WELCOME TO LIVERPOOL! HOME OF THE BEATLES
Day 1 – Welcome
Duration: 2-4 hours
Activity Rating – Moderate 2-4 miles of walking with some hills. Frequent breaks.
Unwind in the Beatles-themed room we have booked for you at The Hard Days Night Hotel. If your Beatles adrenalin is flowing, you are right next to the Cavern on Mathew Street. Bring the map included in the Survival Guide and enjoy a walk down the street. In the late afternoon we’ll ‘Meet & Greet’ both your Beatle Pilgrimage Host, and our genuine Liverpudlian Beatles guide, .. ‘Our Jackie’. Jackie will accompany you on a tour of local Beatles sights starting with a walk down Mathew Street – the location of the Cavern and many tributes to The Beatles and the music of Liverpool. The evening continues with our Beatles Ale Trail to a few ‘Beatles Pubs’ where locals still tell their tales of John, Paul, George & Ringo. We’ll conclude with a group gathering at one of the pubs for a pint or two and shared stories before preparing for the next day.
Day 2 – Coach Tour of the Beatles Liverpool
Duration – 8 hours with full lunch.
Activity Rating – Light, coach tour with 1-2 miles of walking on largely flat terrain. Frequent, planned breaks.
You will see it all today! The Beatles’ Liverpool presented by ‘our Jackie’. You’ll stop and see Liverpool Beatles sites, including Penny Lane, Strawberry Field and St. Peter’s Church where John & Paul first met. Lunch is included at The Dovey Pub – you’ll love it! – near the Penny Lane Development Trust. Also today, admission to an ‘Inside’ tour of The Casbah Coffee Club with history as told by a member of the [Pete] Best Family. The club is a shrine to fans, virtually untouched since early days of The Beatles in Liverpool. Behold the firsthand account of The Beatles ‘True Beginnings’. Your evening is free to return to the Cavern for live music and/or tour Liverpool’s growing cultural and food scene.
Day 3 – The Beatles Story & National Trust Tour of John & Paul’s Childhood Homes
Duration: 6-8 hours. Lunch is open on this day.
Activity Rating – Light, 1-2 miles of walking on largely flat terrain.
You’ll start with a coach trip and tickets to the National Trust ‘inside’ Tour of Lennon & McCartney’s childhood homes. Plan on about three hours to travel to and tour both homes. Admission to The Beatles Story – enter the exhibition and enjoy this wonderful Liverpool tribute to the city’s favorite sons. This is a self-paced journey with interactive exhibits and you may want to allow time for photos. Plan on at least two and perhaps three hours for this portion of the tour. On this day you will also have free time to explore the Shops & Eats in City Centre & Albert Dock, and visit the Liverpool Museum where Beatles items are on display. Also at Albert Dock are the Maritime Museums, Tate Museum and a chance to Ferry ‘Cross The Mersey, a one hour scenic round trip on the ferry made famous in song by Liverpool’s own, Gerry & The Pacemakers. Or break for a Hard Days Night Spa at Lush in Liverpool. In the evening, we may have a special guest or surprise or retire for a group meal. For those who want an evening out there is also live Music at the Cavern on most nights.
WELCOME TO LONDON! WHERE BEATLES MUSIC WAS MADE
Day 4 – Travel and Get Acquainted with London
Duration – 2 Hrs travel Liverpool to London, Approx. 3-4 hr London Activities
Activity Rating – Light, 2-4 miles of walking on largely flat terrain with frequent, planned breaks. Use of London Underground.
We’ll arrive in London in the early afternoon and check-in to our hotel. With a bite to eat and an hour’s refresh before heading to the very nearby British Library and their display of original Beatles song manuscripts. We’ll allow extra time for fans to enjoy other original works on display from Shakespeare, Mozart, Beethoven, and Handel as well as the Magna Carta. In the evening we’ll have a group dinner and walk around the St. Pancras/Bloomsbury neighborhood to familiarize ourselves with the area near your hotel and the charming city neighborhood near the British Museum and once home to Virginia Wolf, Charles Dickens, W.B. Yeats, J.M. Barrie, Charles Darwin and so many more.
Day 5 – Full Coach Day Tour through London Environs
Duration: – 8 hours
Activity Rating – Light – coach tour with about one mile of walking on largely flat terrain.
