Heart of England Cruise - 5 Nights

Heart of England Cruise

Our Flagship Holiday

  • 5 Nights

  • 3 tours & 2 excursions

  • Available May to September

2020 dates available for booking.

Heart of England Cruise Reviews

5.00 Average

10 Reviews

Diane Missen

Wonderful holiday. Crew were all very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Fantastic chef - thank you Miles for working round my dietary needs. Enjoyed the excursions and on board entertainment. The quizes were a lot of fun as were the deck quoits. Wonderful holiday!


We have travelled on the Continent with a number of river cruise companies and we were not disappointed by English Holiday Cruises. The experience was certainly on a par with the big companies. The staff were both friendly and competent, providing excellent service; the meals were excellent. We enjoyed the 5-day north-bound cruise and have already booked another cruise. The company has invested in improvements to further passenger comfort such as batteries to avoid generator noise at night, and the 'boss' spent time with us to get feedback first hand.


Another fantastic cruise on the Edward Elgar. So relaxing, comfort on board excellent and of a high standard and everything about the daily trips to local points of interest so well planned & thought out. All the crew go above & beyond in their duties, always happy & interact well with all guests. The chef, Rowan, prepares and presents outstanding meals with fresh & local produce. The atmosphere on board is very relaxed and the crew play a large part in making this happen. The Skipper keeps you informed of interesting features along the canal/river and with an abundance of wildlife there is never a dull moment. Already booked to return in April 2018 - that says it all. It will be our third trip.


Having been on several European river cruises, we were not sure what to expect from an English one. Whatever our expectations were, this cruise surpassed them all. It was enjoyable from beginning to end; the Captain, his crew and all the other passengers made it the best ever. The cabins are small, but there was sufficient space for all our belongings, and the 'en suite' worked perfectly. It was a perfect short break.. we just wish it had been longer !


A very enjoyable cruise. The crew and ground staff were friendly, helpful and competent. The food was extremely good and the accommodation, although not spacious, was comfortable. The included excursions were all fascinating and well organised. The Severn is a very interesting river and I can happily recommend this trip.


You often see holidays advertised with the words "friendly family atmosphere" only to discover that this is some way off the truth. So its great to be able to recommend a company where this description is 100% correct. From the moment I boarded the Edward Elgar I was "Brian" to all the crew members and particularly to Jen, the lovely Jill-of-all-trades who was so helpful and versatile at dealing with passengers' requests. She "ordered" me to play in the deck quoit competition to which I replied "only if the first prize is a Porsche" and that was a running joke between us all the week. I didn't even finish in the first three but when I got home I found she had popped a tiny toy car in my bag! It's little things like that which make a holiday. The itinerary is very relaxing in that most mornings are spent cruising and then after lunch a trip or interesting visit is laid on in the afternoon. On a ship the size of the Edward Elgar, a small galley means meal choices are limited but that is compensated for by the excellence of the food - especially the smoked salmon in my case. Similarly, boat size restricts cabin size ; I had a cabin to myself but I imagine two people sharing found it rather cramped. But then how much time do you spend in your cabin? Evening entertainment is good and seemed to suit passengers with younger musical tastes than my octagenarian requirements. I would thoroughly recommend English Holiday Cruises for those seeking a restful and relaxing time with the added prospect of making some good friends as a bonus.


I have been on 2 holidays with river cruises with my 82 year old mother . Really enjoyed both trips . Staff helpful and cheerful . Fully recommend them


Lovely cruise, cabin comfortable and cosy. The food was amazing and well presented. Would recommend to anyone as the ultimate relaxing break. Sincere thanks to all at English Cruise Holidays.


An excellent and very enjoyable holiday at 4mph or thereabouts. Arriving at the boat our cases were whisked away to our cabin, and this was just the start of a holiday where everything is arranged for you. The crew (of 5) were excellent with nothing being too much trouble for them. The cabins though small (8x10feet) were adequate with sufficient space under the beds for suitcases. The chef served up 3 very good meals a day plus cake for afternoon tea, with something different every day, which given the size of the galley was extraordinary. In fact for us there was too much food and we opted out of a meal or two. We all had the opportunity to steer the boat. Organised trips(all included in the price) were very good. We enjoyed the (included in the price) wine at lunch and dinner. Entertainment on two evenings was very good. In fact there is little that we could recommend to improve the cruise (except to get the directions in the joining instructions correct!!).


We were made to feel so welcomed when we started our wonderful holiday with you.The staff, the food and the accommodation were second to none. Everyone's personal diets were carefully followed through.The visits were all very well arranged and enjoyable,and at the end of our week,we were very sorry to leave all our new friends.Thank you for all your care and for leaving us with such happy memories of a truly great holiday.

