Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Tour: Explore King’s Landing and Qarth!

July 16, 2020

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Why take the Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Tour? Hmmm, let me count the ways… kings and queens, knights, magicians, scoundrels, dwarfs, giants, dragons, witches, eunuchs, heroes, liars, and more.

I won’t lie, I’m biased. Game of Thrones is the best medieval series ever to hit television, perhaps even the best series of any genre. The multiple Emmy-winning medieval fantasy HBO show, based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling book series A Song of Ice and Fire,” has addicted many a viewer since its debut on April 17, 2011.

The tale takes place on the fictional continents of Westeros and Esso. It’s a complicated, twisted series of storylines, all intersecting with the three main plots:

  1. The Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms. All kingdoms are either trying to claim the throne or struggling to get away from it.
  2. The “Mother of Dragons.” The last descendant of the overthrown ruling dynasty is exiled, but plotting a return to power.
  3. The Night’s Watch. The brotherhood defending the realm against Wildling people and the White Walkers – unearthly humanoid creatures from the far North.

Dubrovnik has been the main location for filming King’s Landing, one of the seven kingdoms and the seat of power hosting the Iron Throne. From the red rooftops to the ancient city walls, to the brilliant blue Adriatic Sea, the Croatian port city is one of the most recognizable sites in the series.

A three-hour Dubrovnik Game of Thrones walking tour takes fans through the city’s picturesque UNESCO World Heritage old town, up onto the ancient walls, and through Fort Lovrijenac.

If you’re a fan, it’s like experiencing the best kind of déjà vu. If you’re not a fan, go anyway….there’s also plenty of “real” history and stunning views….and the behind-the-scenes filming tales are so intriguing, you’ll likely be a fan by the end.

Tonka, our guide, was not only very knowledgeable about Dubrovnik and Game of Thrones, but she also had a large photo book depicting actual scenes from the show which she presented at each of the filming locations. Each time, it jogged our memories and was accompanied by oohs and aahs. And then laughter. So much fun!

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Below are just a few highlights of the dozens of filming sites on the Dubrovnik Game of Thrones tour.

1 Fort Lovrijenac

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red keep

Fort Lovrijenac is well-recognized as the Red Keep in King’s Landing. Some of the scenes filmed at the fort including the tournament in honor of King Joffrey’s name day and Cersei’s “power is power” threat to Lord Baelish.

2 Jesuit Staircase

Cersei's walk of shame

Who could forget the dramatic scene in which Cersei was forced to take her “Walk of Shame,” naked, through the streets of King’s Landing. Her humiliating ordeal begins at the top of the beautiful Baroque Jesuit Staircase in Gundulic Square. The stairs are also the site of Tywin Lanister’s funeral, and where King Tommen attempts to speak to the High Sparrow.

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3 Minčeta Tower

house of the undead

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The base of Minčeta Tower was used as the exterior of the House of Undying in the town of Qarth. Daenerys Targaryen visits the House of Undying to search for her stolen dragons.

4 Pile Bay

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game of thrones dubrovnik tour

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Scenes filmed at Pile Bay include bidding farewell to Myrcella, where Sansa Stark and Lord Baelish discusses escape plans and the murdering of King Robert Baratheon’s bastards aka “the slaughter of the innocents.”

5 Fort Bokar and the Ancient Walls

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The walls appear in many scenes such as the battle at Blackwater Bay, where the green wildfire was unleashed to defeat the invasion of Stannis Baratheon’s fleet. Fort Bokar, located on the seawall, is where Tyrion and Lord Varys discuss battle strategies to defeat Stannis Baratheon’s army while looking out to sea.

6 Just Beyond

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Tonka took us to a terrace and pointed across the sea just outside of Dubrovnik. “That’s where the shocking scene where the Mountain killed the Viper at Tyrion’s trial by combat,” she said, pointing to the abandoned Hotel Belvedere, perched on a steep outcropping in the distance. Shocking indeed! I confess, just thinking about that horrific scene made a shiver run up my spine. I’m no wimp, but that was about as torturous as I can handle, especially since the ending was totally unexpected.

Towards the end of our tour, Tonka unveiled a surprise….a photo in which she was an extra, a dirty peasant, in the Ciersi’s walk of shame episode.

“I got to say something nasty and throw a rotten tomato,” she laughed.

Oh, what I wouldn’t give to be an extra in King’s Landing!

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Photos courtesy of Steve and Brit Loncar

I did have my share of good fortune, though. I met Steve and Brit Loncar on the tour, a father and daughter team from Canada. We all hit it off and since I was traveling solo, they both kindly volunteered to take photos of me at various places. It’s a travel writer’s dream to NOT have to use our selfie stick! And those of you who have been reading my travels know that one of my favorite parts of traveling is meeting really nice people, like the Loncars.

A word of recommendation…..it can get very hot in Dubrovnik, so be sure to bring water, sunscreen, and a hat. Also, there is a LOT of stair-climbing to get up to the top of the wall as well the fort, so wear suitable footwear.

There are also lots of other fun places to visit in Dubrovnik and Croatia, so renting a car is a good option.

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7 The Iron Throne

The very last stop on the tour was a room with the Iron Throne where we were allowed the very best photo op of all.

the iron throne

Photo courtesy Steve and Brit Loncar

Can we all just agree that I look natural in this seat?

