Saturday, June 7, 2008

The Grand Tour Itinerary

I don't like travel agents. I'm just too much of a control freak to hand it all over to someone else. Amy and I've been talking about and thinking about this trip for the better part of a year and we knew what we wanted, where we wanted to go, and what we wanted to see and and do. So thank goodness for the internet - a control freaks greatest friend. Off I went onto the world wide web. I found all sorts of websites and ways of booking bits and pieces. Amy, trusting soul that she is, let me go to it.

Unless you like fiddling around a lot and can be pretty organised about it, I wouldn't recommend the do it yourself approach. But if you're a control freak, there's no better way to travel!

Here it is - the final version of our itinerary. The bits that don't have accommodation listed, or that just say 'Arizona' or 'Washington' are deliberately up in the air. We're looking forward to just having the freedom to figure it as we go.

The Grand Tour

June 28 – August 19

June 28
Depart Melbourne

Qantas, QF 458 Tullamarine: 18:00. Arrive Sydney 19:20


Airport Sydney International Inn

Address: 35 Levey Street, Arncliffe 2205 NSW,
Phone number: +61 02 95561555

June 29
Korean Air, KE 122 Sydney: 08:00. Arrive Seoul 17:40

Korean Air, KE 11 Seoul: 19:30. Arrive LAX 14:30

Arrive LAX. 14.40

Travel to Disneyland

Los Angeles Airport Shuttle to Anaheim Area Hotels: 17:00


Anaheim Quality Inn and Suites

Includes 3 day Disneyland pass.

June 30 - July 2


Collect car 12:00, July 2

Budget, Los Angeles Anaheim Disney.

Star Ford Mustang Convertible.

July 3
Check out of Anaheim Quality Inn and Suites

Drive to Las Vegas


The Las Vegas Hilton

July 4
Las Vegas – The Star Trek Experience

July 5
Check out of Las Vegas Hilton

Hit the road to Arizona and New Mexico

July 19
Return car

Albuquerque Airport, New Mexico, 12:00

Fly Albuquerque to Birmingham, Alabama

Southwest Airlines, WN1094. 13:10

Arrive Birmingham at 18:00


We’ll figure it out when we get there.

July 21
Fly Birmingham to Richmond VA

US Airways US 2236

Depart Birmingham 10:40
Arrive Charlotte North Carolina: 12:58

US Airways US 2290

Depart Charlotte: 14:29
Arrive Richmond Virginia: 15:35

Collect Car, 15:00

Alamo, Richmond International Airport

Chevrolet Equinox SUV 4 door automatic


Best Western Governors Inn
9826 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond.

July 24
Check out, 12:00

Hit the Road travelling north

July 30

Return Car

Alamo, Washington Union Station 06:00

Train to New York
Depart: Washington Union Station, (WAS) 06:35

Arrive: New York, Penn Station (NYP) 09:59


We’ll figure it out

August 1 - 3

August 4
Collect Car:

National, New York Manhattan West 77th. 06:00

Head to Toronto

August 5

Arrive Toronto

See Bruce the Lawyer
Bruce E. Walker
65 Wellesley Street East
Suite 205

Collect Marriage Licence
Toronto City Hall


Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto Hotel

475 Yonge St

August 6
Wedding 1:30pm Toronto Civic Wedding Chambers

August 7
Back on the road again – travel to Chicago

August 10
Arrive Chicago

Staying with Robin

Return Car

National, Chicago, Downtown, 20:00

August 14
Train to LA

Southwest Chief

Depart Chicago Union Station (CHI)


August 16
Arrive LA

Los Angeles Union Station (LAX)

08:15 am


We’ll figure it out

August 17
Depart LAX

Korean Air, KE 18 Los Angels 12:30. Arrive Seoul: 16:55

Korean Air KE 125 Seoul 19:25.

August 19
Arrive Melbourne 07:20


amy said...

You are bloody brilliant my travel agent. When are you going to start planning the India itinerary?

Andy said...

Just as soon as we get back from the US!!

Laura said...

Oh my wonder!!! what a jam packed and fun time you will both have cant wait to hear all about it (especially the wedding and of course the star trek experience!!!!)