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Game of Thrones Escorted Tour - Tour description

Game of Thrones Escorted Tour

Walk in the footsteps of Tyrion Lannister and Jon Snow. Visit many of the film locations you’ll recognize from the saga’s mesmerizing episodes while discovering Northern Ireland’s dramatic beauty and history. Learn the difference between Game of Thrones medieval combat and the “real thing”. Meet the Direwolves, Summer and Grey Wind, when we visit Winterfell Castle and Demesne. Choose your costume and experience a medieval banquet reminiscent of the one that King Robert and his entourage enjoyed during Season 1 during their welcome at the Stark family home. Break bread and salt. Enjoy a delicious hog roast along with the very best of local Winterfell fare. Wash it all down with pitchers of fine deadly wine and exclusive 'Winterfell Ale' from the castle’s brewery. Recreate your own favorite Game of Thrones scenes on this 8 day escorted Game of Thrones tour!

Please note: The minimum age for participation in our Game of Thrones Tour is 18 years of age as stipulated by the organizers.

Game of Thrones Escorted Tour - Itinerary

Day 1: Monday: Belfast

(Welcome Dinner)

Transfer Belfast International Airport/Hotel Europa

Our hotel is the 4* Hotel Europa. This world-famous hotel is located on Great Victoria Street in the heart of Belfast City Centre. Its elegant décor, contemporary bistro, bustling bar and relaxing piano bar lounge make the Europa Hotel the hotel of choice for business and leisure guests visiting Belfast.

Many of Belfast’s top visitor attractions are a short distance from the hotel: the Ulster Museum, Grand Opera House, City Hall, Titanic Belfast, the Waterfront Hall and the Odyssey Arena.

The Europa Hotel has an international reputation for hosting prestigious events and looking after many of the celebrities and VIPs who visit Belfast.

At the Europa every guest is a VIP and will experience the finest in Irish hospitality and the highest level of customer service.

19:00/7PM – 21:00/9PM: After our transfer by motor coach from Belfast International Airport, we will have time to freshen up before our Welcome Dinner (2 drinks included), hosted by our Game of Thrones expert guide who will accompany us throughout our eight day tour.

Hotel Europa

Hotel Europa Lounge

Hotel Eateries: Causerie – Informal Dining, Afternoon Tea, Pre-theatre Fest
Piano Lounge – Afternoon Tea, Full Bar, Hot and Cold Dishes
Lobby Bar – Live Music, Full Bar, Bar Menu

Room at the Hotel Europa
Superior Twin Room for double occupancy offer views overlooking Great Victoria Street and the inner Hub of the City.

Day 2: Tuesday: Game of Thrones Tour 1

(B)

After breakfast, we’ll meet our guide in the hotel lobby at 09:00/9AM for a day filled with visits to some of the series’ most memorable film locations. After a long day of Game of Thrones immersion, we’ll get back to our hotel at approximately 19:00/7PM. We’re free this evening to enjoy dinner on our own at the hotel or at one of Belfast’s many fine restaurants and pubs.

Game of Thrones Tour
Cushendun – Our first stop is Cushendun, about an hour northwest from Belfast, where you will visit the awe-inspiring caves of the coastal town of Cushendun where Melisandre of Asshai, the red woman, gave birth to a shadow creature of Stannis Baratheon in front of the shocked Davos Seaworth, the Onion Knight.

Carnlough – Popular with Ballymena locals as the perfect place to enjoy fish and chips, the quiet harbor is now recognizable to an international audience as a set for Game of Thrones: Carnlough, AKA Braavosi Canal, where Ayra falls into the water during combat.

Ballintoy Harbour
Ballintoy Harbour is our next port of call, where Theon Greyjoy comes back to Pyke Harbour. The village was used for the fictional town of Lordsport in the Isle of Pyke in the second season of HBO's Game of Thrones. The filming at the harbour took place on 18, 19 and 22 August 2011, and from 15 August there was limited public access to the zone. The local shops and fishermen, who had to berth their boats temporarily in Ballycastle, were compensated by the production. This is so recognisable there has even been a plaque erected!


