Day 1 Amazing Game of Thrones Journey Begins in Split
Dalmatia’s cultural capital is a living museum, filled with remnants of its glorious past just waiting to be discovered. Let our driver pick you up from the airport and drive you to your luxury hotel, one of the many excellent four-star hotels that Split has to offer, where you will be welcomed by friendly and helpful staff.
Once you have taken a rest, you can start exploring this beautiful metropolis and uncovering its fascinating history, that dates all the way back to the fourth century BC. Some of the sights that we recommend are Split’s archaeological museum, which also happens to be the oldest Croatian museum, and the Cathedral of Saint Domnius (Sveti Duje). This cathedral is regarded as the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world, from the seventh century AD, and offers stunning views over the city and the Adriatic Sea from its impressive bell tower. Explore one of Split’s many charming neighbourhoods, such as Veli Varos, with its lovely winding streets and cosy restaurants and bars.
Day 2 Split Explore Khaleesi’s World
Step into the magical world of Game of Thrones and forget everyday life as you immerse yourself into the intrigue and the drama of the greatest fantasy series of all time. Let the unique locations that you are going to visit inspire you and imagine yourself living the life of your favourite character.
Your first experience on this full-day private tour will be a visit to the Fortress of Klis, located in the mountains behind the city. The fortress is an ancient stronghold that stands proudly on top of an impressive rock formation in an area that used to be at the centre of some of the country’s most legendary battles. Klis was used as a filming location for Daenerys’ stronghold because of its stirring perch and exceptional views. It will not be difficult to feel the power of the mighty Targaryens from this unforgettable site.
The private tour continues to Zrnovnica, where an abundance of grain mills used to stand in medieval times. Most of these grain mills have not passed the test of time but a few mills remain and have been lovingly restored for visitors to admire. What makes Zrnovnica so special from a Game of Thrones perspective, is that a few famous scenes were filmed here, including a climactic battle scene from season four and the famous bathing scene of Missandrei, Danaery’s trusted interpreter and handmaid.
The last experience of the day is probably also the most impressive one. Enter the Palace of Diocletian in the heart of Split and be blown away by the imperial glory of this UNESCO world heritage site that is still part of everyday life in the centre of Split. It is understandable that the palace has sparked the imagination of the crew as well as the cast of Game of Thrones. It is here where Daenerys fights against the overlords of Meereen and Yunkai and hardens her resolve to return to Westeros as a conquering queen. One of Rome’s greatest emperors, Diocletian, built the palace as a retirement residence and today it is the most complete remains of a Roman palace in the world. You’ll be sure to feel the blood of the dragon pulsing through your veins at this unique location.
Day 3 Marvel in Croatia’s Beauty & Traditions
Exchange the vibrant city of Split for the peace and tranquillity of one of the country’s most beautiful natural phenomena: Krka National Park. This pristine park offers more than just amazing waterfalls, it is also home to a large variety of flora and fauna, including many species of birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians, some of which are rare and threatened species. The highlight of the park is the impressive Skradinski Buk waterfall that flows into a crystal clear pool that is perfect for swimming. Be sure to visit the charming little island of Visovac and its 14th century monastery as well, to complete your visit to Krka.
A delicious lunch will be served at a picturesque Croatian farm, after which the tour continues to the Dubrava forest for an expert falconry demonstration. Falconry is an ancient tradition that has such an important cultural value that it was added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2010. During the demonstration you will learn all about the ancient practice of falconry and about these majestic animals. You will meet the birds themselves and the expert practitioners who keep this art form alive.
Day 4 Sample Adriatic Island Life
Your guide will welcome you at the ferry port in Split, as you are about to board a catamaran to one of Croatia’s most popular islands: the island of Hvar. Hvar was founded by Neolithic people before recorded history began, and became an established trading point later on. The island has been in the hands of some of the most influential naval empires that have ever existed, including the ancient Greek Empire, the Napoleonic Empire and the Venetian Empire. Traces of its rich history can still be found back today, for instance in the island’s quintessential architecture and its blooming art scene, one of the finest in the region.
