2019 Tour of England
Welcome to the 2019 Michigan Tigers Tour webpage. Here you will find all the information you will need for your soccer tour. You can download the itinerary using the link on the left and also book your place online. As the tour progresses we will be adding lots of useful information. Please feel free to call us on 781-210-7896 if you have any questions regarding the tour. We look forward to having you as our guests in Europe.
Tour of England 2019
Saturday 13th to Saturday 20th July 2019
for players aged 8 to 17 years
Dear players, parents and supporters,
Welcome to the Michigan Tigers Tour of England 2019. We will be working with XL Sports Tours to provide an exceptional international tour for our players and teams to one of the greatest soccer nations in the world!
The purpose of this email is to give you a little further information about the proposed schedule of the tour and how you can check out even more information on XL Sports Tours. XL Sports Tours has been taking USA teams overseas since 2001 and the trips are always an enormous success. These tours are unique, educational and with a massive emphasis on enjoyment of the entire experience rather than just soccer. The players will be placed in a professional soccer environment, playing at least 3 games against top international competition and training with professional academy coaches at their private facilities.
During the tour we will be staying in top ranked hotels in London and the North West of England. Our players will get the chance to train with top coaches from professional clubs in the North West of England and London. In addition we will tour and visit the incredible St. George’s Park which is the National Training Center and home to all of England’s National Teams and take part in a training session with England staff coaches. Furthermore, we will go behind the scenes and tour the stadiums of Manchester City and Manchester United. We also have the chance to head to Liverpool the home of Everton and the mighty Liverpool and see the famous city and tour some of the landmarks. Then when we head south to London we will tour all the famous sights, take a river cruise on the Thames and even take a trip on the world famous London Eye where you can get to see the capital city from 450 feet!
During our tour we will be staying in some superb top rated hotels and at all times we will be chaperoned by a team of XL Sports Tour staff and guides and our own luxury motor coach. We feel this tour will provide our players, parents and coaches with a fantastic opportunity to experience a true soccer culture.
WHAT DO I DO NOW?
Go to www.xlsportstours.com then choose the “MY TOUR” tab at the top right and scroll down to Michigan Tigers Tour of England 2019. After you click on this link you will then be prompted for a password which is mtuk19 in lower case. When you open the page you will find information on the tour itinerary along with other notes including payment schedule and how to make a payment, fundraising options to cover the entire cost of your tour, insurance options and even flight options.
To register for the tour click on the BOOK NOW link to the left hand side of the page and follow the steps listed. You can book your place on the trip using your credit card or by mailing in a check to:
XL Sports Tours, 825 Courtland Street, Orlando, FL 32804
WHAT ARE THE HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS?
Typically players will share rooms together and any accompanying members of the group will automatically be placed together (same sex only). If you have a preferred roommate, you can specify this at registration. If you did not do this at the point of registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. Most hotels in England do not as a rule allow more than 2 people in a room and the price of the tour is based on a per head amount so there is no discount for having more people in a room.
WHAT IS THE COST OF MY TOUR AND WHAT WILL IT INCLUDE?
The cost of the program will be $1,999 per person based on 25 travelers. Please note the cost does not include your international flight but does include the following;
4 friendly matches against hand selected English Academy opposition
Training Session with English FA Staff coaches at St. George’s Park the National Training Center and tour behind the scenes of where England International teams train.
Guest sessions from top level F.A. coaches from professional clubs in the North West of England and London
All accommodation in top class city center hotels in London and the North West of England
All scheduled sightseeing including Tour of London, river cruise on the Thames and ticket for the London Eye.
Stadium Tours of Manchester Cut’s Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford Stadium home to Manchester United
2 Meals per day, breakfast and dinner.
All training equipment provided, no need to bring balls, cones or bibs with you
LIVE Customer service & your own Tour Coordinator in the US to handle questions and requests
Additional separate sightseeing trips and cultural events for parents can be included based on availability of schedule.
Participate in the XL Travel Fundraising program; cover the entire cost of your tour!
All internal transportation via luxury motor coach that remains with the group at all hotel accommodation meaning no waiting for your bus to arrive!
Group flight options through XL Sports Tours or use own air miles, we have the best access to the best prices in the business!
Fully escorted 24 hours a day by an XL Travel Director and staff
XL account executive to take care of planning and maintenance.
WHAT ARE THE DEADLINES FOR PAYMENTS?
We fully expect this tour to completely fill up as we will be offering across two different age groups. To break down the cost of the tour travelers have the opportunity to pay through installments with the following timelines:
Initial payment to secure tour place ($500): on or before November 15th, 2018
Second payment ($500): January 15th, 2019
Third payment ($500): March 15th, 2019
Current balance (includes flight base if applicable): May 15th, 2019
Group Flights Balance: Subject to airline contract
DOES XL SOCCER TOURS OFFER ANY FUNDRAISING PROGRAMS?
Yes we do. We offer a fantastic fundraising program involving a raffle prize draw for one of our “Soccer Fanatic Weekends”. There is an additional document online with details of this program. Once you have made your first payment simply email us at email@example.com to request your first book of 25 raffle tickets and we will then send them out to your home address so you can immediately start raising money for the next installment payment. As you pay the remaining balance we will continue to send out tickets for each $500 payment as you request them.
WHAT ARE THE FLIGHT PROGRAM OPTIONS?:
At the time of registration you will be given two options:
Michigan Tigers Tour of England 2019 with flight – package includes everything on the itinerary plus the group flight. This flight will be for the first day of the tour and return on the last day of the tour. We are not able to make changes to the contracted start & end dates for individuals so we encourage you to review the Ground Only option if you are considering extending or shortening your stay. If you register for the Michigan Tigers Tour of England 2019 with flight package you will see a fee of $1,000 added to your total invoice when you register. This is an installment towards the flight costs. Once we have confirmed exact pricing with the airlines we will update your final balance accordingly.
Michigan Tigers Tour of England 2019 no Flight – package includes everything on the itinerary without flight. This gives you the option to book your own air transportation. This is recommended if you would like to book using air miles, deviate from the group travel dates or routing, or upgrade your flight.
When you register we will usually still be in the process of negotiating the best flight contract for your group and the final price will be unconfirmed at that stage, so a $1,000 installment is included in the initial package price. If you sign up for the package with the group flight you will receive the exact flight cost as soon as it is confirmed by the airline and there will then be a limited period of time for you to switch to Ground Only if preferred. After this time we will place a deposit payment on the flights and any changes thereafter may incur a charge.
If you are booking a ground package, please ensure you land before the team so that you can meet the group in their arrival terminal and join the tour from there. If you arrive later than the team you are responsible for arranging transport to meet up with the group yourself. Please make sure you check all flight numbers and times for your flight as airlines may change your itinerary and it is your responsibility to ensure you connect with the group at the international location.
WHAT IF I HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR NEED MORE INFORMATION?
The XL Sports Tours website www.xlsportstours.com has a lot of information which you will find very useful for your trip including details on booking policies and travel insurance. The website is full of useful details so that you can save time by simply looking online but if you cannot find the information you require please call them on 877-286-3809 or firstname.lastname@example.org and the XL staff will be glad to assist you.
Some of the things you will find on the website:
Quotes and recommendations from previous travelers
Photos from previous trips
Information on other XL Travel products such as our “Soccer Fanatic Weekends”
Addresses of our various global offices
Downloadable booking forms
Booking and Insurance Policies
Information on travel insurance
Online guide to traveling abroad with XL Travel, including information on currency, packing and watching live games!
The XL Sports Tours Team
877-286-3809 (USA Office)
E Mail email@example.com
011-44-203-004-8332 (UK Office)