INTERNATIONAL MULTI DAY TOUR
We bring you one-of-a-kind, International multi-day Game of Thrones tour of Iceland, North Ireland, Malta and Croatia. We are taking you to filming locations, from King’s Landing (Croatia) to beyond the Wall (Iceland). Experience the lives of kings and queens, knights, lords, liars and honest men. Brace yourselves – the adventure of your lifetime is coming!Iceland
Our journey starts north of the Wall, in Vatnajökull, also known as Vatna Glacier. This amazing and the largest ice cape, which covers more than 8 percent of Iceland, represents the land Beyond the Wall. Every fan of GoT knows it is a home of a dangerous mythical race known as White Walkers, which stops at nothing until they kill and assimilate all of the living. Walk in the steps of Jon Snow and this breathtaking nature will make you believe you’re the part of a story.
After you experience the cold breath of death, we will take you to the beautiful lava cave – Grjótagjá. Situated near Lake Mývatn in north-east, this clear water thermal spring can get up to 50°C, and if you take therapeutic bath here, you will not regret it, for it is one of the best on Iceland. Does this place looks familiar to you? Yes, this is Jon and Ygritte’s love nest.
East of Mývatn there’s an area composed of various volcanic caves and rock formations known as Dimmuborgir. It’s the place where ‘King Beyond the Wall’ Mance Rayder set up his wildling camp. This dramatic structures are of a serious significance for Icelandic folklore, for it has been told that Satan landed here when he fell from heaven and chose this place to built ‘The Catacombs of Hell’. This beautiful landscape is perfect for hiking.
Remember when Jon Snow ventured into the treacherous Frostfangs in the far north? This is Höfðabrekka, the southernmost city of Iceland. No wonder why they used this location for filming, because this sweeping panoramas are breathtaking.
Our last but not least Icelandic location is Thingvellir National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the place where the Alþingi, the national parliament of Iceland, was established in 930, but was moved to Reykjavík later in 1798. This beautiful site was used for show Arya and Sandor Clegane’s journey from village to village in Westeros. It is a site of historical, cultural, and geological importance and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland. Hiking trails and scuba diving are very popular at Silfra Lake.
After Iceland our next stop is Northern Ireland.
Welcome to The Larrybane Quarry, which is connected to Sheep Island by one of the most famous rope bridges in the world: Carrick-a-Rede. If you like hiking and adventures, you should take your own adventure across this magnificent bridge and over the crashing surf. In the world of Thrones, this is where King Renly set his camp and where Brienne of Tarth fought Ser Loras Tyrell in the tournament.
On the east you will visit the real location of Lordsport – Ballintoy Bay. Known as a ‘raised beach’, its harbour is one of the most photogenic parts of the Antrim coast. This is where Theon Greyjoy arrived back in the Iron Islands where he admired the Sea Bitch, his ship, and later first meets his sister Yara. Do you want to capture a true sense of Irish rural life? This is an ideal stop to enjoy the views.
The most beautiful avenue of beech trees in the world is our next stop. Stuart family planted The Dark Hedges in 18th century near their mansion, Gracehill House, whose living relatives still do the job very well today. This beautiful place was used as Kingsroad, and it was here that Arya escaped from the city disguised as a boy, with Gendry, Hot Pie, Yoren and others.
This peaceful bay with views across the sea to Rathlin Island and the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland was used as the site of Iron Islands. Murlough Bay is a place where you’ll see amazing rock formations that look like a mystic place of worship from ancient times, which is best explored by foot. Here’s where Theon rides on a horse with his sister, and it was also the site of Davos Seaworth’s shipwreck after the Battle of Blackwater Bay.
The stunning Cushendun Caves, formed over 400 million years of extreme weather conditions, were windswept location for filming Melisandre giving birth to a sinister shadow creature. The village is very picturesque and you should take a little walk down by the river where you can read a little tale of some Irish and Scottish fairies.
Next we are taking you to filming location for Castle Black, Hardhome and the Wall – The Magheramorne Quarry. The composite set consists of courtyard, the ravenry, the mess hall and the barracks. They also used the stone wall of the quarry as the basis for the ice wall which protects Westeros.
As you go down the coast, you will see beautiful 11 km long golden sand beach, best known as a location of Mussenden Temple. Do you recognise the beach and the clifftops? That’s right, it was the Dragonstone exterior, where Melisandre burned the old gods and ‘one true King’ Stannis Baratheon draw a flaming sword from the flames. Temple was built to be a summer library in 1785, but now is a manor house and open for public all year.
Welcome to Winterfell. The real name is Castle Ward and its 820 acres of land was used as the courtyard of the Stark house, which features Gothic architecture with an exotic sunken garden. The place was featured heavily in first and second season, and it was here in this same courtyard that King Robert Baratheon arrived at Winterfell.
Tour of Northern Ireland ends in Tollymore Forest Park, the first state forest park in Northern Ireland. It covers over 600 hectares of the Mourne Mountains and it is a great area for outdoor activities, such as hiking. In this same park Night’s Watch saw a family of Wildlings dead and afterwards encountered a White Walker. Previously in the show, here’s where Ned Stark and his sons found the direwolf pups.
Third country on our itinerary is Malta.
When we come there, our first stop is the Maltese island of Gozo. His incredible 50-metre high limestone rock arch known as the Azure Window leaves us breathless. Huge GoT fans knows that this place was used for Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo’s Wedding. In reality it is very popular for swimming, scuba diving and boating. It has also found fame in movie such as Clash of the Titans and The Count of Monte Cristo and the television mini-series The Odyssey.
