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London! Notting Hill Carnival, Stonehenge & more (August 2018)
Update: 2/24/18- 30 people have paid in full for the trip **There will be a conference call for those who've paid for the trip or paid their deposit, Monday, 2/26/18. We will be planning excursions & some carnival activities. Please send me a DM for details. __________________________________ Let's Join London’s biggest street party as the Notting Hill Carnival ( http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/whats-on/special-events/notting-hill-carnival/index ) fills the streets of West London with Caribbean colors, music and vibe! Notting Hill Carnival is a celebration of London's Caribbean communities, their culture and traditions, which has been taking place since 1964, featuring two days of fantastic live music ranging from reggae to dub to salsa. The celebrations also include soca floats, steel bands and a whole lot of jerk chicken and fried plantain :-) If this is will be your first time going to the carnival, take a look at 10 Tips for Notting Hill Carnival ( http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/whats-on/special-events/10-tips-for-notting-hill-carnival )to find out how to make the most of the days!! What's even just as great... we'll be in LONDON!! This city has a TON of things to do. We can check out: • The Houses of Parliament • Big Ben Clock Tower • Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. • Thames River • The London Eye observation wheel (which provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex) • Camden Yards • Abbey Road & more... Between site seeing, off the beaten path dives, the African history, European History, clubs, shopping, people watching, you won't be bored! Stonehenge & the town of Bath are a quick day trip away & both fantastic to experience. I put together a suggested itinerary & points of interest for folks that have no clue what they want to do or don't want to plan day to day things to do. It will be posted in the groupme. It's a starting off point, but if you have ideas what you want to share with the group, please do! With that said, for those of you that like to go with the flow, join us, too :-) Itinerary (Condensed) **Day 1, Wednesday, August 22, 2018: London Arrive In London. Free Day Day 2, Thursday, August 23, 2018: London Free Day in London Day 3, Friday, August 24, 2018: London Optional Day Trip to Stonehenge & Bath Day 4, Saturday, August 25, 2018: London Free Day in London Day 5, Sunday, August 26, 2018: London Notting Hill Carnival!! Jouvert (traditional Caribbean Carnival Opening) Parade 9 AM: Family day, more relaxed vibe. (I'll post a link later for those that want to march in the parade &/or want to wear costumes) Festivities wind down around 8:30 PM. There are many after parties in the Notting Hill neighborhood & throughout London. Day 6, Monday, August 27, 2018: London Notting Hill Carnival Parade 9 AM: Main Parade, featuring dancers, performers, steel bands. More livelier. (I'll post a link later for those that want to march in the parade &/or want to wear costumes) Festivities wind down around 8:30 PM. There are after parties on this day, too, in the Notting Hill neighborhood & throughout London. Day 7, Tuesday, August 28, 2018: London Free Day in London **Day 8, Wednesday, August 29, 2018: London Travel to the States, Free Day **If folks want to check out Paris or other European cities after/before & are looking for people to travel with, just post in the comments section in case others would like to, too :-) FLIGHTS I'll post my flight later this year. There are always lots of deals to London, especially around this time of year. Last year I found a deal out of New York, RT to London for $400 on Delta/KLM. British Airways also has flight deals, too. Definitely check the travel search engines & set up alerts! London Airports: Here's a link to a list of London Airports: http://www.visitlondon.com/traveller-information/travel-to-london/airport#me7Ckz7Hsz8leJbT.97 INCLUSIONS: Lodging at 4 Star Hotel in Hyde Park Neighborhood EXCLUSIONS: • Food • Transportation: Oyster Card for the Tube & Uber (is great there), but you have to ride in a taxi at least once, there. The drivers are incredible! • Transfers to/from the Airport • Souvenirs & other personal expenses Number of Travelers: Currently, 30 people have paid in full for the trip & are going. I am able to get additional rooms on a case by case basis. If you wish to go, send me a message via meetup. COST OF THE TRIP: $800 (does not include airfare & based on double occupancy) $300 Deposit Due: NOW (to hold your room) How to I make my deposit/payment? Click HERE ( http://www.meetup.com/Black-World-Travelers-30s-40s-Cincinnati/messages/boards/thread/49533927/0/#[masked] ) to view the PayPal Payment Procedure Click HERE ( https://www.paypal.me/BlackWorldTravelers/ ) to pay the deposit Accommodation: Mercure London Hyde Park, https://www.mercurehydepark.com (https://www.mercurehydepark.com/) 8-14 Talbot Square, London W2 1TS, UK 1 room has the following: • 2 Twin Beds, 172 sq feet • Free WiFi, flat-screen TV with digital channels • Coffee/tea maker, 24-hour room service, and free bottled water • Private bathroom, shower, free toiletries, and a hair dryer • Safe, free newspaper, and iron/ironing board • Air conditioning and daily housekeeping Single Supplement: $635. 1 Full Bed 151 sq feet. All other amenities that come with the shared room, come with the single room. What do I need to know about traveling to the United Kingdom? (The link below is for U.S. Citizens, I'll post a link for citizens of other countries shortly) https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/united-kingdom.html Vaccinations? None are required by the UK for residents of the U.S. traveling to the UK. Check the CDC Website for recommendations, https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/united-kingdom . I don't have info for residents of other countries traveling to the U.K. Where do I get vaccines? Check with your local health department, clinics at grocery stores. Some folks go to Passport Health & have LOVED it. *I'm not endorsing any one. Do what's best for you. Travel Insurance? Be a smart traveler & get it. Period :-). Check out www.squaremouth.com (http://www.squaremouth.com/) ( http://www.squaremouth.com/ ) & www.insuremytrip.com (http://www.insuremytrip.com/) ( http://www.insuremytrip.com/ ) . They are comparison tools and you can plug your specific life situation to find the best plan that works for you. Again, I don't recommend any company because everyone's situation is different. If you are looking for cancel at anytime coverage, be sure to purchase your insurance within 7 - 14 days of paying your deposit. Most companies don't offer this protection after 14 days of you making your 1st payment for a trip. STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) What is it? The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. What are the benefits? 1) Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans. 2) Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency. 3) Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency. It's free. Click the following link to enroll, https://step.state.gov/step/Index.aspx Cancellation Policy: All deposits & payments are non-refundable. Please purchase travel insurance within 14 days of making your deposit. Many have the cancel at anytime clause so if you do need to cancel, you can recoup your funds. You can also post in the comments section to see if someone wishes to take your spot & that person can pay you directly for the cost of the trip. Conference Call: I'll hold a conference call later this month/early next month for folks who have questions or want to meet potential travelers on the trip. Cheers!! ~Tiffany

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