Charming seaside villages, mysterious landscapes and a ton of Game of Thrones locations, Northern Ireland is THE place to be if you're a fan of the hit HBO series. Explore the real-life Westeros with caves, castles, forests and the famous Dark Hedges used as the location for the Kingsroad.
Your Self-Drive Vacation Includes:
DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN DUBLIN, IRELAND
Welcome to Ireland for your Game of Thrones adventure! You will be met by your private driver at Dublin Airport and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon why not discover some of Dublin's main attractions and some hidden gems on a Walking Tour of Ireland's capital city. Later make your way to Guinness Storehouse to experience how this dark ale is produced from start to finish, ending in the Gravity Bar where you can sample a pint of the famous 'black stuff'.
Overnight: Dublin - Camden Court Hotel
DAY 2 | DUBLIN / CASTLEWARD / BELFAST
Pick up your car rental at Hertz' South Circular Road depot. Embark on your journey north, leaving Dublin behind. This morning your first stop is Tollymore Forest Park, otherwise known as 'The Haunted Forest' in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. Covering 630 hectares at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, Tollymore Forest was featured in the first episode of Season 1. This is where Ned Stark and his sons find the direwolf pups, and where the Night's Watch stumble upon some dismembered Wildling bodies in the snow. From here make your way to Castle Ward, or Winterfell. The Georgian farm yard has been widely used to film the outdoor courtyard scenes at Winterfell. Set on 820 acres this 18th century mansion and walled demense overlooks Strangford Lough. At Winterfell, why not hire bicycles and take a short trip to Robb Stark's Camp at Audley's Field & Castle. Dating back to the 16th century, Audley's Castle and surrounding grounds was used as the backdrop to Robb's Camp in Season 2, and where Jamie Lannister was imprisoned. After returning your bicycles to Castle Ward, journey to Belfast. (Breakfast)
Overnight: Belfast - The Europa Hotel
DAY 3 | BELFAST
Today explore Belfast, Northern Ireland's capital city, on a City Sightseeing Hop on Hop off Tour. Discover the city's living history along its famous landmarks that have played their part in Belfast's colorful development from its great industrial triumphs to the civil unrest. End your day at the impressive Titanic Museum, where you can watch the famous ship's life revealed, from her conception in Belfast, from construction to launch on her ill-fated maiden voyage. (Breakfast)
Overnight: Belfast -The Europa Hotel
DAY 4 | BELFAST / CARNCASTLE / GLENARM / CUSHENDALL
Embark on a journey along the Antrim Coast to Cairncastle where it all began! It was here on the Antrim Plateau that Ned Stark beheaded the Nights Watch deserter in the opening scenes of Season 1. This location is also where Catelyn Stark captures Tyrion Lannister, and where Bran & Rickon Stark, Osha and Hodor embark on their journey North of the Wall. From Cairncastle it's a short distance to the picturesque village Glenarm. This village is home to Steensons Jewellery Economusee where many of the jewelry were produced for the show, such as Joffrey's crown. You are also welcome to watch the artisans at their work. Make your way to Cushendall, otherwise known as 'The Stormlands' where Melisandra gives birth to the shadow baby in the Cushendun Caves located just beyond the village. (Breakfast)
Overnight: Ballygally Castle
DAY 5 | ANTRIM COAST / BALLINTOY / COLERAINE
Travel the Coast Road and take in the unrivalled seascape, towering cliffs, white sandy beaches, tranquil glens, and lush forest parks. Stop at the Giant's Causeway, where for centuries visitors have marvelled at its majesty and mystery. The unique rock formations were created by the rapidly cooling lava of an ancient volcano - or perhaps the legend is right and they were placed there by the giant Finn MacCool! Close by take the exhilarating rope bridge to Carrick-a-Rede island and enjoy a truly clifftop experience. From here check out the views of Larrybane, the location of Renly Baratheon's camp in Season 2. Next stop, 'The Iron Islands' at Ballintoy Harbour. Situated between the Giant's Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, this is the location where Theon Grejoy arrives back at Pyke in The Iron Islands meeting his sister Yara. Travel a further four miles to Dunsverick where Renly and Stannis meet to discuss their claims to the throne at Kings Landing. From here journey to Portrush. (Breakfast)
Overnight: Portrush - Portrush Atlantic Hotel
DAY 6 | COLERAINE / THE DARK HEDGES / DOWNHILL DENSNE / DERRY
This morning travel 'The King's Road' or known locally as The Dark Hedges on Bregagh Road ouside Ballymoney. This beautiful avenue of beech trees, dating back to the 18th century, is one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland. The Dark Hedges is the backdrop to Ayra Stark's escape from Kings Landing as she travels to join the Nights Watch disguised as a boy. Travel to Downhill Beach in County Londonderry. Downhill Beach stretches for 11km and is where the old gods burn on the beach at 'Dragonstone' in Season 2. Next stop Londonderry City. (Breakfast)
Overnight: Maldron Hotel Derry
DAY 7 | LONDONDERRY / DUBLIN
This morning walk along the 17 th century city walls with a local guide and see Londonderry street murals of the Bogside on this walking tour. The murals known as the People's Gallery, depict the history of the troubles. Journey to Dublin this afternoon and drop off your car rental at Hertz' South Circular Road depot. (Breakfast)
Overnight: Dublin - Camden Court Hotel
DAY 8 | DEPART DUBLIN
This morning you will be picked up by your private driver and transferred to Dublin Airport for your departure flight. (Breakfast)
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*Sample pricing is per person, land only based on double occupancy; varies by inclusions and travel dates. Subject to availability and change. Other sightseeing in the suggested itinerary is not included and is not pre-booked. Please note that some sightseeing attractions may have seasonal opening hours. Other conditions apply. CST#2084503-20