, which has the biggest Norman Tower in the country.
|Day 6: Return to Gloucester
|This morning the riverboat cruises back to Gloucester. Along the way enjoy a thrilling ride up through the lock from the river to the main docks. After lunch, join our interesting guided tour of the sights nearby, and visit Gloucester Cathedral or the Designer Shops at Gloucester Quays. In the evening, there is some excellent live entertainment after dinner.
|Day 7: Cruise ends – Disembark
|After a generous continental breakfast you disembark the riverboat.
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