Explore Northern Ireland
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An insight into the country’s archaeology and history
Northern Ireland is an area of rich and diverse ancient and historical interest. From great prehistoric sites shrouded in mystery to amazing rugged landscapes, this small corner of the world has a lot to offer. From enigmatic megalithic archaeology to medieval castles – and the region’s troubled modern history, we will sample the wonders of Northern Ireland’s varied past. With Belfast as our hub, this tour will allow us to experience the warm welcome of the city’s culture.
Deposit: $750 Single supplement: $440
Day 1 - Belfast
We meet at our hotel in Belfast in the late afternoon. Time permitting, we take an orientation walk in the city followed by an introductory lecture at the hotel.
|Hotel||Grand Central Hotel, Belfast|
Day 2 - Titanic Belfast
This morning we visit the Ulster Museum, which features significant archaeological finds. A walk along the Peace Wall and Murals brings us back into modern history. Next, we spend time at Titanic Belfast, exploring the history of this tragically famous ship. Our last visit of the day will be to the National Museum of the Royal Navy.
Day 3 - Downpatrick
Today we journey to Downpatrick, stopping at the impressive Neolithic Legananny Dolmen and Ballynoe Stone circle en route. Upon our arrival, we visit Down Cathedral to view the magnificent stained-glass windows and St. Patrick’s grave just outside. Next, we visit the 18th century mansion Castle Ward, the setting of Winterfell in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’.
Day 4 - Navan Fort
We begin with a tour at the Giant’s Ring, a Neolithic henge monument situated on the outskirts of Belfast. On to Armagh to visit Navan Fort, a large hilltop enclosure assumed to represent an ancient ceremonial site. We continue with a visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh and the Beaghmore Stone Circles, a complex of early Bronze Age megaliths.
Day 5 - Giant’s Causeway
Today we journey north. Situated dramatically on the edge of an outcrop on the rugged Antrim coast, we visit the ruins of Dunluce Castle, seat of the McDonnell Clan. A short drive brings us to probably the most famous geological feature of Northern Ireland, the Giant’s Causeway. Before we make our way back to Belfast, we pay a delicious and warming visit to Bushmills Distillery.
Day 6 - Belfast
Before we travel home, we visit St. George’s Market, one of Belfast’s oldest attractions. Built between 1890 and 1896, it is now one of the best markets in the UK and Ireland.
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Professional Tour Manager
- Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
- Meals as per the itinerary, tea or coffee with dinner
- Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
- All taxes & gratuities
- Field notes