3 Days
Duration
Northern Coast
Location

BELFAST, GIANTS CAUSEWAY, TITANIC MUSEUM, GAME OF THRONES & DERRY

A legendary few days in Northern Ireland as we will spend two nights in Belfast, to experience the now world-famous Christmas market and take advantage of the many leading brand stores, for some essential Christmas shopping. This tour will also take you on a voyage of discovery visiting all the main attractions such as, The Giants Causeway, Carrick 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 &  1 hour Cliff top walk
  • Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge (optional)
  • The stunning Antrim Coast
  • Titanic Museum Belfast
  • 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
  • Personally guided historical walk

FREE TIME

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

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, Hotel

DAY 1: SOUTH TO BELFAST

We leave the south of Ireland and make our way to County Antrim in Northern Ireland.  Along the way, there will several toilets stops as drive time alone will take up to five hours.  You will arrive in Belfast City around 1.00pm. We will check into your accommodation, where you have the rest of the day free to discover the city centre by foot.

Today is a free day around Belfast city to do some essential self-guided sightseeing and shopping. Making a welcome return to the grounds of Belfast City Hall, the Christmas Market is a celebration of festive sights sounds and aromas from across the globe. Take a break from the busy walkways in the food court with bench style seating. Take in the stunning views right across the market from the top of the vintage Helter Skelter, a wonderful whizzing experience for the kids. Visit over 90 beautiful wooden chalets and drink in the atmosphere as you make your way around this festive village featuring food, crafts, entertainment and two bars.

DAY 2: NORTHERN COAST

Today is a truly packed day – We leave the city of Belfast and drive directly to Derry to 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.

From Derry, 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 many Game of Thrones locations.

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

DAY 3: BELFAST TO SOUTH

This morning we visit the Titanic Museum Belfast.

The 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.

After lunch and another hour or two for some last minute shopping it’s then time to depart this historic city.

Depart Belfast at 15.30pm to make our way back down south, with some lively Christmas tunes!!!

FROM CORK:
DEPARTURE POINT INFORMATION:

  • 6.30am departure from the entrance to Castlewhite Apts Western Road.
  • 6.450am  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)

We’ve chosen high-quality backpacker accommodation in a variety of quality hostels and classic 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).

Quality – Hostel ­

Hostel accommodation is based on large dorm style rooms, shared with fellow travellers. You have the option to upgrade to private single/double/twin rooms for an extra charge, upon request and subject to availability.

(*single room supplement €25 per person per night)

(*double/twin room supplement €15 per person per night)

Rest up for next day’s adventure in atmospheric and centrally located hostel accommodation. All prices are based on per person sharing.

Classic – Hotel Bed & Breakfast ­

Hotel accommodation is based on twin/double rooms, shared with fellow travellers. You have the option to upgrade to private single/double/twin rooms for an extra charge, upon request and subject to availability.

(*single room supplement €35 per person per night)

Enjoy a warm Irish welcome in charming centrally located hotel accommodation.

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