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Greetings, I am ready to book a month trip SFO-CDG-FCO then back…. We can layover @ LHR with both BA and AA : we have two groups ( two family with kids -8 to 14 years old ). What and how long a typical layover ? can we leave the airport ( w/o check out ? ) and do some sign-seeing ?

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I think you mean morning arrival, spend the day in London, then fly onward on the same evening. (Or, do you mean instead a “stopover” and resume travel 1 or more days later?).

If the first, then it depends on which onward connections are offered to you at the time of booking, and which you choose. For example, I went to BA.com and am looking at 26 June flights. I can choose the flight combination leaving from Heathrow to Paris shortly after I arrive, or stretch it out to an 8 hour layover—the longest flight combination option it shows me for that day.

Honestly, you’re going to be dragging, and 8 hours isn’t a lot of time when you must leave the airport, then starting heading back to the airport 3 hours early, return through security again, etc. I’d lean more towards booking Eurostar from St. Pancras to Paris instead, and just do a round trip flight SFO-LON (and that way could stay over in London as long as I wanted to plan for).

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depends on the time you have for the layover. If you have about 4-5 hours to spare, and a US citizen, then you can take the shuttle or the tube to Green park and then just walk across Buckingham palace, mall, trafalghar, covent garden, piccadillly, walk over to Leichester square, have your lunch there or in China Town to compare SF and then walk over to BigBen and the parliament and take the tube back.
Tube will cost you £1.50 unless you want to make it faster for about 12£ to the city.

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Ok, I see now: for a layover without checkout luggage, I am limit to 8 hrs or so; and for a full stopover, I have to checkout all luggage but I can stay longer than a day, right ?

I probably lean toward stopover then, with the whole army of kids running around Smile If so, two days prob. be ok for a London bridge visit ? what else are there to see ? Our kids are range from 7-14 years … Dell
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You must be sure that your airline allows stopovers—specifically the term “stopover”—when you enquire. Most do for an additional fee. BA, last I recall, allow them for additional $50 each, but you need to check directly with the airline to find out their latest charges if stopovers in the connecting city are allowed.

Or, as I suggested, why not just SFO-LON-SFO, with Eurostar on Lon-Paris; you can add a one-way flight hop ROM-LON at the other end of your travel. Or, open jaw (aka “multi-city”) SFO-LON / ROM-SFO but you’d likely have to pay the stopover fee (again?) coming back. If the stopover charges are steep, this might be worth it.

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Don’s words are like the bible. Once you have two stopovers, the prices become too expensive.
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For 2 days in London, you should use the hop on and off bus tour just like in NY and take the 1 whole day trip. You stop over as and when and where you feel like and then get on.
You can take a few hours trip to the Tower of London but frankyly you will only get a chance to see 1 place really well. Rest is more of a whirlwind tour but really really nice.

Second day, i suggest trip to Windsor castle along with York or Bath or Stratford-upon-avon, birthplace of Shakespeare. Alternatively, you can check the London wheel and other fascinating sights such as the British Musuem.
The place is a tourist haven so plenty to see and do.

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