Niche Northern Ireland
$1,465 Per Person (Twin or Double)
- 7 Nights Hotel Accommodation (Taxes and Service Charges Included)
- Hotel Porterage for 1 Bag Per Person
- Full Irish Breakfast Daily (Except Morning of Arrival)
- 3 Hotel Dinners & 1 Farewell Dinner
- 9 Sightseeing Tours (Detailed Below)
- Luxury Air Conditioned Coach w/ Professional Cara Group Travel Representative Throughout
Cara Group Travel is delighted to present ‘Niche Northern Ireland’. This 7 night tour of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland showcases the very best of two neighboring countries which respectively and deservedly have earned themselves the spotlight as must-see destinations. This travel packages offers a comprehensive introduction into iconic cities Dublin, Belfast and Derry-Londonderry with special diversions in Co. Down, Co. Antrim, Co. Tyrone and Co. Cavan.
We have expertly designed this itinerary to offer you and your group an effortless experience of travel in Ireland. The travel plans for this trip balances organized activity with leisure time to ensure you can tick off those iconic sights whilst exploring in your own unique way. From standing steps away from the burial site of the patron saint of Ireland and the birthplace of the world’s most famous ship to witnessing the story of the Irish emigration to the New World and the scenic views of one of the world’s most beautiful coastal routes – this is sure to be a trip to remember for years to come.
This itinerary could be perfect for your group. This itinerary could also be the starting point for an entirely different trip for your group. Either way, we at Cara Group Travel would be delighted to help you out to make your next seamless travel experience one of awe and wonder.
- Dublin City Sightseeing Tour
- St. Patrick’s Burial Site
- Belfast City Sightseeing Tour
- The Titanic Experience
- Choice Day (Additional Cost):
- Walking / Pub Crawl / Bike / Foodie / Scots Irish Tour
- Visit to the Giants Causeway via the Glens of Antrim
- Walking Tour of Derry
- Visit to the Museum of Free Derry
- Visit to the Ulster American Folk Park
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 land in Dublin airport. Once you go through passport control, you will collect your bags and head out into the arrivals area where your friendly Irish Tour Director will meet and transfer you to our first destination, Dublin, the small capital of Ireland with a huge reputation.
Once we arrive in the city, we will set out on a panoramic sightseeing tour of Dublin. 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 also will see the vast Georgian Squares, such as Merrion Square where Oscar Wilde’s house can still be found (today owned by the American College). We also see the Phoenix Park, the largest public park in Europe and home to Aras an Uachtarain (the Irish President’s Residence) as well as the American Ambassador’s Residence.
Afterwards, we will make our way to our Dublin Hotel for check-in. Later, we will meet for dinner and to enjoy our first evening in Dublin together. Dinner & Overnight: Dublin
Day 3 Northern Ireland Awaits
After breakfast this morning, we will bid farewell to Dublin as we will go northbound as we head for the hometown of the Titanic, Belfast in Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. There are no customs checks and the main difference to note will be the change in road signs and we change currencies from the (€) Euro to (£) GBP pounds sterling.
On route, we will visit Downpatrick and The Saint Patrick Center which is the only permanent exhibition in the World dedicated to Ireland’s Patron Saint – situated in the heart of ‘Saint Patrick’s Country’, in County Down. There is no place more closely associated with the Apostle of Ireland, than Downpatrick, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Lecale. The mortal remains of St. Patrick are said to lie in the leafy graveyard of Down Cathedral, beneath a simple granite slab. His companions in eternal rest are two other patron saints, Brigid and Colmcille, reputedly buried here as well. Rival claims for St Patrick’s last resting place do exist – “bones of contention,” one might say.
Following this, we will make our way to our Belfast Hotel for check-in. Later, we will meet for dinner and to enjoy our first evening in Belfast together. Dinner & Overnight: Belfast
Day 4 Exploring the Hometown of the Titanic
Once breakfast is finished up this morning, we will set out for a sightseeing tour of Belfast, taking in all the areas of interest in this fascinating city. We will see Belfast’s compact center on Donegal Square, which is dominated by the elaborate City Hall, which was officially reopened in October 2009 following its £11m, two year refurbishment. The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton performed a ribbon cutting ceremony and unveiled a plaque to mark the reopening. We will drive through West Belfast’s Protestant neighborhood of Shankill Road and the Catholic neighborhood of Falls Road, where large vivid murals painted on the sides of buildings express the feelings that still run deep on both sides. Though the names of these areas were much in the news during ‘The Troubles’ the gate in the Peace Wall between them now stands open.
Next, we will visit to The Titanic Belfast, a state of the art interactive museum that provides an unforgettable visitor experience. It tells the story of RMS Titanic, from her conception and launch into the River Lagan in 1911, to the tragic end of her maiden voyage a year later. It was here at the Titanic Quarter (the former Queen’s Island) in Belfast Harbor, the ship was built. Enjoy the exhibits at your own pace.
