A Contiki cruise to a Game of Thrones fantasy
Felicia Ioculano steps into a Game of Thrones fantasy on a Contiki cruise.
WHAT A day and a night in the city of Dubrovnik, Croatia.
WHERE Dubrovnik is in the Dalmatian region of Croatia, on the Adriatic Sea. The city was a filming location for the hit fantasy television series Game of Thrones.
THE SHIP Felicia cruised with friend Alyssa on the motor sailing ship MS Petrina, which carries up to 28 people. They cruised for seven nights on a round trip from Split, via ports including Hvar and Dubrovnik.
THE EXPERIENCE "I love Game of Thrones, so it was really interesting to see where some of it was filmed.
"We went on a walking tour around the city and our guide talked a lot about the show, where the filming was done.
"We were a young group and the guide was quite young as well, so she focused on what we were interested in.
"It was a hot day, verging on unbearable, so after the tour, we went to the beach to cool down.
"The beaches are rocky and not all that comfortable, but we just wanted to be in the water.
"We also went to Dubrovnik's famous cliff bars, which are set into the cliffs just outside the city and get nice cool breezes. You can get a drink and sit there watching people jumping off the cliffs into the sea.
"In the evening, we went to a restaurant overlooking the water and then on to the most amazing club, at least double the size of any club I've been to.
"We got there about 11 and it was absolutely dead, but an hour later it was packed. Things really don't get started until midnight.
"We had more time in Dubrovnik the following day and had a relaxed time wandering around the city and sitting in the shade at the beach.
"Some people from our cruise went on a kayaking trip around the city walls, but we were happy to just sit and watch the locals."
VALUE FOR MONEY A city walking tour and Dubrovnik kayaking excursion are included in Contiki's Croatian sailing packages, which are about $147 a day, including most meals. Felicia, who was on her first cruise, felt it was good value - "definitely a reasonable price for what we did".