Entertainment buff? Check out film and TV-inspired tours around the world
Keeping the upcoming Oscars in mind, here’s a list of the most popular location tours for entertainment buffs who’d say their choice of destination is based on the films and TV series that they watch.travel Updated: Feb 18, 2017 17:44 IST
Oscar season casts the spotlight not only on Hollywood’s leading men and women but also on supporting actors, including a film’s setting. With the most important night of American cinema coming up, online booking site TripAdvisor has compiled a list of the most popular film and TV-inspired location tours for entertainment buffs.
According to a TripBarometer study conducted in 2015, one in five travellers said their choice of destination is based on the films and TV series that they watch.
The last season of Game of Thrones, for instance, is credited with driving up searches for shooting locations across Spain by 125%.
Here are a few of the top-rated location-based tours among TripAdvisor members:
London-bound tourists who are also Harry Potter fans can sign up for a tour that takes guests to the Ministry of Magic and other filming locations, including the Leaky Cauldron pub, Honeyduke’s shop (pictured above), and the Gringotts wizarding bank. After a whirl through Leadenhall Market, which fans will recognize as Diagon Alley, the tour ends at King’s Cross Station Platform 93/4.
VipLondon Tour, $190
As one of the most photogenic cities in the world, it’s no wonder filmmakers often cast Paris in a supporting role for their movies. During a two-hour walking tour with Set in Paris Movie Tours, guests are led to the streets, shops and landmarks that have been immortalized in popular films like Midnight in Paris, Before Sunset, The Devil Wears Prada, Julie & Julia, The Bourne Identity and Marie Antoinette (pictured above).
Set in Paris Movie Tours, $27
Dan Brown fans may be interested in a half-day walking tour that takes guests to the shooting locations of the film Inferno, which starred Tom Hanks. Sites include the secret passageways of the Palazzo Vecchio (pictured above), Hall of Geographical Maps, the Florence Baptistery and Dante’s Death Mask.
Both Sex and the City and Gossip Girl may no longer be on air, but their popularity endures. On Location Tours guides fans to more than 40 shooting Sex and the City locations across the city. Likewise, their Gossip Girl-themed (pictured above) excursion takes guests to the sites frequented by the show’s trust fund kids.
On Location Tours $49
Fans of the show will recognize the kingdom of Dorne at the royal Alcazar (pictured above) in Seville during this Game of Thrones -themed walking tour. Likewise, guests can also relive the moment where Prince Oberyn Martell and his clan plot the downfall of the Lannisters in the ornate Moorish gardens and courtyards.