That you don't always require a full week or more to enjoy a cruise - indeed, by choosing to have a break in the UK, you can treat yourself to a relaxing short getaway near to home. With all the current attractions of the capital, Thames cruises certainly are a great choice.

Allowing you to see some of London's top sights while providing you an opportunity to relax, river cruise holidays similar to this combine luxurious accommodation and fine dining with opportunities to explore places including the South Bank, Windsor and the Tower of London.

Your getaway will begin at Canary Wharf, where you'll have the ability to register on the beautiful MV Spirit of Chartwell - the vessel on which you will end up spending the following four nights. After check-in, you can explore only a little of Canary Wharf before being treated to the Captain's Welcome Reception and a delectable dinner.

The cruise can get underway a day later, taking you through West India Docks and after dark vast O2 Arena, which was once the Millennium Dome. Heading downstream through the Thames Estuary, you'll reach Gravesend before heading back to achieve Greenwich, enjoying a delightful lunch over the way.

A really beautiful section of London, Greenwich is home to a wealth of attractions. These generally include the capital's only planetarium, which is often bought at the Royal Observatory - a spot perhaps best known to be your home of Greenwich Mean Time.

Meanwhile, a stop by at the National Maritime Museum is well worth it. Taking you through some 500 years of Britain's seafaring history, it houses numerous fascinating artefacts - including Nelson's uniform from the Battle of Trafalgar.

After climbing back onboard the Spirit of Chartwell, you'll cruise to Millbank, passing some fantastic sights over the way. These generally include those easy to spot, such as for example Tower Bridge, St Paul's Cathedral and the London Eye, in addition to those may very well not be acquainted with, such as the capital's oldest riverside tavern, the Prospect of Whitby.

Mooring at Millbank, you can have time to stroll over the pretty South Bank - a culturally rich section of the city known for its fantastic views of Westminster and its exciting attractions. These generally include the wonderful artworks which can be perused in the Tate Modern, in addition to the London Eye - the city's dazzling ferris wheel.

When you have enjoyed dinner back onboard, you can head out again for the evening if you wish, perhaps taking in a West End show.

The next day will include an excursion to Windsor by coach, before a scenic river boat cruise on the Passepartout. Before boarding, you can have time to explore only a little of the location - and one place perhaps you are particularly keen to see is the stunning Windsor Castle, which you will also enjoy great views of from the boat.

Indeed, the Passepartout boasts panoramic windows and a viewing deck to be sure you can definitely take pleasure in the sights you pass, which will also include Windsor Racecourse and Eton, among others.

The following morning, you'll awake in Kew, willing to explore this scenic section of London. You might well have been aware of the fabulous gardens here that bear exactly the same name, which you can have time to see ahead of the Spirit of Chartwell cause once again - this time around headed downstream to St Katherine's Docks.

Disembark and take a trip to the Tower of London, where you'll have the ability to view the sparkling Crown Jewels and soak up this structure's unique and fascinating history

Afterwards, the boat will sail back once again to your starting place - Canary Wharf. Here you will enjoy the Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner to round off your holiday experience before departing the next morning - however, not before indulging in a delightful breakfast.

With so many what to see, luxurious accommodation and decadent meals, it's obvious the attraction of escorted holidays on the Thames. By booking your getaway today, you can look forward to a few days of relaxation, sightseeing and fine dining - the perfect way to unwind. What's more, as it's nearer to home than overseas destinations, you can enjoy a simpler journey to and from your break too.