Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.
Arrive in Belfast, where you are met and privately transferred to your magnificent hotel just outside the city center. Built in 1876 as the official residence of the bishop of Down, Dromore and Connor, today the Culloden Estate & Spa is one of the premier five-star hotels in Belfast, standing amid 12 acres of immaculate gardens and woodland.
Belfast | The Ship of Dreams
Set out on a privately guided exploration of Belfast, beginning at the Renaissance-style City Hall, affectionately called “The Wedding Cake” due to its tiered architecture. Admire the rich Italian marble of the entrance hall and sit on the mayor’s throne as you learn about the building’s history. Continue to St. Anne’s Cathedral, known for its imposing neo-Romanesque façade to view its impressive mosaics, as well as artifacts that include a copy of St. Anne's Book of Common Prayer that was written on cigarette papers in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. Next, pass by Queen’s University Belfast en route to St. George’s Market, a wonder from the Victoria era that opened in 1896. Join your local guide, who leads you around the various food and craft stalls as you take in the pleasant atmosphere and sample local delicacies. Then, explore Belfast’s famous Titanic Quarter, named after the ill-fated ocean liner built at the city dockyards. Visit the iconic, purpose-built Titanic Belfast, where the ship’s story is brought to life in an interactive, nine-gallery exhibition with special effects, full-scale reconstructions and an undersea exploration center.
Belfast | Lava & Legend
Venture outside the city to the Giant’s Causeway — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — where you take a private tour with a specialist guide. View this unique geological formation, which consists of hexagonal basaltic columns formed from cooled volcanic lava flow, noting where they disappear into the sea. Legend has it the Giant’s Causeway was built by a giant wishing to cross the stormy waters to Scotland. Continue to the Old Bushmills Distillery, Ireland’s oldest licensed distillery. Learn how its famous spirits are made using Irish barley and water from St. Columb’s Rill, a tributary of the River Bush, and enjoy a complimentary sample of your choosing. Return to Belfast and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
After breakfast, privately transfer to the airport and board your departing flight.