Introducing the North
$1,280 Per Person Sharing Double or Twin
$1,655 Per Person Single Room
- 8 Overnight Stays: 3 Donegal, 3 Belfast + 2 Dublin.
- Sligo Coastal Sightseeing, Visits to Inishowen Peninsula & Slieve League & 3 City Sightseeing Tours.
- Visit to Titanic Belfast and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Giants Causeway.
- Game of Thrones Film Location Tour, St. Patrick’s ‘Town’ & Belleek Pottery.
Introducing the North of Ireland – Package Details
10 Days in Ireland + Northern Ireland ~ Travel Dates: Mar, May or Oct 2018
- 3 Nights Donegal Hotel – McGettigans Hotel
- 3 Nights Belfast – Ramada Encore Belfast City Center
- 2 Nights Dublin – Academy Plaza Hotel
- Full Irish Breakfast Daily (Except Morning of Arrival)
- Dublin Airport Round-trip Transfer
- Luxury Air-Conditoned Coach & Driver-Guide Throughout
- All Taxes, Fees & Service Charges Included
- Ulster American Folk Park, Tyrone
- Donegal Countryside Sightseeing, Donegal
- Drumcliffe Church & Y.B Yeats, Mayo
- Sligo Coastal Sightseeing, Sligo
- Belleek Pottery, Fermanagh
- Inishowen Peninsula, Donegal
- Derry City Walking Tour, Derry
- The Giants Causeway, Antrim
- Belfast City Sightseeing Tour, Belfast
- Titanic Belfast, Belfast
- Game of Thrones Film Location, Antrim
- St. Patrick’s ‘Town’ + Down Cathedral, Down
- Dublin City Sightseeing Tour, Dublin
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Day 1 Heading for the Emerald Isle
Today we start our journey by flying across the United States and taking an overnight flight across the Atlantic Sea to Ireland.
Day 2 Welcome to Ireland
This morning we will land in Dublin Airport so once you proceed through to the arrivals area, you will be met and transferred to your first destination, Co. Donegal, known as the Wild Child of Ireland, thanks in part to its rugged interior and characterful pubs.
On route, we will stop in the heather-clad hills of Co. Tyrone at The Ulster American Folk Park, a colorful indoor and outdoor museum exploring the story of Irish emigration to the New World. You will be immersed into in the story of Irish emigration at the museum that brings it to life.
Afterwards, you will reach Donegal for check-in and to enjoy your first night in Ireland. With traditional Irish bars boasting exciting live music, to chic and modern pubs with tasty food and beer – Donegal has it all! Overnight: Donegal Hotel
Day 3 Local Sights & Sounds of Donegal
After a leisurely breakfast this morning, we will set out to explore Donegal, dubbed ‘a place like no other on the island’. Our first will stop in Ardara, a designated Heritage Town bursting with artistic and musical talent, for a demonstration of spinning, weaving and knitting at the Triona Design.
Next, we will travel via the Glengesh Pass, a stunning setting of spectacular views with old cottages, farms and sheep dotted along the route, to reach the Slieve League, spectacular sea cliffs which are among the highest in Europe plunging some 600m to the sea. Promising unforgettable views, look down to see two rocks nicknamed the ‘giant’s desk and chair’ for reasons that are immediately obvious.
Following this, we will return to our Donegal Hotel to enjoy the remainder of the evening as you wish. Overnight: Donegal Hotel
Day 4 Wondering on the Wild Atlantic Way
Refuel on your breakfast this morning and get set to explore the Wild Atlantic Way, a route which unfolds the wonders of nature, the power of the ocean and its stunningly diverse countryside on the west coast of Ireland. We will travel along one of the longest defined coastal routes in the world to take in the views at quaint seaside town of Mullaghmore and to stop in the beautifully located Drumcliffe to visit the resting places of famous Irish poet, W.B. Yeats. We will return to Donegal via Belleek China in Co. Fermanagh, one of the most famous China brands in the world thanks in part for the reputation for its excellence in craftsmanship.
After an exciting day of sightseeing, we will return to our Hotel to enjoy our last night here. Donegal possesses the perfect mix of locally sourced food and traditionally stocked drink to give the right idea of what traditional Irish cuisine should be – enjoy! Overnight: Donegal Hotel
Day 5 Next Stop…Belfast
Once you have had your breakfast, we will bid Donegal farewell in search of new adventures in the rejuvenated and unmissable, Northern Ireland.
