The first class train ride from Dublin to Belfast was uneventful. They did charge for everything including coffee and tea. When we arrived in Belfast we were directed to a Coach and were taken to our hotels to drop off luggage. They then gave us passes for the Hop On/Hop Off bus. We decided to go to visit the Titanic Experience. Recommend it if you are a Titanic buff. The next day we enjoyed breakfast at the hotel and were picked up to start our tour. Our guide Derick was awesome and very entertaining. He was very knowledgeable and helpful. Recommend this excursion even if you are not a Game of Thrones fan like us. We went on the tour with our friends that we were traveling with. Now we will be binge watching GoT! Thanks Derick!!!!
This tour was truly one of the highlights of my 12 day trip to Ireland! I should also say that I was a 32 year old single female traveling alone, and I was VERY cautious about what tours and trips I wanted to book. I selected this tour over a less expensive tour of similar locations and I am happy to say that I made the correct choice. The train ride to Belfast wasn't too long and had amazing scenery. I stayed at the Europa and they even let me check in early to catch a much needed nap before exploring the city. I took advice, from everyone, and did the Black Taxi Tour. I very much enjoyed it although I have heard that it depends very much on the driver and what their and your political/ religious backgrounds may be. This was not my experience at all, but family members that went two days later seemed to encounter this issue. The location of the Europa was perfect and I was able to walk across the street to the Crown Bar and then walked around to different restaurants and bars. The bars inside the Europa had excellent views and were very nice for a nightcap before bed!
The tour itself was AMAZING. Derek was the absolute best! Unsurprisingly, his knowledge of tv and film extended far past GoT and I was able to speak with him during the non- narrated part of the tour at length about several other shows and movies that we had in common. Being the biggest GoT fan on the bus, probably helped! But with that being said, you absolutely do not need to be a fan of the show to take this tour. The locations were absolutely amazing, and this tour hit almost every location in Northern Ireland that I wanted to see! Lunch at the Fullerton Arms was also great, and I found some other lonely travelers to enjoy a drink or two. I highly recommend making friends on the tour I wish I would have earlier in the day or the day before!
If you are on the fence about this tour, my advice is to book it! I was on this tour in May and I am currently creating large canvases for my walls from some of the pictures taken on this trip. If you have any doubts- just check out my pictures!
Pünktlich empfing uns unser Reiseleiter auf dem Bahnhof in Dublin. Leider bekamen wir nur wenig Informationen im Zug zu unserer Reise. In Belfast wurden wir dann in einem Bus gesteckt und zum Hotel Europa gefahren. Dort meinte der Busfahrer das gleich jemand kommen würde, um uns die Tickets für die Game of Thrones-Tour am nächsten Tag zu bringen. Doch niemand kam. So mußten wir uns auf eigene Faust durchfragen, wo der Hop on-Hop off Bus denn nun losfährt. Das Titanic Museum ist ganz nett, beschäftigt sich aber fast ausschließlich mit dem Bau des Schiffes. Lediglich 2 Kabinen sind ausgestellt. Am nächsten Tag wurden wir dann trotzdem auch ohne Tickets zur Game of Thrones Tour abgeholt. Die Tour ging von 9 Uhr bis 18.30 Uhr. Leider hat man immer nur sehr wenig Zeit an den Punkten. Besonders bei dem Hafen der Eiseninseln war so wenig Zeit, daß man nie hätte zu Fúß die 1,5 km bis zum Hafen hätte schaffen können. Also blieben nur Fotos aus der Ferne. Hier wäre ein Shuttleverkehr in Minibussen angebracht. Die Seilbrücke war dann der Hammer! Und nur Viator-Kunden hatten den Eintritt inklusive!!! Auch der Giants Causeway war sehr schön. Ebenso wie die Dark Hedges.
SO MUCH FUN!!!!! My husband and I were traveling with our 20 year old daughter. She is the game of thrones watcher. We are not. But I wanted to schedule something I thought she would like and Eric and I were excited about Belfast. Well...I can't say enough great things about this tour. Northern Ireland was unbelievable. The train ride was awesome. The city of Belfast is full of history and beautiful. We took the hop on hop off all around the city. We went to the Titanic visitor center and enjoyed it very much. Our bus guide was very informative. We learned a lot about the city. Our hotel was fantastic. The next day we got on the bus for the game of thrones day. My daughter LOVED it! I have to say...I enjoyed it as much as my daughter did. The sites we visited were beautiful and we learned a lot about the show. It was so much fun. Highly recommend. Just soaking in the landscape of Northern Ireland was worth the whole trip!
Day 1: Spending the evening in Belfast at the Europa was really cool. They were extremely accommodating when an issue arose with us needing to change rooms. The process was super simple and well explained. Belfast has a grittier feel than Dublin for sure, but it has come a long way as I understand and seems like it is ready to welcome the tourism industry back with open arms. Also very cool to get a better understanding of the Troubles from a local perspective. Hop on Hop off in Belfast was full of great info. Spent a late night at Robinsons Tavern across from the Europa singing dancing and having an absolute blast.This tour was really incredible. In planning this trip, my friend and I actually signed up for a different 2-day tour to Belfast and the Causeway, but the dates that we wanted weren't available. This GoT tour was not our first choice. It was a bit more expensive and although we both watch the show, neither of us are die hard fanatics. IT WAS WELL WORTH IT. Seeing the filming sites that we did on day 2 was incredible and I now watch the show with new eyes. I didn't think I could be awestruck more than just to see the natural beauty of the land, but I really was. The photo opportunities were amazing. The sites were amazing.
I'll finish by saying that our guide Derrick was hilarious, knowledgeable and extremely conscientious of the needs of his group. I was traveling with a friend who has mobility issues due to MS. We let Derrick know and he was so lovely in paying special mind to point out to us all of the potential limitations at each stop on our tour. He was really a lovely man and made her spirits high with his conversation and understanding. His ability to roll through some pretty intense GoT conspiracy theories developed by a few members of our groups was hilarious. GREAT GUY. He truly made the trip worth it. I literally have reenacted things that he did and said to my friends several times...that kind of funny.
yeah, it is all that my children expected. The guide was absolutely fantastic, very funny and knowledgeable. Great history of Ireland and the Troubles. Northern Ireland and Belfast: what change! Really nice. We were struck by how nice everyone is on this island. The hotel was great. The Titanic tour was great. It definitely is worth doing this tour. In general, all the tours were highly professional and every one outdid themselves to help us and make sure we were comfortable. Very nice. We will be back.
Had such a great time on this tour! Sean from rail tours was so kind, and helped us in our way to Belfast. Day two started the GoT tour which was incredible! Derrick from McCombs tour company(I believe it was?) was hilarious and really knew his stuff! I'd recommend this to anyone, fan or not.