Ireland Stamp
  • 8 days / 7 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 01, 2018
  • From $3998.00 / person
  • ($580.00 single supplement)

The majority of HBO’s hit TV series Game of Thrones was filmed in Northern Ireland for good reason. Ireland is home to landscapes that vary from lush, green valleys to mist-shrouded mountains—each landmark exuding an air of magic. Our Game of Thrones trip is your chance to see the most spectacular locations from the series, including Kings Road (aka The Dark Hedges), as well as Winterfell and the Stormlands. Not only will you dive deep into the lore of the Seven Kingdoms, but also the equally intriguing history of the Emerald Isle. Enjoy lunch atop one of the most scenic points in the Mournes Mountains, and cross the “must see” Carrick A Rede rope bridge. Immerse yourself in Game of Thrones archery experience on the original set. Walk the Giant’s Causeway and sip whiskey at the oldest licensed distillery in the world. Collect Game of Thrones Door Passport stamps at key locations, creating a memento that will spur stories of adventure for years to come.

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  • Adult Only Vacations
  • Cultural
  • Hiking

Activity Level: Moderate

About
This Tour

On this tour we mix visits to the iconic set locations with world class hiking and plenty of immersion into the history and culture of Northern Ireland. Join your guide who has lived all her life in Belfast and the surrounding area as she gives you the local’s view of this mystical region.

  • Take in the wonder of The Giant’s Causeway’s 40,000 basalt columns, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Hike the compact but breath-taking Mournes Mountains, 12 peaks over 1,800 feet concentrated in less than seven square miles
  • Walk among nearly 300-year-old beech trees that make up The Dark Hedges
  • Dive deep into Irish history with a tour of the ancient burial site at Newgrange
  • Chat up the locals at one of the many Irish pubs along the way
Austin Adventures - Ireland - Dark Hedges
Photo: Austin Adventures - Ireland - Dark Hedges

This is our fifth Austin trip, and you NEVER disappoint, Ireland Walk, Hike, Bike was an excellent partner, and Sean, our guide, was so very knowledgeable about Irish history and current Irish issues.

Lane R. Naples, FL

Brilliant! Activities were well-planned and just the right length. Maurice is one of the best guides we've had.

Kerry A. Newburry, MA

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

8 days / 7 nights

Dublin, Ireland (DUB)

Day 1: Dublin / Downpatrick / Winterfell / Newcastle
Newcastle, Ireland
Meals Included:  L, D

Pick up at Dublin airport and head north to Westeros • Enjoy a lunch in the town of Downpatrick (where St Patrick is buried) and then go to the first Game of Thrones filming location: Winterfell • Fully immerse yourself in the theme by enjoying the archery experience on the original set • Late in the afternoon we go on a short 'pub crawl' to both the Cuan and The Fiddler's Green, getting a ferry across Strangford Lough to visit both pubs • The pub crawl marks the beginning of our Game of Thrones 'door passport' collection where we will pick up stamps for doors number one and two • We then head to Newcastle to collect a further stamp at the Percy French pub (number 3) before checking into our hotel, the Enniskeen House Hotel, which is located at the foot of the Mourne mountains • Tonight, we will dine together in our hotel’s restaurant and discuss the wonderful week’s adventure ahead

Night 1: Enniskeen Country House Hotel

Enniskeen Country House Hotel is a family-run, mountainside hideaway resting in the lush Shimna Valley just outside Newcastle, Co. Down. Here you can explore the hotel’s stunning 12-acre estate and winding woodland trail down to the Shimna River, enjoy the striking views over Northern Ireland’s highest mountain Slieve Donard and the Irish Sea, or spot wildlife roaming the gardens. Accommodation comprises of 12 traditionally furnished rooms, many with striking mountain and sea views; views that were an inspiration to C.S. Lewis when he wrote the 'Chronicles of Narnia'. Drift off to sleep knowing the only sound likely to awaken you is that of morning birdsong.

Day 2: Newcastle / Mourne Mountains / Belfast
Ramada City Centre Hotel - Belfast - Ireland
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Boots on for a mountain hike in the Mournes • At just seven square miles but with more than twelve peaks higher than 1,800ft, this compact mountain range provides stunning viewpoints with relatively easy mountain hiking • Following a popular linear route through the mountains and passing the award-winning “Brandy Pad”, your route is seven miles and traverses the Mournes from the coast to Trassey, an old smuggling route from the 18th and 19th centuries • The walking route is not particularly challenging yet provides magnificent views and provides a hike right through the heart of the mountains • Lunch will be enjoyed on the mountain making the most of your time in this majestic location • After the hike enjoy a 45 minute drive into central Belfast to stay in the buzzing Cathedral Quarter at the Ramada Encore Hotel • Enjoy dinner in one of the city’s great restaurants with time to enjoy the nightlife Belfast is famous for.

