An incredible tour of the best of Northern Ireland. Visit downtown Belfast with its intriguing blend of Irish and British culture, historic Derry / Londonderry (stroke city) with its fascinating Bloody Sunday (1972) memorials, the (UNESCO) Giant’s Causeway and the glorious Glens of Antrim with views of Scotland only 12 miles away!
DAY 1 | DUBLIN to BELFAST Your 3 Day Tour of Northern Ireland leaves Dublin for Belfast this morning. Our first stop en- route is medieval Drogheda where you’ll see the relics of St. Oliver Plunkett (hung drawn and quartered in 1681) in St. Peter’s Cathedral. Ancient Celtic crosses tower above the northern countryside at Monasterboice. We cross the border from the Republic into Northern Ireland at South Armagh (infamously known to the British Army as “Bandit Country” during the conflict). Tour members spotted British helicopter patrols daily in this area as recently as 2007 when the British Military’s 38 year emergency operation in Ireland ended. There is no physical border here – you’ll simply notice that road signs change from green to blue and from kilometres to miles – Welcome to the UK! Look forward to an exciting afternoon and evening in Belfast. Perhaps take a famous Black Taxi tour of the city to view Titanic docks, political murals and Berlin Wall- style security fence. OVERNIGHT IN BELFAST
DAY 2 | THE GIANT’S CAUSEWAY & HISTORIC DERRY Cruise the Gorgeous Antrim Coast to the notorious “Carrick-a-Rede” Rope Bridge spanning the 30m sea cliffs above this idyllic salmon fishing ground. Continue past scenic bays where the Spanish Armada was wrecked in 1588 to the Giant’s Causeway. This spectacular formation, Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of our most unique & haunting landscapes. We’ll visit the town of Bushmills, the ruins of Dunluce Castle and stay in the historic “walled city” of Derry. This evening enjoy the warm local “craic” at Peadar O’Donnell’s music pub. OVERNIGHT IN DERRY
DAY 3 | BELFAST to DUBLIN Begin today with a hearty breakfast and then embark on the award-winning ‘Essential Walking Tour of Historic Derry’, the original and groundbreaking tour of the walled city since 1995, exclusive to our guests. This tour is especially loved by the history-buffs on our tours but skilfully uses humour and personality to bring the amazing city alive for all. Walk the intact City walls (1613), learn about the political murals and see the scene of Bloody Sunday (1972).We’ll take in the town of Omagh, a symbol of hope and reconciliation, as we make our way through the rolling farmland of central Ulster. Arrive back in Dublin by 18.00pm.
COST PER PASSENGER
HOSTEL (DORM)EUR €188.00
GUESTHOUSE (TWIN / DOUBLE EN-SUITE) EUR €313.00
- Expert local guides
- Private Tour Vehicles – No “shuttle” buses
- Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
- Wi-Fi on board!
- All Breakfasts
- Bed Linen & Towels
- Essentially everything except Lunch & Dinner
MEETING & DEPARTURE POINTS
- The Palace, Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1 (08.00am)
- Official Tourist Office, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2 (08.15am)