7. Oxford: Scenic Sightseeing Cruise with Gourmet Picnic
This cruise travels through the city past famous landmarks including Christchurch College and Meadows, the University boathouses and regatta course, the Head of the River and Folly Bridge . From the river passenegers take in a side of Oxford's heritage rarely seen by visitors to the city. Quaint Osney Island, well-loved allotments and gardens and majestic and ancient Port Meadow are off the tourist trail but represent some of Oxford's most beautiful and intriguing scenery.
Port Meadow, a vast area of common land, has remained little changed since prehistoric times and supports plants and bird-life in abundance. At the top of Port Meadow is Godstow. Godstow was the ultimate destination of Alice Liddell and Lewis Carroll when they followed an identical route to this trip while composing 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'. It is also the site of Trout Island, an inspiration for another of Oxfords literary icons, C S Lewis, and his stories of the land of Narnia.
Your picnic lunch is provided by riverside restaurant, The Folly, and typically includes:
• An selection of finger sandwiches
• Homemade quiche or tart of the day
• Homemade scones with strawberry jam, clotted cream and fresh strawberries
• Elderflower presse
Served in a traditional picnic basket with napkins, crockery and glasses (to be returned to the crew at the end of the cruise).
Drinks to take aboard can be purchased at the departure point.