8 Day Northern Ireland
TOURING SERIES | SIGHTSEEING AND CULTURE SEEKING | 8 DAYS, 7 NIGHTS
Want a great way to explore Ulster? This 8 day Northern Ireland tour will take you through Belfast, the Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Quarter, St. Patrick’s grave and several other famous Irish destinations. You will enjoy an entire week of exploring and relaxing in Ireland with its intriguing local Irish and Scots-Irish cultures. Here is a sampling of what you can do on your custom developed trip to Ireland.
NORTHERN IRELAND TOUR DESCRIPTION
Your own guide will be with you for your 8 day tour to take you to several Northern Ireland attractions. No matter what you enjoy doing, from historical to fun, we can recommend destinations and create a tour that you will love. We can rearrange the tour or even add a few days to it. It is entirely up to you!
DAY 1 | BELFAST Dublin or Belfast arrival, where you will be welcomed and then taken by private vehicle to your Belfast hotel. En-route we’ll visit St. Peter’s Cathedral in Drogheda and the preserved relics of St. Oliver Plunkett, put to death in the 17th Century. Nearby, the monastery ruins of Monasterboice hold two of Ireland’s best preserved 9th Century High Crosses. You have the afternoon to explore the Royal Avenue shops or enjoy a pint at the Crown Liquor Saloon. BELFAST
DAY 2 | BELFAST Lonely Planet has listed Belfast as a Top 10 Destination that you must see. We recommend you take a Black Taxi tour to visit and view the political murals and you can then move on to the Titanic Quarter. This area will give you a realistic look of the size and scope of the famous ship. If you are a politics lover, we can set up a tour with a former member of the peace keeping British Security Force or the Provisional Irish Republican Army. BELFAST
DAY 3 | MOUNT STEWART & DOWNPATRICK This morning takes us to Newtownards and Mount Stewart House and Gardens. Afterwards, we’ll cruise along the banks of beautiful Strangford Lough to Downpatrick to visit the grave of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. You’ll see the majestic Mountains of Mourne “come down to the sea” and return to Belfast via Lisburn, the birthplace of the Irish linen industry. BELFAST
DAY 4 | THE GIANT’S CAUSEWAY & GLENS OF ANTRIM Today a visit to the Antrim Coast is on tap to visit the “Carrick-a-Rede” bridge of rope that is located across the 30 meter cliffs above the sea. Our cruise will go past areas of wrecks of the Spanish Armade to the Giant’s Causeway. This area is a haunting landscape that is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland. A shot of famous whiskey distilled at Bushmills, as well as the Dunlace Castle ruins and Derry’s walled city. Our evening will be enjoyed at the music pub, Peadar O’Donnell’s. DERRY
DAY 5 | HISTORIC DERRY This morning enjoy a fascinating tour of the final city walls still standing in Europe. See the Bogside Memorials – it was here that the 1972 massacre of Civil Rights protesters became known as Bloody Sunday and inspired U2’s classic pro-peace song. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon exploring and shopping in this vibrant city. DERRY
DAY 6 | INISHOWEN PENINSULA & GRIANÁN This morning we reach Ireland’s most northerly point at Malin Head in County Donegal, (part of the ancient province of Ulster). It is a remote, rugged place with ancient sites, ruined castles and deserted traditional thatched cottages. We’ll visit Grianán of Óileach, a 3,700 year old Celtic stone fortress which later became the seat of the O’Neills, Kings of Ulster. Return to Derry for an evening at leisure. DERRY
DAY 7 | OMAGH & TRIM CASTLE We’ll travel south today through the charming market town of Omagh where one of Ireland’s best museums awaits- The Ulster American Folk Park. Afterwards our journey takes us through the Lakelands of County Cavan to Trim Castle, probably the finest Anglo-Norman castle in all Ireland (used as the set of the 1995 Hollywood Blockbuster BRAVEHEART!) Continue to Dublin Airport where we’ll relax overnight in tranquil surroundings at the hotel Radisson BLU. DUBLIN
DAY 8 | SLÁN ABHAILE!
We will drive you to Dublin Airport for your flight to your home or the next destination on your itinerary. Be sure you allow at least three hours for check-in.