Dubrovnik, Croatia

Introducing Her Majesty, Cersei the Cat

I guess that it’s high time to introduce you to the queen of the castle (actually the Fortress of St Lawrence AKA the Red Keep) – Cersei the cat! Without Cersei the Dubrovnik Game of Thrones tour wouldn’t just be the same and I believe that most fans who had a chance to take this tour also have their own pictures of Cersei, so it’s only fair to share her story with the broader fan base.

Game of Thrones tourCersei is the cat that lives inside the Fortress of St Lawrence for the last 10 years or so. I have heard mixed information on how long she’s been there (which generally depends on the person who works at the entrance to the fortress), however since it is not nice to ask a lady for her age, we’ll just assume that she’s around 10-11 years old (at least this is what all of these guards agree). Her name actually isn’t Cersei, but since none of the guys that work at the Fortress has actually given her a name I started calling her Cersei as it nicely fits her nature. Aside from her pleasant looks she’s rather shrewd and generally always gets what she wants.

Cersei’s domain is somewhat bigger than the Fortress of St Lawrence as she moves from the Dubrovnik Game of Thronestiny fishing port below the fortress (which is also familiar from the show – this is where the Gold Cloaks slayed King Robert’s bastards in Season 2 and where Littlefinger tried to lure Sansa to escape King’s Landing in Season 3) to Gradac Park, where the Purple Wedding was filmed. You can see her in the port early in the morning when she waits for the fishermen to return with the catch of the day. In the afternoon hours she moves to Gradac park, where she’s generally engaged in participating in tourist picnics. Seeing her in the local restaurant Orhan is also not  a rare scene, however for most of the time you can find her at the fortress as this is where her bowl of Whiskas is served about 3 times a day.

In spite to her massive appetite, Cersei is rather fit and is quite capable of taking care of herself so seeing her chasing mice and birds is not uncommon.

If you’re planning on doing a Dubrovnik Game of Thrones tour, make sure to give Cersei her customary belly rub before entering her castle. Otherwise, she won’t be as cooperative for picture taking!

  • Cersei posing with a fan
  • Cersei in the Red Keep
  • customary belly rub
  • Customary belly rub
  • Walk of 'penance' (she smelled food)
  • cersei at the entrance
  • Whiskas time!
  • Posing with Qarth in the background
  • More fans with Cersei
  • Hodoring with cersei around

 

Great touring company that goes an extra mile

Our private tour experience of the city of Dubrovnik and of Lokrum Island with Tonka was a special one, and both her and Tom provided an excellent customer service experience that remains close to unrivaled from my travels. There was the right amount of balance between history and Game of Thrones for my girlfriend and I, who are fans of the show. I am confident that any tour of theirs would be adjusted based on your interests as well. I would first like to compliment a great customer service experience. Our flight to Dubrovnik from Zagreb had been cancelled, and so we were sent on buses to the area, arriving at 3 AM, about 12 hours later than planned. Because of this, our morning tour with Tonka was in great danger. Fortunately, they were able to help us out by moving the start by a few hours, and I cannot thank them enough for that, as it allowed us to enjoy our tour to the maximum with enough rest. During this ordeal, Tom and Tonka remained in close communication via email, even in the early hours of the morning. I do not want to promote flexibility on their end, but given our circumstances, it was much appreciated. For the tour itself, Tonka displayed great energy and enthusiasm, which we also appreciated. It was cool to learn about and see her appearances on the show, and she carried around a helpful picture book of show scenes that paralleled what we were seeing in person. She was incredibly gracious to take pictures when we asked, and even insisted on the best photo opportunities at times. She was also very knowledgeable on all aspects of Croatia's history and the show's details, particularly as it related to the King's Landing and Qarth scenes filmed here. I should also highlight that the sights of Dubrovnik were just absolutely beautiful, and Lokrum Island was a nice additional stop, where we were able to see an Iron Throne replica and swim in a lagoon there. The private nature of the tour, though costing slightly more than competitors' larger group tours, was entirely worth it, as you get some ability to customize your journey to your liking. This tour was easily the highlight of our time in Dubrovnik and arguably of our entire time in Croatia and Slovenia. Whether or not you are a fan of the show, I am confident you will find this private tour to your liking, with tour guides who are genuine and enthusiastic.
Mike and Caroline,
New Jersey, US

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