The Best Setjetting Trips You Can Take with Culture Trip

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Gethin Morgan

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From Harry Potter sets to Game of Thrones tours, setjetting is a travel trend on the rise, as more and more travellers choose to follow in the footsteps of their favourite movies and TV shows. Here are some of the best film locations you can visit while on a Culture Trip adventure.

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Jacobite steam train crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct, as seen in Harry Potter

Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands by Train

The worst thing about the Harry Potter series is that the magic is so hard to recreate in real life. There is the studio tour in London and multiple Wizarding Worlds in the US, China and Japan, all of which do admirable work, but there is one real-life location that trumps the lot – the Jacobite steam train. In many ways the Hogwarts Express acts as a gateway to the world of magic, and stands as one of the most beloved pieces of iconography from the film series. The Jacobite brings it to life, not just a visual reference point for CGI artists, they actual used these trains in the films. Even the most iconic sequence in the whole franchise – the car flying scene in Chamber of Secrets (2002) – crosses the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, which you can also do on the Jacobite journey from Fort William to Mallaig, which is included in our week-long Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands by Train trip.

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London, England

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ENDS AT

Edinburgh, Scotland

DURATION

7

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

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View of Dubrovniks stunning cliffside architecture

Coastal Croatia

Game of Thrones has arguably been the leading light in the growth of the setjetting industry, and to say it put Dubrovnik on the map is an understatement. The beautifully preserved medieval fort city, with its domineering city walls, red terracotta rooftop and spectacular coastal views, was the perfect embodiment of King’s Landing. There are a bunch of specific locations within the city worth visiting, too, from the lush gardens of Trsteno Arboretum to Lovrijenac Fortress and Mineeta Tower, which acts as the House of the Undying, where Daenerys attempts to retrieve her dragons. The GoT heritage extends all the way to Split, with Diocletian’s Palace and Klis Fortress also featuring throughout the series. Our eight-day Croatia trip starts in Split and end in Dubrovnik, so you’ll have plenty of time to visit Diocletian’s Palace and stroll the streets of King’s Landing.

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STARTS AT

Split, Croatia

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ENDS AT

Dubrovnik, Croatia

DURATION

8

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Man looking over the city from a cave in Matera, also known as the Stone City

Seductive Southern Italy

One of the most striking examples of good location scouting in recent blockbusters came in Daniel Craig’s last outing as Bond in No Time to Die (2021). One of the film’s first major action sequences takes place in the surreal town of Sassi di Matera, an incredible hilltop town originally formed by cave dwellings built directly into the region’s rugged rock-face. Its blend of ancient and unique makes it the perfect Bond location, and the thrilling car chase – and rope-swinging bridge sequence – are arguably the best bits of the whole movie. There’ll be less evil henchmen to dodge on our 10-day trip through Southern Italy, which stops off in Matera on day four, as we cross from west to east coast. You’ll get a guided walking tour of the town, including the most familiar shooting locations from the movie.

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Naples, Italy

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ENDS AT

Lecce, Italy

DURATION

10

GROUP SIZE

14

PHYSICAL RATING

Easy

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STYLE

Discovery

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