We (my daughter and I) just signed up for our first tour! We are doing the 21 BOE in June...super excited!
The questions I have are mostly about the flights to Europe. I'm looking at taking Norwegian air either to Amsterdam with an 5.5 hour layover in Oslo (17 hrs total) or a direct flight to London(only 7 hrs), then take a quick plane the next day to Amsterdam. That would give us a full day to explore London.
Option 1: 6/1 depart JFK 9:55pm -->6/2 arrive OSL 1:45pm--> 5+hr layover --> 6/2 depart 7:05pm-->6/2 arrive AMS 9:00pm ~$400
Option 2: 6/1 depart JFK 11:00pm arrive LGW 6/2 11:00am. Then next day 6/3 fly into AMS early arrive 9am. ~$350
Not to mention that JFK is not our starting airport, we will be arriving there around 1:30 so there's already a long stay in the airport.
The second option is less expensive and less travel time and time is money when traveling. I know there will be added expenses for the train into London and whatnot but we gain an extra day to add a city that's not on the itinerary. Either way we have 6/3 to see Amsterdam on our own before the tour starts on 6/4.
The things that concern me are navigating the train system in London, trying to cram in too much to see as much as possible, hauling our luggage on the train/subway and least of all jet lag. I am leaning towards the LGW flight simply because even if we don't tour London we can just stay in a hotel and not an plan or airport.
Any ideas, tips, suggestions or opinions wold be greatly appreciated!