Movie buffs who can’t resist the allure of spectacular scenery may be delighted at just how easy it is to explore their favourite and most scintillating film sets. Here are the top 10 film set tours on offer right now – are you ready to tread in the footsteps of your favourite film characters?
1.The Sound of Music: Salzburg
Discover Mirabelle Gardens where the Von Trapp children learned to sing ‘Do Re Mi’, visit the famous Von Trapp house and don’t forget to head to the Austrian hills that were once alive with the sound of a wayward nun’s song.
2. La La Land: Los Angeles
Be sure to take in Interchange 105, where the opening dance sequence of the award-winning picture was filmed, as well as the Chateau Marmont Hotel, Griffith Observatory and the Lighthouse Cafe on Hermosa Beach, where we all learned a little something about the power of jazz.
3. Lord of the Rings: New Zealand
Head on an epic adventure to Middle Earth, otherwise known as the Alexander sheep farm in Waikato, New Zealand. Visit the Hobbiton set – including Hobbit Holes and the Green Dragon Inn – all against the mighty backdrop of the Kaimay Ranges.
4. Sex and the City: New York City
This groundbreaking show was a love letter to New York City and the rather risque bus tours on offer show you all the best bits of the city that never sleeps. Drop by Carrie’s brownstone, explore Samanta’s Meatpacking District neighbourhood and sample a cupcake from the mouth-watering Magnolia Bakery.
5. Game of Thrones: Northern Ireland
If you’re Team Winterfell all the way, head to the rolling green hills of Northern Ireland where you can visit Ned Stark’s castle, Robb’s camp, the whispering wood and the site of the savage Red Wedding.
6. The Godfather: Sicily
Soak up the sights of Sicily by visiting iconic sites from The Godfather. Explore the quaint villages that featured in the film and don’t forget to finish up with a beer in Bar Vitelli.
7. Rocky: Philadelphia
Take a tour of key sites from this 1976 Sylvester Stallone boxing classic including Mighty Mick’s Gym, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Italian Market that featured in the famous training sequence.
8. Star Wars: Tunisia
Dedicated fans of this hugely popular film franchise should head to exotic Tunisia where they can walk the streets of Mos Espa, arrange a stay in Luke Skywalker’s home, and discover Djerba Island, where the Millenium Falcon launched.
9. Lost in Translation: Tokyo
Explore the bewitching sights, sounds and landmarks of Tokyo with a tour of this moody film’s locations. Sample local sushi, indulge in a karaoke session in Sibuya and look out over those dazzling city lights from the Park Hyatt Hotel.
10. The Beach: Thailand
This backpacker’s bible launched a thousand travellers into discovering the beauty of Thailand. Travel the country and trace Richard’s path through madcap Bangkok, to the magnificent Haeo Suwat Falls in Kaho Yai National Park and finally to the site of the beach itself – Maya Bay.
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