Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group, Private

Ireland Game of Thrones (8 days)

Austin Adventures

Dublin, Ireland To Dublin, Ireland

Valid for Departures: 01 Jun 2018 - 08 Jun 2018

Ireland Game of Thrones (8 days)

Day 4

Stranocum, Ireland

Day 5

Stranocom, Ireland

Day 6

Portrush, Ireland

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
01 Jun 2018
Dublin, Ireland
Enniskeen Country House Hotel Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Day 1: Dublin / Downpatrick / Winterfell / Newcastle

Pick up at Dublin airport and head north to Westeros • Enjoy a lunch in the town of Downpatrick (where St Patrick is buried) and then go to the first Game of Thrones filming location: Winterfell • Fully immerse with the theme by enjoying the archery experience at the original set • Late in the afternoon we go on a short 'pub crawl' to both the Cuan and The Fiddler's Green, getting a ferry across Strangford Lough to visit both pubs • The pub crawl marks the beginning of our Game of Thrones 'door passport' collection where we will pick up stamps for doors number one and two • We then head to Newcastle to collect a further stamp at the Percy French pub (number 3) before checking into our hotel, the Enniskeen House Hotel, which is located at the foot of the Mourne mountains • Tonight, we will dine together in our hotel’s restaurant and discuss the wonderful week’s adventure ahead • Overnight Enniskeen Country House Hotel (L, D)

Day 2
02 Jun 2018
Belfast, Ireland
Ramada Encore Belfast Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Newcastle / Mourne Mountains / Belfast

Boots on for a mountain hike in the Mournes • At just 7 square miles but with more than 12 peaks higher than 1,800ft, this compact mountain range provides stunning viewpoints with relatively easy mountain hiking • Following a popular linear route through the mountains and passing the award winning "Brandy Pad", your route is 7 miles and traverses the Mournes from the coast to Trassey, an old smuggling route from the 18th and 19th centuries • The walking route is not particularly challenging yet provides majestic views and provides a hike right through the heart of the mountains • Lunch will be enjoyed on the mountain making the most of your time in this majestic location • After the hike enjoy a 45 minute drive into central Belfast to stay in the buzzing Cathedral Quarter at the Ramada Encore Hotel • Enjoy dinner in one of the city’s great restaurants with time to enjoy the nightlife Belfast is famous for • Overnight at Ramada Encore Belfast (B, L, D)

Day 3
03 Jun 2018
Belfast, Ireland
Ramada Encore Belfast Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Belfast

Home to just over half a million people Belfast has completely reinvented itself in recent decades • Today it tells a proud story of its industrial past and peace-building transformation • Enjoy a private guided tour of the city to include the famous international wall of murals, the peace walls, the City Hall, Queen's University and the Titanic Quarter • Enjoy a lunch at Cast and Crew, named for its proximity to Titanic Studios where the vast majority of the interior shots for the Game of Thrones have been filmed! • After lunch enjoy the 'Best Tour Attraction in the World' according to the World Travel Market in 2016 • The Titanic Belfast experience is a self-guided, 9 gallery, interactive exhibit of the entire story of the famous liner • End the afternoon with a short walking tour of the old 'entries' and alleyways of the old part of the city finishing with a pint at the Dark Horse in the heart of the thriving Cathedral Quarter and a photo opportunity of door number 10 • Dine in the popular 'Made In Belfast' restaurant near both the hotel and the popular pubs of the Cathedral Quarter including The Duke of York and the Dirty Onion • Live music and atmosphere will be in abundance • Overnight at Ramada Encore Belfast (B, L, D)

Day 4
04 Jun 2018
Stranocum, Ireland
Gracehill House Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Antrim Coast / Ballymoney Today is crammed with filming locations • Depart Belfast and head north for the stunningly beautiful and world famous Antrim Coast (Causeway Coastal Route) • A photo stop at Carrickfergus Castle built in 1177 starts the stunning coast drive • Visit the Ballygalley hotel for a cup of tea/coffee • The Castle is the oldest, continuously inhabited castle in Ireland and dates back to 1625 • It has a ghost (allegedly) and a Game of Thrones door... number 9! • Visit Glenariff for a very short walk to see a beautiful waterfall before continuing to see an abundance of filming locations including The Stormlands (aka Cushendun Caves) where we will enjoy lunch in one of the smallest pubs in Ireland which is also home to door number 8 • We head up to Carrick A Rede rope bridge • Once used by fishermen, this fun and very scenic bridge is a 'must see' item on any vacation to the north of Ireland • We will also visit Larrybane and then Fullerton Arms for another door stamp and maybe a pint! • Finally, we head to the Kings Road, (aka the Dark Hedges) where the original wood for the doors came from two storm felled trees • Collect a door stamp and photo of door number 7 nearby at Gracehill House where we will also stay for the next two nights • This hotel is within a very short walking distance of the magnificent Kings Road • Dine at Gracehill House • Overnight at Gracehill House (B, L, D)