There are also tours in the other filming locations of the other kingdoms in other parts of Croatia and a ton of  Game of Thrones filming locations in Ireland that you will probably recognize.

There are also filming locations in Canada, Iceland, Malta, Morocco, Spain, and the United States.  Thinking of visiting one of those countries?  Click here to see all Game of Thrones tours in Europe.

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About the Author

Patti MorrowPatti Morrow is a freelance travel writer and founder of the award-winning international blog Luggage and Lipstick and southern travel blog Gone to Carolinas. TripAdvisor called her one of “20 Baby Boomer Travel Bloggers Having More Fun Than Millennials.”  Patti is the author of the book “Girls Go Solo: Tips for Women Traveling Alone,” and has over 150 bylines in 40 print and online publications, including The Huffington Post, International Living Magazine, Washington Post Sunday Travel, Travel Girl, Travel Play Live Magazine, and Ladies Home Journal.  She has traveled six continents looking for fabulous places and adventure activities for her Baby Boomer (and Gen X!) tribe.


  1. Comment by Penny

    Penny Reply July 16, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Wow! I thought it was cool to see the Season 6 film site in Gerona. This sounds like Game of Thrones heaven!

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply July 19, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      Dubrovnik is heavenly! I’d love to see all the other filming locations as well!

  2. Comment by Conor

    Conor Reply July 19, 2017 at 8:20 am

    You’ll have to visit Northern Ireland next and see the film sights for Winterfell!

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply July 19, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      Absolutely! It’s on my bucket list! The Game of Throne sites in Ireland look amazing!

  3. Comment by Lyn aka The Travelling Lindfields

    Lyn aka The Travelling Lindfields Reply July 21, 2017 at 6:41 am

    I have been a fan of GOT from the very first episode but I still think I could walk past most of these locations and not recognize them. A GOT tour sounds like a great idea.

  4. Comment by Marilyn Jones

    Marilyn Jones Reply July 22, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Although I’ve never seen Game of Thrones (I know, I can’t believe it either!), I love to visit filming locations of my favorite television shows and movies. Your article and photos certainly offered a great understanding of local sites used in filming.

  5. Comment by Sam

    Sam Reply July 29, 2017 at 6:29 am

    i really wanted to do this tour – but we had to cancel our trip to Europe 🙁 I’m so bummed
    LOVE game of thrones!

  6. Comment by Jennifer

    Jennifer Reply August 20, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    I have to visit here! And I’m bringing my dragons:)

  7. Comment by Cadu

    Cadu Reply September 13, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Those movie locations are incredible! To be there is like being part of the tv show!
    Nice photos you have. And the tour is a great tip!

  8. Comment by bibi

    bibi Reply September 26, 2017 at 3:07 am

    Love live Queen Patti!

    So cool! It reminds me of the time I rented a car and I drove into NYC via NJ, and it felt like the opening for the Sopranos.

    Another awesome spot to add to bucket list.


  9. Comment by Jillian Michelle

    Jillian Michelle Reply November 6, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Game of Thrones is one of my favorite shows ever! I love that the guide had a photo book to compare with on all the locations! That’s clever! <3 <3

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply November 28, 2017 at 10:02 pm

      It’s my favorite too, so that made the tour even better.

  10. Comment by Alberto Wharton

    Alberto Wharton Reply November 18, 2017 at 5:52 am

    This is one of the visit places in the world.At a time Game of Thrones is my fanfare show but not now. But some I see this. There you looking us some wonderful place in this show. Many time I try to came here but I cant. Thanks for sharing this information.

  11. Comment by Michele

    Michele Reply November 27, 2017 at 12:55 am

    Looks like a great tour, we visited many Game of Thrones filming locations while were in places but are still yet to actually watch the program….one day when we have time 🙂

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply November 28, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      I’d love to visit the other Game of Thrones filming locations, too!

  12. Comment by Evan Kristine

    Evan Kristine Reply November 28, 2017 at 5:01 am

    Such a very nice post! Game of Thrones is a very nice series. Seeing only the pictures feels like I am also there with Daenerys Targaryen. The pictures are so stunning! Such a great tour! I love the photo book comparing with the shooting place I can say #thefeels.

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply November 28, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      I’m so glad you liked the post, Evan! It was such a fun tour, especially since I’m an avid Game of Thrones fan!

  13. Comment by Albert Kerala

    Albert Kerala Reply October 5, 2018 at 6:12 am

    Fantastic pictures, this post definitely convinced me to go and visit this beautiful country!.

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  15. Comment by John Sathama

    John Sathama Reply March 12, 2019 at 10:01 am

    Love live Queen Patti!

    So cool! It reminds me of the time I rented a car and I drove into NYC via NJ, and it felt like the opening for the Sopranos.

    Another awesome spot to add to bucket list.


  16. Comment by Visiit

    Visiit Reply July 11, 2019 at 6:40 am

    Seeing your images are like seeing the castle in the famous movie Harry potter. Only difference is seeing the entire castle in day time. Extraordinary narration too.

  17. Comment by Varun sharma

    Varun sharma Reply May 20, 2020 at 12:54 am

    I have to visit here.

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