Colette and Star Wars

On May the Fourth, one of the tour companies that I am registered with, Collette, sent an email about their Star Wars Tours. I thought it was cute and decided to share it with you.

Image from atlasandboots.com.

The battle scene between the Resistance and the First Order in “The Last Jedi” was filmed at Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia. You can see this location in the Cultures of Peru and Bolivia Tour.

Visit the stormy planet Eadu from “Rogue One” in Myrdalssandur Beach, Iceland. You can see this location in the Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights Tour.

Endor, the forest moon home of the Ewoks, can be found in Redwood National Park. You can see this location in the Pacific Northwest and California Tour.

For scenes in “Attack of the Clones” and “The Phantom Menace,” visit Plaza de Espana, Seville, Spain. You can see this location in the Spain’s Classics Tour.

To see the moon of Jedha in “Rogue One,” visit Wadi, Jordan. You can see this location in the Iconic Israel with 4-night Jordan Extension Tour.

Don’t worry – you won’t see any other planets in the sky.


Are you interested in travelling with Collette? You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. jennifer.desmarais@orleanstravel.ca

Travel to Mars

Although we cannot yet travel to Mars on vacation (or the moon, for that matter) there is a location on Earth that has doubled as the red planet in more than one movie.

Sunset on the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan. Picture from www.wadirum.jo
Sunset on the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan. Picture from www.wadirum.jo

The barren red desert in the South of Jordan, near the border of Saudi Arabia, certainly doesn’t look like it belongs on Earth. Several filmmakers have agreed, and shot no less than three movies with the desert as the landscape of Mars, including Red Planet (2000), The Last Days on Mars (2013), and The Martian (2015). It has also been used as an alien planet in Prometheus (2012), and the Egyptian landscape in several other movies, including Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

Aqaba and Petra are nearby (at most a full day trip), and you can camp out under the stars on this desert. There are tours that include all of the above.

If you want to feel as though you are on Mars, Jordan is the place to visit. No spacesuit required.

If you’d like help booking this trip. You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. jennifer.desmarais@orleanstravel.ca


References

http://www.wadirum.jo
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/jordan/petra-and-the-south/wadi-rum
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wadi_Rum#Filming_location