Before we reach Northern Ireland, we will see a gem of the North West. We will drive through the Inishowen Peninsula which offers a diverse and visually exciting terrain, where the views usually encompass the waters of the loughs or the Atlantic waves. Virtually every aspect of the landscape is superb – the beaches (especially Kinnego Bay, Culdaff, Tullagh and Pollan), the towering headland bluffs (Malin, Inishowen, Dunaff and Dunree) and the central mountain range, with towering Slieve Snaght at the middle of it all.
After taking in these stunning views, we will leave Donegal, crossing the border into Northern Ireland (part of the UK) where the only changes to expect are the road signs and the currency (from Euro to Sterling). Our next stop is Derry/Londonderry, an artistic and cultural hub which was awarded the first City of Culture in 2013. We will enjoy a guided city tour which offers 1,500 years of social, cultural and religious history of Ireland’s only remaining walled city.
Later, we will reach Belfast, the transformed city famous in equal parts for the birthplace of the Titanic, the notorious history of Northern Ireland. Upon arrival into the city, we will enjoy a city sightseeing tour to take in unique areas like the City Centre, the Titanic Quarter, the Protestant neighborhood of Shankill Road and the Catholic neighborhood of Falls Road. We will then check-in and you can enjoy the remainder of the day as you please! Overnight: Belfast Hotel
Day 6 Uniquely Antrim
Finish up your breakfast this morning as we set out for a day to remember. We will depart Belfast this morning to journey via the Causeway Coastal Route which is dubbed one of the best coastal drives in the world. Known locally as ‘The Glens’, it stretches between two of Northern Ireland’s main cities and brings you past breathtaking scenery. If you haven’t heard about it already, this route winds between picturesque villages and unforgettable scenic locations. Cherish your experience taking place amongst an ever-changing tapestry of scenery and colors and a dramatic coastal backdrop which will take your breath away.
We will then reach the world famous Giant’s Causeway, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt, which is the only World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland. Resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago, this is the focal point for a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has attracted visitors for centuries. It harbors a wealth of local and natural history. Other noteworthy items include: a Spanish Armada shipwreck site (‘La Girona’) & many traces of the legendary giant – Finn MacCool.
We will return to Belfast this afternoon and you are free to spend the remainder of your day getting to know the city in your own way. With local attractions included Crumlin Road Gaol, St. George’s Market and Victoria Square all nearby – enjoy your own Belfast! Overnight: Belfast Hotel
Day 7 A Day Well Spent in Belfast
You cannot come to Northern Ireland without visiting what this city is famous for. Hit series Game of Thrones is filmed in locations across the country whilst Belfast is home to the worlds number one attraction, Titanic Belfast.
This morning, finish your breakfast as we leave the city to visit the popular Game of Thrones film locations and sites to see the sprawling medieval walls, imposing castle ruins, beautiful landscape surrounding and far-reaching views across the lough – you may soon realize how the HBO® location chose the perfect places to create the award winning series. Winterfell – home of the Stark family.
We will return to Belfast for an afternoon tour of Titanic Belfast to experience the story of the Titanic in an innovative, interactive and insightful way. Titanic Belfast, which was awarded the world’s number one attraction in 2016, takes you through nine galleries, telling the story of RMS Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end.
Thereafter, you are free to enjoy your last evening in Northern Ireland’s capital city – enjoy! Overnight: Belfast Hotel
Day 9 Exploring Dublin’s Fair City
After a hearty breakfast this morning, we will take a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city. As we drive through the main thoroughfare we will see historic buildings like the GPO (General Post Office) on O’Connell Street and Trinity College, housing the Book of Kells. We will also see the vast Georgian Squares, such as Merrion Square where Oscar Wilde’s house can still be found (today owned by the American College).
Following that introduction to Dublin, spend your day getting to know the city in your on way. Check out local landmarks like Guinness Storehouse, The Jameson Distillery or Trinity College. Celebrate your last night in Ireland at the cultural heart of Dublin City, Temple Bar. This area on the south bank of the River Liffey is bursting with pubs, restaurants, galleries and great craic each and every night – enjoy! Overnight: Dublin Hotel
Day 10 Homeward Bound…
Pack your bags as we head for Dublin Airport where you will board your flight for home. Carry on your photos and memories and bring a bit of the Emerald Isle home with you. ‘The Land of One Hundred Thousand Welcomes’ will be expecting you again soon.