15 Adventures You Could Have This Summer

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Americans take half their earned paid vacation days1 just to lose the rest. Rather than dreaming about beaches, ancient ruins, and jungle adventures, while you stare at your monitor, you could be living your dream. Here are 15 great examples of adventures you could experience this summer:

  1. Sip Sangria on the Mediterranean Coast
  2. Taste gelato as you head to the Vatican in Rome
  3. Island hop among the Greek islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Athens, Crete, and Rhodes
  4. Experience summer solstice in a unique way at Stone Hedge in England
  5. Immerse yourself in the diversity of literature at the Berlin International Literature Festival in Germany
  6. Kiss a loved one as the sun sets on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
  7. Search for the Loch Ness monster in the Highlands of Scotland
  8. Zip line through the jungles of Costa Rica
  9. Escape the heat while viewing the beautiful Iguazu Falls in Argentina
  10. Explore the World’s largest coral reef by scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns, Australia
  11. Wander the abandoned Incan city of Machu Picchu in Peru
  12. Purchase fresh produce at the floating market in Thailand
  13. Hike to the top of Mt. Fuji in Japan
  14. Experience the biggest annual celebration of arts on the African continent in Grahamstown
  15. Cruise the Yangtze River in China

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Can You Name These Filming Locations (as seen on Game of Thrones)?

 

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As season 6 of the HBO series approaches, find out how much you know about where different seasons were filmed. Play to win (or don’t win) with travel packages designed for GOT fans.

Get ready for another dose of sword fighting and scheming, Game of Thrones debuts for a new season this Sunday. In preparation for season 6, we’ve put together a quick quiz to test your knowledge about where in the world different episodes have been filmed around the world. Since go-today is all about creating customized travel experiences, we’ve created a few travel packages that feature locations as seen on GOT!

And if you plan to tweet the premier this Sunday, be sure to add #GOTgotoday hashtag with any new observations about this seasons filming destination. We’ll share our favorite reader tweets and posts on Monday.

 

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Discover the World of Westeros in Person

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Game of Thrones (GOT) has been filmed in some of the most beautiful locations throughout the world. Diehard GOT fans have begun to travel to the filming locations in hopes of seeing where this fantasy meets reality. We have selected the top four breathtaking filming locations and sightseeing tours designed especially for diehard GOT fans (and non-fans)!

**Warning May Contain Spoilers!**

Explore Northern Ireland and follow Arya’s footsteps through the Dark Hedges, journey to Iceland and see Beyond the Wall and the home of the Wildings, venture east to Croatia where you can walk through Kings Landing, or travel to Spain to see the House Martell in Dorne.

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Visit Belfast, the capital and largest city in Northern Ireland, which offers plenty of activities and sights to keep guests delighted and entertained. Admire the Falls Road Murals, Belfast Castle, and visit Belfast’s oldest pub founded in 1720, Kelly’s Cellars.

Plus you’ll enjoy a Westeros designed tour that will take you to some popular filming locations as featured on Game of Thrones.

  • Cushendun Caves formed over 400 million years of extreme weather, provided the backdrop for The Stormlands in GOT. These caves sit just beyond the town of Cushendun and are surrounded by the ocean and luscious greens. Be sure to take a moment to enjoy the views as you walk in.

Featured Scene: In Season 2, Melisandre gives birth to the Shadow Baby after being brought to shore by Davos Seaworthy.

  • Experience Ballintoy Harbor/Iron Islands, a raised beach in Northern Ireland and offering picturesque views of the ocean. Featured as the fictional town of Lordsport, this harbor was used to shoot scenes of Pyke and Iron Islands as featured in Game of Thrones.

Featured Scene: Theon Greyjoy arrives back to the Iron Islands on this beautiful beach. This is also where he first meets his sister Yara.  

  • Admire views of Larrybane Quarry, home to beautiful white limestone rocks and stunning ocean views. Located on the Antrim Coast, it will be recognizable to fans as Renly’s military encampment.

