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Belfast - Best Tours & Trips 2019

104 trips to Belfast tours from 26 tour companies. 63 reviews. 4.9/5 avg rating.
Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland, and the city that inspired the Chronicles of Narnia. Known for its cozy pubs, vibrant and friendly people, and a controversial and fascinating history -- visiting Belfast is more than just checking off attractions, it’s immersing yourself into a lifestyle.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Magical Ireland

SmarTours
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
13 days
$ 215 / day
$ 2,799
From : $ 7,177
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Merrion Square (Dublin)
  • Christchurch Cathedral (Dublin)
  • Guinness Brewery (Dublin)
  • Castle Ward House & Gardens (Northern Ireland)
  • Titanic Belfast Experience
  • Giant’s Causeway (Antrim)
  • Kylemore Abbey (Galway)
  • Cliffs of Moher (Clare)
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Dingle Peninsula (Kerry)
  • Blarney’s Castle
  • Medieval Castle Banquet
Visits:
Dingle Peninsula, Dublin, Galway, Killarney National Park, Ireland, United Kingdom
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Atlantic Europe

15 days
$ 139 / day
$ 2,092
From : $ 2,824
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city and one of the most active cities in Northern Europe, monumental centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Magnificent countryside of high mountains and lakes, boat trip, Loch Ness
  • Awesome Ferryboat to Ireland
  • Sightseeing tour of Dublin enjoy a stroll on the banks of River Liffey
  • Visit Caernarfon, a World Heritage site by the sea overlooked by an impressive castle
  • Visit to Amsterdam
Visits:
Amsterdam, British Museum, Bruges, Brussels, Buckingham Palace, Dublin, Edinburgh, Eiffel Tower, Glasgow, Inverness, Liverpool, Loch Ness, London, Oxford, Paris, Rouen, The Louvre, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland
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A life en rose

11 days
$ 138 / day
$ 1,517
From : $ 1,866
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Paris, climb to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower
  • Visit Rouen historic center, We go to the center of Paris, to the area of the Louvre Museum
  • Visit London
  • See the Houses of Parliament, the River Thames, the Tower of Lon­don and Buckingham Palace
  • Explore Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city and one of the most active cities in Northern Europe
Visits:
Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, Eiffel Tower, Glasgow, Inverness, Loch Ness, London, Paris, Rouen
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Explore Ireland

Indus Travels
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 166 / day
$ 2,399
From : $ 2,693
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Marvel at the spectacular scenery, mountains and lakes of the Ring of Kerry
  • Explore the lunar-like Burren region and see the majestic Cliffs of Moher
  • Visit the arty city of Galway and spend time in beautiful Connemara National Park
  • See the incredible Giant’s Causeway, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Explore the bustling city of Belfast and learn about the Titanic in the place where it was created
  • Tour the Republic of Ireland’s exuberant capital city, Dublin
Visits:
Belfast, Dublin, Galway, Ireland
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Game of Thrones in Ireland

Indus Travels
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 194 / day
$ 1,699
From : $ 2,159
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit some of the sets of Game of Thrones in Northern Ireland 
  • Discover Dublin and get to know the fantastic Irish culture in the capital city
  • Drive along the incredible Giant’s Causeway, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Admire the Dark Hedges area on the north Antrim coastline, set to many Game of Thrones scenes
  • Get to know Irish culture at the same time that you follow the stories of the Seven Kingdoms
Visits:
Belfast, Derry, Dublin, Ireland
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Celtic Connections

Indus Travels
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 133 / day
$ 1,999
From : $ 3,549
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Journey through serene monasteries, Viking cities and historic towns in Ireland
  • Visit Loch Ness in search of the Loch Ness Monster, as well as the ruins of Urquhart Castle
  • Marvel at the spectacular scenery, mountains and lakes of the Ring of Kerry
  • Explore the lunar-like Burren region and see the majestic Cliffs of Moher
  • Tour the bustling city of Belfast and learn about the Titanic in the place where it was created
Visits:
Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, Galway, Kilkenny, Ireland, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Britain and Ireland Grandeur Summer 2019

