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The beatles walk across abbey road

England Rocks

Some of the tour’s sights.

TIN PAN ALLEY

02 Arena

London Eye

Dusty Springfield

the rolling stones

caveran club liverpool

the beatles story

The 1960's are remembered nostalgically in Britain as the 'rock and roll' years. This was the decade that British pop music erupted with energy, and through creating big stars of this phenomena, like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, British pop music exploded onto the world scene. This was the flower power generation, when folk were encouraged to dance, smoke strange things, wear wild clothing, and dig the music. This was the seminal time of social rebellion in the UK, led by the young, and music was leading the way in this social and cultural revolution. Live it for the first time or re-live it.

 

 

 

Day 1 – Travel from home

Overnight flight to London

 

Day 2 – Arrival London

London is one of the world"s most popular cities. People have flocked to the city for tourism and business alike for over two thousand years. Today London has the greatest concentration of major attractions in Britain, boasts four World Heritage Sites, and is renowned throughout the world for its shops, museums, parks and cosmopolitan life. After a panoramic tour to acquaint ourselves with the city, we enjoy a relaxing afternoon and evening to unwind.

 

Day 3 – Musical London

London has been at the forefront of of every musical movement, be it Britpop, Punk, Glamrock. The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Queen, T-Rex, The Who, Elvis Costello, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Fleetwood Mac, Spandau Ballet, The Police and The Jam all made their mark here before conquering the world. Abbey Road is London's most famous Rock 'n' Roll landmark. In August 1969 The Beatles stepped outside the Abbey Road Studios in St John's wood for a 10-minute photo shoot and created one of music's most iconic images which Beatles Fans have tried to recreate ever since by walking across the famous zebra crossing. Other visits include Carnaby Street, the Kings Road in Chelsea and Denmark Street near Covent Garden in London became known as "'Britain's Tin Pan Alley"' in the 1920's., due to the large number of music shops, a title it holds to this day. The Tin Pan Alley Festival is held there each July. The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and The Kinks all recorded in basements here in the 1960's. Welcome dinner is arranged in Covent Garden this evening.

 

Day 4 – London Eye

This morning enjoy a flight on the London Eye. Rising to a height of 450 feet above the river Thames, the 30-minute ride on 'the Eye' offers unrivalled views over London's historic skyline. Afternoon at leisure. You may wish to visit the British Music Experience at the 02 Arena. Whether you're more of a 'Wannabe' than a 'Living Doll, refer 'Anarchy in the UK' to 'Life on Mars' or you're feeling 'Supersonic' or like a 'Puppet on a String', from Trad Jazz to Happy Hardcore you can take your own trip through British music history. Using state of the art effects and iconic memorabilia we show how rock, pop, dance and other genres were formed and have influenced the last sixty years of British culture. From the classic era defining sounds of The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Dusty Springfield... to stadium filling giants like The Who and Queen... to the irresistible anarchy of bands like The Specials and Sex Pistols... right up to recent crowd-pleasers such as Spice Girls, Oasis, Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys and more. Along your journey you can step into interactive audio visual spaces that explore great British music moments throughout history, you can witness fascinating one-off interviews between the biggest stars, see an awe inspiring display of famous artefacts "come to life"', record songs, learn instruments, bust moves on the dance floor and even feel what it is like to perform at a virtual concert. Or take traditional afternoon tea at the Savoy Hotel. This is a luxurious British tradition which you are sure to enjoy! The famous video for Bob Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues was filmed in the street at the back of the Savoy Hotel after he and Donavan had sat up all night writing the caption boards! Optional ticket to West End Theatre or concert tonight.

 

Day 5 – Brighton

Enjoy a full day excursion to Brighton. Brighton is Britain's favourite seaside city. Nestling between the South Downs and the Channel on England's south coast, Brighton is a rich mix of Regency heritage, specialist shopping, lively arts, beachfront fun and its very own royal palace, the exotic Royal Pavilion. Moreover, everything is within walking distance making it a great place to spend some time exploring. The seaside town of Brighton became notorious in the 60's for the running battles between the Mods and Rockers, which were immortalised in the film Quadrophenia. Contemporary bands from Brighton include the likes of Fatboy Slim and The Kooks. Dusty Springfield is buried in nearby Rottingdean, and fans from around the world meet annually in nearby pubs to celebrate her life and music on ''Dusty Day'' , the closest Sunday to her birthday in April.

