Game of Thrones is a world of its own, a fantasy realm with a rich, detailed history and iconography that captivates you and makes you feel you are there, in a different realm. No wonder Croatia was chosen as a crucial filming location for the show, for it is a nation whose history reaches far into ancient times, and its architecture and monuments speak of eras long gone. So explore Croatia in a rather unique way by reliving scenes from this widely popular show as well as getting to see some of the other famous attractions in the country.
Welcome to Croatia
Arrive at Zagreb in the afternoon and head to your hostel. Later go out on a tour with a local guide, of Zagreb, Croatian capital city, during which you will have the opportunity to see the fortified Upper Town, the city’s historical center, St Mark’s church with its multi-colored roof, the Cathedral, Croatian National Theatre, and the University. You will ride in the shortest funicular in the world for public transport and visit the Museum of Naive Art.
One of the most fun things to do is people watching while having coffee at a cafe. Drinking coffee is an important ritual in Croatia and you will have many opportunities in Zagreb to experience it. Strolling the streets is a wonderful way to get a feeling for this lovely city.
Overnight in Zagreb.
Today your journey will take you to Split. On the way to Split, you will stop in small village RastokRastoke is a picturesque small village often called small Plitvice. In Rastoke you will see the old water mills, traditional wooden houses, and lovely nature. You will have one more stop before Plitvice Lakes at the beautiful Baraceve caves.
After lunch, you will go on a sightseeing tour of Plitvice lakes. Tour the 16 crystal - blue lakes cascading into 92 spectacular waterfalls. Walk on the wooden promenades with magnificent views on the waters where every turn leads to breathtaking scenery and yet another waterfall. Surrounded by dense woods, Plitvice lakes are a natural phenomenon of rare and unique beauty. Continue on your journey to split after seeing this amazing sight.
Today in the afternoon you will leave our everyday world and step into the realm of one of the greatest fantasy epics of all time, as you immerse yourself into the drama and intrigue that is A Game of Thrones.
You will start the tour at Diocletian’s Palace in the very heart of Split, built in the glory of Ancient Rome and feel the blood of the dragon pulse through your veins. Daenerys fought the slave-owner overlords the Mereen and Yunkai with her faithful Unsullied within these very walls, only to return to Westeros as the victorious queen.Next, you will travel to the suburban town of Žrnovnica, You will recognize this area as the place where Daenerys’s trusted handmaid and interpreter Missandei had her bathing scene.Žrnovnica is also a quarry and served as a real-world backdrop for an intense battle in the fourth season of Game of Thrones.
After Žrnovnica we will come to the Free City of Braavos, in reality, the small town of Kaštel Gomilica. In series, Braavos was known as a city of waterways, with many islands, canals, and lagoons, so that atmosphere was easily captured here in Croatia. Your tour ends at Klis Fortress, an ancient stronghold built upon stone cliffs atop the City of Split, a structure that has been the epicenter to some of Croatia’s most legendary struggles throughout history. In recent years, Klis Fortress has found a new role: as the perfect filming location for Danaerys’s stronghold. Once you are there, looking down upon the scenery from the top of the hill, you will feel the sheer power of the mighty Targaryens.
At the end of the tour, you will enjoy the traditional Croatian culinary delight of peka – a dish grilled under the bell – fresh, homemade bread, local wines and water, and you will enjoy all of this in an actual Game of Thrones ambient.
After an early breakfast head out for your Hvar 5 island and Blue cave tour. With a private boat and skipper enjoy the boat ride and admire the breathtaking scenery of Split`s neighboring islands. Visit the natural phenomena, Blue Cave on Bisevo Island, best known natural beauty spot on the Adriatic. After outstanding views in the cave, our second stop is small fisherman`s village Komiza. You will have enough free time for lunch and to relax on the beach. Enjoy a boat ride and sea views while you continue your trip to Hvar town, one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. Make the most of your free time to discover its ancient architecture and feel free to climb up on the Fortica fortress. After this beautiful and relaxing day take in last views of the Adriatic and its islands while returning to Split.
Overnight at Split
Today you will continue your journey to Dubrovnik via Omiš where you will experience rafting on Cetina river.
Without any doubt, the river Cetina is one of the nicest places in Croatia where you can experience the magic of a rafting adventure. It is situated in a luscious region surrounded by quaint little villages.