Featured Scene: Season 2 Episode 3, Catelyn Stark agrees to a treaty with Renley on behalf of her son Rob. Here Renly swears he will avenge Ned’s death and bring back Cathelyn Joffrey’s head.

  • Experience the Dark Hedges, originally designed as a compelling landscape feature to impress everyone who came to the Georgian mansion, Gracehill House.

Featured Scene: The Dark Hedges can be seen in Season 2 Episode 1 where Arya Stark escapes from King’s Landing, disguised as a boy.

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Iceland was the perfect shooting location for scenes North of the Wall. Many of Iceland’s national parks were featured throughout the GOT series. Your tour of this Nordic island will take you to these popular GOT haunts.

  • Grjótagjá is a small lava cave in Iceland. Years ago this cave was visited by tourists but today the water is too hot to swim in.

Featured Scene: This beautiful cave is where Jon Snow and Ygritte are found together Beyond the Wall in season 3.

  • Dimmuborgir Close to Grjótagjá and south of the town of Húsavik is Dimmuborgir. As a lava field with unusually-shaped rocks with serious significance in Icelandic folklore, it is said that Dimmuborgir is somehow connected to hell and the home of murderous trolls, whose sons, The Yule Lads, have become entwined in the Christmas story in Iceland as a kind of frightening alternative to Santa Claus.

Featured Scene: In Westeros Dimmuborgir is where King Beyond the Wall set up his camp for Wildlings.

  • Vatnajökull is one of the largest glaciers in Europe. Vatnajokull is a vast national park that offers a number of attractions for visitors.

Featured Scene(s): Beyond the Wall

To make the most of this destination, we’d suggest you add the following destination especially if you have love for hiking and dazzling views:

  • Thingvellir National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to acers of hiking, stunning waterfalls, and other outdoor activities.

Featured Scene: Arya and Sandor Clegane’s journey from village to village in mid-Westeros.

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Dubrovnik is located on a peninsula surrounded by a dramatic stone cliff. This city itself is used as King’s Landing as featured in Game of Thrones series. Your GOT tour will include destinations from many climatic scenes and stunning views:

  • Lovrijenac Fortress is located outside Dubrovnik on a 37 meters high rock, right on the shore.

Featured Scene: The bay in front of the Red Keep fortress was used for shooting many climatic scenes during the Battle of Blackwater.

  • Gradac Park is just outside of Old Town Dubrovnik. From this park you can see beyond Fort Lovrjenac and into the ocean below.

Featured Scene: Purple Wedding between King Joffrey Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell.

Don’t miss out on some of the other beautiful GOT filming locations near Dubrovnik, Croatia!

  • Minčeta Tower, located along the walls of Dubrovnik was an important defense tower facing towards the land and a symbol of how ‘unconquerable’ the city is.

Featured Scene: In Season 2 Daenerys is forced to go into the House of the Undying, Minceta Tower, to rescue her dragons.

  • Lokrum Island is a green and lush island located a few hundred meters off the coast of Dubrovnik, 10 minutes by boat from the old port. The fortress sits on the highest point of the island unveiling an amazing view over the protected national park.

Featured Scene: Known as Qarth in Game of Thrones, this island is where most of Daenerys story takes place.

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During season 5 GOT filming expanded to Seville, Spain. Seville is known for its ornate Alcazar castle, flamenco dancing, and gothic cathedrals. These grand archway and tile wall are something you will enjoy on your GOT inspired Seville tour.

  • Royal Alcazar is one of Europe’s oldest castles and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the mid-1300s by King Peter I this castle was designed to be a mixture of Christian and Moorish architecture.

Featured Scene: Throughout season 5 it’s seen as the House Martell in Dorne.

Go beyond Alcazar and Seville to experience the small town of Osuna. With a population of less than 20,000 this town never expected to be made famous through a television show!

  • Osuna is a picturesque small town located outside of Seville, Spain. One of its main attractions is the Plaza de Toros built in 1904. Recognized as one of the widest arenas in Spain, it can hold over 6,500 people.

Featured Scene: Season 5 it’s featured as the town of Meereen, a former slave town that Daenerys Targaryen is ruling.

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