Discover Northern Ireland
Departures on Thursdays from Dublin
April to December, 2024
A 3 day exploration of the highlights of Northern Ireland including the iconic sites of The Giants Causeway, Belfast and the Titanic Quarter, one of the world’s great gardens at Mount Stewart, the brooding granite peaks of the Mourne Mountains and several of the dramatic locations used in the TV series “Game of Thrones”. For an in-depth insight into the wonderful scenery and history of this small country, this is the tour to choose.
Stay 2 nights in the seaside resort of Bangor on the outskirts of Belfast.
DEPARTURE FROM DUBLIN: Nassau St, Dublin, Opposite the Kilkenny Shop
The tour departs at 9:00am and returns at approx. 7:00pm on Day 3.
Belfast & Titanic Quarter
Departing Dublin at 09.00, you will travel north towards the borders of Northern Ireland. From here it is a short journey into the city of Belfast, famous for its industrial past and turbulent history. After a short tour of some of the key areas of the city, you will arrive in the redeveloped Titanic Quarter, where you will have time for lunch and perhaps a visit to the award-winning museum. Other options here include a visit to the SS Nomadic, the HMS Caroline, the fascinating Titanic’s Dock and Pump-house, and a chance to take a black cab tour of the city.
Later in the afternoon you will leave the city and travel into the countryside of County Down for a visit to the world famous house and gardens at Mount Stewart before arriving in the seaside resort town of Bangor - your base for the next two nights.
Overnight - Bangor
Game of Thrones & Giant's Causeway
Today you will follow one of the world’s great driving routes – the Causeway Coastal Route through the beautiful scenery of the Antrim Coast and Glens. The tour follows the coast road from Larne to the world famous Giants’ Causeway. Along the way you will make stops in attractive historic villages such as Glenarm and Ballycastle as well as the scenic attractions such as the Cushendun Caves and the many viewpoints along this stunning coastline.
In the afternoon you will have a chance to explore the incredible rock formations at the Giant’s Causeway. Several places along today’s route were used as filming location for the TV series “Game of Thrones” and the last stop of the day will be at the stunning “Dark Hedges” - make sure your camera still has some battery power left! From here you return to Bangor for another night.
Overnight - Bangor
St. Patrick & the Irish Sea
Another day full of contrasts and fascinating visits starting with a trip along the Ards Peninsula – a great favourite with holiday makers from all over Northern Ireland. At Portaferry we take a boat across the mouth of Strangford Lough to visit Castle Ward with its 18th century mansion, extensive gardens and grounds, estate walks and for “Game of Thrones” enthusiasts, the location of Winterfell and other scenes. From here it is a short drive to Downpatrick, site of the burial place of St Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. You will have time for lunch here and perhaps a visit to Down Cathedral or the St Patricks centre.
In the afternoon the tour continues along the coast, with the brooding granite peaks of the Mourne Mountains on one side and the Irish Sea on the other. After a detour into the heart of the mountains, through an area of traditional farms with fascinating field patterns and huge stone walls, you will reach the coast again on the shores of Carlingford Lough for the final stop of the day. From here you return back across the border and travel south to Dublin arriving around 19.00.
- The City of Belfast
- Titanic Quarter
- Mount Stewart
- The Causeway Coastal Route
- The Giant's Causeway
- Glenarm and Ballycastle
- Castle Ward - "Winterfell" from "Game of Thrones"
- Mourne Mountains
- Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 14 passengers on tour; Air conditioning as standard.
- Services of an experienced local driver/guide
- 2 nights ensuite accommodations
- Full Irish breakfast daily