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CIE Tours 2017 - 9 Day Quest for The Throne

4 Star Holiday - 8 Nights - 14 Meals
Overnights: 1 Dunboyne, 2 Portrush, 2 Belfast, 1 Newcastle, 2 Dublin
From Dublin to Dublin
Tour Code #: IE-AEV-17-9D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $2,956

CIE Tour Highlights:

Sightseeing by luxury coachProfessional driver/guide8 nights in hotels listedFull breakfast daily (B) except on day 17 dinners (D)Welcome get-together drinkStep into the show and experience the Bran Package with your group. Enjoy admission to the movie set- where filming took place. Become one of the Stark Family as your dress up in authentic Game of Thrones outfits and get special instruction from 'Jon Snow' on archery.Tour the House of Greyjoy (Dunluce Castle)Visit the Iron Islands (Ballintoy Harbor)See the Dothraki grasslands (Shillenavogy Valley)Tour Castle Ward (Audley's Castle) dating to the 14th century, used repeatedly as backdrop for the series. The castle of the Wards was used as Winterfell and Audley's Wood is where Brienne of Tarth and Jamie Lannister trekked together toward King's LandingTour of Dublin with a local guideAudio headsets and group photoDeluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strapAll local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per personFree Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies

Hotels: Superior & First Class Trim Castle Hotel -  Trim or  IE-MEA-DCA Dublin (1 night)
NI-ANT-ATL Portrush (2 nights)
Europa Hotel -  Belfast (2 nights)
Slieve Donard Resort and Spa -  Newcastle (1 night)
Clayton Hotel Burlington Road -  Dublin (2 nights)


Trim Castle Binevenagh Mountain Monasterboice Downhill Strand Mussenden Temple Dunluce Castle Giant's Causeway Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Dark Hedges Cushendun Caves Shillanavogy Valley Shane’s Castle Tollymore Forest Park Trinity College 

CIE International Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Dublin Arrival
Start in County Meath and visit the impressive Trim Castle, founded in 1173 by the Norman, Hugh de Lacy, and where a scene from Braveheart was filmed. The castle is one of the largest and best preserved in Ireland. Check into your hotel and enjoy a welcome drink and dinner with your fellow travelers. Your evening includes a visit from Trim Living History to view and see a demonstration of Medieval weapons and armor. (D)

Day 2: Binevenagh Mountain, Downhill Strand & Mussenden Temple
Leave Trim and start exploring Westeros from the television series as you pass the beautifully remote Binevenagh Mountain and visit the early Christian settlement of Monasterboice. Drive to Downhill Strand, known in the series as Dragonstone. Continue exploring the dramatic coastline and visit Mussenden Temple, built in 1785, this building is now one of the most photographed in Ireland. (B, D)

Day 3: Dunluce Castle & Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Drive to visit the picturesque ruins of Dunluce Castle, which is perched atop basalt rock jutting out over the sea. The castle was filmed in the popular television series as the House of Greyjoy on the Iron Islands. Continue your journey to the unique and legendary Giant’s Causeway, made of hexagonal columns formed 60 million years ago. End your day exploring the Seven Kingdoms with a visit to the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. (B, D)

Day 4: Dark Hedges, Cairncastle & Shillanavogy Valley
Leave your hotel this morning and continue your journey as you drive north along the Nine Glens of Antrim, for lovely views of mountains, valleys and coastline. Pass the Dark Hedges in County Antrim, where Arya Stark made her escape down Kingsroad in season two. Explore the Cushendun Caves where Melisandre gave birth to the shadow creature. Continue your travels to stop and view Cairncastle, an open area of many hills and beauty and used to film scenes from season one, four and five. Visit Shillanavogy Valley which sits under the Slemish Mountain and enjoy a close up look at the area filmed as the Dothraki grasslands. (B, D)

Day 5: Belfast Sightseeing & Shane’s Castle
Embark on a sightseeing tour around Belfast, including the University area, and visit Crumlin Road Gaol to learn about the jail’s 150 year history. Travel along the shores of Lough Neagh to Shane’s Castle, built in the 1300’s on the edge of the lake. The lough and castle were used in seasons one and five. The caverns underneath are used for filming the crypts in Winterfell. Return to Belfast for dinner with your group in the hotel restaurant tonight. (B, D)

Day 6: Tollymore Forest Park & Castle Ward
Drive along the scenic Strangford Lough – an area with close ties to St. Patrick. It was transformed into the Narrow Sea for the television series. Visit the haunting ruins of Inch Abbey, and explore Tollymore Forest Park in County Down. Spend some time at Castle Ward, a 14th century castle complex transformed into Winterfell, home of the Starks, for filming of the series. Enjoy admission to the movie set, dress up in authentic outfits, and pose for countless photo opportunities. Drive to your hotel in Newcastle for an overnight stay. (B, D)

Day 7: Dublin Sightseeing & Trinity College
Drive to Dublin for a panoramic tour viewing the historic buildings with a local guide. Visit Trinity College to see the Book of Kells and the Old Library. The evening is free for shopping and dining. (B)

Day 8: Dublin at Leisure
Enjoy a full day free in the heart of Dublin. Use your Hop-on Hop-off pass to get around the city and see any number of historical sites. A visit to one of the following attractions is included: Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Whiskey Distillery, General Post Office Museum or EPIC Ireland. (B)

Day 9: Depart Dublin for Home
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B) B: Breakfast; D: Dinner >

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