“The Fantastical Tour” is an immersive wizarding adventure tour in England and Scotland unlike any other, where guests are brought into an interactive storyline filled with magic and mystery. While travelling to visit all the filming sights from the “Harry Potter” and “Fantastic Beasts” movies, you’ll be introduced to characters and surprises at every turn.
Hunting for beasts and fighting against dark magic, you’ll even stay in your very own 600 hundred year old castle of wizardry (Lumley Castle) for two nights during your tour.
The Fantastical Tour: London/Oxford/Scotland: (July 14-21, 2019)
7 nights’ accommodation in 4 star hotels (10 nights including extension)
· Daily Services of a Professional Blue Badge Guide
· Immersive experience for 2 nights at Lumley Castle!
· Private tour coach for your tour in England/Scotland
· Lessons include Quiddich, Potions and Divination
· Panoramic Tour of London to see Harry Potter Locations
· Exclusive tour of MinaLima Studios
· Tickets to WB studios, “The Making of Harry Potter”
· Tickets and the opportunity explore to Lacock Abbey Cloisters
· Tickets and the opportunity to experience New College Oxford led by your London Blue Badge guide
· Tickets and the opportunity to experience Christ Church Oxford with your London Blue Badge guide
· Train journey to York
· Visit to Goathland railway station (“Hogsmead”)
· Tickets and the opportunity to experience Durham Cathedral
· Tickets and the opportunity to experience Alnwick Castle led with your London Blue Badge guide
· Exlusive guided walking tour of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and tickets to experience to Edinburgh Castle
· 12 meals included (17 meals including extension)
· Driver Gratuities
Magical Highlands Extension: (July 21-24, 2019)
· 2 nights in the Highlands including dinner each night
· Professional Blue Badge Guide throughout
· Private Coach transportation
· Historic Jabobite Steam Train Ride to Mallaig – crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct
· Visit the filming sites in the Highlands – including Steall Falls
· See a variety of beautiful Highlands Locations
· Boat cruise on one of the Highland area’s most beautiful lochs
· Tour of one of the oldest Scottish distilleries
· Tickets to explore Doune Castle (home for filming for Monty Python and “Outlander”)
· Final night’s stay in an Edinburgh hotel with a final wizarding banquet to celebrate the end of your tour
· Gratuities for driver
The Fanstastic Tour Itinerary July 14-21, 2019
Sunday 14th July- London Panoramic Tour And Welcome Dinner
You will apparate with a host of other fans to converge at a special hand-picked, centrally located, four star London hotel at 3pm to start your magical adventure.
Your professional London Blue Badge Guide will take you on a sightseeing tour of London, seeing all the major sights which were featured in the Harry Potter films, including: Leadenhall Market, The Millennium footbridge, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament, Whitehall, Piccadilly Circus, and much more!
That evening, you’ll be treated to a magical welcome dinner – worthy of wizards at one of London’s most historic inns/pubs.
Monday 15th July: The House of MinaLima and Oxford (Christ Church, New College and more)
Enjoy a complimentary breakfast at our hotel before we head out for amazing adventures!
After breakfast, you’ll be treated to an exclusive tour of The House MinaLima in London and you’ll get to make your own “House of MinaLima memo”. Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima created all the graphic elements you’ve come to love in the movies – from the “Marauders’ Map” to the famous letters that your favorite wizard received, to the chocolate frogs packages and so much more. To see more about all their designs, visit their website.
We continue on to visit “the city of dreaming spires”, Oxford. Oxford is famed for having the oldest university in Britain and two of the colleges were used for filming. You’ll get to visit Christ Church which was featured in Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. Stand on very steps where young wizards were welcomed as they prepared for wizarding school. See the dining room that was the inspiration for Hogwarts dining room (then reconstructed at Leavesden Studios), and New College which was featured in Goblet of Fire! We return to London for the evening, giving you free time to enjoy the sights of London or have a fantastic meal.
Tuesday 16th July Warner Bros. Studios – The Making of Harry Potter and Lacock Abbey
Enjoy a complimentary breakfast and prepare for a full day of adventure!
We venture out to the place where the real magic took place – Warner Bros Studios – The Making of Harry Potter.
Here you will see everything… from the elaborate sets used during filming, to the props, artwork and models. You will even see the real Hogwarts Express! We will give you plenty of time to be able to enjoy this amazing experience.
In the afternoon you’ll get to experience the Lacock Abbey and Village, noted as one of the most beautiful villages in England, and the site used as a location for an array of films including Harry Potter! We will visit Lacock Abbey to see Snape’s potions classroom and so much more.
We return to London for you to have time at your leisure for dinner and any additional sightseeing you may want to do in the evening in London before we head out for an unparalleled immersive wizarding adventure.
Wednesday 17th July – Train to York, Goathland Railway Station, Durham Cathedral, Lumley Castle
This morning you will head to Kings Cross station to take a train to York.
On arrival in York our coach will take us to see “Hogsmead” train station (Goathland, to Muggles).
