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Our exploration of Northern Ireland offers a fascinating combination of cosmopolitan city life, unrivalled coastal and mountain scenery and dramatic natural wonders, including the ancient stone edifices of the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Titanic Experience provides a fascinating insight into the famous liner in the city where it all began, and we also head south to Dublin, the lively capital of the Republic of Ireland to complete our Emerald Isle getaway.
*The transfer service from Dublin airport to the hotel in Monaghan or Dundalk and back from the overnight hotel in the Dublin area is included in the tour price. If you would prefer to be picked up from an alternative airport or location, please contact us for additional mileage costs.
You will be met at Dublin airport for your transfer to the hotel in Monaghan or Dundalk, our base for the next four nights (journey time between 60-90 minutes, depending on hotel location). Check-in at the hotel is normally available from 2pm. Please arrive in time for dinner which is served at around 6pm.
We enjoy a drive through the spectacular Mountains of Mourne, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, stopping to explore some of the region’s towns along the way. The popular seaside resort of Newcastle is the picturesque gateway to the Kingdom of Mourne where Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland’s highest mountain, sweeps down to the sea. Downpatrick’s cathedral is said to be the burial place of St Patrick while Hillsborough is a delightful town that is home to a beautiful castle and scenic wooded parkland and lakes.
Our day begins at the Giant’s Causeway, named for the enormous volcanic columns that make this National Trust-owned site such an incredible place to visit. From here we head to Londonderry – the only completely walled city in Ireland. Our tour manager takes us on a guided walking tour where highlights include the gleaming Peace Bridge across the River Foyle, St Columb’s cathedral and the beautiful Guildhall.
We take a guided tour of Northern Ireland’s vibrant capital with our tour manager. Belfast is now a thriving, modern metropolis with a colorful history – as a key player in the Industrial Revolution; it was the center for the Irish linen and tobacco industries. We also pay a visit to the Titanic Experience, a fantastic museum located on site of the original shipyard in which the famous liner was built, that brings the maiden voyage of the Titanic to life.
Checking out of our hotel, we travel to Dublin where we spend an afternoon at leisure. Just some of the sights here include the historic Temple Bar area, known as the entertainment and cultural quarter of Dublin, and Trinity College, the oldest university in Ireland set in 40 acres of cobbled squares, gardens and parks. We also have the option to join a locally guided tour of the city ($16pp) before spending the night in our hotel in the Dublin area.
You will be picked up from your overnight hotel and transferred to Dublin airport for your flight home.
We’ll stay at one of two hotels:
28 June & 6 September departures:
The family-run 4-star Four Seasons Hotel is located on the northern outskirts of Monaghan. The hotel offers well-appointed en-suite rooms, a bar and restaurant and guests have free use of the leisure facilities.
12 July departure:
The 4-star Ballymascanlon House Hotel is set in beautiful parkland approximately two miles north of Dundalk, complete with fantastic leisure facilities. The en-suite rooms offer free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and tea and coffee-making facilities.
We also spend our last night in a conveniently located 3-star hotel in the Dublin area.