BELLES OF THE BRITISH ISLES

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Belfast, Northern Ireland

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8.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

culture

unesco

sightseeing
Belfast, Antrim Coast & Giants Causeway
Depart the port of Belfast and drive 75 minutes inland through the Northern Counties of Down and Antrim. Stop to photograph Dunluce Castle, a dramatic and picturesque ruin on a rocky headland. Next,you will arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage Giant’s Causeway Site. The Interpretative Centre  there will allow you to decide for yourself which explanation of how the causeway’s 40,000 basalt stones were formed is most likely (or simply most interesting!). To stroll the Giants Causeway is to voyage back in time. Your imagination will travel along stepping-stones that lead to either the creative turbulence of a bygone volcanic age or into the myths and legends of the past. You can board the “Causeway Coaster” minibus to bring you to the causeway itself.  Enjoy lunch at a nearby hotel.  Your return journey will take you along Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast  Some of the worlds most spectacular and unspoiled scenery is to be found in the county of Antrim. A stop will be made for you to view Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge. Spanning a chasm some 80 feet deep, its construction once consisted of a single rope handrail and widely spaced slats. The single handrail was subsequently replaced by a two-hand railed bridge, the current cage bridge was installed during Easter 2000.  Travel via the Coast Road to reveal an unrivaled seascape, towering cliffs, white sandy beaches, tranquil glens and lush forest parks. From the magnificent vantage point at Fair Head and Murlough Bay, on a clear day you can enjoy uninterrupted views of Scotland’s Mull of Kintyre, as well as the wild and mysterious island of Rathlin just seven miles off the coast. 

Please note:  Wear flat, comfortable shoes preferably with non-slip soles. Order of sights visited may vary. Bring your camera, local currency and a  waterproof jacket.


price $249
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Belfast, Belfast Panoramic & Titanic
This panoramic tour of Belfast will introduce you to the many varied features of Northern Ireland’s largest city. Built with 19th century industrial money, many fine buildings from this era grace the city still and are reminders of its prosperous past.  Your guide will provide insights as you see the Grand Opera House and the Albert Memorial before passing Queen’s University, home to the Botanic Gardens.  Located in these gardens is the Palm House – a superb structure of cast iron and curved glass panels. You will drive past Belfast City Hall – an impressive building with a 300-ft.-long façade of Portland stone. A stop here will allow you to photograph what is perhaps the most noteworthy of the statues here - the marble figure of "Thane,” commemorating the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic. Visit the Titanic Belfast, the signature building telling the story of Titanic  that contains nine galleries with a variety of interpretative materials and media. Take a ride though the visual gantries where the Titanic was under construction. The adventure begins the moment you walk through the door and into the building's giant atrium surrounded by the four high impact ‘hull’ shaped sections which house the experience.  You will experience a thrilling ride through the re-construction of the shipyards and the Titanic under construction. The stories of passengers, crew and the heroes of the day will be told in an exciting and modern way. At the conclusion, you can visit the wreck at her resting place on the floor of the North Atlantic. Rejoin your motor coach and guide for your return drive to the port and your awaiting ship.

Please note:  Wear flat, comfortable shoes preferably with non-slip soles. Order of sights visited may vary. Bring your camera, local currency and a  waterproof jacket.


price $139
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3 HRS

Easy

refreshments

culture

sightseeing

concierge
Belfast, Concierge Collection: Black Taxi Tour Belfast
You will be taken on a tour by a local Black Taxi. These drivers are a gold mine of historical and anecdotal information related to the history of Northern Ireland and will give you a personalized tour that will both inform and entertain. Belfast is a city best explored with those who have lived through its ups and downs and can share with you its wonderful secrets. Your excellent and informative driver takes you deep into the underbelly of the streets of Belfast with an exciting ride in the world famous Black Taxi. Arrive at Stormont and drive through the iron gates, up the long drive to this historic edifice where a photo opportunity will be provided. Stop at a local pub for an Irish Coffee.

