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The British Invasion: Beatlemania, the Sixties and Beyond on a Transatlantic Voyage Aboard the QM2

Program Number: 20993RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/3/2013 - 10/18/2013;
Duration: 15 nights
Location: England/United States
Price starting at: $3,973.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 39; 13 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 13 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

The phenomenon known as the Beatles was unveiled on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on Feb. 9, 1964, and when the four young lads from Liverpool crooned “She Loves You” a British music invasion was launched. Join other Beatles fans on an extraordinary adventure, beginning with the Beatles early lives at their childhood homes and clubs they first played and capped by an unforgettable transatlantic voyage aboard the Queen Mary 2. Explore the very roots of the Beatles, as well as British history and culture — past and present — with a little help from your friends.




Activity Particulars

Walking and standing up to two hours.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Liverpool (England), 3 nights; London, 4 nights; aboard Queen Mary 2, 7 nights; London, 1 night.



Days 1-5: Overnight flight from the U.S.A. / arrival Liverpool (England):

Learn how the Beatles were propelled to dizzying, worldwide fame at the Beatles Story Museum as you journey into the Fab Four’s lives, times, culture and music. At the Museum of Liverpool’s Wondrous Place Gallery, experience Beatles and Cavern Club memorabilia. Take in a Saturday night “Beatles Tribute Night” at the Cavern Club, where John, Paul, George and Ringo played nearly 300 times. Experience the childhood homes of John and Sir Paul, and venture to the place where it all began — the Casbah Coffee Club. Lodging: Stylish new hotel with fitness center and heated indoor pool near Albert Dock in heart of city.



Days 5-9: London:

Days 5-9: London: Experience London's modern architecture during an expert-led coach ride, and on field trips explore the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Room where Prime Minister Churchill declared in 1940, “This is the room from which I will direct the war.” The lighter side of British culture is revealed on a British Musical Experience field trip to Abbey Road. And a special experience is a field trip to Kensington Palace, former home to Princess Diana, accompanied by Ken Wharfe — Diana's former royal protection officer. Lodging: Four-star hotel with fitness center near city’s stylish West End.



Days 10-16: At Sea / disembark New York / departure:

Partake in colorful lectures including a talk on what Winston Churchill called “The Special Relationship” between the U.S. and UK and the Age of Austerity-post-war Britain. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy an array of activities including music and theater performances, wine tastings, ballroom dancing, bridge, classes in celestial navigation and acting, fitness pursuits like yoga and pilates.



Queen Mary 2

At 1,132 feet long and 131 feet wide and cruising at 28.5 knots, the Queen Mary 2 can carry 2,592 passengers. Public areas linked by elevators include restaurants, bars, library, theater, casino, gym, pool and more. Dining in the Britannia Restaurant.


