the beatles pilgrimage tour group tours to the beatles liverpool & london
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about
The Beatles Pilgrimage Group Tour,
small group tours and UK travel,
including passport information and requirements
Where is a good place to start to find information about your tour on your website?
Start with the About page which describes the origins and intent of our tour.
What is the Standard Beatles Pilgrimage Tour Itinerary?
It is our own itinerary developed to deliver the Complete Beatles Experience in both Liverpool & London to Beatles Fans. The standard itinerary is included in every tour we deliver. You can view a sample itinerary here. (Note: Group Tours during International Beatle Week & The Liverpool Music Festival, that occur every August, are extended tour packages to accommodate extra time needed to enjoy the Liverpool festivities. You may add to your standard itinerary package of 8 Days/7 Nights by considering our tour options found on our Tour Packages & Prices page.
Additionally, our Beatle Tour Travel Coordinator Cheryl, can customize your travel package to the UK by adding additional travel, attraction and other European destinations.
What is the difference between a Scheduled Group Tour and a Flexible Independent Traveler Tour (FIT) Package?
Customized 'FIT' Tour Packages are available by request. Please call our professional booking & travel coordinator, Cheryl Ogle at 1.888.411.5540 prompt 1 or email her at email@example.com
Flexible Independent Traveler [FIT] Tour Packages & Private Group Tour includes our Standard Beatles Itinerary on the dates you select. The tours are great for one or two couples and small group of friends that wish to experience our tour at a more intimate level. Perfect for the Special Birthday, Anniversary, Graduation and other special occasions. Use our standard itinerary as a template and fully customize your trip to Europe to include our extended stay options. Independent Traveler Tour Packages are fully customizable. FIT Itineraries can be either self-directed, or, for a premium we will provide you with a Tour Manager or Local UK Host for you or your group. For the self-directed option, we will arrange professionally guided tours of key Beatles sites and also provide written and on-line guides to Beatles sites and treasures throughout Liverpool & London. For a premium charge your Tour Manager or Local UK Hosts will Meet & Greet every guest in both Liverpool & London, provide tour orientation, accompany you to sights & ensure your tour flows without flaw. In either case, our expert Beatles Guides will delight you with the Beatles sights and deliver the history of the Beatles to you, where it all happened.
What are the fitness and health requirements for taking the Beatles Tour?
Also, a fan's health should be well enough to endure about .5 - 1 mile casual, take your time, continuous walk with little or no rest on 3 occasions during the 7 night tour itinerary. We are always a few minutes from a 'loo' stop and a 'warning' is always appreciated. Walking occurs during the Beatles Ale Trail in Liverpool [with cheap cab ride option to return to hotel], a walk through a lovely London Park and the sight of Rock's [Beatles] first video! Also, about a 1 mile walk over a 2 hour period through London's Soho district where we have time for great Beatles and other Rock sights, rest stops and a bit of 'just duck in here for a minute' shopping.
You should also be able to climb one flight of stairs by taking your time. Stairs occur throughout the tour with an example of the worst case may be ascending up stairs from the London Underground [Tube] to the street.
Most importantly, if you have any serious health issues, we suggest you contact your doctor regarding your travel to Europe and discuss any health risks.
What about meals and their cost during the tour?
Meals will be your major expense during the tour. We include 2 group dinners and 2 lunches during full tour days other than that, meals are at your expense. Note: The cost of alcoholic beverages is always the responsibility of our guests. Both in Liverpool & London there are low cost options as well as most costly dinning. The cost of a good dinner meal is in the 8 - 20 GBP range. We suggest you budget 15 GBP per fan + 10 GBP for lunch or hardy breakfast.
In past years we have included breakfast each morning. Beginning in 2017, we reduced the price of the tour to allow fans decide on other breakfast options. At the Premier Inn Hotels, the breakfast is wonderful, all you can eat, buffet style and cost about 10 GBP per fan which you can pay on a day by day basis. Alternatively, there are Pret A Mangers, Starbucks and other local options that offer breakfast specials.
If you upgrade to the Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool,breakfast is included during your stay. In London, breakfast is not included regardless if you selected the upgrade.
If you are a 'veggie'...let us know. All restaurants offer 'veggie' selections including pubs which often over excellent quality meals at a very reasonable price.
What is the Beatles Pilgrimage Tour Survival Guide?
The Survival Guide is an information package sent to all guests, regardless of which tour package is selected prior to departure. It includes a day by day calendar of times & events occurring each day, with contact information, contingency plans, safety, travel, and cost saving tips such as best methods for currency exchange, special places to see as well as things to avoid [e.g., tourist 'rip offs'].
For our non-escorted Private Tours & Extended Stay Packages, the guide is your 'escort' for a stress-free tour. Our guests that have taken our private tours have complimented on the ease of use and accuracy of the guide as they traveled the streets of London, Liverpool, and [our favorite city] Amsterdam.
Do you book my flights to Europe automatically?
No, all tours are sold as Land Packages and do not include the cost of flights to and from Europe. If you would like additional assistance, Cheryl is here to help; just ask when you call or when you complete your reservation form.
