Last updated: 02:30 PM ET, Mon January 25 2016

3 Amazing Locations to Experience 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | January 25, 2016

3 Amazing Locations to Experience 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Photo via YouTube

If your kids are acting up like a real pain in the Ben Solo or life at your day job as a scavenger is getting you down, then you need a life-affirming vacation.

Thankfully, there is a tour you can hire to give you that very thing. And the best part is that it has some “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” peppered into the mix.

Yes, we understand that you have heard about this movie at the grocery store, car wash, dentist office and pretty much anywhere that people can spout off opinions to perfect strangers.

Well, you are going to hear about it here as well, because CIE Tours International has several trips that highlight a specific place that was used in that one movie of which we are mandated to give a very obvious spoiler alert.

However, if you haven’t seen the explosively fun movie by now, chances are slim that you care about spoilers, so here we go.

According to a press release, you can enjoy the magic and wonder of Skellig Michael (from afar), which was used as the final location in the movie where Rey discovers Luke Skywalker living in a hilariously inaccessible place high atop the world.

For the uninitiated or the purely interested, here is a video that highlights the very site that plays out in the finale of Episode VII.

For those who have seen the film, you know exactly when Skellig Michael shows up.

CIE Tours International explains a bit more on a place that you can’t actually trod upon personally: “If you want to follow in Rey's footsteps to this other-worldly island, you really need your own spaceship. This mystical place is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and access is severely restricted. During the early Middle Ages, Christian monks spent lives of prayer on the island while today large colonies of seabirds flourish undisturbed by humans.”

As the release continues, however, you can get painfully close and experience what is truly a brilliantly beautiful landscape: “The Skellig Experience Visitor Center is located on the easily-accessed Valencia Island. Watch a visually-stunning AV presentation, capturing the awesome majesty of Skellig Michael. Discover how monks existed and how seabirds flourished. CIE Tours is the only U.S. tour operator to include visits to this informative attraction on all escorted coach tours that travel the entire route of the Ring of Kerry. So, while you can't set foot in Luke Skywalker's hermitage, you will have a dramatic experience of your own.”

Some of the tours the website recommends also feature a tour of the above are Taste of Ireland, which comes in the form of a five, six or seven-day tour.

There are also the Irish Spirit, Irish Adventure and Taste of Scotland & Ireland tours to consider.

The latter will also feature peeks at the following: “Scottish Evening in Edinburgh; Dublin Canal Cruise Dinner; Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet; Cruise Loch Ness;  Cliffs of Moher; Killarney's Jaunting Car.”

Now as for when Rey encountered trouble running through the woods, that is actually at Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, England, via The Guardian.

Iceland, which is a vibrant and versatile location that has been featured in so many movies, was again used in “The Force Awakens,” playing the part of Starkiller Base.

As ABC News illustrates, Iceland is the place to film everything from a Jon Snow love scene to an all-out space war.

One of the best aspects of J.J. Abrams’ entrance into the series was the decision to use practical effects as well as genuine locations away from the confines of studio green screen.

While the latter was definitely used, producers also opted for locations that show off the beauty this world has to offer.

Now we just have to get out there and see it for ourselves.


You may use your Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook information, including your name, photo & any other personal data you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on Click here to learn more.