Meals and Lodgings
   Novotel Liverpool Centre
  Liverpool, UK:England 3 nights
   Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
  London, England, UK:England 4 nights
   Aboard The Queen Mary II
  At Sea, USA 7 nights
 Novotel Liverpool Centre
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Stylish new hotel located in Liverpool city centre close to the Albert Dock. Liverpool Lime Street train station is 1.6 km and John Lennon Airport is 11 km from the hotel.
  Ship Information: N/A.
  Contact info: 40 Hanover Street
Liverpool,  L1 4LN UK:England
phone: +44 151/6032801
web: www.novotel.com
  Room amenities: 26" LCD satellite/cable colour TV, internet access (paying), broadband connection, hair dryer, iron, laptop safe, minibar, tea/coffee. 110/120 V AC and 220/240 V AC . Safe deposit box. Minibar.
  Facility amenities: Elements Restaurant and Bar. Jacuzzi, Fitness centre, Indoor heated pool. Ramp access, Comply w/ Americ. Disability Act, Wi-Fi at the hotel (paying). Shoe shine machine. Safe deposit box at reception. Dry cleaning / Ironing (paying). Currency exchange. 24 hour room service hot dishes and cold snacks.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Located close to West End. Was formerly Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel. Name chamge.
  Contact info: 130 Tottenham Court Road
London.,  W1T 5AY UK:England
phone: +44 20 7388 4131
web: www.radissonedwardian.com
  Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Direct dial telephone with personal phone numbers. Satellite TV, hairdryer, mini bar, in room safe, iron and trouser press, and tea and coffee making facilities. Complimentary wireless Internet access. US 110v sockets.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, business centre, fitness room and complimentary wireless Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Aboard The Queen Mary II
Type: Cruise Ship
  Ship Information: Having made her debut in January of 2004, the stylish and grand 12-deck, transatlantic liner Queen Mary 2, built by Cunard and under British Registry, represents the pinnacle of maritime achievement. At 1,132' long and 131' wide (150,000 tons) and cruising at 28.5 knots she can carry 3,090 passengers
  Contact info: xxxx
New York, NY xxx USA
phone: 000-000-0
web: www.cunard.com
  Room amenities: Public areas linked by elevators include restaurants, bars, library, lounges, theater, casino, spa club, gym, sun decks and pool.
  Facility amenities: Public areas linked by elevators include restaurants, bars, library, lounges, theater, casino, spa club, gym, sun decks and pool.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
A light lunch willbe served in the hotel at 12:30pm. Check-in and free time until the welcome meeting with Kevin Flude at 5:00pm. You will be staying at Novotel Liverpool Centre that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast on board the Queen Mary II. You will be staying at Aboard The Queen Mary II the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
No parking.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Trains and buses available.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Liverpool
  Transportation to site: Trains go from Manchester Airport to Liverpool direct every hour at 41 minutes past the hour. Frequent direct services run to and from with TransPennine Express and Northern Rail, run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. National Express coaches run from Manchester Airport to Liverpool (31 miles) and take 1 hour 20 minutes (cost approx GBP7)
  From End of Program
  Location:  At Sea
  Transportation from site: Generally it will take approximately two hours after the ship comes alongside, to have all luggage landed and the ship cleared by local authorities before guests are invited to disembark. We operate a staggered disembarkation and this can take up to a further two hours before all guests have departed. You need to allow a minimum of an hour to collect luggage and pass through American security before guests are free to resume their journey. From the Brooklyn terminal JFK Airport is 20 miles. 1 hour 30 minutes by taxi. Yellow Cab cost approx. USD40.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1:
(Thursday, October 3)
   
 In Transit Overnight: Overnight flight to Manchester.

Day 2:
(Friday, October 4)
   
 Arrive To: Manchester Airport. Transfers to the hotel in Liverpool.
 Lunch: A light lunch is served in the hotel at 12:30pm.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon for check-in and relaxation. The welcome meeting with Kevin Flude will take place in the hotel at 5:00pm.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Novotel Liverpool Centre
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: The Beatles Story Museum and the Museum of Liverpool.
(Saturday, October 5)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Kevin Flude lectures on The Beatles' Liverpool.
 Lunch: In the hotel.
 Afternoon: The afternoon field trip explores the Beatles Story Museum-Located in the Fab Four's hometown of Liverpool, the award-winning Beatles Story experience is an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture and music of the Beatles. Join us on a magical mystery tour to see how four young lads from Liverpool were propelled to the dizzy heights of worldwide fame and fortune to become the greatest band of all time. Learn about a teenagers' life in the 1950s and 1960s. Consider the Beatles' influence on social and cultural change. At the new Museum of Liverpool, located on the waterfront,discover the "Wondrous Place" gallery which celebrates the city's creativity and includes Beatles and Cavern Club memorabilia. Take a ticket at the reception for the Beatles show 'In The Town Where I was Born'. Feel the excitement of a football match and see how the Fab Four rocked the world in two fantastic film experiences.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure or you may like to visit the Saturday night Beatles tribute night at the Cavern Club-- Saturday with the Beatles Beatles Tribute Show featuring the Cavern Club Beatles Cavern Live Lounge Every Saturday celebrate the music of the Fab Four in the place it all began! The Beatles played the Cavern Club 292 times, from February 1961 to August 1963. The resident Beatle band THE CAVERN CLUB BEATLES, will take you from those early Cavern days through to Let It Be and beyond. The show takes place theatre style in the Cavern Live Lounge, the very stage that Sir Paul McCartney played on his return to this historic venue in 1999. Seating is unreserved and pre–booking strongly recommended Doors 9pm Show starts 9.30pm Tickets £12.00 (2012 prices)
   
