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Magical Harry Potter River Cruise Sets Sail This Summer

For Harry Potter fans, the next best thing to a flying car kicks off in summer 2018 on England’s Thames River. A Harry Potter river cruise will take passengers on a “magical” itinerary, visiting landmarks that appeared in the film series.

See the costumes, props, and sets for yourself on the Harry Potter river cruise (via Stephanie Mlot)

Held onboard the eight-passenger Magna Carta barge ship, the Harry Potter cruise sails roundtrip from London, kicking off with a traditional afternoon tea experience.

Along the way, passengers can tour Harry Potter filming locations, such as Virginia Water (where Harry encounters Buckbeak at the lake in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”), Dorney Court and Picket Post Close (the real-life 4 Privet Drive in the first Harry Potter film) and Christ Church College at Oxford University (the Great Hall at Hogwarts), as well as Warner Brothers Studios for a behind-the-scenes Harry Potter tour.

Other stops include Hampton Court Palace and Windsor Castle; all tours are included in the cruise fares.

Harry Potter river cruise

Harry Potter tours run in August and September (via Barge Lady Cruises)

The 2018 Harry Potter season runs for two weeks only, from August 19-25 and September 16-22. A double cabin costs $5,350 per person; single occupancy is just $1,650 during the regular season. Folks can also book a private cruise for six ($35,900), seven ($37,500), or eight guests ($39,100).

In addition to tours, the cruises include all transfers, the afternoon tea experience on embarkation day, all meals onboard the ship, all wines with lunch and dinner, an open bar and use of onboard bicycles in port.  There’s also an option to charter the entire ship.

Wi-Fi is (limitedly) available, and there’s a hot tub, mountain bikes, flat-screen TVs with DVD players, and underfloor heating.

That includes seven days and six nights in the cabin, chauffeured transfers from London to the barge and back, a light lunch before departure, all meals on board (plus wines with lunch and dinner), an open bar, and daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.
This Harry Potter river cruise is sure to be the most magical from here to Hogwarts.


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