By Cortney Fries
Home of Thrones (Brendan Vacations)
Movie/Show: Game of Thrones
Location: Explore the rolling hills, sweeping vistas and mystical treasures of Northern Ireland from Belfast to the Antrim Coast.
Itinerary: Fly in and out of Dublin for an eight-day self-driving adventure. Trek through the Tollymore Forest Park, known as the “Haunted Forest” where the Starks found the direwolf pups. Visit Castle Ward, the 18th-century mansion called “Winterfell.” Walk amongst Dark Hedges, ‘The King’s Road’ iconic tunnel of beech trees.
Don’t Miss: Revel in the panoramic pleasures of the Giant’s Causeway and test your bravery on the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. You will see the Cushendun Caves, where Melisandre gave birth, and the Game of Thrones doors. Ten wooden doors have been made from trees from the Dark Hedges carved with symbols and scenes from the show and dispersed throughout Northern Ireland.
Castles, Clans and Outlands (Brendan Vacations)
Location: Tour Scotland from Edinburgh to Inverness, Glen Affric, Culloden and Fife
Itinerary: Experience an overview of Scotland with a hint of Outlander flare as you are guided by private chauffeur for six days. Meander in the small town of Falkland, otherwise known as Inverness, and stop in the hotel that doubled as Mrs. Baird’s B&B. Visit Doune Castle, the fictional Castle Leoch, which Claire visited with Frank, then again when she was transported back in time.
Don’t Miss: Experience the surreal natural beauty of Glen Affric. Wander the Great Caledonian Pine Forest, as Jamie and Claire did after their wedding. Visit the glorious and mysterious Loch Ness to see if you can catch sight of the monster yourself.
Highland Trail inspired by Outlander (Brendan Vacations)
Location: Jaunt through the streets of Edinburgh, across the rugged Scottish Highlands and to Glasgow and fall in love with Scotland
Itinerary: Travel with a group via motor coach for 13 days of scouting dramatic landscapes, uncovering centuries of heritage and tracing the footsteps of Jamie and Claire. Explore the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where Jaime and Claire attended the Prince’s royal parties. Visit the Signet Library and a café where you can enjoy afternoon tea Outlander style.
Don’t Miss: Culross, otherwise known as Cranesmuir, is one of the most picturesque villages in Scotland, and will give you a sense of
what it was to live centuries ago. Enjoy views of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Take in stunning scenery from Glenfinnan Viaduct to the Isle of Skye.
Earth Journeys (Tauck)
Movie/Show: BBC Earth
Location: Choose from two dozen nature adventures created by Tauck and BBC Earth to extraordinary wildlife destinations.
Itinerary: The Polar Bear Adventure to Manitoba enables up close exposure to white foxes, snowy owls and polar bears in the Arctic tundra. The new Great Migration journey to Tanzania and Kenya allows a small group of safari enthusiasts to follow the annual wildebeest and zebra migration. Experience behind-the-scenes action and hands-on use of field equipment.
Don’t Miss: Every Earth Journeys trip includes custom created BBC Earth footage. Highlights from the Great Migration journey include a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti or Masai Mara National Reserve, a mobile safari camp that moves with the animals and their natural predators and an exclusive viewing of baby elephants feeding.
The Isle Awakens (Brendan Vacations)
Movie/Show: Star Wars
Location: May the Force be with you as you tour Ireland from Killarney to Westport, Belfast and Dublin.
Itinerary: Explore the Emerald Isle for 11 days at your own pace on this self-driving tour. Travel to another galaxy far, far away known as the Ring of Kerry with its stunning scenery and unspoiled paradise. Drink in mystical views at Skellig Michael, where Rey finally tracked down the long-lost Luke Skywalker in The Force Awakens. Envelop yourself in every shade of green at the Dingle Peninsula, the site of the reconstructed Jedi temple.
Don’t Miss: County Donegal has been called the coolest place on the planet. Drink in the astounding natural beauty of the Cliffs of Moher, a UNESCO Global Geopark, and sip a pint of “the black stuff” at a local pub.
Visit your local AAA office for reservations or more information — 1-800-750-5386. AAA.com/Travel