Have you Ever Wanted to Live out a Movie or Learn About the Life of a Famous Children’s Author? Now you can with These Amazing Tours!
Europe has always provided writers and authors a natural drawing board from which to either draw inspiration from or base their story or screenplay on. From classic fairy tales to demons and angels, let your imagination run wild as you jump on some of these much talked about tours. At Family Globetrotters, we have compiled a short list of tours that are based on well-known books or movies that may be suitable for the whole family.
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London’s Harry Potter Walking Tour. Not only is this a must do excursion for Harry Potter muggle fans; it’s also the perfect way to see some of London’s landmarks. Muggle Tours operate a fantastic expedition that explores some of the film’s locations, places which inspired the author and some of the shenanigans that went on during the filming of the movies. Here are some of the highlights:
- The entrance to the Leaky Cauldron (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban).
- The wending roads of old medieval London reminiscent of Knockturn Alley.
- Several locations over which Lord Voldemort’s death eaters wreak havoc (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince).
- The bridges under and over which the members of the Order of the Phoenix fly on their broomsticks en route to Grimmauld Place (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix).
- The alleyways off Charing Cross Road that was the inspiration for Diagon Alley & Knockturn Alley and a favourite of JK Rowling.
- The visitors’ entrance to the Ministry of Magic (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix).
- The site where the trio infiltrate the Ministry using polyjuice potion (Deathly Hallows I).
- No. 12 Grimmauld Place.
The tour commences near the London Bridge tube station and concludes by the Leicester tube station. Although predominantly a walking tour there is a tube component so ensure you have your tube card with you at all times. The tour takes approximately 2.5 hours and should you wish to do so, you can arrange for a private tour as well.
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Paris’ Da Vinci Code Tour. Do you have a teenager who is a big Dan Brown fan? If so, you might like to embark on a Da Vinci Code walking tour with Paris Tours Guides. The 2003 thriller continues to be one of the best-selling books of all time that has enthralled millions of avid fans. The book’s elaborate conspiracies and cryptic messages are brought to life as you meander through this wonderful city. Commencing at the Ritz hotel, here are the highlights:
- Walk through the elegant Tuileries Gardens to the inverted pyramid of Lourve Museum.
- Visit the important masterpieces and rooms of the Lourve in the Grande Gallery. With pre-purchased tickets you wouldn’t have to combat the usual queues.
- Cross the romantic pedestrian-only bridge Pont des Arts to get to the church of St Germain des Pres.
- Moving on afterwards to the Saint-Sulpice Church in the Latin Quarter where you will see some of the Arago plaques, and the astronomical gnomen and the “brass line”.
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Copenhagen’s Hans Christian Andersen Tours. Perhaps Denmark’s most prolific writer, Hans Christian Andersen is best known for his fairy tales. His stories are told to literally millions of children as they are translated into over 125 languages and continue to be read all over the world.
New Copenhagen Tours offer a 2 hour family-friendly walking tour covering all the city sites that were important to the writer and brings to life 19th century Copenhagen. The tour includes his humble beginnings, Magasin department store, Thorvaldsen’s Museum and Slotsholmen Royal Island.
Another option would be to join Copenhagen Walks. The tour meets outside the Tourist Information Office daily [except Sunday] at 9:30am from mid-May to mid-September and is led by “Hans Christian Andersen”, recognizable in his ostentatious top hat and long coat. Former New Yorker Richard Karpen is renowned in the city for leading tourists on a 90 minute walking tour through Danish history and culture and showcasing it through the eyes of the great writer himself.
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Salzburg’s Sound of Music Tour. No trip to Salzburg would be complete without a Sound of Music tour. The city boasts several tours such as Panorama Tours, Salzburg Sightseeing Tours and Bob’s Special Tours, all of which would provide you with an excellent insight to the life of the von Trapp family. The popularity of this tour commands over 300,000 people annually as they visit the von Trapp family homes and film locations. Here are some of the possible highlights between the different tour companies:
- Mirabell Gardens: This is where you’ll find the famous steps where “Do-Re-Mi” was filmed and many tourists have been spotted recreating their own version for a fun photo opportunity.
- Leopoldskron Palace: The palace is located on the lake where the unforgettable boat scene was filmed and from this vantage point you will get to see the Captain’s backyard and private palace gardens.
- Hellbrunn Palace, Gazebo: This is the gazebo where they filmed the song “16 going on 17” by Leisl and Rolf as they twirled and danced.
- Nonnberg Abbey: The tour will walk past this abbey where Maria lived as a young nun and as it is still an active women’s convent, visits are not permitted.
- Mondsee – Wedding Chapel: Mondsee is a little picturesque town in Vöcklabruck known for the church where the wedding of Maria and Baron von Trapp was filmed.
The tours do also showcase some of the Salzburg’s important historical landmarks and the beautiful views of the Lake District. Whichever tour you choose, they will all give you a wonderful overview of how the movie has made Salzburg so famous and popular!
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Rome’s Angels and Demons Tour. Continuing on the Dan Brown bandwagon, it would be impossible not to take this tour. Check out The Official Angels and Demons Tour and experience the Path of Illumination as you’re taken through Rome’s cobblestone alleyways and beautiful piazzas. Discover the intrigue and mystery of The Illuminati as you learn of their scattered clues to help lead illusive members of this secret society to their hidden lairs. Some of the sites visited include:
- St. Maria del Popolo Church
- St. Peter’s Square
- St. Maria della Vittoria Church
- Piazza Navona
- Castel Sant’Angelo
- “Il Passetto” (from outside)
The tour runs for about 4 hours on a comfortable air-conditioned bus and includes admission into Castel Sant’Angelo, map of the Illuminati, coffee break and an English speaking tour guide.
If you’re looking for something a bit more exciting or interactive, check out the Angels and Demons team building tour by golf carts. love-rome.com offer a tour to hunt down the illuminati in a bid to save Rome and the Vatican by using clues provided in a tour book and other necessary tools to fulfill their mission. At the conclusion for the 4 hours, the clues are presented whereby the winner will be announced after lunch. . This tour is an awesome mix of entertainment, sightseeing, thrill and sheer fun!
These tours are a perfect way to get the family to embark on a sightseeing tour of any of these cities without having to drag the reluctant child or teenager on a normal, mundane tour. This way you can create some adventure and wonderment whilst you get to enjoy heritage architecture and historical cultures. A win-win scenario for all members of the family!
Do you have any other book or movie based tours suitable for families to add to the list? Tell us in the comments below!
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