Game of Thrones Private tours

Croatia

King's Landing and Blackwater Bay are the main city of power and the seat of the Iron Throne for the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros 

in the popular HBO series "The Game of Thrones". It was based on George RR Martin's best-selling epic fantasy novels called 

"A Song of Ice and Fire".

It was filmed and will be filmed in several exotic locations.

Sophias Travel, an award winning US based travel agency is pleased to announce several tours specifically created to visit 

these locations.

Sophia's Travel has brought to you other tours in the past associated with Band of Brother's, Harry Potter, and the 

Fabled Grimm Brothers stories and rhymes on locations associated with the books and movies.

Our first installment is on location in Croatia.  Dubrovnik served as the backdrop in the filming of the Red Keep in King's Landing 

and Blackwater Bay.

 

Sample Itinerary - private tour

Day 1

Dubrovnik

Welcome to Croatia! Meet your chauffeur at Dubrovnik airport for a private transfer to Hotel Lapad 4*. Situated on the Lapad peninsula the hotel is a combination of the traditional values of the past and the best that modern service has to offer. 

Surrounded by ancient gardens with rich Mediterranean vegetation the elegant building stands proudly on the coastline. 

The building was fully restored to its former glory in 2008. The hotel offers 163 luxuriously furnished rooms located in two wings connected by the buildings original stone staircase, which after renovation has been preserved as a reminder of times gone by.

Enjoy remainder of the day at leisure.

Hotel: Villa Dubrovnik 5*

 Day 2

Dubrovnik

Private tour of Dubrovnik's old town (King's Landing) and half of the walls with visit to Srd hill and Trsteno Arboretum

Meet your expert local guide after breakfast and depart to the Old Town of Dubrovnik for a private walking tour 

of the town and half of the magnificent walls.

Famous George Bernard Shaw was enchanted by this beautiful city, about which he said "those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik and see Dubrovnik", as well as, famously, describing it as "the pearl of the Adriatic".  Dubrovnik truly is a stunning city with its amazing Old Town, which became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. A magnificent curtain of walls surrounds marble streets and baroque buildings that exude a pearly light in the Adriatic sun.

The main pedestrian thoroughfare, Placa, is a melange of cafes and shops with outstanding monuments at either end. Churches, monasteries and museums ornamented with finely carved stone recall an eventful history and a vibrant artistic tradition. You will recognize many parts of Dubrovnik Old Town and the Walls as the setting to King's Landing in Game of Thrones.

Continue with your guide and chauffeur to the top of Srd hill for an amazing panorama of Dubrovnik and the surrounding area before driving to visit the small settlement of Trsteno north of Dubrovnik, famous for its Arboretum dating back to the 16th century and another Game  of Thrones filming location!  

The first thing you notice when you arrive are two huge Asian plane trees beside the main road that have 

already been a part of Dubrovnik region for 500 years!

Explore the Arboretum, visit the Renaissance summer residence of  Gucetic - Gozze family from the 15th century, with the encompassing garden and beautiful fountain featuring the sea god Neptune and nymphs on your own. Passing through the Arboretum, you will arrive to the home of your local host Katja where you will enjoy an authentic lunch before returning to Dubrovnik. 

Afternoon at leisure. 

Hotel: Villa Dubrovnik 5* , B, L

Day 3

Dubrovnik

Enjoy your last day in Dubrovnik at leisure.

Hotel: Villa Dubrovnik 5*, B

OPTIONAL TOURS:

 Sea kayak adventure under the walls of Dubrovnik

This morning a wonderful experience of kayaking under the walls of Dubrovnik is waiting for you! 

Depart toward St. Jacob's beach |after breakfast for a private & unique sea kayaking adventure towards the island of Lokrum, passing right under the magnificent City walls. Discover unreachable caves and hidden beaches while paddling past impressive sea rocks. 

Experience the cultural-historical sites from a different and exciting perspective and enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear blue Adriatic Sea. You will have a short stop on the island of Lokrum, so you can take a walk through its beautiful botanical garden or relax in a cafe on the island sipping cold refreshing drinks before returning to the mainland.

 Private speed boat day tour to the Elaphiti islands

Meet your skipper in the late morning for your private speed boat day tour to the Elaphiti islands. This archipelago is located in Dubrovnik's immediate surroundings and is the finest Dubrovnik archipelago closely bound to Dubrovnik and its entire past. 

Elaphiti in Greek meaning the Deer Islands.  These enchanting islands of outstanding beauty seem to be constant guardians of the sea and coast; they have always been the home of the brave captains and sailors of the Dubrovnik Republic and the present Dubrovnik.

Soak up the early summer sun and the scents of Mediterranean while swimming in the crystal clear blue Adriatic sea and enjoying the view to this fascinating intact nature. 

Exclusive wine tour of Peljesac peninsula

Meet your host for the day in the morning and embark on a private wine tour of Peljesac peninsula.  Hosted by Mario Bartulovic, a renowned Croatian wine-maker, this is a superb opportunity to learn about the country and its traditions, especially the art of winemaking, from a true local. The tour is a trio of wine-tastings at Croatia's most respected wine cellars, visits to vineyards on the slopes of this magnificent peninsula and a delicious, traditional Dalmatian lunch at your host's family winery. 

