60 YEARS OF BOND, JAMES BOND!

As the 60th anniversary of the first James Bond Film approaches we take time to reflect on all the wonderful destinations that these much-loved films were created in. From the sights of San Francisco to Istanbul’s bustling Grand Bazaar, when the James Bond team step outside Pinewood Studios they make sure they pick some of the most incredible destinations around the world to visit.

Here are our 007 James Bond filming locations that are perfect destinations for the solo traveller to explore and share in the wonder with likeminded travellers.

PUGLIA, ITALY

In Daniel Craig’s last outing as the iconic secret agent– No Time To Die, the fascinating city of Matera is the backdrop for one of the franchise’s most dramatic chase sequences. It’s easy to understand why, as Matera is well-known for its Sassi dwellings carved into the hillside, offering lots of small winding roads and doorways to disappear through at each turn. On a singles holiday to southern Italy, you too can visit this UNESCO-listed town, considered to be among the earliest human settlements. While many of these unique houses remain uninhabitable today, much work has been done to regenerate the area to become one of the most picturesque destinations in the area, and there is no better way to explore than on a walking tour!

HIMEJI CASTLE, JAPAN

Sean Connery had the joy of travelling to Japan, a country of considerable contrasts, where traditional tea ceremonies meet high technology. In the film You Only Live Twice, Japan’s most important cultural building, Himeji Castle was turned into Tiger Tanaka’s ninja training school. Nowadays it is perhaps better known as the largest castle in Japan and the first UNESCO World Heritage site in the country. On a solos holiday to Japan, you’ll see this incredible hillside complex along with many other magnificent sights the country has to offer.

IGUACU FALLS, ARGENTINA & BRAZIL

In Moonraker, Roger Moore’s Bond is chased along the Iguacu River by villain Jaws and we see the incredible Iguacu Falls in the background. The Iguacu River forms the border between Argentina and Brazil and on a solo tour to South America, you have the opportunity to visit the magnificent falls from both countries. The Devil’s Throat is possibly the most iconic of all the falls as water thunders over the edge, but the whole of the park offers solo travellers one wow moment after another.

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, USA

A View to A Kill sees Ian Fleming’s character experiencing many of San Francisco’s famous sights – the renowned cable cars, Fisherman’s Wharf, winding Lombard Street and, of course, the Golden Gate Bridge. San Francisco is a must visit on singles tours to West USA. The Golden Gate Bridge has become a major sight in the USA and is recognised the world over, with its iconic International Orange colour – which is said to take more than 10,000 gallons of paint a year. It’s well worth taking a trip over the bridge (by coach, bike or foot) to visit the park which provides wonderful views across the bay.

SCHONBRUNN PALACE, AUSTRIA

The Schonbrunn Palace is one of Vienna’s main tourist attractions and featured in The Living Daylights. Timothy Dalton’s Bond is seen riding through the palace gardens, and to say they are stunning is an understatement. On a solo tour to Vienna you’ll see many of the sights of the city including the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace. Why not spend some free time and follow in the footsteps of our favourite MI6 agent and wander through the sculpted gardens, where you see the Neptune Fountain and visit the Gloriette to discover panoramic views of the city.

TAJ MAHAL, INDIA

Sometimes even a secret agent likes to indulge in a spot of sightseeing and in Octopussy, we see Roger Moore take a flight past one of India’s most iconic sights whilst tailing enemy Kamal Khan and his Fabergé eggs. The Taj Mahal is regarded as one of the seven wonders of the modern world and is a must visit on a solo tour to India. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a symbol of his love for his wife, this magnificent mausoleum can only be described as breath-taking. Its marble white walls are inlaid with semi-precious stones and appear to change colour as the sun shines upon it. 

THE GRAND BAZAAR, TURKEY

Daniel Craig visited Turkey during the opening scenes of 2012’s Skyfall. Many prominent scenes were filmed in Istanbul, noticeably the spice market and the Grand Bazaar, where Bond chases Patrice across the rooftops. When taking a solo tour to Turkey make sure you venture inside the bazaar but perhaps on the purpose built lanes rather than the roof tops..! It’s one of the largest covered markets in the world and with more than 4,000 shops selling an array of wonderful wares, it’s the perfect opportunity to pick up a souvenir and practice your bartering skills too.

Let us take you there

  1. Blue Mosque At Night In Istanbul In Turkey
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    Istanbul, Troy & Ephesus

    World-famous monuments, delicious cuisine and intriguing history combine to make Turkey a traveller's dream come true. We'll discover the top highlights and immerse in culture on this fascinating tour.

    • Return flights
    • 7 nights in 4-star hotels
    • 14 meals - 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners

    8 days from
    £1,449
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  2. Discover Puglia

    Step away from the crowds and enjoy a taste of the real Italy in beautiful Puglia, where you'll discover unique conical Trulli. houses, rock-carved Sassi dwellings and grand Baroque architecture.

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    • 7 nights in a 4-star hotel
    • 15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunch and 6 dinners

    8 days from
    £1,699
    was £1,899
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  3. Pagoda overlooking Mount Fuji, Japan

    Japan Revealed

    From the natural beauty of Mount Fuji to the spectacular skyline of Tokyo, enigmatic Japan offers a unique holiday experience. Discover ancient temples, scenic landscapes and travel on the famous Bullet Train.

    • Return flights
    • 9 nights in 4-star hotels, 2 nights in flight
    • 17 meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners

    12 days from
    £6,274
    was £6,599
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  4. An Invitation to India

    Immerse in India's allure on a voyage through the 'Golden Triangle' - Delhi, Agra, Jaipur - unveiling history, culture and magnificent architecture, in addition to encountering a variety of wildlife on a safari in Ranthambore National Park.

    • Return flights
    • 8 nights in 4 & 5-star hotels, 1 night in flight
    • 19 included meals : 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 8 dinners

    10 days from
    £2,299
    was £2,499
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  5. America's Western Wonders

    This epic tour is full of incredible highlights as you visit iconic cities, explore the awesome Grand Canyon and drive along Route 66.

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    • 12 nights in great quality hotels, 1 night in flight
    • 14 included meals: 12 breakfasts and 2 dinners

    14 days from
    £5,024
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  6. Christ the Redeemer statue above Rio de Janeiro

    Chile, Argentina & Brazil

    Chile's rippling vines, the cascading Iguaçú Falls spilling into Argentina and Brazil, the imposing statue of Christ in Rio and Buenos Aires' tango beats are just some of the iconic sights and sounds that make a tour of these three countries so desirable.

    • Return flights
    • 11 nights in 4 & 5-star hotels
    • 13 meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 dinners including a welcome drink

    14 days from
    £4,949
    was £5,199
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  7. Fisherman's Bastion Fortress in Budapest, Hungary

    Prague,Vienna & Budapest 2024

    Stroll along Prague’s medieval streets, admire Vienna’s opulent architecture and explore the two sides of Budapest as you discover this trio of Eastern European capitals.

    • Return flights
    • 7nights in 4-star hotels
    • 14 included meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners

    8 days from
    £2,474
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  8. Temple on a hill above a lake in India

    Spirit of India

    Tour Old Delhi, enjoy a boat ride on the sacred River Ganges and visits to the shimmering Taj Mahal, and Amber Fort are among the highlights of this unforgettable holiday, which also includes the chance to search for the elusive tiger.

    • Return flights
    • 11 nights in 4 & 5-star hotels, 1 night in flight
    • 27 meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 11 dinners

    13 days from
    £3,124
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