T+L Reports: Lights, Camera...Travel
Published: April 2009
Following in the footsteps of Sopranos and Seinfeld tours, three companies have created trips that bring devoted fans behind the scenes of a novel and two films.
The Da Vinci Code
THE SET London
THE PLOT A private car follows the Holy Grail trail to the Temple Church, the tomb of Sir Isaac Newton, and the National Gallery, home to Leonardo's Virgin of the Rocks.
THE COMPANY British Tours, Ltd. (866/464-3010; www.britishtours.com; from $300).
Lord of the Rings
THE SET New Zealand
THE PLOT A full-day road tour hits 18 locations from the epic trilogy, including the mighty cliff from which Aragorn fell in The Two Towers.
THE COMPANY Wanaka Sightseeing (64-3/443-1855; www.lordoftheringstours.co.nz; from $184).
The Passion of the Christ
THE SET Matera, Italy
THE PLOT The six-day journey starts with a visit to the ancient Sassi district, which resembles first-century Jerusalem. It then proceeds to Rupestrian churches that date back to the ninth century.
THE COMPANY Sassiweb/Matera Turismo (39-0835/336-572; from $477).