Your first experience on Peljesac is the Milos winery, home of the charismatic poet/wine maker Frano Milos. Here you will have a chance to taste his red Milos plavac or his, now legendary, Stagnum, also a red, made of 100% Plavac Mali grapes.

The visit to Milos winery is the ultimate introduction to Peljesac.

Next, you'll visit the Grgich winery in Trstenik. Miljenko Grgich studied wine-making in Zagreb. After migrating to the US, with only $20 in his pocket, he founded the famous Grgich Hills winery in Napa Valley but not before he made a name for himself being part of Chateau Montelena success story in the 70s! At the Grgich cellars, on top of hills overlooking the charming Trstenik harbor, you will taste their famous white Posip and their red Plavac Mali Dingac.

Your final sojourn will be to the 500-year-old wine cellar of Bartulovic family, of your host Mario. By this time, it will feel like visiting a friend's house. Here you will enjoy a wine-tasting and a superb traditional Croatian luncheon, accompanied by their great wines! 

After lunch return to Dubrovnik and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 4

Dubrovnik - Hvar

Check out and meet your chauffeur for a private transfer to Dubrovnik port,  where you will board the fast ferry to Hvar town on Hvar island departing at 4:30 PM. 

Upon arrival at around 7:30 PM, check in to the centrally located Hotel Adriana 4* in the very heart of Hvar town.

Facing the old city center from its prime location on the promenade, the view from hotel Adriana combines the Cathedral, the Arsenal, the Venetian piazza, the yacht harbor and the bay in one sweeping vista.

Hotel: Adriana 4* Meals: B

Day 5

Hvar

Exclusive Wine Tour of Hvar island

Spend the morning at leisure. Meet your guide in the afternoon and depart on an exclusive tour of Hvar. Our wine tasting tour of Hvar, the island of wine, takes you across the island and introduces you to two of Croatia's most distinguished winemakers, where you will  enjoy wine tastings and a unique culinary dinner in a secluded abandoned village of Malo Grablje.  

Return to Hvar town in the evening.

Hotel: Adriana 4* Meals: B, D

Day 6

Hvar

Enjoy your day in Hvar at leisure, relaxing and exploring on your own.

Hotel: Adriana 4* Meals: B

Optional extra:

Private motor boat day trip to Vis and Bisevo Islands

Meet your skipper in the morning and head toward the islands of Vis and Bisevo.

These islands are famous for their inlets and caves, most famous being Modra Spilja (the Blue Cave) in the Balun Cove, 

accessible only by a boat. On a sunny day, when the sea is calm, sunbeams penetrate through an underwater opening and the effect of the sea bottom reflecting and illuminating the cave with azure color is incredible. 

Enjoy a fun day of sunbathing and swimming in the coves around Bisevo and Vis, enjoying fantastic nature with numerous bays and beaches which offer the peace and tranquility to make your visit to the islands memorable. 

Your journey continues to Pakleni islands in front of Hvar, where your skipper can recommend a very good seafood 

restaurant in one of numerous hidden bays. Swimming in one of these bays is a spectacular experience you do not want to miss, because of the crystal clear sea and the wonderful pebbly beaches with pine trees!

Return to Hvar in the late afternoon.  

Hotel: Adriana 4* Meals: B

Day 7

Hvar - Split

Check out and board the fast ferry to Split, departing at 3:50 PM from Hvar harbor.

Upon arrival to split port at around 5 PM, you will be met by your assistant in front of the fast ferry. 

Check in to Hotel Park 5*

Enjoy your first day in Split at leisure.

Hotel: Park 5* Meals: B

Day 8

Split

Private walking tour of Diocletian's Palace  and Klis with emphasis on Game of Thrones

Meet your expert local guide in the morning for a private walking tour of Split and you will be able to recognize many locations from scenes of the popular Game Of Thrones show.

The palatial walled summer residence of the Emperor Diocletian, Split became a city after Salona, the Roman capital of Dalmatia just 6km north, was sacked in 7thC.  Fleeing refugees were given asylum inside the two meter thick walls of the palace and over the next 1000 years, the city of Split was such a safe haven, it never grew beyond the same walls that exist today! 

As a result, the remarkable ensemble of Roman, Gothic, Romanesque, Renaissance and other architectural remains are all still here - and so are more than 3,000 people still living inside these ancient walls.  Meet your chauffeur and depart to Klis, a fortress where the majority of GOT were filmed and it served as the City of Meereen when Daenerys freed the slaves.

Afternoon at leisure to explore Split more on your own!

Hotel: Park 5* Meals: B

Day 9

Split

Dalmatian Hinterland Hiking or cycling or canoeing & Jeep safari day tour with picnic dinner

The region behind the mountains near Split is one of Croatia's most beautiful and least discovered.

Dalmatian hinterland, although bordering with the coast, is mostly flat, karst terrain covered in macchia, providing you with an entirely different perspective of Croatia and a strong contrast to the summer lifestyle on the Adriatic coast. Embark on our private light trekking and Jeep safari adventure away from the crowds on a tour of nature, heritage and gastronomy, introducing you to a very different Dalmatia from the one experienced on the beach. 