More about airfare and our tour here.
What do I need to know when booking my flights?
Remember to note where your tour starts (either London or Liverpool). The nearest airport to Liverpool is Manchester Airport and London's airports are Heathrow and Gatwick. Secondly, the majority of the flights arriving from the U.S.A. will arrive in the morning and you will be flying through the night. We agree that it can be difficult for some to sleep on airplanes, but believe it is worth the effort to travel overseas!
Tell me about the hotels used during the tour?
We now stay in the highly rated Premier Inn in both London and Liverpool. All hotels are located centrally in each city. They offer a safe, clean, modern room with a comfy bed and full private bath [en suite]. For those wishing to upgrade hotels in Liverpool to 4 nights at The Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool, that can be arranged. The upgrade is priced for 1 - 2 fans in a room for full length of stay and breakfast each morning! Check our 'Tour Dates, Packaging & Pricing Page' for current price for the grade.
How Do I Book a Tour?
You can book any of our our tours online by completing our Reservation Request form. You may also call toll free 888-411-5540 and speak directly by phone to our booking agents. If you get voicemail please leave your name & phone and the call will be returned promptly; include your time zone so we can get back to you at an appropriate time of day.
When is my first payment due?
No payment is due until we provide to you a firm price quote and you are fully informed about our tour. At that time a $300 per reservation non-refundable deposit is due, 90 days from your tour's check in date, 50% of total cost of your tour package is due. Your tour package must be paid in full no later that 60 days from your tour's departure date.. Read our 'Terms & Conditions' for details of our payment plan. In the case of FIT or Custom tours a custom payment schedule may be arranged.
How do I make a payment?
You can pay through PayPal or by Credit Card. All credit card processing is done on PayPal's secure financial server. PayPal is a reputable and reliable payment system. Unlessand we offer monthly payment plans if you would like. We can, where necessary, accept wire transfers as well.
How much free time will I have during the tour?
Our tour will keep you busy! In London, the tour schedule is much tighter than in Liverpool and can require more time due to delays inherent in dealing with a large and congested city. If you wish to enjoy more of London, as well as Liverpool, Amsterdam, Paris or Hamburg, you may consider extending your stay and add to your standard Beatles Tour package.
Regarding International BeatleWeek Tours:
During International BeatleWeek & The Liverpool Music Festival * in Liverpool each August, we allocate 6 days in Liverpool. Most of the time on the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday is treated as free time for our guests to make their own decisions as to which events they wish to partake. The events are too numerous to manage as a group. Your host will be glad to provide advice and when practical, join you and others in the group in a planned afternoon and/or evening of Beatles music and fun.
The events offered during Int. Beatle Week such as the Convention at The Adelphi Hotel, Tribute Band Venues, Auctions, etc. require an admission charge that is NOT included in your tour package. You can obtain tickets prior to your arrival or at the time the events occurs. We will send you information to obtain tickets in advance when it becomes available.
Will a Host or an Escort be available the entire tour?
For our scheduled group tours, a tour manager will accompany the group through the entire Beatles Pilgrimage Tour Itinerary. For smaller groups and the Independent Traveler [Private Tours] a Local UK host will welcome and 'Meet & Greet' each tour group & tour guest, accompany you and advise you, along with your Beatles Guide, to ensure our itinerary is delivered as planned. In any case, you will be provided with a local contact phone number in the event you require assistance.
As stated, if you select our tour during 'Beatle Week' in August, your time will be split between group activities offered in our standard itinerary and free time to enjoy the many attractions International Beatle Week offers.
Where will I meet the tour host?
Unless special airport pick up arrangements are included in your tour package, your host will meet you at your hotel on the day you arrive. A time will be scheduled and provided to you in advance where and when the meeting is to occur.
How do I get my US Passport?
Instructions to obtain a US passport are available on the US Department of State website.
Where can I find information about travel to the UK?
Where can I purchase Travel Insurance?
We recommend you check your AARP, AAA, or credit card benefits. For a no-obligation travel insurance quote, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am a group organizer, do you offer private group tours?
Yes, for more information contact Cheryl, toll free at 1.888.411.5540, prompt 1 or email email@example.com
What special guest[s] will I meet on your tour?
We have a rotating list of guests and each tour is different. For the latest see our website.
What is the London Rock Tour?
The London Rock Tour is included with our London Rock, 2 or 3 Night London Tour Extension. Select one of these extended stay options and pick one or two London Rock Tours such as the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Kinks and more or one of our other London sightseeing day tours such as Stonehenge, Tower of London, London Sightseeing for example.
The Jack the Ripper evening walking tour [just under 2 hours] is included in our 3 Night London Extension Option!!!
Can I extend my stay in UK?
Absolutely! If you would like to extend your tour in London, we can add nights to your London package OR other European destination.
Can I extend my air departure date to make my own plans in Europe after the ‘Beatles’ tour?
Yes! If you would like to arrange travel elsewhere in the UK we are available to assist or you can arrange on your own.
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