Giant’s Causeway – We can’t come this far without visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Flanked by the wild North Atlantic Ocean and a landscape of dramatic cliffs, for centuries the Giant’s Causeway has inspired artists, stirred scientific debate and captured the imagination of all who see it.

Legend has it that the Irish giant, Finn MacCool, from the Fenian cycle of Gaelic mythology, was challenged to a fight by the Scottish giant Benandonner. Finn accepted the challenge and built the causeway across the North Chanel so that the two giants could meet.

A climb up the Shepherd’s Steps takes us to the cliff-top trail with bird’s eye views of the causeway coast. Weather permitting, we can enjoy a picnic lunch amid the spectacular basalt formations or taste the regional fare at the award-winning Visitors’ Center café (not included).

Causeway Coast

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Carrick-a-Rede is an abandoned fishing island located just a few miles from the Giant’s Causeway. We can't be so close and not fit in a visit to the Rope Bridge! Wear comfortable shoes. It’s a hike and there are a lot of uneven rock steps.

The brave at heart among us will have an opportunity to cross the 65 foot long (20 meters long) rope bridge. On a clear day, we can see all the way to Scotland!

Please note: Venture across the Rope Bridge at your own risk. We cannot be responsible for any accidents that might occur. The coastal views are breath-taking but please don’t do a Balon Greyjoy!

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Larrybane - where Renly swears to Lady Stark that he will avenge Ned's death, but meets his end at the hands of the shadow assassin conjured up in those caves we visited in Cushendun.

Larrybane
Larrybane

The Dark Hedges – Possibly the most recognisable of the locations where Arya Stark makes her escape down The Kings Road. The Dark Hedges are one of the most popular attractions in Ulster. Located 50 miles northwest of Belfast, the Dark Hedges are reached off the Antrim Coastal Road.

A part of the A2 in Northern Ireland, called the Antrim Coast Road, is one of the most famous road trips in the world. A large section of the road is winding through the countryside, following the scenic coastline. Some parts are even built between large 100m high cliffs and the sea.

A2, Antrim Coast RoadA2

The Dark Hedges were planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century. These beech trees are now overgrown and intertwined, creating a tunnel along the stretch of Bregagh Road that once led to Gracehill, the Stuart family manor.

The Dark Hedges

Legend has it that the Dark Hedges are haunted by a mysterious gray lady who weaves in and out of the trees at dusk. In addition to being a popular subject for artists, the trees also serve as a frequent backdrop for wedding photographs and have been use for scenes in Game of Thrones, representing the Kings Road.

No tree climbing, folks. Let’s preserve this unique spot for other visitors.

Day 3: Wednesday: Medieval combat session

(B)

Medieval Combat

Today after breakfast we’ll have a tutorial in medieval combat. By the end you’ll fight better than Jaime Lannister himself!

We’ll be met at our hotel at 10:00/10AM by two expert instructors; one of whom is a professional archaeologist with 10 years’ experience. Both have been extras on Game of Thrones. Both have worked extensively with the period manuals from which the historical fencing they teach comes, so you will be able to learn a bit of history as well as the differences between real techniques and Game of Thrones style stage fighting, whilst having a lot of fun along the way!

After our morning combat lesson, we’re free to explore Belfast. Don’t miss a chance to visit the Titanic Quarter to see how the “unsinkable” luxury liner was constructed. Learn the history of the White Star Line and the men who built the legendary ship. The Titanic Belfast Visitor Center showcases Belfast’s maritime heritage.

Titanic Quarter in BelfastBelfast Visitor Centre

Day 4: Thursday: Game of Thrones Tour 2

(B)

After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll meet our guide in the hotel lobby at 09:00/9AM and embark on another full day exploration of Game of Thrones film locations.

We’ll arrive back at our hotel and approximately 17:00/5PM – plenty of time for a leisurely dinner at one of the excellent restaurants at our hotel or an evening exploration of Belfast.

Tollymore Forest Park – Our first stop today is Tollymore Forest Park in County Down where we’ll see the Ancient Bridge, the very place where the Dire Wolf Pups were discovered, and where the Whitewalker ambush took place.

