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Welcome to Ireland and your Game of Thrones adventure! You will be met by your private driver at Dublin Airport and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon why not discover some of Dublin’s main attractions and some hidden gems with a Local specialist on a Walking Tour of Ireland’s capital city. Later make your way to Guinness Storehouse to experience how this dark ale is produced from start to finish, ending in the Gravity Bar where you can sample a pint of the famous ‘black stuffstuff.’
Sample HotelHard Rock Hotel Dublin
Pick up your car rental and embark on your journey north. Stop at Tollymore Forest Park, otherwise known as ‘The Haunted Forest’ covering 630 hectares at the foot of the Moune Mountains. This is where Ned Stark and his sons find the dire wolf pups, and where the Night’s Watch stumble upon some dismembered Wildling bodies in the snow. From here make your way to Castle Ward, or Winterfell. Explore this iconic filming location set on the 820 acres estate of an 18th century mansion, with its walled demense overlooking Strangford Lough. Dress up in character too, enjoying an archery or an axe throwing session in the spot where Jon, Robb, and Bran shot arrows in the replica Winterfell archery range.
Sample HotelTitanic Belfast Hotel
HighlightsBelfast, Castle Ward, Mourne Mountains, Tollymore Forest Park, Winterfell
Today explore Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital city, on a City Sightseeing Hop on Hop off Tour. Discover the city’s living history along its famous landmarks that have played their part in Belfast’s colorful development from its great industrial triumphs to the civil unrest. End your day at the impressive Titanic Museum, where you can watch the famous ship’s life revealed, from her conception in Belfast, from construction to launch on her ill-fated maiden voyage. From here you can spot Titanic Studios where many of the shows famous scenes were filmed. This evening, why not stop off at The Dark Horse pub to see the uniquely carved Game of Thrones door, one of ten doors made from two trees at the Dark Hedges, or ‘Kingsroad’, that fell during a storm in 2016.
Sample HotelTitanic Belfast Hotel
HighlightsTitanic Museum, Dark Horse Game of Thrones Door
Journey along the Antrim Coast to Cairncastle where it all began! It was here on the Antrim Plateau that Ned Stark beheaded the Nights Watch deserter in the opening scenes of Season 1, and where Catelyn Stark captures Tyrion Lannister. It's a short distance to the picturesque village Glenarm, home to Steensons Jewellery Economusee where many of the jewellery for the show was produced, such as Daenerys dragon brooches. You are also welcome to watch the artisans at their work. Make your way to Cushendall, otherwise known as ‘The Stormlands’ where Melisandra gives birth to the shadow baby in the Cushendun Caves located just beyond the village.
Sample HotelBallygally Castle
HighlightsAntrim Coast, Cairncastle, Cushendall, Cushendun Caves, Steensons Jewellery Economusee
Prepare to be mesmerized by the beauty of the Antrim Coast. Weave through the picturesque villages and stunning scenery of the Glens of Antrim to the ancient and legendary basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway. Enjoy a leisurely walking tour with a Local Specialist, who will share their deep local knowledge of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. By visiting the Giants Causeway, you are supporting this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience to restore the natural ecosystem around this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Along the way stop at Ballintoy Harbour, or Pyke on the Iron Islands, home to Theon and Yara Greyjoy. Here you can check out Door 6 at The Fullerton Arms depicting Drogon, Daenerys’ most fearsome dragon.
Sample HotelThe Salthouse Hotel
HighlightsBallintoy Harbour, Giant’s Causeway, The Fullerton Arms Game of Thrones Door
This morning travel ‘The King’s Road’ or known locally as The Dark Hedges. This iconic avenue of beech trees, dating back to the 18th century, is one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland. The Dark Hedges is the backdrop to Ayra Stark’s escape from Kings Landing as she travels to join the Nights Watch disguised as a boy. Travel to Downhill Dense in County Londonderry. Downhill Beach stretches for 11km and is where the old gods burn on the beach at ‘Dragonstone’. On your journey to Londonderry, a vibrant city steeped in history and culture, why not visit Frank Owens in Limavady for Door 5 depicting. Night’s King and the White Walkers.
Sample HotelCity Hotel Derry
HighlightsThe Dark Hedges, Downhill Beach, Londonderry
This morning walk along the 17th century city walls with a Local Specialist. See Londonderry street murals of the Bogside, learn about the recent and ancient history of this unique location and hear tales of what it was like growing up in this city through the eyes of a local. This MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience preserves local traditions, built heritage and promotes cultural vibrancy. Travel south, along the banks of Lough Erne in Fermanagh, before reaching one of our historic properties on Dublin’s Doorstep for your last night stay.
Sample HotelDunboyne Castle Hotel
HighlightsLondonderry, Lough Erne
Bid farewell to the Emerald Isle as you return to Dublin Airport for your departure flight.
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*Trip USD Pricing for this itinerary is low $1547, mid $1683 and high $2019 based on the following effective from dates: Low - 03 January, Mid - 01 October, High - 01 July. Price is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to availability; varies by inclusions and travel dates. CST#2084503-20
^Trip CAD Pricing for this itinerary is low $1763, mid $1922 and high $2337 based on on the following effective from dates: Low - 03 January, Mid - 01 October, High - 01 July. Price is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to availability; varies by inclusions and travel dates. All prices and itineraries are subject to change until all services have been confirmed and paid in full. For up to date pricing contact your Brendan Vacations Celtic Expert. BN#776064719 | TICO # R50025597 and W50025598