Game Of Thrones Location Tour
Game of Thrones Location Tour
Fans of the HBO phenomenal hit Game of Thrones, this Belfast tour is ready to blow you away. Many pivotal scenes from the franchise were shot throughout Northern Ireland. This full-day excursion takes you to the land of ice and fire. Your route takes you to beautiful locations such as Carncastle and the Cushenem Caves. You'll view the rocky promontories of Carrick-a-Rede and gaze out towards Ballintoy Harbour's Rathlin Island. A prominent highlight of your tour is experiencing the Giant's Causeway, an absolutely breathtaking natural wonder. Afterward, dare to enter the Dark Hedges, instilling you with a foreboding sense of wonder.
From the Northern Irish capital of Belfast, proceed north along the highly rated Causeway Coastal Route. Your guide will regale you with information about the Game of Thrones HBO series, adapted from author George R. R. Martin's novels, A Song of Ice and Fire. Enjoy an introduction to Carncastle, near the village of Ballygally. This location kicked off the celebrated series, where the character Ned Stark beheaded a deserter from the Night's Watch. Before Game of Thrones, the village was primarily known for its Presbyterian church and Bronze Age fort and settlement, Knock Dhu.
Not far are the Cushendun Caves, where Melisandre, the Red Priestess of the Lord of Light, gave birth to a nefarious shadowy presence. The caves themselves were formed over a period of approximately 400 million years of erosion, now the sole remains of a prehistoric mountain range. Located on the coast, the caves provide shelter to a blustery atmosphere.
Proceed on your private tour to Larrybane, known as Storm's End in the series, where the famed Carrick-a-Rede is located. This gem is known for its rope bridge spanning the mainland to the island. While the Carrick-Rede Rope Bridge is not actually used in Game of Thrones, the rocky promontories acting as the setting for Storm's End will satisfy any landscape photographer.
One of the most scenic destinations on this Belfast tour is Ballintoy Harbour, or what fans would term the Iron Islands. One of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, the Iron Islands are ruled by House Greyjoy, enjoying a naval prowess the other kingdoms envy. Located between Carrick-a-Rede and the Giants Causeway, the harbor allows one to look towards Scotland. The village of Ballintoy is an inviting settlement with two churches, small shops, and restaurants.
Though it's not featured in the television series, no tour along Northern Ireland's coast would be complete without visiting the Giant's Causeway. A collection of 40,000 geometrically shaped basalt pillars make up the Causeway, acting as a barrier to the Atlantic's tumultuous storms. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was formed from an ancient volcanic eruption. Legend states the causeway was built as a way for two giants to meet and participate in a fight. The unique hexagonal circumference of each pillar will both baffle and intrigue all who view the geological phenomena.
The final highlight of your tour is the Dark Hedges. This grove of beech trees from either end appears like the interlocking fingers of a gargantuan mythical creature, a spine-shivering sight to behold. It was the locale where the young and tenacious Arya Stark escapes from the corrupt King's Landing, dressed as a boy. Planted by the Stuart family during the 18th Century, this tangled tunnel of beech trees is one of the most photographed locations in Northern Ireland.
Upon returning to Belfast after your private excursion, you will not only feel privileged having traveled to locations used in one of the most popular television programs of all time but in having explored of the most scenic landscapes in all the British Isles. Book this Belfast tour today for an unforgettable Ireland excursion.
About Shore Excursions Group
Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.
We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.
We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.
Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.
In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the leading tour guides and tour providers around the globe. We hold our people to very high standards which we measure by our comprehensive Quality Control process and, most importantly, by our customer feedback, which we will actively seek from each of our customers.
Shore Excursions Group is owned by seasoned travel executives possessing extensive experience across many sectors within the travel industry.
Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.