Game of Thrones Scenethe Ancient Bridge
Whittaker Ambush

Audleys Castle & Castle Ward – This location is instantly recognisable as the location used for King Robert Baratheon’s arrival at Winterfell, and numerous other scenes featuring the Stark family, including Bran's archery training

Inch Abbey – See the site where Lady Catelyn Stark heard of Ned’s death, and where Robb was then made King of The North.

Inch Abbey

Day 5: Friday: Performance at Belfast Grand Opera House

(B)

(Woman in Black or similar – subject to availability)

Belfast's Grand Opera HouseAuditorium Belfast Grand Opera House

After breakfast at our hotel, we’re free to visit Belfast’s shops, museums, Botanic Gardens or just rest after yesterday’s full day of visits to Game of Thrones film locations.

This evening, we’ll attend what has been billed (perhaps tongue in cheek) as “the most terrifying live theater performance in the world”.

Author Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story comes dramatically alive in this stage adaptation. This gripping production is a brilliantly successful study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror.

A lawyer is obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the specter of a Woman in Black. He engages a skeptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It all begins innocently enough, but then as they reach further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds.

Perhaps we’ll get together at the Crown Bar, the “most beautiful pub in the world” – just across the street from our hotel - after the show to discuss this memorable performance.

Crown Bar - Belfast

Day 6: Saturday: Political and mural tour / Guided pub crawl

(B, D, Drinks)

After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll gather at 09:00/9AM this morning in our hotel’s lobby. We will be taken on a journey through Belfast’s own colourful history. We will go on a tour of the Shankill and Falls Road learning of how things were during the course of the Troubles. We’ll see the wall murals that are known all over the world. Every mural tells a story which will be explained in detail. We’ll return to the hotel at approximately 11:00/11AM. Lunch is on our own.

Mural in BelfastBelfast Streets

During the Troubles, our hotel had the dubious distinction of being dubbed “the most bombed hotel in the world”. Our guide will explain this and much more during this fascinating history lesson.

19:00/7PM: Tonight, we’re hitting the town! We’ll embark on our pub crawl. Here we’ll sample the best of Belfast nightlife, enjoying an evening of great bars, traditional Irish music and a few drinks included along the way. Fish and Chips and two drinks included.

Pub Crawl in BelfastPub in Belfast

Day 7: Sunday: Medieval banquet at Winterfell

(B, Medieval Banquet)

After breakfast at our hotel, we are free to explore Belfast and perhaps enjoy an elegant Sunday Tea at our hotel or at the Titanic Museum before our motor coach takes us to the home of the Stark family, Winterfell Castle.

Traditional Tea at our hotel is served daily from 14:00/2PM to 17:00/5PM £28 per person. Sparkling Afternoon Tea is £34 per person. Please call for reservations +44 (0) 28 9027 1066.

Afternoon Tea at Hotel Europa

We’ll all be ready in our hotel’s lobby by 16:30/4:30PM for the transfer to Winterfell Castle!

You’ll think we’re in a time warp on entering the thousand acre demesne. Will you recognize some of the 30 key film locations on this sprawling site? The imposing medieval walls and castle tower gate overlook a landscape that stretches to the lough. Should we be on the lookout for the dreaded White Walkers?

Winterfell CastleWinterfell Banquet

In the opening scenes of Game of Thrones® King Robert and his entourage visited the Stark family home – Winterfell Castle. That night the Starks laid-on a welcoming feast at Winterfell.

On arrival at Winterfell, guests are greeted by the Grand Maester at the castles North Gate then escorted through the courtyard to the ‘Armory & Forge’ to don their chosen costume, before being shown to their banqueting table by the 'ladies of Winterfell' - With dimly lit church candles flickering along the far-reaching tables; Bench seats draped with reindeer skins; Smoke billowing from roaring open fireplaces and braziers; Local traditional music; And everyone dressed in costume - this is sure to be the most memorable of dining experiences!

Break bread and salt; enjoy a delicious hog roast along with the very best of local Winterfell fare; wash it all down with pitchers of fine deadly wine and exclusive 'Winterfell Ale' from the castle’s brewery.

We’ll be treated to a String Quartet on arrival, which will of course play the iconic theme song and the ominous Rains of Castamere (played during the shocking red wedding scene).

