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Contrasts of the Emerald Isle

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

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Contrast the natural beauty and vibrant city sprawl of the Emerald Isle on this two centre holiday…

Compare the bustle of the big city and the picturesque natural beauty of the end of the Wild Atlantic route on this dual-location holiday. Discover the culture and heritage of the vibrant Northern Irish capital Belfast, then cross the border to the Republic to unwind and relax in the beautiful surroundings of the Inishowen Peninsular in Donegal.


6 nights in hotels

12 meals: 6 breakfasts and 6 dinners

Our included extras
  • Dedicated Saga tour manager
  • Welcome drink at both hotels
Plus these excursions
  • Titanic Belfast, Belfast Waterfront and Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
  • The Wild Atlantic Way and Giants Causeway Visitor Centre
  • Glenveagh National Park

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Day 1 UK-Belfast


Fly to Belfast and travel to the locally rated 4-star Stortmont Hotel (4Q) where you will stay for three nights on a half-board basis. D

Belfast Northern Ireland UK Europe

Day 2 Belfast

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

After breakfast, visit the Titanic Belfast and walk in the footsteps of those who built the iconic ship. The popular attraction extends over nine interactive galleries which use special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features. You can also explore the shipyard, walk the decks of the last remaining White Star vessel – SS Nomadic – and travel to the depths of the ocean to uncover the true legend of Titanic, in the city where it all began. Afterwards you will have free time to explore the waterfront and have lunch in one of the many cafes and restaurants in the area at your own expense. After lunch your coach will travel to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. The official residence of the Secretary of State in Northern Ireland and home to visiting royalty and dignitaries, the castle is actually an 18th-century Georgian country house which was bought by the British government in the 1920s. As well as exploring the stately house and you can also discover 100 acres of ornamental lawns, meandering waterways, peaceful woodlands and picturesque glens that surround the building before returning to your hotel. B, D

Day 3 Belfast


Today you can look forward to a day of leisure. Perhaps see the sights of the city by buying a ticket on the hop-on hop-off bus tour which stops at your hotel. B, D

Day 4 Belfast-Inishowen, Donegal

Giants Causeway

Today swap the city for the country. After breakfast travel from Belfast along the start of the Causeway Coastal Route – a kaleidoscope of natural landscapes and imposing cliffs. You can look forward to visiting the Giants Causeway Visitor Centre at Bushmills, dedicated to the stunning basalt formations which were formed over the course of 60 million years following volcanic activity. Rising and blending into the landscape, with walls of glass, basalt columns and a state of the art interior, the innovative Centre is housed in an energy-efficient building with a number of exhibition areas and a grass roof with 360 degree views of the Causeway coastline. See the science and the stories of the landscape come to life before you transfer to the locally rated 3-star Inishowen Gateway Hotel (3Q) where you will stay for three nights on a half-board basis. B, D.

Day 5 Inishowen, Donegal

Glenveagh National Park

After breakfast travel to the stunning Glenveagh National Park, a remote and beautiful wilderness of rugged mountains, pristine lakes, tumbling waterfalls and native oak woodland in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains in north west Donegal. Keep an eye on the shores of Lough Veagh to see secluded Glenveagh Castle, a granite mansion built between 1867 and 1873 as a hunting lodge, which you can tour on your excursion. Glenveagh is a designated Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area under EU and Irish Law. B, D.

Day 6 Inishowen, Donegal


The penultimate day of your holiday is at leisure. Perhaps venture to Derry or Letterkenny using the local bus service. Derry is the second largest city in Northern Ireland and has a rich and varied cultural heritage. The 17th-century City Walls enclose a number of museums, galleries and theatres, as well as thriving musical and literary scenes. Alternatively relax at the hotel and make the most of the leisure facilities. B, D.

Day 7 Belfast-UK


After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B

Hotel Details

The Stormont Hotel Belfast QQQQ Half board

One of the city’s top hotels, the locally rated 4-star Stormont Hotel Belfast is located just a few minutes drive away from Belfast City Centre, adjacent to historic Stormont Castle and overlooking the beautiful grounds of the Stormont Estate. It is also home to one of Belfast's best restaurants, La Scala Bistro, a gourmet restaurant serving delicious food using local produce. The hotel also has a well-stocked cocktail lounge while its superb location means the best of the city’s shopping, theatres, museums, restaurants pubs and bars are just minutes away. Complimentary on-site car parking is also available. All 105 rooms have a flat screen television, telephone, complimentary Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, a hairdryer and safe.

Inishowen Gateway Hotel QQQ Half board

The Inishowen Gateway Hotel is set on the Inishowen peninsula in North East Donegal, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Located only 16 miles from Derry and 25 minutes from Letterkenny, the hotel offers an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area and the start of the Wild Atlantic Way route. The facilities at this locally rated 3-star hotel include The Peninsula Restaurant, which boasts a mouth-watering à la carte menu created using local seasonal produce. It is located on the first floor and offers a spectacular view over the surrounding landscape while the Lough View Bar overlooks Buncrana Golf Course and hosts regular live music sessions. The C Bar is the place to indulge in some delicious cocktails. All 80 well-appointed bedrooms have a television, telephone, complimentary Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities and hairdryer. Saga guests will stay in sea view rooms and can also use the leisure centre with a 20 metre swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna for free, while treatments are available at the Seagrass Spa and Wellbeing Centre (extra charge). Dry Bar hair salon provides treatments on site (extra charge).

Contrasts of the Emerald Isle

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

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