Antrim Irish 4 Day Getaway

Life is about new beginnings. Find your life's meaning and the key to unlock your real story by walking in your ancestors' footsteps. Experience for yourself the many faces of Ireland, from urban to country life, ancient history to contemporary culture. Make your fresh start by uncovering your roots.
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We'll take you on a four-day journey to the heart of Ireland connecting you with Ireland's history and contemporary culture.

Key themes

  • One Hundred Thousand Welcomes
  • Beginnings
  • Ireland Today
  • Return to Dublin or Shannon Airport


Day 1 Arrival Day

Theme: Céad Mile Fáilte / One Hundred Thousand Welcomes

  • Arrive Dublin airport - Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to Dublin City Centre
  • Walk back 1000 years to the Viking origins of the city with a visit to Christchurch Cathedral, founded in the early eleventh century
  • Continue through the centuries to the Georgian squares and witness life in Ireland's elegant capital in the 1800s
  • Complete your urban immersion by tracing the past 100 years of life in Dublin at the award winning Little Museum of Dublin
  • Board the 101 Tour Executive Coach and travel to your luxury hotel
  • Welcome reception on arrival and dinner in your hotel followed by Fireside Chat "On being Irish"
  • Overnight stay at The Merchant Hotel

Day 2

Theme: Beginnings

  • Full Irish Breakfast followed by briefing on the day's visits
  • Among the options for today's itinerary is for the tour to take you to some of Ireland's oldest and most unique archaeological sites including the spectacular rock formations at The Giant's Causeway, Ireland's oldest working distillery at Bushmills Distillery, the dramatic Dunluce Castle, one of the finest Norman castles in Ireland at Carrickfergus Castle, learn about the 7th US President Andrew Jackson whose parents left Carrickfergus in the 18th Century, the notorious Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, the beautiful Glenoe Waterfall, the stunning Belfast Castle Estate, one of the best markets in Ireland or the UK at Saint George's Market, learn about the recent Belfast histroy in the renowned Black Cab City Tour, relive the Titanic story at the world’s largest Titanic Visitor Experience and see the home of the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont Parliament Buildings
  • Today's experience spans over 3,000 years of history connecting you right back to the Celts whose contribution to who we are Irish people is crucial
  • 8pm Dinner with traditional Irish entertainment
  • Overnight stay at The Merchant Hotel

Day 3

Theme: Ireland Today

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Today's itinerary focuses on contemporary Ireland, on life in Ireland today
  • In the morning we visit two schools of contrasting sizes, both representative of life in Ireland today - a small 3 teacher rural school and a large urban school
  • We also visit a number of craft workshops and artisan food producers located in the hinterland around The Merchant Hotel, representing the new creative energy that is emanating from Ireland today
  • Reception and farewell dinner at The Merchant Hotel
  • Overnight stay at The Merchant Hotel

Day 4

Theme: Return to Dublin or Shannon Airport

  • Final breakfast together then guests are coached back to Dublin or Shannon Airport

Some words from our Ireland 101 Antrim Irish 4 Day Getaway Partner

The Merchant Hotel

"The Merchant Hotel is proud to be part of Ireland101. As a 5 star hotel in the heart of Belfast we are delighted to welcome all those who are connecting with their roots"
Gavin Carroll, General Manager, The Merchant Hotel

The Merchant Hotel in partnership with Ireland 101

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