- See Giant’s Causeway, a geological marvel
- Discover the lost world of RMS Titanic
- Visit Hillsborough Palace and Gardens
- The Hilton Belfast (3Q+)
Belfast and Giant's Causeway
- New holiday
- Half board
Spend time in the heart of the city, discovering Belfast from your hotel
Belfast was once at the heart of Ireland’s deep divisions. Today, the city has shed its troubled past, celebrating a shipbuilding heritage and regenerating with a focus on culture. From your hotel, Hilton Belfast (3Q+), which overlooks the River Lagan, you can still see evidence of Belfast’s industrial past; two cranes, named Goliath and Samson are modern icons, silently telling the story of Belfast’s boom.
At the Titanic Experience – visited as part of an included excursion - you can delve into that prosperous story further, exploring mock-up cabins and boomtown Belfast. Leaving the city behind, you are invited to step out onto Giant’s Causeway, a bucket-list site created by volcanic activity or mythical giants, and wander through Hillsborough Castle’s palatial Gardens. From its Victorian golden age through decline and cultural rebirth, Belfast has something to offer every visitor. What will you discover?
5 nights at your hotel
10 meals: 5 breakfasts (B) and 5 dinners (D)
Dedicated Saga Host
- Return flights and transfers
- Hosted drinks reception
- Free hotel Wi-Fi and safe
- Tea-and-coffee-making facilities in your room
- Porterage at your hotel
- Belfast city tour and Titanic Experience (full day)
- Hillsborough Castle and Gardens (half day)
- Antrim Coast and Giant’s Causeway (full day)
Day 1 Belfast
Fly to Belfast and transfer to your hotel. Afterwards, you are invited to join your host for a welcome drink before dinner. D
Day 2 Belfast city tour and Titanic Experience
Belfast welcomes you with striking architecture and evidence of its shipbuilding heritage. Your day begins with a tour through the Cathedral Quarter, known as the vibrant heart of Belfast and punctuated by colourful murals. In the Stormont Estate you will see the parliament buildings, home to the Northern Ireland Assembly, established as part of the Belfast Agreement of 1998 (also known as the Good Friday Agreement). The turquoise domes that crown Belfast City Hall highlight the city’s civic building, built using Portland stone in 1906, following eight years of construction. On this tour you will also spot the striking Belfast Opera House, CS Lewis Square – featuring seven bronze sculptures from the Chronicles of Narnia (CS Lewis was born in Belfast). Illustrating the city’s ship-building legacy and its 20th-century decline are Samson and Goliath, two cranes which can each lift loads of up to 840 tons. Goliath, the smaller of the two (measuring 315 feet), was built in 1969 and Samson (348 feet) followed five years later.
At the height of its shipbuilding golden age, Belfast launched one of the world’s most famous ships: RMS Titanic. It was nicknamed the ‘Unsinkable’ and launched in 1912 alongside Olympic and Britannic as a new class of White Star cruise liner that prioritised comfort over speed, rivalling those built by Cunard. Today, enter the Titanic Experience and discover a world of historic expectation, unparalleled luxury and tragic loss of life. Nine interactive galleries provide the sights, sounds and smells of boomtown Belfast and the different cabins on board Titanic. B, D
Day 3 Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
Leaving Belfast, travel to the picturesque village of Hillsborough, which has won many awards in the 'Ulster in Bloom' competition. At the Historic Royal Palace of Hillsborough, see the official Northern Ireland residence of the royal family and visiting dignitaries. Former US President George W Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair met here on April 7, 2003 to discuss world affairs.
A guided tour of the palace acquaints you with tales of the Hill family – who held the title of Marquess of Devonshire – and of the Governors of Northern Ireland. Learn more about Hillsborough's role in recent Northern Irish history and view its furnishings and works of art.
Afterwards, you will have time to stroll in the gardens before returning to your hotel. B, D
Day 4 At leisure
Spend the day exploring Belfast, or go further afield to discover the delights of Ulster. Perhaps your day at leisure will take you to Crumlin Gaol, telling the story of 150 years of captivity, or to Belfast Botanic Gardens. B, D
Day 5 Antrim Coast and Giant’s Causeway
Driving along the Antrim Coast will provide you with some of Northern Ireland’s most beautiful scenery. Castles perched on craggy cliff faces, glens and ancient villages punctuate the landscape and accompany you as your tour vehicle winds its way through the rugged landscape.
No visit to Northern Ireland would be complete without a visit to Giant’s Causeway, your next destination. 40,000 irregular basalt columns make for a great photograph. They are the result of volcanic activity which occurred between 50 and 60 million years ago. The alternative creation story, a local legend, is that a giant named Finn MacCool constructed the causeway as a path to his true love. B, D
Day 6 Depart Belfast
Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport, ready for your return journey home. B
Hilton Belfast 3Q+
Located five minutes from the city centre is the Hilton Belfast. Its modern high-rise appearance towers over River Lagan, providing a convenient waterside location for this Stay and Discover tour.
In your room, you will find all of the expected amenities to make your stay a comfortable one, including a 50-inch LED TV, tea-and-coffee-making facilities and a safe.
The hotel’s restaurant, Sonoma Bar & Grill, features floor-to-ceiling windows through which you can watch the comings and goings of boats along the river. As a reminder of Belfast’s shipbuilding legacy, the restaurant has been designed in a similar fashion to the restaurant on board RMS Titanic. The hotel bar greets visitors with its Art Deco flair and an extensive drinks menu.