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Shades of Northern Ireland

9 wonderful days, 8 exciting nights departing Wednesday May 10 2017

Welcome to Northern Ireland.  The variety of this small country is amazing – from rolling landscapes and hazy mountains, intriguing towns and villages to some of the most vibrant, cultural and history-rich cities. If ever there was a time to experience Northern Ireland, then this is it! Come join us and experience it all.

We’ve no doubt that when you have visited – you will want to return. Only in Belfast can you follow Titanic’s remarkable journey from the drawing board to the slipways. Housed in an iconic, six-floor building, Titanic Belfast is located in the heart of Belfast, right beside the historic site of this world-famous ship’s construction.

The RMS Titanic

So join us and travel to this idyllic haven – Northern Ireland greets you openhandedly.

Itinerary:
Our private tour is totally informal, relaxed and not reliant on anyone’s schedule except our own.
To assist passengers to budget accordingly, we have included a full Irish breakfast each day and a 3 course supper 6 evenings. Lunches will be on your own and convenient lunch stops will be made where you can choose either a light meal or a full lunch menu. All hotels have an elevator, restaurant and of course a bar.

Beautiful Irish scenery

As this is a private tour with our own charter vehicle and driver, we can deviate wherever we need to in order to get the very best out of our visit to this amazing destination.   All tours and entrance fees are included to the attractions mentioned in the itinerary but we would ask you to remember a gratuity for our personal driver who will be with us throughout. His name is Rory and what a character he is!

Day 1 – Rapid City, SD flights connecting to overnight flight to Dublin, Ireland.  Meals aboard aircraft included.

Day 2 – Arrive in Dublin, Ireland and transfer to Belfast – Northern Ireland.
Depart Dublin airport and travel by bus the short distance to Newgrange for the 1st visit of the tour. The world heritage site is over 5,000 years old; here we have a guided tour. A lite bite and we’re off to Belfast through Newry to Lisburn. We take a tour of the Linen Centre founded in 1698 by the Huguenots. Belfast and our hotel is our next stop.  A Welcome Supper is included this evening.
Overnight Europa Hotel, Belfast City – Supper included.

Locals in the pub

Day 3 – Belfast
After a good breakfast we depart the hotel for city tour to include sights like City Hall & Queen’s University and visit to the Titanic Centre, this new building dedicated to the shipbuilding in the city and of course the famous R.M.Titanic.  Supper is not included this evening.
Overnight Europa Hotel, Belfast City – Breakfast included.

Northern Irish historic figures

Day 4 – Belfast to Derry.
This morning after breakfast we’re off to Derry via the North Antrim Coastal route will take us to Carrick-a-Reed rope bridge which we cross on foot! And then we’re on to visit the Giants Causeway a world heritage site. After lunch, on our way to our hotel we stop to view Dunluce Castle, near the town of Bushmills, famous for its whiskey and is the oldest distillery in the world. Supper and overnight is at the Maldron Tower Hotel, Derry City tonight. After Supper you will have a chance to enjoy the city’s nightlife nearby.
Overnight Maldron Tower Hotel, Derry City – Breakfast & Supper included.

Day 5 – Derry/Londonderry City.
After breakfast Martin McCrossan, our City Guide, will take us on a walk around the City walls and explain the history of this unique ‘walled city’. Crossing the river to the Waterside we get a unique view of the ‘Maiden City’. After midday the shops and other outlets in the city open for business, religion is still to the forefront here. You will have time this afternoon to enjoy an afternoon free to shop or explore other aspects of Derry. Dinner and overnight is again at the Maldron Tower Hotel, Derry.
Overnight Maldron Tower Hotel, Derry City – Breakfast & Supper included.

Day 6 – Donegal & Markree Castle.
This morning we travel south to Omagh, here in 1998 a bomb exploded the aftermath changed the history of the troubled province of Northern Ireland for the better.  We head on along the banks of Lough Erne to Belleek, home of exquisite Parian pottery. After lunch we cross the border again into the Republic. We visit Glencarr waterfall and the grave of WB Yeats at Drumcliff. Through Sligo town we travel to our next overnight at the magnificent Markree Castle, Collooney, home of the Cooper family since the 17th century. Dinner tonight is a special one at the dining Hall in the castle!
Overnight Markree Castle – Breakfast & Supper included.

Day 7 – Sligo & Mayo Area.
We leave Markree and head to Sligo for a short tour of this medieval town. Nearby is the largest Megalithic graveyard in Ireland at Carrowmore, here we get a guided tour. We then travel to Parkes Castle; here we board the Rose of Innisfree for a cruise on Lough Gill and see the ‘Isle of Innisfree’. Returning again to Sligo this afternoon, for our dinner again at Markree Castle.
Overnight Markree Castle – Breakfast & Supper included.

