Belfast & The Titanic Experience
3 nights. March 2019 - October 2019. From £349.00.
Unveil the story of the birth of the world's most famous liner
An included visit to what has now become one of Britain's 'must-see' new attractions - the glittering, futuristic, GBP97-million Titanic Belfast Experience - is the highlight of this hugely popular three-night break. You'll also enjoy a guided tour of a city bursting with history and exuding renewed civic pride, time to enjoy the city's trendy shops, bars and restaurants, and perhaps to discover some of the British Isles' most scenic coastal countryside.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsAdmission to the spectacular Titanic Belfast Experience
A fascinating half-day guided tour of Belfast and its major landmarks
The opportunity to join an optional tour of the beautiful Antrim Coast and to visit the extraordinary Giant's Causeway
Three nights' bed and buffet breakfast accommodation at your chosen three-star hotel (upgrades available)
Return flights from your chosen airport to Belfast
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFollowing your flight to Belfast, meet your Tour Manager and board the coach for the short transfer into the city and your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to get your bearings and to begin to soak up the atmosphere of what is truly a city fast shaking off its past reputation and embracing a new bright future reflected in its youthful outlook and vibrant redevelopments. Your friendly Tour Manager will be on hand to point you in the right direction throughout your stay.
Day TwoAfter breakfast, enjoy this morning's tour of the city of Belfast, with its turbulent past, thriving present and hopes for the future, all brought to life by your guide. Highlights will include the major landmarks such as City Hall, Queen's and Stormont Castle, seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly, and a stunning sight gradually revealed from the rising approach road. During the tour you'll also see West Belfast's celebrated Peace Wall, the political murals of the Shankhill and Falls roads, and the ultra-modern developments of the regenerated docks area, crowned by the glittering, breathtaking Titanic Quarter.
After a fascinating morning and the opportunity to enjoy lunch (payable locally) the highlight of the break will be this afternoon's visit to the Titanic Belfast Experience, set on the site where RMS Titanic was constructed a century ago. Developed as a tribute to the days of shipbuilding in the city, as well as a commemoration of the ill-fated liner that met her untimely end on her Maiden Voyage in 1912, the Titanic Belfast Experience is a dramatic, innovative and exciting presentation of the real story of the famous ship. It's housed in nine fascinating galleries in one of the most eye-catching buildings to have been built in the UK for years. Through the use of audio-visual presentation, life-size reconstructions, interactive features and even a 'Shipyard Ride', the ship's conception, construction, tragic sinking and its aftermath, as well as its rediscovery in 1985, are brought vividly to life, and you'll leave the exhibition with a real sense of the enormity as well as the human cost of one of the 20th-century's most fateful episodes.
The rest of the day and evening is at leisure, perhaps to soak up the atmosphere in one of the traditional city centre pubs.
Day ThreeToday is free for you to enjoy the delights of Belfast under your own steam, although many will take
the opportunity to join the optional excursion to the breathtakingly scenic Antrim Coast, with its fabled Nine Glens leading to the sea, and to the extraordinary Giant's Causeway. This astonishing collection of basalt columns, packed closely together, and acting as stepping-stones into the Atlantic from beneath the wild, windswept cliffs, is a remarkable sight.
Though in fact formed 60 million years ago by a volcanic explosion, the stories of the giant 'Finn McCool' - said variously to have built the causeway as a means to woo a female giant living on a Scottish island, or to have used it as a way of escape from a pursuing enemy - are much more interesting to nongeologists. Although there is a minibus to take visitors to the causeway from the visitor centre (payable locally), the more energetic will be rewarded by walking the mile or so across the cliff path, with its breathtaking views.
Our journey back to the hotel takes us via the Causeway Coastal Road, with its spectacular views. Highlights of a wonderfully scenic drive will include Glenarm, with its castle and colourwashed village, stunning Glenariff - the 'Queen of the Glens' - and bustling Ballycastle, at the entrance to the two northernmost glens.
Day FourDepending upon the time of your flight, spend a final few hours in the city before transferring to the airport at the end of a truly wonderful few days. Back to top
AccommodationIbis City Centre
The Ibis Belfast City Centre offers good value for money and is located close to the shopping and business districts, and the Titanic Quarter.
Hotel amenities include a 24-hour restaurant serving hot and cold snacks and light meals, and a bar.
Guest rooms are decorated in a simple and modern style and have private facilities, Wi-Fi and satellite TV.Ramada Encore Belfast
Coveniently located in the cathedral quarter of the city, this comfortable hotel is just a few minutes by foot from City Hall and many of Belfast's attractions.
Amenities include a bar and grill, offering new interpretations of Irish-style cuisine, a bar and lounge, free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour reception, and lifts.
Guest rooms are contemporary in style and have private facilities, flat screen TV, tea- and coffee-making facilities and direct-dial telephones.Titanic Hotel, Belfast
This new, luxury four-star hotel in the heart of the Titanic Quarter, occupies what was once the headquarters of legendary shipbuilders Harland and Wolff. From the three-storey-high barrel-vaulted ceiling of the stunning Drawing Bar to the Golden Age maritime memorabilia and design details you'll find throughout - everything about this hotel is unique and unforgettable.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes from Belfast International airport, or approximately 15 minutes from Belfast City airport.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure. Back to top