Today I’m so excited. We have booked on the GOT walking tour. It’s scheduled for 2 hours and promises to show us where some of the episodes were filmed.
I’d booked the tour through a company called – Get Your Guide. I’ve used them before and find their website really helpful. At only £17 per person it is very reasonable.
We met our guide Boska at the meeting point. Today was an unusually large group – around 19 of us, so we were given headsets so we could hear him fully.
To say Bosko was passionate about GOT is an understatement. In fact he auditioned to be an extra and was successful, but for personal reasons he couldn’t take it!
Funny enough, our taxi driver from the airport was an extra. He showed us very proudly a photo of him waking behind Cercei when she did the walk of shame!
We started our tour by walking up to the old fort! As with Dubrovnik it’s a bit of a steep walk, but the views are really worth it!
The entrance fee to the fort isn’t included in the tour price so you need to factor another 50 Kuna per person (approx £6).
Once inside the fort the magic of GOT unfolds. You do need a little bit of imagination due to the fact that on the set the fort has more levels due to special effects, but Boska has plenty of pictures to help you visualise it better.
Filming was done in July and August mainly, when Croatia is at its hottest! Can you imagine how the actors and extras coped in that heat in their costumes! It apparently got a little bit smelly as the weeks went on with long days and no time to wash the costumes!
I was amazed at how many different scenes were filmed from this small location. It was mainly used as the Red Keep, but other locations were also filmed there!
The view of the old town from the top is spectacular. If you are not a GOT fan it’s worth going up for that alone!
It was reassuring to see the local cat keeping guard for us !
You can also see the park where Joffrey and Sansa were married! Hubby and I had walked through it the day before completely unawares.
You learn all about the tricks of filming including using mirror image to move islands ! How do you tell? Check how many left hand people are in the scene!
Next stop was the harbour where Jon Snow said his good byes along with other scenes.
We then walk back into the old town. Thursday and Saturdays are cruise ship days so the town can get very busy. To avoid the crowds we were led down some lovely old alleys until we reached the steps where the walk of shame was filmed.
I was stunned at how much they compensated residents to move out or close businesses down to allow them to film. Even paying per window for them to keep their shutters closed!
All in all this was an amazing tour. I would certainly recommend it as a must do.
The tour ended with a photo opportunity in the iron thrown!
At the harbour was a lovely restaurant which we visited for lunch. Such a stunning setting and a perfect end to the morning.
As we finished lunch the rain started. Not hard but enough to send a lot of the people from the cruise ship back so the town wasn’t so full.
We decided to visit an exhibition on Photography of War. The Entrance fee is about 50 Kuna but worth it.
It’s not a joyful experience. Very humbling and heart wrenching. Photos over 2 floors on wars in Iran, Yugoslavia’s, Croatia, Afghanistan, Bosnia etc. The truth behind war! I’m so glad we went but it brought tears to my eyes.
It’s hard to imagine that Dubrovnik was in a war zone not that long ago. You would never know today.
After a relaxing walk around another part of the harbour we headed back to our apartment to get ready for dinner.
Tonight’s restaurant was called 1838. It’s right on the waters edge by the main entrance to the old town.
This restaurant is an absolute must.
The food is amazing. I had the mussels (89 Kuna) with a side salad (35 Kuna) and shared a litre of their house white (140 Kuna).
As with the previous night we were greeted with a complementary starter and plenty of bread.
When we paid the bill we were given the best drink I’ve ever tasted! Prosecco, lemon sorbet and vodka! OMG, I loved it!
It had been another great day. Tomorrow had more surprises to come !
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