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I wish I remember our tour guides name. He was the best - really provided interesting information even gave us 2pounds to take the shuttle from the bottom of the Causeway when we only had American dollars - when's the last time you had that happen! Fantastic suggestions for where to lunch. This was one of our best guides and the day and what we saw was fantastic.
Our tour guide Martin was great. What a history buff. He was very good about telling us the history of every spot we stopped at. Be prepared to "walk" to the Giants Causeway. There is a shuttle, but walking is the best. We stopped at the Diamond Bar in Ballycastle for lunch. Order the fish and chips. To die for. The size of a whale. But the tour was made wonderful by the excellent commentary by Martin.
Though we booked this tour we did not take it as we missed it due to various reasons. We were lucky to get two seats on another tour and had a fantastic day. However, the tour company agreed to give us a partial refund which we were happy with and this was processed very promptly through Viator Customer Care. So thanks to both companies.
We booked this Odyssey Bus Tour based on previous reviews and sights to see. We were not disappointed! One of the best tours on the cruise. The tour included the Rope Bridge, Giants Causeway, Ballycastle, coastal drive and a drive through Belfast. We were on Princess Cruises and docked at Belfast on May 29th, 2018. It was a gorgeous day! Very important to be one of the first buses to reach the Rope Bridge as the line gets very long and can be quite brutal when standing in the sun. Having said that, our bus was one of the first ones there. Our tour guide, Gail, was fantastic! Once she knew how many people wanted to go across the rope bridge extra cost not included in initial tour cost - the additional cost for the rope bridge and giants causeway was 26 pounds she emailed ahead and got our tickets so we did not have to stop and pay admission. Be aware it is a long walk to the rope bridge from the parking lot!! It took us about 20 minutes to walk it and we are by no means slow walkers. Once there you may have to wait for the people from the other side to walk back so you can go across. The stairs going to the rope bridge are rather steep, it is definitely not for the faint of heart but it is so worth it!! The views are breathtaking! The walk after you cross the bridge is kinda scary because there are no stairs just uneven rocks - so walk very carefully. Going back from the rope bridge to the bus was an even tougher walk because the steps you walked down, you now have to walk up!! Next step was Giants Causeway. An amazing sight seeing what mother nature can do! Very interesting shapes and formations created by what scientists believe were lava fusions under the ocean. We chose to walk from bus stop to causeway and back, however, there is a shuttle. The walk going down was relatively easy but coming back was a bit tough. Definitely a sight you do not want to miss! Next stop was Ballycastle, a very quaint town. We chose to buy some deli ham, cheese, chips, drink and a half batch of bread at a local store for our lunch - cost 6.01 pounds. It was delicious! Left Ballycastle for a beautiful coastal drive back to Belfast. Countryside going to our tour stops as well as coming back was truly gorgeous! Upon our return to Belfast, we viewed a few of the city highlights before heading back to the ship. What a great day, one of our favorite stops on the cruise! Left port at 8:30 and got back to ship at 6:15 p.m. The bus driver and tour guide, Gail were great! If you stop in Belfast, put this tour on your list especially for the price you pay.
The trip out to the Causeway is boring except for stopping at the little village for lunch, nice break and very good lunch.. Once at Causeway parking the tour bus not a very go setup. After getting the bus it is quite a good walk to the causeway. If you want to ride down you have to wait in a long line to catch the bus. I did enjoy seeing the causeway great area for taking pictures.
Going to the swinging bridge is better organized and good parking area, again quite a bit of walking to the bridge. We didn't have any spare time after walking down to the bridge to check out the shops
We were met by our driver and boarded a comfortable bus taking us to the Giants Causeway. It was a long trip but well worth it.I believe it was Odyssey Bus Co.
After about 1 1/2 hour trip through the countryside, we arrived and were instructed how to get to the causeway. If you wanted to visit the Visitor Center there was an additional charge, but you didn't truly need to visit it. The time better spent on the Causeway. Be prepared for a wildly windy experience at times and very cool. After the visit to the Causeway, we were driven down the coastline through the small fishing villages and town back to our ship. It was a wonderful experience.
This was an awesome shore excursion. Much more affordable than the cruise price and we saw more, including tickets came with paid excursion and time to cross the bridge and plenty of time at the Causeway. Most other tours cautioned on being able to cross the bridge but with this tour, we were able to do it, which was amazing. Tour also included drive through Belfast city to see the murals which was an added bonus. I would highly recommend!
This tour was excellent in every way. Our tour guide was Gail. She was knowledgeable, fun, caring and I loved her accent. One lady on our bus wanted to stop and photograph sheep so Gail asked the driver to stop when we saw sheep grazing on the hillside. Gail was lots of fun to talk to and she told me which brand of tea was truly Irish when I asked her. Our driver was Joe. Those roads are so narrow in Ireland and especially along the Causeway but he gave us confidence as he drove safely all day long. It is a full day's tour and you see so many places but always have a comfy coach bus to hop on after each stop. It is a good mix of stops. Giant's Causeway was unbelievable! No wonder it is the 8th Wonder of the World. This tour is such a good value for all that you get to see. I would HIGHLY recommend this and hope that you get Gail and Joe as your guide and driver. My husband and I took our tour on September 15, 2017. Paula from Cincinnati, Ohio