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Best things to see and do in Westeros before winter comes

Winter is coming and the time has never been better to visit the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. You’ll want to arrive before the Army of the Dead makes it past the wall, but pack some dragonglass just in case.

King’s Landing

King’s Landing

It would be a shame, shame, shame to miss King’s Landing, the capital city of the Seven Kingdoms. Stroll the cobblestone medieval streets and markets and meet the various characters of this bustling city. Visit the blacksmith and meet our handsome apprentice Gendy. Venture atop the grand steps of the Great Sept of Baelor and pray alongside the Faith of the Seven. If you prefer gambling and girls to chants and wildfire, don’t miss the brothels of Petyr Baelish.

The Red Keep

The Red Keep

Dominating the skyline, situated atop a mountain is the Red Keep, the seat of power for the Kings of Westeros. Take a knee in front of Cersei Lannister, First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms. Stroll the castle’s fortified walls that overlook the infamous Blackwater Bay where hundreds lost their lives in the epic battle. Walk across the Red Keep Bridge and pray your head does not one day decorate a spike. And never forget to keep your eyes down and your plotting to a minimum, because the Lannisters always pay their debts.

Sail Around King’s Landing

Sail Around King’s Landing

Sip a cocktail while sailing around the delightful city of King’s Landing aboard a Karaka ship that once transported Daenerys Targaryen across the sea. Enjoy views of King’s Landing. After a few drinks, you’ll have the courage you need to storm the beach. But before you do, don your own Queen of Dragons wig and blue dress and sit atop the Iron Throne, conveniently relocated to the ship. After all, you were born to rule Westeros.



Spend a day with the Stark family at Winterfell. Marvel at the castle surrounded by sprawling medieval walls, an imposing castle tower gate, beautiful surrounding landscapes, and far-reaching views across the lough. Meet Winterfell’s Master-at-Arms, and learn how to shoot arrows and throw axes at White Walker targets. Attempt to cuddle with two of the Stark Direwolf dogs, Summer and Grey Wind.

City of Meereen

City of Meereen

Daenerys Targaryen becomes The Breaker of Chains after she conquers Meereen with her Army of the Unsullied. See the cliffs where she crucified the city’s Masters. Stroll along the streets now kept safe by the Unsullied soldiers, and keep your eyes out for Tyrion and Varys, who might walk by in peasant disguise. Wander down to the crypt where Daenerys’s locked up and trained her dragons. See her throne room where she ruled Meereen for a short time.

Sunspear in the Kingdom of Dorne

Sunspear in the Kingdom of Dorne

The last place winter will arrive is in Sunspear, the capital of Dorne located in Southern Westeros. Perhaps because the House Martells are a passionate, fiery people. Visit the Water Gardens of Dorne, the private estate of the House of Martell. Walk through the Watergardens and Sunspear, the Dornish palaces and gardens. If you’re lucky, you’ll meet the handsome Prince Doran Martell, his brother Oberyn Martell and the lovely but vengeful sand snakes. Don’t let the beauty of this world dull your senses, there are often poisonous sand snakes lurking about.

The Dark Hedges on the King’s Road

The Dark Hedges on the King’s Road

Any pilgrimage via the King’s Road will go through the Dark Hedges. The amazing lines of imposing beech trees are where Arya became friends with Gendry and Hot Pie. The hedges are best in the early morning. Or, for the bravest of soldiers, explore late at night!

Pyke Castle, House of Greyjoy

Pyke Castle, House of Greyjoy

Calling all Greyjoys! You’re taking your life in your own hands with a visit to the Iron Islands and Pyke Castle. Arrive by ship, just as Theon, the forgotten Greyjoy heir, arrived back in the Iron Islands and meets his sister Yara. See the picturesque harbour where Theon was baptised in front of Balon and Yara, and where Euron was later drowned and crowned to be king.

North of the Wall

Only the bravest venture this far North in Westeros. And only the strongest will survive the long winter (or the ones armed with the most dragonglass). These snow-covered lands are the stomping grounds of white walkers and the base camp of the Free Folk. Visit the village of Gift, the site of a terrible massacre by the Wildlings in which all the villagers were slaughtered except for a young boy, Olly.

King’s Landing’s Dragonpit

Plan your own family reunion at the Dragonpit, where the most powerful leaders of Westeros met for the first time to look at a Wight head. Perhaps you too can hash out a strategy to defeat the Army of the Dead.

Planning Your Westeros Visit

What should you know before you arrive in Westeros?

Westeros is a continent located in the west of the known world. The majority of the continent, excluding the lands beyond the Wall, falls under the Seven Kingdoms and is ruled by the King of the Andals and the First Men. Although the continent is in open civil war, Queen Cersei currently sits on the Iron Throne in the capital city of King’s Landing.

