THIS year, why not check out the travel destinations that have been brought to life on the big screen. From charming cityscapes to amazing landscapes, it is time to get the authentic travel experience when you visit the beautiful locale caught on film. Trafalgar, the leader in guided holidays picks some top trips that will enchant and impress.
AND now is the chance to enjoy savings of up to 45% for the second guest travelling with Trafalgar. This attractive Matta Fair offer is now available until March 18. To book, head over to MATTA Fair happening this weekend at Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur or logon to www.holidaytours.com.my/trafalgarfrenchriviera. Better still, those who book online can enter a draw for a free trip to the French Riviera for two.
DUNKIRK - FRANCE
Gain an insight into the largest evacuation effort in military history and experience the very place where many scenes of the Academy Award nominated Dunkirk was filmed. Visit some of the most historic battlefields in Europe on WWI and WWII Battlefields during this poignant Special Interest trip. A visit to the 'Musée Dunkerque 1940' located in Bastion 32, the headquarters for the French and Allied forces during the Battle of Dunkirk and Operation Dynamo is one of the many highlights.
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI – NORTH CAROLINA, USA
With seven nominations at the recently-concluded Academy Awards, this film is a great showcase of North Carolina. Trafalgar takes its guests on a journey from Atlanta through Louisville, Kentucky on a 8-day Heart The Smoky South with Great Smoky Mountains trip that encapsulates the heart of the South - with plenty of bourbon and bluegrass along the way. Plus, there will be a chance to tour a Vanderbilt mansion, explore the pristine beauty of America's Great Smoky Mountains and enjoy a Be My Guest dinner with Muhammad Ali's brother.
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – CROATIA + IRELAND
The Wild Atlantic Way of Ireland is home to breathtaking scenery and where some of the most iconic scenes in Star Wars: The Last Jedi were filmed. Skellig Michael, an island off Ireland’s south-west coast – otherwise known as Luke Skywalker’s hide-out (ACH-to) can be best reached via County Kerry where further scenes of the trilogy were filmed along with County Donegal. On Trafalgar’s Amazing Ireland, guests will visit County Donegal for two days exploring "The Diamond" as the city centre is known. They will then unveil The Force of the spectacular 'Ring of Kerry' - an unimaginably beautiful natural setting that is among Ireland's most magical and memorable.
Dubrovnik in Croatia is transformed into The Last Jedi’s infamous casino city of Canto Bight. On the leisurely Highlights of Austria, Slovenia and Croatia guests will stay in splendid Dubrovnik for three nights, and have the chance to explore Star Wars’ answer to Monte Carlo.
MAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN – CROATIA
Despite being set in the mythical Greek Island of Kalokairi, the stunning seaside scenes from the movie were filmed in Croatia on the Island of Vis - situated in the Adriatic Sea off the Dalmatian Coast.
On Trafalgar’s Balkan Delight, guests will meander along the azure shores of the Adriatic and pass old fishing villages and modern resorts, before arriving in the vibrant city of Split – the best vantage point to get to Vis, and with a free day in Split -Mamma Mia lovers can get more than Just One Look of this picturesque Island.
LOVING VINCENT - FRANCE
Discover the beauty of Arles where Van Gogh painted his Sunflowers Wonderful France trip. Walk in his footsteps in Arles and visit the café on the Place de Forum he frequented and L’Espace Van Gogh, the hospital he was taken to when he cut off his ear. Meander through the French countryside and Cote d’Azur as you admire the breathtaking scenery of the region beloved by Van Gogh, and other masters including Cezanne and Picasso. Soak up the sun-kissed charm of St. Tropez and Monaco, and meet the widow of Pierre Salinger, special advisor to John F. Kennedy, over a home-cooked meal. Nominated for Best Animation film at the Academy Awards, this is the world’s fully painted film which traces the life of Vincent Van Gogh.
PETER RABBIT – LAKE WINDERMERE
Trafalgar’s Castles & Kilts Family Experience holiday will have the whole family taking in the history, mystery and magic of England, Wales and Scotland. They will uncover a land of kings and queens and authors including Beatrix Potter as well as magicians and muggles. They’ll explore Beatrix Potter's birthplace of London and then head north to the Lake District, where Potter had a farm, and who’s enchanting landscapes inspired the tale of Peter Rabbit. Board a steam train and cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Windermere where scenes for the upcoming Peter Rabbit picture were filmed. In fact, a local toy shop on Compston Road, Ambleside, was adapted to be Mr McGregor’s house.