Multi-Day Tour

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 (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
Knightsbridge Hotel Breakfast

Day One: Arrive London Heathrow Airport

On arrival at London Heathrow Airport, be met and welcomed by your local chauffeur-guide, who will provide a safe and comfortable journey into London city centre.

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, restaurants and world famous attractions.

Check into your accommodation, situated on a tree-lined street in fashionable Knightsbridge. The charming property is a glowing testament to the interior design skills of Kit Kemp, who has imparted her fresh, modern English style throughout the property.

Perhaps take Afternoon Tea at the hotel. Choose to sit in the beautiful drawing room, or the unique library, both of which boast a working fireplace, original British art and specially designed furnishings.

If you are in need of relaxation following an international flight, a range of indulgent body and beauty treatments can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own room.

Day 2
London, United Kingdom
Knightsbridge Hotel Breakfast

Day Two: London Highlights

A private chauffeur driven panoramic and orientation tour is a great way to be introduced to the city. Highlights include:

Piccadilly Circus featuring the statue of Eros, at the heart of the West End.

Trafalgar Square which commemorates Nelson's victory over the French.

Downing Street, the official residence of the Prime Minister.

The Houses of Parliament, home of the British government.

Big Ben named after the 13 ½ ton bell in the Clock Tower.

Buckingham Palace, the official residence of HM, The Queen and Royal Family.

The River Thames, running through the heart of the city.

Wellington Arch, built in 1826 is a tribute to the Duke of Wellington’s victory over France.

To follow, get off the beaten track and explore Mayfair; the capital’s most exclusive address since it was set out in 1680 and which today boasts some of the highest rents in the world.

Beginning in Brook Street, your specialist guide will delight you with tales of the area’s fascinating past as you walk amongst elegant buildings. Experience the Mayfair lifestyle for yourself as you pause for refreshments in a beautiful Georgian mansion before continuing your tour.

From grand architecture and secluded gardens, to aristocracy and high-end business ventures; the area is bursting with captivating style and history.

Day 3
London, United Kingdom
Knightsbridge Hotel Breakfast

Day Three: Highgrove

Visit one of the oldest towns in England, which has risen to recent fame as being the location for some of the exterior filming of the hugely popular of Downton Abbey.

Continue to the private gardens of their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall for a very special visit. A keen gardener himself, His Royal Highness has devoted much time and energy to transforming the gardens around the house since his arrival in 1980.

With the help and advice of notable individuals and the dedicated assistance of the garden staff, what was once a somewhat bleak landscape is now one of the most creatively inspired gardens of its time. With the house always visible in the distance, a series of interlinked areas, each with their own character and purpose, weave magically around the space.

Your private guided tour, led by one of the gardeners, will explore the organic and sustainable land, including the Meadow and the Walled Kitchen Garden, showcasing HRH, The Prince of Wales’s environmental philosophy: “it is better to work with nature than against it”.

Conclude this enlightening and enchanting visit in the Orchard Room for a Champagne afternoon tea.

Day 4
Chelsea, United Kingdom
KnightsbridgeHotel Breakfast

Day Four: RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The Royal Hospital Chelsea, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, was founded by King Charles II in 1682 as a retreat for veterans. To this day, it is a retirement and nursing home for approximately 300 British Soldiers.

Every year the grounds are transformed into show gardens - creative small gardens and vibrant horticultural displays that make up the world's most prestigious flower show. The show is the pinnacle of the horticultural calendar, and is guaranteed to inspire.

In more recent years the show has become an important venue for watching emerging gardening trends. New plants are launched and the popularity of older varieties revived before the eyes of the horticultural world. The show has been described as “the garden design equivalent of Paris Fashion Week.”

