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London In A Week - CLOSED

  • Sep 7, 2014 · 9:00 AM

All details can be found online at http://nevertravelsolo.com/london.php

- Never Travel Solo host for the entire week.
- Tours and admissions for all attractions listed on the itinerary.
- 7 Nights Accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express London - Earl's Court
- 7 breakfasts at the hotel restaurant.
- Welcome Get Together Dinner at a local pub.
- Hampton Court Palace lunch.
- Unlimited transport for the entire week on the London Tube.
- Free access to many other attractions (list will be coming soon).
- Roundtrip transfers from Heathrow Airport to our group hotel.
- All taxes, surcharges, and porterage charges.
- Tips for all tour guides and bus drivers.

- This trip is LAND-ONLY. It does not include airfare.


- The price for this trip is $1999 per person double occupancy, $2799 single occupancy. If you would like to use our roommate matching service, we guarantee you a roommate as long as you're a non-smoker. Don't let not having a roommate keep you from going on this amazing trip!

- Deposit is a non-refundable $800 double occupancy, $1500 single occupancy.

To book, please contact Paul at [masked] or [masked]-9252.

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09/07/14 (Sunday) - Arrival Day and Airport To Hotel Transfer, Group Welcome Dinner, Jack the Ripper Tour

Enjoy complimentary transportation to our group hotel. Spend the day relaxing and taking in the sites. We'll meet up that night for dinner at a local pub before departing for our Jack The Ripper tour. This is the original, and complete, Jack the Ripper Walk. It begins at Tower Hill, right on the boundary between Scotland Yard territory and City of London Police territory. Only by beginning there can you understand the conflict between the two London police forces and their leading personalities. A conflict which blurred the investigation and made it easier for the Ripper to slip through the police nets.

Flights arrive early into London so our hotel room might not be ready upon our arrival. If not, you will be able to store your luggage at the hotel.

09/08/14 (Monday) - Thames River Boat Cruise, Tower of London, Tower Bridge Exhibtion, The London Dungeon, London Eye

This morning we make our way over to Westminster Pier to enjoy our all day hop-on, hop-off pass aboard a Thames River Boat Cruise. On the way, we'll see one of London's most famous landmarks, Big Ben. After boarding the boat, we head to the Tower of London for a guided tour by a Yeoman Warder, more commonly known as a "Beefeater", an iconic symbol of London and Britain. Next up is the Tower Bridge Exhibtion where we can enjoy stunning London views from the high level walkways and continue to the Victorian Engine Rooms to learn about the inner workings of the most famous bridge in the World.

After boarding our cruise for the return trip back, we stop at the Millennium Pier to take in two great attractions, The London Dungeon and the London Eye. The London Dungeon is a 90 minute fully themed experience through 1000 years of London's murky past. The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames and provides breathtaking views of the city during its 30 minute rotation.

09/09/14 (Tuesday) - St Paul's Cathedral, Millennium Bridge, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

We start the day with a ride on The Tube, London's underground Metro system, to our stop at St Paul's Cathedral, where we will enjoy a fully guided tour. It is a Church of England cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of London and mother church of the Diocese of London. It sits at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the City of London.

We make our way from St Paul's Cathedral to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Along the way, we'll walk across the Millennium Bridge.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, an Elizabethan playhouse in the London Borough of Southwark, on the south bank of the River Thames that was originally built in 1599, destroyed by fire in 1613, rebuilt in 1614, and then demolished in 1644. The modern reconstruction is an academic approximation based on available evidence of the 1599 and 1614 buildings.

09/10/14 (Wednesday) - FREE DAY

Enjoy a free day to explore all of the wonders of London on your own or with other members of the group.

09/11/14 (Thursday) - Hampton Court Palace, Pub lunch

A short railway ride from London takes us out to Hampton Court Palace, Henry VIII’s most famous palace. Led by a costumed interpreter, we'll step back in time to a living Tudor world as we explore this attraction. We'll see Henry VIII's Kitchens, The Chapel Royal, the Hampton Court gardens, and much more. Find your way through the Hampton Court Maze. After we finish, we'll enjoy lunch in a nearby pub.

09/12/14 (Friday) - Westminster Abbey, Jewel Tower, 10 Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Royal Mews

We'll spend the day exploring some of the most famous political buildings in London. Our first stop is a fully guided tour of Westminster Abbey, an architectural masterpiece of the 13th to 16th centuries, the shrine of St Edward the Confessor, the tombs of kings and queens, and countless memorials to the famous and the great.

Our next stop is The Jewel Tower, which dates back almost 650 years and is an intriguing visitor attraction in the heart of Westminster. It was built around 1365 to house Edward III’s treasures and was known as the ‘King’s Privy Wardrobe’.

We continue our day and pass by 10 Downing Street, the official residence and the office of the British Prime Minister. Our next stop is Trafalgar Square, at the heart of London, and one of the city's most vibrant open spaces. Buckingham Palace, which served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837 and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch. Our final stop of the day is a visit to the Royal Mews, where State vehicles are housed and maintained. These include the magnificent Gold State Coach used for Coronations and those carriages used for Royal and State occasions, State Visits, Weddings and the State Opening of Parliament.