Nights 2 & 3: Ramada Encore Belfast City Centre Hotel

If you seek a hotel in the center of Belfast, the Ramada Encore is the perfect location, situated in the heart of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. This three-star hotel overlooks St Anne’s Square with the most popular bars and restaurants in the city on the doorstep including The Duke of York, The Harp Bar, The Dirty Onion and The John Hewitt. All 165 bedrooms are bright, contemporary and stylish in design with the modern amenities you require for a pleasant stay in Belfast.

Day 3: Belfast
Mourne Moutains - Ireland
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Home to just over half a million people Belfast has completely reinvented itself in recent decades • Today it tells a proud story of its industrial past and peace-building transformation • Enjoy a private guided tour of the city to include the famous international wall of murals, the peace walls, the City Hall, Queen's University and the Titanic Quarter • Enjoy a lunch at Cast and Crew, named for its proximity to Titanic Studios where the vast majority of the interior shots for the Game of Thrones have been filmed! • After lunch enjoy the 'Best Tour Attraction in the World' according to the World Travel Market in 2016 • The Titanic Belfast experience is a self-guided, 9 gallery, interactive exhibit of the entire story of the famous liner • End the afternoon with a short walking tour of the old 'entries' and alleyways of the old part of the city finishing with a pint at the Dark Horse in the heart of the thriving Cathedral Quarter and a photo opportunity of door number 10 • Dine in the popular 'Made In Belfast' restaurant near both the hotel and the popular pubs of the Cathedral Quarter including The Duke of York and the Dirty Onion • Live music and atmosphere will be in abundance

Day 4: Antrim Coast / Ballymoney
Antrim Coast - Ireland
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Gracehill House

Today is crammed with filming locations • Depart Belfast and head north for the stunningly beautiful and world famous Antrim Coast (Causeway Coastal Route) • A photo stop at Carrickfergus Castle built in 1177 starts the stunning coast drive • Visit the Ballygalley hotel for a cup of tea/coffee • The Castle is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Ireland and dates back to 1625 • It has a ghost (allegedly) and a Game of Thrones door... number 9! • Visit Glenariff for a very short walk to see a beautiful waterfall before continuing to see an abundance of filming locations including The Stormlands (aka Cushendun Caves) where we will enjoy lunch in one of the smallest pubs in Ireland which is also home to door number 8 • We head up to Carrick A Rede rope bridge • Once used by fishermen, this fun and very scenic bridge is a 'must see' item on any vacation to the north of Ireland • We will also visit Larrybane and then Fullerton Arms for another door stamp and maybe a pint! • Finally, we head to the Kings Road, (aka the Dark Hedges) where the original wood for the doors came from two storm felled trees • Collect a door stamp and photo of door number 7 nearby at Gracehill House where we will also stay for the next two nights • This hotel is within a very short walking distance of the magnificent Kings Road • Dine at Gracehill House

Nights 4 & 5: Gracehill House

Gracehill House was built in 1775 by James Stuart and he then named it after his wife, Grace Lynd. The family planted an avenue of over 150 beech trees along the entrance to the Georgian estate. It was intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors as they approached Gracehill House. Today this unique, tranquil and spellbinding tunnel of ancient beech trees stretches along the Bregagh Road, intertwining and entangling to create a spectacular fusion of light and shadow. The compelling landscape feature to the Georgian mansion is no longer part of the estate but is known as the world famous ‘Dark Hedges’. It is one of the most photographed locations in Northern Ireland and made its big debut in HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Day 5: Murlough Bay / Fairhead / Ballymoney
Fairhead - Ireland
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Gracehill House

Today we enjoy one of the north's best kept walking secrets by hiking for eight miles around the cliff tops of Murlough Bay and Fair Head • The route also encompasses yet another stunning filming location • We will enjoy views of nearby Rathlin island and views over to Scotland • The end of the walk takes us past an old and very traditional 'Clachan' of houses, the likes of which are hard to find anywhere in Ireland today • Dine at the Central Bar in the town of Ballycastle.

