First of all, what
exactly is the Magical History Tour to England?
"magical history tour" travel vacation, in which Beatles fans from all walks of
life, of all ages, from all over, journey to Liverpool and London to join fellow
fans as we "follow in the footsteps of The Beatles" - and
For how many years has theTour been going
mark our 3th annual consecutive travel package to
the "holyland" (for Beatles fans, that is). We've been doing it longer than any
other tour company in the world.
Can you give us some
background on the Tour?
In 1980, we founded the international
Beatles magazine "Good Day Sunshine." Prior to that we started hosting Beatles
Conventions and fan events throughout North America.
A few years later, we went to Liverpool
as tourists and loved the city so much we started hosting full-blown tour
packages by promoting them at conventions and through the magazine "Good Day
Sunshine" and in the pages of other fanzines. As the years went on, we stopped
doing the conventions and the magazine, but the tours were always fun and an
excuse to take a vacation. Our "Magical History Tour" became bigger and better
every year, with the help of Liverpool's foremost tourguides, Cavern City Tours.
Through the contacts we have established over the years, our Magical History
Tour gets into places and does things that fans just could never do on their
own, or couldn't do on any other tours. In fact, it was thanks to these tours
and promotions that fans got the opportunity to meet
Paul and Linda (and members of his bands), George,
Ringo, George Martin, Pete Best, Cynthia Lennon, Julian Lennon, Allan Williams,
Bob Wooler, Mike McCartney, Bill Harry, Alf Bicknell, Alistair Taylor, Gerry
Marsden, Billy J. Kramer, the members of Wings (including Denny Laine, Steve
Holly, Laurence Juber) and successive McCartney bandmembers (including Hamish
Stuart, Robbie McIntosh, Wix, Abe Laboriel, Jr, Rusty Anderson), The Rutles,
John's sister Julia Baird, Ringo's late step-dad Harry, John Lennon's Uncle
Charlie, Mark Lewisohn, Ray Coleman, members of The Searchers and just about
every person ever related or associated with the Beatles.
When is the next tour
going to take place?
August 22 to August 31, 2016.
That is when Liverpool puts on International Beatle Week
(including the International Mersey Beatles Convention and Music
Festivals). There are thousands upon thousands of fans and followers from all
over the world at this time. It's also the time of year when most people can
take vacations, and it's when England has the nicest weather.
How long does the
The trip itself lasts 11
Beatleful days, but the memories of the unforgettable experiences in
Britain with fellow fans last a lifetime.Of course, fans may go for less days if
What sights do
travelers see while on the Magical History Tour?
We could go
literally go on forever with this subject. The better question might be "what
don't we see?" In London, we start very traditionally by going to all the
historic must-see sights such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminister Abbey,
the Houses of Parliament, London Bridge, Tower of London, Carnaby Street, etc.
Then we do a comprehensive rock 'n roll tour of London. That includes every
imaginable Beatles landmark. Highlights of our time in
London include a visit to Chiswick Park where The Beatles recorded their
"Rain/Paperback Writer" videos and our great memories of actual recording
sessions at Abbey Road Studios 2, where the Beatles recorded nearly all their
classics. Of course, we all take turns crossing Abbey Road the way the
Beatles did on their album cover. Other sites in London include MPL (McCartney's
offices), EMI (record label), the Palladium (where the Beatles performed before
royalty), their London homes, and assorted places where they filmed scenes from
their movies and promo videos. But the real treat is
Liverpool -- once in the Fab Four's birthplace, we see every place that
any Beatle fan ever dreamed of - locations that we've only read about in books,
heard about in song lyrics or seen in pictures. We see all the lad's homes,
schools, early hang-outs, clubs & pubs. We experience a
full-out Beatles Music Festival, dance the night away at the world-famous
Cavern Club and take fully-guided bus tours to every
nook and cranny of the Beatles' history in the city. We see the lyrics of Penny
Lane literally come to life before our eyes. We go on shopping sprees at the
official Liverpool Beatles auction and at the BeatlesDays
mini-convention and at the Hard Day's Night Beatles Boutique Shop on the corner
of Mathew Street. We spend a day at the International Mersey Beatles
Convention with fellow fans from all around the world, and we enjoy Beatles
bands from "across the universe" during BeatleWeek
festivities. We take our day-long sight-seing tour of
Liverpool landmarks aboard the yellow "Magical Mystery Tour" bus and we enjoy an
actual "Ferry Cross The Mersey." We are in the audience for full concerts in
venues such as the Liverpool Philharmonic, the Echo Arena,
the O2, Liverpool Empire, the Royal Court Theatre and in auditoriums such
as LIPA (The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts), Paul's "Fame" school.
