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Loch, Stock, and Barrel "Sorcerer" Adult Tour

July 16-25, 2012 - 10 days/9 nights

$3,769 per person/dbl occupancy - not including airfare to/from Britain
Single Supplement $TBD

We've taken the best from each of the past eight years of our top-rate HP Fan Trips&trade and created this itinerary to celebrate our shared passion for magic and wizards and Harry Potter.

With smaller tour sizes and an extra day, the pace slows down offering more time to enjoy every location.

This itinerary has been specially designed with adults and teen fans in mind. It offers an exciting exploration of London, Oxford, the Scottish Highlands, Alnwick Castle and Edinburgh through the eyes of Harry Potter, ghosts and goblins and legends of this land which have inspired writers for centuries. Our storyteller will thrill you with the legend of Padfoot and the true tale of the Hand of Glory, which grabs Harry in Knockturn Alley (Chamber of Secrets). From the journey on a one-of-a-kind vintage steam train to a "Hogwarts"-themed exclusive banquet, you're sure to be enchanted with this "kingdom."

Included:

  • 9 nights accommodations at 3 and 4-star hotels
  • Flight between London and Scotland
  • Daily services of a Professional Guide
  • Historic Steam Train ride along the same route used to film the movies
  • Professional Storyteller during portions of the trip
  • Ashridge Park in Hertfordshire near Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter
  • Panoramic tour of London
  • Coach tour of London area Harry Potter film locations
  • Tour of Oxford and Harry Potter film locations including admissions to Christ Church and New College
  • Coach tour including Gloucester Cathedral and Lacock Abbey including admissions
  • Choice of Hike to Film Locations or alternative activity
  • Admissions to Alnwick Castle
  • 14 meals, including "Hogwarts"-style banquet
  • Transfers as noted on itinerary
  • Baggage Handling
  • Gratuities to Driver
  • Limited Edition Alivan's wands

July 16 - Welcome

Meals - Welcome Dinner
Lodging - London 3-4 star hotel

Individual arrivals at London-area airports and transfers (on your own) to your group hotel.

Settle into your hotel for a rest and then meet the group in your hotel's lobby at 3:00 pm for a Welcome Orientation and distribution of documents. Afterwards we'll head off for a panoramic tour of London in search of Harry Potter film locations. While this hunt will be enjoyed from the comfort of your air-conditioned coach, be prepared for some good-natured competition to be the winner of the "best photos" and guest-led trivia contest.

Welcome Dinner included.

July 17 - London Filming Locations

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging - London 3-4 star hotel

Platform 9 3/4

Grab your map and get ready for a Scavenger Hunt through London in search of Harry Potter film locations. While this hunt will be enjoyed from the comfort of your air-conditioned coach, be prepared for some good-natured competition to be the winner of the "best photos" and guest-led trivia contest.

After an enjoyable lunch at a pub resembling "The Leaky Cauldron", your afternoon is free to explore London, take in a show, and enjoy this fabulous city.

Dinner at your leisure

July 18 - Hertfordshire and Oxford Filming Locations

Christ Church Meals - Breakfast
Lodging - London 3-4 star hotel

After breakfast we head off to Oxford in search of filming locations including Christ Church College and New College. Other locations may be included depending on events scheduled at the colleges.

Along the way we stop by Asheridge Park in Hertfordshire which was featured in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Fans have the option to visit Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter on their own while we are at the park.

Leavesden

Christ Church and its Great Hall is used as a double for "Hogwarts" in several films. Oxford's largest college, re-founded by Henry VIII in 1546, is the only college in the world with a cathedral within its walls. Lewis Carroll used the same views at Christ Church as inspiration for his Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Bodleian Library

The historic Bodleian Library is the main research library of Oxford University and includes Duke Humfrey's Library and the Divinity School, both of which were used to recreate some of the interiors at "Hogwarts".

You may want to enjoy dinner at the Eagle & Child, the pub frequented by the Inklings, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Lewis Carroll, and view the interesting displays about these authors and their works.

Oxford is the perfect place for a Harry Potter-themed celebration. It is referred to as the City of Dreaming Spires because of its beautiful architecture. The city is the home of England's oldest university and while it is also an industrial city on the Thames, the association with learning and the academic way of life remains paramount. Many scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed in Oxford.

Dinner at leisure.

July 19 - Filming Locations

Meals - Breakfast
Lodging - Oxford 3-4 star hotel

Gloucester Cathedral

A full day is planned today to visit other Harry Potter film locations as well as a "must see" on your trip to Britain. Gloucester Cathedral and Lacock Abbey - this will be a fantastic day.