Day 6: Causeway Coast / Giant’s Causeway / Portrush
Giant
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Another fantastic walk today along the Causeway Coast Way • The crowds come in their thousands to see the sights and enjoy this beautiful drive • By putting your hiking boots on you will get the rare opportunity to see this famous stretch of coast in its best light and far away from the other visitors • This is a coastal hike worth flying across the world for! • The full hike is eleven miles and goes from the rope bridge all the way over to the Giant's Causeway visitor center • The hike includes the breathtaking Ballintoy Harbour (featured in Game of Thrones), White Park Bay, Dunseverick Harbour and castle ruin and then a cliff-path view to rival most cliff views in Europe • The hike ends at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giant's Causeway - 40,000 honey-comb shaped basalt rock columns • They are an utter wonder to behold • After the hike, we will pop in to the pub at Bushmills Whiskey distillery for a wee dram or two • Bushmills is the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world and dates from 1608 • Dine in the award winning and famous Harry's Shack on Portstewart Strand.

Night 6: Portrush Atlantic Hotel

Portrush Atlantic Hotel is situated in the center of the town of Portrush overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. From this centrally-located hotel, you will discover excellent restaurants and pubs and the vibrant nightlife of this seaside destination. Northern Ireland features many stunning locations with rugged coastlines, historic castles and breathtaking scenery – all within short driving distance from The Portrush Atlantic Hotel, a perfect base for a Game of Thrones holiday.

Day 7: Limavady / Enniskillen / Newgrange / Drogheda
Limavady / Enniskillen / Newgrange / Drogheda
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Today we travel South but not before collecting the last of the ten door stamps for our Game of Thrones Door passports • We initially head west to Limavady for a door stamp and photo in Owen's bar before heading south to the beautiful town of Enniskillen for lunch and the final door stamp • In the afternoon we drive to Newgrange and enjoy a magnificent tour at the ancient burial chamber, which is older than the Egyptian pyramids! • Finally, we head to the town of Drogheda and stay and dine at Scholars for the final night, and if you have energy, enjoy a final night in the vibrant town of Drogheda.

Night 7: Scholars Townhouse Hotel

This Late Victorian building was renovated by the McGowan family in 2005 who have transformed the magnificent building into a 16 bedroom boutique hotel. Scholars Townhouse is currently the only family-owned hotel in the region and is renowned for its excellence in hospitality and customer service. All luxurious, comfortable bedrooms are furnished to the standards of a modern hotel room. Originally built in 1867 the building is a protected structure and you have to admire the old world charm that the rooms have kept through their renovation.

Day 8: Dublin
Meals Included:  B

Following another delicious breakfast, your guide will transfer the group to the airport for your homeward flights. No Overnight

*This trip is operated in partnership with Ireland Walk Hike Bike.

**Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures and Ireland Walk Hike Bike.

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  • 8 days / 7 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 01, 2018
  • From $3998.00 / person
  • ($580.00 single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • Jul 1, 2018 - Jul 8, 2018

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Additional Trip Information

Arrival & Departures

Your journey into Game of Thrones territory begins with an afternoon pick-up at Dublin Airport on Day 1 of your itinerary. On Day 8, you will be transferred back to Dublin approximately three hours prior to departure time.

Activities

  • Hiking: Easy to moderately strenuous hikes ranging from 7 to 11 miles with some elevation gain/loss.
  • Walking: Easy guided walks to learn more about the towns you’re passing through and Game of Thrones filming locations.
  • Discovery: Home to more Seven Kingdoms locations than anywhere else in the world, Northern Ireland has truly earned its title as Game of Thrones Territory! On this tour, you’ll combine visits of iconic Game of Thrones set locations with world class hiking and deep exploration of Northern Ireland as you move from town to town to collect your specialized ‘doors’ passport stamps. What do we speak of when we mention these wooden ‘doors’? In January 2016, the Game of Thrones filming location known as the Dark Hedges was battered by Storm Gertrude. The wood from the two enormous beech trees that fell that day were carved into ten intricately-designed pub doors, each one telling the story of an episode of season 6. You’ll check off all ten doors on this tour as you visit the pubs, cafes and inns that house them. Each of these buildings is set near iconic filming locations, so if you come across one of these elaborate wooden doors, you know you’re in Game of Thrones country!

Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions - except one dinner on your own - are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in the Trip Price

  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners - except one dinner on own your own - refreshments and receptions.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Any other necessary equipment - safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.

Not Included in the Trip Price

  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • One dinner on your own.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
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More reasons to go exploring in Game of Thrones territory
  • 1. Explore Game of Thrones’ filming locations all over Northern Ireland, including Ballintoy Harbour, King’s Road, and Cushendun Caves
  • 2. Collect passport stamps from the ten Game of Thrones Doors associated with filming locations
  • 3. Visit some of Ireland’s oldest buildings, like Ballygalley Castle, and the Bushmills Distillery
  • 4. Live Game of Thrones during the archery experience on the original set
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