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Bring 'Game of Thrones' to Life With Journeys to the Show's More Extraordinary Locales

Posted June 1, 2019

Whether you loved the last season or have signed the petition to have it rewritten, the long-awaited series finale has aired, and HBO’s Game of Thrones has come to an end. Fear not, people of the North! Fans of the record-breaking HBO series can explore some of the more well-known and incredibly scenic filming locations throughout the now Six Kingdoms, during a selection of bespoke, hand-crafted itineraries and Luxury Small Group Journey’s. While you will never be Queen of the North, you may feel as triumphant as Sansa Stark during any one of our off-the-beaten path journeys.

Dubrovnik, Croatia, or, as it was known in Game of Thrones, King?s Landing


King’s Landing, the original sunny-place-for-shady-people, sure looked swanky … and it is! The home of the Iron Throne is actually in scenic Croatia. You won’t find scheming Lannister’s lurking in the tombs of Dubrovnik, but you’ll see much more on “A Journey Through Croatia,” an ancient land on the Adriatic Sea that has become one of the world’s hottest tourist destinations. From atmospheric Roman ruins to fabulous Renaissance palaces, a seven day / six-night journey includes additional stops in Zagreb and Split, as well as visits to the fortified capital city of Zagreb, natural beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park, jaw-dropping views of Diocletian's Palace in the Port of Split, and a stop on the idyllic island of Hvar.

Godafoss Waterfall covered in snow in an Icelandic winter, location for North of the Wall


“Wildings” aren’t on the itinerary during the nine-day “A Custom Luxury Glamping Experience in Iceland” but fabulous views of glaciers, icebergs and even a swim through tectonic plates are, not to mention visits to Reykjavik and Hvolsvollur. Jon Snow may have encountered White Walkers, but did he get to climb down into the 400ft dormant Thrihnukagigur Volcano, then go glamping in a deluxe tent? An equally adventurous journey comes with an “Icelandic Wilderness Adventure,” which starts with an insider's visit of the history and culture Reykjavik, the Icelandic capital. From there, guests can whale watch, see waterfalls and geysers in the countryside, then go south to a horse farm, trek up a glacier and end the journey in the Blue Lagoon.

Ait Ben Haddou, in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, the location of Essos


It took Daenerys almost a year to get from Essos to King’s Landing – and no wonder, who wouldn’t want to soak in the sumptuous Moroccan scenery? Much of her journey was filmed in the ancient landscapes, which is at the heart of our “Jewels of Morocco: From Cities, to Desert to Atlas Mountains” adventure. The 12 day / 11-night private journey includes stops in Rabat, Meknes, Volubilis, Fez, Sahara Desert, Skoura, Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains. And travelers, take note: though there are fire-eaters and snake charmers galore, evil Queen Cersei is not among them. The new Luxury Small Group Journey “Majestic Morocco” offers a more culture-heavy journey through the sacred lands. Discover the souqs and thousand-year-old labyrinth medinas of fabled Fez, the fantastic gardens of Marrakesh and a visit to the country's oldest wine estate. If only Prince Joffrey had signed up. He could have savored one of the world's great cuisines instead of, well, we know how that ended.

Clouister of Monasterio de Santo Domingo de Silos Burgos in Spain, the location for Dorne


The most sinister plotting on the HBO series took place in the Water Gardens of Dorne. On our “Andalusia Highlights” journey, the only thing you’ll be plotting is the trek through historic region of Spain, featuring Seville (where many a notorious GoT scenes were filmed), Cordoba and Granada. Once the most civilized and wealthiest areas of the Roman Empire, Andalusia is also known for its strong Moorish influence, dating back from 710, when the Moors crossed into Spain from North Africa. On this private journey, experience the Andalusian way of life in all of its diversity and exuberance.