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HPFanTrips™ Highlights 'Sorcerer' Adult Tour

August 4 - August 8, 2013 - 5 days/4 nights

$1599 per person/dbl occupancy - not including airfare to/from Britain
Single Supplement $TBD

We've taken the best of our England tour from the past 10 years of our top-rate HP Fan Trips™ and created this itinerary to celebrate our shared passion for magic and wizards and Harry Potter.

With a shorter, more affordable schedule this trip was created by request from our fans. Since this tour ends on August 8 it is an ideal tour for those wanting a shorter tour just before the LeakyCon convention that begins on August 8!

This itinerary offers an exciting exploration of London and Oxford through the eyes of Harry Potter. We will also see a play at a West End theatre starring Daniel Radcliffe while we are in London. Also included is an opportunity for fans to visit The Studio Tour- The Making of Harry Potter* during the trip.

Arrive early and extend your trip into France for a new French wizarding school extension!
*optional fee applies

Included:

  • 4 nights accommodations at 3 and 4-star hotels
  • Tickets to Daniel Radcliffe's West End Theatre production of The Cripple of Inishmaan
  • Daily services of a Professional Guide
  • Hertfordshire film location & home of Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter*
  • Coach tour including Gloucester Cathedral and Lacock Abbey including admissions
  • 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
  • 6 meals
  • Transfers as noted on itinerary
  • Baggage Handling
  • Gratuities to Driver
  • Limited Edition wand
*optional fee applies for entrance

Itinerary: Highlights "Sorcerer" Adult/Teen Tour

August 4 - Welcome and Oxford film locations

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

Individual arrivals at London-area airports. We will be departing from the London Heathrow airport at 11 a.m. to travel to Oxford. Please plan your trip accordingly.

Settle into your hotel for a rest and then meet the group in your hotel's lobby at 2:00 pm for a Welcome Orientation and distribution of documents. Afterwards we head into 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.

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.

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".

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.

Welcome Dinner included.

August 5 - Gloucester and Lacock

Meals - Breakfast
Lodging - Oxford 3-4 star hotel

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.

You may want to enjoy a meal 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.

Dinner at leisure.

August 6 - London

Meals - Breakfast
Lodging - London 3-4 star hotel

Head back to London in the morning, but along the way we stop by Asheridge Park in Hertfordshire which was featured in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

On the way into London fans have the opportunity to visit Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter*. The Studio Tour takes you behind-the-scenes to see a side to the movies that you may never have experienced. The tour gives a showcase of incredible artistry, talent, and the technology that went into the films. Located just 20 miles from the heart of London The Studio Tour takes approximately three hours. It is a self guided tour, however, so you can explore at your own pace. You will be able to view some of the best-loved sets from the films, see some of the unique items, and also have a hands-on experience with some of their interactive exhibits. You may even learn a few secrets! Fans have all said this tour is a really wonderful experience since its opening and would be a highlight of any trip for all HP Fans!

Once in London, head off for a panoramic tour 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.
*optional fee applies

Dinner at leisure.

August 7 - London

Meals - Breakfast, pre-theatre dinner
Lodging - London 3-4 star hotel

Take an extra day to explore London.

There will be a pre-theatre final dinner before you head out this evening to enjoy seeing Daniel Radcliffe in a new West End Theatre production of The Cripple of Inishmaan. The play is set on the remote island of Inishmaan off the west coast of Ireland where word arrives that a Hollywood film is being made on the neighboring island is Inishmore. The young Cripple Billy wants to be in the film more than anybody. This is one of Martin McDonagh's comic masterpieces that examines an ordinary coming of age in extraordinary circumstances.

August 8 - Depart for Home or stay for the convention

Meals - Breakfast

After breakfast, departure on your own to the airport or to LeakyCon. If you are staying for the Convention it is located in central London


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