One of the things that makes Game of Thrones such a damn fantastic show is the amazing locations they film at. From Spain to Croatia to Ireland, the show goes to great lengths to bring the brutal world of Westeros (and surrounding regions) to life. One of the most iconic filming locations has to be Dubrovnik, which was used as the location of Kings Landing, Westeros’s royal capital and home to a whole lot of action on the show. So is it worth doing a Game of Thrones tour in Dubrovnik?
Which tour company is best?
There are a whole lot of tour companies that have GoT walking tours. You can book online, or let one the promoters just waiting to convince you to take their tour out the front of the main entrance to the old town. All the tours go for about 1.5 hours. You can shop around a little before committing to a tour, but I found that they all offer pretty much the same thing at the same price.
I went with Dubrovnik Tours. The promoter told me that the one thing that makes their tour stand out from the rest is that their guide wears knight’s armour. This is clearly a very important thing so I was immediately convinced that they were the tour company for me. (It had nothing to do with the fact that their tour was happening at the most convenient time).
Every company I spoke to offered the tour for 150 Kuna (about 20 euro or $30 AUD) plus 30 Kuna for the entrance to the fortress (which is included in the ticket for the city walls, so you don’t have to pay this if you already have a ticket).
Where the tour will take you
The tour began in Balckwater Bay where we recently saw Jaime returning with the body of poor Myrcella.
Then we went to Lovrijenac Fortress, which was used to film scenes inside the Red Keep. We even saw some tape on the ground where the camera’s place had been marked.
The location of Joffrey’s ill-fated wedding was pointed out.
We headed inside the old town and paid a visit to Littlefinger’s brothel (actually the ethnographic museum). Then we saw the Great Sept, where Cersei’s walk of shame took place.
The tour also provided some information abbot the history of Dubrovnik, particularly its troublesome relations with Venice and how the town was defended from invaders time and time again.
Alternatives to a tour
Other travellers that I spoke to were not jumping to recommend a tour. They said that as there are so many tours going around you can easily just listen in at the main locations.
Alternatively, you could look up the filming locations online and create your own, self guided tour.
So should you do a Game of Thrones Tour in Dubrovnik?
The answer is: it depends.
For me, what made the tour worth the money was the extra information from behind the scenes of the show. We heard stories of what its like being an extra on the series, how local businesses are affected during filming, and what the food’s like on set. We were even told a story about Peter Dinklage getting drunk in a hostel after a long day of filming.
The Old Town of Dubrovnik was too touristy and crowded for me to really get a feel for the history of the town or the Croatian culture, but seeing the areas Game of Thrones was filmed in was really exciting for me, so it gave me a more interesting lens to enjoy the town through.
In conclusion, I’d say it’s a pleasant way to pass an afternoon. If you’re really into the show and not on a super tight budget then go for it.
Top tip: If you have a student card, you can get entrance to the City Walls for just 30 Kuna, instead of the usual 120. Massive saving!
Where I stayed in Dubrovnik: Hostel & Rooms Ana – Although a little on the pricier side, it is perfectly located right in the centre of the old town. It’s a very homely and welcoming place and they’re very happy to help you with restaurant recommendations and transport. They also gave out a heap of discounts to restaurants so this kind of makes up for their slightly expensive price.
Fave Dubrovnik eats: Peline – I had the stuffed peppers here and they were delish.