Accommodations: Novotel Liverpool Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Childhood homes, the Casbah and the Cavern.
(Sunday, October 6)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breafast in the hotel.
 Morning: Full day field trip to "Mendips" and 20 Forthlin Road-the childhood homes of John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney - an opportunity to see where the Beatles met, composed and rehearsed many of their earliest songs. Imagine walking through the back door into the kitchen where John's Aunt Mimi would have cooked him his tea, or standing in the spot where Lennon and McCartney composed 'I Saw Her Standing There'. Gain real insight into Lennon and McCartney's humble beginnings. Mendips is a fine example of 1950s housing. It was lovingly maintained by John's Aunt Mimi and you can still see the house and garden as it was when they lived here. Neat, tidy, yet still cosy, it's a real home. A typical example of post-war terraced council housing, 20 Forthlin Road is plainer than Mendips. The McCartney men weren't as houseproud as Aunt Mimi so expect to see mismatched wallpaper, clutter and threadbare sofas.
 Lunch: Taken out in Liverpool.
 Afternoon: The Casbah Coffee Club is now an English Heritage Grade 2 listed building due to its historic importance. 'We know of no other survival like it in Liverpool or indeed anywhere else.' Bob Hawkins (English Heritage). The Casbah Coffee Club (Est 1959) by Mona Best, owned by former Beatle, Pete Best and his brothers Rory and Roag Best. A must for all Beatles' fans, the Casbah Coffee Club is the place where it all began. This is the only original Beatles venue to remain unchanged complete with: - Star ceiling - painted by Pete, John, George and Paul - Rainbow room - Stage ceiling painted by Sir Paul McCartney - Aztec room - Ceiling painted by John - Spider room - Stage occupied by The Beatles, and many other Merseybeat stars - Cynthia's silhouette of John, Original guitar, mike, amps all used by The Beatles Continue on to theBeatle heartland: Matthew Street and the Cavern Quarter. This winding part of the city centre is a network of former warehouses and has developed into a mecca for Beatles fans, with a range of bars and shops dedicated to the Fab Four. The area is home to Liverpool's Wall of Fame which features the name of every Liverpool band or solo artist who has reached Number One in the UK charts. There are also statues of the Fab Four, including a solo cast of John Lennon leaning against the Cavern Pub wall, several group poses including Arthur Dooley's bronze Four Lads who Shook the World which is located on the wall opposite the Cavern and the wistful figure of Eleanor Rigby sitting on a bench in nearby Stanley Street. Continue on to the Cavern Club is the cradle of British music- see Paul and George’s school - John Lennon’s art school - Ringo’s childhood home - Penny Lane -- Eleanor Rigby’s grave - Strawberry Field - George’s home
 Dinner: Excluded.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Novotel Liverpool Centre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5:
(Monday, October 7)
   
