Literary tours, holidays & travel



Better Read Literary Tours

based: NSW, Australia
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Better Read Literary Tours offer a range of international writing workshops and tours. Trips which allow you to enjoy the magic of retracing the steps of acclaimed authors, or to immerse yourself into a specific literary/historical period – whether that be the C19th French Siecle des Lumieres (Age of Enlightenment), Tolstoy's Russia, Dante's Italy or the American Southern Gothic.

| literary tours | UK | Europe | USA |


Good Housekeeping Holidays – Literary Festival Cruise

based: UK

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An 8-day river cruise along the Danube in the company of some of the world's most well known and inspiring writers. Enjoy a range of literary talks, interviews, book signings and Q&A sessions on board (in association with The Henley Literary Festival).
| literary tours | lake & river cruises | theme cruises | Europe |


Jane Austen Tours

based: Pennsylvania, USA

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Jane Austen focused Literary Heritage Tours, day trips and multi-day tours visiting the places where she lived, worked and was inspired. Offering small groups and interesting itineraries, on pre-prepared packages and tailor-made trips in Hampshire, Bath, the Cotswolds and the Peak District.
| literary tours | UK |


Richardson & Gray

based: Shropshire, UK

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Specialist group travel including literature tours to places in Britain and Ireland that inspired great authors and poets. Custom designed tours focusing on the works and places associated with: Tolkien, Keats, Wordsworth, Kipling, Byron, Milton, Tennyson, Carroll, Austen, Lawrence, Burns, Chaucer, Scott, Coleridge, Shakespeare, Dickens, Shaw and Hardy – to name but a few.

| literary tours | UK |


Adelanta Travel Services

based: East Midlands, UK

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European tailor-made group literary tours: England, Paris, Provence, Ireland and Germany. For students, library groups and bibliophiles to visit literary shrines, shop for rare/secondhand books and listen to talks by contemporary authors or presentations dedicated to past literary figures.

| literary tours | UK | France | Ireland | Germany |


Book Lovers Tours

based: Brecon Beacons, Wales, UK

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Discover Wales through its literature on small intimate tours around Wales and its border counties – discover how the Welsh landscape has influenced writers.

| literary tours | Wales |


Classical Pursuits

based: Toronto, Canada

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Cultural and educational travel company Classical Pursuits specializes in small group literary travel and learning vacations.

| literary tours | Worldwide |



based: Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK

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Tours discovering Ireland's literary heritage – highlights include: Dublin Writers Museum, Book of Kells, Trinity College & Linenhall Library tours, Dublin literary pub tour, Yeats grave, Listowel Writers Museum and an 'Angela's Ashes' tour of Limerick.

| literary tours | Northern Ireland | Republic of Ireland |


Word Travels (The)

based: Dorset, UK

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Cultural and literary tours in Britain, Europe and beyond; inspiration for writing related travel, literary festivals and walks. Offering tailor-made tours with expert guiding services arranged to meet a group's particular literary interests.

| literary tours | writing | UK | Europe |



Choosing your literary holiday
balconyA section listing literary appreciation tours, holidays and travel focused on the great works of literature, well known writing and books, and notable and popular authors, playwrights and poets (if you're looking for writing courses please see our dedicated section here»).


Literary tours will visit landmarks and locations of importance to famous authors, poets and writers – past and present. Tours will usually be guided and lead by someone with literary knowledge. They may involve talks, readings and lectures. Destinations may include places of birth; locations where works were written; or the cities, towns and landscapes that inspired or featured in works of literature, poetry or popular fiction.


The section also deals with literary retreats, workshops and courses that study works of literature or poetry, either in related locations or from a study or retreat centre.