On the HBO series “Game of Thrones” perhaps the most stunning characters to be seen are the backdrops. Many of these settings are part of the Croatian countryside and Zicasso, an online luxury travel referral service that matches travelers with top 10% travel specialists, provides a seven-day immersion into the plotlines and scenes inside Game of Thrones such that fans will never see the series in the same way.
Guided experiences through the breathtaking locales of Split, Krka National Park, Hvar, Ston and Dubrovnik are woven into a greater journey through the wonders of Croatia, showcasing the best scenes from the Game of Thrones series as well as the historical and cultural highlights of the destination.
The journey begins in Split, the new filming location added for the 4th season of Games of Thrones. This metropolis dates back to the fourth century BC, and has a superb archaeological museum (the oldest in Croatia) as well as the Cathedral of St. Domnius and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Diocletian’s Palace.
The next day brings exploration of Klis Fortress, an ancient stronghold at the center of some of Croatia’s most legendary struggles, as well as the struggles of Daenerys Targaryen, “Mother of Dragons.” Visitors can see the suburb of Zrnovnica, which will serve as a setting for a climactic battle in Season 4. The day’s excursions conclude with a trip to Diocletian’s Palace, the former residence of one of ancient Rome’s greatest emperors and a fitting location for Daenerys to plot her return to Westeros.
Day 3 provides a reprieve from bustling urban life, as travelers go to the Krka National Park, home to more than 200 species of birds, nearly 20 species of bats and the adorable European Otter. It’s also home to the spectacular Skradinski buk, a series of seventeen waterfalls cascading into a crystal clear pool. There, find the island of Visovac, home to an ancient monastery. After lunch at a local Croatian farm, visitors will head to the forest of Dubrava near Sibenik city for an expert tutorial on the ancient sport of falconry.
On the fourth day, travelers take a catamaran across the Adriatic to the island of Hvar for its blend of Renaissance and early Baroque architecture in the city’s Cathedral of St. Stephen, and influence of Spanish, Greek and Venetian overlords. The next day, visitors take a scenic drive down the Croatian coastline, passing through ancient and medieval villages. Then it’s lunch on the Peljesac peninsula, home to a number of excellent vineyards and the oysters of Ston. Upon reaching Dubrovnik in the afternoon, guests have an evening to explore the Old Town in the walled city.
The last full day in Croatia brings fans deep into the world of Westeros with an exploration of King’s Landing. An expert guide leads visitors through the streets of Dubrovnik, pointing out settings from the first three seasons: the city walls that served as the backdrop for the Battle of Blackwater and the Lovrijenac Fortress that witnessed the misdeeds of evil King Joffery. There also is a visit to Lokrum Island, the site of pivotal Lannister moments from the Game of Throne’s second season, such as Littlefinger’s meeting with Queen Cersei, Tyrion’s inspection of the Alchemists’ Guild and the riot inspired by Joffery’s tyranny. This setting is also the model for the wealthy port city of Qarth. The day concludes with a tour of the serene and gorgeous arboretum at Trsteno, whose gardens served as the backdrop for the court intrigues of Lady Margaery Tyrell and her shrewd grandmother Olenna.
Rates: This private tour begins at $3,200 per person, double, based on travel during mid-season (2nd half of September). The package includes accommodations at 4-star hotels, daily breakfast, airport transfers, land transportation, entrance fees, expert English-speaking tour guides, some additional meals and wine tastings. It does not include international airfare. Travel dates and level of hotels are fully customizable. Travelers who book by June 15th will receive the Blue-Ray/DVD Combo sets of Seasons 1-3, PLUS the 5-Book Boxed Set of Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.
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