Tour Code: 8962P21
Duration: 3 days
The North of Ireland is now a must see for any traveller arriving in Ireland.
This tour enables you to focus on Northern Ireland, the little corner of our motherland so present in world headlines since 1969 but now experiencing a new dawn after an end to the 30 years of conflict, which ended with the Good Friday Agreement 1998.
In the last 15 years, Northern Ireland has become one of Europe's "MUST-SEE" destinations. The capital - Belfast - has been classed as one of the top 10 cities in the world by Lonely Planet.
Our overnight stays will be some of the great memories of your European travels. Downtown Belfast is amazing and the glorious glens of Antrim are an absolute Irish paradise with bonnie Scotland in full view 12 miles away across the Irish Sea.
Day 1: Dublin - Belfast
W make our first stop at Monasterboice. This ancient monastery is home to Ireland's best preserved and finest Celtic crosses, and it also has a monumental fully intact Round Tower. Discover Belfast, one of the top 10 'must-see' destinations on Earth. We strongly recommend the world famous Black Taxi tour (optional) to view the Peace Wall and political murals. Your driver will show you highlights of the city including City Hall, Queen's University, Albert's Clock, Botanic Gardens and much more. Tonight we stay in the charming University Quarter, a most lively area with great pubs and restaurants with plenty of choice and catering to all budgets.Day 2: Belfast - Giants Causeway - Derry
We initially visit the Dark Hedges, famed by the Game of Thrones along with views of Ballintoy Harbour one of the backdrops of the series. You'll see the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge (seasonal, consider crossing if you dare, for a small optional charitable donation to the National Trust, the registered UK charity that maintains the Bridge). Then it's the jackpot visit of the day - we will trace the footprints of Celtic Giants, walk the Giant's Causeway! A UNESCO world heritage site and the proud location of an estimated 60,000 hexagonal columns of basalt rock formed by cataclysmic violent volcanic eruptions a long long time ago! You'll have plenty of time to take either the high road or low road hikes to this place of outstanding natural beauty. Once sufficiently impressed we'll be off to take fantastic photos of Dunluce Castle - ancestral home of the McDonnell clan, until its kitchen collapsed into the sea during a great feast in 1639 - killing many staff, who's ghosts are said to still linger in the ruins even to this day. Overnight in Historic Derry.Day 3: Derry - Dublin
Begin today with a hearty breakfast and an excellent in-depth walking tour of Derry's walls with a local guide. Learn why the city is officially known as Londonderry and the story of the long bloody siege here in 1689. Your guide will take you down to the well known Bogside district, scene of the Bloody Sunday massacre in 1972 and inspiration for U2's classic anthem 'Sunday, Bloody Sunday'. Our next stop is a blast from the past, at the portal tomb of Creevykeel dating back to the pagan years in Ireland that gives us an insight to our earliest inhabitants from the stone age and their rituals and burial ceremonies. We continue through the poetic heartland of Ireland, W.B. Yeat's country. We visit his final resting place in Drumcliff Abbey, and admire the beautiful Benbulben referenced in many of his poems. The road takes us to Ireland's premier surf venue and beach at Strandhill, County Sligo. Our final stop before returning to Dublin is Galway where we have free time to explore traditional music capital of Ireland, arriving to Dublin 7 pm.