Please note:   Order of sights visited may vary. Bring your camera, local currency and a  waterproof jacket. Tour is conducted by a local English-speaking taxi driver.  4 guests max per taxi. When 4 guests in 1 taxi, 2 guests are required to sit facing backwards on fold down seats. Stormont may close unexpectedly due to government events.



price $399
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Belfast, Full Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. Sites to see include  the Giants Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Crumlin Road Gaol, Bushmills Distillery and Georges Market.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours.  Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $1149
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Belfast, Full Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. Sites to see include  the Giants Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Crumlin Road Gaol, Bushmills Distillery and Georges Market.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $1249
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Belfast, Half Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. Sites to see include  the Giants Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Crumlin Road Gaol, Bushmills Distillery and Georges Market.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours.  Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $849
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Belfast, Half Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. Sites to see include  the Giants Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Crumlin Road Gaol, Bushmills Distillery and Georges Market.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $949
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing
Belfast, Hillsborough Castle & Belfast City
The North’s largest city is an eclectic mix of charming Victorian and Edwardian buildings, engaging attractions and a grand history that’s on display around every corner. Your tour will begin as your coach travels through stately Donegall Square in the heart of Belfast.  Among the square’s architectural treasures is City Hall. Completed in 1906, the 300-foot long main façade is topped with a copper dome that rises 173 feet. As you make your way around the city you’ll see many more Victorian buildings with the same distinctive verdigris green domes. Also in the square stands Belfast’s oldest library, the Linen Hall Library, which was established in 1788. Continuing on, you’ll journey past Queen’s University, renowned for its world-class achievements in cancer research and environmental research. Marvel at the thoroughly modern Waterfront Hall, a concert venue , housing development and hotel. Just 12 miles from Belfast in the historic village of Hillsborough sits the distinguished Hillsborough Castle. Built in the 1770s, the mansion is the official residence of the British Royal Family when they’re visiting Northern Ireland. You’ll set out on a guided tour through this lovely 2-story late Georgian manor adorned with beautiful furniture and master pieces of art.  Visit the State Room, where all visiting dignitaries are formally welcomed.  Next door is Candlestick Hall where the panels around the room, made in the early 19th century, are made from hand-painted wallpaper and depict scenes from Cervantes’ Don Quixote. Visit the castle’s two dining rooms: the Red Dining Room, which looks out over what is claimed to be the largest rhododendron bush in Europe, and the State Dining Room where official state dinners are served. You will also visit the Throne Room, where citizenship ceremonies are held; the State Drawing Room, which overlooks the Jubilee garden; and Lady Grey’s Sitting Room. At the conclusion of the tour, feel free to meander through the lovely gardens or stroll to Hillsborough village before rejoining your coach for the ride back to your ship.

Please note: It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes.

price $115
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Dun Laoghaire (Dublin), Ireland



4 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

sightseeing
Dublin, A Taste of Dublin & Guinness
Your tour today  will leave from the harbor town of Dún Laoghaire. Your panoramic drive of the city takes you past Dublin Castle, City Hall and Christchurch Cathedral before a visit the Guinness Storehouse, located in the heart of the Guinness brewery in Dublin city. The tour of the Storehouse will be followed by an opportunity to taste the world famous stout.  In the Guinness Storehouse, you will discover what goes into making a pint of the “blackstuff” – the ingredients, the processes, the effort. It is a dramatic story that began over 250 years ago and will end in Gravity, the sky bar, which has astonishing views of Dublin.  Often surprising, always entertaining, the adventure begins the moment you walk through the door and into the building’s giant, pint shaped heart of glass.  You’ll “meet” Arthur Guinness and find out how the drink that carries his name has traveled around the world. You will also have the opportunity to spend some time in the Advertising Gallery in the Storehouse, where you will find a display of all Guinness advertising material past and present.  At the end of the tour, discover how important it is to “pull the perfect pint “ the way to hold the glass, the speed it enters the glass, the time for the pint to settle and the final touch that gives the pint a creamy head.   Now sit back, relax and enjoy the Guinness and the view.

