Sail to Westeros with Star Clippers

[caption id="attachment_16868" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photos shared on Instagram by @dubrovnik_tour_guide_denis.

HBO's Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on television today. Audiences around the globe are enchanted by the surreal scenery from the lush greens of Winterfell to the icy tundras North of the Wall and the incredible walled city of King's Landing.

Many fans know that filming locations include Ireland, Iceland, and -- last but not least -- Dubrovnik, Croatia. In reality Dubrovnik is no less beautiful than its fictional counterpart, King's Landing, and Star Clipper returns year after year to stroll the narrow cobblestoned streets of the beautiful walled city.

Get to know the city by foot, bike, kayak, or from behind the lens with a Star Clippers excursion.

Have you sailed into Dubrovnik? Let us know what you though in the comments!

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Med Season is Just Around the Corner

[caption id="attachment_16675" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Tired of the cold? Just picture a long summer day at Dubrovnik!

This time of year anyone who lives in the northern hemisphere is likely tired of the frigid winter temps. Worry not chilly friends! Star Clippers' Mediterranean season is just around the corner! Days are getting longer and before you know it spring will be here.

Come April Royal Clipper and Star Clipper will be sailing the western Med while Star Clipper heads east to the Aegean Sea.

Spring not coming soon enough? It's not too late to head to the Caribbean!

Are you ready for the Med? Let us know in the comments!

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Star Clippers' Quote of the Day

George Bernard Shaw was enchanted by Dubrovnik, Croatia, after his visit in 1929, and it's not hard to see why.

Dubrovnik is one of the best preserved examples of a medieval walled city existing today.

The city's varied history can be observed in its buildings. There are over 80 religious buildings in Dubrovnik representing a range of architectural periods from Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic styles. Today the port city has been featured as a fantastical background on such shows as HBO's Game of Thrones.

People continue to fall in love with the city, as George Bernard Shaw once did.

Guests can sail to Dubrovnik on Royal Clipper and Star Clipper during their summer seasons in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Photos are courtesy of Paul Vandevelder from his recent Mediterranean sailing on Royal Clipper. Paul VanDevelder writes for SAIL, the NYT's, the LA Times, and Audubon, and is the author of Savages and Scoundrels: The Untold Story of America's Road to Empire through Indian Territory (Yale University Press) and Coyote Warrior: One Man, Three Tribes, and the Trial that Forged a Nation (Little,Brown). He has been been a contract photographer for Star Clippers since 1992. You can visit Paul at his web site for more pictures and stories:

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Nancy in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Nancy has been writing about her summer travels. Celebrating 46 years of marriage, she and her husband Joe left the city of brotherly love and landed in Venice, Italy, to begin their journey. She is sailing the Mediterranean aboard Royal Clipper, and was kind enough to share her experience with us. Below are some excerpts from her blog. For her whole story you can visit her personal blog Nancy Near Philadelphia.

The next day found us in Dubrovnik, the largest city we visited in Croatia. Interestingly, while Croatia very recently joined the European Union, the country wasn't "on the Euro" at the time we visited. Their currency is the kuna, and in Hvar and Rovinj we had to go to bank machines to acquire kuna if we wanted to make any purchases.

Croatia is known for lavender, truffles, and olive oil (among other things) and we bought some of each. In Dubrovnik, merchants weren't nearly as picky about currency. They accepted kuna, Euros, and even American dollars! One purchase I made near the end of our stay involved a combination of currencies, obligingly calculated by the shopkeeper.

In Dubrovnik, we had signed up to participate in a shore excursion offered by Royal Clipper. In an air-conditioned (!) bus, we traveled out through beautiful countryside to visit a home that had existed for hundreds of years. There was a vineyard, an olive grove, and a huge garden.

On the way back to Dubrovnik, we stopped at a smaller town and wandered around. A couple of young girls from our group found a beach and returned to the bus with wet hair and huge smiles!

While our guide was showing us the downtown area, a commotion was heard and a large group of people were making their way toward us, the front one carrying a flag and all of the men singing! What could it be?

Our guide told us that it was a wedding party. The men had gathered at the home of the groom at about two o'clock and after partying there for some time, they processed to the bride's home where a similar party was taking place!

To visit Nancy's blog, Nancy Near Philadelphia, click here.

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