Even diehard Agatha Christie followers could also be shocked to study that her prolific, 66-novel oeuvre—which incorporates the legendary Loss of life On the Nile, whose latest cinematic adaptation debuts right this moment in theaters nationwide—is the best-selling of all time, outsold solely by the Bible and the works of William Shakespeare.
One other arguably little-known truth concerning the thriller mastermind behind tremendous sleuths Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple: 2022 marks the centennial of her trailblazing Grand Tour, Agatha’s 10-month journey around the globe that set sail from London in January 1922 and thereafter knowledgeable the inimitable tales that made England’s queen of crime a family identify.
To commemorate this singular anniversary, Agatha aficionados and intrepid adventurers alike can now observe in her outstanding footsteps—beginning in the UK and touring on by means of Africa, Australasia, and North America—thanks to a few epic itineraries newly unveiled by luxurious journey firm, Black Tomato.
“For me, literature has all the time offered among the greatest journey inspiration,” says Tom Marchant, Black Tomato’s cofounder. “Studying Agatha Christie novels on vacation after I was younger, I beloved how—even when I wasn’t within the fabulous locations the place they had been set—they made all the things really feel unique. It has been fascinating to find out how her epic Grand Tour impressed her work, and to translate that zeal right into a modern-day journey that basically reminds individuals of the facility of journey.”
The Black Tomato group labored carefully with Agatha Christie Limited to unearth little-known particulars of Christie’s iconic journey and incorporate them—together with the bespoke journey clothing store’s signature knack for progressive twists—into the three itineraries, which will be booked independently or woven collectively. From incorporating notable locales the place Agatha stayed, to reimagining highlights of her journey for right this moment’s traveler, the multi-leg journey celebrates key moments alongside her extraordinary tour.
To kick issues off in grand trend, two nights in London embody a comfortable chat over excessive tea at Brown’s Hotel (the place Agatha was a daily customer) with famend British historian Lucy Worsley or James Prichard—Agatha’s great-grandson and CEO of Agatha Christie Restricted—for unique perception into the creator’s unbelievable life and legacy.
Subsequent, in Africa—the place Agatha’s sojourns partly impressed her 1924 novel, The Man In The Brown Go well with—her railway switch from Cape City to Pretoria is reborn aboard the Blue Train, a luxe journey that remembers the golden age of prepare journey, throughout a 10-night itinerary that additionally options winery hopping in South Africa’s chic Cape Winelands.
A go to to enchanting Nelson, New Zealand—together with a keep on the achingly idyllic Edenhouse and a personal tour of the area’s wealthy gold-mining historical past—includes a part of the 16-night third leg Down Underneath, as do outings to Lake Kaniere and Arthur’s Cross, two of Agatha’s stops within the land of the lengthy white cloud.
Lastly, in North America, a personal surf lesson at Hawaii’s Waikiki Seaside nods to Agatha’s penchant for using the waves, a ardour she found on her globetrotting journey and whose challenges she later referenced in The Man within the Brown Go well with: “Browsing appears to be like completely straightforward. It isn’t. I say no extra.”
A keep on the opulent Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, and a personal flight to Niagara Falls, adopted by a day exploring close by boutique wineries, spherical out the itinerary.
Whereas odds are most vacationers received’t have the luxurious of time (and/or funds) to swing all three legs, Black Tomato’s timing could also be proper on the cash. A rising variety of indicators level to 2022 as the year of the bucket-list trip, because the world continues to shake off Covid-19’s devastating influence on the journey business.
Merely put, leisure vacationers climbing the partitions after two years of exhausting journey restrictions are determined to get again on the market in an enormous manner. In accordance with a November 2021 report by the World Journey & Tourism Council and Journey.com, some 70% of them in international locations together with the U.S., U.Ok, Canada, Japan, and Spain plan to spend extra on journey in 2022 than they’ve up to now 5 years.
Marchant concurs that current inquiries from Black Tomato purchasers echo such findings.
“We’re seeing a recalibration when it comes to the significance of journey,” he says. “Persons are taking issues slower, planning longer, extra immersive journeys, and actually attempting to lean into the world.”
Agatha would certainly approve.