Experience the story of the world's most famous liner and explore one of Europe's fastest-changing, most fascination-packed cities.
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 four-night break that also includes a guided tour of a city bursting with history and renewed civic pride and a visit to the infamous Crumlin Road Gaol.
Explore Belfast's trendy shops, bars and restaurants, and perhaps discover some of the British Isles' most scenic coastal countryside.
Visit the spectacular Titanic Belfast exhibition
Guided tour of the infamous Crumlin Road Gaol with included Matron’s High Tea
Enjoy a fascinating guided tour of Belfast's major landmarks
The chance to join an optional tour of the Antrim Coast and visit the extraordinary Giant's Causeway
Entrance to the infamous Crumlin Road Gaol with included Matron’s High Tea
Following your flight to Belfast, meet your tour manager and board the coach for the short transfer into the city and to your hotel. You'll then have the rest of the day free to get your bearings and begin to soak up the atmosphere of what a city fast shaking off its past reputation and embracing the bright new future reflected in its youthful outlook and vibrant redevelopments. Your tour manager will be on hand to point you in the right direction throughout your stay.
Included Titanic Belfast Visit And Guided City Tour
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.
The rest of the day and evening is left free. Why not soak up the local atmosphere in one of the city centre's traditional pubs?
Optional Giant's Causeway Tour
Today you're free to enjoy the delights of Belfast under your own steam, although many will take the opportunity to join our optional excursion 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 typically 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.
Included Visit To Crumlin Road Gaol
This morning, join your tour manager for a fascinating included visit to the infamous former prison Crumlin Road Gaol (also known as HMP Belfast), Northern Ireland’s last surviving Victorian-era prison.
Here you’ll enjoy an engaging tour of the site and learn about its interesting – and chequered – past. Built in the mid-19th century, the prison has witnessed several escape attempts (both successful and unsuccessful), sustained bomb damage during World War Two and housed several well-known inmates, including suffragettes Dorothy Evans and Madge Muir, and former IRA member Martin McGuinness. Seventeen prisoners were given death sentences, the majority of whom were executed in the prison’s execution chamber. The last execution took place here in 1961 and the prison closed in 1996.
After the tour, enjoy a well-earned (and included) high tea at the Gaol, consisting of a freshly-baked scone with cream and jam, accompanied by a tea or a coffee.
This afternoon, enjoy some time at leisure in Belfast, perhaps exploring under your own steam, or simply watching the world go by from one of the city centre’s many pubs, bars and restaurants.
Fly Back To Your Local Airport
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.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes from Belfast International airport, or approximately 20 minutes from Belfast City airport.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Combining hotel transfers
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Giant's Causeway Excursion
Your optional excursion will include entry to the visitor centre for the Giant's Causeway. You will also be given a free audio guide to take to the stones. The minibus to the stones is payable locally (approx. £2 return), or you can walk the mile or so along the cliff path.
Travelling to Europe after Brexit
New rules apply when travelling to European Union countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure. Note that these new rules do NOT apply when travelling within the United Kingdom or to the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. You do require government issued ID when travelling by air though.
Passport - British passport holders need to have at least six months validity left on their passport and it needs to be less than ten years old; passports which have a longer validity than ten years are not valid for travel once the tenth anniversary of issue has passed. These rules do not apply to travel to Ireland where you can continue to use your passport as long as it’s valid for the length of your stay.
Visa - If you’re a tourist, you do not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any rolling 180-day period. Different rules will apply to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania; if you visit these countries, visits to other EU countries will not count towards the 90-day total. Travel to Ireland will not change and stays there will not count towards the 90-day total.
European Travel Information & Authorisation System (ETIAS) - Towards the end of 2022, it is likely that non EU citizens will be required to apply online for an authorisation to visit most European countries. The current details suggest there will be a charge of €7 per person and the authorisation will be valid for all trips made to the EU in a three year period from issue. We will advise you of confirmed details prior to your tour’s departure.
Border Control - At border control, you may need to show proof of your return journey - your travel documentation issued by us will be sufficient for this. You will also need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens if manual checks are required.
Healthcare Cover - You should always get appropriate travel insurance with healthcare cover before you go abroad which covers pre-existing conditions. You should understand the terms and conditions of your travel insurance and be happy with its cover for healthcare and travel disruption. Newmarket sell a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Ask our travel consultants for more information. You should also apply for a UK Global Heath Insurance Card (GHIC) which lets you get urgent state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. Note GHIC is only valid in EU countries and not in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
Mobile Roaming - Roaming charges have been re-introduced by some UK providers when visiting the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Prior to travel, please do check with your phone operator for the most up to date information.