Aloha adventurers and welcome to another Friday Thought here on Fred Holidays TV. I am Chris of the house Mayhew and as you can see, we are excited to have Game of Thrones back on our television for season 5. However, what happens at the end of the series, when you realise that there’s nothing to look forward to next week? Do you sit around for a year, mourning the loss of the latest high profile character to get the axe? Immediately start Googling season 6 to find out any juicy gossip? Well, if you think that’s the best way to get your Game of Thrones fix then, just like Jon Snow, you know nothing. There is a much better way.
Here at Fred Holidays, we are offering a number of different tours that will whisk you off to Westeros and allow you to follow in the footsteps of your favourite characters. You can travel to various parts of Europe to visit some of the iconic filming locations and explore places such as King’s Landing and Meereen. So, whether you are devoted to Daenerys, in admiration of Ayra or thrilled by Tyrion, there’s something for everyone to get excited about.
So where can you go and what will you see? Well, in Iceland you’ll be able to travel north of The Wall and discover the lands where the White Walkers roam. The real life setting used for filming is the Thingvellir National Park, a beautiful part of the world which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you survive your time here without being recruited by the Walkers, you will also be taken to the Thjorsárdalur valley. Here, your guide will take you to a site that was used to film the scene in which the Wildlings attacked a village as they left a trail of devastation on their way to Castle Black.
If you would prefer a warmer trip, we can take you to some of the filming locations in Malta. In the first season, many areas of Mdina were used to depict King’s Landing. This includes a number of different forts that double as the Red Keep at certain periods. Mdina is also home to St Anton’s Palace, where the real President of Malta lives. As well as being depicted as the Tower of the Hand, shots in the stables and passageways of King’s Landing were also filmed here. During you time on the island, you will visit Fort Manoel in the town of Gzira which is used as the exterior of the Great Sept of Bealor. This is where Ned Stark confessed before being beheaded, where Joffrey and Margaery’s wedding took place and where countless other scenes occur.
As well as Iceland and Malta, much of the filming for Game of Thrones takes place in Croatia. We can offer two different tours here, one which explores parts of Split and Dubrovnik and another which allows for an extended look solely at the latter. Split will be recognisable to fans of the show as the city of Meereen. During your time here, you will visit Klis Fortress which is used for external shots of the fictional city, as well as Diocletian’s Palace which is the setting for scenes filmed behind Meereen’s walls. You may recognise some of the streets or the cellar where Grey Worm encouraged the slaves to rise up against their masters, but there’ll be no mistaking the room in which Daenerys sits on her throne.
Dubrovnik is perhaps the worst kept secret when it comes to the Game of Thrones filming locations. Everybody knows that the Croatian city has been used to film scenes in King’s Landing throughout seasons 2, 3, 4 and 5. You can choose to discover Dubrovnik in tandem with Split or opt for a three-day tour which includes time to explore on your own. Your guide will take you to Lovrijenac Fortress where various different battle scenes are filmed, as well as the nearby coastline which is home to Blackwater Bay. As you gaze out and imagine Stannis Baratheon’s fleet being decimated by Tyrion’s plan involving Wildfire, you will be able to see the Croatian island of Lokrum which you may recognise as Qarth. Your tour will also lead you to Trsteno Arboretum where the scenes in the gardens of King’s Landings were shot.
Now, if you have your own dragon or you are a Warg you won’t have to worry, but anyone else will be looking for flights to get these European destinations. We can help to arrange these and add them to your package to create a holiday that includes your chosen tour as well as some time to look around at your own pace.
And that’s all we have time for today. For more information on our range of Game of Thrones tours, you can visit fredholidays.co.uk and our dedicated team is always here to help. So thanks for watching and we will see you again for another Friday Thought from Fred. Goodbye, and remember, the night is dark and full of terrors.