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Tale of Two Cities

 

Overview

Hotel description:

8 days | 6 nights

Let Ireland come to life in this 8-day voyage. Start off in cosmopolitan Dublin, where you can grab a pint, visit a museum, or view an architectural gem on every corner. Visit historical monuments and see majestic natural wonders in Wicklow and Kilkenny, then head north to Belfast. From here, explore the geography and history of Northern Ireland before returning to Dublin.

With a country as vast and bountiful as Ireland, traveling by train is a great way to cover as much ground as possible while also taking in the breathtaking sights. Let the smooth ride, great service, and amazing vistas transport you from city to city. The train tickets and hotel stays are included in the package, along with some meals and a bunch of other travel essentials that will help make this trip easy, fun, and unforgettable.

Location

Dublin, Kilkenny, Wicklow, Belfast, Giant's Causeway

What's included

Package inclusions

  • Round-trip flights to Dublin (If flight and hotel package option is chosen)
  • Private airport transfers in Dublin
  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Round-trip train tickets (Economy Class) between Dublin and Belfast
  • More Moments - 4 activities included:
    • Full-day tour to Kilkenny and Wicklow (English-speaking guide)
    • Full-day tour to the Giant's Causeway (English-speaking guide)
    • Entrance to the Titanic Belfast Experience
    • 2-day Hop-On Hop-Off pass in Dublin (valid for 48 hours)
  • Earn Aeroplan® Miles


Itinerary

The More Moments activities/excursions mentioned in the itinerary are all included in the package, but may be rescheduled to take place on an earlier or later day, depending on availability and operational day.

Day 1        Depart Canada
Fly to Dublin.

Day 2        Welcome to Dublin
Upon arrival in Dublin, take a private transfer to your hotel and check in. Tour the city with your handy Hop-on Hop-off pass for Dublin Bus.

More Moments Activity Included

  • Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Pass: Hop on and off a double-decker bus to explore the Irish capital's historic buildings and cultural attractions.


Day 3        Dublin: Kilkenny & Wicklow Excursion (approx. 277 km)
Today, embark on a day tour of Kilkenny and Wicklow from Dublin.

More Moments Activity Included

  • Kilkenny & Wicklow Excursion: Admire the stunning scenery, flora and fauna as you travel through the countryside. Enjoy a 45-minute guided walking tour of Kilkenny City. Stroll through the narrow and winding cobbled streets and under the city's many medieval arches as you explore all the main attractions. After free time for lunch, continue through the county of Carlow into the wild and rugged Wicklow Mountains.


Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4        Dublin - Belfast (approx. 170 km)
Dine at your hotel for breakfast, then make your way to the railway station to catch a train to Belfast. Make your way to your hotel and check in, and immerse yourself in this fascinating northern city. Cultural discoveries lie around every corner: The Albert Memorial Clock Tower, the Opera House and the Crown Bar, to name a few.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5        Belfast: Giant's Causeway Excursion (approx. 194 km)
Head out from Belfast on a full-day tour of the Giant's Causeway and area.

More Moments Activity Included

  • Giant's Causeway Excursion: Your first stop is Carrickfergus Castle, then Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge for its heart-stopping views. After a stop for lunch, continue on to the Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk over the ancient stones, soaking up the myths and legends that surround this geological wonder. Your final stop of the day is Dunluce Castle, a medieval castle on a stunning basalt outcropping. Then, sit back and relax on the comfortable journey back to Belfast.


Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6        Belfast: Sightseeing

Dive into history with a visit to the birthplace of the Titanic.

More Moments Activity Included

  • The Titanic Experience Belfast: Go through nine multi-dimensional galleries chronicling the aftermath of the sinking of the iconic ship, the discovery of the wreck, and contemporary undersea exploration.


Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7        Belfast - Dublin (approx. 170 km)

After breakfast, make your way to the train station to return to Dublin. Make your way to your hotel and check in, and enjoy one last day in this vibrant city.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8        Dublin - Return to Canada
After breakfast, take a private transfer to the airport and board your flight home.

Meal(s): Breakfast

 

Accommodations

Additional fees might apply
The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

3-star and 4-star Accommodation

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a Standard Room at all hotels during the trip.

The location and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • Dublin: Ashling Hotel Dublin 4-star or similar (2 nights)
  • Belfast: Ramada Encore Belfast City Centre 3-star or similar (3 nights)
  • Dublin: Ashling Hotel Dublin 4-star or similar (1 night)


Bed size(s): 1 double bed or 2 twin beds
Room occupancy: Maximum 3 people (3 adults, or 2 adults and 1 kid up to 12 years of age)

 

Important notes

2019 Departure Dates
Sunday - Friday from January 1 to March 31
Daily from April 1 to December 15

Product Update:

Travel between July 27 and August  23, 2019, the train transfer between Dublin-Belfast will be replaced by a bus transfer due to railroad maintenance on this route.  The trains will not operate during this period.  The bus transfer is approximately  2 hours and 20 minutes from Dublin Busaras to Belfast Europa Bus Centre.

Activity information
Titanic Experience: 
Visit the birthplace of the Titanic and experience the story. Titanic Belfast extends over nine galleries with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s through to her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise.

The journey goes beyond the aftermath of the sinking, to the discovery of the wreck and continues into the present day with a live undersea exploration centre.

Times: Opening hours may vary according to season:
January - March 10am - 5pm
April - May   9am - 6pm
June - July  9am - 7pm
August  9am - 8pm
September  9am - 6pm
October - December  10am - 5pm

Operates: Daily 
Closed:  December 24 to 26

Not Included

  • Meals, unless noted
  • Transfers, unless noted
  • Additional activities and excursions
  • Personal expenses and insurance