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Tour Newsletter Dated June 20, 2016
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Dear Vacations To Go Customer,
It's not surprising that many top vacation destinations also have
served as filming locales for memorable movies and TV shows. Here are
some of the scene-stealing sites you can see on an escorted tour, from
the green cliffs of Kauai to the cobblestone streets of Dublin. Click
the links for itineraries, departure dates and prices.
Many scenes for "The Quiet Man" were shot in and around the village of
including at the grounds of Ashford Castle, which
hosts overnight guests
on some of our tours. The 1952 movie starred John Wayne as a retired
boxer who returns to his Irish birthplace and falls in love with a local
woman portrayed by Maureen O'Hara. Cong offers the Quiet Man Cottage
Museum, and the castle screens the film in its 32-seat theater.
with its dramatic landscape of sandstone buttes rising from a
high-desert plateau at the Arizona-Utah border, was a fitting location
for old Westerns. It was a favorite for director John Ford, who filmed
"Stagecoach" and "The Searchers" here. It has also played a role in more
modern storylines, like that of "Forrest Gump" (it's where Tom Hanks'
character ends his cross-country run).
HBO's "Game of Thrones" utilizes picturesque sites in two Croatian
destinations. The beautiful, walled city of
starred as the fictional city of King's Landing. Scenes also were filmed
including at the Roman ruins of Diocletian's Palace, usually a stop on
Parts of "The Sound of Music" were filmed in
According to the local tourism bureau, nearly 300,000 fans a year are
drawn to sites like Mirabell Gardens, where Julie Andrews' Maria sang
and danced with the Von Trapp children.
The lush, unblemished landscapes of
have served as backdrops for a number of films, including "Jurassic
Park" (the Napali Coast and Manawaiopuna Falls in Hanapepe Valley), the
1976 version of "King Kong" (Kalalau Valley) and "South Pacific" (the
peaks of Makana, aka "Bali Hai").
The futuristic-looking City of Arts and Sciences in
doubled as the setting of "Tomorrowland," a Disney sci-fi adventure
flick. Sightseeing excursions often stop at the complex -- which has a
planetarium, science museum and aquarium -- on escorted tours.
in the Guatemalan jungle appeared in 1977's "Star Wars." Once home to a
Mayan civilization, the site was reimagined as the Rebel Alliance base
Yavin 4; fans may remember the Millennium Falcon flying over the thick
canopy of treetops and two temples.
Some tour itineraries specifically play up a destination's connection to
film and TV:
showcases locales in Scotland, Ireland and Northern
Ireland, connecting movies to destinations like St. Andrews (where the
Olympic hopefuls of "Chariots of Fire" ran along the beach), Eilean
Donan Castle (featured in the James Bond film "The World Is Not
Enough"), Castle Ward (used in "Game of Thrones") and Dublin (the
setting for "Michael Collins," "The Commitments," "My Left Foot" and
Highland Trail Inspired by Outlander
a Scotland itinerary that weaves through the villages and landscapes
that serve as the background for Diana Gabaldon's time-travel novels and
the television series based on them.
Exploring New Zealand
visits the Hobbiton movie set used for "The Lord of
the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies. Director Peter Jackson spotted
the locale -- which is on a 1,250-acre working farm on the North Island
-- during an aerial tour. The New Zealand army built a mile-long road
into the site to facilitate construction, and 37 hobbit holes were built.
Ireland & Great Britain
pays a visit to Alnwick Castle in Northumberland; its
exterior was a stand-in for the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and
Wizardry in the first two "Harry Potter" movies.
Great Cities of the East Coast
includes a pizza tour of Brooklyn that incorporates
movie locations from "Saturday Night Fever," "Goodfellas" and "Moonstruck."
includes a tour of Highclere Castle, which served as
the aristocratic home of the hit BBC drama "Downton Abbey."
Here are this week's Top 20 Tours
. All prices are per person,
based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.
Highlights of Spain and Portugal Winter
13 days with Trafalgar. Begins and ends in Madrid. Save up to
Starting at $1,896. Departures from October 30, 2016 through
March 26, 2017.
The Classic Winter Voyage South
6 days with Hurtigruten. Begins in Kirkenes and ends in Bergen. Save
up to 25%.
Starting at $1,368. Departures from November 1, 2016
through March 30, 2017.
Paris, Burgundy and Barcelona
8 days with Keytours Vacations. Begins in Paris and ends in Barcelona.
Save $100 per couple.
Starting at $1,495. Departures from July 4
through October 24, 2016.
Good Old Summertime
8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins in Alton and ends
in Memphis. Enjoy a reduced rate, price shown reflects discount.
Starting at $1,599. Departs August 22, 2016.
9 days with Globus. Begins in Budapest and ends in Prague. Save
Starting at $1,989. Departures from July 16 through September
16 days with CostSaver by Trafalgar. Begins in Copenhagen and ends in
Berlin. Starting at $2,350. Departures from July 9 through October 1, 2016.
11 days with CIE Tours. Begins and ends in Dublin. Save $300 per
Starting at $2,478. Departures from July 9 through October
Scenic Iceland and the Northern Lights
8 days with Insight. Begins and ends in Reykjavik. Save up to
Starting at $2,613. Departures from November 12, 2016 through
March 25, 2017.
Cruise in Provence Along the Canal du Rhone, from Sète to Arles
7 days with CroisiEurope. Begins and ends in Arles. Companion saves
Starting at $2,746. Departs July 15 & 29, 2016.
Best of Italy
15 days with Intrepid Travel. Begins in Rome and ends in Venice. Save
Starting at $2,880. Departs October 3 & 10, 2016.
14 Day North Classic
14 days with Perillo Tours. Begins in Rome and ends in Milan.
Travelers ages 11 and under save 50%.
Starting at $3,490.
Departures from July 8 through December 4, 2016.
Red Rocks & Painted Canyons (For Families)
8 days with Tauck. Begins in Phoenix and ends in Las Vegas. Receive
one pre-tour hotel night in Scottsdale.
Starting at $3,890.
Departures from April 9 through August 19, 2017.
8 days with Viking River Cruises. Travels between Budapest and
Nuremberg. Fly for free, plus companion cruises for free.
Starting at $3,948. Departures from March 24 through December 16, 2017.
Peru (For Families)
9 days with Adventures by Disney. Begins and ends in Lima. Travelers
ages 11 and under save $230 per person.
Starting at $4,199.
Departures from March 20 through December 24, 2017.
Gems of Northern Italy
10 days with Uniworld. Begins in Milan and ends in Venice. Save
$3,600 to $5,200 per couple.
Starting at $4,299. Departures from
July 22 through October 21, 2016.
Golden Treasures of Myanmar
11 days with AmaWaterways. Travels between Mandalay and Pyay. Save
$1,000 per couple.
Starting at $4,499. Departures from September 12
through December 1, 2016.
Canadian Rockies Getaway
9 days with Rocky Mountaineer. Begins and ends in Vancouver. Receive
one free pre- or post-tour hotel night.
Starting at $4,981.
Departures from July 4 through October 6, 2016.
From the Outback to the Glaciers
21 days with Collette. Begins in Cairns and ends in Christchurch.
Save $500 per couple.
Starting at $4,999. Departures from January
16 through April 17, 2017.
Splendors of Africa
12 days with SITA Tours. Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg.
Save $1,000 per couple.
Starting at $5,945. Daily departures from
July 12 through December 13, 2016.
Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge
10 days with Quark Expeditions. Begins and ends in Yellowknife. Save
10% to 20%.
Starting at $8,995. Departs July 10, 24 & 31, 2016.
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