The Mountains of Mourne & the Giant’s Causeway

6 days from £499 pp.


Giant's Causeway

Visit: Giant's Causeway, Ireland

About the Tour

Stunning mountain scenery, fascinating towns and tales of ancient Irish giants await on this great-value holiday to Ireland. Beginning in County Down we see the Mountains of Mourne sweep into the sea and visit the town of Downpatrick. A holiday highlight is the Giant’s Causeway with its hexagon shaped basalt columns, said to have been made by giants, before heading to the fascinating walled town of Derry. To end the tour on a high, we visit the capital and see the sights of Dublin, including the Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral or maybe try a taste of the 'Black Stuff'.

Tour Includes


  • 5 nights hotel with Irish breakfast
  • 3 evening meals
  • Travel from a regional joining point
  • Travel by Silver Service or upgrade to Luxuria
Dates & Prices

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Your Itinerary

    Regional departure by coach, then to Holyhead for the ferry to Ireland and on to Monaghan (2017 departures) or Dundalk (21 May 2017 and all 2018 departures) for a four-night stay.

    Grave of St Patrick

    Grave of St Patrick

    This morning we begin with a visit to the town of Newcastle, where the Mountains of Mourne famously sweep down to the sea. After free time to explore we continue to the town of Downpatrick, where in the grounds of Down Cathedral lies a grave reputed to be that of St. Patrick, and you can retrace his life and history in the highly recommended St. Patrick Centre (entrance extra).

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    City Hall

    City Hall

    Today we visit the vibrant city of Belfast on our optional excursion, where you will have time at leisure to explore this bustling city perhaps visiting the Titanic Belfast Exhibition (entrance at extra cost). During your visit, an optional sightseeing tour will be available to introduce you to the city. Our sightseeing tour takes in the Falls and Shankill Road, and political wall paintings. We also see the cathedral quarter, one of Belfast’s oldest areas, before returning to the city centre, passing Stormont and the CS Lewis memorial. In the city centre we will see the Tudor Gothic Queens University, The Opera House (a sister to the London Palladium), the magnificent Edwardian City Hall, Belfast’s leaning tower, the Albert Clock and, of course, Lanyon's classical revival Customs House where the writer Anthony Trollope once worked.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Giants Causeway

    Giants Causeway

    A day of fantastic scenery on our included excursion as we head to the world-famous Giant’s Causeway (entrance at additional cost), with its basalt columns and tales of ancient Irish giants. Our day continues with a visit to the fascinating walled town of Derry (Londonderry). During your visit, an optional sightseeing tour by coach will give you an overview of the city, including a stop at Iskaheen viewing point for a panoramic photograph opportunity. We then drive along the River Foyle to view the city’s iconic peace bridge, the Georgian Quarter and the famous 17th century walls.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Trinity College

    Trinity College

    We leave our hotel and travel to Dublin where you have some free time. On arrival, our optional panoramic sightseeing tour, taking in both the north and south part of the capital, will give you a taste of this fascinating city. The tour will show you the inner city of Dublin, seeing beautiful buildings of significance like Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the National Art Gallery and the Four Courts. which if left on your own would take a week! Dublin is a beautiful Georgian city and highlights will be the magnificence of Georgian Dublin with visits to some of the superb squares. Dublin is also home to the Guinness Storehouse should you wish to pay homage to Dublin’s most famous drink and enjoy a panorama of Dublin from its glassed Gravity Bar.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    To Holyhead, then home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast*

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • County Down & Downpatrick - Historic towns and great scenery
    • Giant's Causeway - Amazing geological formations
    • Derry - Fascinating walled town
    • Dublin - Many famous and historic buildings

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Belfast - Fascinating history
    • Belfast Sightseeing - See the best of the city
    • Derry Sightseeing - See the sights
    • Dublin Sightseeing - See the best of the city

    Notes

    *Depending on departure time, breakfast on day 6 may be on the ferry.

    Travel Insurance from £35.00 (6 days). Single Room Supplement from £125.00 (6 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    2017 departures will stay for four nights at the 3-star Superior Four Seasons Hotel in Monaghan. 

    21 May 2017 departure will stay at the  3-star Carrickdale Hotel, near Dundalk. 

    2018 departures will stay at the 4-star Ballymascanlon Hotel, near Dundalk.


    Overnight accommodation in the Dublin area will be in a 3-star city-style hotel.

    Ireland

    Aspect Hotel Dublin Park West

    Aspect Hotel Dublin Park West

    Aspect Hotel Dublin Park West


    The Aspect Hotel Dublin Park West is located on the outskirts of the city of Dublin and is set in a business area with local transport services to the main city centre. The hotels facilities include a bar, restaurant, lounge, lift and Wi-Fi/Internet access. All bedrooms feature multi-channel LCD T.V, safe, hairdryer, Tea and Coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board, telephone, Wi-Fi/internet access and en-suite bathroom.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Travel Information

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days' duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and £25pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

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