When furious Catelyn Stark and Rodric went into King’s Landing to investigate who attacked her son Bran, they entered the fortified city of Mdina through Mdina Gate. Built in the Baroque style in 1724, it is a walled medieval hill town in the centre of the island, called the Silent City, a real tourist attraction and pearl of inner Maltese territory.
Known as the official residence of the President of Malta, San Anton Palace is 400 years old palace surrounded by beautiful and colorful gardens. On the show, it stands as the Red Keep. First season shows Starks using their stables, but later on they were murdered by Lannister soldiers. In the Red Keep’s Hallway, Varys and Littlefinger inform Ned Stark that he has Goldcloaks under control.
On the North-east coast you will see a star fort on Manoel Island in Gżira, once a hugely important military stronghold – Fort Manoel. Built in the 18th century, it has been on Malta’s tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as part of the Knights’ Fortifications. Game of Thrones fans will forever remember is as the Great Sept of Baelor, place where Joffrey executed Ned Stark at the end of first season.
First things to see when visiting the lovely colorful village of Kalkara is Fort Ricasoli, bastioned fort built in 17th century, known as Gallows Point. It’s been used as a location for lots of popular movies and TV series such as Agora, Troy, Gladiator, Helen of Troy and Julius Caesar. This amazing structure dominates the Grand Harbour, and in Westeros it represented the Red Keep.
And for the end of Maltese tour – Fort St Angelo. A Large fortification in the walled town of Birgu, right in the centre of the Grand Harbour. It’s date of construction is not known, but historians are curtain that existed by the 13th century. In the Middle Ages it was known as the Castrum Maris and it played an important role in the Great Siege of Malta. There are some intriguing underground tunnels which Arya’s Stark’s used as her playground and also the place where she eavesdrops on a key conversation.
The last country on our amazing Game of Thrones tour is beautiful Croatia.
Welcome to King’s Landing, Dubrovnik, latest and official capital of Seven Kingdoms. This is where the kings of Westeros plotted against their own blood and other enemies. Dubrovnik is one of Croatia’s top tourist destinations, ‘The Pearl of the Adriatic’, known for its spectacular seafront location on the Dalmatian coast and breathtaking beauty. For most of its history, Dubrovnik was a republic of its own and a beacon of diplomacy. UNESCO has placed Dubrovnik under its special protection in 1979.
Dubrovnik has several locality that was used in series. First you’ll see Minčeta Tower, located on a cliff and was used as a House of the Undying. In history, it was Dubrovnik’s biggest defence tower and sort of a symbol of how the city is ‘free and unconquerable’
Lovrijenac Fortress was the Red. It is located outside Dubrovnik on a 40 m high rock on the shore. At the entrance is an ancient inscription ‘Liberty is not sold for all the gold in the world’. The bay right in front of the fortress was used for the climatic scenes during the Battle of Blackwater.
As we travel to the north of Croatia, we must visit The Trsteno Arboretum, the oldest arboretum in this part of the world. Located in Trsteno next to the sea, here you will walk through the palace gardens of King’s Landing, where gossip and intrigue foreshadowed battles. This luscious combination of green plant-life and superb architecture of yesteryear tells tails of royalty.
The Walls of Ston, a 3.5 miles long defensive construction dating back to the 14th century, located in Ston. It is known as the home of one of the rarest, most delicious breed of oysters. You’ll see more clambering tourists than men of the royal guard here, as fans of the show flock here to traipse across Ston’s stones on ‘the Great Wall of Europe’.
As we continue traveling to the north, we will come to the town of Žrnovnica, whose green mill was used for Missandei’s bathing scene. This is the perfect spot to rest with a small snack and then continue to the town’s quarry, where the Unsullied battled for Danaerys, and where Daario fought Bronn.
We come to the other Croatian city which was used as a King’s Landing – Split. ‘Mediterranean Flower,’ Croatia’s second-largest city, is located on a beautiful peninsula off the Dalmatian Coast. Scenes involving Cersei Lannister from the fifth season of Game of Thrones were filmed inside this UNESCO World Heritage site. The great palace complex of the Roman emperor Diocletian spread its architectural heritage across what’s now the city of Split.
The medieval town of Šibenik with its walls and its ancient architecture is protected by four fortresses and you may even come across the fabled ‘House of Black and White’, or the temple of the God of Many Faces. Šibenik hit the small screen in the fifth season as Braavos, one of the Free Cities across the Narrow Sea. This city is home to the famous Iron Bank, as well as sheltering Arya Stark in her flight from Poniente.
If you’d like to move away from the city and return to nature, we welcome you to Krka National Park, the backdrop to numerous nature scenes in the show’s fourth season. It is a breathtaking place, and its cascading waterfalls will leave you mesmerized and refreshed, as you swoon into the greens of its flora and the blues of its crystal clear water.
Klis Fortress is a medieval fortress situated above a village bearing the same name, near the city of Split, in central Dalmatia. From its origin as a small stronghold built by the ancient Illyrian tribe Dalmatae, becoming a royal castle that was the seat of many Croatian kings, to its final development as a large fortress during the Ottoman wars in Europe. It’s one of the places where Daenerys plans her return to power. It’s not on screen for long, but this once royal castle on the hillside is definitely worth the climb to see Split from above.