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Film-inspired travel is a growing phenomenon and with the 53rd BFI London Film Festival promising to bring the best new films from around the world to silver screens across the city, why not visit these top Thomson holiday destinations to locations where the most famous and all-time classic films were shot for the big screen.

If you are a film fanatic, movie maniac or even a ‘set jetter’ (a tourist who makes travel plans based on their favourite films), then read on…..

TUNISIA - Star Wars

Star Wars fans will know all about Tatooine – the desert planet Luke Skywalker came from, and contrary to what the film says, it isn’t in a galaxy far, far away, it’s actually just a three-hour flight from the UK! Tatooine is in fact Tunisia. The country’s dusky landscape and exotic-looking medinas fitted the bill perfectly for George Lucas’ vision of an alien planet and you can even visit ‘Star Wars Canyon’, also known as Sidi Bouhel, which is the gully where R2-D2 is captured by the scrap-trading Jawas.

Tunisia’s connections to the silver screen extend beyond storm troopers and spaceships though. It was also the location for Oscar winning weepy, The English Patient, and action blockbuster, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, not to mention Monty Python’s Life of Brian which includes the Amphitheatre at El Djem, the Kasbah of Sousse and several other towns and areas.

Thomson offers seven night holidays in Tunisia at the 4T Hotel Marhaba Palace in Port el Kantaoui, on a half board basis from £325 per person based on two sharing. Departing on 26th November 2009 from Gatwick Airport, the price includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and all taxes and charges. For more information or to book visit www.thomson.co.uk or call 0871 230 2555.

MONTENEGRO - Casino Royale

Montenegro was the setting for the 2006 Bond film, Casino Royale, which follows the early career of 007 and his first ever mission. The former Kaiserbad Spa provided the location exterior for the casino itself and the poker game, which is the focus of the film, is held in the casino ‘Royale’ in Montenegro. The prestigious Hotel Splendide also features as the hotel of choice for James Bond and Vesper and can be seen in Karlovy Vary, known in ‘real life’ as the Grandhotel Pupp.

Thomson offers seven night holidays in Montenegro at the 4T Iberostar Otrant Beach in Ulcinj, on an all inclusive basis from £435 per person based on two sharing. Departing on 5th May 2010 from Gatwick Airport, the price includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and all taxes and charges. For more information or to book visit www.thomson.co.uk or call 0871 230 2555.

MOROCCO - Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down was filmed almost entirely in Morocco, using many of the soldiers who were actually in the raid the film depicts. The real life battle took place in Mogadishu, but those looking for the locations on a North African holiday will enjoy trips to Kénitra Airbase and Rabbat in Morocco where the bulk of the film was made.

Thomson offers seven night holidays in Morocco at the 4T+ ClubHotel Riu Tikida Palmeraie from £359 per person departing from London Gatwick airport on 7th December 2009. This price is based on two adults sharing and includes accommodation on an all-inclusive basis, flights, transfers and all taxes and charges. For more information or to book visit www.thomson.co.uk or call 0871 230 2555.

SPAIN - Laurence of Arabia

With ‘Arabia’ in the title you'd think that this 1960's David Lean classic would have been filmed somewhere on the Arabian peninsula. However, most of it was filmed in Spain and several other locations such as California, Jordan, Morocco and Wales. More recently, Costa Blanca is the famed setting for hit TV series, ‘Benidorm’, now in its third series, and features the antics of a group of dysfunctional Brits, including pub quiz champ, The Oracle (Jonny Vegas).

Thomson offers seven night holidays in Spain at the 4T Hotel Levante Club from £359 per person departing from London Gatwick airport on 26th November 2009. This price is based on two adults sharing and includes accommodation on a half board basis, flights, transfers and all taxes and charges. For more information or to book visit www.thomson.co.uk or call 0871 230 2555.

EGYPT - Cleopatra

As you'd imagine, parts of this epic were filmed on location in Egypt. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor engage in epic war and love scenes close to the Pyramids and over the desert sands. The Peter Ustinov classic, Death on the Nile that also features Egypt’s most well known sights, from Luxor to Giza.

Thomson offers seven night holidays in Egypt at the 4T+ Iberotel Palace from £585 per person departing from London Gatwick airport on 16th November 2009. This price is based on two adults sharing and includes accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, flights, transfers and all taxes and charges. For more information or to book visit www.thomson.co.uk or call 0871 230 2555.

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