Game of Thrones & Star Wars Tour: Ireland

Dublin • Belfast • Derry • Galway • Tralee & Cork

A once in a lifetime tour, curated especially for the Game of Thrones and Star Wars fan! Join us on this exceptional 12 day tour, taking you throughout Ireland, visiting historical, tv and movie fan sites. This tour is not to be missed!

Itinerary

Day 1: Departure from Toronto (May 21, 2018)

Depart Toronto for Dublin on Air Transat

Day 2: Arrival in Dublin

Arrive at Dublin airport, meet with your driver and guide and transfer to Dublin to enjoy a panoramic city tour. Discover the north and south side of the River Liffey. See the GPO (General Post Office) on O’Connell Street, the
Custom House and Phoenix Park. On the south side visit Merrion Square, where Oscar Wilde’s House can still be found and Grafton Street with its quality shops. In Kildare St., see the house of Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula. This part of the city is dominated by Trinity College, where the book of Kells is permanently exhibited. The university faces the medieval district housing Dublin Castle and two Anglican Cathedrals.

Visit EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, located in the vaults of the 1820 Custom House Quarter building in Dublin’s Docklands, the original departure point for so many of Ireland’s emigrants.

Check into your hotel (latest 3:00pm).
Overnight, dinner, bed & breakfast at your hotel.

Day 3: Belfast

Morning departure from Dublin for Belfast. Upon arrival enjoy a panoramic city tour of the city. See the leaning Albert Memorial Clock tower, the Opera House, City Hall, The Crown Bar (dating from 1885), Queens University and the Botanic Gardens. Your tour will also take in a visit to the Harland and Wolfe Shipyard, where the Titanic was built and launched in 1912. Visit Shankill and Falls road to see how life was during the troubles.

Visit Titanic Belfast to learn the story of the world’s most famous ship – set in a building situated beside the historic site of the original ship’s construction.

Check into your hotel in Belfast or area.
Overnight, dinner and bed and breakfast.

Day 4: Castle Ward

Journey to Castle Ward overlooking Strangford Lough, the castle is the prime location for Winterfell and the lands surrounding Winterfell in the North. This is where King Robert Baratheon and his retinue arrive and are met by the Starks in Season 1. This is also the place where Bran and Osha’s scenes in Season 1 take place. While at Castle Ward you will enjoy a Castles of Westeros Boat Tour (weather permitting, if cancelled, the group will see some of the locations by vehicle).

Stand on set in exact same spot Jon Snow and Robb Stark taught young Bran the art of archery in Game of Thrones – dress up in character costume yourself and enjoy the thrill of fi ring live arrows. Visit Tollymore Forest featured in the first episode in Season 1 of Game of Thrones. You might remember this haunting forest from the scene in which a member of the Night’s Watch rides through the snowy forest and stumbles upon dismembered Wilding bodies. It’s also where Ned Stark and his boys come across the gored stag and find direwolf pups.

Transfer to Belfast. Enjoy dinner on your own.
Overnight, bed and breakfast at your hotel

Day 5: Belfast to Derry

Depart Belfast for Derry and enjoy a North Coast Game of Thrones tour. Stop at Cairncastle, seven miles past Larne, known as the gateway to the Glens (of Antrim). It was here on the windswept Antrim Plateau that Game of Thrones kicked off in dramatic fashion with Ned Stark beheading the Night’s Watch deserter, witnessed by Jon Snow, Theon Greyjoy, and the Stark brothers Robb and Bran; and where Catelyn captures Tyrion Lannister whom she suspects of trying to kill her son. When Bran, Rickon, Osha, and Hodor head north to The Wall it is also from the land above Carncastle that they take a last look back at Winterfell. Stop at Glenarm.

With pitched battles between would-be rulers of Westeros a frequent subject
matter for Game of Thrones. Steensons Jewellery Economusee is where many of the stunning pieces for the series were crafted such as Joffrey’s crown, Lannister lion pendants, stag pins, and silver fish brooches. Watch the craftsmen at their work and perhaps purchase something special for yourself.

Visit the Cushendun Caves, formed over a period of 400 million years and a product of extreme weather conditions. In Season 2, Cushenden is where Melisandre gives birth to the shadow baby after being brought ashore by Davos Seaworthy. Stop at Murlough Bay, located in North East of County Antrim, Murlough Bay becomes the Iron Islands in Season 3. This is the spot where Theon Greyjoy rides on the horse with his sister Yara. It’s also the spot where Davos Seaworth is shipwrecked after the battle of Blackwater Bay.

Next vist Ballintoy Harbour, one of the most picturesque parts of the North Antrim Coast between Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and the Giants Causeway. This location has been used for exterior Pyke shots and as the Iron Islands. This coastal nook is where Theon Greyjoy arrives back in the Iron Islands and where he later admires his ship. And where he also first meets his sister.

Journey through the Dark Hedges, a beautiful avenue of beech trees planted by the Stuart family to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their home, Gracehill House. Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnifi cent sight and have become known as the Dark Hedges and feature as The King’s Road. Stop at Downhill Beach, an 11km stretch of sand and surf located on the Causeway Coast. In Season 2, this is the spot where old gods burn on the beach, where Stannis pulls the flaming sword and Melisandre chants: “For the night is dark and full of terrors”.