Please note:  Entry to the brewery itself is not permitted. Wear warm comfortable clothing and flat shoes. Bring your camera and  sunscreen when necessary. Guests must be 18 or older to consume alcohol.


price $129
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3.25 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

sightseeing

boating

concierge
Dublin, Concierge Collection: Sail Through Dublin Bay
Welcome to Dublin’s Fair City. Bustling, cosmopolitan, ancient but young at heart, Dublin is one of Europe’s liveliest cities, where medieval and 17th  century buildings stand comfortably amid all the trappings of a 21st century city.  Take a short walk from the pier to your embarkation point where you will get fitted with your life jacket and board Explorer, your exclusive 53.5-foot yacht. Following an introduction, the skipper will brief you and give a short tour of Explorer. Then you will depart for Dublin Bay, a C-shaped inlet of the Irish Sea on the east coast of Ireland.  You will see Dublin from a new perspective where you will gain new knowledge of Dublin that you didn’t know before. See Killiney Hill, the most southern of two hills which form the southern boundary of Dublin Bay. The hill is 502 feet high and presents beautiful views over the surrounding areas. If time permits, you will sail around Dalkey. Dalkey is one of the most affluent suburbs of Dublin and a seaside resort just south of Dublin City. It was founded as a Viking settlement and became an active port during the Middles Ages.During your journey you will learn about how Explorer sails, nautical terminology, ropes, rigging and knots. You will get the opportunity to steer, tack and gibe Explorer on the bay. After your 3-hour sail you will return to the dock and your awaiting ship.

Please note:  Wear warm comfortable clothing and flat shoes. Bring your camera , local currency and a waterproof jacket. Sailing is weather dependent and this tour is only suitable for guest who are physically fit. It is not suitable for pregnant women or people with mobility issues.


price $189
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4.25 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing
Dublin, Dublin Castle & Saint Patricks Cathedral
Dublin's official date of establishment was in 988 A.D. although evidence of its existence dates back to the second century in which it was named Eblana. Norman Vikings were the first settlers of the city, and many artifacts, old walls and buildings are still present today.  Departing from the pier, you will soon reach St. Patrick's Cathedral. A stop will be made to visit the Cathedral - founded in 1190. St. Patrick’s is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean there from 1713 to 1745.  The pulpit from which he preached can still be seen. A short drive will take you to Dublin Castle. Upon arriving at the Dublin Castle complex, you'll marvel at this imposing structure. A symbol of British rule over Ireland for seven centuries, the castle began as a 13th century Anglo-Norman fortress. Your guided tour takes you through State Apartments adorned with Killybeg carpets and Waterford chandeliers. Once home to the Viceroy, the apartments are now used for important state functions. Rejoin your coach and guide for return journey to port.

Please note: Wear warm comfortable clothing and flat shoes. Bring your camera , local currency and a waterproof jacket. 


price $129
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing
Dublin, Dublin Highlights
Your tour today will leave from the harbor town of Dún Laoghaire and travel by motor coach to Dublin where you will enjoy a panoramic drive showing you some of the highlights of this delightful city.  You will ride past the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam to see the famous “Doorways of Dublin.” Then, it’s on past the National Gallery of Ireland, Government Buildings, and St Stephen’s Green. You will also see The Old Parliament House which is now home to the Bank of Ireland and across the road, Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest college, founded in 1592. Located in its library is the world famous Book of Kells, a hand illuminated manuscript of the Gospels.  Time will be permitted to view this masterpiece.Your tour of the city will continue past Dublin Castle, City Hall, and Christchurch Cathedral en route to an inside visit  toSt. Patrick’s Cathedral. Founded in 1190, St. Patrick’s is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean there from 1713 to 1745. 

Please note:  Guests with physical difficulties must be accompanied as the tour guide cannot undertake responsibility for them.


price $129
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