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Royal Castles and Regal Residences

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Royal Castles and Regal Residences

7 Days

This seven-day tailor-made journey, only available during the month of August, is specially designed to offer the royal treatment. In London, sip on champagne in HRH Prince Charles’ official residence, and survey the city from above in a private capsule on the London Eye. Depart London and travel south, where you will enjoy visits to a number of stunning homes, each of which boasts a captivating role in the history of England and links to its most famous figures.

Throughout the programme, your accommodation is unique and steeped in history: a city hotel favoured by modern day royals and a castle once lived in by one of the wives of Henry VIII. Combined with exclusive access and the very best guides, this promises to be an unforgettable experience.

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HOLIDAY ITINERARY



Day One: Arrival in London

Day Two: An Introduction to London

Day Three: The Tower and the Thames

Day Four: Royal Residences

Day Five: Historic Homes Part 1

Day Six: Historic Homes Part 2

Day Seven: Homeward Bound

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HIGHLIGHTS

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Day One: Arrival in London

On arrival at London Heathrow Airport, be met and welcomed by your qualified guide and your driver, both of whom will accompany you for the duration of your time in England. Travel via luxury midi-coach to Central London.

Check into London’s most quintessentially English hotel. 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.

Day Two: An Introduction to London

A private, chauffeur-driven orientation tour is a great way to be introduced to the city. Highlights include Downing Street, the official residence of the Prime Minister and the Houses of Parliament which are home of the British government. No panoramic tour would be complete without a visit to the iconic Buckingham Palace, the official residence of HM, The Queen and Royal Family.

Late afternoon, travel to Clarence House for a private guided tour. It is one of the last remaining aristocratic town houses in London. Today it is the official residence of HRH The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall. Built between 1825 and 1827 to the designs of John Nash, the property takes its name from its first occupant, William Henry, Duke of Clarence, later William IV.

Day Three: The Tower and the Thames

Enjoy a pre-opening private guided tour of the Tower of London, perhaps the most famous of all London sites. With construction begun in the early 1080s by William the Conqueror, the Tower has borne witness to many defining events in British history. Complete the visit at the Jewel House, where you will see the “greatest working collection of Crown Jewels in the world” – 23,578 gems in total.

To follow, head 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.

Day Four: Royal Residences

Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Thames to Windsor. Explore Windsor Castle, a glorious 13-acre complex of medieval, Restoration and Georgian buildings. Highlights to discover during your visit include the spectacular art collection gracing the walls in the State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel, one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England and the burial place of 10 monarchs including Henry VIII and King Charles I.

To follow, explore Windsor Great Park. There can be no better way to explore the graceful tree-lined avenues, ancient woodlands and 18th century lakes than with a private horse-drawn carriage ride. Travel at a leisurely pace and enjoy hearing tales of the park’s history from your knowledgeable carriage driver.

The day concludes with a private guided visit to nearby Frogmore House, a favourite retreat of the Royal Family. Set in the private Home Park, it is renowned for its beautiful landscaped garden and 18th-century lake.

Day Five: Histroic Homes Part 1

Take a guided tour at Chartwell, the home of British wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill from 1924 until the end of his life. Churchill had a taste for extravagant living and the rooms of the house illustrate this.

The rooms remain much as they were when he lived here, with pictures, books and personal mementoes evoking the career and wide-ranging interests of a great statesman, writer, painter and family man.

Continue to Hever Castle. This is more “grand manor house”, with status-wielding towers and drawbridge than a fortified castle. It was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, one of King Henry VIII’s less-fortunate wives.

Enjoy exclusive use of the Anne Boleyn Wing. Each room has been individually designed to combine modern comforts with plush furnishings to create a truly luxurious experience. In the evenings, feel like royalty as you enjoy exclusive access to the wonderful gardens.

At one point during your stay, perhaps be treated to the thrill of a jousting tournament, many of which are frequently held in the castle grounds during summer. Taking place in an authentic arena, spectate from the medieval stands as brave knights compete for glory.

Day Six: Histroic Homes Part 1

Travel to Down House, the home of the 19th century naturalist and biologist Charles Darwin, whose 5-year voyage on HMS Beagle changed the way we understand the world around us. Here enjoy a private guided tour of Darwin’s gardens. Your specialist guide will tell you about the experiments Darwin carried out, as well as how the garden has been restored to its original Victorian layout.

To follow, explore the house at leisure. The highlight for many is to stand in the study in which Darwin wrote On the Origin of Species. It contains the original furniture and dozens of Darwin’s personal possessions.

Day Seven: Homeward Bound

Travel to London Gatwick Airport where you will board your flight for onward travel.

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HIGHLIGHTS

A visual glimpse of the key things to do and places that will be visited on this exciting itinerary

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THINGS TO DO

CLARENCE HOUSE

Clarence House is one of the last remaining aristocratic town houses in London.

THE TOWER OF LONDON

This famed UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to the early 1080s and has borne witness to many defining events in British history.

WINDSOR CASTLE

Windsor Castle is a glorious 13-acre complex of medieval, Restoration and Georgian buildings.

HEVER CASTLE

Hever Castle is a medieval moated home and it was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, one of King Henry VIII’s less-fortunate wives.

CHARTWELL

A grand Victorian house was the home of Sir Winston Churchill home from the 1920s until the end of his life in 1965.

DOWN HOUSE

Down House is the home of the 19th century novelist Charles Darwin.

PLACES VISITED

LONDON

London, with its unique blend of history and culture, is constantly changing, with new landmarks, stylish restaurants and clubs opening up all the time. Recently voted as the gourmet capital of the world, London is the European capital to stay in touch with all that’s new and exciting, while enjoying its wealth of historic buildings and eclectic mix of museums and art galleries. 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, art galleries and world famous attractions.

WINDSOR

Windsor lies in Royal Berkshire, whose Royal associations date back to the establishment of Windsor Castle by William the Conqueror in the 11th The oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, it saw King John ride out from its walls to sign Magna Carta at nearby Runnymede in 1215. In 1850 Queen Victoria designated it Royal Berkshire and it was at Windsor Castle in 1839 that the young queen proposed to her beloved Albert.

The town of Windsor is a haven for shopping. Encased within the Victorian railway station are a wealth of high-end outlets. It’s a pleasant stroll from here across the river to Eton High Street. Noted for its art and antique shops, this charming thoroughfare also leads to Eton College, the country’s most famous school.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

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