We are hoping to spend several weeks join Ireland (someday, the virus. will be over and we can travel again..). Everyone has been so helpful I thought to share our evolving plan - fly to Dublin, head directly to Belfast and spend several days in No Ireland, then take the train to the Republic and spend time there. We are interested in the history, less so nature/natural wonders (our knees can't hike any more). Suggestions or comments on the Belfast-Derry portion?
Take the hourly Aircoach bus from Dublin Airport to Belfast (2 hours) and then get a taxi to a hotel (we're looking at the Europa and Fitzwilliam but no decision yet. We love Premier Inns but thought we'd splurge a bit). The prices in Belfast are so much less than in Dublin, we may make reservations for the night before to be certain that we can get in and take a shower before heading out.
Day 1 - Belfast Arrive, taxi tour w/Peace Walls and Titanic Quarter. Duke of York pub.
Would you recommend Irish, Black or Cab Tours? We would love a good, historical tour.
Day 2. Belfast Walking tour, Crumloin Rd Gaol, St Malachys church, pub dinner at Crown Liquor Salloon.
Would you recommend -- Coiste Irish Political Tours and/or Sandy Row Walking Tours or About DC Tours A History of Terror?
Day 3 Train or bus to Londonderry. Which would you recommend? Lodging - Maldrons Hotel or Bishops Gate.
Martin McCrossan walking tour of the city, Tower Museum
Day 4. Derry Bogside history tours, Museum of Free Derry Museum, Tower Museum, Derry-Coleraine Railway
question - I know we could do a day trip to Derry from Belfast but thought Londonderry worth at least 2 days. Your thoughts?
Day 5 Train to Dublin?
Question - Does anyone know of a small group tour that would go from Derry thru the north oof the Republic (Sligo/Atlantic coast) and on to Dublin? We generally prefer to go on our own but would be interested in having someone else do some driving, as we'll be driving ourselves for 2 weeks after Dublin.
Anything else we should consider?? Thank you!!