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Once we have all boarded the coach we will begin our journey to Cairnryan, stopping at Houghton Hall Garden Centre on route. We will sail into Belfast, where our hotel is just a short journey away. We will stay at the Loughshore hotel, set in Carrick Fergus, a small sea-side town just north of Belfast.
After a leisurely breakfast, we will board the coach to visit Mount Stewart, a 19th-century house and garden, situated on the shore of Strangford Lough. The home was the seat of the Vane-Tempest-Stewart family, who played a leading role in British and Irish social and political life. Having recently undergone an £8 million-pound restoration, the house and contents reflects their family history. Take time to stroll in the magnificent gardens, recently voted as one of the top ten gardens in the world. After lunch we will leave to make our short journey to Hillsborough Castle, a working palace functioning as the residence of The Royal Family when they are in Northern Ireland. A tour of the house will guide us through the elegant State Rooms, including the majestic Throne Room and graceful State Drawing Room. We will learn not only about the paintings, furnishings and curiosities that grace the walls and floors, but also about the historical use and significance of these rooms, which have welcomed a long list of VIPs, including the Dalai Lama, Princess Diana, Hilary Clinton and Eleanor Roosevelt.
This morning we will take a short journey to The Titanic Experience – winner of the World’s Leading Visitor Attraction in 2016! Take time as you wander through nine galleries, telling the story of RMS Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end. The galleries are innovative and interactive with many features including diving to the depth of the ocean to explore where RMS Titanic now rests. We will spend the morning here before giving you a free afternoon to explore Belfast. Spend time shopping or visiting one of the many things this vibrant city has to offer including Belfast Cathedral or the impressive Belfast City Hall.
We will travel north today visiting the Bushmills Distillery where we will be guided around a working distillery with all the associated sights and smells, that you would expect from manufacturing award winning Whiskey. Our afternoon will be spent at the world famous Giant’s Causeway – a breath taking series of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns which is the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. We will spend a few hours here giving you time to walk along the shore and take in the sights of the only World Heritage site in Northern Ireland.
Today we will make our way home, breaking the journey up with a stop on route at Gretna Green.
Monday 7th to Friday 11th December
£535 per person (Single Supplement £50)
Luxury Coach Travel
4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at Loughshore Hotel with drinks package, guided tours at Hillsborough Castle, Mount Stewart House. Bushmills Whiskey Tour, plus entrance to The Titanic Experience & Giants Causeway.
We reserve the right to alter this itinerary including timings if we feel necessary.
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