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Northern Ireland Experience

Great Value Vacations
4.3 . Great
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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: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
From: $ 1,319 $ 188 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Discover Northern Ireland - an area steeped in culture, history and myth.
  • Shop the iconic Craft Village at Derry, opened by President of Ireland, Mary Robinson in 1992.
  • In Belfast, discover the secrets of the RMS Titanic, and learn about its history from inception to its ill-fated first and final voyage.
  • Enjoy views of the picturesque countryside as you drive from destination to destination.
  • Visit the world famous Giant's Causeway to see 40,000 interlocking basalt columns - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Short Description

Visit Northern Ireland and spend time exploring the spectacular cities of Belfast, Londonderry, Donegal and Cavan! Extensions include nights spent in Dublin as well, Ireland's colorful capital city.

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.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Dublin
End City Cavan

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Dublin (DUB)
  • Manual shift economy size car rental for duration- upgrade to automatic available
  • 2 nights in Belfast at Culloden Estate and Spa or Stormont Hotel
  • 1 night in Londonderry at the Beech Hill Country House Hotel or Everglades Hotel
  • 2 nights in Donegal at Harvey's Point or Sandhouse Hotel & Marine Spa
  • 1 night in Cavan at Cabra Castle or in Meath at Dunboyne Castle Hotel
  • Titanic Belfast Admission
  • Admission to the Belleek Visitor Centre
  • Admission to Giants Causeway
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Dublin!

Accommodation: Culloden Estate & Spa and The Stormont

Collect your rental car and head north to Belfast. Once settled in, consider spending some time at the award-winning Titanic Belfast,  the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland!

There are nine galleries in this state-of-the-art visitor experience telling the story of the Titanic, from its creation in Belfast in the early 1900s, to its famous maiden voyage and tragic end. You will learn about the discovery of the wreck and the contemporary undersea exploration as well.

Titanic Belfast

Experience the tumultuous history of the ill-fated Titanic in this interactive exhibit, located right beside the site of this world-famous ship's construction!

Housed in an iconic six-floor building, this state-of-the-art visitor experience features nine interpretive and interactive galleries that explore the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Titanic, as well as the City and people which made her. Fly through the shipyard, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic, in the city where it all began.

Day 2: Belfast

Visit one of the most breathtaking and iconic sights in Northern Ireland today, the Giant's Causeway.

After taking in the volcanic ruins, you'll want to visit the iconic Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Perfect for adventure seekers, you can cross the 66-foot rope bridge suspended nearly 100 feet over the water and rocks below.

Giant's Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway, an iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site located along the stunning North Antrim Coast, is a geological wonder composed of over 40,000 interlocking basalt columns resulting from intense volcanic activity which took place 60 million years ago, and is home to a wealth of history, legend, fauna and flora.

Flanked by the wild North Atlantic Ocean and a landscape of dramatic cliffs, for centuries the Giant’s Causeway has inspired artists, stirred scientific debate and captured the imagination of all who see it.

A state-of-the-art Visitor Center unlocks the mystery and stories of giants associated with this amazing landscape, and offers a glimpse into the wonder that is the Giant's Causeway. Visitors can explore waymarked trails and enjoy spectacular rugged coastal scenery accompanied by an available innovative audio-guide.

Day 3: Belfast - Londonderry

Accommodation: Beech Hill Country House and Everglades Hotel

Head to Londonderry today and discover the secrets of the only remaining completely intact walled city in Ireland. Explore the beautiful guildhall, home to one of Ireland's largest collections of stained glass windows.

You'll also want to consider a visit to the Museum of Free Derry for a look into the people's story of the struggle for civil rights, and the Bogside Artists Gallery for a better look into the ideas behind their murals.

Day 4: Londonderry - Donegal

Accommodation: m Harvey's Point and The Sandhouse Hotel and Marine Spa

Your next destination is Donegal, set at the start of the Wild Atlantic Way. You'll see enchanting skylines, picturesque ports and enchanting villages if you choose to drive this idyllic path.

Next, take the drive to the Belleek Visitor's Centre, one of Ireland's top five visitor attractions.

Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre Admission

Established in 1857, Belleek Pottery is part of the rich cultural and commercial heritage of County Fermanagh. Nestled on the banks of the River Erne, this imposing building is home to the world famous Belleek Fine Parian china and is one of Ireland’s top five visitor attractions.