 

Day 6 – Liverpool

Depart London and head for Liverpool. The historic city of Liverpool lies at the mouth of the River Mersey. Its historic port once saw great cruise liners sail for the New World, but today Liverpool is a city of culture, music and sport. It witnessed the meteoric rise of the Beatles in the heady days of the 1960's, is home to one of Britain's most successful soccer teams, Liverpool FC, and in recent years has undergone major redevelopment with a number of excellent museums and attractions opening. This evening, like Gerry & The Pacemakers, we'll take the "Ferry 'cross the Mersey" and enjoy a cruise around the local area.

 

Day 7 – Mersey Beat

Liverpool artists and bands have had more number one records than any other city on the planet. After The Beatles took the music world by storm in the 60's and inspired millions with their tuneful songs, others followed suit. The 1980s saw artists like Elvis Costello, Echo and the Bunnymen and Frankie goes to Hollywood create diverse and new sounds from the city. Nowadays the current scene is as vibrant as ever with bands like The Coral, the Sugababes and the Zutons once again proving Liverpool's status as the ''Capital of Pop''.

 

Enjoy a tour of Liverpool of the 1960's, a time when the city was bouncing to the beat of the incomparale Beatles. This tour will introduce us to the lives of the Fab Four, their homes, schools, birthplaces, Penny Lane, Strawberry Field and many other landmarks associated with their music, including visits to their childhood homes.

 

Visit the Beatles Story at Albert Dock. Charting the story of the world's most famous group from humble beginnings in Liverpool to worldwide superstardom, the Beatles Story is the definitive Beatles museum with some superb memorabilia and interactive displays.

 

This evening we explore The Cavern Quarter, which encircles world famous Mathew Street, and which is a vibrant city centre area at the focus of Beatle history, but there's so much else on offer to people of all ages, whether Liverpudlians or tourists. For Fab Four fans there's the Cavern Club - where the lads played 292 times - Cavern pub and the actual pubs, The Grapes and White Star, where the lads drank during the early 60's. The most recent attraction is The Wall of Fame depicting Liverpool's rightful place as the origin of more Number One records than any other city. We enjoy a pub dinner in this vibrant area of Liverpool.

 

Day 8 – Manchester

Famous for its proud industrial heritage, high profile music scene, world class football, prestigious theatres, historic architecture and influential artistic community, Manchester has entered the new millennium with vitality and confidence. Manchester remains one of Britain's key musical meccas, a city of diverse musical styles from Freddie and Dreamers, The Bee Gees, The Hollies, Joy Division to The Smiths, Happy Mondays, Stone Roses, New Order and The Chemical Brothers.

 

Enjoy some time at leisure to enjoy the great shopping opportunities that Manchester has to offer, and maybe browse the famous record shops! This afternoon we visit Old Trafford - the home of Manchester United. Come and see for yourself why more than 200,000 people visit the Museum every year! Young or old, United fan or not, it really is something to savour and tell your friends and family about.

 

Day 9 – Shopping in Chester

Enjoy a day shopping in Chester and soak in the atmosphere created by an abundance of black & white buildings set in a circuit of glorious city walls. Within the walls, are the city's delights like the enchanting Eastgate Clock and the 1000 year old Cathedral, a haven of reflective tranquility in a lively, bustling, cosmopolitan centre. Chester's crowning glory however are the 13th century Rows - two-tiers of shops running along the main streets. Leisure time. Full day at leisure for last minute souvenirs! A farewell dinner is arranged tonight at a local restaurant.

 

Day 10 – Return Home

Regrettably this morning we bid farewell to England and journey to Manchester airport for our return flight home.

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