Go adventuring in the Middle East with Tintin

My eldest son is obsessed with Tintin. More than eighty years after the first Tintin yarn was penned by Hergé (an alias for author Georges Remi), children everywhere are still enjoying Tintin’s exotic world adventures. I am more than happy to feed the obsession. Unlike so many classic characters, Tintin has not had a modern makeover nor will you find him on everything from yogurt to undies. Even so, the character and the stories still hold as much appeal for children today as they did in the 1930s. Would your young Tintin fan fancy a real Tintin adventure?

On the Go Tours (operating out of Australia and the United Kingdom) have created a holiday experience like no other – Destination Tintin gives families the opportunity to travel in the footsteps of the world’s favourite adventurer. Pack your bags, your binoculars and your leather valise and prepare for your own mystery and adventure, Tintin style!

Tintin expeditions head to India, Egypt (The Cigars of the Pharaoh) and Jordan (The Red Sea Sharks) in 2011. The itineraries closely reflect the books they represent and just like Tintin experienced, there is the occasional unexpected surprise! Adventures include local modes of getting around – a rickshaw ride in Delhi, felucca sailing down the Nile in Egypt and camel treks at all three destinations plus there’s visits to crusader castles, giant tombs, ancient temples, exotic markets and some tiger spotting!

The tour itineraries were created in collaboration with Moulinsart, the rights holders to the work of Hergé, to create the perfect combination of Tintin’s original journeys with the best modern travel experience. Tintinologists personally accompany some of the expeditions, bringing their insights about Hergé and his inspirations, as well as their perspectives on what these countries were like when he created the stories.

Tintin holidays are designed for families with children aged seven to twelve and of course adult fans. Each tour is run twice in 2011 and prices begin at $3249 per person for the eight day Jordan adventure. Book directly with On the Go Tours.

Want to read some Tintin? Book Depository has a great range of Tintin titles from $10.99.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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