Highlights of Northern Ireland

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2nd Aug 2021
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Your Trip Includes

  • Experienced Driver
  • Luxury Coach Transportation
  • 4 Nights 4 star Hotel Accommodation
  • 4 Full Ulster Fries
  • 2 Evening Meals at our hotels
  • Entrance to Hillsborough Castle
  • Entrance to Titanic Belfast
  • Guided city tour of Belfast
  • Entrance to Bushmills Distillery
  • Entrance to the Giants Causeway
  • Entrance to The Museum of Free Derry
  • Guided city tour of Derry
  • Entrance to The Ulster American Folk Park
  • All excursions listed

Pick-up Points

  • Cork (Shuttle bus transfer
  • Fermoy (Shuttle bus transfer)
  • Urlingford
  • Portlaoise
  • Naas
  • Dublin Heuston Station
  • Dublin City Centre
  • Dublin Airport

Hotels:

Stormont Hotel, Belfast (4 star) or similar – 2 nights
The Everglades Hotel, Derry (4 star) or similar – 2 nights

 

Day 1:

Travel to Northern Ireland today. Our first visit on this tour is to Hillsborough Castle, the official royal residence in Northern Ireland and the place where many of the formal and informal stages of the Peace Process took place. The Castle reopened in the spring of 2019 following an extensive 5 year, £20 million makeover, restoring the Royal Residence to its former glory. The tour of the house will guide you through the elegant State Rooms, still in use today, including the majestic Throne Room and graceful Drawing Room. Make sure you take some time to stroll through the stunningly beautiful gardens.

We’ll make our way to our hotel located near Stormont Estate, in an affluent upmarket area of Belfast. Dinner is included tonight in the hotel’s dining room.

Day 2:

Start your day with a leisurely breakfast followed by a visit to Titanic Belfast, an outstanding world class visitors’ attraction detailing the story of the ill-fated cruise liner from its building to its sinking. The attraction extends over nine interactive galleries with full scale reconstructions. Explore the shipyard, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic in the city where it all began.

Our day continues with a fantastic City tour of Belfast with our local tour guide. Learn about 4 centuries of history on this panoramic tour and see famous landmarks including, The Albert Lock, Queens University, The Belfast Peace Walls, the striking political murals and Stormont Parliament & Estate.

Crumlin Road Gaol. Restored in 2013 in West Belfast, it first opened its prison gates in 1846 and for just over 150 years it served as a fully operational prison. Closing its doors in 1996, it has housed criminals, murderers, women and children, suffragettes and in contemporary times, Loyalist and Republican prisoners. Its history bears witness to births, death and executions. The remaining part of the afternoon is yours at leisure in Belfast

Day 3:

After breakfast, we check-out of our hotel and head along the Antrim coast to Bushmills Distillery, Ireland’s oldest working whiskey distillery and discover some of the trade secrets learned through 400 years of distilling on an included guided tour. Our next stop is to the nearby Giant’s Causeway, a vast array of world-famous basalt hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. Flanked by the wild Atlantic on one side and a landscape of dramatic cliffs on the other, the Giant’s Causeway has captured the imagination of all who visit.

Late in the afternoon we arrive to our 4* hotel just on the outskirts of Derry, one of Ireland’s most historic cities. Our dinner is served tonight in the dining room of our hotel.

Day 4:

Enjoy a relaxing leisurely breakfast.

Our first  visit this morning is to the Museum of Free Derry, a museum that focuses on the 1960’s civil rights era, known as the troubles, and the Free Derry Irish Nationalists Movement in the early 1970’s. We will then be joined by our local  Derry City tour guide for a gently paced Derry Walking Tour exploring the famous, fortified walls of the city, dating to back 1603. Our guide will bring to life the historic context of the city’s history which changed our lives, before leaving us at the red sandstoned Guild Hall outside the walls at Shipquay Street. The afternoon is free with time to explore and shop in the city at your own pace. Dinner is not included tonight so dine at leisure in Derry. 

Day 5:

Following Breakfast this morning, we check out of our hotel and begin our journey towards home. Our visit today is to The Ulster American Folk Park, just outside Omagh. The Park explores the historical link between Ulster and America, focusing particularly on the lifestyle and experiences of those immigrants who sailed from Ulster to America in the 18th and 19th centuries. It’s a living history experience with historic buildings and characters period costumes go about their everyday tasks, illustrating what life was like in Ulster centuries ago.

The experience recreating the old world of Ulster and the new world of the US in the 18th and 19th Centuries from rustic Weaver’s Cottages, homesteads and a typical Ulster Street to a Pennsylvania Log House brought from Greene County and an American Street based on 19th Century Boston with a replica First Mellon Bank.

We then head back on the road homeward bound to our original collection points.