Dubrovnik, Croatia

Tour The Game Of Thrones in Croatia

Channel your inner Cersei or Khaleesi in Croatia

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Most fans join a Game of Thrones tour to visit the filming locations around Croatia. In addition to retracing Cersei’s now-famous steps of repentance, they want to see Blackwater Bay, the city of Qarth, the arena where The Mountain felled Prince Oberyn, and the garden in which Joffrey Baratheon sputtered his last vile breath. Tour the Game of Thrones, led by Tomislav Matana has been in existence since 2012. He has been leading Game of Throne tours in Dubrovnik and on nearby Lokrum Island (aka Qarth) and has seen an increase in bookings as the show gained popularity of the years.

Croatia is a hot destination right now with more and more tourists coming to see not only the Game of Thrones attractions but to see this beautiful city, Dubrovnik, and all that it has to offer. The show has also been shot at locations in Ireland, Iceland, Morocco, and Spain but it’s Croatia’s walled cities, clear Adriatic waters, Mediterranean climate and food, and fascinating history as part of the Roman, Venetian and Hapsburg empires, as well as the former Yugoslavia.

Dubrovnik existed as a free, independent city-state for centuries, starting in the 1300s. It was a trading and shipbuilding center until Napoleon finally conquered it in 1808. Ships sailing from Dubrovnik often flew whatever flag it took to stay free, earning the nickname, “Town of Seven Flags.”

The impressive stone walls that still surround the city and protected it from invaders are thought to be one of the greatest fortifications of medieval times. As grand as King’s Landings appears on the small screen, Dubrovnik is even prettier in person; its red-tiled roofs and polished limestone streets flow in the morning sun while sea birds sweep the sky and church bells toll.

Through Dubrovnik is Croatia’s gem, Split is another picturesque walled city along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast that is worth seeing. Here, you can see some of the filming locations that became Meereen, the slave city where Danerys Targaryen set up her base in Essos, and where the Sons of the Harpy battled with her Unsullied soldiers.

Split’s Old Town walls are actually the perimeter walls of a palace built by Roman emperor Diocletian in 305AD. Centuries after Diocletian died, peasants from the surrounding countryside moved into his crumbling palace to escape barbarians attaching from the north and east. Inside the ruined palace, the squatters essentially built a new city, which is now a charming mish-mosh of Roman walls and arches, columns and sphinx statues from Egypt, twisting cobbled alleyways, Venetian buildings, and boutique properties. The palace’s cellars where the Meereen dungeons that housed Daenerys’s dragons.

If you want to channel your inner Daenerys, visit Dubrovnik and Tour the Game of Thrones with tour guide, Tom. He is a knowledgeable guide and part-time historian and was the first to offer Game of Thrones tours in Dubrovnik. He is also a fan of the show and will give you the scoop on filming locations, as well as discuss the storyline and give his perspective.

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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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