9 Days Belfast to Dublin.
Highlights Include: Titanic Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills, Derry, Donegal, and Enniskillen
Treasures of Northern Ireland
DAY 1 ARRIVE IN DUBLIN / BOYNE VALLEY / NEWCASTLE: Welcome to Ireland! After collecting your bags, you will meet with your driver in the arrival’s hall at Dublin Airport. Shortly afterwards, you will depart and start your journey north towards Newcastle. Pause in Balbriggan where you will enjoy breakfast in the Man O’War Pub. Afterwards, visit the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre to learn about the 5,000-year-old burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth. Tour one of them to see how primitive people managed to align huge boulders precisely with the movements of the sun. Afterwards, travel past the gentle slopes of the Mourne Mountains to your hotel located on the coast of County Down. The remainder of your day is at leisure. This evening enjoy diner in your hotel. (B/D)
Hotel Name: Slieve Donard Resort and Spa
DAY 2 DOWNPATRICK / BELFAST: This morning after breakfast, make your way towards Downpatrick to visit the Saint Patrick Centre, the only permanent exhibition in the World about Ireland’s Patron Saint. The exhibition opens with an exploration of Patrick’s Roman background and the world to which he would come – that of Celtic Ireland. Afterwards, visit Down Cathedral where St Patrick is said to be buried. Onward top Belfast where you explore the Crumlin Road Gaol and gain insight into Belfast’s criminal history. Check in to your hotel where your evening in free. (B)
Hotel Name: Europa Hotel
DAY 3 TITANIC & BELFAST FOOD TRAIL: This morning, head to visit the Titanic Belfast. It is located in the heart of the city, on the slipways where RMS Titanic was built. You truly re-live the entire Titanic story from her birth in Belfast to the fateful maiden voyage and her eventual discovery on the seabed. Afterwards, depart on a 4-hour fun and food filled guided walk to some top food and drink spots around Belfast City Centre. Start in the historic St George’s Market, meeting producers, then visit traditional bars, world-class shops and finish in a top restaurant in the lively Cathedral Quarter. Later, return to your hotel for overnight. (B/L)
Hotel Name: Europa Hotel
DAY 4: BALLYCASTLE / GIANT’S CAUSEWAY / BUSHMILLS / DERRY: After breakfast, enjoy the spectacular scenery as you make your way along the Antrim Coast to Ballycastle and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. The stunning rope bridge spans a gaping chasm between the coast and a small island used by fishermen – not for the faint hearted! Onward to the Giant’s Causeway and take in the natural beauty of the northern coast. Walk around admiring the hexagonal rock columns and gaze out at the crashing waves along the dramatic coastline. Then head to Bushmills to visit the Old Bushmills Distillery, Ireland’s oldest working distillery. The Bushmills Brand Experience encompasses guided tours around a working distillery with all the associated sights and smells, tutored whiskey tastings, a specialist whiskey shop and a well-stocked gift shop with exclusive Bushmills merchandise. At the end of your tour you will be offered a whiskey or a soft drink in our 1608 Bar. Afterwards, make your way to Derry for dinner and overnight. (B/D)
Hotel Name: Everglades Hotel
DAY 5 DERRY: This morning, join a local guide for a walking tour around the defensive walls that encircle the old city. Afterwards, visit the award winning Tower Museum located within the city’s historic walls at Union Hall Place. Permanent exhibitions at the museum include The Story of Derry exhibition and the Armada Shipwreck – La Trinidad Valencera exhibition. Enjoy the remainder of your afternoon and evening at leisure in Derry. (B)
Hotel Name: Everglades Hotel
DAY 6 DONEGAL: Enjoy breakfast in your hotel. Afterwards, depart and enjoy panoramic sightseeing around Donegal. Visit one of Ireland’s best kept secrets and a signature point on the Wild Atlantic Way. Experience the local culture, heritage and people of Donegal against the backdrop of our spectacular and rugged coastline. Pause to visit Triona Design in Ardara for a demonstration of spinning and knitting. Continue south west along this magnificent coastal driving route and pause to visit Ireland’s highest Sea Cliffs, Sliabh Liag (Slieve League). Although less famous than the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Slieve League’s cliffs reach almost three times higher. Afterwards, continue to Donegal town for dinner and overnight. (B/D)
Hotel Name: Harvey’s Point
DAY 7 BELLEEK, FOLK PARK, & ENNISKILLEN: This morning, depart from Donegal and make your way towards Enniskillen. Your first stop today will be in the the picturesque village of Belleek, situated on the banks of Lough Erne, and home to the world-famous Belleek Fine Parian China. View the techniques of the craftsmen at work in Northern Ireland’s oldest attraction. Continue on to Omagh where you pause to visit the Ulster American Folk Park. Immerse yourself in the story of the brave emigrants who made the journey across the Atlantic to America hundreds of years ago. Wander through the thatched cottages and log cabins and meet costumed characters who will show you traditional crafts and tell you a few stories. Board a full-scale emigrant ship to experience the conditions faced by many as they set sail for a new life in America. Afterwards, make your way to Enniskillen and the beautiful 5-Star Lough Erne Resort. Enjoy dinner and overnight. (B/D)
Hotel Name: Lough Erne Resort
DAY 8 ENNISKILLEN / DUBLIN: After breakfast, enjoy some free time before departing on your journey towards Dublin. Pause to visit Enniskillen Castle. Located beside the River Erne, Enniskillen Castle was built around 600 years ago by the ruling Gaelic Maguires. The historic attraction provides a key to Irish history from Medieval Stronghold to Plantation Castle to later Military Barracks. Afterwards, depart and make your way to Dublin for overnight. This evening you are free to explore the many fine pubs and restaurants in Dublin. (B)
Hotel Name: Davenport Hotel
DAY 9 DUBLIN: After breakfast, enjoy a full day at leisure in Dublin. (B)
Hotel Name: Davenport Hotel
DAY 10 DUBLIN / USA: After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)
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