On the way to Dubrovnik, you will stop in Trsteno Arboretum - Gardens of Kings Landing. These are the gardens where main protagonists weave their plots and exchange secrets at King's Landing.
Overnight in Dubrovnik
In the morning go on a private sight-seeing Game of Thrones tour in Dubrovnik.
The Old Town is so striking that it seems to have leapt directly from the pages of George R. R Martin’s addictive series of novels and it is no coincidence that Dubrovnik was also a capital city in its own right – of the now extinct Republic of Ragusa.You will be taken through all the parts of the Old City where some of the most memorable scenes from the ongoing cultural phenomenon were filmed, including: The Pile Gate where King Joffrey was faced with a citizens’ riot and pelted with dung, and the Lovrijenac fort where the unsuccessful attack on King's Landing - the Battle of Blackwater - took place.
Just seconds away from the Pile Gate, in a hidden corner of the City, find beach where Myrcella was sent away and came back from Dorne, Sir Robert Baratheon’s bastard kid was killed and dock where Sansa wondered whether to elope with Littlefinger.
Follow the footsteps of Cersei as the Walk continues and see her entering another Red Keep in the City, far away from the first one. Arrive to the terrace in front of the powerful Revelin Fortress and enjoy the views of the Lokrum Island, Duel Arena and learn more about Qarth, Oberyn, Mountain, Dothraki desert…
After this, you will have some free time for lunch.
Your five hour-long Dubrovnik kayak adventure will take you to the world of Game of Thrones, but also see beautiful Lokrum Island. Tour starts beneath the ancient fort Lovrjenac; the location that is well known as Red Keep Gate in GOT, in the small port called Pile. Cersei, Jamie Lannister, Khaleesi together with our tour guide will evoke the GOT filming in Dubrovnik.
Stories about the famous scenes, together with the picturesque scenarios will take you to the GOT world, and you will have a feeling like you’ve been on the set while filming all these famous scenes, you will also visit the island of Lokrum and see places from GOT. On the island, you can also go hiking with your guide who will explain you everything about filming on those locations.In the “Visitor Center,” you can take a photo on the replica of the “Iron Throne”. Lokrum is not only famous because of Game Of Thrones. After having up to 2 hours on the Lokrum island, our kayak adventure is coming to an end. We are paddling back and enjoying some more stories saved for the end of an unforgettable kayak tour.
Overnight in Dubrovnik
All good things must come to an end. Today you head back home with some amazing travel stories to tell your friends.
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The Visovac Monastery is really a Christianity monastery on the Visovac island in the Krka National Park, Croatia. Visovac Monastery has been inhabited by Augustinian monk since they first settled on the island in the 14th century. The monks that settled there fled from Bosnia during the 14th century Turkish takeover and built this monastery in honor of the Apostle Paul. The monastery was expended and reconstructed in the 18th century in response to its growing population and popularity. The monastery contains a museum, gardens, library and grand bell tower and it's surrounded by towering cypress trees. The impressive library houses rare manuscripts as well as a sword belonging to a legendary Croatian folk hero. It is truly something to behold.
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One of the strangest attractions to open in Croatia’s capital of Zagreb, the Gri? tunnel sits under the fortifications of the Upper Town. Above, a cannon blast famously signals high noon. Below, a 350-metre-long tunnel was created to serve as an air-raid shelter during World War II. By the time it was ready, the Allies were no longer bombing Croatia. Abandoned, the tunnel became a meeting place until being assailed by DJs and ravers in the early 1990s. Recently renovated, it now stages fashion shows and exhibitions, and will soon host a Museum of the Senses.
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Trsteno Arboretum is a beautiful botanical garden located 18km north of Dubrovnik. The gardens date back to the 1400s and, after featuring in Game of Thrones, have become a popular spot for Dubrovnik visitors. The turquoise Adriatic Sea and the small fishing village of Treston provide a spectacular backdrop and the view from the terraces are wonderful. The gardens are lush and tropical and a chorus of frogs welcomes visitors to its paths. One of the highlights is a pond overlooked by statues of Neptune and two nymphs and, as well as the interesting assortment of greenery, there are ruins and sculptures amid the lavender filled air. Game of Thrones fans will recognize Treston Arboretum as the gardens from King’s Landing and the spot where Sansa met with Lady Tyrell to discuss whether Joffrey will make a good husband for Margaery.
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