Severn Wonders Cruise - 6 Nights

Severn Wonders Cruise

  • 6 Nights

  • 6 tours & 1 excursion

  • Available June to September

2020 dates are available for booking.

I've created the Severn Wonders cruise to enable our passengers to see all of the highlights of the Severn Navigation in just one trip. With over 100 miles of cruising this is not to be missed!

Richard Clements, English Holiday Cruises Ltd.
Severn Wonders Cruise Reviews

5.00 Average

13 Reviews

John David Morley

We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. There was nothing to dislike about it - good, friendly and helpful crew (has Steve doubled up as a comedian in a previous life!) lovely food (especially my special diet) interesting and well organised itinary, and good company. We appreciated meeting Richard - a unique experience. No head of a holiday company has ever done this before. Thanks again for a lovely time.

Don McQuillen-Wright

The cruise was exactly what it said on the tin. Excellent food particularly as 'she who must be obeyed' ate very well. The rooms though predictably compact were enough for our needs, The crew are quite remarkable and English River Cruises must be congratulated on their staff recruitment. Nothing was too much trouble or out of order. We visited parts of the Cotswolds we hand not been before and with just 19 guests (there had been a cancellation) we were by the end of the week a family of friends. Thank you all. Next years holiday is planned but If we live long enough we will do it again.

Jacqueline Blackburn

My husband and I have just returned from the Severn Wonders cruise, it was wonderful and well organised. The boat is well equipped and the staff were friendly and helpful. The skipper had a great sense of humour and interacted with all passengers on board. We thoroughly enjoyed the games of quoits and I came third along with another passenger. We visited some interesting places along the route. Spotted kingfishers and herons along the riverbank, was such a peaceful holiday after the stress of work. All passengers were very nice and older people so there were no children or families. The only complaint is we would have liked to spend longer at Slimbridge Wetlands Centre and The Waterways Museum in Gloucester. The food was well catered for and I really enjoyed all meals, my husband prefers sugar free desserts and would have liked more choice other than fruit. The cabins were compact but clean and comfortable and air conditioned and the shower was wonderful - nice big shower head and water was always warm. I would highly recommend this holiday to anyone who loves the countryside and peace and quiet with no TV or radio.


The whole experience exceeded my expectations. The organisation was excellent and everything ran like clockwork. The itinerary was well constructed and we found it most enjoyable. The company of the other passengers added to the enjoyment of this holiday. Food was first class also.


Our holiday met or exceeded our expectations. The crew and staff were invariably friendly and helpful. The itinerary was well presented, varied and interesting, with many helping facilities. The food and service helped to make eating very pleasurable and promoted a "house party" ambiance


We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise. Everything promised in the brochure was as it said. There was just enough extra excitement, such as very high water levels on the Severn, (would we be able to get beneath the bridge?) and a bridge that would not open on the Gloucester Sharpness canal, to add a frisson of anticipation, but ,of course, the excellent staff coped with all eventualities, including arranging a coach from the stuck bridge to Slimbridge so our visit there was not delayed and all was well! The bridge even opened for our return journey. The cook deserved a medal - lovely meals and he remembered the likes and dislikes with no reminders. Friendly staff, congenial company, comfortable cabins - and all with the beautiful countryside to enjoy! What more could we ask for!


Recipe. One amazing boat called EdgarElgar, delightful and efficient crew.1 wizard chef producing mouthwatering food. 1. Captain full of anecdotes and information. 20 like minded people. Time to relax and get to know each other. Interesting itinerary great value for money.Result. A fantastic 7 days living long in the memory.Try it yourself!


This was a lovely relaxing cruise. The accomodation was surprisingly spacious and the beds were very comfortable. Showering was interesting and you do have to organise yourself, didn't try it but you could probably sit on the loo and shower at the same time. All the Crew, Skipper included, were great and as well as being helpful provided entertaining commentary on the voyage and all sorts of other topics. The food was absolutely lovely and no one could ever do an "Oliver" or say they were hungry, probably more a case of ... please no more.


Have cruised on the 'Elgar' four or five times now and the quality never changes, no matter what problems are thrown by outside sources, the crew cope with it. Therefore there is no downside to this boat, crew, company or venue. We have booked for next year already ! Can't wait, and the biggest thrill is meeting like minded people who cruise with you, new friends to be made and laughs to be had. So, if you fancy a relaxed cruise with great crew and guests, see you there.


It was a dream come true. We desperately needed a time of relaxation and refreshment. We had it in generous measure.


This was an entirely different holiday for us having been on several river cruises in Europe. After getting used to our cosy cabin we found the cruise relaxing with a variety of interesting places to visit. The food was good and we found the crew helpful. The evening entertainment on board was also good. The captain added a new dimension to quizzes! The quoits competition provided us with great amusement even though we came last (someone had to lose). We enjoyed the company of all our fellow passengers.


Thoroughly enjoyed the whole week and all the other passengers were very easy to get along with.


"Having done 2 river cruises in Europe we were surprised at how much we enjoyed visiting Worcester and Upton upon Severn. Not being very mobile I found the mixture of sailing and tours ideal and particularly appreciated the taxi ride to Slimbridge I couldn`t have walked there and gone round the wetlands. All the crew were wonderful and their versatility amazed us, one minute steering the boat, next waiting on or helping to moor, and such a happy bunch!. We could tell that the boat was purpose built and admired the space saving yet roomy design of our cabin. I must add our praise to the chef for the very appetizing meals produced in such a small galley, he kindly allowed me to look round it.

Itinerary & Destinations

Day Itinerary
Monday 2.00pm board, welcome drink, safety briefing.
3.00pm Set sail for Tewkesbury, cream tea en-route.
6.30pm Dinner
7.00pm Arrive Tewkesbury Ham
Tuesday 8.00am Set Sail for Worcester
12.00 Arrive Worcester
2.30pm Guided tour of Worcester Cathedral / visit Porcelain Museum
6.00pm Captain's Cocktail Party, dinner and background keyboard entertainment.
Wednesday 7.00am Sail to Stourport, deck quoits en-route.
11.15am Arrive Stourport
11.30pm Coach to Bewdley for Severn Valley Railway
17.15pm Return coach from Bewdley to vessel.
Thursday 8.00am Set sail for Upton upon Severn.
2.00pm Guided history tour and visit Tudor House
5.00pm Sail to Tewkesbury.
6.15pm Moor at Tewkesbury for dinner at 6.30pm.
Friday 9.45am Coach to Tewkesbury Abbey tour
12.00 Coach returns to vessel for 12.30 sailing to Gloucester
4.00pm Moor in Gloucester Docks.
4.30pm Guided tour of Gloucester Docks.
6.30pm Dinner followed by live entertainment
Saturday 09.00am set sail for Slimbridge
12.00 Arrive Slimbridge, Taxis at 1.15pm to Wildfowl Centre
4.00pm Return Taxis from Slimbridge for sailing at 16.30.
6.30pm Dinner and Deck Quoits Prize award
Sunday 7.15am set sail for Gloucester, breakfast en-route
11.30am arrive Gloucester and disembark by 12 noon.

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.

2019 availability

2020 Dates now available!

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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.

Financial Protection Gurantee - We gurantee our cruises and arrangments comply with the package travel directive 2018 which requires us to protect your deposits before your holiday commences.
6-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


£1,595 per person

based on twin sharing

Just the cruise, parking available at extra cost.
  • 6-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


£1,674 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!
  • 6-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

Single rates are not available for this cruise.