We’ll gather again at 20:30/8:30PM for our return to our hotel at approximately 22:00/10:00PM.

Day 8: Transfer to airport

(B)

Sadly, our visit to Belfast and the Game of Thrones film sites ends after breakfast this morning.

Our motor coach will take us to Belfast International Airport.

Tour pin board

Country: Northern Ireland
Start City: Belfast
End City: Belfast
Only: £ 1,475 - Price per person based on double occupancy (£350 single supplement)
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
From: 25/06/2018 To: 02/07/2018


Book Now – Game of Thrones Escorted Tour 2018

Tour price is based on thirty (30) participants. Should the number of participants fall below thirty (30), we reserve the right to adjust prices accordingly. Participation in this tour presupposes acceptance of our Terms & Conditions.

Booking/Payment:

Deadline for payment for this tour is 1 March 2018 but do not wait to make your deposit. Reservations for the Game of Thrones film location visits are already filling up.

Please contact us for availability after 1 March 2018. Please note that, given the immense popularity of Game of Thrones, we must secure the tour with deposits by 1 March 2018 at the latest.

Protect your investment with travel insurance. Please be aware that equivalent costs are based on exchange rates and are contingent upon a fluctuating currency market. All prices are subject to change until tour has been paid in full.

Inclusions as follows:

  • Game of Thrones tour expert guide throughout
  • Tour manager throughout
  • Local licensed guides
  • Price per person based on thirty (30) participants
  • Touring coach x 8 days
  • Excursions/entrances as noted in itinerary
  • Seven (7) nights in Superior Double or Classic Single Room at the 4* Belfast Europa Hotel
  • Room/suite upgrades at additional cost based on availability
  • Upgrade to Executive Room is an additional £70.00 per room
  • Daily breakfast
  • Welcome Dinner with 2 drinks included
  • Fish ‘n Chips on pub crawl
  • Two drinks on pub crawl
  • Medieval banquet in costume with “fine deadly wine and exclusive 'Winterfell Ale' from the castle’s brewery”
  • Film extras are often present at the medieval banquet
  • Entrances as noted in itinerary
  • Airport transfer dependent on flight times
  • VAT

All bedrooms at the Europa Hotel come with the following amenities:-

  • Ensuite Rainfall Shower
  • Egyptian Cotton Sheets
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • In room Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • 32”LCD TV full channels
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Telephone
  • I-pod Docking Station
  • Espa Toiletries
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Dressing Table
  • Laundry Service*
  • Room Service*

*At additional cost

Not Included:

  • Room or suite upgrades
  • Meals except as mentioned
  • Transport except as mentioned
  • Local city taxes where applicable payable on check-in
  • Porterage except as mentioned
  • Flights
  • Mandatory Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • Tour participants for this Game of Thrones escorted tour must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Mythic World Tours, Inc. reserves the right to change certain conditions of the offered tours; for instance, the advertised hotel, activities or schedule of activities, etc.
  • A valid passport is required to travel. Please note that if your U.S. passport is due to expire within six months of your scheduled return to the U.S., you should check to make sure that it will be acceptable on your departure from the U.S.
  • We cannot be responsible for refusal to leave or enter the US if your passport is not in order.
  • No visas are necessary for Ireland and the U.K. for US or Canadian passport holders. Other nationalities should check to see if they require visas.
  • The purchase of TRAVEL INSURANCE is mandatory. U.S. residents: Please call us for a quote based on client’s age and state of residence. Minimum age for participation in this tour is eighteen (18).
  • You may show proof of purchase or request a custom quote and Travel Guard Chartis synopsis of coverage. Coverage and benefits include trip cancellation or interruption; travel delay; baggage and personal effects; medical/dental; accidental death and dismemberment; emergency assistance for ground services.
  • Please be aware that equivalent currency rates are contingent upon a fluctuating currency market.
  • All prices are subject to change until tour has been paid in full.

Please book early to secure your place on this memorable Game of Thrones tour!

Contact us to make your reservation today for a tour that no Game of Thrones fan will want to miss!

Take photos and videos (perhaps with some of the series’ many extras) to show your friends back home when you recount your own Irish adventures.