Beautiful scenery

Day 8 – Dublin via Castles.
Today we make our way to Dublin and we’ll overnight near Dublin airport at Clontarf Castle Hotel. On route from Markree we stop at Strokestown to visit the House, museum and gardens of this historic mansion. After we make our lunch stop at Tyrrrellspass Castle. Dinner and overnight at Grand Malahide, Dublin.
Overnight Grand Malahide – Breakfast & Supper included.

Day 9 – Return flights from Dublin to Rapid City, SD.
This morning the short 20 minute transfer to Dublin airport, here you bid farewell to Ireland with plenty time for last minute shopping at the Duty-Free in the airport before your flight home.
Breakfast Included

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Itinerary at a glance

Starts: Wednesday May 10 2017
Ends: Thursday May 18 2017

What's included?

  • Return flight from Rapid City to Dublin, Ireland (overnight flight) – other departure airports available on request
  • Transfers to and from the overseas airport & hotels
  • All accommodations with stays in Belfast, Derry, Markree Castle & Dublin
  • All listed sightseeing entrance fees including: Newgrange, Linen Centre Lisburn, Titanic Center, Carrick-a Reed, Giant’s Causeway, Parkes Castle, Lough Gill Boat & Strokestown House.
  • Full Irish Breakfast each morning plus 6 suppers
  • All transportation, Air taxes and surcharges included
  • All baggage handling & taxes
  • 1 suitcase per person maximum 50lbs (any airline fees are included) with all baggage handling & taxes
  • Fully escorted

PLEASE NOTE: This tour is available as a combo post tour extension with our Southern Ireland tour departing on Tuesday May 2 2017. Save $1000 per person over combined advertised prices – call for enquiries and further information today!

Guinness - a staple food/drink of the Irish folk of the north

Pricing

  • $3,895 (pp based on double occupancy)

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How to book

  • Deposit due of $1,000 per person
  • Further deposit of $750 per person February 10th 2017
  • Balance due by March 10th 2017 (or at time of booking if after this date)
  • Book early as restricted to a small group
  • Booking form
  • Ways to pay

What you'll need

  • A Passport is required for this tour – call asap if you need help
  • A camera is a must!
  • The currency in Northern Ireland is the British Pound - you may wish to buy currency ahead of time.
  • Providing you have a major credit or debit card (VISA or MasterCard) you will be able to use local ATMs. Remember to check the charges with your bank prior to departure.

Weather

Weather in Northern Ireland is typically changeable at this time of year however a light rain coat is recommended just in case - check out weather.com for average temperatures. Check out weather.com for average temperatures.

Travel Advice

Please visit the travel advice section of this site for further information and government advisories and warnings.

About Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the north-east of the island of Ireland. It is variously described as a country, province, or region of the United Kingdom, amongst other terms. Northern Ireland shares a border to the south and west with the Republic of Ireland. In 2011, its population was 1,810,863, constituting about 30% of the island's total population and about 3% of the UK's population.

View of Scrabo Tower in Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland

Since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, Northern Ireland is largely self-governing. According to the agreement, Northern Ireland co-operates with the Republic of Ireland on some policy areas, while other areas are reserved for the British Government, though the Republic of Ireland "may put forward views and proposals" with "determined efforts to resolve disagreements between the two governments.

Northern Ireland was created in 1921, when Ireland was partitioned between Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland by an act of the British parliament. Unlike Southern Ireland, which would become the Irish Free State in 1922, the majority of Northern Ireland's population were unionists or loyalists, who wanted to remain within the United Kingdom. Most of these were the Protestant descendants of colonists from Great Britain; however, a significant minority, mostly Catholics, were nationalists or republicans who wanted a united Ireland independent of British rule.

The Mourne Mountains, County Down

Today, the former generally see themselves as British and the latter generally see themselves as Irish; some people from both communities describe themselves as Northern Irish. Historically, Northern Ireland was marked by discrimination and hostility between these two communities in what Nobel Peace Prize-winner David Trimble called a "cold house" for Catholics. In the late 1960s, conflict between the two communities, and involving state forces, erupted into three decades of violence known as the Troubles, which claimed over 3,000 lives and caused over 50,000 casualties. The Good Friday Agreement in 1998 was a major step in the peace process although sectarianism and religious segregation still remain major social problems.

Source: Wikipedia


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