As the Bard said, the game is afoot. And by game, we’re talking about the one involving a certain ferrous throne. Game of Thrones fever is gripping the entire world, as it does every year since 2011. And in turn, tour operators have capitalized on GOT fever by organizing tours that take fans through all the major sites. Guides tell visitors about what key moments were shot at what site, bringing fans closer to the brutal world of Westeros. TripAdvisor has compiled a list of the most popular of such tools, based on how many people booked them. Here are the best popular Game of Thrones tours. ALSO READ: If you were in Game of Thrones, where would you live? This quiz has the answer!
Viator Game of Thrones Walking Tour of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dalmatian Coast, Dubrovnik
Croatia was the first country to see Game of Thrones tours, and the Viator walking tour in Dubrovnik is the most popular among them. Starting from Pile Square in Old Town, you are taken through the tour of the town that stands as King’s Landing in the TV show. You walking along the way where Arya Stark once hid from the Lannisters in Season 1. You also get to see the 11th-century Lovrijenac Fortress and the city walls where the Battle of the Blackwater played out. The tour lasts three and a half hours, but an extension of two hours adds the Trsteno Arboretum to your tour. You will recognize the arboretum as the palace gardens of King’s Landing.
GOT tour in Reykjavik, Iceland
Tectonic plates of the North American and European continents going through the Thingvellir National Park in Iceland
In the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, you can book a tour of Game of Thrones locations that lasts for around six hours. Picking you up from your hotel, the tour takes you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thingvellir National Park, where many of the White Walker scenes were shot. You will also get to see the Lake Thingvallavatn and the view around it, along with Thjorsárdalur valley, where the Wildlings attacked the Renns. There are also Icelandic horses that were used in crucial scenes in the series and the waterfall Þórufoss, where one of the epic dragon scenes was shot. You will also stop by Almannagjá gorge, which was used as the location for the Bloody Gate of the Eyrie.
Game of Thrones and Giant’s Causeway tour in Belfast, UK
If you are in Belfast, you have the option to go for the popular Game of Thrones and Giant’s Causeway tour, where a guide takes you through key filming locations. The full-day tour includes the Giant’s Causeway with its unusually symmetrical basaltic rock columns. You will also get to ride through the dark tunnel-like Dark Hedges Road. The drive through the Causeway Coastal Route is also pretty scenic, though not connected to GOT lore. Your guide will share details about the region and how Game of Thrones was shot in the place, and you may even get to hear some gossip about the TV series. Oh, and there is the caves in Cushenden town, where Melisandre gives birth to the shadow baby.
Viator Game of Thrones tour in Split, Croatia
We come back to Croatia once more, this time to the town of Split. Starting from the ancient Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the three and a half hour tour takes you to the Klis fortress, which was used as Meereen in the fourth season. Take in the view of the Adriatic Sea for an hour before heading back to the fourth-century Diocletian’s Palace for a thorough tour. You will see the throne room, cellars and other places. Interestingly, several shops and houses have cropped up in the ancient palace recently, turning it into a living monument. This one is a Viator exclusive as well.
Game of Thrones Locations Tour in Malta
Courtyard at the Presidential Palace in San Anton Gardens also known as the President’s Gardens, Attard, Malta
Ranked eighth in TripAdvisor’s list, this Game of Thrones tour is in Malta, and it includes two actors from the series who share their stories from the set. In the ‘three villages’ area, you visit the Presidential Palace, which was used as the gardens of King’s Landing and the Tower of the Hand, which is where the Hand of the King lives in the TV series. The tour also includes the fortress of Maegor’s Holdfast, used in filming the Battle of the Blackwater. Then there is the Red Waste, seen from the Shadow Cliffs, where the dragons were born, and from there you head to Lhazar village and Mdina. From Mdina you head to Rabat, where the monastery was used as the Red Keep. NOW READ: 6 places in India that are strikingly similar to Game of Thrones regions
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