Itinerary & Destinations

Day Itinerary
Monday 2.00pm board, welcome drink, safety briefing.
3.00pm Set sail for Tewkesbury Ham, cream tea en-route, dinner, arr 7.00pm
Tuesday 8.00am Proceed to Worcester to moor beside the Cathedral
2.30pm Guided tour of Cathedral and / or visit Porcelain Museum
6.00pm Cocktails followed by dinner
Wednesday 7.00am Sail to Stourport, breakfast en-route, collect packed lunch.
11.30 Board coach to Bewdley for excursion on Severn Valley Railway
12.00-5.00pm Ride the Railway. Explore the Engine House and Bridgnorth
5.15pm Return coach from Bewdley to Stourport for dinner aboard.
Thursday 8.00am Set sail for Upton-upon-Severn, arr 1.30pm
2.00pm Guided history tour of Upton with visit to The Tudor House Museum.
6.30pm Dinner followed by Live Entertainment.
Friday 8.00am Proceed down river to Tewkesbury
10.30am Boat Trips on River Avon
1.45pm Coach to nearby Tewkesbury Abbey for Guided tour.
6.00pm Captain's Cocktail Party followed by dinner.
Saturday 7.45am Depart Tewkesbury.
11.00am Arrive Gloucester and Disembark.

fade-leftfade-rightIncluded in ALL our cruises

  • Glorious Views

    Sail through the Cotswolds Severn Vale to catch glorious views of the Cotswold hills, Severn estuary, Forest of Dean and the Malvern hills.

  • Historic Destinations

    Visit towns along the route with Cathedrals, Abbeys and more. Most moorings are close to the local sites and if not, we lay on a taxi service.

  • Tours & Excursions

    Join an inclusive guided tour or excursion.  There’s also a running commentary during the cruise.

  • Twin En Suite Cabins

    Cabins are en suite with shower, basin and toilet. They also have a window and climate control.

  • 4 star service

    The live in crew will take care of everything. They serve delicious meals, clean your cabins and are always happy to help.

  • Traditional English Meals

    Delicious traditional food is freshly prepared on board by our live in Chef. Special diet? No Problem.

  • Complimentary Drinks

    Tea & Coffee 24/7. Wine, Beer & Soft drinks with Lunch & Dinner. Welcome drinks and cocktails at the Captain’s Cocktail party!

  • Relaxing Atmosphere

    With just 22 passengers and a gentle daily pace, you can relax without the hubub found on larger boats.

  • Entertainment & WiFi

    Enjoy optional live entertainment, deck games and quizzes.  Use our on board WiFi to keep in touch and send photos home.

  • Easy Transport Links

    The moorings in Gloucester are 2 miles from the M5, 1 mile from the rail and bus stations and within an hour of two International Airports.

  • Parking Available

    Parking is nearby our mooring. Take an hotel extension and the parking charge is included PLUS an early bag drop.

  • Great Optional Extensions

    Stay in a local hotel before your cruise.  Tell us to book you in for a great rate.

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Cruise Options & Pricing

It can be stressful travelling to Gloucester on the day your cruise boards. Will you get there on time? Should you leave early just in case? We can help by arranging a holiday extension on the night before you board, at the Mercure Bowden Hall Hotel nearby Gloucester. This also gives you more time to explore Gloucester itself. For many of our cruises the majority of our guests do this and they are delighted. They gained an extra day’s holiday, a touch of luxury and a lot of convenience while saving money compared with organising everything themselves.

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5-Night Cruise
Car Parking or Taxi Service from Hotel
Mercure Bowden Hall B&B night before cruise
Dinner at Hotel to Value £22pp
Pre Boarding lunch near boat to value £11.50pp
Souvenir Cruise Map & pack of 5 postcards


£1,315 per person

based on twin sharing

Just the cruise, parking available at extra cost.
  • 5-Night Cruise
  • Car Parking or Taxi Service from HotelAdd £7 per car per night
  • Mercure Bowden Hall B&B night before cruise
  • Dinner at Hotel to Value £22pp
  • Pre Boarding lunch near boat to value £11.50pp
  • Souvenir Cruise Map & pack of 5 postcards


£1,394 per person

based on twin sharing

The cruise and parking are included, as well as a night in our partner hotel the night before departure so you don't miss the boat!
  • 5-Night Cruise
  • Car Parking or Taxi Service from Hotel
  • Mercure Bowden Hall B&B night before cruise
  • Dinner at Hotel to Value £22pp
  • Pre Boarding lunch near boat to value £11.50pp
  • Souvenir Cruise Map & pack of 5 postcards

Please call 01452 410411 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday for single rates availability on this cruise.