Absolutely amazing! Beautiful locations, a driver/tour guide who knows a looooot about the show and talks about it all day long. Expensive, but definitely worth it!!
This was the highlight of my trip to Ireland. I was torn between booking this trip and a much cheaper 2 day trip to Northern Ireland that I found which was bus based. Ultimately I bit the bullet and paid more for this one, as that had mediocre reviews and this one had excellent reviews, and I did not regret it.
You start on a lovely train ride north to Belfast, and then are checked into your hotel. After that, you climb aboard the complimentary hop on hop off bus tour, which you are recommended to not hop off of in the first cycle, so that you can get a full tour of Belfast. The tour is great, with excellent commentary on the city and its turbulent history. Then you go to the Titanic Museum, also included with this trip. I thought it sounded lame that Belfast's crowning attracting was a Titanic museum, but I understimated the quality of the museum. It's truly top notch and state of the art as museums go, and it's huge.
After that, you're on your own! I did a solo trip to Ireland, but hooked up with a group of other youngsters and spent the rest of the day exploring the city, going to pubs, and having a great time. While I would have spent less money and stayed at a hostel if that were an option, once the money was already spent, I must admit I was very pleased with the luxury of the hotel, by my standards at least. An Irish breakfast buffet is included.
Then the 7 of us who had been on the train to Belfast joined a larger group on the coach game of Thrones tour. It was the best of the several bus tours I took in Ireland. The tour guide was funny, informative, and impressed me with his Game of Thrones knowledge. I also spoke to a man on the tour who didn't watch the show but still enjoyed himself. We went to at least 10 stops covering all 6 seasons so far, plus the Giant's Causeway and the Carick-a-rede rope bridge, not from the show. The amount they packed into this trip dwarfed every other day trip I took in Ireland. Truly top notch and worth the price!
We LOVED this tour. Belfast and sightseeing was great and getting to where we needed to go was very smooth, easy and carefully planned. We really didn't have to worry about anything. The Game of Thrones tour was AWESOME. This was the highlight of our entire Ireland trip. Derrick was a fantastic guide and you can tell he is very much a fan of the show. It was really great to be able to visit the places featured in the show and the Giants Causeway is simply wonderful. We will be raving about this tour to all of our friends.
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.
The tour guide was very knowledgeable. The night in Belfast was at an amazing hotel. I really enjoyed the diversity this tour allowed for.
The day in Belfast was full and I definitely recommend the Titanic Museum for both kids and adults what with its interactive displays and organization. The Hotel Europa was lovely for the one night stay. Day2, Derek Derrick our tour guide was absolutely funny. The sites around Northern Ireland were breath taking and the added fun was the GoT aspect. Thank you!
Wonderful guided tour. Driver Derrick was very skilled and knowledgeable about throne locations. He was quite entertaining and kept the day moving nicely. On several occasions Derrick added great value to the tour with insightful comments. A few passengers were talking loudly and disrupting the trip for others. Derrick very politely asked them to keep it down to limit the distraction. Derrick is a brilliant driver.
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.
Tour was outstanding. Derek our tour guide was so entertaining and knowledgeable. He actually showed us clips from the show taken in the locations we were brought to.
Awesome tour!!! Guide was wonderful and the Game of Thrones film locations were outstanding. Come dressed adequately though, as it is extremely windy and rainy up in Northern Ireland!!
Overall, I'm thrilled to have taken this tour. It was easy to find the tour escort at Connolly station, and during the train ride, he provided us with some information about the local areas. In Belfast, he handed us off to the local tour operator, who took us directly to our hotel (Europa) for luggage drop-off. The hotel was wonderful! The first day involved exploring Belfast independently, mainly through the hop-on/off bus. The bus route and commentary are very good, but in winter months, be aware that the bus will stop running very early (by 4 p.m.) and only comes every half hour, which can be a problem in bad/cold weather, as some of the stops (e.g. Peace Wall) have no readily available shelter. Also note that the bus ride out to Stormont involves a somewhat lengthy highway journey, so if you are on the top level of the bus, hold on to your hats and ensure you are dressed to stay warm! The Titanic museum is outstanding and not to be missed - but leave plenty of time, because there are 7 floors to explore! The GoT day tour was really great. Our tour guide, Philip, has a magical, engaging way of weaving his stories and relating his vast knowledge of local history and legend back to GoT. Some of the stops were more interesting than others, but on the whole, the countryside is gorgeous, and the tour was very well done. Be prepared for a long stop at the Giant's Causeway (possibly including lunch). Depending on the size of your group, you may be in a mini-bus - this was the only real downside, as tall individuals will find the seating somewhat cramped. This tour is not too physically intense, but the tour guide tended to walk quickly, and there were some hills getting into and out of the locations. (At the Giant's Causeway, there is a 15 minute walk downhill and 20 minutes back up, but there is also a cheap bus that you can take.) All in all, this tour is highly recommended and was very much enjoyed!
My wife and I really enjoyed this trip. It was an excellent opportunity to see a lot of Northern Ireland without having to rent a car, figure out hotel reservations, best places to stops etc. We thought the price was reasonable considering the services offered. The enjoyment was well worth the cost. The only reason it's a 4 start instead of a 5 is the we did feel little rushed during certain stops.
Theresa P Canada
Dirty business tactics to lure people in to buy a tour by offering discounts that disappear and are not honored. Phoned and got the run around, phoned again and got the run around. Probably better to know to the actual tour company rather than broker like this company.
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