For centuries, literature inspired people to travel. Even today, aren’t there books that make you want to see the places that inspired the author to write them. Literary tours probably started in the fifth century B.C. with the Greek writer and historian Herodotus in his seminal work The Histories, which features magical accounts of ancient Egypt during the Ptolemaic period. It inspired thousands of Greek and later Roman citizens with means, to visit the shores of the Nile River in search of great wonders.
Although travel may have changed, inspiration to take literary tours continues to grow. Whether it’s classics or contemporary literature, visitors want to take pilgrimage-like tours to remote settings of their favorite novel or poetry. The Eco-Friendly aspect of these tours is also appealing, since readers can walk the hollowed fields, forest, coastlines, or regal homes to try and invoke the spirit of the book or author.
Take a look at an example of literary tours in England?
TheWordTravels offer a range of evocative guided walks especially designed to explore the work of particular writers or landscapes with a literary connection. There are things that we will never see, unless we walk to them. The following are few of their weekend walks that provided stimulating discussions, good food, good company, and hotels..
In The Footsteps of John Clare
A weekend guided walking break designed to illuminate John Clare’s life and work by walking the principal landscapes and locations that inspired his writing, including Epping Forest and his birthplace, Helpston.
Click here for background and full itinerary for our In The Footsteps of John Clare Walking Weekend
Lyme Regis Literary Walking Weekend
A walking weekend in and around Lyme Regis exploring the stunning Dorset landscape and coastline associated with ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ and ‘Persuasion’
Click here for background and full itinerary for our Lyme Regis Literary Walking Weekend
Sir Gawain Literary Detective Walking Weekend
This Walking Weekend is based on the search for the location of the Green Chapel in this fascinating fourteenth century poem. Researchers have found three possible sites for the Green Chapel in the Staffordshire Peak District.
Click here for background and full itinerary for our Sir Gawain Walking Weekend
If you want to include Paris and Scotland in a journey to England you may like the following:
NovelExplorations provides unique travel opportunities. Over the past ten years, they’ve provided great literary travels on both land and sea.
Theatrical Feast in Paris – A Journey with Elizabeth Sharland
Accompany author and actress Elizabeth Sharland as she brings to life her latest book – Theatrical Feast in Paris – From Moliere to Deneuve.
Regency House Tour
With the popularity of such films as Pride and Prejudice, you now have the opportunity to relive this era.
Writers, Myths and Legends – A Journey to Northern England and Scotland
Travel to some of the most scenic sights in Great Britain while you immerse yourself in the country’s writers, myths and legends. From Robert Burns to Beatrix Potter to William Wordsworth to Rob Roy MacGregor – and more.
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