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We all dream of stepping inside our favorite films. Thanks to this new travel trend, movie magic can become a reality. Setjetting means flying to destinations around the world to visit the filming locations of movies and television shows. The trend is taking off, especially among high-end travelers planning luxurious private plane setjetting adventures.

Why is setjetting so popular? These epic film locations are spectacularly beautiful, of course, but there’s more to setjetting than just pretty scenery. According to a CBS interview with Roger Riley, a professor who studies film-induced tourism, fans are drawn to a destination because of a connection to the characters. “It can be the relationship between characters, or a specific character, and they want to see where they met.” Visiting the set can be a “completion of the circle,” Riley explains.

Film fans can visit these destinations on their own, but for an extra-special experience, it’s best to call the experts. A number of setjetting tour operators have cropped up in recent years, delivering bespoke trips and insider access to the locations where your favorite movies were filmed. To access these off-the-beaten-path locales, ACS can help you hire a private airplane.

Popular Setjetting Destinations

Leopoldskron Palace, a famous filming location from The Sound of Music
Leopoldskron Palace, a famous filming location from The Sound of Music

The iconic vistas from The Sound of Music have drawn setjetters since before the term was coined. Over 300,000 fans visit Austria annually to walk – or twirl – in Julie Andrews’ footsteps. Travelers can arrange a private plane setjetting trip to Salzburg to see the iconic Leopoldskron Palace, the cinematic home of the von Trapp family, and the Nonnberg Priory, where the film opens. The field where Andrews sings the eponymous number is on Mehlweg mountain, just six miles from Salzburg.

Lake Wakatipu from the Lord of the Rings films
Lake Wakatipu from the Lord of the Rings films

The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit films are famous for their sweeping vistas of verdant valleys and the storybook-style “Hobbit Holes.” Thankfully for film fans, the reality isn’t far off. The films were shot in several locations throughout the North and South Islands of New Zealand. On the North Island, travelers can walk through Hobbiton, the iconic film set near Matamata. Then, hire a private airplane to the South Island to see the otherworldly Lake Wakatipu, home of the Lady of the Forest, and the Fiordland, where the Fangorn Forest scenes were filmed.

Ivy Clad wall Christ Church College, Oxford, inspiration for the Great Hall at Hogwarts
Ivy Clad wall Christ Church College, Oxford, inspiration for the Great Hall at Hogwarts

For fans still awaiting their owl for admission to Hogwarts, there’s another way to get there. Hire a private airplane to see the Harry Potter locations for yourself. The Hogwarts scenes were filmed in several locations, but Alnwick Castle in Northumberland and Christ Church College in Oxford are two of the most recognizable. Of course, no Harry Potter setjetting tour is complete without a trip to London. Operators can arrange VIP tours of the studio to see the Gryffindor common room and Diagon Alley.

Dubrovnik is the set of King’s Landing in Game of Thrones
Dubrovnik is the set of King’s Landing in Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones has inspired the most setjetting adventures for fans of the small screen. The HBO epic is filmed in locations throughout Scotland, Malta, Iceland and more, but the most recognizable scenery is in Dubrovnik’s old town. An over-the-top private plane setjetting itinerary can be crafted to include all the most famous locations, including “King’s Landing” in Dubrovnik, “Winterfell” in Northern Ireland and the “Tower of Joy” in Castillo de Zafra, Spain.

Contact us at Air Charter Service to hire a private airplane to the film locations of your fantasies.

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