As a kid I remember watching The Adventures of Tintin on TV and being captivated by the intrepid Belgian reporter who chased a good story around the world with his faithful dog Snowy by his side. Tintin was a clever and fearless traveler, jetting off to faraway places that a young girl like me could only dream of visiting.
However for fans who want to travel with Tintin outside of their imagination, today that real-life adventure is becoming, well, a reality.
On the Go Tours has launched a set of four itineraries designed specifically for Tintin fans who want to travel in the footsteps of their favorite comic strip character. Called “Destination Tintin,” these tours have been specially crafted by On the Go through an exclusive partnership with Moulinsart, the organization that promotes and protects the work of Tintin’s creator Hergé.
Destination Tintin offers tours to four locations (Brussels, India, Egypt, and Jordan) pulled right from some of Hergé’s most treasured Tintin tales. The inaugural tour to India casts off in October, taking guests on a 15-day voyage through historic Old Delhi, Ranthambhore National Park, the city of Jaipur, and the Himalayan foothills. Guests will ride the rails, search for tigers, and explore the Taj Mahal, recapturing the imagery and reliving the activities of Tintin’s own travels.
On the Go Tours, launched in 1998, provides group tours and tailor-made tours under the philosophy that the “best way to experience a country is through the eyes of the local people.” Their new Tintin tours are no different. Each tour is led by expert local guides, and select expeditions are accompanied by Tintin historians and experts, called “Tintinologists,” who share their expertise, enthusiasm, and insight into what these places were like in the time of Hergé.
The cultural and historic tours can be tailored for adults or families, but whatever the audience, the aim of each tour is to evoke the mystery, magic, and excitement of a classic Tintin adventure.
Top/Right: © Hergé-Moulinsart 2010
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