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Game of Thrones & Ireland's Movies: Self Drive

Duration
8 Days
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US$ 696

Game of Thrones fans will find this Ireland tour especially thrilling as it takes in locations and sights featured in the show. For others, it’s a tour of Ireland at its most photogenic.


This 8-day trip explores the Emerald Isle through the lens of a fantastic world. Be introduced to the sights and charms of this wonderful country, before following your imagination through the Seven Kingdoms.

Touch down in Dublin and explore Trinity College, Dublin Castle, or as many of the city’s famous sights if time allows. Your time is at leisure and a rental car is at your disposal. The following day, you’ll head to Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland and gateway to the Game of Thrones set. Belfast and its surrounds have stood in for historic spots throughout the UK and Ireland. There are plenty of archaeological sites here as well, including the burial ground of Saint Patrick.

Enjoy a panoramic tour of Belfast before your Game of Thrones tour begins in earnest. Shane’s Castle is one of the most prominently used locations in the show, along with Cairncastle, which carries its own dark story connected to the Spanish Armada. Leaving Belfast behind, visit the town of Glenarm, another filming location where local jeweller Steensons provides pieces for many of the show’s decorative props. You’ll also enjoy the thrilling views from Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, which connects the mainland to tiny Carrick Island.

The Giant’s Causeway is one of Ireland’s most famous landmarks with good reason. These 40,000 basalt columns line several miles along Ireland’s coast, and have earned themselves a UNESCO World Heritage listing. Warm up from the brisk coastal weather at Bushmills Distillery before settling into the charming walled city of Derry. This is your base for exploring Donegal, home to Glenveagh National Park and Glenveagh Castle.

Your drive back to Dublin takes a full day, going via the picturesque Femanagh Lake District, Castle Coole, and the astonishing Marble Arch Caves. Overnight in Dublin before departure... or stay a few days to continue your own Ireland story.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 696

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Day 1

Arrive Dublin

Upon arrival at Dublin Airport you will pick up your car rental and drive to the city centre and explore the city. The North Side of the city offers striking monuments such as the GPO (General Post Office) on O'Connell Street and the Phoenix Park, the largest public park in Europe. The city's south side appears more sophisticated with its vast Georgian squares and is home to Trinity College, Dublin Castle and two Anglican Cathedrals. If you have time, you can enjoy a visit to the Guinness Storehouse. Overnight in Dublin (Sandymount Hotel or similar).

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Sandymount Hotel

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    Sandymount Hotel



    Providing its guests with free Wi-Fi and a restaurant boasting garden views, you'll not want for anything at Sandymount Hotel - the perfect choice for holidaymakers looking for business-friendly hotels in Dublin that are also located near a metro station. There are many great attractions ...

    Providing its guests with free Wi-Fi and a restaurant boasting garden views, you'll not want for anything at Sandymount Hotel - the perfect choice for holidaymakers looking for business-friendly hotels in Dublin that are also located near a metro station. There are many great attractions nearby, including Aviva Stadium, Bord Gais Energy Theatre, 3 Arena and Sandymount Beach. Enjoy a spot of lunch or an evening meal at the hotel's restaurant, where you're sure to find something to suit your taste. There is also a bar/lounge where guests can enjoy drinks after a long day.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Fireplace
    • Laundry Service
    • Lobby
    • Lounge
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Dublin to Belfast

This morning you will depart Dublin and drive northwards. Your first stop will be to visit Trim Castle which was used to film the York and London scenes for Braveheart. Next you will visit the nearby Bru na Boinne and Newgrange. The archaeological landscape within Bru na Boinne is dominated by the three well known large passage tombs, Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth, built some 5,000 years ago in the Neolithic or Late Stone Age. Travelling North, head for Downpatrick, burial ground of Saint Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland and visit Castle Ward, to visit some of the set of Game of Thrones, series one. Continue on to Belfast for the night (Days Hotel or similar).

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Days Hotel Belfast

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    Days Hotel Belfast



    Featuring a superb location in the City Centre, Days Hotel Belfast City Centre offers great value for your money. The non-smoking hotel near Grand Opera House puts the best shops, bars, restaurants and cultural attractions at your fingertips. If you want a morning boost, treat ...

    Featuring a superb location in the City Centre, Days Hotel Belfast City Centre offers great value for your money. The non-smoking hotel near Grand Opera House puts the best shops, bars, restaurants and cultural attractions at your fingertips. If you want a morning boost, treat yourself to a breakfast buffet before heading out on your day. Unwind with a cocktail in the lounge and enjoy the convenience of on-site dining in the restaurant.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Restaurant

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Day 3

Belfast City and Game of Thrones Tour

This morning you can enjoy a panoramic tour Belfast City. See some of the landmark sites such as City Hall and Queens University. Why not visit The Titanic Belfast Experience; a dramatic, innovative and exciting presentation of the real story of the Titanic?! This state-of-the-art exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the life of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end. In the afternoon you will drive from Belfast to the northeast shores of Lough Neagh and Shane's Castle. Built in 1345 by a member of the royal house of O'Neill, the castle ruins and its 2600-acre demesne near Randalstown was the scene of extensive filming for the Game of Thrones series. Outside the village of Ballygally lies Cairncastle the location for many other scenes from Game of Thrones. Cairncastle has its own tale of the nobleman supposedly drowned along the coastline in 1588 as part of the ill-fated Spanish Armada. Return to Belfast for the night (Days Hotel or similar).

