Are you a Game of Thrones fan? If you’re not, chances are you know someone who is – such is the popularity of HBO’s hit series, about to launch its seventh season. Fans are counting down the days until July 16, when the heady cocktail of fantasy, suspense and medieval escapism returns to their screens.
The cast of Game of Thrones has gained celebrity, but they’re not the only stars: the show’s filming locations have also been launched into the spotlight, as fans from around the world travel to Dubrovnik, Split, Seville, Iceland and Northern Ireland for glimpses of King’s Landing, the Town of Qarth, Braavos, Meereen and City of Dorne.
If you’re a fan, or if you’re traveling with one, a Game of Thrones tour is a fantastic way to please everyone: you’ll learn some real history along with a dose of fantasy, and perhaps come home with a bit of juicy on-set gossip to share.
So here you go: a quick rundown of our most popular Game of Thrones tours, so you can impress the fan in your life when you visit Seville, Croatia, Belfast or Iceland. But book quick! These tours are some of the most popular experiences on ToursByLocals.
Game of Thrones in Dubrovnik
The ultimate Game of Thrones experience! ToursByLocals guide Tom in Dubrovnik pioneered the Game of Thrones tour before any other guide in the country, and this 2-hour tour really is the original and best. Don’t miss spending time in Dubrovnik with a true aficionado!
Game of Thrones in Split, Croatia
Walk in the shoes of Arya Stark, with a visit to “Braavos” (Kaštel Gomilica) in Split, Croatia. “Vjeran was an exceptional guide for our deep dive into the history, people, and unique features of Split as a major filming site for Games of Thrones”, writes one of his most recent guests.
Game of Thrones in Seville
In the fifth season, Andalucia in southern Spain was “Meereen”, the northernmost and greatest of the city states in the Bay of Dragons. Your guide will take you from Sevilla to Osuna, stopping to enjoy Game of Thrones-themed tapas and cocktails. (Will you order a Lannister or a Greyjoy?)
Game of Thrones in Iceland
As if Iceland’s landscapes weren’t spectacular enough to begin with, now you can picture fire-breathing dragons soaring over its famous waterfalls. Long-time guide (and Game of Thrones fan) Stefan will show you where the Hound and Bryanne of Tarth fought over Arya, and where a herd of goats met a fiery end…
Game of Thrones in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland has seen a surge in visitors looking for Game of Thrones tours exactly like this one offered by our Belfast guide Joe. And the reviews are resounding: “By far the best tour my wife and I have ever taken”, wrote a recent American traveller, who loved Joe’s insider, on-set knowledge of the show.