I started with Travelocity.
When I first entered the trip details including the same hotel and flights I had priced a few days ago, they gave me a price of just over $2500.00.
But again, when I clicked to checkout, they informed me the price had risen to just over $3500.00
I then moved to Expedia.
Again I entered the same trip details, and they gave me a price of just over $2500.00.
And again, when I clicked to checkout, they informed me that while I was shopping the price had risen to just over $3500.00.
What a coincidence!
So I moved on to Orbitz.
When I entered the trip details and selected the same hotel and flights as above, they informed me the price was a bit over $2500.00.
When I clicked to checkout, they let me select my seats on each flight, and then took me to the checkout screen.
Miraculously, the price remained the same, just over $2500.00.
Needless to say, I booked the trip at that price and received a confirmation.
In past years, I was able to get direct flights to London at a reasonable price. Not this year.
The best I could do was Charlotte to JFK, then JFK to London.
Due to some family issues, we can only go away for a week.
By the way, I checked the price of the trip again today and it has risen to just over $4400.00. Amazing!
Here is our confirmed itinerary as it stands now:
Arrive in London around 9:30 am, take the tube to the stop right across the street from our hotel.
Check in if we can, if too early we will check our bags with the hotel and head over to Westminster Abbey. I love that place.
We will then head over to the Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.
Get back to the hotel, then out for a nice meal. Maybe some walking around exploring.
We have booked our tickets for a “Royal Day Out” at Buckingham Palace, which includes the Palace, the State Rooms, the Gardens, and just about everything else.
It will last 4.5 hours.
In the afternoon, we will head over to Abbey Road Studios and “The Crosswalk”. I want to take a few more pictures there.
We will then spend the rest of the day exploring London.
We plan to do a day trip today. Possible to Winchester or Rye. Both accessible by train. We may decide to book a day trip through Viator to the Cotswolds, although we do like to stay away from organized tours and leave our time open to spend as we like. We don’t really like extremely regimented day trips. But we will play that by ear.
We check out of our London hotel and board the 2.5 hour train trip to Liverpool.
We arrive in Liverpool around 2 pm . After we check into our hotel in Liverpool City Centre, we will take a “Fab Four Taxi Tour” which lasts 3 hours. That should be extremely enjoyable! I am a HUGE Beatles fan! As you can probably tell by some of my previous posts.
Once the tour is finished we will find a nice restaurant and spend some time walking around Liverpool. We hope to see a Beatles cover band at one of the local clubs.
We have a tour booked through the National Trust to tour John Lennon’s and Paul McCartney’s childhood homes. It’s the only way to be able to see the inside of the homes with a tour guide.
This will take 3 hours door to door.
Then, we will spend the rest of the day exploring Liverpool, the Cavern Club, the Casbah Coffee House where the Beatles played, and take a Magical Mystery Ride tour of Liverpool.
We will end the day with a nice meal and some more walking around Liverpool City Centre.
We check out of our hotel and catch the train across the street back to London. We arrive in London at 11 am, then we take the tube to Heathrow for our 3pm flight back to the states.
Security will be tight at Heathrow so we will allow at least 3 hours for screening.
I will post details each day of the trip, along with pictures that you may enjoy.
It will be a whirlwind week for sure, and not one we will soon forget.
I have all the major details and transportation booked and confirmed with some free time for spontaneous exploring.
Don’t be afraid to plan your own trips, even to Europe. It just take time to research and settle on the best options for you and your circumstances.
You can save significant money doing it yourself, and you have total control of your time.
Start early and examine all the options.