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
23 days
$ 236 / day
$ 5,425
From : $ 6,673
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in London, Londonderry, Belfast, Dublin and Edinburgh
  • ORIENTATION of Salisbury Plain, Plymouth, Bath, Cardiff, Limerick, Galway, Chester, Glasgow and York
  • VISIT the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, Waterford Crystal Showroom, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, Giants Causeway, the Falkirk Wheel, Isle of Skye, Edinburgh Castle, Alnwick and Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • VIEW the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth, the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, the 18th hole at St. Andrews, Eilean Donan Castle, Culloden Battlefield and York Minster
  • SCENIC DRIVE on a Cornish Excursion, experience the Ring of Kerry
Visits:
Bath, Belfast, Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh, Galway, Lake District, Liverpool, London, Ring of Kerry, Scottish Highlands, York, England, Ireland
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Irish Experience Summer 2019

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 244 / day
$ 2,680
From : $ 3,296
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Dublin, Belfast and Londonderry
  • ORIENTATION of Galway and Waterford
  • VISIT the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, the Titanic Museum, the UNESCO World Heritage site at the Giant's Causeway, Belleek to see how the famous pottery is made, Kylemore Abbey, the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the 'gift of the gab', the Crystal Showroom at Waterford and the Famine Ship in New Ross
  • VIEW St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Queens University in Belfast, the City Walls and Murals of Londonderry, Connemara and the Cathedral of Galway
  • SCENIC DRIVE along the Ring of Kerry
Visits:
Belfast, Dublin, England, Ireland
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Shamrocks and Leprechauns Summer 2019

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 293 / day
$ 2,925
From : $ 3,598
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR of Dublin, Belfast, Londonderry
  • ORIENTATION of Limerick and Galway
  • VISIT the Giant's Causeway, Titanic Visitor's Centre in Belfast and the Flying Boat Museum in Foynes
  • VIEW St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, King John's Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick
  • SEE Galway Cathedral
  • SCENIC DRIVE of the Ring of Kerry
Visits:
Belfast, Dublin, England, Ireland
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Britain and Ireland Grandeur Reverse Summer 2019

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
23 days
$ 258 / day
$ 5,925
From : $ 7,288
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Edinburgh, Dublin, Belfast and Londonderry/Derry
  • SCENIC drives of the Ring of Kerry and on a Cornish Excursion
  • ORIENTATION of York, Glasgow, Chester, Galway, Limerick, Cardiff, Bath, Plymouth and Salisbury
  • VIEW York Minster, Culloden Battlefield, Eilean Donan Castle, the 18th hole at St. Andrews, the magnificent Cliffs of Moher and the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth
  • VISIT Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, medieval Alnwick, Edinburgh Castle, Isle of Skye, Falkirk Wheel, the Giants Causeway, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, Waterford Crystal Showroom, the Roman Baths in Bath and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge
Visits:
Bath, Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Ring of Kerry, Scottish Highlands, England, Ireland
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Irish Experience Summer 2019

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 250 / day
$ 2,755
From : $ 3,389
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Dublin, Belfast and Londonderry
  • ORIENTATION of Galway and Waterford
  • VISIT the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, the Titanic Museum, the UNESCO World Heritage site at the Giant's Causeway, Belleek to see how the famous pottery is made, Kylemore Abbey, the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the 'gift of the gab', the Crystal Showroom at Waterford and the Famine Ship in New Ross
  • VIEW St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Queens University in Belfast, the City Walls and Murals of Londonderry, Connemara and the Cathedral of Galway
  • SCENIC DRIVE along the Ring of Kerry
Visits:
Belfast, Dublin, England, Ireland
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Britain and Ireland Grandeur Summer 2019

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
23 days
$ 238 / day
$ 5,480
From : $ 6,740
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in London, Londonderry, Belfast, Dublin and Edinburgh
  • ORIENTATION of Salisbury Plain, Plymouth, Bath, Cardiff, Limerick, Galway, Chester, Glasgow and York
  • VISIT the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, Waterford Crystal Showroom, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, Giants Causeway, the Falkirk Wheel, Isle of Skye, Edinburgh Castle, Alnwick and Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • VIEW the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth, the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, the 18th hole at St. Andrews, Eilean Donan Castle, Culloden Battlefield and York Minster
  • SCENIC DRIVE on a Cornish Excursion, experience the Ring of Kerry
Visits:
Bath, Belfast, Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh, Galway, Lake District, Liverpool, London, Ring of Kerry, Scottish Highlands, York, England, Ireland
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Amazing Ireland Summer 2019

