$4,183*

$759 single supplement
$100 nonrefundable deposit due at booking
Final Payment due June 2, 2020
$161 discount when paying by check

 

PASSPORTS REQUIRED

London

Abbey Road

Stonehenge

Liverpool

Buckingham Palace

INCLUDED

  • Accommodations
  • Breakfast at hotel each day
  • One afternoon tea, two dinners, one lunch
  • Services of tour leader and local guides
  • Visits- Westminister Abbey, Tower of London, Stonehenge, The Beatles Story, Black Country Living Museum, Windsor Castle, entry to The Cavern Club
  • Tours as mentioned in day to day itinerary
  • Porterage of one piece of luggage in and out of hotels
  • Service charges and taxes
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers

NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare
  • Optional Tours
  • Meals not specified
  • Travel Insurance. Highly recommended and will be quoted at time of booking

ITINERARY

THURSDAY, September 10, 2020: Depart US for Manchester, England

FRIDAY, September 11, 2020 - Day 1: Welcome to England            (D)
Arrive at Manchester airport and transfer to Liverpool for 2 nights.  Please note that check-in may not be available until 3 pm.
This evening, our group will Come Together to enjoy a welcome dinner at a local pub/restaurant close to our hotel. 
Accommodations: Mercure Atlantic Liverpool or similar for 2 nights

SATURDAY, September 12, 2020 - Day 2: Liverpool                    (B)
This morning, we begin to Meet the Beatles on a walking tour with a local guide. Starting in the heart of Liverpool at the new Beatles statues, this tour will hit the Beatles highlights around Liverpool, including the sights - like Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields - that inspired some of the band’s greatest hits.

Then enjoy the unique experience of a visit to the childhood homes of John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney. This is our opportunity to walk inside the places where the Beatles met, composed and rehearsed many of their early songs. We’ll be in the very same place where John’s Aunt Mimi would make him tea, and stand in the very spot where John and Paul composed I Saw Her Standing There! 

Then we’ll visit The Beatles Story, an award winning, permanent exhibition that guides us through the lives of Paul, John, George and Ringo from four normal boys from Liverpool to worldwide mega stars. Our audio guide will be Julia, John Lennon’s sister.

This evening, it will be anything but A Hard Day’s Night as we visit the world-famous The Cavern Club, where the Beatles performed 292 times and met Brian Epstein.

SUNDAY, Sept 13 - Day 3: Liverpool to Birmingham                    (B)
Today we’ve got your Ticket to Ride as we start our journey towards London. Along the way we will stop in Birmingham and visit Black Country Living Museum. The Black Country is the colloquial name of the region of England called the West Midlands. It was home to large scale industry from the 1830s until the mid-20th century, primarily coal mining. The museum is largely open air, and is set across 26 acres, making it a very unique experience for your visit. Enjoy seeing the life and times of the people of the Black Country in the 19th and 20th century showcased in such an extraordinary fashion.

Accommodations: Hilton Garden Tower or similar for 1 night

MONDAY, Sept 14 - Day 4: Birmingham/London via Oxford            (B)
On day two of our drive to London we will stop in Oxford for a walking tour. From humble beginnings as a small Saxon town, Oxford has grown into a world renowned center of learning. The tour of Oxford will pass many of Oxford University’s most notable buildings. The Venetian inspired Bridge of Sighs connects two parts of Hartford College, the Bodleian Library which is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. After plenty of food for thought, we’ll enjoy some food - and some shopping - at the bustling Oxford covered market.


TUESDAY, Sept 15 - Day 5: London                            (B)
Good Morning, Good Morning!  Today will begin with a visit to the British Museum. See original, handwritten Beatles lyrics by Lennon and McCartney, and many other fascinating items: sacred texts from many faiths; maps; early printing; historical literature, scientific and musical works from over the centuries and around the world. Discover some of the world’s most significant books, from the Magna Carta and the Gutenberg Bible to Handel and the Beatles. See the earliest versions of some of the greatest works of English literature, including Alice’s Adventures Under Ground and Shakespeare’s First Folio.

This afternoon and tomorrow morning we take a walking tour with Richard Porter, the pre-eminent guide for all things Beatles in London. Tour sights where The Beatles lived, made A Hard Day’s Night, and had their rooftop concert atop the old Apple offices. Cross Abbey Road on the world-famous zebra crossing, just as The Beatles did more than 50 years ago. There will be time for photos at the crosswalk and outside Abbey Road studios. Richard Porter is a professional Beatles and Rock tour guide in London and internationally recognized authority on the Beatles. 

Optional: This evening an optional excursion to dine at Govinda’s the Vegetarian restaurant frequented by George Harrison in Soho. OR Take a Secret Food Tour ​​​​of London.


WEDNESDAY, Sept 16 - Day 6: London                            (B)
This morning we continue walking along The Long and Winding Road with Richard Porter enjoying more of his encyclopedic knowledge and fascinating stories about the Fab 4.  In the afternoon, enjoy a full English tea at one of London’s best-known tea spots.

THURSDAY, Sept 17 - Day 7: London                            (B/L)
This morning we enjoy a walking tour around Westminster. En-route, visit Gothic masterpiece Westminster Abbey, which has been at the heart of British history since the formation of the Abbey by Edward the Confessor in 1065. The Abbey became the coronation church for the English monarchy in 1066, was transformed into the modern stone Abbey in the reign of Henry III and has since been the venue for countless magnificent, joyous and sometimes unfortunate royal events. In modern times the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and funerals of the Queen Mother and Princess Diana have etched the Abbey into the common memory of billions around the globe. A visit of Westminster Abbey takes in such highlights as the Coronation Chair, the medieval Lady Chapel, museum containing a collection of royal effigies, and the Abbey Gardens which whisk you away from the hubbub of the city. There is also a cafe and shop on-site.

We’ll enjoy lunch together at a local pub.

In the afternoon, visit the legendary Tower of London which stands on the River Thames in the heart of London.. The Tower of London has been used at various times as a palace, barracks, military stronghold, a zoo and most famously as a prison incarcerating famous names like Sir Walter Raleigh, Anne Boleyn and Guy Fawkes.  The Tower is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the only intact medieval buildings on the list.

Evening is on your own to enjoy a special dinner and experience the beauties of London at night.

FRIDAY, Sept 18 - Day 8 - Stonehenge and Windsor                    (B/D)
On our final day together we will venture to two iconic British spots. First we will drive out of London to Stonehenge, the Neolithic stone circle  in the Wiltshire countryside which is one of the most famous wonders of the world. Dating back to approximately 3000 BC, the circle of huge upright and horizontal rectangular stones continues to fascinate academics, spiritualists and visitors. This fascinating stone circle can be toured with audio guides and the modern visitor center includes over 250 artifacts, reconstructions of Neolithic houses, and a 360-degree audio-visual presentation that all help towards understanding the structure.

In the afternoon we will visit Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, and admire the magnificent State Rooms, St George’s Chapel and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House. Witness the colorful and very ‘British’ spectacle of the guards marching through the streets of Windsor for the Changing the Guard ceremony within Windsor Castle’s walls - it’s a sight not to be missed!

Our final overnight stay will be in Windsor where we will also enjoy a farewell dinner together at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Castle Hotel or similar for 1 night. 

SATURDAY, Sept 19 - Day 9 – Farewell                             (B)    
Transfer to Heathrow Airport for your flight home.    

 

 

 

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