Later, enjoy Belfast as you please. Have dinner in the Michelin-starred restaurants or grab fish and chips dinners in downhome chippies. Enjoy upscale cocktails in snazzy jazz bars and local craft beers in traditional pubs his city includes beautifully restored Victorian architecture, a glittering waterfront lined with modern art, a fantastic foodie scene and music-filled pubs – enjoy tonight! Overnight: Belfast
Day 5 A Day Well Spent in Belfast
Refuel on breakfast this morning and decide how you would like to spend your last day in Belfast. Suggestions:
- Option 1: Walking Tour around Belfast – Additional Cost
A range of interesting guided walking tour will be available to specialize in giving the visitor the best introduction to the heart of Belfast.
- Option 2: Belfast Pub Crawl – Additional Cost
Belfast Pub Crawl will take you out for an evening full of great bars, drinks, traditional Irish music and of course, plenty of craic!
- Option 3: Bike Tour of Belfast – Additional Cost
See the beauty of Belfast by bike. Start learning about the city from you seat and saddle your way around this unique area.
- Option 4: Foodie Tour of Belfast – Additional Cost
Enjoy a fun and food filled guided walk to some top food and drink spots around Belfast City Centre.
After that, we will return to our Belfast Hotel to enjoy the remainder of your time in the city as you wish. As you may know by now, Belfast is laced in history and this city includes beautifully restored Victorian architecture, a glittering waterfront lined with modern art, a fantastic foodie scene and music-filled pubs – enjoy tonight! Overnight: Belfast
Day 6 Unique Experiences in Northern Ireland
Fill up on breakfast this morning to prepare for our journey to Derry, the only remaining walled city in Ireland. As we leave Belfast, we will depart via The Causeway Coast and Glens, witness a kaleidoscope of natural landscapes, imposing cliffs, bubbling mountain streams and gushing waterfalls. This stunning route is set in magnificent backdrops that will take you towards our next stop, the famous Giant’s Causeway, an amazing geologic formation of approx. 40,000 basalt stone – some as tall as 130 feet, and mostly hexagonal in shape. As Northern Ireland’s Premiere landmark, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll be free to decide for yourself whether the Causeway is a result of accelerated cooling of lava outflows 60 million years ago. Or is it the work of the legendary Irish giant, Finn MacCool, in his attempts to a) woo a distant lady giant, or b) meet a Scottish giant in battle to determine who the stronger giant was?
Later on, we will arrive into Derry, Northern Ireland’s second-largest city which continues to flourish as an artistic and cultural hub. Derry’s city center was given a striking makeover for its year as the UK City of Culture 2013, with the new Peace Bridge, Ebrington Square, and the redevelopment of the waterfront and Guildhall area making the most of the city’s splendid riverside setting. We will make our way to our Derry Hotel to enjoy the remainder of your time in the city as you wish. Overnight: Derry
Day 7 Local Sights and Sounds of Derry
Finish up your breakfast as we head out to join a guide for a tour of Derry which offers 1,500 years of social, cultural and religious history. Derry was initially a monastic settlement, which became a plantation town and in later years it was a center port for emigration to America, Australia, England and Scotland. Derry is still making history as the opposing communities continue to work together towards a lasting settlement of disagreements.
Next, we will visit The Museum of Free Derry which opened in 2007 in order to tell the story of what happened in the city during the period 1968 – 1972, popularly known as ‘Free Derry’, and including the civil rights era, Battle of the Bogside, Internment, Bloody Sunday and Operation Motorman. The Museum of Free Derry exists to remember and understand the local history of the city and its contribution to the ground breaking civil rights struggle which erupted in Derry in the mid-1960s and culminated in the massacre on Bloody Sunday. We will hear the stories from the point of view of those who were most involved in and affected by these events.
Thereafter, we will make our way to our Derry Hotel to enjoy the remainder of your time in the city as you wish. Overnight: Derry
Day 8 Final Stops in the North
This morning, enjoy your hearty Irish breakfast as we get ready to depart Derry to embark on a luxurious stay in Cabra Castle in Co. Cavan, known as the ‘Lake Country’ as supposedly there is a lake for every day of the year (including leap years), and the county is famed for its coarse fishing. Between them is a gentle landscape of meandering streams, bogs and drumlins.
Before we reach Co. Cavan, we will make our last stop in Northern Ireland in 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. Experience the adventure that takes you from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full scale emigrant sailing ship, to the log cabins of the American Frontier. Meet an array of costumed characters on your way with traditional crafts to show, tales to tell and food to share.
Afterwards, we will head southbound as we cross over the border into the Republic of Ireland to reach Co. Cavan where we change back currencies from the (£) GBP pounds sterling to (€) Euro. We will check into Cabra Castle, the magnificent 19th century 4 star castle which is set on 100 acres of beautifully manicured gardens and parkland. Enjoy your surroundings before meeting later to share a farewell dinner together. Reflect on the memories, friendships and magic created during your stay in Ireland and toast to a successful trip in the Emerald Isle. Dinner & Overnight: Co. Cavan
Day 9 Homeward Bound…
Pack your bags as we head for Shannon 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!