• Game of Thrones® Tour & Ireland's Movies

    Ireland is steeped in history and can trace its heritage back nearly 5,000 thousand years. The island's rich and colorful history finds the perfect complement in its astounding natural beauty and the warmth and hospitality of its people. It is these qualities that have made Ireland a popular filming location for numerous TV shows and movies. This unforgettable seven-night itinerary guides you through iconic locales including Antrim in Northern Ireland, the setting for the HBO Box Office mega-series Game of Thrones; Cong, County Mayo, which formed the backdrop for The Quiet Man in 1952; Dingle, County Kerry, where Ryan’s Daughter and Far and Away were filmed, and locations around Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare and Meath, which were featured in Braveheart.

    Vacations Include:

    • 7 nights at 3- and 4-star hotels with full Irish breakfast each morning
    • Service charges and taxes
    • Heritage Island touring guide & explorer coupon

    For reservations and more information, call our Ireland experts at 800-742-9244

  • Day
  • Itinerary
  • Day 1 – Fáilte go hÉireann
  • Arrive at Dublin Airport and transfer to the city center for a Dublin City tour. End the day with a visit to the Guinness Storehouse.
    Overnight: Dublin area (Full bed & breakfast)
  • Day 2 – Dublin to Belfast
  • This morning depart Dublin and head northwards. Visit Trim Castle, which was featured in the York and London scenes for Braveheart. Next, explore the archeological landscape of Bru na Boinne, which is dominated by the three well-known large passage tombs, Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth, built some 5,000 years ago in the Neolithic or Late Stone Age. Travelling North, head for Downpatrick, burial ground of Saint Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland. Stop at Castle Ward, to see sets from the first season of Game of Thrones. Continue on to Belfast for the night.
    Overnight: Belfast area (Full bed & breakfast)
  • Day 3 – Belfast City & Game of Thrones Tour
  • This morning enjoy a panoramic tour of Belfast City. City Hall and Queens University are worth a visit, as is The Titanic Belfast Experience, which takes visitors on a journey through the life of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end. In the afternoon, travel from Belfast to the northeast shores of Lough Neagh and the ruins of the centuries-old Shane’s Castle, the scene of extensive filming for the Game of Thrones series. Continue to the village of Ballygally to visit Cairncastle, which is also  featured in the popular series. Return to Belfast.
    Overnight: Belfast area (Full bed & breakfast)
  • Day 4 – Belfast to Ballycastle
  • Leave Belfast and travel towards the picturesque town of Glenarm on the north Antrim coastline the setting of many Game of Thrones scenes. Continue on along the Antrim coastline, enjoying the spectacular views, rolling hills and scenic villages. Next visit Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. One of Northern Ireland’s most famous landmarks, the bridge is suspended across a 20-metre chasm between the mainland and the tiny Carrick Island, with a 23-metre drop to the water below.
    Overnight: Ballycastle or Bushmills areas (Full bed & breakfast)
  • Day 5 – Giants Causeway, Bushmills & Derry
  • No visit to the north of Ireland would be complete without calling in to the Giants Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A network of approximately 40,000 basalt columns projecting into the ocean, the Giant’s Causeway stretches for several miles along Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coastal route. Later visit Bushmills Distillery – one of the world’s oldest distilleries.
    Overnight: Derry area (Dinner & full bed & breakfast)
  • Day 6 – Derry to Donegal
  • Enjoy a walking tour of the walled city of Derry. Then, travel to Donegal to explore the Glenveagh National Park and Glenveagh Castle, which is set in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. Drive by the nearby Glenties, where Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasawas filmed.
    Overnight: Donegal area (Full bed & breakfast)
  • Day 7 – Donegal to Dublin
  • Travel south through the Fermanagh Lake District, and stop at Castle Coole. This magnificent 18th century mansion is one of Ireland's finest Neo-classical houses, offering a glimpse into the lives of the Earls of Belmore. Nearby, the Marble Arch Caves, showcase a fascinating natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers. Continue on toward Dublin, where you will stay overnight.
    Overnight: Dublin area (Full bed & breakfast)
  • Day 8 – Farewell
  • Slán Abhaile. Transfer to Dublin Airport for your return flight home.
Destinations, hotels, Self-Drive Vacations and optional excursions subject to change at any time without notice. Not responsible for errors or omissions. [Pleasant Holidays acts only as an agent for the various travel providers shown above.]

Suggested Visits:

  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Trim Castle
  • Bru na Boinne & Newgrange
  • Castle Ward
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Shane’s Castle
  • Cairncastle
  • Carrick – A – Rede Rope Bridge
  • Giants Causeway
  • Bushmills Distillery
  • Glenveagh National Park
  • Castle Coole
  • Marble Arch Caves