We will then continue our journey to Lumley Castle where you will stay for two nights.
Check in to your fabulous well-appointed wizarding accommodations and take in a moment to take in the grounds. On your first evening, you’ll be treated to a special welcoming banquet and activities to prepare you for your time at the Lumley School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Welcome to The Lumley School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
(Thursday, July 18th)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Adventure awaits you at every turn once you’ve arrived at Lumley Castle. From the moment you step onto the grounds – you’ll realize you’re in your very own wizarding world. Welcome to the Lumley School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
During your time at school, all students will be expected to attend magical wizarding lessons such as Fantastical Beasts training lessons, potions, and divination and you’ll have to solemnly swear to be up to no good for the duration of your stay! You’ll play your very own version of land-based “quidditch” wizarding game and many other magical activities.
Unfortunately – there have been rumors magical creatures have escaped…and that dark lords may try once again to take over the school…but fear not! Your teachers will be with you to solve special clues and challenges to find those magical creatures and keep the dark lord from running amuck over the course of your stay at the school.
It’s the perfect year to be attending school – because it’s time for the Annual Lumley Wizarding Tournament – and the ministry has decreed that all students – regardless of age – can participate in the tournament. What fun and adventure we’ll have!
Uniforms are optional, but greatly encouraged!
You’ll be treated to breakfast, lunch and a magical dinner on Thursday at Lumley.
Friday 19th July – Durham Cathedral and Alnwick Castle /Edinburgh
After defeating the dark lord and graduating from the Lumley School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, everyone will enjoy a hearty and well-deserved proper breakfast before heading to Edinburgh.
You’ll board your coach and head to Durham Cathedral– home to many HP filming sites.
After we complete our time at Durham Cathedral, we’ll take you to Alnwick Castle, where the world was introduced to broomstick lessons!
We continue our journey along the coastal road to Edinburgh. It was in Edinburgh that JK Rowling started to write Harry Potter and where she finished her final book of this series.
Friday evening, you’ll be able to dine and explore Edinburgh on your own.
Saturday 20th July Edinburgh walking tour and final Wizarding dinner
After enjoying a complimentary breakfast, you’ll get to take a walking tour of Edinburgh which includes seeing The Royal Mile, The Elephant House Cafe where JK spent much of her time writing the first book, the cemetery which features some familiar names, ending with a guided tour of Edinburgh Castle.
You have free time to enjoy the sights of Edinburgh this afternoon.
That evening, you’ll be treated to a special farewell dinner – to share time with your family and new-found friends and we’ll have a special wizarding activity for those that want to participate.
Sunday 21st July
Breakfast will be served before you depart to return home or as you prepare to continue your HP Fan Tour on a special Highlands Extension tour.
Sunday 21st July: Edinburgh to Highlands and our Jacobite Steam Train Ride
Your adventure continues to the Highlands of Scotland. Today you will travel from Edinburgh to Fort William. The drive will take you past Stirling, Doune Castle where an array of filming has taken place including Monty Python (coconuts), Game of Thrones and Outlander, through the Trossachs (home of Rob Roy McGreggor) and onto Fort William. You will also see where Hagrid’s hut was erected for filming.
We’ll check into our hotel and then you will take the amazing Jacobite Steam train from Fort William to Mallaig. This incredible journey is the route used by the Hogwarts Express and goes over the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Note – there should not be any blue Ford Anglia cars on the track!
We will drive back to Fort William stopping at Glenfinnan for a ground eye view of the Viaduct and and Loch Sheil to see the backdrop for that very famous wizarding school we love…and where the students arrived on their enchanted boats. That evening, you’ll be treated to a dinner at our hotel.
Monday 22nd July – Steal Falls Hike, the site of “Hagrid’s Hut” and Highlands Boat Cruise
After breakfast, you’re invited to take a hike to Steall Falls – a beautiful, but challenging hike to where the “Tri-Wizard Tournament” was filmed. Please note that this is a challenging hike and does not include any paved walkways. Walking boots, a bottle of water, and a waterproof jacket are essential. This is an included optional excursion and a level of fitness is required.
Later that day, you’ll also be treated to a special boat cruise around the lochs at Fort William. Our partners at Cannog Cruises provide a great, fun and informative
journey. There’s even a chance we’ll see dolphins, perhaps sea lions and more on this cruise!
We’ll return to our hotel for dinner and relaxation.
Tuesday 23rd July – Distillery Tour and Doune Castle
After breakfast, head out to see a variety of sites – unique to the Highlands.
You’ll have the opportunity to tour one of the Highland’s oldest distilleries.
We’ll then travel up the road to see Doune Castle – home for filming for the Monty Python movies – and the “Outlander” TV series.
In the afternoon we will return to Edinburgh for our final farewell dinner and our last night at a special 4 star hotel.
Wednesday 24th July
After a complimentary breakfast, you’ll depart for home taking back magical memories of your amazing wizarding adventure.