The 2017 show promises to be no less spectacular. James Basson is aiming to win his third consecutive RHS Gold Medal with a show garden inspired by the majestic quarries of Malta, while debut designer Charlotte Harris has created a garden based on the boreal forests and freshwater lakes of Canada. A highlight for many is the Artisan Gardens. Designed on smaller plots, these delightfully innovative gardens follow themes as diverse as the Kyoto Imperial Palace to a poem written by the 19th century English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

By special arrangement, your attendance will be organised on “Members’ Day”, thus ensuring the experience of this much loved horticultural event is everything it should be
Day 5
Sissinghurst, United Kingdom
Knightsbridge Hotel Breakfast

Day Five: The “Garden of England”

Travel south to the “garden of England”, Sissinghurst Castle Gardens. Created by Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson, from 1930 it became the most admired English Garden of its time.

Few great gardens live up to their reputations as effortlessly as this. It is a large connoisseurs’ garden consisting of a series of small stylised romantic areas enclosed by the surviving parts of an Elizabethan mansion and is a much admired example of the Arts and Crafts style of Garden.

It is often said that Sissinghurst is the very definition of an English Garden and is as close to gardening perfection as you can get.

Follow this with a visit to the garden that requires no introduction, the home of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Visit RHS Garden Wisley, the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society. It is considered one of the great gardens in the world, and is home to some of the largest plant collections.

Encompassing some 240 acres, the garden is an absolute must see, offering ideas and inspiration on design, innovation and cultivation.

From formal herbaceous borders to the colourful heather gardens and a wonderful exotic display in the Glasshouse, there is something to appeal to every visitor.

Day 6
Oxford, United Kingdom
Knightsbridge Hotel Breakfast

Day Six: Blenheim Palace

Travel to Blenheim Palace for a very special visit. The house itself – the only non-royal or non-episcopal country house in England to be called a palace - is a masterpiece of English baroque architecture with beautiful features such as the painted ceiling in the Saloon.

Two private guided tours beckon. First, discover the Bedrooms upstairs in the Palace, find out about their contents and hear tales of the family and illustrious guests that have stayed here throughout the Palace's history. Next, visit the areas used by household staff both past and present, showcasing what life was like working in the Palace across the last three centuries.

However, it is the 2,000 acres of gardens, the exquisite works of 18th century landscape architect Lancelot “Capability” Brown, which make the place so very special. It’s small wonder that UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1987.

See the Water Terraces, Rose Garden and The Roundel, a beautiful fountain surrounded by manicured bedding, before finishing up with the beauty of the Secret Garden.

The gardens are a genuine joy at any time of year and indeed the formal gardens are worthy past winners of “Garden of the Year”.

Day 7
London, United Kingdom
None Breakfast

Day Seven: Homeward Bound

Your chauffeur-guide will provide a safe and comfortable journey to London Heathrow Airport, where you will board your outbound flight.

Tour Features

Experience(s)

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

Description

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the most famous flower show in the UK, perhaps even in the world, is the pinnacle of any horticulturist’s calendar. To celebrate this annual sell-out spectacle of colour and with coveted tickets on Members Day, enjoy this luxurious tailor-made trip exploring some of England’s greatest and most glorious gardens.

From the meticulous grounds of impressive stately homes, to the quintessential English charm of the private gardens of HRH Prince of Wales, private guides, insider access and exclusive experiences promise a journey not to be missed.

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.'

Insider Tip

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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By: Jordan D


Reviewed on: 12 Sep 2016

Dream Escape put together a wonderful array of activities, lodgings, and restaurants for us to enjoy on our first trip to Scotland. Not being familiar with the lay of the land, it was nice to have expert help in ensuring we experienced a great deal of the pleasures the country has to offer. We would highly recommend using them for your next trip.
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By: Struie


Reviewed on: 23 Sep 2017

We had a very poor experience with Dream Escapes - numerous issues continued to plague our trip - one thing going wrong can be overlooked but their were many issues that greatly affected our ability to enjoy our trip.

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By: lola


Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2017

We had a terrific experience but our van in Scotland could have been better..
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