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
14 days
$ 253 / day
$ 3,540
From : $ 4,354
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Belfast, Londonderry and Dublin
  • ORIENTATION of Donegal, Galway, Cork and Waterford
  • VISIT the Titanic Belfast, the Giant's Causeway, Belleek pottery, Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, the John F. Kennedy Arboretum and the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross and Waterford Crystal
  • VIEW the Antrim Coast, W.B. Yeats grave at Drumcliff, the Marian Shrine in Knock, Trinity College and the Georgian Squares in Dublin
  • SEE City Hall in Belfast and the Cathedral of Galway
  • SCENIC DRIVE around the Ring of Kerry
Visits:
Belfast, Dublin, Galway, England, Ireland
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Amazing Ireland Summer 2019

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
14 days
$ 253 / day
$ 3,540
From : $ 4,354
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Belfast, Londonderry and Dublin
  • ORIENTATION of Donegal, Galway, Cork and Waterford
  • VISIT the Titanic Belfast, the Giant's Causeway, Belleek pottery, Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, the John F. Kennedy Arboretum and the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross and Waterford Crystal
  • VIEW the Antrim Coast, W.B. Yeats grave at Drumcliff, the Marian Shrine in Knock, Trinity College and the Georgian Squares in Dublin
  • SEE City Hall in Belfast and the Cathedral of Galway
  • SCENIC DRIVE around the Ring of Kerry
Visits:
Belfast, Dublin, Galway, England, Ireland
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Britain and Ireland Grandeur Summer 2019

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
23 days
$ 242 / day
$ 5,555
From : $ 6,833
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in London, Londonderry, Belfast, Dublin and Edinburgh
  • ORIENTATION of Salisbury Plain, Plymouth, Bath, Cardiff, Limerick, Galway, Chester, Glasgow and York
  • VISIT the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, Waterford Crystal Showroom, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, Giants Causeway, the Falkirk Wheel, Isle of Skye, Edinburgh Castle, Alnwick and Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • VIEW the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth, the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, the 18th hole at St. Andrews, Eilean Donan Castle, Culloden Battlefield and York Minster
  • SCENIC DRIVE on a Cornish Excursion, experience the Ring of Kerry
Visits:
Bath, Belfast, Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh, Galway, Lake District, Liverpool, London, Ring of Kerry, Scottish Highlands, York, England, Ireland
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Top Belfast Experiences and Attractions

Top Belfast Experiences

Going on a street art tour and seeing the passion and feeling in the propaganda murals of Belfast that were painted during the Troubles.

Going inside the Titanic Museum and learning about the famous ship and Belfast’s industrial history.

Having a beer and some delicious Irish comfort food in one of Belfast’s hundreds of traditional Irish pubs.

Learning about the Troubles, how they turned Belfast upside down, and how the impacts of this recent political turmoil and violence affects Belfast today.

Going for a hike up the Black Mountain Walk to get a panoramic view of Belfast, while breathing in the fresh air and taking in the spectacular views of the Irish landscape.


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Belfast Trip Reviews

63 Belfast Tour Reviews - Summary 98% Recommend

4.9 out of 5
Excellent 58
Great 4
Average 1
Disappointing 0
Terrible 0
Value
4.9
Guide
4.9
Activities
4.9
Lodging
4.9
Transportation
4.9
Meals
4.9

Tour Reviews Write a Review

First trip with smarTours - and we are hooked

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

My husband and I just returned from our first trip with smarTours to Ireland. Our tour guide and driver was Paul Kealy. We had such a wonderful experience and it was because of Paul. He is very knowledgeable, he makes the history of the country come alive, his witticism ( My husband and I are smiling as we write this) is infectious, and most of all his care and concern for all of us was always at the forefront He is truly the best guide we have ever had and we hope you know how valuable he is to your organization. We were very pleased with the hotels and in particular their locations. I could go on and on. If all your other tours and tour guides are as good as this trip, we are hooked.

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Operator SmarTours

MAGICAL IRELAND

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

Recently returned from your Magical Ireland trip and it was absolutely enchanting. The wild Irish coastline scenery was truly spectacular and the Giant's Causeway -just amazing. Our guide/driver was extremely knowledgable and provided an interesting and enthusiastic commentary. Very very good trip.

