3 Days
Duration
Northern Coast
Location

BELFAST, CHRISTMAS MARKET, GIANTS CAUSEWAY, TITANIC BELFAST, GAME OF THRONES & ROPE BRIDGE

A wonderful few days in Northern Ireland as we will spend two nights in Belfast. This tour will take you on a voyage of discovery visiting all the main attractions such as, The Giants Causeway, Carrick A Rede rope bridge, the Peace walls of Belfast city, a visit to the Titanic Museum, several Game of Thrones locations, and a wonderful coastal drive of  around the East coast of Antrim and its 9 glens!!!

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

All transport: You’ll travel in our comfortable mid-sized coaches around Ireland.

Experienced tour guide: Expect entertaining commentary, insight into local secrets and extra support from your tour guide.

Accommodation:

OPTION 1 – HOSTEL/LODGE: 2 nights’ Multi-share accommodation in a variety of quality backpacker hostels & wilderness lodges.  Upgrades to a private family, twin or single rooms are available info@irishexperiencetours.com to book.

OPTION 2 – B&B/HOTEL:  2 nights in twin-share accommodation in a variety of classic B&Bs and hotels.

Please note when booking your tour : 

B&B Single Supplement – is mandatory for solo travellers – Solo travellers must pay extra to have their private room.

B&B –  Twin/Double Room Share – is automatically included when 2 travellers book together

Meals: 2 breakfasts – Continental breakfast in Hostel/Lodge – Mix of cooked & continental in B&B’s/Hotel

Top-rated activities:

  • Titanic Museum Belfast
  • City tour of Belfast suburbs & peace walls
  • Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge (optional extra to cross the bridge)
  • Walking along the magnificent causeway coast
  • Giants Causeway
  • Game of Thrones Locations – Dark hedges, Pyke Harbour & Iron Islands

What’s not included?

Any additional activities not specified as included in the itinerary. These can be booked via your guide, often at an exclusive Irish Experience special price!


WHAT TO BRING

Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high), swimming gear, hat and sunscreen, rain jacket/trousers, warm fleece, hat and gloves, towel, motion sickness tablets, water bottle, towel and toiletries, warm clothing and waterproof jacket, insect repellent, camera.


Please note:

  • All rates are in EURO, per person, and are subject to change.
  • Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a single bag, plus a small daypack.

Additional information

Departure Point6.45am Cork City – Marks & Spencers, Merchants Quay, 6.30am Cork – Entrance to Castlewhite Apts Western Road, 6.30am Tralee – Entrance to Tralee Bus Station, 8.00am Limerick – Flagpole entrance to University of Limerick, 10.00am Dublin – LUAS Stop Red Cow roundabout
AccommodationHostel – Multi Share, B&B – Twin/Double, B&B – Single Private

DAY 1: SOUTH TO BELFAST

We leave the south of Ireland and make our way to County Antrim in Northern Ireland.  You will arrive in Belfast City at around 11.00 am. We will begin with a tour of the city visiting the Peace Walls, the International Wall & Murals, and a wee guided tour of the city centre and its attractions.

Next, it’s time to visit Belfast’s famous Christmas Market! Whether you go for a bit of shopping, or to enjoy a good feed – the Belfast Christmas Market has it all!

With over 30 international traders offering incredible foods and delightful gifts ideas, you’ll never be stuck for choice! All your food favourites will be on offer, such as:-

  • French crêpes
  • Dutch pancakes
  • Belgian chocolates
  • Exotic burgers
  • Giant bratwursts from the iconic Schwenkegrill and much more!

All the delicious foods are served alongside fantastic quality produce from local artisan food and craft producers.

A visit to the Christmas Market just isn’t complete without a meeting with the big man himself! Bring the kids along to visit Santa in his festive grotto and take a ride on the vintage carousel or a slide down the Helter Skelter.

Fancy a break during your Christmas shopping? Well, the Christmas Market is the perfect place to go. With warm, welcoming, festive bars offering a toasty place to enjoy a selection of beverages including Glühwein, mulled cider, hot chocolate and an excellent variety of continental beers – you’ll not want to leave!

You will have plenty of time to explore the city on foot where you can shop until you drop or enjoy a day exploring beautiful Belfast!

Check into accommodation at 6pm

DAY 2:  Full Day Antrim Coast

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 much of the Game of Thrones locations. You don’t have to be a GOT fan to appreciate the beauty of these locations. Dark Hedges, Ballintoy Harbour and Larrybane.

Along the way, we visit the stunning Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge where you can opt to 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.

Return to Belfast at 6 pm

DAY 3: BELFAST TO SOUTH

This morning we will take a short drive to Titanic Belfast. 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.

Afterwards, you will have plenty of time to visit the below ultimate shopping centres and markets;

Victoria Square Shopping Centre

Victoria Square is the home of designer and luxury brands, featuring huge names in shopping including House of Fraser, LK Bennett, Mango, Hollister and Tommy Hilfiger. For accessories, head to Lunn’s the Jewellers and Goldsmiths, and for gadgets, Belfast’s Apple Store – the only one on the island of Ireland – is a must. There’s fashion, beauty, homeware and more in this fabulous shopping centre.

CastleCourt

CastleCourt offers the ultimate shopping experience with all your favourite high street stores under one roof, right in the centre of Belfast. With over 80 great stores including Debenhams, Toys R Us, Schuh Kids, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins, Jack and Jones, Simply Be and Dune, there’s plenty of choice on offer.

St George’s Market

On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays head to the award-winning St George’s Market. The market is a culinary and cultural adventure, with everything from fresh food to live music. Wander around the market stalls which are packed with handmade crafts, vintage clothes, fresh ingredients and antiques.

Please note you will also have plenty of time to explore the above shopping centres and market during your free time on Day 1 and Day 2.

Depart Belfast at 2 pm and drive south

Irish Experience Tours are small group tours based on a fixed itinerary where you stay with the same guide and group of travellers.

Think of it as a road trip experience, where your guide takes you on a once-of-a-lifetime journey, with plenty of awesome stops along the way showing you the real Ireland!

What’s included?

  • Bus transport around North of  Ireland
  • Local knowledge, entertaining commentary and bookings service from your tour guide
  • All accommodation– (Private upgrades available)
  • Some meals and a selection of activities (as indicated on each tour’s itinerary)
  • Special deals on activities

What’s not included?

Any additional activities not specified as included in the itinerary. These can be booked via your guide, often at an exclusive Irish Experience special price!

FROM CORK:
DEPARTURE POINT INFORMATION:

  • 6.30am departure from the entrance to Castlewhite Apts Western Road.
  • 6.45am  Cork – Marks & Spencers, Merchants Quay, (Bus Station End )Cork City

FROM LIMERICK:
DEPARTURE POINT INFORMATION:

  • 8.00am departure from UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK – Flag Pole Entrance

FROM KERRY
DEPARTURE POINT INFORMATION:

  • 6.30am departure from the entrance to Tralee Bus Station

FROM DUBLIN:
DEPARTURE POINT INFORMATION:

  • 10.00am Red Cow LUAS Stop, Dublin City (We will reimburse the cost your return tram ticket from Dublin city centre to Red Cow LUAS Stop)