Beatles fans will be able to take a “Magical History Tour” this summer to Hamburg, Liverpool and London and to see where the Beatles lived, worked and played, Charles Rosenay!! of Liverpool Productions, who hosts the trip, tells Beatles Examiner. It was 55 years ago that the Beatles traveled to Hamburg, Germany, and he said fans will get to follow in their footsteps. In John Lennon’s words, “I grew up in Hamburg, not Liverpool.”
The visit to Hamburg will be part of the 32nd annual “Magical History Tour,” which takes place Aug. 22 to Sept. 2. and will take fans to all The Beatles’ homes, schools, clubs, homes, early hang-outs and other sites in the three main cities connected to their history.
The guided tour includes visits to Penny Lane, Strawberry Field, the Cavern Club, plus Hamburg landmarks such as the St. Pauli district, the Reeperbahn, Kaiserkeller Club, Indra Club, Top Ten Club and the Star-Club. Beatles friend, confidant and bodyguard Horst Fascher, who was heard on the Star-Club recordings, has been invited to host the group in Hamburg.
Highlights of the tour will include “Beatle Week” in Liverpool featuring the International Beatles Convention, live nightly concerts and Liverpool’s Beatles Auction at LIPA, plus a guided coach tour aboard the yellow bus hosted by author David Bedford (“Liddypool,” “The Fab One Hundred and Four”) and a walking tour escorted by Rene “Beatles Unlimited” Van Haarlem. There will be a dance party at the Cavern Club, admission to “Beatles Story” exhibit, a ferry trip across the Mersey, exclusive concerts at some of original Hamburg clubs where the Beatles got their start and an evening with Pete Best’s family at BestFest in the Casbah Club.
In London, there will be visits to the Beatles three recording studios Abbey Road, Trident Studios and Twickenham, an afternoon visit to Chiswick Park where The Beatles filmed their “Paperback Writer” and “Rain” videos, and locations from all The Beatles films, including 1965’s “Help!” in commemoration of that film and album’s 50th anniversary.
Travelers will also meet and greet many Beatle associates, relatives and dignitaries who take part in the annual festivities. Host Rosenay was producer of “NYC FAB 50,” The Beatles’ 50th Anniversary in New York.
The tour is open to all ages. The basic tour package price is $2,599 based on double occupancy. Packages with flights start at $2,999 per person, with group departures from New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and other cities in the U.S. and Canada. For further information, write Liverpool Productions, 315 Derby Avenue, Orange CT 06477 USA, email LiverpoolTours@aol.com, call (203) 795-4737 or visit the tour website.