We party in clubs and have late- night sing-alongs in our hotel. Additionally,
every year we do special things and get into places in both cities that nobody
could ever do on their own, or on any other tour!
Is there an age
No. Fans from ages 8 to 80 have joined us. We have
couples, families with children and grandchildren, and many
single travelers go. The tour is open to, and is ideal for, all
What does the trip
include? How much does each ticket sell for?
There are no tickets
to pay for. All show tickets, admissions, entrances, excursions, etc. are
included in the total package price. There are no extra costs or hidden expenses
for events, shows, concerts, attractions. Round-trip airfare and all
transfers/land transportation is included. Deluxe hotel accommodations are
included (including room-shares for fans traveling alone). Even breakfasts in Liverpool all week long are part of the package. The only things not included are the airport departure taxes/fees,
dinners and souvenirs. We often joke that if someone doesn't eat or buy
souvenirs, they could leave their money home!
This is my first time
flying overseas. What should I know?
First of all, know that you
are in good hands of not only professional tour operators, but also fellow fans.
We have been doing these tours for over 30 years, and
we are always there for you. We will answer any questions, and put you in the
best possible comfort zone. Your enjoyment, satisfaction and safety is our
You will need a passport, but you do not need a
travel visa or any vaccinations.
usually have groups flying out of NY, LA and Chicago, but we could add other
departure cities if there's enough of a demand.
We have a host (tour
guide) who greets you at the airport and gives you a laminated "backstage
pass" name badge along with a warm welcome (and, on most tours, usually a goodie
bag with travel gifts) and assures you a smooth check-in.
Know that you are not the only person
flying for the first time, and know that you will make friends right off the bat
at the airport (we all have the love of The Beatles in common) before we even
Will I ever be
Not unless you want to be. There's nothing more fun than a
group tour, and you will always be with your fellow tour members unless you opt
to break away on your own (this is something that past travelers sometimes do).
Our Magical History Tour is a professionally guided fully escorted travel
vacation, so your hosts of tour will always be with you, and in some cases,
other tourguides and special guests will also host along the way.
Could I get in touch
with people going on the tour - before the tour - so I feel more comfortable
knowing other travelers in advance?
Definitely. We welcome the
opportunity to introduce you (by mail, email or phone) to other tour members in
advance of the trip. In respect of everyone's privacy, we won't give out any
personal contact information, but we'll act as the go-between to arrange
communications with both parties' approval and permission.
Could I get in touch
with people who've gone on the tour in the past? Could I get
Yes, we'd love nothing more than to arrange for you to
contact past travelers, because they are our best form of advertisement. Just
let us know, and we could put you in touch with any one (or more) of hundreds of
Magical History Tour alumni who will gladly answer any questions you may have
about their past trip(s).
What if I want to fly
on my own or just join the group in Liverpool (or for a smaller portion of the
Every year there
are people who take the "land package" (where they arrange their own airfare) or
select fewer days to vacation on our Magical History Tour. We have travelers who
skip the first city, others who pass on London, and a few who even go to
Liverpool for less days. The full tour is the best way to enjoy and get the most
out of the entire experience, but we will gladly customize the trip as per your
How far in advance do
reservations have to be made?
There are some Magical History Tour
travelers who book over a year in advance, but most send in their reservations
between October-July. The tour is almost always sold
out by July 1st.
How do I pay for the
tour? Is full payment due when I book my space?
We make this as
easy as possible. Along with the completed reservation form, travelers send a
down-payment and don't have to pay the balance in full until 60 days before
departure. We will gladly accept payment in full earlier than that, or arrange
payment installments if that's more convenient, but more people love being able
to put down the smaller deposit and then not pay the remainder until we get
closer to the tour.
We accept personal checks, money orders, bank wire
transfers and also online payment through PayPal.
Do you offer travel
Yes. We recommend a company that has proven to offer
the very best coverage at the most reasonable rates. We include a complimentary
brochure with every reservation, or request.
Do you offer group
discounts or commissions to travel agents?
Yes to both questions.
Contact us directly for further information.
For any questions we
have not yet answered here, please don't hesitate to call us at 203-795-4737,
email us at LiverpoolTours@aol.com
us at (203) 891-8433 or write to us (Liverpool Productions, 315 Derby Avenue,
Orange, CT 06477). We will be more than happy to answer any inquiries you may
have, and we look forward to hosting your travel adventure. You'll have the time
of your life.