The name of the realm dates back to the time prior to the War of Conquest, during which seven independent kingdoms existed on the continent. The realm currently consists of nine distinct regions, the remaining two being formally established after the Targaryen conquest. Regardless, all nine provinces are subject to the rule of the Iron Throne.

Planning Your Trip to Westeros - King's Landing

The nine regions of Westeros offer a diverse range of incredible experiences guaranteed to help every traveller love where they’re going. If you crave the excitement and nightlife of cities, visit King’s Landing and walk the streets, shop in the markets, and chant in the temples of this bustling capital city. Sail around the city and marvel at the formidable Red Keep where the Lannister family rules as well as the infamous Blackwater Bay. Make sure to check for neon liquid before lighting any candles.

Planning Your Trip to Westeros - Winterfell

If you prefer a winter wonderland, grab your fur pelts and head north on the King’s Road to the largest region in Westeros. The Kingdom of the North is ruled by the strong and benevolent Stark family. Spend the night at Winterfell, where the castle is gearing up for the great battle against the Army of the Dead. Every man, woman, boy and girl is training to defend Westeros, so expect to learn some valuable new skills during your stay.

Dangers to Be Aware Of in Westeros

Dragons: There are three dragons currently residing in Westeros. Do not attempt to touch or ride a dragon unless you are a Targaryen (or the Night King). If you see one overhead, and find yourself near delicious livestock, seek shelter immediately. If you hear the word, “drakarys” don’t bother running because you are already toasted.
White Walkers: The Long Summer has ended, and winter is coming, which means the Army of the Dead is coming for you. Only dragonglass and fire kills White Walkers; so order your dragonglass from Dragonstone prior to your trip (not included in Prime shipping) and befriend a dragon upon arrival.

Good to know

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    Common Tongue of the Andals
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What people are saying about Westeros

Amazing tour, super nice and knowledgeable tour guide!

We absolutely loved the GOT tour! The guide even showed us images of scenes that were filmed exactly where we were standing which was really helpful to see the full picture. The places we stopped were really beautiful, it’s a great way to see the town and learn at the same time - he was also really good about stopping and giving us photo opportunities without making us stay too long in each location. The company helped us find the guide as we were looking for them at the wrong address (2Stradun on google maps takes you to the center of Stradun street just fyi. But we were able to catch up with the rest of the group and the guide was very nice about it. Highly recommend bringing water and/or snacks as there’s not really a break in between so have your coffee before you leave!

This tour was much more then what we expected it to be!! Brilliant

Thisnis much more then a GOT tour. This also a history tour of the main palace. Victoria our tour was super cool and knew what she was talking about. She made the tour fun and exciting with a lot of cool and gross stuff. We went with our two daughter and she interacted with them and made them feel very welcomed even though we all know GOT is not for kids. We loved every minute of it. She had pictures of all the sences that were filmed in and around the palace and took us to every spot. Its about 2 hours but not all exclusive to GOT which made the tour much better then we expected. I know this is is nothing to do with Vicoria and the tour company but its such a shame the GOT shop at the end was so so expensive but you get a chance to take a pic on the iron Thorne!!!

Split: Games of Thrones Locations Tour Reviewed by Ayeda, 08/03/2019

Great tour with engaging guide. Loved the reference photos too!

I really enjoyed our tour with Joseph. He had a lot of fun information on the show and tried to steer our group so that we'd avoid the crowds. It was nice that he also had a book of photos of scenes from the show so you could see the locations in context on the show. I also liked that he'd throw in some history on Dubrovnik as well, so we learned a little bit more about each spot. Overall a great experience! We did this tour in the afternoon in October, so I'd recommend bringing sunglasses and wear some sunscreen since a lot of the spots were in direct line of the sun at that time. Also, there are a few stairs on this tour, but that's just how Old Town is set up :-)

Dubrovnik: Game of Thrones Tour with Hidden Walls Reviewed by Lauren, 10/14/2019

The tour was personal, interesting and fun

Ivana was our tour guide, she was very enthusiastic and bubbly. Ivana took us to lots of locations with a very personal touch. There was only my partner and I with another couple on the tour. We were able to go to part of the wall which was of limits to the city wall trip, there were lots of photo opportunities and amazing GOT inside information. The tour was everything and more that we hoped for and it was made special by such a small group. I would highly recommend this tour.

Amazing tour! Only few people! NO mainstream

Antonia our guide, was such a beautiful and charismatic human being. We heard a lot of Dubrovnik History, and Game of Thrones. We were only few people. Had earphones, for better understanding, and walked a lot of alternative routes! It was our best tour!!!! Thank you Antonia! Now we know, that wealthy is everone in dubrovnik, who still has a balcony :D.

Dubrovnik: Game of Thrones Tour with Hidden Walls Reviewed by Christian, 08/19/2019