 Morning: Free morning for you to explore Liverpool's many museums and galleries.
 Lunch: A light lunch is served in the hotel.
 Afternoon: Transfer by coach from Liverpool to London. Check in. Welcome to London meeting at 5:00pm.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Modern London. Tate Modern and the Churchill Museum and War Rooms.
(Tuesday, October 8)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to Tate Modern.
 Lunch: Taken out.
 Afternoon: The field trip continues with a coach ride around London's modern architecture. Field trip to the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms. Deep beneath the bustle of London lie the original Cabinet War Rooms - today part of the Churchill War Rooms - which sheltered the people at the heart of Britain's wartime government during the Blitz. In 1940, shortly after becoming Prime Minister, Churchill stood in the War Cabinet Room and declared: 'This is the room from which I will direct the war'. Today, you can step back in time to explore the secret headquarters where Churchill and his staff changed the course of history. Find out the stories of the people who walked the maze of corridors as London was being bombed above them. See where Churchill and his War Cabinet met, sometimes late into the night, and look through the lens of history into the Map Room, where the books and charts have remained exactly where they were left in 1945. In the Churchill Museum, explore the man behind the image as you discover more about the influences and pressures that shaped Churchill’s life and work.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: A field trip by coach takes us on rock routes including Abbey Road and Studios at 3 St Johns Wood.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: British Music Experience.
(Wednesday, October 9)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: A field trip takes us to the O2 Bubble for the "British Music Experience" including Abbey Road and Studios at 3 St Johns Wood.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8:
(Thursday, October 10)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to Kensington Palace, former home to Princess Diana accompanied by Ken Wharfe, Diana's former royal protection officer. The King’s and Queen’s State Apartments, once the epicentre of royal and political life, have been brought to life with new multi-medium installations, live interactive theatre, and never-displayed-before costume from the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection.
 Lunch: Lunch is taken out in the Kensington area.
 Afternoon: Field trip to the V&A's Fashion Galleries.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Embarkation Queen Mary II.
(Friday, October 11)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Coach transfer to Southampton. Embark Queen Mary II.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities. Enjoy a variety of shipboard enrichment sessions. From Cunard Insights guest lecture series to the Book Club with literary discussions with the Librarian, to classes such as watercolours, computer lessons, wine tasting, ballroom dancing, etc. Speakers give highlights of what Winston Churchill called “The Special Relationship” between the US and UK. On deck, games and more active enterainment are available including the Fitness Centre, a walk round the Promenade Deck; swim in one of the pools, play tennis, or take exercise classes such a Yoga and Pilates, or try a round on the golf simulator! Enjoy singers and dancers in stage shows in the Royal Court Theatre, movies in the cinema, pianists, jazz bands and string quartets in bars and lounges throughout the ship. Hear the Julliard School jazz series and take part in the Royal Night Themed balls. Polish your acting skills with one hour workshops by RADA. Or simply take afternoon tea and enjoy the Maritime Quest exhibition throughout the ship.
 Dinner: On board ship in the Britannia Restaurant.
 Evening: Shipboard entertainment.
   
Accommodations: Aboard The Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Lecture and newsreels of the Abdication of Edward VIII.
(Saturday, October 12)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: A multi-media lecture by Kevin Flude on the Abdication Crisis including newsreel footage.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard entertainment.
   
Accommodations: Aboard The Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Lecture: The Age of Austerity.
(Sunday, October 13)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Kevin Flude lectures on the 50s and the Age of Austerity considering post war Britain, food rationing and utility furniture.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities. Cocktail party.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard entertainment.
   
Accommodations: Aboard The Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Swinging 60s music.
(Monday, October 14)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Kevin Flude leads a lecture on The Swinging 60s Music and Beatlemania.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard entertainment.
   
Accommodations: Aboard The Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Swinging 60s-art and architecture.
(Tuesday, October 15)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Swinging 60s--At and Architecture lecture.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard entertainment.
   
Accommodations: Aboard The Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Fashion, design and photography.
(Wednesday, October 16)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Kevin Flude lectures on Fashion, Design and Photography.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard entertainment.
   
Accommodations: Aboard The Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: British Invasion of America!
(Thursday, October 17)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Kevin Flude looks at the British Invasion of America-the Beatles and Ed Sullivan.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner.
 Evening: Shipboard entertainment.
   
Accommodations: Aboard The Queen Mary II
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Britain Invasion of America!
(Friday, October 18)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Arrive New York for disembarkation.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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