We’ll take an air-conditioned coach to hidden Beatles sights including Friar Park in Henley, the Rain/Paperback Writer video location [just as it was!], and Hard Days Night & Help Film locations, Twickenham Film Studios and a visit to George’s favorite pub, The Row Barge in Henley as well as a few surprises your Beatles Guide, Dr. Bruce Cherry will point out to you along the way. Lunch is often at “Ringo’s Pub” where one of Ringo’s most poignant scenes from ‘A Hard Day’s Night” was filmed. Great food too! A must – and a fun group event – concludes this day – our Group Dinner Party at The Original, London Hard Rock Cafe, christened by Eric Clapton himself.
Day 6 – Coach-assisted Walking Tour – Beatles’ Central London – incl. Abbey Road Studios & Crossing
Duration: 6-7 hours.
Activity Rating – Medium – Coach-assisted with 2-4 miles of walking on largely flat terrain with frequent, planned breaks.
The most popular Beatles sights are on our Central London Beatles Tour… The historical Beatles sights you will see today includes ( though not limited to) The Scotch of St James Club and other Beatle club & pub ‘haunts’ and historic early gig and show locations; the shops where they picked up their famous collarless suits and their Sgt. Pepper costumes; the only apartment where all four Beatles lived together; Ringo’s flat; the house where Paul wrote ‘Yesterday’ and the home of 40 years where he lives today; Brian Epstein’s house; the gallery where John & Yoko first met; the pub where Paul & Linda had their first date; the radio studios where “Live at the BBC'” recordings were made; famous album cover and publicity still locations; the galleries where John staged his own art shows; Paul’s office; The Apple Boutique; Apple Studios and the location of the famous rooftop concert; George Martin’s Air, Trident and De Lane Lea Studios and – The Abbey Road Crossing where yes, you do get to walk across! And yes we take time and help you get just the right shot. The coach tour normally concludes at Baker Street where we visit The Beatles Store, The Sherlock Holmes Museum and take a short walk to Marylebone Station where we’ll recreate the opening scenes of “A Hard Days Night” exactly where they were filmed.
Day 7 – ‘Mad Day Out’ Walking Tour – Central London
Duration – about 4 hours.
Activity Rating – Medium – 4-6 miles of walking on largely flat terrain, scheduled breaks.
This is a mostly free day. Your host will lead a mid-morning walk to Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of the Guards and then take you on the famous “Birdcage Walk” through Regents Park to Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Churchill’s War Headquarters and Number 10 Downing Street. On the way back you’ll walk right by the famous “London Eye” if you fancy a top-of-the-world view of London and then we’ll head home through Waterloo Station.
(We also offer mapped and detailed itineraries for walks to other London locations such as The Beatles ‘Mad Day Out’ 1968 photo shoot locations; Camden Market and Camden; The Tate Modern and Bankside, The Victoria & Albert Museum and can customize to your interests.)
In the evening we’ll have a group farewell dinner at a favorite local pub and maybe hoist one or two more depending on the hour of our next morning’s flights.
… unless you are staying for an additional three days to see The Rolling Stones ‘Exhibitionism’ multi-media career overview at the Saatchi Museum, or perhaps you would like to see the latest exhibit at the Tate Modern or the (free) Victoria & Albert Museum or see the British Museum or visit Stonehenge or …
- 7 nights – 3 nights Liverpool & 4 nights London
- Escorted tour designed specifically for small groups.
- Hotels – including the Beatles Boutique Hard Day’s Night Hotel in Liverpool, full breakfasts, group dinners and all transit
- Modern air-conditioned coaches and high-speed rail transport.
- Outbound Airport Transfer
- Public Transport Passes
- Admission to all named attractions
- Inside all important Beatles sites in London and Liverpool with the Best Beatles Guides in the Business.
- The Beatles Pilgrimage ‘Survival Guide’. A custom itinerary delivered 30 days prior to your departure.
- Taxes, fees and surcharges.
- 7 Full breakfasts
- 2 Tour lunches at Beatles Pubs
- 2 Group dinners, including the London Hard Rock Cafe
Sites Included (but not limited to …)
- John & Paul’s Childhood Homes, Strawberry Field, Penny Lane, The Cavern, The Casbah Coffee Club, The Beatles Ale Trail, The Beatles Story Museum, The Beatles Store, Abbey Road Crossing, Friar Park, site of the final “Rooftop Concert”, filming sites for Beatles films, videos and photo shoots (many as they were!) and many, many more.
- Your host is available to help arrange city walks, and evening group meals and other entertainment and adventures based on group interests and discussions we may have with you prior to the tour