Upto October - Thursdays
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Outstanding natural beauty, pretty villages, Game of Thrones, Titanic, Vikings’ history - this 5 day tour of Northern Ireland will blow your mind, to say the least. The tour price includes a comfy accomodation at at the marvellous coastal town of Bangor to ensure that you have literally zero worries. The journey itself is quite sublime, covering some incredible locations like Belfast with Titanic Quarter, County Down and Mount Stewart, the magical Giant’s Causeway, major Game of Thrones locations like Castle Ward and Glenarm, a cruise on the Strangford Loch, the spectacular Mourne Mountains and much more. An exceptional trail through the magic of Northern Ireland that sends you home with a truckload of memories!
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Upto October - Thursdays
Kilkenny Shop, Nassau St, Dublin
Kilkenny Shop, Nassau St, Dublin
On the first day of our tour, we head out to first explore the Northern Irish heritage at the capital of the region, Belfast. Sitting on the River Lagan, the city is home to both triumphs and tragedies that will regale you as we move around exploring them. And if you are in Belfast, you just cannot miss out on the Titanic! The iconic movie was inspired by the real life calamity suffered by the RMS Titanic which was built right here, at the Harland and Wolff shipyard. We will visit the Titanic Quarter to learn more about this legendary ship that was built in 1911 and has gone on to become one of the most infamous disasters of all time.
We will get away from the city life of Belfast and dive into the simplicity of the countryside, arriving at the picturesque County Down. Here, we will tour the sprawling estate of Mount Stewart, former residence of the Marquess of Londonderry - a title held by the Vane-Tempest-Stewart family who held a considerable influence over both the British and Irish social and political lives. Having savoured the country’s house dignified grandeur, we will come down to pretty little seaside town of Bangor which will be our base of accommodation.
Driving along the gorgeous Coastal Causeway Route, our second day begins with a dose of visual magic as you get to feast your eyes on verdant valleys stretching for miles - an almost picture-perfect representation of the Emerald Isle’s dreamy beauty. We will visit the adorable village of Glenarm and the town of Ballycastle, besides a host of other brilliant attractions. While Glenarm dates back to the Norman times and is currently a listed Conservation Area, Ballycastle is part of the Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Glenarm, of course, is a favourite with pop culture nerds who head here to revisit scenes from the blockbuster TV series, Game of Thrones including the one where Arya falls down the stairs into the water after being stabbed by the Waif.
The spectacular Giant’s Causeway, a wondrous feat of Mother Nature comprising approximately 40,000 naturally-formed black basalt columns along the coast as a result of ancient volcanic fissure eruptions, is lined up next. The area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is shrouded in a local Irish legend which claims that it was built by the Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhaill in preparation for a fight with his Scottish counterpart, Benandonner. With unmatched views and a mighty presence, the region presents a scintillating brew of geology and mythology for a surreal experience.
Our tryst with the world of fantasy and vibrant natural landscapes continues, as we visit some famous locations where Game of Thrones was shot, including a chance to visit the enchanting Dark Hedges or as we all know it, Kingsroad. Post a thrilling day out, we will head back to Bangor a relaxed evening. Our advice? Get yourself a craft beer in one hand and some delectable, local seafood in the other for a true-blue Irish evening!
Driving through the Ards Peninsula, its stunning sights prepare you for an ecstatic final day of the tour. Portaferry is our first stop where we will embark on a lovely cruise, sailing on the shimmering waters of the Strangford Loch and through the famous Narrows. The first ever Marine Conservation Zone in Northern Ireland, the Loch is known for its maritime heritage including use by the Vikings, exquisite natural beauty and an exceptional marine biodiversity. Lose yourself to the inimitable Loch which make for a brilliant synesthetic experience. Don’t forget to get those Instagram-worthy shots to fill up your picture gallery!
After the allure of Strangford, we will move onto another Game of Thrones favourite, Castle Ward, which played the backdrop for our beloved Winterfell. As you take a walk around, we bet your inner fans will be thrilled as you encounter actual locations as well as hear about how the entire scenes were created to portray our favourite House Stark.
We will start walking in the footsteps of St. Patrick, the Apostle of Ireland, from here as we relive his holy life at Downpatrick. We will stop here for lunch and maybe even take some time out to visit either Down Cathedral where the saints remains are buried or St. Patrick’s Centre which splendidly documents his life.
A moving spiritual sojourn later, we start our final journey back to Dublin but not without visiting two ravishing locations. The majestic Mourne Mountains’ winding roads await us first where we will make a stop to marvel at the colossal granite peaks and relish its raw beauty. Perfectly contrasting it is our last stop, the shores of the transcendental Carlingford Loch, a glacial fjord. It feels almost unreal to watch the mountains almost bleeding into the sea here, the very reason why it is referenced as the place where "Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the Sea".
We will return to Dublin having enjoyed an enigmatic day amidst the opulent Northern Irish landscape.
Entry fees to visitor attractions (For once, we’ll go by the surface!)
Voucher Information: Sorry, but you will need to print a paper version of your booking voucher (we promise we are working on changing this). Unfortunately, at this time, we will not be able to give anyone a refund without a printed copy of his/her voucher/
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 48 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.
Please make sure you reach the meeting point at least 10 mins before the departure time to avoid getting caught up in any last minute rush.
Please make sure that all children are accompanied by their respective guardians.
We’re afraid little ones under the age of 5 will have to sit this one out.
The tour can accommodate up to six passengers. But in case your group is comprises 7 people, you can contact the local operator to make arrangements.
Don’t forget to pack in waterproof clothing and comfortable walking shoes.
Please remember that each person can only carry up to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage, comprising an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small hand bag to keep items you might use on the way.
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