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Operator SmarTours

Go To Ireland... Just Don't Use CIE

3.0
  • Value 2.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 2.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0

My wife and I travel often and while we enjoyed our tour itself, we would not use CIE again and would caution anyone else before doing so as well.
By the time our tour guide casually mentioned that their numbers on our particular tour were “way down” (our group had 28 the first week and only 18 the second week on a 50 person bus), I had already figured out why. CIE, as a company, is just not very good. Our group of three in Colorado, booked with some other family, a party of two, in Florida, to make sure we were on the same tour. The problem is, in spite of detailed explanation that we would be traveling separately and paying separately, CIE consistently attempted to treat us as a single party of five, both in payment and logistics. They charged our family in Florida an extra $50 to send their ‘travel bags’ to them directly. They messed up the travel vouchers for our group and even had them scheduled to be picked up at the wrong airport in England. This was clearly communicated on multiple occasions, but was still messed up by CIE.

Then there is their transport company. Before getting to the Denver airport, we received notice our flight into London would be delayed 2.5 hours. I called immediately, giving CIE a ten hour notice, and was told it would cost extra money for them to pick us up later. Apparently, they don’t do pickups afternoon. This would have been good information to have beforehand. Upon arrival, when I called the travel company at 2:00 pm local time, there was no answer so we ended up just taking a taxi and paying an extra $70 just to get to our hotel. Despite multiple requests, CIE has repeatedly refused to refund our $45 that we prepaid for our transfer, claiming a non-refundable policy. Think about this… 5 people on our trip, bringing in nearly $20,000 of revenue to this company, and rather than make it right, when the delay was no fault of our own, they choose to hold firm to their “non-refundable” policy and refuse to refund a measly $45.

I gave 3 stars rather than less because the tour itself was great. Our tour guide and itinerary were top notch. We did the 14 day Irish/British Grandeur and it was a whirlwind fourteen days. We saw a tremendous amount of sites and points of interest, but in doing so, we were exhausted by the end, despite being much younger than most of our tour companions. While there were a couple free afternoons and evenings, there wasn’t a single free morning. The mornings that we were leaving the hotel, we were to have bags out of our hotel room by 6:00 am or 7:00 am and we would be leaving between 45 mins and an hour later. Even when we stayed an additional night, our latest morning departure was 8:15 am. This is most definitely not a leisurely tour so be prepared to get good at sleeping on a bus.
The most disappointing part of it all though was the ‘bait and switch’ of the hotels. This tour was promoted as 4 and 5 star hotels, which was a complete fabrication. We stayed one night at a 5 star, two nights at a 4 star, and every single other hotel was maybe a 3 star. Maybe. Terribly uncomfortable beds, pillows, and poor service from hotel staff. For the price we paid for this trip, the hotels were a total rip-off and we expected better. The moral of the story is this; your numbers are down, CIE, because you’re not a very good company and word is spreading about your poor customer service. Go see Ireland! Just do it with a different company.

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Belfast Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Things to do In Belfast

  • The Titanic Museum. Did you know the Titanic was thought of, built, and launched from Belfast? If you didn’t, now you do, and you’ll be able to learn much more about this famous trip and its ill-fated virgin voyage at the Titanic Museum. You can take a walking tour from the museum to learn about the symbolism integrated into the ship’s physical structure, and then step back inside to learn about the people who boarded and built, and what is fact and what is legend.
  • Enjoy a pint of beer in a pub. Whether its lager, ale, or stout, or even cider, be sure that the Northern Irish have their own brand and they’re proud of it. Northern Ireland falls somewhere in the gray area between the rest of Great Britain and Ireland, and this means its experiences the best of both worlds when it comes to pubs and their atmospheres. We recommend Kelly’s Cellars, the oldest traditional pub in Belfast.
  • See the Peace Walls. During the Troubles, massive walls were erected between neighborhoods to prevent violence. These walls are pretty unsightly, except for the colorful graffiti that is in some places. Despite this, the walls are landmarks on any historic sightseeing tour of Belfast. For those who love street art, you will have fun hunting down these hidden artworks, but as the walls are going to be demolished in the next 20 years, any visitor to Belfast should go see them!
  • Belfast Botanic Gardens. On your escorted tour of Belfast, you will likely be given some free time to explore the city’s Botanic Gardens. Take a break from Belfast’s busy, industrial streets to experience the small green paradise, and walk amongst the exotic plants held in the beautiful Victorian glasshouse at its center.
  • Tour the Belfast City Hall. Belfast is not known for its stunning architecture, but the City Hall (along with Stormont, the city’s parliament building) is an exception. Not only is the outside lovely, but you can also tour the inside and have a seat at the building’s cafe. The City Hall is a typical stop on any multi-day tour of Belfast, and be sure your tour guide will teach you a bit more about the city’s history in this location!