09/13/14(Saturday) - Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, Harrod's, National History Museum

Kensington Palace was the official residence of Diana, Princess of Wales. We'll spend the morning check out all the attractions including The King's State Apartments, The Queen’s State Apartments, explore the life of Queen Victoria, and see recent decades of fashion through the dress of HM The Queen, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales.

Making our way through Kensington Gardens, we'll arrive at Harrod's, probably one of the most famous department stores in the world. We'll check out the food and wine section as a group before allowing everyone some time to explore the rest of Harrod's on your own.

Our final stop is at the National History Museum, home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 70 million items within five main collections: botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zoology. The museum is a world-renowned centre of research specialising in taxonomy, identification and conservation.

09/14/14 (Sunday) - Departure Day and Hotel To Airport Transfer

Say goodbye to London and to all of the new friends you've met. We'll provide you complimentary transportation from our group hotel back to London Heathrow.

FINAL NOTES

Depending on the size of our group, some of our activities will be part of a larger tour group.

The hotel, activities, and/or their order may change and/or be cancelled to circumstances beyond our control. In the event this happens, we will try our best to make similar accommodations or changes.

This trip requires extensive walking and use of the public Metro system (Tube) and railroad. Some days may require walks of 2 - 3 miles over the course of the day.

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  • Kim S.

    Is anyone interested in visiting the INSIDE of Buckingham Palace?

    http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/visit/buckinghampalace/what-to-see-and-do

    1 · May 23, 2014

    • Jessica

      Awesome!

      1 · May 23, 2014

    • Kim S.

      YAY!!!!!

      May 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yet another tidbit from this excited traveler: If you need to get a passport and have not had one in the past 15 years, it requires an appointment to drop off the paperwork. DO NOT WAIT to schedule your appointment! I have all of my documents together and the first available appointment is not until mid-June. After the appointment it will take another 4-6 weeks to get the actual passport in the mail. Start early to avoid a last minute disaster!

    May 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone is trying to email me through meet up about the London trip, please send me a valid email address outside of Meet up where I can reach you. For some reason I am able to read messages sent to me but I cannot reply. When I do, the member never receives it. I prefer to converse outside of Meet up to avoid this problem. Thanks!

    April 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Paul, any thoughts on getting a "chip and pin" credit card for the trip? I read online that american credit cards won't work and if they do, there are international charges. Bank of America charged me $45 just to purchase my plane ticket because it was considered an "international purchase".

    Is cash or traveler's checks a better bet than trying to get a new credit card?

    April 8, 2014

    • Paul

      You shouldn't have any issues with Visa and Mastercard at 95% of the places you'll want to use your credit card. While it is true that Europe is on the"chip and pin" standard, most places will still take credit cards with a magnetic strip. The only types of places where you might have an issue is where they are automated kiosks that aren't "manned" by a person. I was just in Europe last year and I'll be there again at the end of this month and I haven't ever had an issue with using my "American" credit cards.

      As far as credit cards charging a fee for international purchases, there are credit cards out there that don't charge one. A lot charge up to 3% but you can do a Google search and find ones that don't.

      April 9, 2014

    • Paul

      As far as traveler's checks, it's getting harder and harder to find places that will cash them or accept them.

      As far as cash, I always suggest bringing cash with you on the trip to cover those places that don't accept credit cards or the rare instance where your credit card might not work. I usually figure between $200 - $300 should be good and you can always use your ATM card to get more cash.

      April 9, 2014

  • Kim S.

    I'll be there at 6am with Victoria! It WOULD be great if we could check in early, but regardless, we'll be in LONDON and I can't wait!

    1 · April 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to disagree with Robert. I'm taking the 6 pm flight from Dulles arriving in London early somtime around 6-7 am. Don't recall exact times. I'll be there to enjoy breakfast in London instead of just arriving.

    It's going to take at least 2 hours to pick up bags, get through customs, and drive 1 hour into London. Paul will already be there and the hotel will hold our bags. If you arrive after 10 am, you won't get to the hotel before noon and have lost half the day already. If I'm going to London, I want to spend as much time as possible there!

    1 · April 7, 2014

    • Paul

      I completely agree Victoria. If you're going to spend the money for this trip, you'll want to enjoy as much time as possible in London. I'll be there a couple of days early and I'm going to try to see if I can get early check-in for our group at the hotel. If not, the hotel will hold our luggage and we can get out and enjoy the city!

      April 7, 2014

  • Kim S.

    Before we make a deposit, can those of us that are interested meet soon to discuss? I especially would like to know about flights from dc.

    February 5, 2014

    • Robert O.

      Also, get a 7 day Oyster card for UNLIMITED Tube & Bus tavel in the London area.

      April 4, 2014

    • Paul

      You DO NOT need to purchase a 7 day Oyster card as unlimited journeys on all London Underground trains (Tube) and Buses (as well as Trams, Docklands Light Rail, Over-ground Trains and National Rail Services within zones 1 – 6) are included in the price of our trip per the description above.

      April 4, 2014

  • Paul

    The first five(5) people that DEPOSIT on this trip will receive $100 off of the price of their trip. We already have one female that has deposited and is looking for a roommate.

    Please do not RSVP unless you are ready to deposit for the trip.

    February 5, 2014

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