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“Bucket List” Travel Destinations

Justin Zackham
“The Bucket List” is the first big-screen work by screenwriter Justin Zackman. “The truth is that the locations in the film — the pyramids, the Taj Mahal, Everest and the Great Wall of China — are all destinations on my own personal bucket list,” he says in an e-mail.


So what’s the approximate cost of going to all the destinations in the movie? About $105,730 for two, according to our calculations. Here’s how some of the trip costs break down. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
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Jack Nicholson, shown here, and Morgan Freeman travel only virtually for “The Bucket List.” Here’s a scene from the film in which the pair sky-dives.


The setting for the sky diving scene was Perris Valley, about 50 miles east of Los Angeles, where you can tandem jump (strapped to an instructor who will pull the cord if you don’t) from a plane about 13,000 feet above the desert floor.


Price: $249 each, equipment and training included.


Info: Perris Valley Skydiving School, (951) 657-1664, www.skydiveperris.com()
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Morgan Freeman in a car-racing scene from the movie.


The racetrack pictured in the film is the California Speedway in Fontana, where you can slide behind the wheel of a 600-horsepower NASCAR-style race car and let ’er rip.


Price: $419 each for the Rookie Experience, which includes eight thrilling laps.


Info: The Richard Petty Driving Experience, (800) 237-3889, www.1800bepetty.com()
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Nicholson, left, and Freeman relax after an African safari.


When it’s time to bed down, they retire to a high-end canvas tent. Abercrombie & Kent provides “Hemingway-style” tents with carpets, flush toilets and beds, not sleeping bags.


Price: $10,465 per person (not including airfare) for a 13-day trip that includes Kenya.


Info: (800)-554-7016, www.abercrombiekent.com(Sidney Baldwin / Warner Bros. Pictures)
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Freeman, left, and Nicholson in a scene from “The Bucket List” meant to be the Pyramids of Egypt. (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Pyramids of Egypt

The two buddies seem to spend only enough time for a heart-to-heart conversation in Giza, Egypt, but you may want to visit for 10 days to tour the pyramids, stay at the Four Seasons Hotel in Cairo and take a four-night cruise on the Nile.


Price: $4,335 per person (not including airfare), Abercrombie & Kent’s Signature Egypt trip.
Info: (800) 554-7016, www.abercrombiekent.com (Hasan Jamali / Associated Press)
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Nicholson and Freeman appear to walk around the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Taj Mahal
No reason to rush through India just to see the Taj Mahal. A 12-day private trip starts in Delhi and takes you through Jaisalmer, the pink stone city of Jodhpur and Udaipur before going to Agra to spend time at the 17th century mausoleum.


Price: $4,795 per person (first-class) or $6,795 per person (deluxe), not including airfare, for Wilderness Travel’s India Private Journey.
Info: (800) 368-2794, www.wildernesstravel.com
 (Scott Kraft / Los Angeles Times)
Mount Everest
In the movie, there are only glimpses of a high-altitude monastery where a view of Mt. Everest is obscured by bad weather.


It’s a trek-in-only adventure to get to the Tenboche Monastery in the Himalayas, a beacon of high spirituality where Everest climbers (left) typically stop for a blessing on the way to the world’s highest peak. Barbara Banks, head of new trip development at Wilderness Travel in Berkeley, Calif., says plenty of buddies sign up for the trek to Tengboche, where, with luck, you’ll see Everest. “It holds so many things for people looking for a life-altering journey,” she said.


Price: 14-day trek, $2,695 per person (not including airfare).
Info: (800) 368-2794, www.wildernesstravel.com (Suolang Luobu / Associated Press)
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Nicholson and Freeman, on a round-the-world junket, appear in a street bazaar scene in “The Bucket List.” (Sidney Baldwin / Warner Bros. Pictures)
The Great Wall of China
In the movie, the buddies careen along the Great Wall on a motorcycle, but the outfitters we called said this is a major no-no. Steve Xu, president of Champion Holidays, once arranged for a high school jazz band from Arizona to play a concert on the wall, but special permission is required for any wall-related functions, he says.


Price: Starting at $1,299 (airfare included), a nine-day China Discovery tour includes a visit to the wall and other attractions in Beijing, Suzhou and Shanghai.


Info: (800) 868-7658, www.china-discovery.com (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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