Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 18 miles, approximately 1.5 hours throughout the day. Walking about 1.5 miles, periods of standing; paved streets, some cobbled areas.
In the hotel dining room, the full Irish breakfast buffet offers a rotating variety of choices such as eggs, bacon, sausages, tomatoes, potatoes, cereals, fruit, toast, pastries and jams, plus milk, juices, coffee, tea, water.
We’ll be joined by a local expert who will give us a presentation on the colorful and evocative political murals of Belfast. The political mural tradition in the north of Ireland is more than a century old, and the lecture will trace the history of this distinctive form of political expression from the earliest examples — painted before the War of Independence by loyalists who supported British rule — to its heyday in the 1980s and 1990s, and more recent murals painted since the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. Next, we’ll walk to Belfast City Hall for a docent-led field trip. We’ll learn more of Belfast’s fascinating history as we explore this grand 1906 Baroque Revival building, and gain insights into its links with the ill-fated ocean liner “Titanic.” We’ll then board a motorcoach and ride to our lunch venue.
At a local restaurant, we’ll have a 2-course plated meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
We’ll board the motorcoach with a local expert for a visual overview of some of Belfast’s most significant sights, including Queens University, Crown Bar, the Opera House, Albert Clock, the Titanic Quarter and Film Studios, and the heart of Northern Ireland’s government at Stormont. As we ride, our expert will provide informative commentary detailing Belfast’s immense industrial heritage and complex political history. We’ll finish our field trip at the hotel.
Hotel plated meal.