Northern Ireland

Wednesday 21st August – Wednesday 28th August 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights


Picturesque coastal towns and villages, green pastoral fields, soaring cliffs, wild barren landscapes, the crash of the ocean, the laugh of a local. Ireland is romantic, authentic, a home away from home where both old and modern seem to cohabit seamlessly on a small island in the middle of the sea. Packed with history and tradition your days are spent exploring the island of Ireland’s famous and of the beaten track sites of natural, cultural and political interest. A world renowned food scene means your evenings are spent dining in style and with the promise of a pub just around the corner, music and laughter are never far away. Your trip to Ireland will surprise and delight you but the people of Ireland will stay with you, long after your journey has taken you home.


  • See some of Ireland’s most picturesque and wild coastlines along the Causeway Coast
  • Explore Belfast's history from the Titanic to The Troubles
  • Meet locals as you enjoy some unique experiences

Day by Day

Day 1 - Wednesday 21st August - Welcome to Dublin

Arriving in Ireland today, a private transfer will pick you up from the airport and whisk you city to your 4 star hotel in the city centre. Check-in is at 3pm however feel free to leave your bags, freshen up, or have a bite to eat. Head out in the afternoon to enjoy a walking tour with a local private guide through this vibrant capital city, with its mix of 1,000 years of architecture from the mediaeval to Georgian to modern. See the Georgian style Merrion Square, lush St. Stephen’s Green and Fitzwilliam Square, as well as O’Connell Street, the site of the ‘1916 Uprising’ that led to Ireland’s independence in 1922. Your guide is also a historian who will bring the city to life with colourful tales of life in the city in times gone by.

Overnight: Dublin | The Merrion
Room Type: x1 superior double
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Thursday 22nd August - Gaelic Games & Belfast

Today your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and together you’ll take a trip north across the border, to the bustling Belfast, a city that has managed to grow and thrive into a cosmopolitan hub, effortlessly showcasing its burgeoning foodie scene, its love of tradition and proud history.But first, embark on an exhilarating journey as you delve into the heart of Irish culture during a morning filled with adventure and camaraderie.  You will have the unique opportunity to try your hand at Gaelic Games, guided by a knowledgeable local expert. This insightful session will introduce you to the history and intricacies of Gaelic and Hurling, two sports deeply intertwined with Irish heritage.  Whether you’re hurling the sliotar or attempting to score a point, get ready to embrace the Irish spirit and create lasting memories while learning the art of these traditional Irish pastimes. This evening in Belfast your guide will join you for a welcome dinner and a chat about the week to come.


Overnight: Belfast | The Merchant
Room Type: Deluxe Victorian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 - Friday 23rd August - Belfast Food Tour

You may prefer to skip breakfast this morning as you join a couple of locals on a private Food Tour of Belfast. Start in the historic St George’s Market, meeting producers, and tasting yummy local products, before heading around Belfast to visit traditional bars, world-class shops and more, eating and drinking some of the best local food and drink along the way. This evening, you will be introduced to Belfast culture with a unique twist, joining a local Black Cab tour to visit some of the city’s historical and political sites.  Belfast was at the heart of The Troubles for over thirty years and you’ll see firsthand how this shaped the city and its residents.

Overnight: Belfast | The Merchant
Room Type: Deluxe
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Saturday 24th August - The Causeway Coastal Route

Today you will follow the stunning causeway coastal route out of Belfast along the northernmost coast to Portrush, Co Antrim. The Causeway Coastal Route is possibly one of the world’s greatest road trips, featuring castles, temples, cliff top walks, caves, Game of Thrones filming sites, remote islands and its most famous attraction, The Giant’s Causeway. En route you will visit the Gobbins Cliff Path, which is a spectacular cliff walk that offers breathtaking views of the Irish Sea. As you embark on the cliff walk, you would be able to witness the sheer natural beauty of the area, including stunning waterfalls, diverse birdlife, and rugged cliffs. Your guesthouse tonight offers breathtaking views as it overlooks the stunning Atlantic Ocean.

Overnight: Portrush | Blackrock House
Room Type: Classic
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Sunday 25th August - Visit Rathlin Island

Sail along the Causeway Coast today to Rathlin Island – many tales of myth and mystery surround Rathlin Island, though the most famous tells of Robert the Bruce. In 1306, the Scottish King was driven from Scotland by Edward I of England and took refuge on Rathlin where he watched a spider persevering again and again to bridge a gap with its web. Eventually it succeeded. Taking heart from the spider’s efforts, he returned to Scotland and eventually regained his crown. You’ll boat out to the island and explore by foot today, visiting the bird sanctuary and discovering the lighthouses on the island’s east and west coasts. You may even spot the resident island Puffins!

Overnight: Portrush | Blackrock House
Room Type: Classic
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Monday 26th August - Derry City

This morning after breakfast, it’s time to head to Derry City, the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of Walled Cities in Europe. Built in the 17th century, the walls, approximately 1.5km in circumference, form a walkway around the inner city and provide a unique promenade with which to view the layout of the original town. You will meet a local who will lead you on a tour of the ancient walls. Together you will take a stroll through time, from the city’s mediaeval foundation to its central position in “The Troubles” and Northern Ireland’s turbulent recent history. This evening, depart Northern Ireland as you head for the hills of Donegal and one of Ireland’s premier castle hotels, nestled within the forests of County Donegal upon a serene lake. Settle in and relax in luxury.

Overnight: Donegal | Lough Eske Castle
Room Type: Courtyard Guestroom
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Tuesday 27th August - Glencolmcille & Slieve League Cliffs

Exploring south Donegal today, we will give you many recommendations to introduce you to the region’s history and culture. The folk village at Glencolmcille is an opportunity to step back in time, getting a sense of what life was like in Ireland in the early 20th century, when emigration was a daily reality for many in rural parts. Three times taller than the Cliffs of Moher, the Slieve League Cliffs are some of Europe’s highest sea cliffs and today you will get the chance to stand atop their edge as you hike to the summit. Tonight, your guide will join you for a farewell dinner.

Overnight: Donegal | Lough Eske Castle
Room Type: Courtyard Guestroom
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 - Wednesday 28th August - Depart

This morning, your guide will drop you back to the airport for your flight home. We do hope your time in Ireland has been memorable and we once again have the opportunity to welcome to our shores.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 8
  • Most meals as indicated above, all breakfast, 6 lunch, 2 dinner
  • Services of an experiences guide from Day 2 to Day 8
  • Ground transportation from Day 2 to Day 8
  • All guided activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically;
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Historical Walking Tour of Dublin
  • Private Gaelic Games Experience
  • Private Food Tour of Belfast
  • Belfast Black Cabs Tour
  • Entrance Fee & Guided Tour of Gobbins Cliff Path
  • Guided Tour of Derry City
  • Entrance to Glencolmcille
  • Gratuities at included meals
  • Gratuities for included activity providers & accommodations
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24 hour in-country support
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions, specifically lunch and dinner
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for main driver guide
Notes Read More
  • All suggested accommodations and services are subject to availability at the time of booking
  • A 20% deposit is required before any accommodation and services will be confirmed
  • This quote is valid for 14 days from the date quoted, after this time pricing may be subject to revision
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