Discover the secrets that make Belleek Pottery one of the most enduring success stories of Irish Craftsmanship with a visit to its museum, tearoom, video theater, and showroom.

Day 5: Donegal

You'll have the day at your leisure in Donegal today. Visit the famed beaches on the Atlantic coast including Murvagh and Rossnowlagh where you'll find tons of surfers and swimmers.

Your hotel is near the Blue Stack Mountains, the perfect setting for an active day of hiking and exploring.

Day 6: Donegal - Cavan

Accommodation: Cabra Castle Hotel and Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa

Take a deep dive into history today by visiting the prehistoric monument of Newgrange in County Meath. This megalithic passage tomb is over 5,000 years old, making it older than Stonehenge! Similarly and in the same area, you may want to pay a visit to neolithic passage tomb Dowth or Neolithic passage grave Knowth.

Alternatively, consider paying a visit to the medieval town of Carlingford which offers charming art galleries, shops and restaurants.

Day 7: Depart Dublin

Depart Ireland today from Dublin Airport.

Fly home!

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When I booked with Great Value I was nervous because it seemed too good to be true. Nope, just a really great deal. I was able to take my dream trip to Ireland and Scotland and it was within my budget. Everything was covered, my lodging, flights, and rental car. There was no hidden fees, or fine print that would nickel and dime me later on, as "good deals" usually have. I also had to change the date of my trip and the customer service was excellent and this change was simple. Thank you Great Value, I'll be using you every time I travel from now on
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Everything on the trip was excellent. The only concern with any services from GVV was initial communications ahead of the trip regarding when and how we'd receive all our travel vouchers, as some were available online, and some were to be picked up in country upon arrival. It took no less than 5 phone calls to learn some vouchers would be picked up in country. The trip was outstanding, exhausting, but gloriously beautiful. It was exhausting from the perspective of moving around the country and only a few places were 2 nights. But, we knew that going in, and we wanted to see ALL of Switzerland and this certainly checked those boxes. We saw majestic mountains, we saw countless waterfalls and glaciers. The trains in Switzerland were all clean and we felt safe. The hotels were good with delicious breakfasts each morning. Overall, I would recommend GVV to a friend or family member and I would personally book another vacation with GVV.
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This was my first time planning a trip out of the country. I read previous reviews who had a good experience with Great Value Vacation. Our trip was amazing! The booking and reservations were easy to use with the vouchers provided. The staff was helpful. The only downside was I upgraded to have an automatic vehicle and they gave me a stick shift. It took a while to get sorted out but other than that I loved my trip! I will definitely use great value vacations again when I book my next trip. I opted for the additional wine tasting package and I did not regret it! I recommend adding those additional tours to get a more complete experience.
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My wife and I recently booked our vacation through Great Value Vacations. We were a bit nervous to travel to Europe for the first time, but we are glad we did. Great Value Vacations took care of us. Great customer service. Seamless transactions. They booked the hotels and flights for us. All we had to worry about were the daily activities! I would highly recommended them. The hotels offered through the package were as advertised: nice and in great locations. The flights times were also convenient. The best part was the price. I am thankful for the experiences Great Value Vacation was able to provide for us!
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Really enjoyed both of my trips through Great Value Vacations. I went on one family trip to Ireland (Adare villa, rental car with trips out to Dublin, Cliffs of Moher and more) . The villa was very comfortable with a kitchen, three bedrooms, and proximity to the local shops /restaurants. We were able to upgrade to an automatic car and had fun navigating to each location on our itinerary. The trip as planned by the agency still leaves time for exploring on your own and since we picked a trip with our own transportation, we had flexibility on which tours we wanted to do and when.

My second trip was a solo trip to Scotland. I like to go on vacation by myself sometimes, but it can be hard to find ones where you aren’t penalized for being on your own. This train trip to Edinburgh, Inverness, and Glasgow worked out really well for me. The hotels were all near the train stations and in safe areas (good lighting, plenty of people, etc.). I got a good mix of options for sightseeing in each city. The hop-on, hop-off bus circuit was especially useful for getting around Edinburgh. I also added an extra tour on in Glasgow to see nearby castles and a distillery and was very glad to have done so as the views of the countryside were amazing!

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