The Troubles and History Tours

“The Troubles” of Northern Ireland took place from the end of the 1960’s until the end of the 20th century. The rather vague name (the Troubles are sometimes also called the Northern Ireland conflict) refers to an ethno-nationalist conflict that escalated into a low level war.

The conflict centered around whether Northern Ireland should remain apart of the United Kingdom. Although the conflict was not about religion, the government was mainly Protestant and Unionist, and the nationalists were generally Catholic.

The Troubles began when the Nationalist group launched a campaign for the government to end discrimination against them, and the government attempted to stifle this campaign.

Both sides escalated the situation, with the Nationalists accusing the government of police brutality, and the union supporters accusing the campaign of being a republican front. The situation continued to devolve as time passed, and many conflicts originate between the youth and the police, and multiple paramilitary groups forming.

Understanding the Troubles is a key part of an Belfast history tour. Learning about this conflict not only helps one understand the significance of religion and religious history in Ireland, but for anyone interested in politics, it is a fascinating case study. Prior to the attacks prompted by Islamic extremism, the Troubles in Northern Ireland introduced the word terrorism in the way that we use it today.

Outdoor Activities in Belfast

Belfast is known as an industrial and rather gritty city, however, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the beautiful outdoors of Northern Ireland just outside the city. One such way is to do the Divis and Black Mountain Walk, which climbs the hills just outside Belfast and provides an excellent view of the entire city. The Cave Hill in Cavehill Country Park, reminiscent of Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, is another beautiful walk with city views.

If you’re looking for more of a taste of the outdoors, there are other great places to go hiking and fishing near Belfast. Some other popular trails can be found in the following parks: Belfast Rail Trail, the Head of Tide Preserve, and Moose Point State Park.

Of course, if you want to experience Northern Ireland primarily by its natural heritage, consider going on a trek beginning or ending in Belfast.

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Belfast Weather & When to Go

Belfast experiences distinct seasons with varied weather, which may play a role in when you decide to visit. The warmest time of the year is the summer, which takes place from June to August, when temperatures reach an average high of about 70 degrees, and daylight hours are extremely long. For these reasons, the summer is typically considered the best time to visit Belfast. The most festivals also happen during the summer months.

The spring is close runner-up, however. The lowest chances of rain are during the spring, and temperatures are still comfortable with highs in the 60’s. The landscape is particularly scenic during this time, with animal and plant life coming to blossom.

Like the spring, the autumn is a good in-between time, with similar weather and daylight hours to the Spring. Both of these times of year are also great times to cash in on discounted travel and avoid other tourists.

In the winter, Belfast doesn’t get too too cold, and experiences highs in the mid 40’s Fahrenheit. The weather typical fluctuates in and out of freezing, so more than an inch or so of snow is unlikely. However, the sun sets quite early, and many hours you could be spending traveling in the summer are spent wasted in the dark.

One more thing about Belfast weather to note is that, no matter the time of year, short rain showers are common in Northern Ireland. These do not typically last more than a hour or so, so many locals suggest saving the extra luggage space and skipping a rain jacket. Instead, you can jump inside of a local pub when it starts to rain!

Belfast Street Art Tours

While the most well-known graffiti spots are along the city Peace Wall, there are plenty of fantastic spots to go hunting for street art. A common activity on walking tours, your guide is sure to dive into Belfast’s troubled political past while explaining any of the street murals you encounter, so you’ll also get a good refresher on Northern Ireland history.

Another little known fact is that Belfast’s street art is not just restricted to political art created during the Troubles. In fact, the street art scene in Belfast is flourishing, and a cultural tour provides fascinating insight into the city’s subcultures.

What is the Belfast Castle?

One of the city’s primary landmarks, the Belfast Castle is not actually a medieval castle. This building, more aptly called the Belfast Castle Estate, was built in the 1860’s and is located in the beautiful Cavehill Park and just outside of the city.

The Castle used to be the centerpiece of Cavehill, which was previously one single estate. Today, you can enter the building for a nice cup of tea at the Castle’s cafe. Today, the Castle is primarily used as a wedding venue.

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