Day 5
05 Jun 2018
Stranocom, Ireland
Gracehill House Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we enjoy one of the north's best kept walking secrets by hiking for 8 miles around the cliff tops of Murlough Bay and Fair Head • The route also encompasses yet another stunning filming location • We will enjoy views of nearby Rathlin island and views over to Scotland • The end of the walk takes us past an old and very traditional 'Clachan' of houses, the likes of which are hard to find anywhere in Ireland today • Dine at the Central Bar in the town of Ballycastle • Overnight at Gracehill House (B, L, D)

Day 6
06 Jun 2018
Portrush, Ireland
Portrush Atlantic Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Another fantastic walk today along the Causeway Coast Way • The crowds come in their thousands to see the sights and enjoy this beautiful drive • By putting your hiking boots on you will get the rare opportunity to see this famous stretch of coast in its best light and far away from the other visitors • This is a coastal hike worth flying across the world for! • The full hike is 11 miles and goes from the rope bridge all the way over to the Giant's Causeway visitor center • The hike includes the breathtaking Ballintoy Harbour (featured in Game of Thrones), White Park Bay, Dunseverick Harbour and castle ruin and then a cliff path view to rival most cliff views in Europe • The hike ends at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giant's Causeway - 40,000 honey-combed shaped basalt rock columns • They are an utter wonder to behold • After the hike we will pop in to the pub at Bushmills Whiskey distillery for a wee dram or two • Bushmills is the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world and dates from 1608 • Dine in the award winning and famous Harry's Shack on Portstewart Strand • Overnight at Portrush Atlantic Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 7
07 Jun 2018
Drogheda, Ireland
Scholars Townhouse Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we travel South but not before collecting the last of the 10 door stamps for our Game of Thrones Door passports • We initially head west to Limavady for a door stamp and photo in Owen's bar before heading south to the beautiful town of Enniskillen for lunch and the final door stamp • In the afternoon we drive to Newgrange and enjoy a magnificent tour at the ancient burial chamber, which is older than the Egyptian pyramids! • Finally we head to the town of Drogheda and stay and dine at Scholars for the final night and if you have energy enjoy a final night in the vibrant town of Drogheda • Overnight at Scholars Townhouse Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 8
08 Jun 2018
Dublin, Ireland
None Breakfast

Day 8: Dublin Departure

Following another delicious breakfast, your guide will transfer the group to the airport for your homeward flights • End of Services (B)

*This trip is operated in partnership with Ireland Walk Hike Bike.

*Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures and Ireland Walk Hike Bike.

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Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Adventure
  • Sightseeing

Description

The northern half of the island of Ireland is a stunning place to visit. Lonely Planet has listed Belfast and the Causeway Coast as the top region in the world to see in 2018. Beautiful cities and towns are surrounded by easily accessible mountains, lakes and coastline. The HBO series, Game of Thrones, has been the most successful television series in history. The vast majority of the series has been filmed in Northern Ireland. Everyone who lives in NI knows at least one extra from the series! The spectacular Kings Road, aka The Dark Hedges is a stunning tree lined rural road home to 90 of an original 250 beech trees that were planted in the 1700's. Two of these magnificent trees came down in a storm three years ago. Wood from the trees were carved to showcase numerous aspects of the TV series and today Game of Thrones fans (Throners) can pick up a stamp on their 'doors' passport at 10 pubs and hotels close to numerous filming locations. The stamping makes for a terrific theme for any Thrones fan.

On this tour we mix visits to the iconic set locations with world class hiking and plenty of immersion into the history and culture of Northern Ireland. Join your guide who has lived all her life in Belfast and the surrounding area as she gives you the local’s view of this mystical region.

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