Multi-Day Tour | Private

England: From Capital to Coast (8 days)

Dream Escape - Scotland/UK/Northern Ireland

London, United Kingdom To London, United Kingdom

Valid for Departures Now Through: 22 May 2018


Day 1
London, United Kingdom
The Goring Breakfast

Day One: Arrival in London

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

Prior to checking in to your accommodation, your chauffeur-guide will take you on a panoramic and orientation tour of the city - it is a great introduction to the city. Highlights include:

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

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 and Big Ben

Westminster Abbey, the scene of every Royal Coronation since 1066.

To follow, cross the River Thames to arrive on the South Bank and take to the sky. Paris has the Eiffel Tower, New York the Empire State, and London has the London Eye - an extraordinary symbol for an extraordinary city. The world's largest observation wheel offers a spectacular way to take in London's most famous landmarks in just 30 minutes.

For a truly special experience, your capsule will be privately reserved, allowing you to sip on Pommery Brut Royal Champagne and sample artisan pink champagne truffles as you take in the stunning view in privacy.

Truly, there can be no better introduction to the city.

Check into your luxurious accommodation for the duration of your time in the city. Considered London’s most quintessentially English hotel and located in exclusive Belgravia, it was the very last grand hotel of the Edwardian era to be built. Completed in 1910, it is now the oldest privately-owned luxury hotel in London. Each of the 69 individually-designed bedrooms and suites exude English style.

The property possesses a Royal Warrant for hospitality services, an incredibly exclusive mark of recognition for those who supply goods of services to the highest ranking member of the British Royal Family. It is said that The Queen Mother was a great fan of the Eggs Drumkilbo that is served in The Dining Room.

Day 2
London, United Kingdom
The Goring Breakfast

Day Two: Luxury London

Today, 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.

To follow, this afternoon your chauffeur and guide will take you to the banks of the iconic River Thames. Step aboard a privately chartered luxurious Venetian crafted water limousine; the perfect combination of Italian style with a Union Jack hull for British flair. Cruise along the river, taking in a wealth of iconic London landmarks on your way.

Champagne will be served during your one-hour cruise, ensuring a fun and indulgent voyage.

Day 3
London, United Kingdom
The Goring Breakfast

Day Three: London at Leisure

Discover the city on your own. Your guide from the previous day will ensure you set off in the right direction, with advice for visits that might interest you and helpful hints for off-the-beaten-track experiences.

Day 4
Newquay, United Kingdom
The Nare Hotel Breakfast

Day Four: Travel to Cornwall

This morning, your chauffeur-guide will accompany you to London Gatwick Airport where you will board the short flight to Cornwall. You will be met on arrival by a local chauffeur-guide and driven to your accommodation.

Situated on the south-west tip of England, Cornwall is synonymous with stunning scenery and sandy beaches. More recently, the county has earned a reputation as a top destination for stylish travellers, with an array of galleries, boutiques and fine dining restaurants to be discovered alongside picturesque harbours and narrow winding streets.

Check in to your accommodation, a charming family-owned property with wonderful sea views. Situated in its own grounds, it is the perfect seaside retreat and offers a delightful contrast to the buzz of the capital. Perhaps spend the afternoon unwinding by the pool or taking advantage of the property's private tennis courts and croquet lawn.

Day 5
Land's End, United Kingdom
The Nare Hotel Breakfast

Day Five: Penwith Heritage, Minack Theatre & Land’s End

Spend the day exploring the area with your chauffeur and a local qualified guide.

Immerse yourself in Cornwall's history and legends as you travel along the Penwith Heritage Coastline. It is dotted with numerous prehistoric monuments including Ballowall Barrow, a Bronze Age chambered tomb, and The Merry Maidens Stone Circle which is the best known and preserved stone circle in Cornwall. Local folklore has it that each stone represents a dancing maiden turned to stone for merrymaking on the Sabbath.

As you continue along the coast, you may wish to make a detour to the island of St. Michael's Mount. Perhaps the most famous of Cornwall's landmarks, the rocky island is crowned by a breath taking castle alongside a medieval church. Walk in the footsteps of giants and pilgrims as you delve into the past and marvel at the spectacular panoramic views.

Travel onwards to the world-famous Minack Theatre. Carved into the granite cliff and set amidst glorious gardens with views of the turquoise sea below, the open-air theatre is awe-inspiring. Ancient appearances aside, the theatre was in fact constructed in the 1930s by Rowena Cade, who lived in the house behind the theatre.

In 1932, The Tempest became the first performance to be held in the theatre, and it has since gone on to become one of the most unique venues in the world.

A short distance away is Land's End, Britain's most south-westerly point. Here, enjoy incredible views across the Atlantic Ocean and, of course, be sure to have your picture net to the iconic sign post.

Day 6
Falmouth, United Kingdom
The Nare Hotel Breakfast

Day Six: The Cornish Coast

Today, an adventure on the ‘ocean waves’ beckons. Your mode of transport is a privately chartered 38' gentleman's motor launch.

Step aboard from the pontoons at Smugglers' Cove, the historic spot where General Eisenhower prepared his American troops before they embarked for their D-Day landings.

With an experienced Coxswain and Chief Steward at the helm, journey along the beautiful Fal River before passing some of the picturesque harbours that populate the coastline. Anchor in a tranquil cove to enjoy a picnic lunch and refreshments amidst an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Day 7
Newquay, United Kingdom
The Nare Hotel Breakfast

Day Seven: The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Enjoying the warmth of the Gulf Stream, Cornwall is home to a magical collection of gardens, however perhaps none are as enchanting as The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Hailed as "the garden restoration of the century" by The Times, The Lost Gardens of Heligan were uncovered in 1992, hidden beneath decades of overgrowth and dilapidation.

Today the gardens and estate are a horticultural haven encompassing over 200 acres, and are considered one of, if not the finest gardens in Cornwall. Traverse the world as you discover Maori-carved tree ferns, Italian Gardens and exotic jungle where you can journey through bamboo tunnels and wander beneath magnificent tree ferns.

In the Victorian Productive Gardens find over 300 varieties of fruit, vegetable, salad and herbs before taking the chance to sample the produce with a homemade lunch in the Kitchen.

As one of the most mysterious estates in England, it promises to be a highlight for gardeners and non-gardeners alike; a wonderful visit for all.

Day 8
London, United Kingdom
None Breakfast

Day Eight: Homeward Bound

Your chauffeur-guide will accompany you Newquay Cornwall Airport where you will board your flight for onward travel.

Tour Features


  • Adventure
  • Cruises & Water Tours
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Food & Wine
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking & Biking


This is an inspiring eight-day adventure specially designed to showcase the very best of England from city to coast. Venture off the beaten track on this chauffeur-driven journey; sip on champagne as you enjoy a private cruise along the Thames and see London from above in a private capsule on the London Eye before flying to Cornwall to visit glorious gardens, sandy beaches and picturesque harbours. Enjoy a true taste of Cornish life with a day spent sailing aboard a charming gentleman’s motor launch accompanied by an experienced crew.

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.
Travel Advisor:  Susan Sparks
Not Recommended


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.

Scotland Ireland

By: lola

Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2017

We had a terrific experience but our van in Scotland could have been better..
Travel Advisor:  Michael Distler