Impressive Gloucester Cathedral has been a stunning example of Gothic architecture. The cloisters are regarded as one of the most beautiful architectural gems in Britain. The cathedral provides the backdrop for several scenes in the Harry Potter films. Pupils from King's School, which adjoins the cathedral, were used as extras.

The lovely medieval village of Lacock is also the location of picturesque 13th century Lacock Abbey. The Abbey provided locations for various interior scenes at "Hogwarts School" and most recently a great deal of footage for the Half-Blood Prince film.

Dinner at leisure.

July 20 - Scotland

Lock Shiel Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging - Highlands - 3-4 star hotel

We have included a flight from London to Scotland. Enjoy the romance and mystery as you travel through the beautiful Highlands of Scotland to your next destination.

Late afternoon arrival at hotel in the Highlands. Dinner included.

July 21 - Steall Falls, Pajama Party

Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging - Highlands - 3-4 star hotel

Steall Falls

Stretch your legs and get ready for our morning hike to Steall Falls, location for the dragon scene (Task 1 of the TriWizard Tournament in the HP movies). This is a beautiful hike taking approx. 1 - 1 1/2 hours each way from the trail head to the Falls. Hiking shoes are required. After reaching the Falls, there are plenty of opportunities for photos, having a snack break, perhaps even crossing the short "wire bridge" to get a closer look at the Falls.

For those not taking the hike to Steall Falls, the morning will include a visit to the filming location of "Hagrid's Hut" and the pumpkin/ "Hippogriff" scenes in Prisoner of Azkaban. Take a short walk up the hill to where the buildings and other props were built and get a view of beautiful Glencoe as the actors did. (Props are no longer on the site.) You might want to stop in at the Inn directly across the road from the filming location - surely the cast and crew had more than a few pints at this charming location while working on the film. Have a drink, or if space permits, lunch at this friendly Inn best known for its award-winning local brews.

Steall Falls hikers - after returning to the trailhead, travel to Glencoe (as described above) and then take a walk up the hill which was host to "Hagrid's Hut", pumpkins and magical creatures.

Take a break back at the hotels before dinner (included).

After dinner, get ready for a Pajama Party! Bring your pillows and pajamas while we hear stories, play games, and generally have fun into the night. Don't worry about staying up late, we have a late start the next morning!

July 22 - Train ride

Meals - Breakfast
Lodging - Edinburgh 3-4 star hotel

Train Ride

Enjoy a sleep-in as we have a late start this morning. Arrive at the train depot by 9:30am for a fabulous vintage train journey along the route used in the filming of the Harry Potter movies. Travel through the Highlands, take loads of pictures, and enjoy a fantastic day with all of the HP Fan Trip'ers!

Return to Fort William at 4:00pm for the coach transfers to Edinburgh. Share stories of your adventures or just catch up on some sleep during the ride through the beautiful Scottish countryside.

Dinner at leisure.

July 23 - Alnwick Castle

Meals - Breakfast
Lodging - Edinburgh 3-4 star hotel

Alnwick Castle

An early morning departure for an all-day adventure at Alnwick Castle, a film location for the first two Harry Potter movies. Your coach will whisk you in comfort into England and the village of Alnwick. Here you will gaze upon the scenery used for Harry's first flying lesson. There is plenty to do at this exciting location!

We will return to Edinburgh late afternoon. Free time this evening to enjoy Edinburgh's many pubs and attractions including The Elephant House where JK Rowling spent many days with a warm cup of coffee penning her magical stories.

Dinner at leisure.

July 24 - Edinburgh

Meals - Breakfast, Banquet Dinner
Lodging - Edinburgh 3-4 star hotel

Edinburgh Castle A morning visit to Edinburgh Castle which is strategically positioned at the top of the Royal Mile. Here you will be guided on a tour hearing the tales and history of Scotland. You will view the historic Crown Square, the Scottish Crown jewels, the Great Hall where JK Rowling herself read from the very first Harry Potter book.

Today is your day to visit attractions in Edinburgh which you are particularly interested in. Visit the Camera Obscura and its amazing optical illusion displays, dare to enter the Edinburgh Dungeon or take an Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour. Be sure to stop at the cafe where J K Rowling spent time while writing the first adventures of our favorite wizard.

Our adventure ends tonight with a fabulous banquet to celebrate our time together sharing a love of Britain's legends and its most recent installment, Harry Potter.

July 6

Meals - Breakfast

Morning transfers included to Edinburgh airport.


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