September 26, 2012, 8:20 am -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- Door2Tour.com has revealed its 2013 departure dates for the 'Downton Abbey' Location Tours that were such a hit with its customers last year that it struggled to keep up with the demand. The company is now urging fans of the show to book their place on 2013 tours now to avoid disappointment, which many experienced last year.
Since airing on 16 September 2012, Door2Tour.com has noticed a surge in interest for breaks to Highclere Castle which is the setting used for 'Downton Abbey'. It has seen an increase to date of 370% in bookings for the 'Downton Abbey' Location Tours compared to the same period last year. The breaks are even starting to outsell tours to 'Emmerdale' filming locations by 22% which shows that customers of Door2Tour.com are enjoying visiting those locations that have featured in their favourite TV shows.
Rachel Jones, Online PR & Marketing Co-ordinator for Door2Tour.com, said: "Our 'Downton Abbey' Location Tours have always been a popular choice for our customers, but the hype surrounding the third series has meant that our breaks are flying off the shelves. Literally, as soon as the new series aired, we were inundated with enquiries which resulted in many bookings. I think it goes to show that customers who missed out on the 'Downton Abbey' Location Tours that departed this year are taking heed of our advice and booking early to avoid disappointment for next year."
The success and popularity of 'Downton Abbey' is also represented through its many award wins. In 2011, the show walked away with six Emmy Awards while this year saw Dame Maggie Smith pick up the Emmy for 'Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series' for her role in the show.
For those who are not familiar with the show, the drama is set in fictional 'Downton Abbey', the Yorkshire country house of the Earl and Countess of Grantham, and follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley Family and their servants during the reign of King George V.
Rachel Jones concluded: "At the moment there is plenty of availability on all of our 'Downton Abbey' Location Tours but this changes on a day by day basis. As time goes by it will become increasingly difficult to service demand for tours departing in 2013 therefore we are advising customers not to think about it for too long and instead secure their place now with a small deposit and pay the rest of the balance next year."
Door2Tour.com offer a wide variety of 'Downton Abbey' Location Tours including day trips and overnight coach packages which include return coach travel, one night's accommodation with bed and breakfast ,entrance to Highclere Castle and the Egyptian Exhibition, plus excursions to Oxford and Henley On Thames.
Door2Tour.com is a consolidation of national and regional tour operators creating a diverse choice of UK, European and worldwide touring holidays including New Year breaks and Christmas breaks, coach holidays, day trips, mini cruises and holidays by air to many exciting destinations. All have live availability and offer the customer the opportunity to book online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Door2Tour.com features over 35 operators, including Cosmos holidays, Travelsphere and Leger Holidays.
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