Multi-Day Tour

Wimbledon: An English Summer (7 days)

Dream Escape - Scotland/UK/Northern Ireland

London, United Kingdom To London, United Kingdom

Valid for Departures Now Through: 03 Mar 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
London, United Kingdom
The Milestone Hotel Breakfast

Day One: Arrival in London

Arrive in to London Heathrow Airport where you will be met by your chauffeur and transferred to your hotel in one of the fashionable districts of Mayfair, St James’s or Knightsbridge.

With its unique blend of history and culture, the bustling metropolis of London has long been considered a must-see destination. The city is constantly changing offering a wealth of historic buildings and monuments, as well as an eclectic mix of museums and world famous attractions. A privately guided panoramic and orientation tour is a great way to be introduced to the city.

At the end of your tour, your guide will take you across Westminster Bridge where you see the London Eye looming over you. Take a flight on the world’s highest observation wheel in a capsule that has been exclusively reserved for you.

Day 2
London, United Kingdom
The Milestone Hotel Breakfast

Day Two: A Day at the Wimbledon Championships

Today is the highlight of your stay in London. You will spend one day at the Wimbledon Championships. Your chauffeur will be available to transport you to and from the venue, and your guide will accompany you during the day.

You will be welcomed to the club for your VIP hospitality package; watch breath-taking Centre Court play with debenture tickets –which is of course guaranteed to take place under the retractable roof.

During the course of the day, there will be full access to one of the hospitality areas where there will be a great opportunity to socialise and unwind. Enjoy a delicious lunch, afternoon tea, and all types of drinks refreshments throughout the day including the time honoured Wimbledon traditions of strawberries and cream and a glass of Pimm’s.

Also visit the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, where thanks to the wonders of modern technology, visitors can experience the atmosphere in the 1980’s Gentleman’s Dressing Room. Watch John McEnroe guide you through normally off-limits areas and reminisce about how he first met Jimmy Connors and how he prepared himself for matches.

Day 3
London, United Kingdom
The Milestone Hotel Breakfast

Day Three: Hampton Court Palace and Gardens

Your driver-guide will take you along the River Thames to visit Hampton Court Palace. Known as the “Palace of a Thousand Rooms”, this is no longer used as a royal residence. However the impressive Tudor Great Hall and Kitchens, and the wings rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren show how this was a favourite place for royalty from the days of Henry VIII up until the 18th century. The palace is surrounded by delightful gardens that are home to the largest vine in England, and an intriguing puzzle maze.

This is also the location of the Royal Tennis Court which has been in existence since Tudor times. All other ‘real tennis’ courts built since Tudor times are designed in the same manner as this court. See how the principles of hitting a ball over a net developed from inside a monastic cloister; then envisage how the concept was subsequently taken outside to the lawns of Wimbledon and elsewhere.

Day 4
London, United Kingdom
Chewton Glen Breakfast

Day Four: From London to the New Forest

Leave London today and journey southwest into the New Forest; one of England’s National Parks. This beautiful area that is a wide expanse of woodland and untamed heaths where miniature ponies roam freely. The landscape is best appreciated from the Rhinefield and Bolderwood Ornamental Drives.

Situated less than a mile from the coast, Chewton Glen is situated in 130 acres of land, with a golf course and tennis courts. The hotel has a luxurious spa featuring a sauna, steam room, and whirlpool. A range of treatments and massages are available. Each elegant room has a spacious seating area; some rooms have balconies and garden views, whilst all rooms have a luxury bathroom. The Dining Room offers fine dining with a seasonal menu, using local produce. There is a lounge bar and the Traditional Afternoon tea is must.

Spend the remainder of the day at leisure enjoying the luxury facilities. Spend time on the indoor tennis courts trying to improve your own game. Or enjoy a more sedate and civilised game of croquet on the finely-manicured lawn; this was after all the original sport played at Wimbledon before the club sold out to lawn tennis!

Day 5
London, United Kingdom
Chewton Glen Breakfast

Day Five: High Speed to the Isle of Wight

Start today with an aquatic adventure! Your driver-guide will take you to the port of Lymington, a mecca for boat lovers. Here you will board a privately chartered RIB for a high speed boat ride around the Solent. This stretch of water separates the Isle of Wight from the mainland, and is well known to generations of sailors who have navigated its reaches.

