Spoiler alert! The following contains spoilers for Game of Thrones. You’ve been warned.
This past Sunday, HBO’s Game of Thrones came to a dramatic conclusion—beloved characters broke our hearts, the world’s least comfortable throne is no more, and Arya desperately needs a cruise consultant. Love it or hate it, we hope you’ll agree that Game of Thrones was, among many things, one of the most visually stunning TV series ever produced. This is thanks in no small part to the show’s spectacular sets and filming locations, many of which can be visited on a cruise from The Cruise Web!
Featured below are the best ways to cruise to a few of the incredible destinations used as filming locations for Game of Thrones:
The rocky canyons and cliffs of Iceland’s Thingvellir National Park (about 45 minutes outside of Reykjavik) helped protect the Bloody Gate while guiding the paths of several memorable characters—including Arya, Sansa, Littlefinger, Tormund and Ygritte—and this is near where Brienne battled The Hound!
Featured Itinerary: 14-night Iceland & Ireland (Celebrity Cruises) | Roundtrip Southampton
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Dubrovnik’s Minceta Tower was re-imagined as Qarth’s House of the Undying, which Daenerys enters in Season Two, and much of the city was oft used for filming scenes in King’s Landing, including Cersei’s infamous walk of atonement. Shame on you if you never visit this remarkable medieval city!
Featured Itinerary: 8-night Classic Italy & Dalmatian Coast (Windstar Cruises) | Venice to Rome
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Belfast, Northern Ireland
Several Northern Ireland locations and landmarks not far from Belfast have served as the beautiful, moody backdrop for various parts of Westeros, including the Kingsroad (actually the Dark Hedges), early Dragonstone (Downhill Beach), House Greyjoy’s Castle Pyke (Dunluce Castle), the Iron Islands’ docks (Ballintoy Harbour) and Winterfell Castle (Castle Ward). Plus, for one of the show’s most shocking moments, Melisandre’s “delivery room” was staged at Cushendun Caves. RIP Renly.
Featured Itinerary: 9-night Gaelic Inspiration (Oceania Cruises) | Roundtrip Dublin
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Various early scenes in King’s Landing were filmed around the walled city of Mdina, and nearby Fort Manoel is where honorable Ned Stark’s story ended. Both landmarks are located less than 30 minutes from Valletta!
Featured Itinerary: 11-night Amalfi Coast & Greek Isles (Celebrity Cruises) | Roundtrip Rome
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In the series, many kingdoms were jealous of House Martell for the beauty and climate of their make-believe home of Dorne, on display at their Water Palace and Gardens (Alcazar de Seville, in real life). Nearby, and just outside of Seville, the ruins of the Roman Amphitheatre of Italica served as the series’ legendary Dragonpit in King’s Landing.
Featured Itinerary: 12-night Western Mediterranean (Norwegian Cruise Line) | Rome to Southampton
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Several northern Icelandic locations near Akureyri were used throughout filming, especially for scenes depicting the rugged lands north of the Wall, including a Wildling campsite (Dimmuborgir lava fields) and the secret grotto where Jon and Ygritte got wild (Grjotagja Cave). In real life, swimming in the geothermal waters is prohibited, but this is still a worthy detour.
Featured Itinerary: 12-night Iceland & Norway (Royal Caribbean) | Roundtrip Amsterdam
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Discover the Free City of Braavos—actually Sibenik, Croatia—and pay a visit to the Iron Bank (real life St. James Cathedral). Afterwards, continue exploring as Arya did when she found the House of Black and White, dropped her name, learned to fight with the Faceless Men and then got her name back. Honestly, as nice as Sibenik is, we’re a little surprised Arya ever left.
Featured Itinerary: 12-night Greek Isles Connoisseur (Princess Cruises) | Venice to Rome
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To learn more about the cruises highlighted above, or to discuss additional ways to relive your favorite Game of Thrones moments, call The Cruise Web today at 1-800-377-9383.
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