Historic Canal Cruise - 3 nights

Historic Canal Cruise

A short cruise packed with heritage, wildlife and waterway interest

  • 3 Nights

  • 4 inclusive tours

  • Various dates April to October

  • Special Offers Available

2019 dates available for booking.

Historic Canal Cruise Reviews

5.00 Average

4 Reviews

Jenny Spencer

Super holiday, lovely atmosphere, food , wonderful crew. Just right, have already booked for next year.

John Stockley

This is the second cruise we have done ,as with the first we could not have been more satisfied with the itinerary, the crew, the food , everyone was extremely helpful.


Αn excellent introduction to canal cruising. The Edward Elgar was clean, well set out, with comfortable accommodation. Interesting organised on shore excursions. Best of all? The catering! We would happily go again... (Apologies for the cat photo - I couldn't delete it!)


Captain and crew were all cheerful, helpful and made us feel relaxed. The food was excellent as was the entertainment. The cruise was just the right amount of time to show us all we'd hoped to see of the Gloucester/Sharpness canal and its surrounds. The cabins were compact but comfortably designed to contain ensuite facilities. We liked the self-serve coffee, tea and fruit available all day, the books and jigsaws.

Itinerary & Destinations

Day Itinerary
Day 1 6.00pm board, welcome drink, dinner, safety briefing.
Day 2 9.00am Sail. Moor at Frampton for lunch. Coach to Berkeley Castle for castle tour.
6.00pm Cocktails followed by dinner
Day 3 8.00am Sail to Purton for guided tour of the barge graveyard
11.30 Re-board and sail to Slimbridge WWT
1.15pm Taxis and entry to Wetlands Centre, return at 4.00pm
6.30pm Dinner followed by live entertainment
Day 4 8.30am Sail to Saul for talk on history of local waterways.
11.00am Re-board for return to Gloucester
1.45pm Disembark
(NB Berkeley and Slimbridge tours may occasionally be switched)

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  • 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.

Here's what happened in 2018...


*3rd - Sold Out

10th - Sold Out

17th - Sold Out


*22nd - Sold Out

2019 dates available for booking.

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Cruise Pricing

This cruise has low rate pricing for early April and late October each year.

Low Rate - £460pp twin sharing



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Normal Rate - £640pp twin sharing



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