Day 1 - From your chosen joining point your feeder vehicle will take you to the designated interchange point where your holiday begins. After joining your holiday coach, travel north with suitable stops for lunch and refreshments. Arrive at your overnight hotel in the north late afternoon, in good time to freshen up for your evening meal. Dinner, bed & breakfast
Day 2 - Early departure this morning to drive to Cairnryan for the crossing to Belfast arriving early afternoon. Then it is just a short drive to Ballymena to arrive this afternoon to check in for your 4-night stay at the Adair Arms. Dinner, bed & breakfast.
Day 3 - 5 - At leisure in Ballymena with three included excursions. The hotel has a traditional Irish night on Thursdays. Dinner, bed & breakfast.
Glens of Antrim, Giant's Causeway and Bushmills
A scenic drive along the Antrim Coast Road passing through the spectacular scenery centred around The Glens of Antrim. The Glens are an area of outstanding natural beauty and are a draw for visitors to the region, especially as much of this area has been used in filming the TV series 'The Game of Thrones'. Follow the coast road, through Carnlough and Cushendall and onto the National Trust village of Cushendun. The highlight of the day is a visit to the mighty Giant's Causeway, created by volcanic activity. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Giant's Causeway is a magnificent, mysterious geological formation on the North East coast of Co Antrim steeped in myth and legend. A regular shuttle bus escorts visitors from the visitor centre down to the shore (cost included). Last port of call today is a stop at the Old Bushmills Distillery, the oldest working distillery in Ireland, where you will see how this famous Irish whiskey is crafted.
Belfast for the Day
Head into Belfast today. Remarkably transformed into a hip and happening city, Belfast is one of the easiest cities to navigate as it is split into quarters- the Titanic, the Cathedral, Queen's and the Gaeltacht quarters. A local guide will show you the sights including the Queen's University, the Waterfront Hall and the Falls or Shankill Roads where politically inspired murals can be seen. Close to City Hall a visit must be made to the Crown Bar opposite the Grand Opera House, the only pub owned by the National Trust. Enjoy Belfast's thriving, cosmopolitan scene with its many bars and restaurants. A visit to Titanic Belfast is included as it is a 'must see' on any tour of the city. It is located in the heart of the city, right beside the historic site of this world-famous ship's construction. Round off your visit with a guided boat tour of the harbour to see the Titanic Quarter from the water. (NB this day may operate with a local coach)
Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
Drive south today passing close to Lough Neagh, the largest lake by area in the British Isles, which supplies 40% of Northern Ireland's water. Your destination today is Hillsborough Castle, the British monarch's official Northern Ireland residence. A guided tour of this late-Georgian mansion, built in 1797, is included and you will see the state drawing room, dining rooms and the Lady Grey Room where, in 2003, Tony Blair and George W Bush held talks on Iraq. Then visit the 98 acres of beautiful gardens, offering a contrast of ornamental grounds, peaceful woodland, meandering waterways, and trimmed lawns.
Day 6 - Following a final full Irish breakfast, head back into Belfast for a morning at leisure before re-joining the coach for the afternoon crossing back to Cairnryan. As arrival at your overnight hotel will be later this evening, a light supper has been arranged for this evening. Supper, bed & breakfast.
Day 7 - After breakfast, return homewards, arriving back at your local joining points early to mid-evening.