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Belfast and Giant's Causeway: 2-Day Guided Tour

1. Belfast and Giant's Causeway: 2-Day Guided Tour

On this 2-day tour from Dublin you’ll travel to Northern Ireland, which has been experiencing a new dawn after the end of 30 years of political violence. You’ll explore downtown Belfast as well as the glorious glens of Antrim. With its breathtaking scenery, welcoming local residents, unspoiled landscapes, and living history, Northern Ireland is sure to please. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Dublin to Belfast At 09:00 you’ll depart Dublin, heading north for the 2-hour drive to Belfast on the new Peace Highway. Your first stop will be St. Peters Cathedral in Drogheda, where you’ll find the fully preserved head of St. Oliver Plunkett! He was beheaded by the English in 1681 and his head now sits staring out from a glass box by the altar. Take a drive off the highway to visit the haunting ruins of Monasterboice. You’ll see the 10th-century round tower and learn how residents of the time took refuge from the Vikings. See some of the most beautiful Celtic crosses in Ireland, carved by hand by monks in the 9th century. When you arrive in Belfast you’ll have 2 hours’ free time. You might consider an optional and highly recommended Black Taxi Tour of the Falls and Shankill Roads. Alternatively, you can use the free time for lunch and shopping in the city’s bustling downtown area. Depart the city center for a drive to the docks to visit Belfast's number 1 attraction: The Titanic Experience! Spend 2 hours on a tour of the all-new Titanic Belfast. You’ll follow the story from the ship’s conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise. Overnight in Belfast's historic downtown university quarter. Day 2: Belfast – Giant's Causeway – Dublin The tour departs Belfast on a drive through the rolling farmland of County Antrim to the north coast of Ulster. Your first stop will be the enchanting town of Ballintoy, which is home to the famed Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Don’t miss the truly amazing views of Scotland! Walk along the exhilarating rope bridge to Carrick-a-Rede Island. The rope bridge traverses a 30-meter-deep and 20-meter-wide chasm, and was erected by salmon fishermen. Visitors bold enough to cross to the rocky island are rewarded with fantastic views. Note that there is a fee payable to the National Trust for those wishing to cross the bridge. The Giant's Causeway has often been described as the 8th Wonder of The World, and once you’ve visited you’ll see why. The site features an estimated 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns that were formed during a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Visit the ultra-modern visitor center, which is included in the tour price. You’ll have an audio guide with earphones for your visit to the stones, and will hear the story of how the rocks were formed (available in many different languages) as you stand on them. After at least 2 hours exploring the Giant’s Causeway you’ll continue on to see the cliff-top ruins of Dunluce Caste, ancestral home of the MacDonnell Clan. On the return to Dublin you’ll have a short rest and relaxation stop with time for some refreshments. You’ll arrive back in Dublin with a wealth of songs, stories, and memories of Belfast and the Giant’s Causeway!

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What people are saying about Drogheda

Unforgettable landscapes! Not to be missed if you are visiting Ireland!

Impeccably organized tour! The guide each time left us in front of the activities / attractions to visit leaving us adequate time to visit it! The guide has always remained on the bus, leaving us free during the visit. On the first day the main activities were the visit of Belfast and the Titanic museum both very popular. On the second day we visited the giant's causeway and crossed the carrick-a-rede bridge (at a cost of 8 € or 6sterline as not included in the tour) both unforgettable experiences! The only thing I regretted was that not speaking English well I didn't understand most of the explanations the guide gave us on the bus, but I was aware of it. In any case I recommend this tour, going back I would choose this tour again!

Would do that again!! Super!!

Although Paddywaggon forgot to pick us up the next day from the hostel, they managed to book a taxi which picked up 5 people in Belfast and then brought us to the coaches, which had already reached the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Problem solved. As there where only 3 seats left on the bus, 2 people had to join Gabe (which was the best thing that could have happened to me!!). So we got a personal guide for 2 people in a Mercedes Benz van, which was very comfortable. We continued the booked tour without any problems with Gabe, who was a lovely guy and so funny. In the end Plan B turned out to be a perfect solution. The 2 days tour - always worth the money and the time.

Great guides, great info and great places!

Belfast, Titanic and the Giant's Causeway are a must for any trip to Ireland. The contrast and history with a Black Taxi Tour about the turbulent history of Belfast is also a must! I stayed overnight in the hostel which was clean and comfortable. The whole island is so beautiful and the people, especially the guides we had (Paul and Ro) were just great - informative but also interesting and fun characters themselves. I'd happily do another bunch of Paddywagon Tours!!

Worth every penny!

Excellent! The black taxi tour was actually 15 Euro even though the published price was only 8.5 euro on the tour operators website. Despite this price mismatch, this tour is highly recommended.

Fascinating and beautiful.

Our driver, Tiernan, was an amazing wealth of information, as well as a great comedian. Highly recommend!