Continue to Derry. Overnight, dinner, bed and
breakfast at your hotel.

Day 6: Inishowen Peninsula

Tour the Inishowen Peninsula with Lough Foyle to the east and Lough Swilly to the west, it reaches out into the Atlantic and extends to Ireland’s northernmost point: Malin Head. The Inish Peninsula is one of the sets were scenes for star Wars VIII were filmed. The area was also the site of filming for the Force Awakens installment.

Enjoy a photo stop at Malin Head.

Enjoy a pint at Farrens Bar located in Malin Head, Mark Hamill came in for a drink during filming. Return to Derry. Enjoy dinner on your own.

Overnight, bed and breakfast at your hotel.

Day 7: Derry to Galway

This morning depart Derry for Galway. En-route visit Parke’s Castle, a restored plantation castle from the early 17th century, picturesquely situated on the shores of Lough Gill. Enjoy a Cruise on Lough Gill.

Continue to Galway and check into your hotel. Enjoy dinner on your own.

Overnight, bed and breakfast at your hotel.

Day 8: Galway to Tralee - Cliffs of Moher

This morning depart Galway for Tralee. Visit the Cliffs of Moher situated on the Atlantic Ocean and bordering the Burren Area. Continue your journey through the Burren Region.

Check into your hotel in Tralee. Overnight,
dinner, bed and breakfast at your hotel.

Day 9: Star Wars

Today enjoy a journey to the most beautiful landscapes where Star Wars VIII, The Last Jedi, was filmed. Tour through Dingle Peninsula, where some of the finest coastal scenery in Ireland can be found and the location where Luke Skywalker was found.

Enjoy a photo stop at Portmagee then visit the Skellig Experience centre, a heritage centre dedicated to life on the Skellig islands developed by Cork Kerry Tourism in 1992. Cruise around “Skellig Michael” (pictured in photo directly above) to see the christian monastic site which was rebuilt by the Star Wars crew for the Jedi Temple. This cruise does not land on the island. For a cruise that lands on the island a supplement of EUR 59.00 in lieu of the round-island cruise will apply.

Landings on the island are very limited due to it’s significance, book in advance to avoid disappointment. Return to Tralee. Enjoy dinner on your own.

Overnight, bed and breakfast at your hotel.

Day 10: Tralee to Cork

This morning depart Tralee for Cork. En-route visit Mizen Head Irish Lights Signal Station located at Ireland’s most southwesterly point. Mizen Head Fog Signal Station was sanctioned in 1906 by the Irish Lights Board to combat the high loss of life and shipping on the rocks. This beautiful landscape was a filming location in Star Wars VIII.

Continue to Cork and check into your hotel.
Overnight, dinner, bed and breakfast at your hotel.

Day 11: Cork to Dublin

This morning depart Cork for Dublin. En-route visit Blarney Castle situated in Blarney village, 8 km from Cork City. Built in 1446, Blarney Castle is famous for its Blarney stone, The Stone of Eloquence, which is traditionally believed, to have the power to bestow the gift of eloquence on all those who kiss it.

Enjoy some shopping at Blarney Woollen Mills, one of the largest quality craft shops in Ireland. Continue to Dublin and check into your hotel.

Enjoy dinner on your own. Overnight, bed and breakfast at your hotel.

Day 12: Glendalough

This morning travel to Glendalough and visit the Glendalough monastic site and Visitor Centre. Beautiful scenic walking trails take visitors on a circular route by the lakes from the Car park. Glendalough has an excellent visitor’s centre and display area, which is located at the entrance to the Valley. It houses a very comprehensive exhibition on Glendalough detailing the history, archaeology and wildlife of this area of Wicklow. Travel back to Dublin and spend the balance of the day at leisure. Enjoy dinner on your own.

Overnight, bed and breakfast at your hotel.

Day 13: Farewell to Ireland - Dublin to Toronto

This morning depart your hotel to Dublin Airport for your flight back home.

Departures

May 21 – June 2, 2018 | 12 days, 11 nights

Includes

  • Roundtrip flights in Economy Class on board Air Transat
  • Roundtrip airport hotel transfers
  • Accommodation in double occupancy (standard room) in three and four star hotels with private bath or shower
  • Three nights in Dublin, two nights in Belfast, two nights in Derry, one night in Galway, two nights in Tralee, one night in Cork
  • Full Irish breakfast daily
  • Five full dinners at hotel
  • Pint at Farrens Bar
  • Castles of Westeros Boat Tour
  • Archery Session at Castle Ward
  • North Coast Game of Thrones Tour
  • Innisfree boat cruise
  • Skellig Island Cruise
  • Modern motor-coach with driver
  • English speaking guide
  • Service charges and taxes
  • Porterage included for one piece of luggage per person in and out of hotels

Pricing Details

$4419 CAD per person including taxes & fees (based on double occupancy)

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