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10 Literary Trips For Book Lovers

10 Literary Trips For Book Lovers

If you love books as much as we do, you should be excited with this list of the most interesting literary trips around the world. From Jane Austin to Albert Camus, Ernest Hemingway to Fyodor Dostoevsky, these trips will help you to feel a special bond with your favorite writers, as you will better understand their ways of life, their ups and downs, things that inspired them, and their heritage. Featuring historic homes, museums, theaters and other attractions, here are our can’t miss tours for book lovers!

1. Week with Jane Austen: Hampshire, Bath, Cotswolds villages & stately homes of the Peak District

Week with Jane Austen: Hampshire, Bath, Cotswolds villages & stately homes of the Peak District
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This is an adventure into the world of Jane Austen, places where the author herself lived or visited and places of inspiration for her novels. Enjoy fragrant gardens, thatched country villages and small parish churches. You’ll explore the regal estates used for recent film versions of her works. You’ll sample local favorite dishes, regionally made wines and ales and have lovely experiences off the beaten track, meeting the locals.

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2. English Literature Tour

English Literature Tour
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A fascinating and educational tour, following the lives and works of some of the greats of English literature. The tour takes in locations across England to experience the worlds of Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Austen, the Brontes, Beatrix Potter, Chaucer and Charles Dickens. Enjoy learning, interactive workshops and many live performances interspersed with other fun activities, such as punting on the River Cam and a day out at Alton Towers Theme Park.

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3. Charles Dickens London Walking Tour

Charles Dickens London Walking Tour
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Born in Portsmouth in 1812, Charles John Huffam Dickens was the second child to arrive in a big family of his father, a Naval clerk. At the age of three, Dickens traveled to London along with his family, upon which two years later they moved to Chatham in Kent. This self guided walking tour will take you to the most notable places in Dickens' London.

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4. Dublin Literary Walking Tour

Dublin Literary Walking Tour
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This self guided walking tour takes in many of the places in Dublin made famous by their literary associations with some of the greatest Irish writers such as James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats and Oliver St John Gogarty. In particular, Joyce’s “Ulysses” is considered the definitive book on Dublin as it was in the Edwardian era, the early years of the 20th Century.

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5. Tour of Romeo and Juliet, Verona

Tour of Romeo and Juliet, Verona
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"There is no world without Verona walls... Heaven is here, where Juliet lives". If you are a fan of Romeo and Juliet and you want to have one of the most memorable experiences of your life, Verona is the city to see. Verona will really sweep you off your feet, and make you laugh, cry, and possibly even fall in love.

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6. Russian Literature Tour

Russian Literature Tour
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Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Gogol, Lermontov and Turgenev are just some of the most important writers in modern and classic literary history, while literature is one of the most important components of the cultural history of Russia. Join this 4-day tour to walk the streets of St. Petersburg and Moscow, feel the atmosphere that inspired Russian writers, and visit the museums of the most prominent representatives of the Russian literature.

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7. The Four Leading Walks of Paris

The Four Leading Walks of Paris
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One of the intellectual capitals of the world, Paris has long been a center for writers of all nationalities. The Four Leading Walks will take you to the Band of Outsiders: Place de la Contrescarpe/Rue Mouffetard, the colorful fringe of the Latin Quarter; "Lost Generation" Montparnasse and Beyond, featuring the great days of Anglophone literary expatriation in the 1920s, with resident and inveterate café-goer Ernest Hemingway, the central figure; Literary Ground Zero: Saint Germain-des Prés, the district that has been a Mecca for writers such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvior, Albert Camus, Jean Genet, Nelson Algren; and Deathless Writers in the Père-Lachaise Cemetery, the vast, moody park with its myriad fanciful mausoleums and sculptures and cobblestone walks shaded by thousands of old trees being well worth a visit even without its remarkable contingent of literary permanent Parisians, where they are at their final resting places, Molière, La Fontaine, Honoré de Balzac, Gérard de Nerval, Guillaume Apollinaire, Marcel Proust, and Colette.

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8. Shakespeare Tour: London, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Heart of England

Shakespeare Tour: London, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Heart of England
Follow the haunts of William Shakespeare in and around his hometown of Stratford-Upon-Avon and London. This is a theatre tour, a literary heritage adventure, a garden sampler and a general interest focus on London and the Midlands. The tour will feature quaint villages, beautiful stately homes, a castle and gardens throughout the Heart of England and around the capital, all stunningly beautiful in their own right and many of which have Tudor connections.

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9. Dylan Thomas Trail

Dylan Thomas Trail
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The Welsh poet and writer, Dylan Thomas, is known as one of Swansea’s most famous sons. He wrote exclusively in English. Dylan was born in Swansea, the city that inspired most of his work. Half of it was written by him while still living at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive in the Uplands. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover the world of this famous poet.

10. Stephen King’s “Derry,” Maine

Stephen King’s “Derry,” Maine
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Bangor, also known as “Derry”, is the place where horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy stories, novels and books were written in the central setting of Stephen King’s work. On this tour, you will see places that Stephen King has lived and worked, places that have inspired his stories, and actual film locations from his movies. Some of the places from “It” that you will visit are The Barrens, The Standpipe and Birdbath, the cemetery where “Pet Sematary” was actually filmed, places that Stephen King lived including his current residence and many more!

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It is always insightful and fascinating to see the birthplaces, working quarters and places of dwelling of your favourite writers, something that creates a special bond with them and enhances your understanding of their work and legacy.