Luxury holiday provider eShores have developed a new James Bond holiday package, touring locations used in the filming of Casino Royale, which the company was inspired to create the package by requests from customers.
Gavin Lapidus, co-founder of eShores, said about the new package:
“We’re always looking for great new ways to engage our customers and provide exciting new experiences. This holiday has a unique draw for James Bond fans whilst giving great opportunities for exploration and relaxation. Our approach to holiday planning means travellers can embark on their trip to see famous sites and relax along the French Riviera in the knowledge that flights, accommodation and transport is all arranged for them. All they have to do is enjoy”.
They’ve created an itinerary which includes the visit to many popular filming locations. The itinerary is as follows:
3 nights- Nice
3 nights- Venice
4 nights Lake Como (optional extra)
4 nights- Prague
We break it down and make sure you don’t forget some of the literary Bond references as well.
Nice, France & Monte Carlo, Monaco
UK – Nice (Flight) 3 Nights: The first stop on your Casino Royale itinerary is Nice, on the South Coast of France. Nice offers a fantastic start to your trip – with opportunities for watersports in the crystal-clear waters of the French Riviera or exploring local cuisine and architecture inland. While here, you will take a day trip to Monte Carlo, Monaco – even though it’s not a filming location, the Monte Carlo Casino features heavily in the Bond novels.
In the books – Forever and a Day (Anthony Horowitz)
Horowitz incorporated a treatment of a story called ‘Russian Roulette’, set in the casino of Monte Carlo to great effect. Bond visits the Monte Carlo Casino in what is one of the strongest passage in the book. Horowitz channels Fleming’s descriptions of playing Bridge in Moonraker and Baccarat in Casino Royale. This time, it’s Blackjack (or 21). The duel between Bond and Sixtine over the gaming table sizzles and the tension holds up well to Bond’s duel with Le Chiffre in Casino Royale.
See also: Role of Honour (John Gardner)
Nice – Venice (Flight) 3 Nights: From the sweeping coastline of Nice to the grand canal thoroughfare of Venice – your second stop is a must-see city for history and food lovers. Venice appears many times in Casino Royale culminating in Daniel Craig’s Bond confronting Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) as she escapes into an empty palazzo on the Grand Canal. Wander down to the Fondamenta Vin Castello in the Cannaregio District for the perfect viewing platform.
[The city has also appeared in From Russia With Love and Moonraker].
In the books – Risico (Ian Fleming)
In 1958 Fleming holidayed with his wife Ann in Venice and at the Lido peninsula; Fleming was a great admirer of Thomas Mann’s work Death in Venice, which was based on the Lido and the Flemings visited it for that reason, using the location as the backdrop for “Risico”.
‘May and October are the best months in Venice. The sun is soft and the nights are cool. The glittering scene is kinder to the eyes and there is a freshness in the air that helps one to hammer out those long miles of stone and terrazza and marble that are intolerable to the feet in summer. And there are fewer people. Although Venice is the one town in the world that can swallow up a hundred thousand tourists as easily as it can a thousand – hiding them down its side-streets, using them for crowd scenes on the piazzas, stuffing them into the vaporetti – it is still better to share Venice with the minimum number of packaged tours and Lederhosen.’
See also: Death is Forever (John Gardner)
Lake Como, Italy
Optional 4 Night Trip to Lake Como – From an Extra £320pp: After your stay in Venice, you’ll get a direct train from Venice to Milan, where you’ll pick up a hire car and drive to Lake Como (transfers available at a supplement). You’ll spend four nights there, before driving to Milan Airport for a direct flight to Prague to continue the rest of the itinerary.
It’s here where James Bond is recovering, together with Vesper and where the Swiss banker comes to get the code to transfer the money.
Prague, Czech Republic
Venice – Prague (Flight) 4 Nights: Key locations for Casino Royale fans in Prague include Danube House, which was the venue for Bond’s earning of the 00 status at the start of the film, and the library of the Strahov Monastery, which appears as part of the House of Commons.
Your stay in Prague comes with the option of a day trip to nearby Karlovy Vary and Loket – both well-connected with the Casino Royale filming. Karlovy Vary is home to the Grandhotel Pupp, better known as The Hotel Splendide where Bond and Vesper Lynd spend the night.
In Loket, you will find the Kaiserbad Spa, an iconic building for Bond fans, as it takes on the role of Casino Royale itself on the big screen.
Guests will stay in 4 star hotel B&B, the hotels themselves will vary depending on the times and dates guests are going. To book the holiday, contact eShores for a quote – hotels would then be organised between eShores and the guests.
Find out how to book here.
Founded in 2007, eShores is an online travel agent and tour operator that specialises in luxury and tailor-made multi centre holidays to a range of exotic destinations. Located in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, eShores has a team of dedicated personal travel consultants that offer an unrivalled service when it comes to booking bespoke trips around the world.