On April 18th, 2018 my son Brian and I departed from Charlotte, NC on a two week trip to England that was designed to provide both of us with first class experience witnessing major Premier League Football events and see as much of London, Cornwall, Manchester and LIverpool along with the football experience. Close to nine months in advance we started our conversation with these travel agents from this travel company from their location in Torrance, CA. While we were unsure of how well a group from Southern California could provide detail assistance while we traveled throughout England we liked the tone of the information provided and after listening to some basic tour suggestions decided that the agent's sounded knowledgeable and informative about how we would travel and how we would get to each scheduled event. The bottom line is that we attended 4 separate football matches over two weekends (2 at Wembley, 1 at Anfield and 1 at Old Trafford). We also flew from Gatwick to Newquay, and Newquay to Manchester and stayed in 3 first class hotels as scheduled, an outstanding B&B in Cornwall and an unexpected stay in the a hotel and spa when our flight with Flybe was unfortunately cancelled. In addition we had a full day guided tour in London and another in Cornwall and half day tour in Liverpool. All of this was provided directly by Aour travel company even the unexpected night near Gatwick and rebooking the Flybe flight to Newquay from Gatwick. In addition we enjoyed prepaid taxi service, Oyster card travel in London, rental car arrangements in Cornwall and paid train travel in Liverpool/Manchester were all managed by our travel company from Torrance, CA. The entire trip was well planned and well executed by travel assistants and guides and was extremely enjoyable by both of us with an increased learning of the United Kingdom history and culture and a renewed desire to do it again, mostly because the assistance provided by our travel company took all worries away that anything would not go as expected. For that reason we were extremely pleased that we chose to use this company and hope to utilize their services again sometime in the not too distant future.
This trip was especially memorable because of the excellent planning and the detailed notebook provided by our travel company that gave us daily details of what we would do and how it would occur. The trips to Wembley Stadium for the FA Cup semi final matches were electric and filled by the enthusiasm of the local fans that make English football such a popular sport. The trips to Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium and Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium also again demonstrated how exciting it is too watch football every weekend and to have access to food and drink before at half-time and after the game. In addition the personal Blue Badge Tour guides set up by our travel company in London and Liverpool brought a new understanding to the history and culture found in the United Kingdom that helped to creat the British Commonwealth that covered the entire corners of our planet. These presentations whether about the history of London and England as well about the lives of the Beatles gave us additional awareness of events that occurred throughout history that eventually had a direct impact on the culture and government now in existence in the United States. In addition the old style of life that occurs in the Cornwall section of England also made us feel like we had gone from the frantic pace of life in London into a relaxing slower pace and existence that certainly is perceived when visiting this remarkable section of England. Our visit to the Trewornan Manor B&B in Wadebridge in an 800 year old structure made enjoy the hospitality of Inn owner and the entire Cornwall area.
The trip was perfectly executed and it was totally enjoyable as designed and would not like to change anything except perhaps the loss of one day in Cornwall due to the unexpected cancellation of a flight from Gatwick to Newquay. Because of this we did not get an opportunity to visit Port Isaac as we had hoped and would definitely want to include that in any future trips. Also curious about more time to visit Oxford, Cambridge, Wales, Scotland and Ireland to obtain a more complete knowledge of what makes the United Kingdom the unique Island country that led the world in history, culture, legal justice and the development of unique style of democracy.
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