Your visit to the island will begin at Hvar Town’s main square, the biggest square in Dalmatia. From the square you can admire St. Stephen’s Cathedral, named after the patron of the city of Hvar. It was built according to the typical Dalmatian architectural style of the 15th and 16th century. The square is surrounded by other impressive buildings as well, dating back to the 16th and 17th century, a lasting memory of the time that Dalmatia was part of the Venetian Empire. In the Benedictine convent you will find beautifully detailed lace artworks made by nuns using only agave fibres. Some extraordinary examples of intricate lace work can be admired in the convent’s own lace museum.
Hvar’s seaside fortress Spagnola is next on the agenda, followed by a visit to the charming town of Stari Grad, which is one of the oldest towns in Europe that has been inhabited continuously throughout history. Together with your expert guide you will visit all the highlights of Stari Grad, such as the ruins of the first settlement of Pharos at the Biankini Palace, and the city square that dates back to the 17th century. With such an abundance of culture and history, you are sure to enjoy your visit to the fascinating island of Hvar.
Day 5 Explore Dalmatia’s Dramatic Coastline
While driving down the captivating Dalmatian coastline towards Dubrovnik, you will cross the most picturesque villages and experience beautiful views over the shimmering Adriatic Sea. The road will take you to the lush and tranquil peninsula of Peljesac, where you will enjoy various gourmet delights and excellent wines. Peljesac is famous for its top-quality wines and delicious oysters from the bay of Mali Ston. The oysters of Peljesac are regarded as some of the best in the world by connoisseurs.
After lunch you will continue your trip to one of the most famous medieval cities of all times, Dubrovnik. The whole evening is yours to spend in the Pearl of the Adriatic. Wander through the marble streets of the Old Town, from the impressive Pile Gate to the main street, called Stradun, and then continue to the old port, where you can watch the boats coming and going. Enjoy dinner in one of the many excellent restaurants that Dubrovnik has to offer, such as Otto Taverna, Restaurant 360 or Stara Loza.
Day 6 Kings Landing Awaits You
Take full advantage of your last day in Croatia by diving deep into the world of Game of Thrones. Explore Kings Landing together with your English-speaking guide, who will take you on a mesmerising journey through the streets of Dubrovnik. Discover the setting of many of the series’ highlights, right in the heart of Westeros’s capital. As you walk along the famous city walls you will find yourself reliving the Battle of the Blackwater. Visit the Red Keep, at Dubrovnik’s mighty Fort Lovrijenac, where the tourney was held for Prince Joffrey’s name day celebration.
Just off the coast of Dubrovnik lies the idyllic island of Lokrum, where several pivotal moments of season two were filmed, such as Little finger’s meeting with Queen Cersei and Tyrion Lannister’s inspection of a jar of wildfire at the Alchemists’ Guildhall. The city of Qarth also has its roots on Lokrum Island. Step into Daenerys footsteps on her voyage to “the greatest city that ever was or will be”, and don’t forget to visit the House of the Undying, which was filmed at Dubrovnik’s Minceta Tower.
The final part of the tour takes you to the Trsteno Arboretum, the oldest and most beautiful arboretum in Europe, which is the stage for the court intrigues of Margaery Tyrell and her grandmother, the wizened and cunning Lady Olenna. You will quickly recognize the garden where the Queen of Thorns plotted against the House of Lannister and the spot where Lady Sansa Stark related Joffrey’s worst characteristic to his new queen.
Day 7 Returning Home
As you say goodbye to beautiful Dubrovnik, your mind and your heart will be filled with fond memories of Croatia and your Game of Thrones adventure. While your driver takes you back to the airport, let your thoughts wander back to the amazing atmosphere of Split, the beautiful architecture of Hvar, the delicious food and wine of Peljesac and the grandeur of Dubrovnik.
Imagine yourself back in the world of the Lannisters and the Baratheons. Now that you have walked in their footsteps, you will see the heroes, legends and myths of Game of Thrones in a new light, with even more appreciation for this truly remarkable series. Imagine what could happen in the upcoming seasons, the many ways the story can continue, and perhaps even your own return to this fantasy world.