Experience the story of the world's most famous liner and explore one of Europe's fastest-changing cities in the company of a friendly group of solo travellers. Enjoy an included visit to what has become one of Britain's must-see attractions – the glittering, futuristic, £97-million Titanic Belfast Experience. It's the highlight of this hugely popular three-night break that also includes a guided tour of a city bursting with history and renewed civic pride. Explore Belfast's trendy shops, bars and restaurants, and discover some of the British Isles' most scenic coastal countryside and the breathtaking Giant’s Causeway.
Visit the spectacular Titanic Belfast exhibition
Enjoy a fascinating guided tour of Belfast's major landmarks
Tour the Antrim Coast and visit the extraordinary Giant's Causeway
Following your flight to Belfast, meet your tour manager and board the coach for the short transfer into the city and to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may have some time to get your bearings before your included welcome drink, get-together and dinner at the hotel. You’ll soon begin to soak up the atmosphere of a city fast shaking off its past reputation, and embracing the bright new future reflected in its youthful outlook and vibrant redevelopments.
After breakfast, you'll visit Titanic Belfast, which stands on the site where RMS Titanic was constructed over a century ago. Developed as much as a tribute to the days of shipbuilding in the city as in commemoration of the ill-fated liner that met her untimely end on her Maiden Voyage in 1912, Titanic Belfast is a dramatic, innovative and exciting presentation of the real story of the famous ship. Wander through its nine fascinating galleries, housed in one of the most eye-catching buildings to have been built in the UK for years. The ship's conception, construction, tragic sinking and its aftermath, as well as its rediscovery in 1985, are brought vividly to life with audio-visual presentations, life-size reconstructions, interactive features and even a Shipyard Ride. You'll leave the exhibition with a real sense of the enormity - and the human cost - of one of the 20th-century's most fateful events. After a fascinating morning and the opportunity to enjoy lunch (payable locally) this afternoon's guided tour of Belfast will reveal the city's turbulent past, thriving present and hopes for the future. Highlights will include major landmarks such as City Hall, Queen's and Stormont Castle - seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly and a stunning sight gradually revealed from the rising approach road. During the tour you'll also see West Belfast's celebrated Peace Wall, the political murals of the Shankhill and Falls roads, and the ultra-modern developments of the regenerated docks area, crowned by the breathtaking Titanic Quarter. This evening, why not soak up the local atmosphere in one of the city centre's traditional pubs? Your tour manager will be on hand to guide you in the right direction.
Today our final included excursion takes you to the breathtakingly scenic Antrim Coast, where the Nine Glens lead to the sea and to the world-famous Giant's Causeway. This astonishing collection of closely-packed basalt columns, and acting as stepping-stones into the Atlantic from beneath the wild, windswept cliffs, is a remarkable sight. In fact formed 60-million years ago by a volcanic explosion, the stories of the Causeway's origin - it's said to have been built by the Irish hero and giant Finn MacCool so that he could cross to Scotland and do battle with a rival Scottish giant – are much more interesting to non-geologists. Although there is a minibus to take visitors to the Causeway from the visitor centre (payable locally), the energetic can walk the mile or so along the cliff path to be rewarded with some breathtaking views. Your journey back to the hotel takes you along the Causeway Coastal Road, past more spectacular views. Highlights of the wonderfully scenic drive will include bustling Ballycastle at the entrance to the two northernmost glens - Glentaisie and Glenshesk, Carnlough with its picturesque harbour and a drive through the colour-washed village of Glenarm and stunning Glenariff – the Queen of the Glens. This evening you're once again free to enjoy Belfast's lively nightlife and wide range of restaurants with your new-found friends.
Depending on the time of your flight, you'll have time to spend a final few hours in the city before returning to the airport at the end of a wonderful few days.
Three nights' bed and buffet breakfast accommodation at the Ibis City Centre Hotel
Return flights to Belfast
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
A Welcome Drink and dinner at the hotel on Day One
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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