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Northern Ireland 3-Day Tour from Dublin

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Activity provider: Paddywagon Tours

Northern Ireland 3-Day Tour from Dublin

Activity provider: Paddywagon Tours

From US$ 364.43 per person

Discover the best of Northern Ireland on a 3-day tour from Dublin. Go beyond the headlines of the 30-year "Troubles," and see spectacular landscapes such as the Giant’s Causeway, the monastery of Monasterboice, and more.

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Duration 3 days
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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the best of Northern Ireland on a 3-day budget tour from Dublin
  • Explore the Titanic Experience
  • See the basalt steps of the Giant's Causeway
  • Go to the ruins of the monastery of Monasterboice
  • Walk along Derry's historic walls with a local guide
  • Enjoy nights out of live Irish music
  • Visit the resting place of W.B Yeats
Full description

Travel beyond the headlines of Northern Ireland’s notorious “Troubles” and discover a land of spectacular natural wonders as you explore the wild Atlantic coast, see the stunning steps of the Giant’s Causeway, go to the battlefields of the Battle of the Boyne, and much more. Choose from a backpacker’s budget option, staying in shared dormitory style hostel accommodation, or choose an

en suite room at a budget hotel or bed and breakfast accommodation if you would prefer a bit more privacy. Learn about the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 that brought the peace process to an end, and see evidence of the 30-year conflict at the Bloody Sunday Murals in Derry. Take a tour of Belfast, now classed as one of the top 10 cities in the world by Lonely Planet, and meet fun-loving local characters from both the Ulster-Irish and Ulster-British communities along the way.

Day 1: Dublin - Belfast city (overnight Belfast)

Choose from one of two central Dublin collection locations and you'll be on your way. Your first stop this morning is at Monasterboice, a monastic settlement dating back to 501 AD. This ancient monastery is home to the best-preserved and most intricately carved Celtic crosses in Ireland. A fully intact stone round tower also keeps watch over the horizon for marauding Vikings.  By late morning you'll arrive in Belfast. Discover why Lonely Planet regards Northern Ireland's capital as one of the top 10 'must-visit' cities on Earth. Your driver will show you highlights including City Hall, Queen's University, Albert's Clock, Botanic Gardens, and much more.  With plenty of time at leisure to explore the city, the political “Black Taxi” tour (optional) is strongly recommended to view the Peace Wall and infamous political murals. The drivers are locals and can explain what life was like in Belfast during the conflict of 1969-1998. This evening you'll stay downtown, in a most lively area with great pubs and restaurants catering to all tastes and budgets. Live music venues are plentiful, and Belfast is well known for its great nightlife.

Day 2: Belfast - Giants Causeway - Letterkenny

A glorious touring day cruising the Beautiful North Coast. You will initially visit the Dark Hedges, famed by Game of Thrones. Then it's the jackpot visit of the day - you will trace the footprints of Celtic Giants, and walk the Giant's Causeway. A UNESCO world heritage site, and the proud location of an estimated 60,000 hexagonal columns of basalt rock formed by cataclysmic violent volcanic eruptions a long long time ago.

Your guide will wax lyrical about how the giant warrior-hero (Fionn McCool). You'll continue to the nearby city of Derry where you'll spend the afternoon. There will be plenty of time at leisure after an excellent in-depth walking tour of Derry's walls with a local guide.

Learn why the city is officially known as Londonderry and the story of the long bloody siege here in 1689. Your guide will take you down to the well-known Bogside district, the scene of the Bloody Sunday massacre in 1972, and the inspiration for U2's classic anthem 'Sunday, Bloody Sunday'. Just across the border lie the hills of Donegal. You'll stay overnight in the town of Letterkenny for a flavor of rural Ireland.

Day 3: Letterkenny- Sligo - Galway - Dublin

After breakfast this morning, you'll head down a portion of the west coast's Wild Atlantic Way in the Republic of Ireland. Your journey takes you through the poetic heartland of Co. Sligo, W.B. Yeats country. Visit the final resting place of the Nobel laureate in Drumcliff Abbey, and admire the beautiful Benbulben mountain referenced in many of his poems.

Further along the road lies Ireland's premier surf venue and beach at Strandhill, Co. Sligo, and you will have some leisure time here for refreshments. Your final stop before returning to Dublin is Galway where you have free time to explore. Perhaps you might like to visit some wonderful local seafood eateries, or try a pint in one of the fantastic pubs. You then take a scenic drive back to Dublin, arriving back at approx. 7:00 PM.

Includes
  • Transportation
  • Accommodation, including breakfast (based on option selected)
  • Guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Additional attractions
  • Cost of Black Taxi Tour, organised and paid to your driver/guide
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

Meet at 08:00 at Paddys Palace, Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • Please note that the tour may operate in the opposite direction to the tour description if necessary (1st night in Letterkenny and 2nd night in Belfast)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.3 /5

based on 4 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    3.8/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5
  • Service
    2.8/5
  • Organization
    3.5/5

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Problem with guide

The ride is very good. The only problem I had was that the guide, who was impatient and rude.

July 14, 2017

Disappointing tour due to poor organization and planning.

Much needs to be done to improve this tour. Firstly, the descriptions given in the tour information were vague, especially that pertaining to entrance tickets. It was not stated explicitly if the tickets for the Titanic Shipyard would be included in the package. We were both upset and disappointed when we found out on the spot that our package did not include this. Secondly, too little time was given to us at each attraction, especially the Cliffs Of Moher and Giant Causeway. Perhaps a fixed itinerary with the breakdown of timings could be given to the guide, such that there would be consistency throughout all tours with reasonable duration allocated to each atttaction. Thirdly, the guide had some lapses during the course of his work. For one, accountability was not being upheld as the number of pax on the bus was not accounted for before the bus left for the next destination. Thus, one of the tour group mates was left behind. Such basic accountability was evidently lacking.

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June 10, 2017

amazing

It was very cool and the bus driver was nice and funny! I loved the trip and would book it again. The only disappointing was that in the Programm of this page for the trip were some other things than in the real Programm.

June 6, 2017

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