January 24, 2018
(4:15 a.m. EST) -- For Harry Potter fans, the next best thing to a flying car kicks off in summer 2018 on England's Thames River. Harry Potter-themed river cruises will take passengers on a "magical" itinerary, visiting landmarks that appeared in the film series.
Held onboard the eight-passenger Magna Carta barge ship, the Harry Potter cruise sails roundtrip from London, kicking off with a traditional afternoon tea experience. Along the way, passengers can tour Harry Potter filming locations, such as Virginia Water (where Harry encounters Buckbeak at the lake in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"), Dorney Court and Picket Post Close (the real-life 4 Privet Drive in the first Harry Potter film) and Christ Church College at Oxford University (the Great Hall at Hogwarts), as well as Warner Brothers Studios for a behind-the-scenes Harry Potter tour.
Other stops include Hampton Court Palace and Windsor Castle; all tours are included in the cruise fares.
The Harry Potter cruise is seven nights, and there are two departures available: August 5 and August 19.
In addition to tours, the cruises include all transfers, the afternoon tea experience on embarkation day, all meals onboard the ship, all wines with lunch and dinner, an open bar and use of onboard bicycles in port. Fares for a standard cabin, based on double occupancy, start at $5,350. There's also an option to charter the entire ship.
More information about the Harry Potter river cruises can be found here.
--By Gina Kramer, Editor