Magical Harry Potter River Cruise Sets Sail This Summer

first_img Forget Disney Cruise Line: This Harry Potter boat trip is sure to be the most magical from here to Hogwarts.This summer, fans can board the Magna Carta barge for a week-long river cruise to some settings that inspired J.K. Rowling—and some inspired by her.Sail round trip from London to various filming locations, like Virginia Water (where Harry meets Buckbeak at the lake in The Prisoner of Azkaban), Picket Post Close (the IRL 4 Privet Drive featured in The Sorcerer’s Stone), and Christ Church College at Oxford University (Hogwarts’ Great Hall as seen in The Sorcerer’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets).You’ll also visit Warner Bros. Studios, where you can get lost (metaphorically, I hope) in the magic of iconic props, costumes, and sets from the eight-film series.Other stops include Hampton Court Palace—the Tudor home of Henry VIII (featuring “the finest Tudor ceiling in existence, showing you that J.K. Rowling’s settings are not far from the truth,” according to the cruise itinerary)—and Windsor Castle—the largest inhabited castle in the world (and very much worth a look, assuming the Queen isn’t home).Harry Potter tours run in August and September (via Barge Lady Cruises)The eight-passenger Magna Carta sleeps two per ensuite cabin, each room named after a famous and influential Englishman: Henry VIII, Christopher Wren, William Shakespeare, Winston Churchill).Wi-Fi is (limitedly) available, and there’s a hot tub, mountain bikes, flat-screen TVs with DVD players, and underfloor heating. The 2018 Harry Potter season runs for two weeks only, from August 19-25 and September 16-22. A double cabin costs $5,350 per person; single occupancy is just $1,650 during the regular season. Folks can also book a private cruise for six ($35,900), seven ($37,500), or eight guests ($39,100).That includes seven days and six nights in the cabin, chauffeured transfers from London to the barge and back, a light lunch before departure, all meals on board (plus wines with lunch and dinner), an open bar, and daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.You will have to pay your own way to and from London, as well as for any meals taken on shore.For fans of historical period dramas, the Magna Carta also offers a Downton Abbey itinerary (with dates from April to August), stopping at various Tudor manors and the Highclere Castle where the show was filmed, among other locations. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Catholic School Bans ‘Harry Potter’ Books Because SpellsToy Tuesday: The Best Animal Toys last_img read more

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