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3 Day Northern Coast

BELFAST , GIANTS CAUSEWAY, GAME OF THRONES & DERRY

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A legenDERRY few days in the North of Ireland as we will spend nights in The North’s two largest Cities, the first night’s stay in the lively city of Belfast and the second night’s stay in  the historical city of Derry. This tour will take you on a voyage of discovery visiting all the main attractions such as, The Giants Causeway, Carrik A Rede rope bridge, an outstanding political tour of Belfast suburbs, a visit to the Titanic Museum, several Game of Thrones locations, a Historical Derry city walking tour and a wonderful coastal drive of  around the East coast of Antrim and its 9 glens!!!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Peace Wall Tour of Belfast
  • The mighty Giants causeway & Cliff top walk
  • Carrik A Rede Rope Bridge
  • The stunning Antrim Coast
  • Game of Thrones locations
  • Award winning walking tour of Derry City

INCLUSIONS

  • Your local Irish Guide
  • All transport around the North of Ireland
  • 2 nights accommodation and 2 breakfasts
  • Entrance fee to Titanic Museum & Rope Bridge
  • Personally guided historical walk

FREE TIME

  • Discover the sights and shops of Belfast at your own pace.
  • Walk the nature trail along the edge of the Antrim Coast
  • Listening to live Irish Music in a traditional Irish Pub, in County Derry.

DAY 1: SOUTH TO BELFAST

We leave the south of Ireland and make our way North East to County Antrim.  Along the way there will several toilet stops as drive time alone will take up to five hours.  You will arrive in Belfast City around 12.00pm and drive straight to the fantastic Titanic Museum.

This museum extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way; from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise. The journey goes beyond the aftermath of the sinking, to the discovery of the wreck and continues into the present day with a live undersea exploration centre.

Afterwards you will have plenty of time to explore the city by foot before checking in to the hostel in the evening and then discovering the night life of what this great city has to offer.

Tips: Go to Boojum take away for the best Burrito in the world, mmmmmm!!!!! And make sure you visit Filthy McNastys for the nightlife

DAY 2: Belfast to Derry

Today is a truly packed day – From Belfast we will be taking the breath-taking Antrim coast road. This coast road has been compared to the Great Ocean Road in Australia and California and you will see why. En Route we will take in several Game of Thrones locations.

Along the way we visit the stunning Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge where you can sway Indiana Jones’ style over the choppy Atlantic Ocean below. This will be followed by a trip to the North’s top tourist attractions The Giants Causeway. The Giant’s Causeway, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt, is the only World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland. Resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago, this is the focal point of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has attracted visitors for centuries.

Finally, before we head towards Belfast City, it’s time to visit our Game of Thrones locations.  The beautiful Ballintoy Harbour or Pyke Harbour in the series ,  the ‘The Dark Hedges’, aka the Kings Road and a photo stop at Dunluce Castle, used as Castle Pyke.

From there it will take just over an hour to reach Derry city centre where you will have up to 2 hours free time to wander around this great city before checking into your Hostel. The historical city of Derry is Irelands only walled city. Yes the place where the infamous event of Bloody Sunday occurred, that inspired the famous U2 song, ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’.

Tips:  When you visit the Giants Causeway, make sure you take the Cliff top walk first and travel down to the Causeway via the steps.  There were 32 deaths by selfie last year worldwide – BE CAREFUL!!!

 

DAY 3: DERRY TO SOUTH

Today this afternoon we will head back to the Republic but not before  we take you on an award winning guided tour of Derry City. The tour has been described by many as possibly the Best Walking Tour on the Island of Ireland and is for many people who travel with us, the highlight of their 3 days.

With over fifty natural and built attractions in the region, such as Derry’s Walls, The Bogside, The Peoples Gallery (Murals) The Bloody Sunday Story, The History of the Apprentice Boys, The Marching Season Traditions. The walking tour has been listed by many as one of the best experiences they have had on their travels anywhere.

Tips: Walk the Peace Bridge if you have time and check out The Guild Hall Museum.

 

 

FROM CORK: 

DEPARTURE POINT INFORMATION:

6.15am departure from entrance to Castlewhite Apts Western Road.

6.30am Merchants Quay (Riverside City Centre Bus Stop) – SEE HERE

 


FROM LIMERICK:

DEPARTURE POINT INFORMATION:

7.30am departure from Arthurs Quay , Limerick City

7.50am departure from UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK – Flag Pole Entrance


FROM KERRY

DEPARTURE POINT INFORMATION:

5.15am departure from entrance to Tralee Bus Station

 


FROM DUBLIN:

DEPARTURE POINT INFORMATION:

10.30am departure from Victoria Quay, Dublin City. SEE HERE

ACCOMMODATION

We’ve chosen high quality backpacker accommodation in a variety of hostels, wilderness lodges, cabins and historic hotels.  Quad-share accommodation is included with your tour. You can choose to upgrade your accommodation to a single or twin/double private room (subject to availability).

To request an accommodation upgrade, please email us (info@irishexperiencetours.com) to book.

Please note: 

Large Dorm style hostel accommodation only available for our Student & Tours for 18’s to 28’s groups NOT our Wild Atlantic Way Tours.

Twin/Double upgrades are based on two people sharing and can only be booked if you are travelling with a companion.

Please note that at some destinations your private room will include an ensuite bathroom and some it won’t.

 

INCLUSIONS

  • Highly trained local Irish Guides
  • Journey of discovery in a Irish Experience mini coach
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 2 nights accommodation (2 nights in quality accommodation ).
  • Personally guided nature walks
  • Titanic Musem Belfast
  • Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge & Giants Causeway
  • Derry City walking tours
  • All relevant taxes.

 FREETIME

  • Plenty of free time in many of the towns and villages we visit.
  • Experience local Irish Pubs with traditional Irish Music.
  • Many of the walks and hikes give you time to share the experience with like-minded young travelling companions.

Price – Optional Extras List

  • Some optional entrance fees and additional activity options, for example:
  • Belfast City Walking Tours – €10 for two hours
  • Belfast City Red Bus Tour – €25
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