Trips that transport you into the land of your favourite television series
SKIP history walks and museum tours and discover these places through a fun, new lens with tours themed around popular television series. While most series are filmed in built-up sets and studios, some venture out into the real world to add that touch of authenticity to their story. We bring you our pick of the latest shows and their tours, New York to New Mexico and London to Cardiff.
By Susanna Chandy
“I love New York. You’re never
alone but you’re always on your own,” said Leighton Meester about the Big Apple and this three-hour guided bus tour by local actors will take you through over 40 locations used in its filming from Henri Bendel and Vera Wang boutiques, to Chuck Bass’ newest home and St Jude’s (actually the Museum of the City of New York) where they go to school.
December: the festive spirit around will do justice to your Wollman Ice Rink passes.
Rs. 2,500 approximately. Details: zerve.com/OnLocation/GGirl
Discover the world of Doctor Who on this daytrip from London to Cardiff. Seated in a Black Cab with a driver-cum-expert guide, you will be driven through iconic locations from the series like the cafe where the Doctor met with his trusted crew and past the houses of the Doctor’s sidekicks: Amy and Rory Pond before reaching Cardiff Bay for the Doctor Who Experience, an interactive exhibition with all the magic of the show.
May: so you can pull down your windows and stroll about the town that gets a tad chilly in the winter and the rains. Rs. 16,350 approx for 12 hours 30 minutes. Details: viator.com/tours
Detective Tours are the only ones who
conduct a Poirot-themed tour customised exactly to their clients’ interests spanning anywhere between a day and a week. “We always contact the client in advance and we try our best to take them to specific locations of interest,” shares Anthony Rich ards of Detective Tours. The tour usually covers London and villages around it where the filming took place. Most of the guides were a part of the filming of the series and are rife with anecdotes.
March: when the city and villages are in the full bloom of spring. Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 25,000 per person. Details: detective-tours.com
Discover the 300-year-old town of Albuquerque as used in the making of the series. “Albuquerque itself has become a really important character in our show,” said Bryan Cranston in a recent interview, “It gave it a justifiable location. A sound, solid place that not many people have related to or seen.” Hotel Albuquerque (`13,500 up) offers a rustic experience and will help you set-up various activities like a tour on the ABQ Trolley Company (`900 up), with The Candy Lady in a stretch limousine or cooking “blue meth” (Rs. 1,750) at the BaD Cooking Class.
October: sees pleasantly warm weather with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta scheduled as well. Details: itsatrip.org/BrBaABQ
This expert guided tour spanning seven days, gives you a thorough insight on the show and World War I England. From historic sights in London to Oxfordshire (the village of Downton County) and Highclere Castle (aka Downton Abbey) – where Shirley MacLaine exclaimed, “Yes, I can feel the ghosts here”, the trip is all about living Downton-style!
August: the castle is open to the public for most days this month. Rs. 2,71,000 for seven days. Details: zicasso.com/downton-abbey-tours
The world’s most expensive coffee is produced in Sumatra using weird and wonderful, and sometimes controversial, methods. Coffee berries are eaten and their beans excreted by the island’s native Asian palm civets, a process producers claim provides the highest quality coffee. Prices can reach up to US$700 (Rs. 42,575) per kilogram and is readily available in stores across the island.