8 Game of Thrones Tours & Vacation Packages For Thronies Who Want a Real Westeros Experience
Cruise Around Kings Landing, Dorne or North of the Wall
Variety Cruises's small luxury ships (think 17 guest cabins) sail around several scenic waterfront destinations with Game of Thrones ties, including Iceland (North of the Wall), southern Portugal and Spain (Seville is home to Sunspear's Water Gardens) and the Eastern Mediterranean. In the latter, cruisers can tour the Dalmation Coast, including Montenegro and Croatia, where scenes in Kings Landing and Mereen were filmed (from $2,400).
This Tour Blurs the Lines Between Real Life and GoT Fantasy
Game of Thrones superfans should brace themselves for experience-booking site GetYourGuide’s newest offering. The leading platform for discovering and booking tours and activities worldwide will be launching their GetYourGuide Originals Game of Thrones Tour in May 2019, the site exclusively told PEOPLE.
On this adventure, an expert guide will lead travelers on a two-hour walking tour through the beautiful port city of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Fans can explore Lovrijenac Fortress, which doubled as King's Landing throughout the series, and stroll along the same walls that Tyrion Lannister and Lord Varys walked while plotting the Battle of Blackwater. Some of the tour guides were even extras or stand-ins on the show, so you may leave with a bit of gossip straight from the GoT set.
They also offer Thrones-themed outtings in Northern Ireland, Spain and Iceland.
Go Glamping in Winterfell
What could be cooler than exploring Winterfell in real life? Although the Starks’ ancestral home is technically part of George R. R. Martin’s fictional world, fans can step inside Castle Ward, which served as Winterfell’s real-life location in the series. The real-life spot is located 40 minutes from Belfast, Northern Ireland, or two hours from Dublin, Ireland.
Get in character by trying on traditional Northern costumes and have your own sword fight with props inspired by the show’s. Pick up a bow and arrow for a lesson in the same spot where the pilot episode's archery scene was filmed, then take a boat tour before settling down for a Thrones-themed meal.
After an action-packed day, sleep under the stars at a pond-side glamping spot in the surrounding forest.
Couples can book this one-of-a-kind glamping experience for $326, ($163 per person) between April 5, 2019 and December 31, 2019. Plan your stay at travelpirates.com.
Be the First to Explore Westeros Like Never Before
Die-hard fans should make sure they’re sitting down before reading any further: For the first time ever, GES Events and HBO have teamed up to created an interactive and immersive Game of Thrones exhibition, which includes costumes, authentic props and iconic settings from all seven seasons.
Located at the TEC Belfast, where much of the series was filmed, visitors can explore Castle Black, enter the House of Black and White, marvel at the Iron Throne and more.
Game of Thrones: The Touring Exhibition will be in Belfast for a limited time from April 11, 2019 to September 1, 2019. Tickets are $19.58-$22.85, and available on gameofthronesexhibition.com.
Lure Your Next Watch Party Into a Lannister’s Lair
Prefer something Stateside? In New York City, lords and ladies can trade in their living room sofa for their very own iron throne, complete with lavish fur throws and dragon egg candles to set the mood. Fans can live out their Cersei Lannister fantasies inside Refinery Hotel’s over-the-top Lannister’s Lair, every Sunday from April 14th until the end of the 6-episode season. Gather fellow Thronies and feast on custom GoT dishes, like Braavos Branzino and Dragon Snacks, while arguing over who will win the Great War. Toast to the eighth and final season with gold goblets and revel in the fact that you can live it up Tyrion Lannister style in your very own private suite.
Pricing for the night starts at $569. Visit refineryhotelnewyork.com for more information.
Visit the Exact Island Where It All Started
Many don’t know that the quest for the Iron Throne began on the island of Malta. The hidden gem of the Mediterranean was where most of season one was filmed and as the final season approaches, now’s your chance to visit the place where Arya Stark, Daenerys Targaryen and others set out on their first adventures.
Walk through many of the first season’s most famous locations, such as Kings Landing, the Red Waste, the Tower of the Hand, King’s Square and more.
Create your own itinerary at visitmalta.com.
Feed Your Westeros Withdrawal for 15 Days on This Private Tour
If you've got a few gold dragons to spare, pack your favorite GoT merch and set out on a 15-day journey through Croatia, Spain and Morocco to soak up as much of the series’ history as you can. The trip includes 11 private tours with personals guides, private transfers to and from airports, free breakfast for the entirety of the trip and an option to extend your experience by adding Iceland and Ireland to your itinerary.
Here’s your chance to take Cersei’s walk of shame in Croatia, ride in a hot air balloon to get a director’s view of where season three was shot in Morocco and marvel at the largest of Meereen’s fighting pits in Spain to see where Daenerys and Jorah Mormont reunited in season five. Customize your own itinerary so you can get the most out of your trip. The total cost begins at $6,239 per person and can be booked on zicasso.com.
Rule From the Throne In Your Own Caribbean Castle
If you're more partial to Dorne or perhaps the Summer Isles, Sanctuary Cap Cana’s adults-only, all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic may be the "castle" for you.
Go horseback riding like the Dothraki or sip your end-of-series sorrows away in your own (less bloody) Red Wedding with shots of Mamajuanana, D.R.’s famous drink made from rum, honey and red wine. Then, retire to your very own Castle Island Suite, which is on its own private island surrounded by a moat. The starting rate for the Castle Island Suite for two people is $2,774 per night ($1,387 per person).
Everyone has their own way of saying goodbye. If yours is binge watching old episodes on the beach, book your stay at sanctuarycapcana.com.