Join our expert local guide for a tour of the natural beauties of Zagora. The rugged roads enhance the sense of adventure, taking us to the sources of four or the many rivers around here. Grab, Ruda, Ovrjka and Rumin, the rivers that have powered mills of Dalmatia for centuries, are today magnificent landscape sites of springs, waterfalls and cliffs. 

The historic town of Sinj, sitting on Cetina river, is an epitome of a historic Dalmatian hinterland town and home to one of Croatia's most important cultural events, the annual knights' tournament known as Alka, which takes place every August. You will see the historic Alka courtyard, and - if the timing is right, maybe catch some of the tournament preparations.

Complete this amazing day of exploration with a picnic dinner, the perfect platform to pause for a moment and just enjoy the region's spectacular nature in an entirely private experience. 

Hotel: Park 5* Meals: B, D

Day 10

Split

Day at leisure.

Hotel: Park 5* Meals: B

OPTIONAL TOURS:

Exclusive Cooking Class with chef Tatjana in Trogir

Where better to discover the secrets of Dalmatian cuisine than with one of the most creative, charismatic and charming chefs in the region, cooking within the walls of her 13th century palace home?

Meet your chauffeur in the morning and depart for your exclusive cooking class in Trogir, a UNESCO-protected islet town close to Split, to learn more about the art of food Dalmatian-style. Your host, Tatjana, is possibly one of the most charming people you will ever meet and her cooking class is definitely a not-to-be-missed opportunity for all culinary enthusiasts.

Tatjana will bring the food, the philosophy of food, and the essence of Dalmatia to life, as she takes you on a journey of discovery and indulgence of your senses. Much more than a simple cooking class, this is about learning how to live like a local in a historic town, whose impressive history has contributed to the way food is produced today. Your culinary tour starts with sourcing the ingredients.

Join Tatjana at the local farmer's market, fish market and local butcher's (depending on your preference) to purchase the core ingredients of your meal at source but also witness one of the core activities of everyday living here and see Tatjana in her natural surroundings as you learn how to see, smell and touch freshness in produce.

The cooking class is a hands-on introduction to every stage of the Dalmatian food preparation process, ranging from making homemade pasta, cleaning fish, preparing traditional Dalmatian entrees, side dishes sauces and marinades.

Preparation in the local way, with local ingredients, in the company of locals. You will feel like a true Dalmatian by the time you have finished your lunch! Return to Split in the afternoon and enjoy your evening at leisure.

Private day trip to Krka National Park & Exclusive Secret Dalmatia wine pairing menu at restaurant Pelegrini

Meet your chauffeur in the morning and depart to the Krka Waterfalls. On its green path, River Krka has seven falls, the last one being the amazing Skradinski buk. Thanks to the constant process of travertine building, the Krka River is a karst phenomenon, carving a spectacular canyon on its 70 kilometers journey from the foothills of Dinara Mountains to the amazing estuary under the walls of historic Sibenik.  Walk the winding wooden paths through the main park area and visit the ethno museum and shops housed in the old mills at Skradinski buk.

Leaving the splendor of Krka waterfalls behind, continue  to the historic city of Sibenik and visit the famous UNESCO protected cathedral of St. James, considered by many the most beautiful in Croatia.  Afterwards, a gourmet once-in-a -lifetime experience is waiting for you; our exclusive Secret Dalmatia slow food lunch at the Pelegrini restaurant that just cannot be described by words.

You will savor a memory of this six-course meal paired with the best wines  from the region, for a long time to come.

Day 11

Split

Departure day. Check out and meet your chauffuer for a private transfer to Split airport for your departing flight.

Dovidjenja! Farewell until we meet again!

Meals: breakfast

 This is a sample itinerary customized for each client

From $11,990 price for 2 people

The program cost includes:

3 nights in Dubrovnik, Hotel Villa Dubrovnik 5*, Classic double room, sea side and balcony 3 nights in Hvar, Hotel Adriana 4* - or similar, superior double, sea view 4 nights in Split, Park Hotel 5* Superior double seaview  All taxes and VAT, breakfast daily in the hotels included 24 Hour Emergency Assistance Private driver and English speaking private guide with knowledge of Game of Thrones  per itinerary Private Airport transfers in Dubrovnik and Split Classic Walking tour of Dubrovnik Old Town, Srđ and Trsteno arboretum with emphasis on Game of Thrones (one way transfer to old town, entrance to 2 museums and city walls, included) Lunch at a local estate in Trsteno Private transfer from Hotel Lapad to Dubrovnik port Fast ferry tickets Dubrovnik Hvar Exclusive Wine tour of Hvar island with dinner in the abandoned village Fast ferry tickets Hvar Split Private transfer from Split harbor to Judita palace Private guided walking tour of Split and Klis with emphasis on game of Thrones Exclusive Dalmatian Hinterland tour with picnic dinner  Program price does not include:

Meals and drinks others than those listed Airfare, Insurance Gratuities, Personal expenses Optional tours  

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