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Set out for a two-day exploration of Northern Ireland from Dublin. Visit the Celtic ruins of Monasterboice and enjoy Belfast's incredible Titanic Experience, an interactive walk-through telling the story of the ill-fated ocean liner. Spend free time exploring the streets and sights of the lively capital, including places like the renowned Crown Liquor Saloon and the Grand Opera House. The following day see sights recognizable from the HBO series 'Game of Thrones,' then depart for The Giant's Causeway, thousands of interlocking basalt columns that are Northern Ireland's only UNESCO-listed site.
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It was fun. 1st day, The Celtic crosses were nice and the Titanic museum was okay but nothing really amazing. The optional Black Taxi tour was interesting. It focused on a lot on history past/present of troubles in Northern Ireland.
I stayed in the Hostel Patty's Place in Dublin, they were able to give me a single room. Bathroom had showers which were not the best but worked. At the hostel, I did not meet a lot people but I did run into a few. The area was okay. The young woman was able to give me recommendations but it was confusing finding restaurants/bars, you're on your own for that so Research ahead of time!!
The best day was the 2nd day, we went to see the Dark Hedges, where there was A LOT of tourists all trying to take pictures. Also Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is rather a small bridge but the island, which is said to be a part of Scotland, is very beautiful but is a bit far of walk/hike along the hillside and a lot of stairs. BE prepared!!
Giant's Causeway is also very beautiful and has some trails leading to different areas, which I wasn't aware of until almost the end of the time allotted. The pre-recorded tour guide for Giant's Causeway is not worth it. Dunlace Castle stop at the end was from far away, so it didn't arouse curiosity as stated. FOR DAY 2, I highly recommend good walking shoes or even hiking boots AND water.
I enjoyed the second day better then the first. I would highly recommend staying in Belfast. It is a great city!
Our favorite place on our entire trip was the rope bridge! It and #39;s absolutely beautiful there and the bridge is quite an experience! The and #34;bed and breakfast and #34; was basically a hostel. I assumed it would be someone and #39;s house. :-( The black taxi tour in Belfast is worth it! The Dark Hedges were amazing!
The tour itself was great. But our reservation was lost and took some sorting out to see if we would even be able to get on the coach. Also the accommodation was not ready in Belfast
when we arrived. But the guides and places we visited were amazing.
I was disapointed by the tour. The schedule was not respected at all. On the second day, we started the tour with a 45 min delay. We had only 1 hour and 15 min to visit the Titanic museum and it was really not sufficient. No time allowed for lunch. The guide was also the driver and it was difficult to obtain information.
I believe this is a somewhat new tour package, and it was a bit disappointing. I recommend planning your own overnight lodging and transportation to local sights in Northern Ireland. The tour stops themselves were wonderful however, we were not informed that we would have a 1-1/2 hour wait at the Giant's Causeway for another bus to return us to Dublin on Day 2. In addition, we trusted Viator's word on the bed and breakfast lodging, which actually was more like a hostel serving a mediocre hot breakfast with mystery juice that was reminiscent of watery Kool-Aid. In addition, we were unable to stop and walk around Dunluce Castle, one of the promised stopping points. The Paddy Wagon tour guide Sean was not very informative on our surroundings as we traveled through the countryside. Sorry to leave negative comments, but there it is! We did appreciate, however, that the return guide brought as close to our Airbnb rental as possible to drop us off with our luggage.
This is 2 separate day tours from Dublin combined, where you sleep in Belfast rather than returning to Dublin with the first tour then leaving from there with the second. This means that you get more time in Belfast, but I was disappointed to miss out on information or stops during the time returning to Dublin.
On the 1st day, the tour guide was very friendly and talkative Frank, and it was a small group in a minibus the second day was a large coach. In Belfast, we had the option to go on the Black Cab tour around the peace wall, etc. and it's worth it!. This lasted around an hour, leaving an hour for seeing Belfast. Next, the Titanic Experience was fantastic, although time was a little short there. The online itinerary is incorrect, as we did not visit Monasterboice maybe others did it on the return to Dublin, I don't know.
The accommodation is distant from the centre of the city Backpacker option is Paddys Palace Hostel on Fitzwilliam St and is actually one of the worst hostels I've ever stayed in. Bathrooms were dirty and locks on the doors often didn't work. Plates in the kitchens weren't clean. No lockers in the rooms and barely any power outlets. I heard from the others in the economy option that theirs wasn't much better e.g. no working showers.
The tour on the 2nd day was okay. We visited some great sites, although not a lot of information was provided about them again maybe this happened during the part from Dublin. There was plenty of time at Carrick-a-rede and the Giant's Causeway, but only 10 minutes at Dark Hedges and only a couple of minutes next to the road to take photos of Dunluce Castle. Ballintoy is purely a lunch stop, though Game of Thrones fans could probably walk to the harbour and back if they skipped lunch. The tour also included an hour in Belfast at the end of the day, which was a waste of time given we had just been there the day/night before.
Overall, it was not a well organised tour. Time could be much better optimised.
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