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Day 4

Belfast to Ballycastle

This morning you will leave Belfast and drive towards the picturesque town of Glenarm on the north Antrim coastline the setting of many Game of Thrones scenes. Time permitting, you should pay a visit to Steensons Jewellers in the village, producer of many of the jewels featured in the hit TV Series. Continue driving along the Antrim coastline enjoying the spectacular views, rolling hills and scenic villages. Next stop is a visit Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. One of Northern Ireland's most famous landmarks, the bridge is suspended across a 20m chasm between the mainland and the tiny Carrick Island, with a 23m drop to the water below. Overnight in the Ballycastle or Bushmills area (Bushmills Inn or similar).

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Duration1 Night
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Bushmills Inn

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    Bushmills Inn



    The Bushmills Inn is situated in an enviable location a stone's throw from a host of visitor attractions including Royal Portrush Golf Club, Old Bushmills Distillery, The Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Dunluce Castle. Roaring peat fires, nooks and crannies and a secret library ...

    The Bushmills Inn is situated in an enviable location a stone's throw from a host of visitor attractions including Royal Portrush Golf Club, Old Bushmills Distillery, The Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Dunluce Castle. Roaring peat fires, nooks and crannies and a secret library set the tone. In the bar, still lit by gas light, try a glass of malt from the hotel's private cask and make sure to sample some of the finest North Antrim produce in the AA Rosette restaurant.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge Bar
    • Massage Treatments
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Smoke Free Hotel

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Day 5

Giants Causeway, Bushmills and Derry

No visit to the north of Ireland would be complete without calling in to the Giants Causeway which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Made up of a network of approximately 40,000 basalt columns projecting into the ocean, the Giant's Causeway forms several miles of Northern Ireland's Causeway Coastal route. Later visit Bushmills Distillery - one of the world's oldest distilleries. Overnight in the Derry area (Maldron Hotel or similar).

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Duration1 Night
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Maldron Hotel

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    Maldron Hotel



    Maldron Hotel Derry (formerly the Tower Hotel) is in the heart of Derry City, it is the only hotel situated within the historic 17th century City Walls. This city centre hotel is ideally located only a short walk to the main shopping district and tourist ...

    Maldron Hotel Derry (formerly the Tower Hotel) is in the heart of Derry City, it is the only hotel situated within the historic 17th century City Walls. This city centre hotel is ideally located only a short walk to the main shopping district and tourist attractions. The city has a rich and varied cultural heritage and the City Walls are home to a number of museums, galleries and theatres which are all only a short stroll away.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge Bar
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Restaurant

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Day 6

Derry to Donegal

This morning you should enjoy a walking tour of the walled city of Derry. Leaving Derry you will drive to Donegal, where you can visit Glenveagh National Park and Glenveagh Castle. Situated in the Northwest of Co. Donegal, Glenveagh encompasses some 16,000 hectares in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. Drive by the nearby Glenties, where Brian Friel's play "Dancing at Lughnasa" was filmed. Overnight in the Donegal area (Mill Park Hotel or similar).

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Duration1 Night
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Mill Park Hotel

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    Mill Park Hotel



    The Mill Park Hotel is situated just outside the historic town of Donegal and the hotels location makes it the perfect holiday base for you to discover the tourism attractions of Donegal and Ireland's North West. The Mill Park Hotel's excellent Leisure Centre facilities are ...

    The Mill Park Hotel is situated just outside the historic town of Donegal and the hotels location makes it the perfect holiday base for you to discover the tourism attractions of Donegal and Ireland's North West. The Mill Park Hotel's excellent Leisure Centre facilities are available to all guests on a complimentary basis. The leisure centre incorporates a Steam room, Jacuzzi, Fitness Room, state of the art Gymnasium, with the focal point being the beautiful architecture of the duo-level heated swimming pool, which is ideal for a vigorous work out or a relaxing splash around to start the day.

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Day 7

Donegal to Dublin

This morning commence your return drive to Dublin. Travelling south through the Fermanagh Lake District, visit Castle Coole, a magnificent 18th century mansion and landscape park. Castle Coole is one of Ireland's finest Neo-classical houses, allowing visitors to glimpse what life was like in the home of the Earls of Belmore. Next you should visit nearby Marble Arch Caves, one of Europe's finest show-caves with a fascinating natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers. Lively and informative guides conduct tours past a bewildering variety of cave formations - stalactites glisten above streamways and chambers while fragile mineral veils and cascades of creamy calcite coat walls and spread as shimmering terraces across rock strewn floors. Overnight in Dublin (Sandymount Hotel or similar).

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Sandymount Hotel

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    Sandymount Hotel



    Providing its guests with free Wi-Fi and a restaurant boasting garden views, you'll not want for anything at Sandymount Hotel - the perfect choice for holidaymakers looking for business-friendly hotels in Dublin that are also located near a metro station. There are many great attractions ...

    Providing its guests with free Wi-Fi and a restaurant boasting garden views, you'll not want for anything at Sandymount Hotel - the perfect choice for holidaymakers looking for business-friendly hotels in Dublin that are also located near a metro station. There are many great attractions nearby, including Aviva Stadium, Bord Gais Energy Theatre, 3 Arena and Sandymount Beach. Enjoy a spot of lunch or an evening meal at the hotel's restaurant, where you're sure to find something to suit your taste. There is also a bar/lounge where guests can enjoy drinks after a long day.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Fireplace
    • Laundry Service
    • Lobby
    • Lounge
    • Restaurant

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Day 8

Farewell

It's time to say goodbye! After breakfast you will drive back to Dublin Airport and return your car rental.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights at 3 or 4 star hotels
  • Full Irish breakfast each morning
  • Service charges and taxes

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Entrance fees
  • All other meals and beverages
  • Transportation
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional excursion package

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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