From this vantage point you will enjoy a spectacular view of the Needles; these stacks comprised of chalk rock extend out from the Isle of Wight in a westerly direction. Your skipper will take you along the coast of this island until you reach Yarmouth where you will arrive in time to have lunch, perhaps at the celebrated George Hotel.

This afternoon your driver-guide will take you to visit Osborne House, the house that was purchased by Queen Victoria as a private retreat for her, Prince Albert and their family. It is one of the most delightful of all country houses in England; take a look at the staterooms, and then walk through the Italianate Terrace Garden and the fine Victorian Walled Garden. At the end of your visit, take the ferry back to Lymington from where you will return to the hotel.

Day 6
London, United Kingdom
Cliveden House Hotel Breakfast

Day Six: Historic and Prehistoric Wiltshire

Today, travel through Wiltshire, where your first stop is Salisbury; this city boasts the “Cathedral with the Soaring Spire”. Take time to visit the impressive interior of this fine example of Early English Gothic architecture; also see the best-preserved copy of the original 13th-century document Magna Carta. You may even climb 332 steps up the tower to see the inside of the medieval spire.

Head up to Salisbury Plain, and stop one of the most iconic sites in the world. Stonehenge is the most celebrated of all European prehistoric monuments is a must on any English itinerary; hear about the timeline of construction of the circles, and marvel and how our ancestors in ancient times managed to erect these enormous stones. There are many theories concerning for what the site was used; see which you think is most likely!

Your hotel for the final night is a grand stately home is set in the heart of the Berkshire countryside surrounded by 376 acres of magnificent National Trust managed Grade I listed formal gardens and parkland. Each room is named after a prominent guest or figure from the property’s past, and furnished accordingly. From Churchill to Chaplin, Astor to Orkney and Sutherland to the Prince of Wales, each room provides a truly unique experience. The cuisine, the service and the ambience all amaze in equal measure. There are two very different restaurants from which to choose according to your mood and taste. Situated inside the Walled Garden, made famous by its association with the Profumo affair in the 1960s, The Pavilion Spa provides an oasis of calm.

This evening take to the water in one of the vintage launches that frequent the river here. Take a Champagne cruise along this tranquil section to the celebrated village of Bray-on-Thames. Dine at either of the three-Michelin star restaurants located here: the Waterside Inn where classic French cuisine of the Roux Brothers is served; and the Fat Duck or the Hind’s Head that are home to the experimental cooking style of Heston Blumenthal. A perfect end to a quintessentially English journey.

Day 7
London, United Kingdom
None Breakfast

Day Seven: Homeward Bound

Your chauffeur will accompany you to Heathrow Airport for departure flight.

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Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Family Vacations
  • Romance & Honeymoons
  • Sightseeing

Description

Of all the tennis events to take place in England, the best loved all over the world are the Championships at Wimbledon. Held at the height of summer, the fervour of watching superstars on court is moderated by the sipping of Pimm’s along with strawberries and cream! Traditionally after the tournament finished, high society would drift south to the coast for a couple of weeks’ fresh seaside air. This itinerary shares this routing – albeit in a shorter timescale!

About Us

Dream Escape is your Virtuoso on-site providing the ultimate luxury tailor-made travel service in England, Scotland & Ireland, specializing in the following experiences: Private boxes at events including the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo; Country pursuits and golf with access to private clubs and estates; Equestrian - Stud visits, polo and racing; Whisky Experiences. Private distillery visits and tastings; Exclusive Villa Collection; Incentive and board meetings; Private Castle stays; Celebrations and Events; Bespoke City breaks in London, Edinburgh & Dublin, ; Shorex; Chauffeur guided touring; 'Set Jetting.'

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Our in-house Head of Guiding, Rosie Peattie, is the Mary Poppins of guiding. She knows everything and everyone and adds extraordinary vibrancy to each programme she accompanies!

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Reviewed on: 23 Sep 2017

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Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2017

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